The Invitation in the wedding ceremony is very like the Introduction in a document. It tells you what’s going to happen there. People are reassured if even the most obvious is stated.
Why have we gathered today?
- To celebrate the wedding of this couple.
- To understand why they have decided to marry.
- To celebrate the joys and responsibilities of love and marriage.
- To offer support to this couple as they embark on their marriage.
You may have other reasons for your public wedding ceremony. Whatever they are, state them, and then achieve those goals.
Tip: Whatever it is that you would like to accomplish in a ceremony should be openly stated. Managing people’s expectations is managing their anxiety. The more explicit you are about what you want, the more likely you are to get it! Honesty, still the best policy!