Beautiful Symbolic Wedding Ceremony Booklet Ideas & More

Symbolic Wedding Ceremony Order booklet

A symbolic wedding ceremony booklet for a non-religious celebrant-led or secular marriage service is an outline of events for your celebration of love. But what is contained in the formal framework for the greatest and most beautiful moment of your life?

Well, your wedding handout lets you and your guests know how long the ceremony takes. Not to mention everyone can navigate the proceedings. Equally important, it reflects your cultural wedding traditions and customs. The personalised pamphlet ensures everything goes with a flow. So, what should your non-religious handbook say?

Moreover, should it contain the extraordinary timeline of your history, love story and mark the beginning of your married life? Plus what do you write in your wedding ceremony booklet? Don’t worry, I’ve done all the hard work for you. All you have to do is copy, modify or delete. Keep reading…

Symbolic Wedding Ceremony Booklet

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Symbolic wedding ceremony order – I

Firstly, whether you are a humanist, agnostic or an aesthetic a symbolic wedding ceremony booklet defines each stage of your godless nuptials and makes the marriage service extra personal.

Symbolic wedding ceremony order – II

Secondly, the program manual outlines the steps needed for an eventful celebration which includes music, poems, readings and rituals.

Symbolic wedding ceremony order – III

Thirdly, a wedding ceremony order of events guides you to the point when to exchange your vows and to say; “Yes, I Do”.  Here’s more you need to know…

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 • Tip 1 – Prelude

So it begins with your wedding celebrant who welcomes your family, in-laws and close friends [with or without a song]. The right melody describes your emotions. Better still it settles all and sundry in and makes them feel comfortable. It pleases the wedding guests, prepares everyone for the ceremony and the moment of real joy.

•Tip 2 – Processional

Another thing, make your walk down the aisle an impressive jaw-dropping moment. With an awesome wedding march song your entrance will be extra special. It will mark a significant step to the threshold of your new married life.

• Tip 3 – Opening

The celebrant acknowledges your core family members with a warm welcome. Plus, greets them and your specially selected guests with a speech about the meaning of marriage or/and the beauty of love. After that, they share their opening thoughts about your togetherness.

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• Tip 4 – Special reading

Before the heartwarming readings or reciting of romantic poetry, the celebrant makes their speech and introduces the guest speaker (optional). With a personally chosen song, your family members’ reading and blessings can be amplified.

• Tip 5 – Declaratory words

In order for your marriage to be legal (NL & UK) you must say the declaratory words.  However, with a secular | non-religious (symbolic) wedding the celebrant is not bound to apply these rules.

• Tip 6 – The Vows

So, you can skip the declaratory words and head straight for the official or your own personal vows,They can be accompanied by your special signature tunes. Play your song after the officiant has said their speech.

• Tip 7 – The Rings

Together with your partner think about adding a unique element before or after you exchange your rings or other trinkets. Actually, you transform the meaningful moment into a pleasantly surprising marriage celebration.

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Purple and Blue Wedding Theme Ideas
Rich purples and blues make a romantic wedding theme that will make your and your guests’ hearts sing. Besides the beautiful colors, we love all the textures in this purple and blue wedding theme.

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• Tip 8 – Affirmation

Have your guests confirm your union with an affirmation moment. Otherwise, a wedding singer can perform an emotionally alluring song. This is when the tissues come out and happy tears of joy flow.

• Tip 9 – Contracting words

In addition to declaratory words you must confirm that you are both free to marry each other. Contracting words are obligatory (UK only). However, a symbolic marriage does not require this statement to be uttered. This  part of your ceremony is nice with choral music accompaniment.

• Tip 10 – The signing

Create a perfect picture scene and romantic ambiance during the symbolic signing of your marriage certificate. Play exclusive love music while you and your witnesses are signing the wedding testament. The right melody will energize you and your guests.

• Tip 11 – Symbolic wedding ceremony order – Postlude

The closing speech can also be magnified by atmospheric music. So, arrange for a choir or singer to perform.  A musical intermezzo adds the finishing touch. Most importantly, it enhances your union when you walk up the aisle hand-in-hand.

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• Tip 12 – Symbolic wedding ceremony order – recessional 

Finally, involve guests in the leaving procession. Allow them to follow you up the aisle with a sing-a-long or up-tempo song. This is a magnificent finale to a symbolic wedding ceremony. Or else, the celebrant can share a few words of marriage wisdom. Incidentally, the parting words are the linchpin of the ceremony and bring everyone together.

Over to you…

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a specialist celebrant | marriage officiant | wedding ceremonies MC with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hotspots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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