Section One: The perfect wedding day is every woman’s dream from the perfect dress, to the decorations and even the freshest flowers. The most important aspect of a wedding of course is the day of rituals to live by. A traditional wedding can encompass a variety of things but these are the most important aspects I have encountered. The bride and groom must spend their last night as single adults apart to give them good luck for the big day. The bride must be wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. The church must be set with beautiful decorations as the ushers escort the guests into the church thirty minutes prior to the ceremony as beautiful music plays in the background. The mother of the bride is seated last in the front closest to the ceremony. The minister, groom and his best man will then enter the church and stand at the front where the ceremony will take place. The processional music will begin as the bridesmaids escorted by the groomsmen enter the church then the maid/matron of honor, ring bearer and the flower girl(s). The processional music will begin for the last escort: the bride. The bride will be escorted in by her father who will reveal her beautiful face and hug her at the end before handing her over to her groom. The minister will say a brief prayer then do a few readings from the bible. The bride and groom will then exchange vows followed by the exchange of rings. The minister will then pronounce the bride and groom as husband and wife and say “You may now kiss the bride.” The guests will cheer and the music will begin to play again as the wedding party processes out. The wedding party will immediately go to the discussed location for professional wedding photos. The bride and groom will sign their marriage license and proceed to take pictures. The ushers will escort the guests out row by row to proceed to the reception. Guests will be seated in the reception area and enjoy some refreshments before the wedding party and the newlyweds enter. By the time the procures are done and everyone is seated, the newlyweds are announced and the celebration begins! A reception can have multiple traditions but the ones I am most familiar with are the newlyweds first dance, the father daughter dance and the newlyweds cutting the cake and sharing the first slice.
Section Two: All in all, the wedding ceremony is one of the most splendid rituals of them all. I believe wedding ceremonies are to showcase your new lifestyle and partner to your closes family and friends. It’s a celebration. A wedding ceremony is personal and intimate because it also showcases your beliefs and values. The community is definitely strengthened because the bond of two families has just been formed. The wedding is important for all parties involved. The groomsmen and bridesmaids are usually a bride and grooms’ most trusted friends and family. Even if some parts of a wedding are untraditional, each wedding is special and sacred in its own way.