The ceremony notes start once you have taken your place center stage at the wedding ceremony. Wait for the person in charge of the wedding coordinator to tell you when to take your place.
When the bride approaches the back row if the crowd is not already standing, make this statement.
“All rise for the entrance of the bride.”
(After the bride and parent(s) make their way to the stage, welcome the guests)
“Miles and Haley, along with their families wish to welcome you and thank each one of you for being a part of this special occasion. They also wish to thank you for the part each one of you has played in their lives.”
There are two ways to address this moment:
At most weddings the bride comes down the aisle and hugs her parent. The groom hugs the parent. Then the bride and groom walk toward the officiant.
2) Statement of intent
There are other weddings in which the bride and a parent approach the stage and stop. You ask this statement of intent.
“Who gives this woman to become Miles’s bride?”
The parent responds with one of the following statements:
“Her mother and I.”
“Her father and I.”
“Her family and I.”
“We are gathered here today because Miles and Haley like each other. I mean they really like each other. They are making the decision today to say to the world that this is it. This is the one. On good days this is the one I’m going to celebrate with. On bad days this is the one who is going to dry my tears. Today, tomorrow, and forever, this is the one.”
Miles and Haley are the perfect COVID love story. They met on Zoom. They were both part of a college Zoom call and Haley stayed after the end of the seminar to chat with a friend. There was one other guy who stayed on as well and he was wearing a GCU shirt. This is how Miles remembers that meeting. I found out Haley was going to GCU at the same time and I thought, “She’s cute, but if I fail I’ll at least get a friend out of talking with her.” Miles was just brimming with confidence.
Fortunately for Miles, Haley had similar feelings. The way he shared his heart about it gave me major heart-eyes (haha!). I was like, “Lord, is this something?”
Miles and Haley chatted through Instagram most of the summer and when they moved on campus they started to hang out. Like a lot. Miles was all in but he had to know how Haley felt so he initiated a define the relationship conversation that sounded like this. “Haley, do you like me?” To which Haley responded, “I do.” Then Miles responded “Cool” followed by a long awkward silence. Then Haley, needed some clarity so she asked “So… do you like me too?” To which he said, “Oh! Yeah, I do too!” This conversation happens daily on every junior high school campus but it worked for Miles and Haley.
Full ceremony script will also include:
* Your engagement story
* Reflections (What you like about each other)
* 2-3 point wedding message (Your officiant will be given 6 creatively written points to choose from for their message)
* Vows (You can choose between 7 different vow options or you can write your own)
* A unity ceremony (optional)
* Each step contains detailed notes including what to say when to say it and where to stand.