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Wedding Ceremony Checklist

Make Sure You Have Everything You'll Need for Your Wedding Ceremony

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This wedding ceremony checklist is designed to help you keep track of all the things you'll need for your nuptials. Depending on your faith and wedding style, you may or may not require everything listed here. Cross off any unnecessary items, then use the rest of the list to ensure the necessities get to your venue on time.

Each of the list items comes with a link for more information, or you can opt for the printable wedding ceremony checklist instead.

Marriage License

If you're getting legally married in the United States and many other countries, you'll need a marriage license.  Some officiants won't perform a ceremony without one, so make sure you have it with you.

Wedding Rings

Marriages are traditionally solemnized with an exchange of rings or other gifts.

Personalized Wedding Vows

If you've written your own vows, make sure you have a copy with you.  I suggest copying them onto a small card and asking your officiant to keep that card until the approrpiate moment.

Wedding Readings

Even if you've given your selections to your readers, it's a good idea to have an extra copy of your wedding readings with you, just in case. Even the most responsible friend can sometimes be absent minded or have an emergency.

Ceremony Music

Whether you're using CDs, Mp3s, or live musicians with sheet music, make sure you have a copy with you.

Wedding Programs

Not everyone chooses to have a program, but they are helpful for guests to understand the rituals and know who's who in the wedding party.

Flower Girl Basket

If your flower girl is scattering petals, she'll need a basket to keep them in. You could instead opt for a pomander, especially for younger girls.

Ring Pillow

Similarly, if you're having a ring bearer, you'll need a pillow for him to carry.  It's a good idea to have a way to secure the rings to the pillow so they won't roll away. You could instead give the rings to the best man to put in his breast pocket.

Aisle Runner

Another optional accessory is an aisle runner, which protects the bride's dress, and adds drama.

Unity Candle, Broom, or Other Unity Ceremony Accessories

A tradition that started in Christian wedding ceremonies, the unity candle is a ritual now performed by people of many faiths.  There are many other rituals to express unity, such as jumping the broom in African American weddings. These are certainly optional but if you're having one, you'll want to make sure you have all the accessories you need.

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