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Rev Steve's Wedding Binder

A list of my “Tie The Knot” bundle which includes your choice of one of (6) six pre-composed vows/services.
Tie The Knot #1 (My favorite Ceremony)
Tie The Knot #2 (Short & Simple- under 5 minutes, not really for a formal wedding)
Tie The Knot #3 (a little humor added)
Tie The Knot #4 (A slightly religious Ceremony)
Tie The Knot #5 (A one Minute Ceremony Mostly for the Legal Signing of documents)
Tie The Knot #6 (A GUILTLESS CATHOLIC INSPIRED CEREMONY WITH SOME OF THE PRAYERS)

Wedding Ceremony Ideas

A list of some of the most common traditions and rituals our couples choose to incorporate in their wedding ceremonies.

Sand Ceremony– During this ceremony, the couple each has an individual container of sand. They join together to pour into one larger container. It is symbolic of the fact that just as the grains of sand could never again be separated, so will the union be, forever entwined and forever inseparable. This ceremony can be done with just the couple, or with other family members and/or children. You can watch a video clip of this on our video page.

Materials: Sand, usually in two different colors. One container for each person participating filled with a little sand. One large empty container for the combined sand. Pre-made sets are available in stores, or couples can purchase a keepsake glass container and small bud vases for each individual.

Candle Lighting– Similarly symbolic to the sand ceremony. Two flames representing the individuals are joined to light a center candle. Each person lights a single taper candle. The couple then brings the flames together to light a larger middle candle. The tapers remain lit and are replaced in their holders to represent two coming together while maintaining individuality. Although this is frequently considered a Christian tradition. It can be done with just the couple or including other family members. You can watch a video clip of this on our video page. Materials: One center candle (and hurricane cover if it’s outside), two side taper candles in holders, lighter or small votive candle to be pre-lit for lighting tapers.

Wine Ceremony– Partners share drinks from a single glass of wine. This symbolizes drinking from the cup of life and sharing all of its experiences together, both bitter and sweet. Materials: Glass of wine (a variety of the couple’s choosing) and table for it to sit on. You can watch a video clip of this on our video page.

Love Letter Wine-Box Ceremony– Partners each write each other a love letter before the ceremony. During the ceremony, the officiant will talk about how the couple was asked to set aside the hustle and bustle of wedding preparations and spend some time considering how they are feeling as they are making this commitment to each other. The couple is instructed to write their partner a letter sharing this and to bring that letter to the ceremony. The officiant then explains that the box will become a time capsule that the letters will now be placed inside of. The couple is then invited to open this box on their 10-year anniversary and drink the bottle of wine together as they read their love letters that have long been sealed in the box. Materials: Bottle of wine (a variety of the couple’s choosing), a love letter written by both partners, a wooden box with a lid that can hold the letters and the bottle of wine, and a table for it to sit on. You can search for wedding wine boxes on Etsy to see lots of examples of wine boxes.

Ceremonies Involving Children– Parents and children can make vows to one another (dependent on the children’s ages). Parents may also choose to give children gifts during the ceremony or conduct a family Sand Ceremony. Materials: Gift of parents’ choosing. Sand Ceremony props from above if that option is chosen.

Tree Planting– This symbolizes the need for both people to nurture the marriage and make it grow. The couple plants the tree or plant as the officiant shares the symbolism behind the ritual, personalized for each specific type of plant (i.e. lemon tree vs. bonsai tree, etc.). Materials: Plant in the pot, a cup of soil, a cup of water, trowel.

Rose Ceremony– The couple exchanges two red roses, an act representing the first gift of love to one another. The wording asks that the couple pick a place in their home for roses so that you can take roses there to mark this most wonderful day. Also for those times when you need to reconnect it can act as the white flag of surrender or the reminder of the love that you are sharing on your wedding day that should matter most of all. Comes toward the end of the ceremony, after vows and rings. Materials: Two long stem red roses.

Breaking the Glass– A Jewish tradition that is now often seen in many interfaith ceremonies, as a non-denominational symbol. At the very end of the ceremony, the groom breaks a glass. It symbolizes the shattering of the old and the bringing in of the new. Materials: Small drinking glass wrapped in a cloth napkin.

Signing the Ketubah/Marriage Promise– A Jewish tradition. The Ketubah is a marriage contract that is also decorative art. To see a sample go to modernketubah.com. The officiant will speak about the ketubah and the couple will sign it during the ceremony. Materials: Ketubah, thin tip permanent black marker.

Wedding Basket– The couple selects different guests to join them and place an item of significance in a basket placed on a nearby table. These items should symbolize something for the couple. For example, A grandmother might bring up a rosary to represent her wish for the marriage to be guided by faith. Materials: Basket/chest and items to go inside.

If you know of any other traditions we should include here, please contact us today and let us know! You can find more information on our other advice pages, including suggested wedding ceremony readings, advice on creating a wedding ceremony script, and popular wedding ceremony songs. Of course, if you are looking for a wedding officiant, please click here to contact us and check our availability for your wedding date!

Wedding Ceremony Readings

– A compilation of excellent readings for wedding ceremonies, with both religious readings and wedding bible readings.

Biblical

1 Corinthians 13
Matthew 19:4-6
Ecclesiastes: 4:9-12
Genesis 2:24-28
Mark 10:6-9
1 John 4:10
Romans 12:9-16
Colossians 3:12-17

Wedding Ceremony Songs

– Suggested music for wedding ceremonies, including processional and recessional songs as well as modern songs for wedding ceremonies.

Music is an essential piece of numerous wedding services – music addresses our hearts and regularly summons recollections of our companions, families, and connections. Since I want to help to make a redid wedding service for the majority of our couples, picking the correct tunes for your wedding function can make your ceremony great. I have provided wedding music for the processional and recessional, and some cutting edge melodies for wedding services, listed below.

Numerous couples pick conventional established music for their wedding services, however, many couples choose to utilize present day prevalent music. Another choice is to play an established string group of four fronts of famous music, which empowers them to pick more up to date music while keeping up the “vibe” of a more conventional function.

Our best guidance for picking wedding service music is to pick melodies that have an importance to you and to your relationship. On the off chance that you require extra recommendations past what we have given below, I suggest looking at the wedding music area at WeddingWire, the segment on function music on About.com, and the running rundown of famous service music at Hitched.co.uk. Obviously, on the off chance that you have extra recommendations for my list, or on the off chance that you might want to check our accessibility for your wedding date, please get in touch with us today!

Wedding Ceremony Music

Wedding Processional Songs
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin – Richard Wagner (Traditional Processional)
Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
Air from Water Music – George Handel
Spring from The Four Seasons – Antonio Vivaldi
The Prince of Denmark’s March – Jeremiah Clarke
Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell

Wedding Recessional Songs
Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Felix Mendelssohn (Traditional Recessional)
Hornpipe from Water Music – George Handel
Ode to Joy – Ludwig van Beethoven
Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah – George Handel
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, Allegro – Johann Bach
Rondeau – Jean Mouret

Modern Songs for Wedding Ceremonies
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
Beautiful Day – U2
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
This Will Be (an Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
Marry Me – Train
Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Have a song you think would be perfect for our list of wedding ceremony music? Contact us today and we would be happy to take your suggestions. For more helpful advice on planning your wedding ceremony, check out our articles for wedding ceremony ideas, writing a wedding ceremony script, and popular wedding ceremony readings. If you would like to check our availability for your wedding date, please fill out our contact form and I will get back to you right away!

Wedding Officiant Videos

Videos of some popular wedding traditions and tips.

Wedding Rehearsal Guide

Our free guide to running your own wedding rehearsal, complete with wedding ceremony diagram and instructions.

Conquer the Seating Chart

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Recommended vendors list

Our list of recommended vendors and venues, as well as useful links to a wedding and officiant-related websites-

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Venues

Chickasaw Hills Cabins & Lodge–Sardis, Mississippi

Fountain South Inn Olive Branch, Mississippi

Formal Wear

STUDDSSouthaven, Mississippi

Photography

Crystal Clear Photography- Home

If you have additional ideas you think we should include in our list of wedding planning resources, or if you would like to check our availability for your wedding date, please contact us today!

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