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Sample Wedding Ceremony Welcome Ideas

Updated on February 12, 2015

Purpose of a wedding ceremony welcome

The wedding ceremony welcome is designed to make your guests feel comfortable and in community with one another. When guests have traveled from afar to attend your wedding they might not know many other people. They can feel nervous selecting a ceremony seat or worried about whether their outfit is formal enough. They might feel anxiety because they've just come through a bad traffic jam and they were concerned about missing the ceremony

Having a greeter or usher

One way to welcome folks to your wedding is to have an usher or greeter welcome guests one by one as they enter the ceremony space. This creates community by introducing guests to each other. Your usher can welcome guests, hand out a program (if there is one) and tell guests whether there are assigned sides. Your usher can also walk guests to their seats if they need a hand, which is a great idea for older relatives.

Having your officiant greet guests

Your officiant will also want to greet guests before the ceremony begins. There are a number of ways to do this, and the introduction can be as casual or formal as you want. A basic introduction might be:

"We welcome all of you who have traveled near and far to the wedding of _____ and _____."

A longer version might read: "Welcome, family, friends and loved ones. Today, we gather in celebration of the wedding of _____ and _____. Each of you has come here to witness their union and to lend your support as _____ and _____ enter into the covenant of marriage. It is my great honor to welcome each of you here today as we begin the wedding of _____ and _____."

There are many DIY wedding planning books you can read to get ceremony welcome ideas; A Practical Wedding offers realistic and helpful advice for this. Wedding blog writers also offer many helpful tips. Your officiant can read a poem or quote, use humor to set the stage for an offbeat wedding, or let the guests know anything that affects the ceremony. Above all, the purpose of the welcome is to make everyone feel comfortable, welcome everyone into the wedding space, and set the stage for your big entrance.


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