"An extensive guide for both same-sex and opposite sex couples wishing to design a unique, seamless, and memorable ceremony. It also serves as a how-to resource for officiants of all faiths, from novice to sage.
Many engaged couples, no matter what their personal style, find themselves turning back to tradition for their wedding ceremony. Is there a way to follow tradition and still carve your own wedding path? Yes, there is - with this unique book in hand. Michael Foley presents meaningful wedding traditions so old that they're practically new again. Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and Jewish wedding traditions fill this comprehensive guidebook, the only one of its kind. From music and flowers to vows and ceremonies to blessings, Foley's Wedding Rites contains a vast assortment of rich traditions very usable in weddings today. Best of all, it's easy to reference and easy to use! Wedding Rites includes concrete suggestions for each facet of your wedding, from engagement to reception; guidelines for designing your own distinctive wedding program; practical advice for interfaith weddings; forgotten wedding customs - carecloths, loving cups, coin blessings, and others.
Certified lifecycle celebrant Christopher Shelley is on a mission to revolutionize the wedding ceremony--or at least to make it as enjoyable as the reception. In Best. Ceremony. Ever., he will forever alter the way couples and wedding pros think about tying the knot. Shelley, who has officiated hundreds of weddings, walks couples and officiants through working together, from setting the atmosphere to telling an unforgettable love story. He shares questions for the couple to ask themselves before meeting with their officiant, and offers a wedding vow workshop and complete sample ceremonies. Shelley cares about the guests as much as the couple getting married, and his friendly, entertaining guide is a treasure chest of ideas to make guests laugh, cry, and then laugh at how much they're crying. From announcing the wedding (insert cliff-hanger) to selecting venues (consider breweries!) to choreographing processionals (dance party!) to explosive recessionals (balloon drop!), opportunities to surprise guests abound.
Choose the Perfect Words For Your Unforgettable Wedding Day. In this revised, expanded and retitled edition of the previously titled bestseller, "Sacred Ceremony," “Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ceremony,” brings the focus back to the real purpose of a wedding … the sacred agreement between two people that defines their marriage. In step-by-step, informative chapters, Dayna Reid describes the elements of a wedding ceremony from beginning to end, and the choices people can make with each element. “Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ceremony” includes a wealth of wording and ceremony selections, to celebrate diverse styles, beliefs and traditions, from Christian to Zen, to the simple declarations of love that transcend tradition. Reid, an ordained Officiant with more than a decade of experience discovered “the few ceremony books available were written in either a particular style or from a specific religious view, offering limited variety for customizing a wedding to reflect a couple's unique and personal perspective and intentions.” Some key information within the book: • A large collection of spiritual and non-spiritual wording examples • Several sample wedding and renewal ceremonies • A worksheet to help easily compose the ceremony • Instructions for obtaining a marriage license • Who can legally perform the ceremony and steps to becoming ordained • Advice on selecting the right Officiant • Information on filing the paperwork to make the wedding legal
For those looking to create a personalized wedding ceremony that honors and celebrates the diverse religious, racial, or ethnic backgrounds of the couple and their families, this book provides expert guidance for perfectly blending traditions and faiths. * Contains insights shared by brides and grooms, interviews and information from other attributed sources, as well as special contributions from Rev. Victor Fuhrman * Presents exclusive materials designed by the author throughout more than a decade of experience in ministry
If you're like the many couples that have needs and desires that cannot be met by conventional ceremonies, I DO was written just for you. Whether you're celebrating an interfaith or intercultural union, a second or third marriage, a same-sex marriage, or a commitment ceremony, you can make your special day a walk down the aisle less traveled. Drawing on the author's experience designing and performing wedding celebrations, I DO is a creative, accessible guide that helps you devise a ritual that is as unique as you are. I DO explains the traditions behind the well-known elements of a wedding-the bridal veil, the exchange of rings, the cake, the vows-and then offers inspired alternatives drawn from a wide range of cultures including ancient Greece and Persia, pagan Europe, and Elizabethan England. Step-by-step instructions and planning guides are included to help you create your own personal event that incorporates the symbols and words most meaningful to you.
The Wedding Journey is a unique guidebook that couples contemplating marriage will value. Rev. Hannah Desmond incorporates both ancient teachings and leading-edge thought in the crafting of wedding ceremonies for twenty-first century couples. She offers sage advice and assistance for creating your wedding ceremony, personal vows, and a fulfilling marriage. Hannah has created authentic, contemporary wedding scripts, which can serve as complete wedding services or as templates in the creation of your own ceremony. The ancient Celtic wedding practice of Handfasting is included, with a full explanation of “tying the knot.” You receive guidance as you begin the process of creating your ceremony, accessing your deepest emotions, and verbalizing your true feelings through your wedding vows. Beneficial practices and exercises are included to help alleviate the stress that may arise as you plan your wedding and prepare for your transition into married life. Hannah introduces effective techniques for harnessing the power of your thoughts, words, and emotions to alleviate distressful misunderstandings and allow for greater communication and a deeper bond in your marriage. With humor and compassion, Hannah helps you avoid some of the wedding pitfalls she has witnessed in her twenty years as a wedding celebrant. There are anecdotes to make you laugh and advice on a myriad of unique wedding elements from using your astrological flower in your bouquet to incorporating a unity ritual in your ceremony. The information and assistance offered throughout The Wedding Journey provides couples with fresh ideas and the emotional support and understanding necessary to create a deeply meaningful wedding ceremony, powerful and enduring vows, an awakened heart, and the flow of great love, prosperity, serenity, and joy into their marriage.
Maureen Burwell Pollinger has been writing and designing unique, custom wedding ceremonies throughout the richly ethnic and diverse, New York Tri-State area---and beyond---for over twenty-two years. 'Yes! I Will! I Do!' is the quintessential guide to creating and designing an exceptional, unique and customized wedding ceremony for all couples within all faith traditions. This rich resource book is so much more than a wedding ceremony handbook. It is an information guide that shepherds couples through all the detailed minutia of ceremony preparation and planning. Included in the ceremony wording section is a vast resource of ceremony texts and samples for all the tastes, styles and traditions of all couples planning their wedding... the choices are infinite. For those who prefer, there is even a selection of 'ready-made' ceremonies available. The author painstakingly---and often humorously---addresses every conceivable issue of ceremony planning from the moment of the procession to the final pronouncement. The chapter on avoiding a wedding disaster, which is drawn from Maureen Pollinger's own life experience as a wedding celebrant, is not only essential to all couples planning to be married, it is also delightfully funny. For couples planning a wedding ceremony, a vows renewal ceremony or a commitment ceremony, this book is the complete guide, and the only one they will ever need.
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Since its publication, Christian Weddings has become the necessary tool for engaged couples and pastors to plan unique and meaningful wedding services. It allows users to select the different elements from their wedding liturgy from a menu of choices in ceremonies from over twenty denominational traditions around the world. Christian Weddings serves many purposes. Pastors can offer new options in planning Christian weddings; couples of mixed religious denominations or traditions can celebrate a wedding day that meets their Christian needs; and couples who want a special service can successfully create a beautiful, personalized ceremony. This new edition includes additional ceremonies from an expanded range of sources, giving couples even greater freedom to plan a ceremony that fits their needs.
Gravitas and fun get married within these pages, and we're all invited Certified lifecycle celebrant Christopher Shelley is on a mission to revolutionize the wedding ceremony—or at least to make it as enjoyable as the reception. In Best. Ceremony. Ever., he will forever alter the way couples and wedding pros think about tying the knot. Shelley, who has officiated hundreds of weddings, walks couples and officiants through working together, from setting the atmosphere to telling an unforgettable love story. He shares questions for the couple to ask themselves before meeting with their officiant, and offers a wedding vow workshop and complete sample ceremonies. Shelley cares about the guests as much as the couple getting married, and his friendly, entertaining guide is a treasure chest of ideas to make guests laugh, cry, and then laugh at how much they’re crying. From announcing the wedding (insert cliff-hanger) to selecting venues (consider breweries!) to choreographing processionals (dance party!) to explosive recessionals (balloon drop!), opportunities to surprise guests abound.
This exciting resource will help engaged couples design a unique and meaningful wedding service. With guidance from their pastor, the couple can select the different elements of their wedding liturgy from a menu of choices in ceremonies from over twenty denominational traditions from around the world. Some of the twenty-one resources include: * The United Methodist Book of Worship * Sacramentary (Roman Catholic) * Alternative Services (Anglican Church of Canada) * The Book of Worship (African Methodist Episcopal) * The Methodist Service Book (England) * The Alternative Service Book (1980, England) * The Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) * The Book of Worship (United Church of Christ) * Uniting in Worship (Australia) * The Lutheran Book of Worship * Book of Common Worship (Presbyterian Church U.S.A.) * The Church of South India Book of Common Worship (Anglican) * The Book of Common Order (Church of Scotland) and more.
Are you planning a wedding, but worried about how much money you'll have to spend? In today's tough economic times, planning a budget wedding is more important than ever. This fun, money-saving guide is packed with tips for planning the wedding of your dreams without breaking your bank account! Inside you'll find tons of tips and advice for planning a budget-friendly celebration while still remaining true to your personality, values, and tastes.
"The Wedding Officiant's Manual: A guide to Writing, Planning and Officiating Wedding Ceremonies" The Wedding Officiant's Manual is an essential guide for anyone who wants to create a wedding ceremony. Sunny Dawn Johnston, an Ordained Officiant with over a decade of experience, has written this book from the Officiants perspective. However, this manual can be used by brides, grooms and wedding consultants as well as ceremony Officiants. This guide contains fourteen complete ceremonies and a variety of vows, poems, prayers, blessings and wedding traditions. There are also several special tips that only a seasoned pro would know. Johnston's goal is to offer you a variety of material that honors your unique beliefs, traditions and intentions. "The Wedding Officiant's Manual" takes the guesswork out of the ceremony creating process and gives you options galore, all in one handy book. Included is a Q&A form to make the entire experience from beginning to end as stress free as possible. This is the Ultimate guide for step-by-step instruction on creating the perfect ceremony.
Many couples want a spiritual but not a religious ceremony that truly celebrates their unique set of beliefs, values and life circumstances. They want their ceremony, their way but don't know where to begin or what questions they need to ask. The Wedding Ceremony Planner is a comprehensive and user-friendly guide. It covers everything you need to know to create a beautiful ceremony text and to anticipate and address all the profound and mundane logistics with ease, grace and fun. It includes hundreds of text excerpts reflecting the many voices with which our hearts speak. There are also ten sample ceremony texts for the inclusion of children, the telling of the couple's story, the renewal of vows and a commitment ceremony. Checklists and worksheets are included to manage all the details. The Wedding Ceremony Planner is also an invaluable resource for clergy of all faiths, wedding planners and location coordinators. Sprinkled with anecdotes about lessons learned by couples creating their weddings, this book is filled with the wisdom of experience Praise for The Wedding Ceremony Planner "Weddings are sacred acts surrounded by material hoopla. The Wedding Ceremony Planner clarifies the worldly issues but keeps the spirit central. It's the balance that every couple needs." -Marianne Williamson, author, The Gift of Change "With countless samples of ceremony segments and worksheets to put them all together, The Wedding Ceremony Planner affirms what we all hope for: to communicate our love in a clear, heartfelt manner that truly reflects who we are." -Jack Canfield, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul(r) "In this time of increasing exchange and friendship between people of many cultures ... what the world needs is an intelligent and compassionate 'how to' book on performing interfaith ceremonies. This book is an excellent example." -The Very Reverend James Parks Morton Founder and President of the Interfaith Center of New York "[This book] was [wonderful] in helping us create our wedding ceremony. Not only was it easy to follow, but it made us think of things we never would have thought of on our own ... Going through the book also brought us closer ... it is the one thing we have sat down and done 100% together." -Jennifer Buehler and Frank Yanoti Jr., Bride and Groom "Planning the wedding ceremony in itself can be a process of discovery for a couple entering marriage ... this marvelous book ... help[s] couples design a ceremony that truly and personally characterizes the meaning and uniqueness of each union." -Pril Smiley, Mohonk Mountain House "This book will aid and guide the couple in the creation of their unique wedding ceremony that appropriately states their personal beliefs. How refreshing, how important, how appropriate to help make the wedding yours." -Alexandra Stoddard, author of Choosing Happiness
"You're planning your wedding and you want your ceremony to be unique and personal. So where do you look for advice? Where can you find inspiration for something creative and original? Based on a tried and tested approach Celebrate Your Love will delight and inspire you with practical advice, helpful suggestions, and ideas about the many different ways in which you can celebrate your marriage. This book covers some of the traditions and history which surround wedding customs, it is packed with stories which show what other couples have done, it includes more than 30 pages of real-life ceremony extracts, and it sets out the 50 questions that will guide you towards a perfect and personal wedding ceremony." P.  of cover
In this pioneering book, Eve Levin explores sexual behavior among the peoples of Serbia, Bulgaria, and Russia from their conversion to Christianity in the ninth and tenth centuries until the end of the seventeenth century. By ranging across all these societies, Levin is able to fulfill three basic aims: to delineate the general character of sexuality among the Orthodox Slavs, to enrich that account by drawing our attention to regional variations in the sexual mores of these peoples, and to draw suggestive comparisons between the world of the medieval Orthodox Slavs and their contemporaries in the Latin West. Levin begins with a study of the ecclesiastical image of sexuality as expressed in didactic and literary texts, showing that the Orthodox Church was deeply suspicious of sexuality. Her second chapter, on canon law and marfiage, examines the conditions for marriage, divorce, and remarriage, the obligation of the conjugal relationship, and the impact of these rules on social order. Levin looks at church regulations concerning sexual relations among relatives by blood, marriage, spiritual kinship, and adoption in Chapter Three, and she devotes Chapter Four to prohibited sexual practices, both inside and outside of marriage. In the fifth chapter she studies Russian and South Slavic responses to rape, and demonstrates that these societies simultaneously censured violence against women and sanctioned the attitudes and social structures that justified it. Chapter Six deals with the rules on sexual conduct for the clergy, whose job it was to enforce sexual precepts. Throughout her work, Levin argues that, despite its conviction that sexual expression was diabolical, the medieval Orthodox Church approached sexual matters in a surprisingly practical way; its official sexual ethic corresponded to a great degree with popular views. Historians of the Slavic world, both medieval and modern, will welcome this accessible study. It should also attract comparativists who work in such fields as church history, the history of women and the family, and the history of sexuality.
“Will help any couple understand the meaning behind the wedding ceremony and create the most exquisite ceremony possible. Movingly written . . . ”—Midwest Book Review When you’re planning your marriage ceremony, it can feel like the to-dos and checklists are endless. But at the end of the day, it’s about you and your relationship. It’s not about impressing people with your perfectly iced cake or your breathtaking venue, it’s about honoring your love. This means crafting a ceremony that reflects your relationship and is as unique and special as your bond is. Relationship expert and “love doctor” Daphne Rose Kingma is here to help you plan a day that is a deeply moving experience—one that you won’t even need photographs to remember (but of course, they’re still nice to have!). She reminds us that it’s the essence of the ceremony that matters. And this comes from the words that are exchanged in your wedding vows, the atmosphere you create, and the love generated through each special moment. Whether you want a traditional wedding or a contemporary ceremony, there is a way to celebrate the day that is true to you. Open this book up and find: · Five different types of ceremonies you can use · Inspiration and examples of vows · Worksheets to guide you through creating a personalized wedding day Readers of books like A Practical Wedding Planner, The Bride’s Instruction Manual, Love Poems, and The Knot Yours Truly will love Kingma’s Weddings from the Heart.
Want to have a wonderful wedding away from home? Destination Weddings For Dummies is your all-in-one guide to getting married out of town, giving you savvy tips on everything from making travel arrangements to hiring vendors to dressing the wedding party. Fron Vegas to the Vatican, this hands-on, practical resource helps you arrange a unique, unforgettable wedding anywhere in the world. Focusing on the various ways you can use the Internet in your planning, Destination Weddings For Dummies is filled with Web tips, shortcuts, and URLs, as well as instructions for creating your own digital wedding planner. You’ll see how to establish a realistic wedding budget and get your friends and family on board. Then, you’ll choose the perfect location; from Europe to the tropics to the open sea, we’ve done the scouting for you! You’ll also discover how to: Get married legally around the world Know who, when, and how to invite Create your own destination wedding Web site and blog Fit all the basics into your budget— from flowers and catering to the rings, photography, and music Hire wedding pros from a distance Decide on your ceremony’s style Dress the bride, groom, and the wedding party Communicate your plans to invited guests Compare wedding packages Save money on travel arrangements Test-drive your destination wedding site Organize fun wedding activities Handle various wedding emergencies If money is no object, you'll also see how to host a blowout wedding and make a splash when you splurge. Whether it’s a small, intimate ceremony in a Hawaiian garden or a large gathering on a yacht in the Mediterranean, Destination Weddings For Dummies is all you need to get married anywhere you choose with ease and in style!
This book addresses fundamental questions about marriage in moral and political philosophy. It examines promise, commitment, care, and contract to argue that marriage is not morally transformative. It argues that marriage discriminates against other forms of caring relationships and that, legally, restrictions on entry should be minimized.