These are the first words spoken by your officiant, Minister, Justice of the Peace (JP) or Marriage Commissioner. Usually people are still standing at the end of the processional, when they are asked to stand for the entrance of the bride or couple.
A prayer in the middle of your service may be an appropriate follow-up to any poetry or scripture that is read. It also provides a quiet moment before the BIG question and the vows. However, in weddings that need to be shortened. the prayer portion can be omitted.
These vows are, for the most part, the “repeat after me” variety. You are welcome to memorize them, or even read them to each other as an alternative. Feel free to mix and match and compose your own unique vows.
Especially appropriate for indoor wedding, the couple each take their own candle and together light a larger candle. A great symbol – especially when each partner leaves their own individual candle lit as well. The lighting of the candle often takes place just after the pronouncement of marriage and the kiss
Long stemmed roses are perfect. Plan to have a few flowers set aside on the altar, or near the officiant. After you are pronounced married, and have had your kiss, the next thing that usually happens is the signing of the legal documents.