Wedding officiant ceremony reported to possibly rise if claims to kill off plans to open civil partnerships to heterosexuals [UK] succeed. Yes, you heard right! Although in the Netherlands civil partnerships are open to all sexes, in England it’s a whole nother story.
And with the upcoming surge of officiant | celebrant led ceremonies, you can design a wedding the way you want, how you want and where you want. So, knowing all this how do you envision your big day?
Whether you choose to get married outdoors in your beautiful garden, a nature reserve or long for a poolside wedding, an officiant led ceremony is perfect. And the best news is… if you’re non-religious or have unorthodox ideas you decide on the length of your ceremony.
Basically, no restrictions, religious terminology or the word of God will be taken at face value. Read below the key parts, that you need to consider during your wedding officiant ceremony.
Wedding officiant ceremony | part I
- Your arrival at the venue: First is your entrance – walking up the aisle (individually, together or escorted). This commences after the prelude (optional). And then, followed by your favorite processional (instrumental) song. Sit or stand during the ceremony.
- The introduction: Secondly, as your independent celebrant I’ll interact naturally with you and your guests. Then, greet, welcome and thank your family and friends for being part of your special day, on your behalf. Also, we can take a moment of reflection to acknowledge the absence of a loved one and honor their memory.
- Share your love story: The celebrant will share your emotions, experiences and how much your partner means to you. Or recite a love & friendship poem, give a blessing, or read a non-religious scripture.
- The meeting and proposal: Next, what makes your relationship special? Convey this in your personalised ceremony speech. It contains key details about your first encounter and the proposal. As well as, your love for each other, shared values and your hopes for the future.
- Wedding vows – yes I do: What were the important moments (setbacks and success) in your life? What does love mean to you? Express your declaration of devotion, and intent in your personal vows. Here are questions you need to ask before writing your wedding vows.
Wedding officiant ceremony | part II
- Confirmation: Pronounced married, you are now husband and wife.
- Rings, hand-fasting or other token of love: Exchanging of your rings will take place. Or give a wedding charm bracelet or hold a hand-fasting ceremony. Otherwise, blending of sands ritual or unity candle may be a possibility. Give a gift that represents your love for one another.
- The kiss: After that, you kiss. And this seals the ceremony of love plus confirms the joining of 2 families.
- The signing of marriage certificate: Declaration of marriage. You and your witnesses sign a wedding certificate (symbolic) or non-certified marriage license (sentimental reminder). Live music or a soundtrack can accompany the signing.
- The words of well-wishes: You stand and receive your symbolic marriage certificate/license. Read are wedding words of wisdom. And a parting speech from the celebrant makes the wedding complete.
- Closing remarks and departure: Finally, you leave the venue and walk down aisle together as happy newlyweds. Love ones can follow as you walk along to your recessional song (played or sung live.)
Celebrancy is a movement to provide agents to officiate at ceremonies often reserved in law to clergy, registrars or officers of the courts. source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrancy
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