(Closed) Please give thoughts on our ceremony!

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Overall I think it sounds wonderful!  The only comment I would make specifically about what you wrote would be about the unity candle.  I would probably say something like “Jack and Jill will light the unity candle to represent the joining of their lives in matrimony.”  Saying “honor their marriage” to me sounds like you are already married.  It’s very much a preference thing though!

I personally like when the lighting of the unity candle is near the beginning of the ceremony.  

I don’t know how long your vows are, but I would guess that this is going to be a very short ceremony – maybe under 10 minutes of actual talking.  You could try reading it out loud and timing it to get a general idea.’

If you want to make it longer, here are some ideas (I don’t think you have to make it longer though):

  • The speak now or forever hold your piece part (my minister told us we had to include that part, not because anyone ever says anything, but more to give someone an opportunity to if there was a real issue…)
  • You could add a “charge to the family and friends” after the vows (basically asking for support through good times and bad).  
  • A prayer could be added after the ring ceremony but before the pronouncement
  • I noticed you referenced God in your prayer, but there weren’t any specific scriptural passages read or referenced.  

Overall, it sounds great!

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