40 Best Wedding Songs

 

 “Happy,” Pharrell Williams “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas “I Do,” Colbie Caillat “Dancing in the Moonlight,” Toploader “Rude,” Magic! “Boom Clap,” Charli XCX “All My Life,” K-Ci & JoJo “Drunk in Love,” Beyoncé and Jay Z “Dreams,” The Cranberries “(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You,” *NSYNC […]

via 40 BEST WEDDING SONGS — theknotweddi

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Who Pays for the Wedding? A Guide to Cost Splitting in 2019

There’s no right or wrong way to split wedding costs — each family and situation is unique.

BY Nina Ross

Photo: Alamy

Fresh off your engagement, you’re probably ready to book a venue, secure a wedding planner and buy a dream dress. But before you tackle any of that, there’s one major question you have to address: who pays for the wedding?

“These days, anything goes when it comes to paying for a wedding. Engaged couples taking care of the finances is on the rise. In fact, our academy surveyed wedding professionals for our annual International Wedding Trend Report, and 68% reported that the couples were funding the majority of their own expenses,” says Kylie Carlson, the CEO of the International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning. “At the same time, the tradition of the bride’s parents contributing is still very prevalent, especially in particular regions. With some weddings, costs are split between the couples and other members of the family. You’ll also run into scenarios where parents are divorced or remarried, and splitting the costs. Grandparents may chip in — it really does depend on each individual wedding.”

In other words, nothing is set in stone when it comes to who pays for a wedding. There are wedding traditions, of course, but you don’t have to adhere to them. Anything goes! No matter who contributes, it’s a welcome gesture—whether it’s set of parents, both sets of parents, grandparents, or anyone else. On the other hand, if the couple funds the entire affair themselves, they retain more control over the wedding budget. There’s no right or wrong way to split wedding costs—each family and situation is unique.

As you navigate your own wedding, budget and cost-splitting, here are some things to keep in mind as you figure out who pays for what.

1. Ask Each Set of Parents If and How They Would Like to Contribute to the Wedding

It is best for the bride and groom to have a private discussion first before speaking to parents about helping to cover costs. “Please, please talk about costs up front,” says East Coast event expert Rebecca Gardner. Post agrees, and advises couples to then delicately broach the subject with family members. “It is best to phrase it as, ‘We were wondering if you would like to contribute to the wedding,’” she suggests, adding that couples should emphasize that they are “not expecting anything.” If parents are willing to contribute, ask them to be clear about their expectations and what they are, or aren’t, willing to pay for. “I can’t tell you how many brides’ mothers won’t pay for a dress if it’s not a spaghetti strap dress!”

“Communication is key to keeping the peace. The last thing you want is a misunderstanding and you find yourself coming up short, or someone feeling like they need to contribute more than they expected,” adds Carlson.

2. Consider Who Traditionally Pays for the Wedding

Traditionally, the bride’s family assumed most of the financial costs associated with a wedding, including the wedding planner, invitations, dress, ceremony, and reception, according to Lizzie Post, cohost of the Awesome Etiquette Podcast and great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post. “It’s harder to think about this now, and I am a feminist, but historically it has to do with the ancient practice of a bride’s family giving a dowry to the groom’s for assuming the ‘burden’ of a bride,” she says. “In Victorian times that changed a bit to giving a trousseau, which was a year’s worth of clothing and home items in addition to paying up-front costs.”

The bride’s parents also traditionally hosted the engagement party. The bride herself was responsible for the wedding flowers, bridesmaid gifts, the groom’s ring and a present for the groom.

The groom’s family traditionally paid for all costs associated with the rehearsal dinner and honeymoon, wedding day transportation and the officiant. That came with a string, in that the groom’s parents typically then chose the officiant, as well. The groom paid for the bride’s engagement ring, wedding ring and groomsmen gifts.

3. …But Also That Today, Most Couples Contribute Financially to Their Wedding

Today, more couples are directly contributing to the wedding. Simultaneously, more grooms’ families are also willing to split costs. Still, it’s not “courteous for the bride’s family to ask the groom’s family to pay,” explains Post.

4. The Couple’s Age Has Nothing To Do with Who Pays for the Wedding

“Age has very little to do with paying for the wedding,” says Carlson. “It’s really more about how financially sound the couple is on their own, as well as the role their family wants to play in the wedding.”

Post agrees: “Age shouldn’t be a factor when contributing. Whether you are getting married in your 40s or 30s or 20s, a parent should want to help, as long as it is financially viable for them.”

5. Financial Contributions to Your Wedding Can Come with Strings

If you’re family is helping to significantly foot the bill, you might find yourself in tricky situations where they are insisting on their way rather than your way. If you can foresee that happening, you may want to consider taking care of the expenses yourself. “You’ll be far calmer having the wedding you want on your terms, even if you ultimately end up scaling back the festivities,” says Carlson.

6. Find Ways to Show Gratitude at Every Turn

Gratitude goes a long way when people do commit to helping. “Brides should remember to take care to be effusive if someone else is paying for their wedding,” says Gardner. “You have to honor their part in the wedding. Remember the golden rule: Whoever has the gold, rules.” This applies especially when invitations are being drafted, as well: “If the bride’s family is paying for the wedding, their name should come first and almost exclusively,” says Post. For example, the invitation would then begin with something like: “Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Smith request the honor of your presence at the wedding of their daughter Mary Ann to Everett Montgomery.” If both sets of parents are paying, you can opt for wording like: “Charles and Delaney Tout and Harold and Claudia Kohn invite you to celebrate with their children Amelia and Stephen.” (If the bride and groom are paying for the wedding, then only their names need to be on the invite.)

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The Love Story

$525

Complimentary/No obligation consultation (in person or by Skype/FaceTime)

A personal and fully customized ceremony

Love Story Relationship Questionnaire

Editable and shareable access to your ceremony script

Fine-tuning the ceremony to perfection including unlimited script revisions

Unlimited phone, email, Skype/FaceTime, and in-person consultations

Travel to the ceremony venue*

Arriving 30+ minutes prior to ceremony start time

Collaboration with your Wedding Coordinator and DJ to ensure ceremony flows properly

Ceremony content review with your Photographer and Videographer to ensure they get the shot

Professionally officiating your ceremony (over 700 weddings in twelve years)

General Liability Insurance $1 million dollars

Back-up officiant in an unlikely case of illness

Signing and mailing your marriage license

Details about obtaining certified copies of your marriage record and changing your names

Money Back Guarantee – If you are not completely satisfied with the content and performance of your wedding ceremony, I will refund 100% of my fees.

Masterpiece Ceremony

$425

Complimentary consultation (in person or by Skype/FaceTime)

A fully customized ceremony

Editable and shareable access to your ceremony script

Fine-tuning the ceremony to perfection including unlimited script revisions

Unlimited phone, email, Skype/FaceTime, and in-person consultations

Travel to the ceremony venue*

Arriving 30+ minutes prior to ceremony start time

Collaboration with your Wedding Coordinator and DJ to ensure ceremony flows properly

Ceremony content review with your Photographer and Videographer to ensure they get the shot

Professionally officiating your ceremony (over 700 weddings in twelve years)

General Liability Insurance $1 million dollars

Back-up officiant in an unlikely case of illness

Signing and mailing your marriage license

Details about obtaining certified copies of your marriage record and changing your name

Money Back Guarantee – If you are not completely satisfied with the content and performance of your wedding ceremony, I will refund 100% of my fees.

Elopement “I Do” Ceremony

$299

Complimentary consultation (in person or by Skype/FaceTime)

Short and sweet ceremony (non customized)

Travel to the ceremony venue*

Professionally officiating your ceremony

General Liability Insurance $1 million dollars

Signing and mailing your marriage license

Details about obtaining certified copies of your marriage record and changing your name

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(Just the Legal Parts)

$225

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Administer the Declaration of Intent and Pronouncement of Marriage

Semi-private wedding (the couple and up to 2 guests)

Travel within 10 miles of Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Professionally officiating your ceremony

General Liability Insurance $1 million dollars

Signing and mailing your marriage license

Details about obtaining certified copies of your marriage record and changing your name

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$100

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A fully customized ceremony

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Unlimited phone, email, Skype/FaceTime, consultations

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$50

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$75

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11 Traditional Wedding Vows From a Variety of Faith

11 Traditional Wedding Vows From a Variety of Faith

A Hands Ceremony explains the importance of the hands of the bride and groom while the bride and groom are simply facing each other while holding hands.

Hands Ceremony 1
I asked you to join hands as a symbol of the union that you are making here today.
I’d like you to think about the hands that you are holding.
These are the hands of your best friend
Holding your hands on your wedding day
Promising to love you and to work together as you build your future together.
These are the hands that will give you Strength when you need strength
Tenderness when you need tenderness
And love when you need love.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes
Tears of sorrow
But also tears of joy.
These are the hands that will hold all those whom you love.
These are the hands that years from now will still be searching for your hands,

Still seeking the love, encouragement and support that each of you seeks from the other.

Hands Ceremony 2
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.
These are the hands that will work along side yours as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief temporarily comes your way.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.

These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

Hands Ceremony 3
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other all the days of his life.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.

These are the hands that will work long hours for you and your new family.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will hold each child in tender love, soothing them through illness and hurt, supporting and encouraging them along the way, and knowing when it is time to let go.
These are the hands that will massage tension from your neck and back in the evenings after you’ve both had a long hard day.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.
These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, or console you when you are grieving.
May they always be held by each of you.
May they have the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment.
Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture you in your wondrous love.

May these hands continue to build a relationship rich in caring and devotion in reaching for your perfection.
May you BRIDE and you GROOM see your four hands together as healer, protector, shelter and guide.

Hands Ceremony 4
THESE are the hands of your best friend, loving, caring that are holding yours on your wedding day, as each of you pledges your love and commitment to one another all the days of your life.
THESE are the hands that will work along side yours as you build your future together, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.
THESE are the hands that will welcome you home after a very long day.
THESE are the hands that will wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of Joy!
THESE are the hands that will hold you tight when you struggle through difficult times.
THESE are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick and console you when you are grieving.
THESE are the hands that will love you and cherish you throughout the years for a lifetime of happiness.
THESE are the hands that will give you support knowing that together as a team everything you wish for can be realized.
May your hands always be held by one another.
May they have the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the darkness of disillusionment.
Keep them tender and other in wondrous love.

Hands Ceremony 5
Now join your hands, and with your hands, your hearts.
These are the hands of the one you love and adore.
On this day, you promise to love and honor one another for all your days.
Reaching out to the one you love, may you find strength.
Standing side by side, may you find partnership.
Sharing responsibilities and chores, may you find equality and ease.
Helping each other in daily life and works, may you find fulfillment.

Loving each other through dark and light times, may you find power.
Look deeply into one another’s eyes, now, and promise to always see one another through the eyes of love.
As you hold hands, may you warmly hold one another’s hearts.
Our wish for you is that you build an extraordinary life together.
May your marriage be all you two would choose it to be!

A Hands Ceremony explains the importance of the hands of the bride and groom while the bride and groom are simply facing each other while holding hands.

Hands Ceremony 1
I asked you to join hands as a symbol of the union that you are making here today.
I’d like you to think about the hands that you are holding.
These are the hands of your best friend
Holding your hands on your wedding day
Promising to love you and to work together as you build your future together.
These are the hands that will give you Strength when you need strength
Tenderness when you need tenderness
And love when you need love.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes
Tears of sorrow
But also tears of joy.
These are the hands that will hold all those whom you love.
These are the hands that years from now will still be searching for your hands,

Still seeking the love, encouragement and support that each of you seeks from the other.

Hands Ceremony 2
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.
These are the hands that will work along side yours as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief temporarily comes your way.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.

These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

Hands Ceremony 3
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other all the days of his life.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.

These are the hands that will work long hours for you and your new family.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will hold each child in tender love, soothing them through illness and hurt, supporting and encouraging them along the way, and knowing when it is time to let go.
These are the hands that will massage tension from your neck and back in the evenings after you’ve both had a long hard day.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.
These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, or console you when you are grieving.
May they always be held by each of you.
May they have the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment.
Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture you in your wondrous love.

May these hands continue to build a relationship rich in caring and devotion in reaching for your perfection.
May you BRIDE and you GROOM see your four hands together as healer, protector, shelter and guide.

Hands Ceremony 4
THESE are the hands of your best friend, loving, caring that are holding yours on your wedding day, as each of you pledges your love and commitment to one another all the days of your life.
THESE are the hands that will work along side yours as you build your future together, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.
THESE are the hands that will welcome you home after a very long day.
THESE are the hands that will wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of Joy!
THESE are the hands that will hold you tight when you struggle through difficult times.
THESE are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick and console you when you are grieving.
THESE are the hands that will love you and cherish you throughout the years for a lifetime of happiness.
THESE are the hands that will give you support knowing that together as a team everything you wish for can be realized.
May your hands always be held by one another.
May they have the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the darkness of disillusionment.
Keep them tender and other in wondrous love.

Hands Ceremony 5
Now join your hands, and with your hands, your hearts.
These are the hands of the one you love and adore.
On this day, you promise to love and honor one another for all your days.
Reaching out to the one you love, may you find strength.
Standing side by side, may you find partnership.
Sharing responsibilities and chores, may you find equality and ease.
Helping each other in daily life and works, may you find fulfillment.

Loving each other through dark and light times, may you find power.
Look deeply into one another’s eyes, now, and promise to always see one another through the eyes of love.
As you hold hands, may you warmly hold one another’s hearts.
Our wish for you is that you build an extraordinary life together.
May your marriage be all you two would choose it to be!

11 Traditional Wedding Vows from a Variety of Faiths

1. Jewish Wedding Vows

During a traditional Jewish wedding, the bride and groom may say these words (in Hebrew) as they exchange rings:

I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.

Along with the ring exchange, the Seven Blessings (Sheva Berakhot) are recited. Here’s a translated excerpt:

Blessed are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the universe, gladden the beloved companions as You gladdened Your creatures in the garden of Eden. Blessed are You, Adonai, Who gladdens this couple. Blessed are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the universe, Who created joy and gladness, loving couples, mirth, glad song, pleasure, delight, love, loving communities, peace, and companionship. Adonai, our God, let there soon be heard … the voice of the loving couple, the sound of the their jubilance from their canopies and of the youths from their song-filled feasts. Blessed are You Who causes the couple to rejoice, one with the other.

We bless God for creating joy and happiness, bride and groom, mirth song, gladness and rejoicing, love and harmony, peace and companionship; and we thank God for letting this bride and groom to rejoice together.

2. Hindu Wedding Vows

As the bride and groom walk around flame honoring Agni, the Hindu fire god), they recite the following:

Let us take the first step to provide for our household a nourishing and pure diet, avoiding those foods injurious to healthy living.

Let us take the second step to develop physical, mental, and spiritual powers.

Let us take the third step to increase our wealth by righteous means and proper use.

Let us take the fourth step to acquire knowledge, happiness, and harmony by mutual love and trust.

Let us take the fifth step so that we are blessed with strong, virtuous, and heroic children.

Let us take the sixth step for self-restraint and longevity.

Finally, let us take the seventh step and be true companions and remain lifelong partners by this wedlock.

3. Protestant Wedding Vows

Traditional Protestant wedding vows may be the most familiar to you. If you’re nervous about slipping up, ask your cleric to perform the vows in a read-and-repeat style.

In the name of God, I, (groom/bride’s name), take you, (groom/bride’s name), to be my (husband/wife), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

4. Methodist Wedding Vows

These vows are a call and response. The only words a bride and groom have to remember to be wedded: “I do.”

Officiant: “Will you have this (woman/man) to be your (wife/husband), to live together in holy marriage? Will you love (her/him), comfort (her/him), honor, and keep (her/him) in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to (her/him) as long as you both shall live?”

Bride/Groom: “I do.”

5. Lutheran Wedding Vows

Similar to other Christian religions, Lutheran vows can be read by your officiant and repeated by the bride and groom.

I, ______ , take you, to be my (wife/husband), and these things I promise you: I will be faithful to you and honest with you; I will respect, trust, help, and care for you; I will share my life with you; I will forgive you as we have been forgiven; and I will try with you better to understand ourselves, the world, and God; through the best and worst of what is to come, and as long as we live.

6. Baptist Wedding Vows

There are two options for traditional Baptist vows. The first is a call and response from your officiant:

Officiant: “Will you, have to be your (wife/husband)? Will you love her/him, comfort and keep her/him, and forsaking all others remain true to her/him, as long as you both shall live?”

Bride/Groom: “I will.”

Your other option is a shorter version of vows—one line said by both bride and groom:

I, _____, take thee, to be my (wife/husband), and before God and these witnesses I promise to be a faithful and true (husband/wife).

7. Catholic Wedding Vows

Before you get to your vows, Catholic brides and grooms usually have to answer three questions from the priest:

“(Name) and (name), have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?”

“Will you honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?”

“Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?”

You will respond with either “I will” or “yes,” then continue onto the vows themselves:

I, (name), take you, (name), to be my (husband/wife). I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.

8. Apache Wedding Vows

In Apache tradition, there may not be exchanging of vows. However, a wedding blessing is read to the couple:

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.

Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulties and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at one time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives — remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.

9. Cherokee Wedding Vows

In another Native American tradition, Cherokee also read a beautiful wedding blessing to their brides and grooms:

God in heaven above please protect the ones we love. We honor all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives together. We honor Mother Earth and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons. We honor fire and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts. We honor wind and ask that we sail through life safe and calm as in our father’s arms. We honor water to clean and soothe our relationship — that it may never thirst for love. With all the forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony as we grow forever young together. Amen.

10. Buddhist Wedding Vows

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the bride and groom answer the first set of vows read by the officiant together. The vows are longer than in many other religions, but create a sense of companionship as the couple respond in unison. Here’s an excerpt:

Officiant: (Bride’s first name) and (groom’s first name) do you pledge to help each other to develop your hearts and minds, cultivating compassion, generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiasm, concentration and wisdom as you age and undergo the various ups and downs of life and to transform them into the path of love, compassion, joy and equanimity?

Bride/Groom: “We do.”

Officiant: Recognizing that the external conditions in life will not always be smooth and that internally your own minds and emotions will sometimes get stuck in negativity, do you pledge to see all these circumstances as a challenge to help you grow, to open your hearts, to accept yourselves, and each other; and to generate compassion for others who are suffering?

Bride/Groom: “We do.”

Officiant: Understanding that just as we are a mystery to ourselves, each other person is also a mystery to us, do you pledge to seek to understand yourselves, each other, and all living beings, to examine your own minds continually and to regard all the mysteries of life with curiosity and joy?

Bride/Groom: “We do.”

Officiant: Do you pledge to preserve and enrich your affection for each other, and to share it with all beings? To take the loving feelings you have for one another and your vision of each other’s potential and inner beauty as an example and rather than spiraling inwards and becoming self-absorbed, to radiate this love outwards to all beings?

Bride/Groom: “We do.”

11. Non-Denominational Wedding Vows

In this beautiful set of wedding vows from non-denominational ceremony, husband and wife conduct a knot tying unity ceremony (wherein they make a fishermen’s knot — the kind that grows stronger with pressure. Then, they vow to one another”

*I, (name), commit myself to you, (name of significant other), as (wife/husband) to learn and grow with, to explore and adventure with, to respect you in everything as an equal partner, in the foreknowledge of joy and pain, strength and weariness, direction and doubt, for all the risings and settings of the sun. We tie these knots to symbolize our connection to one another. They represent our trust in each other and our combined strength together. *

By Nina Ross

1 Rascal Flatts – “My Wish”

2 Louis Armstrong – “What A Wonderful World”

3 Boyz II Men – “A Song For Mama”

4 The Beatles – “In My Life”

5 Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Simple Man”

6 Lee Ann Womack – “I Hope You Dance”

7 Celine Dion – “Because You Loved Me”

8 Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole – “Over The Rainbow”

9 Josh Groban – “You Raise Me Up”

10 Rod Stewart – “Forever Young”

11 Kenny Chesney – “Don’t Blink”

12 Rod Stewart – “Have I Told You Lately”

13 Ben E. King – “Stand By Me”

14 Bette Midler – “Wind Beneath My Wings”

15 Jason Matthews – “That’s What Mamas Do”

16 Trace Adkins – “Then They Do”

17 Stevie Wonder – “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”

18 Phil Collins – “You’ll Be In My Heart”

19 Kenny Rogers – “Through The Years”

20 James Taylor – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”

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Officiant Nina Ross is an Award-Winning Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant who performs memorable, personalized, and romantic wedding ceremonies. People always ask me why I officiate weddings.  It’s very simple, because I love it! Thank you for thinking of me to be a part of your special celebration. I accept a limited number of weddings each year because…
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The Love Story

$495

Most Popular Package – Personal & Fully Customized

Complimentary/No obligation consultation (in person or by Skype/FaceTime)

A personal and fully customized ceremony

Love Story

Editable and shareable access to your ceremony script

Fine-tuning the ceremony to perfection including unlimited script revisions

Unlimited phone, email, Skype/FaceTime, and in-person consultations

Travel to the ceremony venue*

Arriving 30+ minutes prior to ceremony start time

Collaboration with your Wedding Coordinator and DJ to ensure ceremony flows properly

Ceremony content review with your Photographer and Videographer to ensure they get the shot

Professionally officiating your ceremony (over 700 weddings in twelve years)

Back-up officiant in an unlikely case of illness

Signing and mailing your marriage license

Details about obtaining certified copies of your marriage record and changing your name