“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today in the presence of God…” is a mainstay of many Protestant weddings, but it originated from the Episcopalians. Episcopalians consider marriage a sacrament, so weddings must take place in a church, unless you are able to get an exemption from the local bishop, and the music must be religious in nature. 


Though Episcopalian weddings are similar to other Protestant weddings in many regards, they tend to hew closer to what you would expect from a Sunday service. Rings are blessed before being handed to the couple, and the celebrant leads the congregation in blessings like “The peace of the Lord be always with you,” to which the congregation responds, “And also with you.” If the couple wishes, the ceremony may include the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, and all baptized Christians may receive communion.

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