Traditions cover so many areas of life.
They are important.
They carry our history with us.
Wedding traditions go way back and change over time and are different with each culture.
But what is important to each couple varies with their unique personalities.
I do believe it is nice to consider what traditions parents and grandparents feel should be carried on, particularly if you are a young couple.
But it is still your wedding.
It should feel like the two of you.
Grandma has no place trying to make this the wedding of her dreams.
And Mom should be your biggest support.
Because we are adults (that means 'not young' anymore), and this is not our first marriage, many things are just not important to us.
At this point they would be 'the show'.
We don't want 'show'.
We want meaning.
That is really what a wedding is about.
Marrying the person who touched your heart and soul, has become your best friend and will be by your side until the end.
There isn't a better deal in life.
So here we go, prepare yourself.
Oh yeah, please don't take offense if these are important to you, I wish you a lifetime and beyond of love and joy together, this is just me.
For A Traditional Wedding Ceremony, this would be the Order of Service
Ushers seat the guests, with prelude music playing
No ushers or seats
Special Music begins
We have to change music?
What is wrong with 'Wasted Days & Wasted Nights' by Freddy Fender?
Mothers/Parents/VIPs enter and light candelabras
Okay, if there are VIP's then is everyone else just 'nobodies'?
I have always hated that term.
Parents of the Bride and Groom are seated with the Bride's Mother being seated last
No seats remember.
Officiant and Groom enter and proceed to the front
Maybe a circle for the guests so there is not really a 'front', maybe Fred and I walk in together, maybe us with the Officiant (our favorite idea).
Bridal party enters and proceeds to the front.
Not sure how this will be yet.
Ring Bearer and/or Flower Girl enter, proceed to front, sit down.
Can we still get married without those?
Music concludes for the Bridal Party
Is this still 'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights'?
Ushers unroll the aisle runner
I'm sorry, this sounds like a track star is being unrolled.
Audience is asked to rise and welcome the Bride
So this is ALL ABOUT ME!
I can handle that.
High 5's all around!
Music begins for the Bride’s entrance (Processional music)
How about the Rawhide theme, you know...
'Rollin' rollin' rollin', Keep movin', movin', movin'.
What do ya think? It does have a nice line comin' up....
'My true love will be waitin', be waiting at the end of my ride.'
Bride’s music concludes
I like this part...
Welcome everyone and be our support in our marriage.
Bride and Groom light "family candles" to represent their families
Isn't the one candle crap later enough?
And you can forget the sand thing too!
I mean where do you put this shit at home?
Bride and Groom present flowers to parents
"Declarations Of Intent" by Bride and Groom
Don't we know why we are here?
First Reading, religious or romantic literature
Sort of cool, just make sure it is something that catches everyone off guard, please don't make them yawn.
Music interlude, solo, etc.
Can I sing?
Okay now something theatrical like Shakespeare in costume with real bullets and poison.
Special Music (musical interlude, or musical and vocal performance)
Crap, okay how about marching band music to change things up a bit?
Exchange of Wedding Vows
Now we are getting somewhere.
Blessing of the Rings
Exchange of Wedding Rings
In my head...'Don't drop it. Don't drop it.'
Audience recites Lord's Prayer
I like prayers.
Officiant's Prayer of Blessing for the Bride and Groom
Good shit here.
This is important.
Bride and Groom light Unity Candle (music in background)
Shut up, get to the kiss, the kiss!
Bride and Groom kiss
Introduction of the new couple by the Officiant'
Can we be introduced as 'His and Her Highness'?
Naw, Mr and Mrs Kincheloe is perfect.
Recessional music begins
Yay, RECESS! I love recess.
Bride and Groom exit
We could surprise everyone and disappear via magicians.
Bridal party exits and forms reception line
Not the old way, gotta work on this one.
Officiant's instructions to the audience
Give Fred and Amber money, lots of money.
'So as you can see, we are going with a more simple plan.
Romantic but simple.