Professional REAL CHURCH ministers for your wedding celebration
Widely Accepted Wedding Traditions...
Some of the items in this list of wedding traditions comes from a book entitled The Romance of the Wedding Ceremony by Rev. Richleigh Hale Powers, Ph.D..
The Bride’s Bouquet
Bridal bouquets have evolved through the ages. Saracen brides carried bouquets of orange blossoms to symbolize fertility, and Roman brides carried sheaves of wheat to symbolize prosperity for their husbands. In the eighteenth century, the practice of carrying a bouquet of flowers or herbs became a popular tradition which symbolized fragility, purity, and new life. Bouquets of dill were among the most popular herb carried. After the ceremony the dill was eaten to “provoke lust.” Today, the bridal bouquets are tosses to assembled single women to symbolize new life and to pass on the bride’s good fortune.
The Special Meaning of the Bride’s Veil
The veil represents modesty and respect. It symbolizes the sanctity and exclusiveness of the marriage covenant and reminds the couple and the witnesses that the physical relationship is to be entered into only after the vows are completed.
Rice and Petals
In the Middle Ages, handfuls of wheat were thrown over the married couples to symbolize the hope for fertility. In modern times, rice is thrown instead of wheat to symbolize fertility. In recent years, flower petals have become another alternative, symbolizing beauty, happiness, and prosperity.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Old and new items jointly symbolize the passage from the old unmarried state to that of the new married union. The wearing of a borrowed belonging demonstrates community participation and approval of the wedding. Blue is worn because it is the color that signifies purity, love, and fidelity.
White Aisle Runner
A white aisle runner symbolizes walking on holy ground. A marriage covenant is not made merely between two people and their witnesses. It is made in the presence of God and He is actively involved in the agreement. The white aisle runner symbolizes God’s holiness.
Special Seating for the Parents
The parents of the bride and groom are part of the marriage covenant. The commitments they make during the ceremony are just as binding as the vows of the couple. The final responsibility of parents for their children is to determine with them God’s will for a life partner. Thereafter, they serve in a chain of counsel for them and their children. Parents enter in the line of authority and leave in the line of counsel.
The Groom Entering First
By this action the groom signifies that he is the covenant initiator. This is important because whoever initiates the covenant assumes greater responsibility for seeing it fulfilled.
The Father of the Bride Walking Down the Aisle
This action has two meanings. By doing so, the father says to the bride, “I am endorsing this young man as God’s very best choice of a husband for you, and I am now bringing you to him.” In addition, the father is saying to the young man, “I am presenting you a daughter who I have earnestly endeavored to raise as a pure bride.”
The Groom Making the First Marriage Vow
The groom must be the leader and assume greater responsibility for fulfilling the marriage covenant. As covenant initiator, he must commit himself to the purposes of marriage which God established in the beginning, and these must be reflected in his vows.
The Symbolism of the Wedding Rings
The wedding rings symbolize the promise between two people together in marriage. The unbroken circle of the wedding band represents the continuity of undying love. Greek theory believed the fourth finger of the left hand to be connected to the heart, making this the appropriate finger to be “bound” in romantic attachment.
Kissing the Bride
During the Roman empire, the kiss between a couple symbolized a legal bond. Continued use of the kiss to seal the marriage bond is based on the deeply rooted idea of the kiss as a vehicle for transference of power and souls.
The Couple Being Pronounced “Husband and Wife”
This establishes their change of names and a definite point in time for the beginning of the marriage. These words are to remove any doubt in the minds of the couple or their witnesses concerning the validity of the marriage.
Signing the Guest Book
Your wedding guests are official witness to the covenant. By signing the guest book, they are saying, “I have witnessed the vows, and I will testify to the reality of the marriage.” Because of this significance, the guest book should be signed after the wedding rather than before it.
The Meaning of Serving Food at the Reception
Food is part of the covenant celebration. It further symbolizes the unity of the couple. Entering into a meal itself is a form of covenant.
The Bride and Groom Feeding Wedding Cake to Each Other
This represents the sharing of their bodies to become one. A New Testament illustration of this symbolism is The Lord’s Supper.Cultural Wedding Traditions
Borne from different cultures and passed down through the generations, traditions can add a unique touch to your special day. Incorporate one of the following for a future of good fortune.
Bride and groom "jump the broom", a custom that symbolizes jumping from a carefree single life into the responsibilities of domestic life and a future together.
The GOD Squad Ministers in a Minute is a Nationally acclaimed wedding minister service serving the Memphis and Jackson Tennessee areas, as well as Oxford Mississippi & Tupelo Mississippi, Louisville, KY, Kansas City Kansas, Topeka Kansas, Wichita Kansas, Lawrence Kansas, Kansas City Missouri, Jefferson City MO, Springfield Missouri, Branson Missouri, Tulsa Oklahoma. Huntsville, Alabama, Little Rock Arkansas, Hot Springs Arkansas, Fayetteville Arkansas, Fort Smith Arkansas, Jonesboro Arkansas, Ozarks areas.
The GOD Squad Ministers in a Minute is a Nationally acclaimed wedding minister service serving the Kansas City Kansas, Topeka Kansas, Lawrence Kansas, Kansas City Missouri, Springfield Missouri, Branson Missouri, Fayetteville Arkansas, Ozarks areas, as well as Memphis and Jackson Tennessee areas. Weddings on Sundays, Holidays, or booked less than 48 hours before the wedding, will be assessed an additional fee, beginning at $100 above our regular price. Our BASIC ceremony is performed with either our traditional or secular ceremonies; Minor changes are permitted, but major changes*, or performing an alternate ceremony converts the ceremony to our CUSTOM option, and the additional fees will be assessed to the credit card on file.
The GOD Squad wedding ministers reserves the right to refuse to marry any couple. Ministers in a Minute, Mid-south God Squad, God Squad, and God Squad films are all registered trademarks of Ministers in a Minute LLC Wedding Ceremony Officiant / Justice of the Peace, wedding officiant, wedding minister, wedding officiants, wedding ministers, wedding ceremony, marriage ceremonies, wedding services, marriage officiant, wedding officiate, wedding pastor, wedding pastors, wedding celebrant, reverend, wedding clergy, priest, rabbi, Kansas City wedding ministers, Kansas City notaries, Kansas City marriage officiants, Kansas City wedding officiants, Kansas City Officiants, Kansas City officiant, Kansas City wedding officiant, Kansas City wedding minister, Kansas City minister, Kansas City marriage officiant, Kansas City judges, Kansas City wedding priest, Kansas City priest, Kansas City ceremony officiant, Kansas City clergy, Kansas City clergyman, Kansas City reverend, Kansas City rabbi, Kansas City rabbis, Kansas City notary,Kansas City notary public, Kansas City wedding ceremony, Kansas City marriage ceremony, Kansas City civil ceremony, Kansas City non denominational, Kansas City wedding service, Kansas City wedding services, Kansas City wedding, Kansas City weddings in or near the mid-west for Brides in Kansas City, Independence, Lenexa, Overland Park, Lee's Summit, Shawnee, Kensington, Lykins, Washinton Weatley, Raytown, and other cities and townships in the mid-west area.Wichita wedding ministers, Wichita notaries, Wichita marriage officiants, Wichita wedding officiants, Wichita Officiants, Wichita officiant, Wichita wedding officiant, Wichita wedding minister, Wichita minister, Wichita marriage officiant, Wichita judges, Wichita wedding priest, Wichita priest, Wichitaceremony officiant, Wichita clergy, Wichita clergyman, Wichita reverend, Wichita rabbi, Wichita rabbis, Wichita notary,Wichita notary public, Wichita wedding ceremony, Wichita marriage ceremony, Wichita civil ceremony, Wichita non denominational, Wichita wedding service, Wichita wedding services, Wichita wedding, Wichita weddingsTopeka wedding ministers, Topeka notaries, Topeka marriage officiants, Topeka wedding officiants, Topeka Officiants, Topeka officiant, Topeka wedding officiant, Topeka wedding minister, Topeka minister, Topeka marriage officiant, Topeka judges, Topeka wedding priest, Topeka priest, Topeka ceremony officiant, Topeka clergy, Topeka clergyman, Topeka reverend, Topeka rabbi, Topeka rabbis, notary,Topeka notary public, Topeka wedding ceremony, Topeka marriage ceremony, civil ceremony, Topeka non denominational, Topeka wedding service, Topeka wedding services, Topeka wedding, Topeka weddings Jefferson City wedding ministers, Jefferson City notaries, Jefferson City marriage officiants, Jefferson City wedding officiants, Jefferson City Officiants, Jefferson City officiant, Jefferson City wedding officiant, Jefferson City wedding minister, Jefferson City minister, Jefferson City marriage officiant, Jefferson City judges, Jefferson City wedding priest, Jefferson City priest, Jefferson City ceremony officiant, Jefferson City clergy, Jefferson City clergyman, Jefferson City reverend, Jefferson City rabbi, Jefferson City rabbis, Jefferson City notary,Jefferson City notary public, Jefferson City wedding ceremony, Jefferson City marriage ceremony, Jefferson City civil ceremony, Jefferson City non denominational, Jefferson City wedding service, Jefferson City wedding services, Jefferson City wedding, Jefferson City weddings .Columbia MO wedding ministers, Columbia MO notaries, Columbia MO marriage officiants, Columbia MO wedding officiants, Columbia MO Officiants, Columbia MO officiant, Columbia MO wedding officiant, Columbia MO wedding minister, Columbia MO minister, Columbia MO marriage officiant, Columbia MO judges, Columbia MO wedding priest, Columbia MO priest, Columbia MO ceremony officiant, Columbia MO clergy, Columbia MO clergyman, Columbia MO reverend, Columbia MO rabbi, Columbia MO rabbis, Columbia MO notary,Columbia MO notary public, Columbia MO wedding ceremony, Columbia MO marriage ceremony, Columbia MO civil ceremony, Columbia MO non denominational, Columbia MO wedding service, Columbia MO wedding services, Columbia MO wedding, Columbia MO weddings Springfield MO wedding ministers, Springfield MOnotaries, Springfield MO marriage officiants, Springfield MO wedding officiants, Springfield MO Officiants, Springfield MO officiant, Springfield MO wedding officiant, Springfield MO wedding minister, Springfield MO minister, Springfield MO marriage officiant, Springfield MO judges, Springfield MO wedding priest, Springfield MO priest, Springfield MO ceremony officiant, Springfield MO clergy, Springfield MO clergyman, Springfield MO reverend, Springfield MO rabbi, Springfield MO rabbis, Springfield MO notary,Springfield MO notary public, Springfield MO wedding ceremony, Springfield MO marriage ceremony, Springfield MO civil ceremony, Springfield MO non denominational, Springfield MO wedding service, Springfield MO wedding services, Springfield MO wedding,Branson wedding ministers, Bransonnotaries, Branson marriage officiants, Branson wedding officiants, Branson Officiants, Branson officiant, Branson wedding officiant, Branson wedding minister, Branson minister, Branson marriage officiant, Branson judges, Branson wedding priest, Branson priest, Branson ceremony officiant, Branson clergy, Branson clergyman, Branson reverend, Branson rabbi, Branson rabbis, Branson notary, Branson notary public, Branson wedding ceremony, Branson marriage ceremony, Branson civil ceremony, Branson non denominational, Branson wedding service, Branson wedding services,Branson wedding, Branson MO Louisville wedding ministers, Louisville notaries, Louisville marriage officiants, Louisville wedding officiants, Louisville Officiants, Louisville officiant, Louisville wedding officiant, Louisville wedding minister, Louisville minister, Louisville marriage officiant, Louisville judges, Louisville wedding priest, Louisville priest, Louisville ceremony officiant, Louisville clergy, Louisville clergyman, Louisville reverend, Louisville rabbi, Louisville rabbis, Louisville notary, Louisville notary public, Louisville wedding ceremony, Louisville marriage ceremony, Louisville civil ceremony, Louisville non denominational, Louisville wedding service, Louisville wedding services, Louisville wedding, Louisville weddings Southern Indiana wedding ministers, Southern Indiana notaries, Southern Indiana marriage officiants, Southern Indiana wedding officiants, Southern Indiana Officiants, Southern Indiana officiant, Southern Indiana wedding officiant, Southern Indiana wedding minister, Southern Indiana minister, Southern Indiana marriage officiant, Southern Indiana judges,Southern Indiana wedding priest, Southern Indiana priest, Southern Indiana ceremony officiant, Southern Indiana clergy, Southern Indiana clergyman, Southern Indiana reverend, Southern Indiana rabbi, Southern Indiana rabbis, Southern Indiana notary, Southern Indiana notary public, Southern Indiana wedding ceremony, Southern Indiana marriage ceremony, Southern Indiana civil ceremony, Southern Indiana non denominational, Southern Indiana wedding service, Southern Indiana wedding services, Southern Indiana wedding, Southern Indiana wedding