Wedding Planning > Wedding Ceremony
Wedding ceremony is the most important part of your wedding. As wedding is considered to be unique in everybody's life, each of us desire of our wedding to be exclusive and memorable.
Wedding is a ceremony in which two people are amalgamated in nuptial or a similar institution. Wedding customs and tradition differs greatly based on the religion, countries, ethnic group and social classes. Common element in most of the wedding includes an exchange of vows by the couples, gift presenting, decorations and ring offerings.
Special wedding dresses are worn by both bride and groom and sometimes this wedding ceremony is followed with a wedding reception. Prayers, poetry, music, and readings are often the optional incorporated in the ceremony.
Wedding ceremony is the special day for both bride and groom. On most important days of your life, you want to look outstanding. You should be well prepared with the wedding dress, make up, cake theme and with all elements of the wedding.
To perform a wedding ceremony, first you must have to choose a reception location and reserve your date. Your next priority should be dress, your wedding cake, catering, decoration, make up, hair stylist, wedding theme and shoes, veil and many more.
Wedding ceremony is more exciting and entertaining, it consists of numerous rituals, which are considered as holy and sacred, it is sometimes daunting too. You can make your wedding successful by planning from right time. Make a checklist and follow it strictly according to your budget.
To make your wedding striking and creative you can search various wedding websites through the internet. Take new ideas and plan accordingly. You can get a lot of information on the internet.
Wedding is the time not only to enjoy but to commit some promises to each other and to go through some marriage rituals. Every ritual in a wedding has its own meaning and tradition. These are made to help the couple prepare to spend their remaining life with one other. There is a traditional belief behind these wedding rituals, but nowadays you could design it according to your priority and commitment. Here, we are going to talk about the traditional wedding ceremony rituals and will try to understand the meaning behind these.
The first and foremost important reason behind any wedding (all over the world) is to give an assurance to be with each other in any ups and downs of their life. Wedding is not a contract; it is a pledge to bind a relationship. Therefore, God's covenant with Abraham in Genesis is symbolized for wedding.
The other important tradition of wedding ceremony is the explanation or understanding of the wedding ceremony given to the bride and groom by the minister of officiate. The minister of officiate sits with the bride and groom and explains them the meaning of wedding, being together, and the God's covenant. This covenant tells about the importance of physical as well as spiritual union of the couple and why this togetherness is essential for successful marriage. Every couple should get this understanding before being pronounced as man and wife or before starting their life together.
- Sitting Opposites
Family of the bride and groom sitting opposite sides of church, symbolizes the cutting of the blood covenant. This means, the family, friends and invitees are all involved in wedding covenant because they have done some sacrifices to prepare for the wedding of the couple and they are supporting this holy union of the couple.
- Groom's Entrance
The groom enters first because God initiated this relationship with Christ. This also means that the groom came for the bride.
- Father of the Bride Escort Her
The father of the bride escorts her means that he and his wife (bride's mother) endorse the bride's choice of husband. Another and most traditional meaning of this indicates that the bride is pure virgin. The father of the bride says that he had done his best to present his daughter as a pure bride to the groom. Another meaning of this ritual is that the parents of the bride are giving the bride to the groom means they are transpiring their responsibility and care of the bride to the groom.
- Importance of Bridal Veil
The bridal veil shows her worship for the God. Removing the veil means taking away the separation between the man and The God and let the person believe in the presence of the God. Taking away bridal veil also means that the couple has full admittance to each other.
- The Way They Say The Wedding Vows
The bride wears white wedding dress that shows she is pure at heart and life. It also indicates that she is virgin. The bride and groom stand face to face and say their wedding vows publically and commit everything they possess in their covenant relationship. While saying all these wedding vows publically they join their right hands. This joining of right hands means they both become one and leave their families and friends for being committed to each other.
- Exchange of the Wedding Rings
The exchange of wedding rings symbolizes the eternal love for each other and represents inward bonding of the couple that has outward representation. It also symbolizes couples submission to the God's authority and recognitions that the God has brought them together.
After this the groom and bride are announced or declared as man/husband and wife.
- Rice Throwing
Throwing rice seeds by the newlyweds means the primary purpose of this marriage is to create a family (reproduction or having children) that will serve and honor the presence of God. Throwing rice by the guests is a blessing to the couple. These blessings are for the physical and mental health, marital success, and spiritual fruitfulness of the couple.
Wedding cake cutting and feeding to each other means that the couple has given everything to each other and care about each other.