The following list includes some of the most popular parts of a wedding ceremony. I have performed ceremonies that have used all and those which have used only 2 or 3. It is entirely up to you as to what you would like to include in YOUR ceremony.

The only part that is required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (and most other states) is the Declaration of Marriage.

OPENING STATEMENT/WELCOME
Officiant welcomes guests.

GIVING OF THE BRIDE*
Officiant asks question of who gives the bride away.

DECLARATION OF INTENTION
Officiant asks the couple of their intentions to
marry today.

MOMENT OF SILENCE* 
Officiant

VOWS
Officiant/Couple
Promises repeated to each other.

READING*
Officiant/Reader
Can be prayer, poem, reading

EXCHANGE OF RINGS
Officiant/Couple
Words repeated regarding exchanging of rings.

SPECIAL CEREMONIES*
Officiant/Couple/Others  
Candle lighting, sand, hand, peace ceremony, etc.

READING*
Officiant/Reader
Can be prayer, poem, reading.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE
Officiant
Official statement declaring couple married, required
by State.

KISS THE BRIDE
Almost always included!

PRESENTATION
Officiant introduces couple.

*OPTIONAL  
Musical interludes are also optional.