With all the planning of the big day, sometimes the most important part is left to last-minute – the actual ceremony. The elements of the ceremony, wedding and ring exchange vows, scripture readings, a memorial for a loved one who has passed, and music, just to name a few, can be overwhelming. This is when the choice of your officiant can and should be considered. The right officiant can help tailor the ceremony to your personality and beliefs. He or she can ensure each element is personal and meaningful to you.
There are several things to consider and lots of options available from traditional to innovative. The traditional Candle Lighting ceremony is a visual combining of two separate individuals into a unifying oneness. Many couples now are foregoing tradition and using the Sand Ceremony, Colored Glass Ceremony, Unity Cross Ceremony or God’s Know Cord of Three Strands Ceremony to symbolize two separate lives combining into one inseparable entity.
Make sure you schedule a time to sit down with your officiant to discuss your ideas and how to best execute them. The flowers, music and food are all important, but the words you say that day will matter most.