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The Ultimate Guide To Your Wedding Ceremony Checklist

A handy guide to this special part of your big day.

The Ultimate Guide To Your Wedding Ceremony Checklist

Your wedding ceremony is probably the shortest, and least expensive, element of your day. So while it might be really important to you, for many couples it falls down the list of priorities after things like food, style or entertainment.

We want to make it easier for you to give your ceremony the thought and attention it deserves. We’ve already put together a step-by-step guide on how to plan your ceremony and today, we’ve compiled an essential wedding ceremony checklist. This will help to make sure your vows are beautiful, memorable, and go off without a hitch!

Essential Wedding Ceremony Checklist

As with all wedding planning checklists, what you need for your wedding ceremony will differ depending on the kind of vows you have. A Catholic wedding will differ from a humanist outdoor ceremony, and registry office ‘I Dos’ may require a lot less detail than a self-plan ceremony. Your celebrant, ceremony style, and setting will help you work out what’s best for you.

Wedding Ceremony Checklist: The Logistics

  • Ceremony venue
  • Celebrant
  • Marriage license (and a pen!)
  • Ceremony structure
  • Entrance order for the wedding party (don’t leave this to chance!)
  • Ushers to help seat guests
  • Vows
  • Wedding rings (and box or cushion)
  • Any cards or payments needed
  • Transport for the wedding party
  • An exit plan (where will you have a confetti toss, etc.)
  • A Plan B for an outdoor ceremony

Wedding Ceremony Checklist: The Venue

  • Parking
  • Chairs for guests
  • Chairs for the bride and groom
  • A table (or altar) for the celebrant
  • Space for an aisle (wide enough to fit two or three people, and a big dress, if required)
  • Electricity sockets
  • Heating/fans/umbrellas as needed

Wedding Ceremony Checklist: The Readings

  • Ceremony readings (normally two)
  • Church readings and prayers (a religious celebrant will be able to go over this with you)
  • People to read
  • A step for any child readers
  • A podium and/or microphone

Wedding Ceremony Checklist: The Music

  • Musicians
  • Microphones/amps/a PA system
  • Someone to play any pre-recorded music
  • A processional song for the wedding party (if required)
  • A processional song for the bride (if required)
  • A recessional song for the couple
  • Music for signing the registry
  • Additional music choices

Wedding Ceremony Checklist: The Decor & Details

  • Ceremony programs (and someone to distribute them)
  • Flowers – entrance flowers, altar flowers, pew ends
  • Ceremony backdrop
  • Welcome sign
  • Baskets, petals or signs for flower girls and page boys
  • Tissues (for happy tears!)
  • Confetti (and someone to coordinate the toss)
  • Any drinks or snacks for post-ceremony celebrations!


Want someone to help with planning your wedding ceremony? Discover how to bring your wedding dreams to life by booking an appointment to discuss your plans with a consultant at The Wedding Gallery today.

By Holly Sutton

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