“How long is this going to take?”
I try to take that question in the best possible light whenever a wedding couple poses this question concerning their up and coming nuptial ceremony “Well, that highly depends if you want every option in the book or not,” is my usual answer. “I can marry you in about 15 minutes in a simple ceremony if you want.”
They usually don’t.
In a shocking development, one of the options for celebrating matrimony was actually shortened. Long time readers of Adam’s Ale know that I think that there is just WAY too much exposition on the part of the priest in our matrimonial ceremonies. But that is what we have so there you go. But in the case of a wedding being celebrated outside of Mass, there is neither a Gloria nor a Penitential Rite called for. There is an opening exposition, which may be one of two options or “in similar words” and then right into the collect (opening prayer - with the “Let us pray.”)