Your marriage ceremony is the most important part of your wedding as it’s when you actually make your vows to one another and become legally married. And for most couples it’s no longer just a case of finding a local church with a free weekend…. Find out here what you need to know to have the perfect wedding or civil partnership, from wedding readings to wedding music.
There are many types of marriage ceremony, from religious weddings to civil weddings and now civil partnerships or gay weddings. Second weddings are on the rise and many couples also choose to renew their vows after several years of marriage to publicly reaffirm their love and commitment to each other. Some couples plan a civil ceremony with a separate religious blessing after. If you’re looking for something different and more personal, a Humanist wedding could be for you, or if you’d just like to break with custom and get away from it all then getting married abroad could be just the thing for you, just as long as it doesn’t upset your grandma! Multi‐cultural weddings or Interfaith weddings can be twice the fun when you bring in traditions from each culture! And for those of us who struggle with unique favour ideas, a fresh and wonderful culture could be just the ticket!
Writing your own wedding vows for a civil ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to express just how much you love your partner and tell the world why they are so special to you. If you’re not sure where to start, just check out our easy guide to writing your wedding vows and adapt some of our sample wedding vows to suit your own unique relationship.
Hymns and Music
Choosing which hymns and music to have played at your ceremony venue is another question of personal taste. You may want classical music or prefer something contemporary for a civil wedding. Sometimes it’s useful to read the lyrics and listen to several pieces before you decide.
Most ceremonies have a couple of readings in which a romantic or religious story is told. The readings can be beautiful or thought provoking and will help to set the scene for your own union. Check out our ideas for religious and biblical readings (including choices from the Old and New Testament), as well as non-religious readings here, here, and here.