It’s easier than you think!
1. The Organist.
You’ll need to sit down with our organist, Renee Rivers, to plan the music for your wedding. She’ll play her favorites for you and let you decide. You can also come with your suggestions and requests. You may reach Renee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. A Soloist?
Special music adds a lot to the service. We can set that up for you, or you may wish to contact someone yourself. We have a number of fine soloists associated with our church. You can meet with one and hear their favorite love songs. We do suggest choosing a soloist who is used to singing in weddings.
3. A Hymn?
Do you want to sing a hymn at the start of the service? Some people choose a hymn(s) about love. Others just sing their favorite hymn(s). Here are some suggestions from our hymnal:
#59: “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”
#358: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
#35: “Morning Has Broken”
#609: “Come to a Wedding”
#610: “O Perfect Love”
4. A Poem?
Would you like a poetry reading for your service? You can google “wedding poems” for suggestions.
5. Bible Readings.
We recommend two to three Scripture passages for your service. Here are some suggestions: (go to bible.oremus.org for the NRSV translation)
Song of Solomon 2:8-10, 14, 16, or 8:6-7
Matthew 7:21, 24-29
John 15:9-12, 12-16
Romans 12:1-2, 9-18
I Corinthians 13
Ephesians 5:21-33 or 25-33
l John 3:18-24
I John 4:7-12
6. Here are the traditional wedding vows & ring exchange:
I, ____________, take you, ____________, to be my wedded wife/husband,
to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse,
for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall live.
Here are the usual words for the ring exchange:
_______, I give you this ring, as a symbol of my love and faithfulness,
and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you, in the Name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
You may write your own wedding vows and ring exchange. You may amend what’s printed above. You can also say something to each other in your own words, and then use the traditional vows.
So as you can see, your basic task for planning the ceremony is selecting readings & music. We’ll do the rest!