(Closed) Need Ceremony Ideas!

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

How about just having a reading or 2? Are you against some traditions?

Post # 5
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

Ideas of things you can do to lengthen your ceremony. 

Sand ceremony

Rose ceremony

Ring Warming

Lasso ceremony

Handfasting ceremony

Wine/Juice Ceremony

Post # 6
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We got sent a sample ceremony by our officiant when we reserved him….. i love it!  Here are some clips from it. PM me if you want me to send the whole thing…


By your presence, you celebrate with them the love they have discovered in each other and you support their decision to commit themselves to one another for the rest of their lives.



As we begin today’s celebration I would like to ask the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom to stand. This occasion is a special celebration for you parents who have brought these children into the world, and nurtured them into adulthood. Today you are witnessing another stage in the lives of your son and daughter. Your continuing support and encouragement will be needed as Teresa and Jeff unite in marriage. Will you try with the greatest love and wisdom you can command, support this new couple and help in every way? Response – We will”


“Parents Rose Ceremony


Marriage is a coming together of two lives, and a celebration of the love of two people. But it is more. The love that you feel for one another is the flowering of a seed your mothers planted in your hearts many years ago. When you were first born, you were a bundle of diapers and tears, and your mothers lost sleep caring for you. Their love for you has brought them great happiness and great challenges, and their love did not diminish as they met these challenges. That is the great lesson you can bring into your marriage. As you embrace one another in your love, so too do you embrace the families which have been brought together on this happy occasion. As a token of your gratitude for your families, I would like to ask you to offer these symbols of eternal love, these roses, to your mothers. (Both bride and groom can hand the roses to each mother together, offering the mothers kisses if they wish.)”




Now a reading that expresses the sense of joy and love on this occasion. These two are dedicating it to one another. It is called ‘To My Friend’:


I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.


I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.


I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good, and more than any fate could have done to make me happy.


You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign.


You have done it by being yourself.


Perhaps that’s what being a friend means, after all.”

Post # 7
2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We worked that all out with our officiant.

We had no idea where to start, but he’s done a thousand cerremonies, and was able to talk us through the whole thing. 

Post # 8
4416 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had the same concern that our ceremony would be over in the blink of an eye. I didn’t want to include any readings or unity ceremonies, because I couldn’t find anything I liked and, well, I kind of find those dull … but our officiant (who had also never done a wedding ceremony before, so we had to work together on coming up with his speech) did a WONDERFUL job on his “say whatever you want about love and whatnot” section, and between that and all the required bits, the ceremony ended up being about 15 minutes — perfect in my book! Darling Husband and I had written our own vows, which also took a little bit longer. Don’t worry too much about a short ceremony — as long as it’s beautiful and personalized to you, nobody is going to say “wow, that was short.”

Post # 9
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

im having us say our own written vows in addition to the traditional ones, and im having a third set of vows said when we do our sand ceremony, so that is a ton of promises made and it will extend our ceremony so it will last hopefully for half an hour, then we can move to the reception.

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