(Gloucestercitynews.net)(January 2, 2019)--There are 2.4 million weddings each year in the United States. If you're engaged, congratulations! Now it's time to start planning.
Planning your wedding can be quite a challenge. It's important to remember what's important to you in order to keep your priorities straight. If you want a Christian-focused wedding, remember to keep it at the forefront of your planning.
Looking to have the perfect Christian wedding ceremony? We're here to help. Here are our tips for planning a Christian wedding.
Marriage Preparation Courses
There are several courses offered by churches around the country. It's a great way to prepare for the trials of marriage. It will also present a chance to find out more about your future spouse.
Start counseling early and meet often. They'll offer you a nice reprieve to talk with your spouse about something other than the wedding.
Choose the Right Venue
The venue is an important part of any Christian wedding ceremony. And it doesn't necessarily have to be at a church to be Christian.
There are plenty of venue options outside of the traditional church setting. The most important part is making your vows before God in a location you love with the people that you love.
Don't Focus Solely on Yourself
Your wedding is a day for not just you and your future spouse. It is also an event joining your two families together. Find a way to involve the family members you love at the wedding.
While those around you will want to serve you, consider serving them as Christ has served you. Get to know your vendors, and bring gifts to those that help you. Be sure to talk with your friends about what's going on in their lives, not just about the wedding.
Plan Your Service
Planning your service is worth thought and preparation. Consider what songs and verses are important to you and representative of your relationship.
Here are the important parts of your service.
- Processional and Wedding March: First the grandparents and parents are seated. Then the minister and groom enter, followed by the wedding party. Finally, the bride enters escorted by her father.
- Call to Worship and Opening Prayer: These are opening remarks asking your guests to take part with you in worship. The opening prayer gives thanks and calls for God's blessing upon the service.
- Giving Away the Bride and Worship Song: This important part of the ceremony includes your families. Then a song or hymn is played which should be used as an expression of worship.
- The Charge and Pledge: The charge given by the minister reminds the couple of their marriage duties and roles. The pledge is the famous "I do" part of the ceremony.
- Wedding Vows and Ring Exchange: The couple promises publicly and before God to help each other grow. The rings are a promise to remain faithful to one another.
- Unity Candle: This symbolizes the union of the couple's hearts and lives together.
- Communion: Many couples choose to take communion as their first act in their marriage.
- Pronouncement and Closing Prayer: Here, the minister declares the couple as married. The closing prayer offers a blessing from the congregation.
- Recessional: First the couple leaves, presented as Mr. and Mrs. for the first time. Then the wedding party exists in the reverse order that they entered the ceremony.
Now You're Ready for a Christian Wedding Ceremony
Now you know how to plan the perfect Christian wedding ceremony. With these tips, you'll be able to focus on what really matters during your big day. For more lifestyle news and commentary, bookmark CNBNews.