The ceremony itself was a delight, thanks to a fine script from Ernst, adapted from what baron_steffan referred to as (I probably have the Latin wrong) the "Ordo Tarragonensis", itself adapted from the British Westminster Ordo. It goes to show that, if you want something to feel *really* period, start with a good period model. The adaptation is necessarily pretty loose to fit the SCA (and we wound up making lots of tweaks in the final weeks to fit the facts on the ground), but in the end it was still close enough to the original to feel *right*.
Everyone involved did a great job, some of them under trying circumstances. There was a bit of "I thought you silenced the guard", with the result that a couple of key folks got tossed into it cold, not realizing that they had significant parts until this morning. And unsurprisingly, we wound up going off-script frequently, but everyone stayed cool, kept going with the spirit of the thing, and brought it back around to the design each time.
(Insert best Maxwell Smart voice here.) I managed to get *this* close to getting through the whole thing completely intact when I succeeded in making the goof that presumably will count as my Stupid Herald's Trick forevermore. But that's fine: it's kind of the herald's job to take the flubbed-ceremony bullet, and I've got over three months to learn the names of all the Queens of the East. If I apply myself, I'm sure I can manage it. (Well, no, I'm not actually sure. But one must go into a quest with a positive attitude.)
Overall, it was a great experience. Ritual is my meat and drink (it's the main reason I'm still active in Masonry, really), and this was as good as SCA ritual gets, full of drama and symbolism and meaning at both the personal and collective levels. I think it bodes well for the reign to come...