Wedding Ceremony Order of Service

Many Chicago area couples have used this as a typical order of events for a wedding ceremony. Since it is your wedding, you should feel free to add, drop, or alter the sequence of these events. When I meet with couples to plan their wedding, we discuss many of the options available to them. This makes a ceremony that is custom and personal, uniquely theirs, and according to their wishes.

It has only been comparatively recent in history that couples have been "allowed" to design their own wedding ceremony within a church setting. For your reference, you may want to look at the classic "Anglican Wedding Ceremony" from 1662 (pdf file), which was widely followed until about WW II, and which has the infamous "obey" clause for the Bride. (Note: The man had to give full title of all his "worldly goods" to his bride, so perhaps the "obey" part wasn't such a bad thing for some wives.) And you may want to look at the "Book of Common Prayer Wedding Ceremony" of 1945 (pdf file), which is followed by many churches even today.

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