Wedding – The Ceremony
- It is your wedding. You can have whatever you wish. The words are your choice. However, there are some official legal requirements to be met.
- You may want to have it formal, casual, traditional or with some special theme that reflects your personalities and interests.
- You may choose a small intimate celebration, a large formal function or anything in between.
- You may like to choose words for the asking, the vows, and the exchange of rings from the resources we offer you, or you may like to write your own.
- You may like to share with your guests some of your personal journey to the decision to marry – your story.
- The wording may be secular, yet spiritual. You may wish to include some religious elements in your wedding ceremony.
Symbols in your ceremony
When we meet, we talk about the kind of ceremony you envisage – the setting, the words, the music and the readings. In addition to the basic format of the ceremony you may like to consider adding a sub-ceremony, such as
- A warming of the wedding rings
- Celtic traditions – the four altars
- A sharing of wine ceremony
- Other objects or actions which have special significance to you and your family
When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words.
– Edmund O’Neill
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