(Closed) Is My Ceremony Too Long??

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3370 posts
Sugar bee

@MissThespian:  I think ceremonies can have many parts as long as they all keep moving. Just don’t let only one part drone on, especially things like the opening words and closing words where the officiant gets to write his own stuff.

Post # 4
9084 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

It seems long on paper but how long will each part take? What is the total time? Maybe time yourself running through it.

Post # 6
224 posts
Helper bee

It may seem on the longer side, but its not a full mass. I say keep it as is. 


And now for some compleatly unsolicited advice: Depending on how you are doing your handfasting, you really may want to swich around the ring exchange and the handfasting. As putting on rings while you are tied together will prove difficult. Ie: Reading, Exchange of Vows, Exchange of Rings, Song, Handfasting Ceremony. Or something along those lines. But if your planning on removing the cords immeditatly after the handfasting it won’t be an issue. Just something to think about. 

Edit to add: the officiant doesn’t have to come up with the opening and closing. You can write your own. 🙂 

Post # 7
95 posts
Worker bee

Not too long. I’m actually not a fan of super quick ceremonies. I feel like its the most important part of the day and it should feel like it has gravitas and history and stuff. So many 10-15 minute ceremonies recently have left me with a ‘was that it’ feeling. 

Post # 9
2453 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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Dear Lord, it’s a wedding with a reception, not a reception with a wedding.  Short ceremonies tick me off more than long ones.  It’s like then you don’t even really care about the committment you’re making, you just want an excuse to party…  (No offense to any brides that have short ceremonies.  It just irks me when I go out of my way to attend a ceremony and it lasts a grand total of ten minutes.  Like, what’s the point of having one?)

OP, I’m used to full on mass weddings.  Your program doesn’t too long at all.

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