Mormon Church Weddings

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If you're getting married in the Mormon Church, there are a few things to know before the big day. LDS weddings are unique, and there are a few specific rules you should follow. The first thing to know is that LDS weddings are informal. You can expect your ceremony and reception to be unstructured and free-flowing, but be sure to dress modestly. In other words, you don't want to wear a skirt suit and high heels, even if you want to wear a slack-fitting dress.

LDS Church

For Latter-day Saints, marriage is a sacred ceremony that takes place in a church temple. Getting married in a church temple ensures that your marriage and relationship will last throughout eternity. While this ceremony may be a bit informal, it is important to dress modestly. You should wear clothing that covers your knees and neck. Your attire should reflect the conservative beliefs of the LDS church.

A reception is often held after the ring ceremony, so you'll want to plan accordingly. Most Latter-Day Saint weddings are dry, so alcohol is not allowed. The wedding itself is typically filled with awesome music, dancing circles, and lots of love. A garter toss is also common.

Another important part of an LDS Church wedding is the sealing ceremony. It is an ordinance set by Joseph Smith during the early days of the church to form a covenant of marriage that endures death. Mormons believe it is essential for their salvation. They seal their marriages both for themselves and for their dead ancestors.

Temples are generally not open to the general public, so only faithful Latter-day Saints can attend the ceremony. The LDS booklet also discourages parents from attending the wedding, noting that they are more concerned with the child.


A temple wedding in a Mormon church is different than a wedding in a traditional church. A temple wedding only involves a sealing ceremony, so the bride and groom can plan other details of the celebration themselves. They can decide whether to have a reception, a wedding dance, a honeymoon, bridesmaids and groomsmen, food and drink, etc.

A Mormon temple wedding is a significant event that is a religious ritual for members of the Church. The church's sealing ceremony, which is not open to the public, is held in the temple. Only Mormon members are allowed to attend the ceremony, and non-Mormons are not allowed to take photographs. The ceremony involves the couple kneeling around an altar and repeating their vows of commitment. Then, they are given a blessing from the Church.

Mormons have over 140 temples around the world. In addition to performing marriages, these temples also perform sealing ceremonies, which are also known as celestial or eternal marriages. These ceremonies are performed in the House of the Lord, where the priest has authority from God to "seal" the marriage.

Mormon temple marriages are top secret affairs. Non-Mormons are not allowed to attend, and non-Mormons who want to attend the temple will be asked to wait outside. This can be heartbreaking for an LDS couple. However, temple marriages in the church do have their perks. Mormons who marry in a Mormon temple have a very high success rate. Only six percent of them end up getting divorced.

Ring ceremony

A ring ceremony is a traditional part of a Mormon church wedding. It usually lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and begins with an opening prayer. The groomsmen and bridesmaids walk down the aisle and exchange rings. They then kiss to seal their union. The ring ceremony may also be combined with a reception.

The ceremony is often held in a cultural hall or a Relief Society room. In the former case, there are often more comfortable seats and elegant decorations. In the latter case, the venue is a multipurpose room, which may include basketball court markings. The music may be unfamiliar, and the leaders will usually be dressed in business attire.

The ring ceremony can be hard to plan. Latter-day Saints may want to consider a civil ceremony instead. This will allow their family members to participate. However, this is not an option for everyone. It can be controversial. Some members of the Church may object to the ceremony.

Couples wishing to have a civil ceremony instead of a Mormon church wedding should follow church rules carefully. This includes paying tithes (ten percent of income), remaining chaste and avoiding unhealthy diets. In addition, all guests attending the ceremony should receive a temple recommend.


A reception is an integral part of a Mormon church wedding. It is usually attended by family members and friends, and the bride may wear a traditional white wedding gown. Many Mormon church weddings are extravagant, and the guest list can be long and includes members of large extended families and congregations. After the ceremony, guests are funneled into lines to hand out gifts and congratulate the newlyweds. These ceremonies can be expensive, and the newlyweds often depart immediately after the reception.

The wedding ceremony is sacred to the Mormon church, with both the bride and groom sworn to each other for eternity. The ceremony also seals children born to this union. The bride and groom exchange rings after the sealing ceremony. The couple kisses one another and guests congratulate them.

Guests attending a Mormon church wedding wear typical church clothes. They are asked to be quiet and speak softly to avoid distracting others. In addition to this, the bride wears a modest wedding dress. The ceremony is followed by a short speech by a Mormon priest, called a sealer, who has the authority of God to "seal" marriages. The speech lasts about five minutes.

After the ceremony, guests are invited to the reception, where they may exchange gifts with the couple. After the wedding, they can send thank you notes to those who gave gifts. For some celebrations, there may be dancing. If this is the case, the wedding invitation should specify these details.

Premarital sex

Mormons generally disagree with the statement that premarital sex is unacceptable. Unlike most other religious groups, Mormons have a much lower rate of premarital sex. In one study, 74 percent of Mormon respondents said they disagreed with this statement. The study also found that Mormons had similar sex rates to other religious groups. In fact, the percentage of Mormon married couples who had no sex in the past year was lower than that of liberal Protestants and Jews.

Moreover, LDS leaders are not responsible for teaching LDS members how to have sex. Their policies and practices are often inconsistent and create taboos around the topic. Inconsistent discipline around sexual practices can lead to serious harm. Therefore, LDS members should be aware of the consequences of their actions. And a good place to start is with sexual education. In contrast, Mormon leaders are not responsible for establishing cultural attitudes and gender ratios.

However, there is an option for couples who want to have sex after the wedding. They can attend classes at the BYU Health Center, where they can learn more about marriage. These classes will cover a variety of topics, including sexual hygiene and sexual activity. Some of the classes will also provide dilators to help women feel more comfortable during their first intercourse.

Although premarital sex is not prohibited at a Mormon church wedding, it is not encouraged. Church teachings portray women as submissive to men and teach that sexual acts occurring before marriage are impure. This can cause feelings of shame and hopelessness. In addition, victims of sexual abuse in Mormon churches are often silenced due to shame.

Cost of ceremony

The cost of a Mormon church wedding is less than a traditional wedding. This religious ceremony costs an average of $33 per guest. The bride and groom split the costs of the wedding between them. Traditionally, the bride's family throws the Engagement party, which introduces the bride and groom's families and sets the stage for the wedding.

The church provides the bride and groom with a dressing room. It also provides a sound system, a video projection, a microphone, and furniture. A wedding ceremony can take five hours. This includes a two-hour rehearsal the day before the wedding and the actual ceremony. The church also provides officiants and a custodian. Each hour after the 7th hour of the ceremony will cost an additional $50.

Getting married in a Mormon temple is relatively inexpensive. The ceremony itself takes about three to four hours, but that does not include getting ready (hair, makeup, dressing), driving to the temple, and then to the reception. The only other cost you will have to pay is for the bride's dress, which can be borrowed free of charge.

In contrast, civil ceremonies are more expensive than Mormon temple weddings. A civil ceremony costs a minimum of $3,500. Most people who marry outside the LDS faith have civil weddings before their Mormon temple wedding. This is due to the fact that many Latter-day Saints require a public ceremony before they can exchange private vows. Traditionally, newlyweds had to wait a minimum of twelve months before they could be sealed.