The Clergy Network of Southern California - Ask Dr. Linda - "What is the average wedding ceremony length?", asked a bride recently. As a professional wedding officiator, here in Southern California, I would like to suggest the following as a guide line.
Civil Wedding Ceremony - A standard "Civil" wedding ceremony may range from 3-8 minutes from start to finish. A "Civil" wedding ceremony is usually conducted by a Judge or Non-Denominational Wedding Officiator. In some states, a Justice-of-the-Peace may also preside over a "Civil" marriage ceremony. In California, there is no Justice-of-the- Peace system.
Non-Denominational Wedding Ceremony -
A "Non-Denominational" wedding ceremony may or may not be religious in nature, but more likely will include some statements of religion. A "Non-Denominational" wedding ceremony is usually about 15 - 17 minutes in length. In Southern California, a "Non-Denominational" Clergy (sometimes known as an officiant or officiator), may be a degreed professional or one who is "Internet" ordained. The Clergy Network.... A Wedding Officiator Network, enjoys membership at Orange County Wedding Planning and Event Center,
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Religious Wedding Ceremony - Whether a Jewish marriage ceremony or a Christian denominational wedding ceremony, the ceremony length usually falls within 30 minutes from start to finish. In a more Orthodox or Liturgical religious system, i.e. Roman Catholic or Greek Orthodox, a wedding ceremony may be approximately 45 minutes from beginning to end. Moreover, there may be exceptions, such as that of a "High" Church wedding ceremony, which may last approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
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