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Christian weddings

Christianity is the world's largest religion, with some 2.1 billion followers.

It is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Some 79% of Americans are Christians, believing that marriage is a gift from God and should not be taken for granted.

There are many Christian denominations in the USA, including Adventist, Baptist, Brethren, Catholic, Christian and Restorationist, Congregational, Episcopal and Anglican, Friends (Quaker), Fundamentalist and Bible, Holiness, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, and Reformed.

Click here for a full list of Christian denominations.

A Christian wedding ceremony

For many Christians it is important to get married in a church, in the eyes of God. Marriage is a public declaration of love and commitment, and couples make this declaration in front of friends and family in a church ceremony.

A Christian wedding service acknowledges the presence of God and asks for his blessing upon the couple.

Most Christian weddings follow a similar pattern, although there are many variations, for example, in the vows that are made, the taking of communion, the role of the bride and groom’s parents, the hymns, prayers and sermons that make up the ceremony, and whether a unity candle ceremony is used.

Doves are often released at Christian weddings as a symbol of peace and love.

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See our suggested readings, hymns, and prayers for Christian weddings.

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