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Ceremony Sequence of Events

Take note of the order and timing of the following events.

1. SEATING OF THE GUESTS

Pre-ceremonial music as the ushers seat the guests. Music usually begins 15 minutes before the ceremony.

2. SEATING OF PARENTS

After the guests are present and seated, the groom's parents are escorted to their seats. The bride's mother is then last to be seated. The bride's father is waiting with the bride.

3. THE GROOM TAKES HIS PLACE

The officiator, ushers, best man and groom take their positions.

4. ATTENDANT'S PROCESSION

The processional music for the bridemaids, maid or matron of honor, flower girl & ring bearer, begins as they are ready to march down the aisle.

5. BRIDAL PROCESSION

Following the attendants, the bride's father offers the bride his left arm as they begin down the aisle. Music is played and the guests rise in honor of the bride.

6. THE EXCHANGE OF VOWS

Traditional vows may be exchanged or you may write your own personal vows to recite.

7. MUSIC WITH CEREMONY

Music is played during the candle-lighting or other non-verbal portion of the ceremony

8. THE RING EXCHANGE

Be sure to know where your rings are.

9. THE KISS

Have fun!

10. THE INTRODUCTIONS

At the end of the ceremony, the officiator may introduce the newlyweds, to the guests, as the new Mr. & Mrs.

11. THE RECESSIONAL

The bride and groom lead the wedding party back down the aisle.


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