What are the Parts of a Ceremony?
A wedding ceremony is basically laid out like ritualistic church service. In a church the priest and attendants or acolytes process in with music, there are prayers, reading from the bible and music followed by a recessional.
Opening Prayer or a Welcoming
Closing Prayer or words
These are all simply options in a modern wedding. You are not required to do anything but formally give your consent to marry. You may read or say as much as you like. Rings are not a requirement, nor is prayer. Small weddings don't always have a processional or a recessional. Family simply gathers around and it ends with hugs and congratulations. Some weddings have no music. Others, quite a bit.
Some couples choose to be asked the formal questions to commit and them speak their own vows. You can add as many parts to your wedding as you like. Some people love formal rituals such as a hand fasting ceremony where unity candles are lit, the hands are fasted and wine is shared in traditional and symbolic form.
There are no rules! Only suggestions!
At least here at Marry Me in Indy!