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The Ceremony

Your small wedding ceremony is an incredibly special moment that shouldn’t be overwhelming. At Elope in Austin, we understand that, and we’re here to guide you through every step of the process. While the ceremony for a small wedding may be shorter and lighter, it can be just as meaningful and unique as a traditional wedding ceremony. It’s an opportunity for you to speak your own words and express your deepest feelings for each other.

Rest assured that our officiants at Elope in Austin are highly trained professionals who specialize in small weddings. They are well-versed in various types of ceremonies, whether religious or nonreligious, and will ensure that your ceremony reflects your beliefs and desires. You can trust that you’re in great hands. When it comes to officiants, there are two main types: those who are fully ordained in a specific faith and are referred to as Reverends, and those who are trained wedding officiants. Both are legally authorized to perform your ceremony and sign your marriage documents. You have the flexibility to choose the type of officiant you prefer, and your planner will assist you in making the arrangements.

Prior to your big day, you may have the opportunity to speak with your officiant to go over the ceremony specifics. Alternatively, you can choose to meet them on the day of the ceremony. For small weddings, it’s common to meet the officiant on the day itself, but either option is perfectly fine.

Now, let’s talk about the order of the ceremony. Traditionally, an elopement wedding ceremony consists of four main parts: The Walk Down the Aisle, The Vow Exchange, The Ring Exchange, and The First Kiss and Pronouncement. Rest assured that all the essential and fun elements are included, so you won’t miss a beat.

Here’s the typical order of the ceremony we follow:

  1. Welcoming Remarks: The officiant thanks the family and friends for being present and sets the tone for the ceremony.

  2. The Blessing or Prayer (Optional): This is an opportunity to create a sacred space for the ceremony, should you choose to include it.

  3. The Presentation: This is the moment where family or friends present the couple, or just the bride, to be wed.

  4. Officiant Remarks on Marriage: The officiant shares meaningful insights and thoughts on the institution of marriage.

  5. The Exchange of Vows: This is the heartfelt moment where you and your partner express your promises and commitments to each other.

  6. The Exchange of Rings: Symbolizing your everlasting love and commitment, this is the moment where you exchange rings.

  7. The I Do’s: A simple and significant affirmation of your willingness to enter into this union.

  8. The Pronouncement of Marriage: The officiant officially declares you as a married couple, filled with joy and celebration.

  9. The Kiss: And finally, the moment everyone has been waiting for – your first kiss as a married couple.

At Elope in Austin, we strive to make your ceremony short, sweet, and sensational, ensuring that it captures the essence of your love and creates cherished memories. If you’re considering writing your own vows, we provide a guide and an example to help you in the process.

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