Suggested Order of Service for a
Wedding In A Church

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The same Order of Service with some simple modifications may also be used in a non-church setting.

PRELUDE (***Musical selections may also be included in the Prelude)

PROCESSIONAL (Entrance)

GREETING

The people are welcomed

INTRODUCTION

A brief statement on the purpose of the occasion and suggestions for conduct of guests.

PRAYER

***

READING OF SCRIPTURE(S)

HOMILY

***

DECLARATION OF INTENTION

The Bride and Groom state their willingness to enter freely and without reservation into the covenant of marriage.

PLEDGE OF SUPPORT

Family and friends offer their playful blessing and loving support (This takes the place of the phrase, "Who gives this woman to be married to this man.)

***

VOWS OF THE MARRIAGE COVENANT

EXCHANGE OF SYMBOLS

BLESSING

*** (Usually the place for the Candle Ceremony)

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEDDING

INTRODUCTION

(WEDDING KISS)

RECESSIONAL (Exit)

POSTLUDE

This suggested order of service does not include the musical selections (vocal or instrumental numbers) or any of the other options to be found in the Wedding Information Form.

It is recommended that no more than 2 musical selections be used in a wedding service. (The average time for this wedding, exclusive of solo's is about 15 minutes. Solos add from 3 to 5 minutes each to the length of the service.) Musical selections may be inserted at the asterisks above. The Candle Ceremony is usually held after the blessing of the rings to demonstrate what has been done, but it also may take place after the Prayer to demonstrate what will be done.

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