Pastor Gina Wind - The High Desert's Premier Wedding Officiant
Midsummer Night
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A quiet moment after the Wedding.Creating your Ceremony
 
 1. Guests are seated.
       Music is played softly during the
     seating of the guests before the
     ceremony begins.
 
 
2.  Mother's Processional
     Music is played while Mothers enter
     and place Unity Elements on Table.
     They hug each other and then are 
     seated.  The Escort is seated
     after the Mothers sit.
 
 3. Groom's Processional
      Groom enters by walking down the
      center Aisle to his own music.  He
      too will enjoy the smiles, tears and
      well wishes of those he passes by
      while making his entrance.
 
 
 4. Bridal Party Procession
      Music is played as the Groomsmen
      escort their Bridesmaids to their
      position at the Altar.  Then  
      congratulate the Groom.
 
 5. Entrance of the Bride
      Music is played.  Guests stand as
      the Bride makes her grand entrance
      escorted by her father, both
      parents or close friend.
 
 6. The Gathering Words     
      Pastor Gina welcomes the guests,
      thanks them for coming and speaks
      briefly about the purpose of the
      ceremony.
 
 7.  Opening Prayer
       Pastor Gina's repeats a short  
      prayer and invites the Lord's 
      presence.
 
 
 8. Moment of Silence
       This is a brief moment that allows
      you to show respect and love to the
      people in your life who have passed
      and could not be present for your
      ceremony.
 
 9. Mother's Rose Gift
       Long stemmed Roses are
      presented to the Mother of the 
      Bride and Groom thanking them for
      the many selfless sacrifices they 
      have made and the unconditional
      love they have for them.
 
 
10. Giving of the Bride
      This is an old tradition in which the
      Father of the Bride gives his
      daughter to the Groom in Marriage. 
      The father then lifts the Veil, kisses
      her cheek and the Groom escorts
      his Bride to the Altar.
  
11. Charge to the Couple
      This is where I talk about what it
      means to be married and what
      it will take to make your marriage
      successful.    
 
12. Consent and Affirmation
      Pastor Gina asks if you are ready
     and willing to take the other as your
     Husband or Wife. It confirms
     you're willing to marry.
 
13. Readings
      You may have up to 2 Readings in
     your Ceremony.  I have a selection
     for you to choose from.  These are
     short poems, scriptures, or words of
     wisdom about love.
 
14. Bride and Groom's Vows
      Your Vows are the most intimate
     part of the Ceremony.  This the part
     where you put into words the
     intense feelings you have for each
     other.
 
15. Vows and Promises to
    Children
      When a couple marries, often times
      a child from another marriage is
      involved.  Here is where you make
      a commitment to the child as well.
 
16. Hand Blessing    
    Ceremony
      The Hands are a connection to the
     Heart, and a Hand Blessing
     symbolically brings two hearts
     together.  This is usually placed
     before the Ring Exchange.
 
 
17. Exchange of Rings
      The Wedding Ring is a symbol of
     your lifelong commitment to one
     another and a testimony to all the
     world of your devotion in marriage.
 
18. Unity Ceremony
     This Ceremony is symbolic in that it
     unites the two of you as one.  Up to
     this moment you have been
     separate in thought, word and
     deed.  Music is usually played during
     the Unity Ceremony.
 
19. Marriage Blessings 
      The Blessing of the Marriage is a
      short prayer of good favor, wishes
      for everlasting love, happiness and  
      friendship.
 
20.MarriagePronouncement
      This is the part we've all been
     waiting for. When I pronounce you
     Husband and Wife, it is the exact
     moment of marriage. 
 
21. The Kiss
     No ceremony is complete without
     the Kiss. The kiss seals the
     promises and vows made by the
     Bride and Groom.
     
22. Presentation of Couple
      It is my pleasure to introduce you to
     your family & friends as Mr. &Mrs.
 
23. Recessional
      Time to walk down the Aisle
     amongst your guests.  Music is
     played as you smile and wave to
     your guests.
 
24. The 2nd Kiss
      Bride and Groom walk half-way
     down Aisle after the Presentation,
     then stop and Kiss again.  The Music
     changes to fun, loud, time-to-party
     music.
 
Your Ushers are to seat only your immediate family members and VIPs, not all your guests. Greeters may pass out Wedding Programs as your Guests arrive.
 
Mothers enter, each carrying Colored Sand or Light Taper Candles.  They can be escorted in by the Groom's father.  This is a great way to have the Groom's father included as he usually has no part in a ceremony.
 
This is his wedding too!  Your Guests will enjoy watching him enjoy walking down the Aisle to his own fun music like, U Can't Touch This, Another one Bites the Dust, or the Mission Impossible Theme, etc.  Pick a song that reflects his personality.
 
The Groomsmen are Gentlemen.  They escort their Bridesmaid to the Altar and then walk over to the Groom and shake his hand and congratulate him before taking their position.
 
The Bride enters, confidant, poised and so very beautiful on the arm of her escort.  You stop just past the first row of chairs.  The guests will then be seated and the ceremony begins.
 
 
Pastor Gina greets your guests, talks about why everyone is gathered together and what marriage is all about.
 
 
My prayers are pretty simple.  It's a way of inviting God and asking for his blessing of the marriage and thanking Him for this gift of love.
 
 
 
The names and relationship of close family members who are no longer here with you are mentioned here.  It is brief (10-13 sec.) but respectful of those who are with us in spirit.
 
 
Pastor Gina provides you with two Red, long stemmed, silk Roses to present to both of the Mothers.  If a parent has passed, the Rose is placed on the chair where she would have sat.  The Bride and Groom present the Rose to their mother.  Great photo opportunity.
 
 
This is usually performed by the Father of the Bride, but anyone who loves and supports the marriage may stand in here.  The Father may say, "I do'" or "Her Mother and I do," or the both parents may participate.
 
 
Marriage is a serious undertaking and is not to be taken lightly.  It is intended to bind your lives together forever.
 
 
 
 
This is the part your see on TV.  It's when I ask if you will take the other as your Husband or Wife and your respond with those famous words, "I do."
 
 
Your Readers are from the audience, one of your guests.  If you select two readings, one can be from the Bride's side and one from the Groom's.   I will type them for your Readers.
 
 
I have a selection of Vows that you may choose from should you decide not to write your own.  I will type them on beautiful cards and hand them to you at the Altar to read from or you can repeat them after me.
 
 
Sometimes children from another marriage are a part of the marriage union.  This is a lovely way of accepting these children as your own and repeating promises to them as well.
 
 
 
The Bride holds the Grooms hand and I speak about what a blessing they are and how they will work hard, be gentle, etc and then they switch and I speak about the Bride's hands and how they will comfort him, hold him through difficult times, etc.
 
 
Typically the Ring Bearer has fake Rings on a Pillow.  The Best Man usually has both Rings on his pinkie and hands them to Pastor Gina when she asks for them.
 
 
 
You have a choice of the Unity Candle, the Unity Wine Cup or Sand Blending Ceremony.  I will provide everything you need for this...the Candles, the Wine or the Vase and Colored Sand.
 
 
Marriage Blessings are important as it brings the ceremony to full circle celebrating your love with wishes for its future.
 
 
You did it! You are now Husband and Wife.  I like to take a quick peek at my watch and note the time.  You can then celebrate your future anniversaries at exactly the time you married.
 
 
This is the fun part.  All your guests are waiting to witness the love you share.  Don't be shy about kissing the person you love.
 
 
Now you are introduced to your guests as a newly married couple and it is time to party.
 
The ceremony is over and the Bride and Groom leave the Altar and walk down the Aisle.  Bubbles are floating in the air and every one is applauding your marriage.
 
 
It's time to celebrate!  After the 2nd Kiss, the rest of the Bridal Party exits to "Celebrate," or James Brown's "I Feel Good," or Pink's "Let's get it Started" or some other lively song.
 
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