(Closed) married bees – how long was your ceremony, how many readings? non-church

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3180 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Not married yet but we are doing a similar ceremony and so did my sister.  Hers lasted 16 minutes. 

Post # 4
7691 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our ceremony was maybe 15 mins and we had one reading which was an Irish blessing

Post # 5
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Our cermony was 25 minutes (10 minutes longer than we both had wanted) with three readings 😀

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think ours was about 20 minutes from processional to recessional.  We had 2 readings, pretty average length.  Our officiant was a little more wordy than necessary or it might have been even shorter.

Post # 8
5983 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Our interfaith ceremony was about 25-30 min’s with 2 readings, which were somewhat lengthy.

Post # 9
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

Ours was about a half hour. Our rabbi is quite a talker though. We didn’t have any extra readings, just the traditional stuff.

Post # 10
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ours was about 30 minutes. The officiant said some stuff at the beginning, then read a reading/quote that I requested “Love is patient, Love is kind”, then we did our vows and ring exchange. After that we went and signed the Rigister (done in Canada), and then we went back to the front of the room by the arch and did our hand fastening ceremony. After that he announced “you can now kiss your bride” and then he ended with another reading we wanted and said a few closing words and we were done. The 30 minutes went really fast.

Post # 11
1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think ours was about 25 minutes.  It was a Jewish ceremony, but those are always pretty short, and we omitted some things and added others.  We had two readings, both fairly short (maybe 2 minutes and 1 minute), and we said our own vows but they were only 30 seconds each.  Everyone said it was a good length – meaningful but not boring.

Post # 12
7429 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ours was about 10 mins long, and there was one reading. We wanted to ceremony to be as short as possible, and get the party started already!!

Post # 13
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We wanted a really simple ceremony (non religious).  We had no readings, no candle/sand ceremonies, etc.  We did write our own vows though.  In all I think ours was about 15-20 minutes.  Our officiant welcomed everyone, honored our parents, talked a bit about us, had us say our vows, then said the traditional vows.

Post # 14
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Ours was 15-20 minutes with 3 readings.

Post # 15
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve been wondering about this too!  We’re having a non-religious ceremony with three readings, a sand ceremony, and two songs.  I’m hoping it’s going to be about twenty-five or thirty minutes but we’ll see!

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