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Christian weddings also follow certain rituals and customs, accordingly. Christian weddings could be with or without a ‘mass’. But preferably people opt for weddings in presence of holy mass for some extra blessings to their marriage. Pre-Rituals, Rituals

Arrival at the Church: As tradition goes the groom first reaches the church and then waits fo the bride to arrive. When the bride arrives at the church , the best man, welcomes her with a kiss and a wedding bouquet. Then the priest escorts the couple into the Church, and the choir welcomes the bride and the groom with a special song, as they walk towards the altar to begin the ceremony.

The Wedding Mass: The ceremony begins. The Priest begins by welcoming the bride and groom into the Church and proffers them his good wishes. The choir begins with an song, and thereafter the bridesmaid(the maid of honour) and an elder from either party read the Word of God from the holy (Bible). Later, the priest delivers the sermon, where he explains the sanctity of marriage.

The Nuptials: During the nuptials the couple is in the presence of the priest and the witnesses ask the couple whether, the have come together to marry in their own free will or not. The couple have to answer honestly and maintain the sanctity of the church

The Solemn Promise: Here the couple is asked to read the vows they have for each other, and then traditionally they have to follow accordingly to the guidance of the Priest. Then the couple is asked to join their right hand, which symbolises union. The individual repeat the following after the priest, “ I, _____, take you, ______, to be my wedded wife. With deepest joy I receive you into my life that together we may be one. As is Christ to His body, the church, so I will be to you a loving and faithful husband.

Exchange of Rings: Holy Water given on the joined hands for blessing by the priest and also to the rings so that the couple that wears them will live happily ever after and should have faith in each other, do the Lord's will and always live together in peace, goodwill and love. Then the couple put them on each other's fingers with these words - 'With this ring I wed thee, in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen". Then the groom lifts the veil of the bride and kisses her, to symbolise that they are one in holy matrimony.

Prayer Service: The mass proceeds with the prayers of the faithful, petitions for blessings on the couple,and the offertory procession takes place, where the members of the family offer , candles, flowers, fruits, Bible and rosaries that are symbolic of a happy married life, the priest blesses them, and the wine and water is carried by the bride and groom to the altar which symbolises the body and blood of Christ, the priest blesses the couple. The Priest then precedes with the holy Mass and the final part of the Mass the Holy Communion, followed by the last blessing.

Nuptial Blessing and the Recessional: The Priest then blesses the couple, and asks them to sign the register, which provides as a valid legal document of marriage. The copy of this document is sent to the Registrar of Marriages. The couple then walks down the aisle as husband and wife, as the Wedding March is played , after that they meet and greet family remembers and pose for photo session at the altar.

Reception: The post wedding ceremony is celebrated with relatives, friends, and colleagues are invited to a grand gathering. They newly wedded couple cut wedding cake and feed each a bite of the first slice. In honour of the newly-weds the Toastmaster proposes a toast. The bride and groom get time for their ‘first dance'. Then the traditional Wedding March is played by the hosted Band, and then the Bride & the groom have their first dance as husband and wife, and the rest follow. After that the well-wishers meet and greet the couple, and then dinner is served. The last but not least ceremony of the evening is the throwing away of the bouquet. The girl who gets it will be the first to marry, according to the belief.

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