PLAN YOUR CEREMONY

Congratulations! Now that you have decided to marry the fun begins. We will assist you in the creation of your distinctive ceremony. But where do you start?

A wedding is one of the most glorious events in life. Yours will be delightful as long as you prepare. Planning a wedding works best when you start from the beginning, and the beginning is your ceremony!

DeArruda Wedding officiants are seasoned experts in every aspect of the ceremony, including things you might not have considered.  We will help you craft and manage the details of your ceremony so yours will be a fluid, seamless celebration of your love.

Why not schedule a free consultation with one of our officiants today? We can meet you virtually anywhere at any time. While in person meetings are always best, you might prefer the convenience of a live video conference from the comfort of your own home.

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

Kind of ceremony

Do you want a traditional or contemporary ceremony? We offer you a wide variety of choices. Our officiants are ordained Christian ministers. We conduct Christian and mixed-faith ceremonies.

 

Exchanging vows + rings

Do you want to write your own vows or choose from tried and true contemporary or traditional selections?

Music

Will you enhance your ceremony with live or recorded music? Will you hire singers, instrumentalists or a DJ?

Readings

Contemporary and classic literature, including sacred scriptures, can be used to adorn your ceremony and speak to your heart. What will you use? Perhaps you’d like to ask a friend or member of your family to present the reading. Have someone in mind?

Bridal party

You will spend many hours creating a guest list. But what about your bridal party? Will you have groomsmen, ushers, bridesmaids, maid or matron of honor and best man? How many? Will you include a ring bearer or flower girl? And what about parents, grandparents, and blended family members? How will you include them?

Time

Even though the ceremony itself may be brief, the size of your bridal party will affect the overall length of the event.  More time is required to gather and position a larger bridal party than a smaller one.  Make sure you allow the right amount of time for every part of your ceremony day (hair and makeup, dressing, arrival of the bridal party, seating guests, length of ceremony, and pictures). This will save you unnecessary headaches later on. Typically you want to set aside 30 to 45 minutes for the ceremony. Only 20 minutes of that time will be spent standing in front of your guests. But it takes time to line up the bridal party and guide their procession into the area designated for the ceremony. And after you are presented to the world it will take a few minutes for the bridal party to recess, followed by family and guests. And don’t forget the signing of your marriage license. You’re not legal until that’s done. And then there are likely to be post-ceremony pictures.

Programs

You may want to distribute printed ceremony programs at the wedding.  We can assist you by providing the information you will need for your printer to produce an accurate program. It will become a much treasured keepsake of the day for years to come.

Children

Will nephews, nieces or the children of close friends participate in your special moment? Do you have children and will they play a part?  It is quite common to include children who are old enough to understand that a significant change is occurring in their life as a result of the change taking place in yours.  We can offer suggestions on meaningful ways to involve your children in your wedding. Be sure to ask us.

 

READY, SET, GO!

Now that you’ve been introduced to some big picture considerations, perhaps you’re ready to dive in to the creation of your ceremony. Use our CEREMONY SELECTOR FORM to begin that process.

CREATE YOUR CEREMONY

An easy, step by step guide that will give you the ability to customize your ceremony. Let us know how we can help you. Call (727) 642-2090