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Wedding Ceremony Information - Protestant

Although wedding ceremonies will vary from one protestant denomination to another, in most cases the wedding is held in a church where either the bride or groom, or both attend. This type of ceremony commonly includes hymnal type music, candle lighters, and all the things you think of when you hear the word wedding.

The important thing to remember if you will be having your wedding ceremony in a protestant church is that while some are very liberal, others are very conventional. Theefore, before you make all your decisions about the wedding, the best thing to do is schedule time to sit down with the minister and discuss what traditional and non-traditional elements he or she supports. That will be your guide to follow when making your choice in music, vows, and so on.

The protestant wedding traditionally includes an introductory prayer at the very beginning of the ceremony. Although there are many representations that could be considered, one very commonly used one comes from England, dating back to the 16th Century. As you will see below, this or something similar would be considered appropriate. With the minister facing the bride and groom along with the guests, the bride with her right hand on the grooms left hand, these words would be spoken:

Dearly beloved, we have gathered, together in Gods presence to witness and bless the joining of this man and woman in holy matrimony. The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in His creation. Our Lord Jesus Christ has adorned this manner of life by His presence and the first miracle of marriage at Cana of Galilee. This bond signifies the mystery of the union between Christ and His church, and the Holy Scripture commits that it be honored among all people.

The union of husband and wife is intended and honored by God for joy, help, and comfort given each other during times of adversity and prosperity, and when it is Gods will for the procreation of children and their knowledge and love of the Lord. For these reasons, marriage is not to be entered lightly or unadvisedly but with reverence, deliberately, and in accordance with the purpose for which it was instituted by God.

After the introductory prayer, the union vows will begin and the minister will charge the bride and groom before God and witnesses that if anyone believes they should not be joined, they speak now or forever hold their peace. Next comes the I will portion of the vows and both bride and groom will be asked if they take one another as husband/wife. Finally, the minister will state in front of witnesses "By the power invested in me through the state of (state); I now pro pronounce you husband and wife."

After all the vows are completed, usually a song will be sung, the Unity candle lit, or the minister may just have the newly married couple face the guests and introduce the new Mr. and Mrs. (name.

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