All wedding ceremonies follow some routine, which means that whether you choose to have a religious or even a civil bridal ceremony, there will be some general outline which you will be expected to follow. The following are just some of the things that usually happen during most of the wedding ceremonies with the exception of customary weddings which can have completely different outlines depending on the culture involved. The procession where the bride and the wedding party walk down the aisle, the officiant’s opening remarks, the wedding ceremony officiant addressing the couple, the couple exchanging their vows, the couple exchanging their wedding band, the couple’s first kiss as a married couple, and the closing remarks by the officiant.
Several factors determine how long a bridal ceremony lasts such as the type of wedding ceremony that you will be having and also the number of elements that will be included in the wedding ceremony. Religious bridal ceremonies do not follow the same traditions as the secular wedding, and therefore these two types of weddings will have different timelines. Most of the wedding ceremonies, however, take roughly between 20 and 30 minutes which gives the couple enough time to cover all the essential parts such as having a few readings, taking the vows, exchanging the bands, and making the final pronouncement.
The guests’ sitting positions during the ceremony are determined by the newlyweds’ culture or religion. For example, in a Christian wedding ceremony, the bride's family sits on the left, and the groom's on the right. Traditionally, kidnappers would capture the bride to steal her dowry. The bride’s family would sit on her left to be protected by the groom’s family. In a Jewish ceremony, it's the opposite; the bride and her family are on the right, the groom and his are on the left. Some couples, especially in a same-sex marriage, may not adhere to any rules and adopt the open seating plan.