Maybe you're putting together your own ceremony. Or maybe you're just curious as to exactly what that unity candle means. We've compiled a list of common ceremony parts to make your planning a little easier.

Maybe you're putting together your own ceremony. Or maybe you're just curious as to exactly what that unity candle means. We've compiled a list of common ceremony parts to make your planning a little easier.

Unity Candle: To join a couple as one, two candles are lit prior to the ceremony by family members of the couple. Then, the couple will each take a candle and light one unity candle after vows are exchanged.

Processional: The entrance of all the wedding VIPs, including the bride's mother, ring bearers and flower girls, bridesmaids and finally, the bride and the person walking her down the aisle. The processional most often begins with the officiant, groom and groomsmen taking their place for the ceremony, followed by the aforementioned parties. While "Here Comes the Bride" is typically the first song we think of when it comes to processionals, feel free to get creative. Other popular traditional tunes include Pachelbel's "Canon in D" and Mozart's "Wedding March."

Readings: Ceremonies tend to involve at least one reading, and it's fair game for who reads: Aunts, uncles, godparents and family friends are all common options. As for the readings themselves? Chances are you've been to a wedding where you've heard the scripture passage "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast." It's one of the most-used readings. For the non-religious, try a meaningful excerpt from your favorite book.

Vows: Vows serve as the promises a couple makes to each other as they begin their married life together. If you're getting married in a church, there may be a standard set of vows you'll repeat back to each other. Or, many couples choose to write their own: Our primer on writing your own wedding vows is found on page 80.

Pronouncement: Also known as a presentation of the couple. The moment we've all been waiting for: When the officiant announces the couple as wed, along with that special kiss.