Your Wedding Ceremony Timeline

So when it comes to your ceremony, do you actually know how its going to run? I get asked by so many of my brides, but what actually happens in the ceremony!

Well let's get into it shall we!

Let's dive straight in from 30 minutes prior to the wedding ceremony actually starting.........

So the groom has a quick meeting to go over the details with the registrar approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony (the time can vary and your registrar will inform you).

Make sure you have some music being played in the background whilst the ushers are seating guests.The ushers can also be handing out ‘orders of the day’ and confetti boxes ( if these are being used. They should inform guests when and where confetti is being thrown. This may be done after the ceremony if it is occurring after they have walked back down the aisle).

The bride and FOB have a quick meeting to go over the details with the registrar. Usually about 15 minutes before the ceremony.

The MOB takes her seat

The bridal party arrive

An usher informs the musicians or person controlling the playlist that the bridal party are ready

The processional music begins and the bride and bridesmaids enter. Decide in which order you would like this to happen. You can find more info on that HERE

Bride and father of the bride, wedding ceremony
Beautiful Robyn walking down the aisle with her father. Photo by Ross Hurley Photography


Once everyone makes their way down to the front or the alter, depending if this is a civil ceremony of church service, the bouquet is handed to a member of the bridal party and the ceremony commences.

This following is an example of a civil ceremony:

Welcome and introduction

FOB sits with his wife (on the left) after he has the handed bride to the groom

A reading (it must not have any religious connotation) this is optional

Definition of marriage, according to the law