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The Ceremony

The wedding ceremony, while traditionally shorter in length than the reception following, is often regarded as the most meaningful part of the wedding day. We’ll look at each of the different elements that go into planning the ceremony below, from picking out the wedding rings to customizing the ceremony format, writing your own wedding vows and more.

Selecting Readings for Your Wedding Ceremony

Colorful wildflower bouquets line the bridesmaids' chairs at an outdoor wedding ceremony.

The possibilities are unlimited when it comes to choosing readings for your wedding ceremony. Whether you select love poetry, quotes from a favorite movie or excerpts from a novel that has touched you both, your guests will be honored to have you share these readings with them. Here are a few examples that we particularly Read more

How to Get a Marriage License

Groom signs marriage licence on the wedding day.

In order to become legally married, you will need to obtain a marriage license in advance of your wedding day. Local marriage laws vary from state to state in terms of paperwork required and specific procedures for picking up your license. Additionally, a few states still require blood tests in order to get a marriage Read more

A Few of Our Favorite Wedding Quotes

Bridal bouquet of ivory-colored roses set on a boat hull after a beach wedding.

Need a great quote for your ceremony program? Some couples use a quotes they’ve heard a family member say in the past, a meaningful snippet from their favorite novel, or a humorous line from a movie or TV show. Here are a few of our favorite marriage and love-themed quotes – please feel free to Read more

Wedding Ceremony Format

Wedding chairs assembled an outdoor harbor ceremony.

Preludes, interludes and readings…oh my! So just how do these various pieces fit together to form a flowing and meaningful wedding ceremony? While there are many ways in which you can personalize the structure of your wedding ceremony, the basic format of most ceremonies can be broken down into the following segments.

Types of Metals to Consider for Your Wedding Bands

Bride and groom wearing platinum wedding bands displayed over the bride's bouquet.

Selecting wedding bands certainly isn’t an easy decision, however many couples find this to be a very meaningful part of their wedding planning journey since these simple rings symbolize commitment and unity. In addition, the purchase of wedding rings should be a lot less time intensive than purchasing an engagement ring since bands are normally Read more