06 Jul 2016
July 6, 2016

Start Well & End Well – Opening & Closing Words in a Wedding Ceremony

When writing a wedding ceremony, we find that how you start the ceremony and how you end the ceremony are both so very important.   The opening words are the most critical, since they are what grab the guests’ attention and pull them into the ceremony.  Compare it to an amazing scene at the start of a movie or TV show… after it, you are paying attention and wanting to find out more.  If you don’t grab them with the opening words, you are losing the golden opportunity to both capture everyone’s attention and start the ceremony with a tone and sentiment that reflects the couple.  Personally, I have some favorite words that I use, but with some couples I mix it up and will start the ceremony with a quote or a short piece that fully fits the couple.

The closing is also important, since it is the part that brings everything together, and in the case of a wedding ceremony, we believe it should reiterate the sentiment of the opening words.  For example, if the opening is discussing the importance of supporting each other in a marriage, then the closing should reflect the same thing… of course always using “positive” words and phrases.

Create opening words that draw people in, and send the message right away on how the couple sees or feels about marriage, and echo the same sentiment and tone in the closing, and you are well on your way to creating a great wedding ceremony.

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