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Traditional Civil Wedding Ceremony Format

Civil wedding ceremonies like church ceremonies do have a traditional format. Below is a basic outline of how a civil ceremony unfolds. Point 8,10 and 15 are legally required the other points are optional.

1 Groom, Best man & groomsmen arrive - Groom, Best man and Groomsmen take their places next to the Celebrant & await the Bride.

2 Seating of parents and guests - Ushers directs parents and guests to their seats (usually a friend or family member).

3 Celebrant Announces… - “Ladies and gentlemen please be upstanding for the bride.”

4 Processional  - Entrance of bridal party to music.