The Wedding Ceremony Script: What Is It and What Does It Include?

There is a basic wedding ceremony script, or order of events, that many people follow to keep their wedding on track and to make sure they don’t forget anything. Scripts are not limited to this type however; there are a variety of formats or scripts for weddings and receptions. This particular starting script can be used as is, or you can add to it to meet your preferences.

A basic wedding script will include the following:

An Introduction
The Question: “Who gives this bride” (this traditional question is optional)
The Charge
The Questions
The Vows
Giving and Receiving of Rings
Prayer
Pronouncement
Benediction
The kiss
The Reception is a place where you can be very creative, but there are a few traditions that most brides and grooms expect.

Basic Reception Script:

Grand entrance of wedding party
Welcome to the guests by emcee
Toasts to the bride and groom
Meal following bride, groom and wedding party
Father of the bride speech
Best man speech/toast
Maid of honor speech/toast
Cutting the cake by bride and groom
Removing of the garter ritual (not always used)
Father of bride dance with bride
Throwing of the bridal bouquet
Speeches for Receptions can be given by a variety of persons. Traditionally speeches are offered by emcee, best man, maid of honor and father of the bride. These are traditional speakers, but creative planners can work other kinds of speeches into the reception. A childhood friend, college roommate, favorite uncle or aunt, and other persons that have a special relationship with the couple can bring a special speech to the event.

Lining up who will speak and giving them time to think about what they would like to say, ahead of time, will bring more order and creativity to the occasion. Planning is important when you want to create a quality event, so choose who you want to speak carefully. If you help them with an outline or list of expectations you will make their job easier and your own expectations are more likely to be met as well.

If you stick to your wedding ceremony or reception script, you will be sure not to forget anything or anyone important. It is a guide that will make the whole event run more smoothly. Everyone will appreciate being on the same page and will be happy that each step is clearly defined so they only have their part to think about.

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