What makes up a wedding Ceremony?

One of the questions are often asked is "What are all the parts of a wedding ceremony"?

The next question is do we need them all? The short answer here is no. The trick is knowing which parts to eliminate and what parts to keep.

We do not perform the same ceremony over and over again. We create a unique ceremony for each couple.

This allows our clients to tailor their ceremony to their specific needs.

If you understand what comprises a wedding ceremony, then you can make decisions about which parts you wish to include or exclude as your tastes dictate.

So let's get started by looking at what makes up a wedding ceremony.


What are the typical parts of a wedding ceremony?


The only essential part of a wedding are the vows a couple makes to each other. We also recommend an opening prayer to remind the couple and their guests that we are entering into "Sacred Space" and asking The Divine to consecrate the ceremony that is about to occur.


When you dream about this day how do you want it to be? Do you want a small intimate wedding, or a more elaborate one? This is one of the first questions we ask our prospective brides and grooms. This gives us an idea of how to prepare the ceremony. Below are the typical components that make up a wedding ceremony with a brief description of each part.



  • Processional

    The processional is the actual act of "walking down the asle" and is typically accompanied by music.

  • The Convocation

    This is the place were the minister will greet and welcome the family and friends of the couple, and takes place after they have arrived at the altar.

  • The Invocation or Opening Prayer

    The Invocation is a beginning prayer to "invoke", or ask, The Divine to be present and to bless the ceremony that is about to begin.

  • The Minister's Address

    The minister will speak on the subject of marriage and about the couple to set the tone for the upcoming vows.

  • Reading

    Readings are either poems, parts of songs, or a passage from holy scripture (for example the Bible, Torah, Koran, or the Vedas).

  • Ritual

    Wedding rituals provide symbolic content to the ceremony. Rituals are one way that couples can publicly express their love for each other.

  • Reading

    If a couple wishes to have multiple readings, this is where the second reading would be placed in the order of the ceremony.

  • Expression of Intent

    Expressions of intention set the stage for the recitation of vows and the giving and receiving of rings.

  • Exchange of Vows

    The wedding vows are the highlight of the wedding ceremony. They reflect the values, respect, commitment and love the bride and groom have for each other.

  • Blessing of the Ring(s)

    The blessings of the rings is an invocation of sorts and sets the tone for the ring exchange.

  • Exchange of Ring(s)

    The giving and receiving of wedding rings is an outward expression of the inward commitment offered with the wedding vows.

  • Ritual

    If a couple wishes to have multiple rituals performed, this is where a second ritual would be placed in the order of the ceremony.

  • Pronouncement

    The marriage pronouncement is the declaration that the bride and groom are now husband and wife.

  • Benediction

    A final prayer or blessing of the couple and their guests.

  • Recessional

    The wedding party leaves the altar or location of the ceremony to greet and thank their guests.

  • Receiving Line

    The receiving line offers you the opportunity greet and thank your guests for witnessing your marriage.


Contact us to begin planning your ceremony today.