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The Wedding Crashers

Things to Do the Night Before Your Wedding

1. Eat a healthy meal.

Though the greasy pizza and the bag of cool ranch Doritos might be screaming your name, stick to the fresh fruit and the whole grains. They won’t have you waking up with a food hangover like a Big Mac and a side of fries will on your wedding day.

2. Pack a bag or clutch of personal items.

Put together your reception clutch and your post-reception bag and hand it off to your wedding point person, who can help make sure it’s waiting for you in the bridal suite or in your hotel room.

3. Drink a lot of water.

Keep a cold glass of water nearby and make sure you spend some quality time with it. This will help you avoid any dehydration that stress and running around can often cause.

4. Get a good night’s…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

PROPOSALS

How To Propose To A Man In 10 Easy Steps

BY Nina Ross

I’m seeing a huge surge in women looking to pop the question. Women have started to realise that doing the asking needn’t be scary. The great news is that because it isn’t seen as traditional, there are far fewer rules to follow, meaning you can set your own agenda and make it entirely personal to you both.

That’s not to say this isn’t a serious step you’re about to take – it needs careful

planning.

Here are the questions that most women need answering when they approach me to help plan their proposal.

WHEN TO PROPOSE AT THE MOST POPULAR TIME OF YEAR: CHRISTMAS

1. ‘Do I need to ask his parents’ permission first?’

If you want to go down the stairs traditional route, then the short answer is yet. But if you really want to turn tradition on its head, instead of asking his father, why not ask his mother for her approval? After all, with you taking the reins and proposing to him, it seems only right to ask the matriarch of the family what she thinks.

2. ‘Do I need to buy him an engagement ring?’

It doesn’t have to be a ring. It could be a pair of cufflinks, or a piece of art – anything that lasts a lifetime. A watch is another nice idea as you can have it engraved with your proposal date, or, later, the wedding date. It’s something he will wear every day – just like an engagement ring.

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3. ‘Surely if he hasn’t asked me yet, then he can’t be ready to get married?’

There’s a very easy way of working this out. Firstly, you need to know if marriage is even on his radar. Have you discussed getting hitched with him? Does he balk at the idea of a wedding and find every excuse to leave the house and visit the pub? If so, then marriage might not be quite right for him just now. However, if you have had ‘the chat’ and you know he is heading in that direction, it’s a very positive sign.

4. ‘Will I always be left wondering would he have asked?’

If you are only proposing because you are sick of waiting for him to do it, then it’s the wrong reason to get down on one knee. When women contact me wanting to propose I always check they aren’t just doing it because they have got tired of waiting. If, however, you are proposing for the right reasons (i.e. you want to be with him for the rest of your life) then you can pretty much answer this question yourself. If he says ‘Yes’ to your proposal, then it obviously means he sees his future as being married to you. Which means, if you hadn’t asked, he probably would have done so anyway.

THE BIGGEST WEDDING QUESTIONS ANSWERED

5. ‘Will people think I’m desperate?’

Do you care? The opinions of your friends and family are the only ones that should matter and if they can see you’re in a happy relationship and meant to be, who cares who’s doing the proposing. Ultimately, it’s him your marrying.

6. ‘How can I make sure it’s really thoughtful and special?’

Preparation is incredibly important. Putting in the groundwork will also give you the confidence to ask him. Think of it like the ultimate surprise party. So before you propose, sit down and think about what he is like as a man. Does he hate public attention? You’re probably wise not to do it in a restaurant. You don’t need to spend a fortune on the proposal, but putting thought and effort into it will certainly show him how much you care, and make sure you remember the moment forever.

7. ‘What happens if he says “No”?’

First of all, don’t panic – it doesn’t mean the end of your relationship. Sit down and ask him calmly for his reasons. They could well be practical ones: perhaps he is worried about the financial situation of paying for a wedding, or maybe he was saving up to buy you the engagement ring you always wanted. Another reason could be that he is just plain ‘surprised’. Maybe he never expected you to ask so he needs to sit back and take it all in. Admit it; you’d prefer for him to think about his answer rather than just saying ‘Yes’ and later regretting it.

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8. ‘Will he actually enjoy being proposed to?’

To work this out, consider what he is like as a man – do you think he will be flattered or threatened? Is he the sort of man who likes to be in control and take the initiative when it comes to sex or booking dinner? If so, you might find he won’t enjoy having the control taken away from him, so bear that in mind.

9. ‘Should I get down on one knee?’

There are no hard and fast rules about women proposing, so just do and say what you’re comfortable with. If getting down on one knee seems alien to you, then why not propose using another gesture. You could reach for his hand or take out a piece of paper that has ‘marry me’ on it.

10. ‘What should I actually say when I propose?’

Asking someone for their hand in marriage is nerve-racking – regardless of who proposes to whom. Let him know how nervous you are and acknowledge that he might find it strange… but then give him reasons why you feel your marriage would work and why you want to marry him. And the most important bit? Don’t forget to say ‘Will you marry me?’ at the end! Otherwise, he might just think you’re having a ‘romantic moment’ and not realise you are asking to spend the rest of your life with him.

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Things to Do the Night Before Your Wedding

1. Eat a healthy meal.

Though the greasy pizza and the bag of cool ranch Doritos might be screaming your name, stick to the fresh fruit and the whole grains. They won’t have you waking up with a food hangover like a Big Mac and a side of fries will on your wedding day.

2. Pack a bag or clutch of personal items.

Put together your reception clutch and your post-reception bag and hand it off to your wedding point person, who can help make sure it’s waiting for you in the bridal suite or in your hotel room.

3. Drink a lot of water.

Keep a cold glass of water nearby and make sure you spend some quality time with it. This will help you avoid any dehydration that stress and running around can often cause.

4. Get a good night’s sleep.

Or at least try to tuck yourself underneath those covers at a decent hour.

5. Turn your phone on silent.

Say goodbye to checking Facebook and answering frantic text messages. Turn your chunky device on silent or hand it over to your maid-of-honor.

6. Put any boxes, suitcases, bags to bring to the ceremony or reception in the car.

Pack the car with all the items you’ll need for your wedding day so that you can wake up in the morning and not have to worry about doing any heavy lifting before getting out of the door.

7. Make sure you have cash on hand.

Have a couple of 20 dollar bills nearby in case you need to tip any of your vendors or in case of any last-minute emergencies.

8. Double check payment for vendors.

Have them sorted out digitally — whether that means you’ve scheduled payments via PayPal or Venmo or gather checks and cash and put them in clearly marked enveloped and hand them off to your point person for the wedding day (whether that’s your wedding planner, professional bridesmaid, or trusty uncle).

Things to Do the Night Before Your Wedding

1. Eat a healthy meal.

Though the greasy pizza and the bag of cool ranch Doritos might be screaming your name, stick to the fresh fruit and the whole grains. They won’t have you waking up with a food hangover like a Big Mac and a side of fries will on your wedding day.

2. Pack a bag or clutch of personal items.

Put together your reception clutch and your post-reception bag and hand it off to your wedding point person, who can help make sure it’s waiting for you in the bridal suite or in your hotel room.

3. Drink a lot of water.

Keep a cold glass of water nearby and make sure you spend some quality time with it. This will help you avoid any dehydration that stress and running around can often cause.

4. Get a good night’s sleep.

Or at least try to tuck yourself underneath those covers at a decent hour.

5. Turn your phone on silent.

Say goodbye to checking Facebook and answering frantic text messages. Turn your chunky device on silent or hand it over to your maid-of-honor.

6. Put any boxes, suitcases, bags to bring to the ceremony or reception in the car.

Pack the car with all the items you’ll need for your wedding day so that you can wake up in the morning and not have to worry about doing any heavy lifting before getting out of the door.

7. Make sure you have cash on hand.

Have a couple of 20 dollar bills nearby in case you need to tip any of your vendors or in case of any last-minute emergencies.

8. Double check payment for vendors.

Have them sorted out digitally — whether that means you’ve scheduled payments via PayPal or Venmo or gather checks and cash and put them in clearly marked enveloped and hand them off to your point person for the wedding day (whether that’s your wedding planner, professional bridesmaid, or trusty uncle).

9. Gather a survival kit.

Toss a bunch of must-have items into a small tote bag in case anyone needs them. Grab a handful of Band-Aids, safety pins, packets of Advil, and of course hair ties.

10. Print out a list of vendor details.

Be sure to include vendor info. like their phone number, arrival time, and name. Then, pass this list on to your point person so they can check up on them.

11. Write a love note to your groom.

Something short and sweet. Reminding the guy who will be waiting for you in a freshly-cleaned tux that they are the love of your entire life.

12. Grab a pair of flip flops.

Keep these close by, you’ll want to change into them throughout your wedding day — whether after the morning photos are taken or in the middle of the reception. Your feet are going to need a time-out before you do!

13. Watch something that’ll make you laugh.

In the spirit of putting yourself in a happy and enlightened mood, plop yourself down in front of some funny YouTube videos or search for your favorite RomCom on Netflix.

14. Enjoy a mani and pedi.

While you’re getting a fresh coat of polish, say “I do” when they ask you if you’d like to add on a 10-minute massage. Pamper yourself — you deserve it!

15. Assign someone to be your morning-after person.

This person’s role will be to collect all the gifts at the end of the wedding and do one final sweep of the venue when the party is over to make sure you didn’t leave anything behind.

16. Say a big “thank you.”

Before the wedding-day chaos kicks in, be sure to thank people in advance for sticking by your side through this adventure. Give an extra hug to your bridesmaids and pop a kiss on the cheeks of your family members.

17. Make sure the shoe fits.

Even better, make sure you practice walking a straight line in them. After that, turn the volume up on your favorite Kesha song and bust out some dance moves. This will help you not only relieve some stress, but it’ll make you see your threshold for when your shoes are going to start throwing a temper tantrum on your feet.


18. Confirm with vendors.

There’s a time and a place for everything. Make sure your outside vendors know when and where to show up. Now’s the time to also let them know the name and phone number of your “point person” that day.

19. Practice deep yoga-like breaths.

End the day before your wedding with 5-minutes of meditation and deep breaths. This will help calm you down before you hop into bed.

20. Keep up with your nightly beauty rituals.

Lather on the moisturizer, apply a face mask, stick on the whitening strips…Whatever fits into your pre-wedding beauty routine, and remember to follow through with it. This is your last chance to reap the benefits of everything you’ve been doing to look your best on your big day.

21. Get in one last kiss!

Whether you’ve chosen to embrace the tradition of sleeping separately and not seeing one another until the aisle or first look, or you’re heading to sleep together in anticipation of the big day, take a moment to take it all in and enjoy your last smooch session as fiancés.

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By Nina Ross

1. ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ by Tony Bennett

2. ‘Have I Told You Lately That I Love You’ by Van Morrison

3. ‘Your Song’ by Elton John

4. ‘At Last’ by Etta James

5. ‘Can’t Help Failling In Love’ by Elvis

6. ‘What A Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong

7. ‘It Had To Be You’ by Frank Sinatra

8. ‘La Vie En Rose’ by Edith Piaf

9. ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green

10. ‘As Time Goes By’ by Dooley Wilson

11. ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ by Paul McCartney

12. ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’ by Frankie Valli

13. ‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys

14. ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations

15. ‘Something’ by The Beatles

16. ‘Moonriver’ by Andy Williams

17. ‘Feeling Good’ by Nina Simone

18. ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ by Aerosmith

19. ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ by Bryan Adams

20. ‘Wonderful Tonight’ by Eric Claption

21. ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ by Savage Garden

22. ‘Amazed’ by Lonestar

23. ‘From This moment On’ by Shania Twain & Bryan White

24. ‘Come Away With Me’ by Nora Jones

25. ‘Song Bird’ by Eva Cassidy

26. ‘Kissing You’ by Des’ree

27. ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ by Elton John

28. ‘Endless love’ by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

29. ‘Kiss From A Rose’ by Seal

30. ‘Over The Rainbow’ by Harry Nilsson

31. ‘Up Where We Belong’ by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warns

32. ‘Iris’ by the Goo Goo Dolls

33. ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ by Ronan Keating

34. ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police

35. ‘How Do I Live’ by LeAnn Rimes

Modern First Dance Songs

36. ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ by Vaults

37. ‘All of Me’ by John Legend

38. ‘Sweetest Devotion’ by Adele

39. ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran

40. ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars

41. ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri

42. ‘Heartbeats’ by Jose Gonzalez

43. ‘Better Together’ by Jack Johnson

44. ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis

45. ‘You’ve Got The Love’ by Florence + the Machine

46. ‘Make You Feel My Love’ by Adele

47. ‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds

48. ‘No One’ by Alicia Keys

49. ‘How Long Will I Love You’ by Ellie Goulding

50. ‘Latch’ by Sam Smith (acoustic)

51. ‘Perfect Duet’ by Sam Smith and Beyonce

52. ‘Sexy Love’ by Ne-Yo

53. ‘Bleeding Love’ by Leona Lewis

54. ‘Without You’ by Mariah Carey

55. ‘Photograph’ by Ed Sheeran

Upbeat First Dance Songs

56. ‘As’ by Stevie Wonder

57. ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ by Frank Sinatra

58. ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gay

59. ‘This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)’ by Natalie Cole

60. ‘Love Fool’ by The Cardigans

61. ‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen

62. ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift

63. ‘Love On Top’ by Beyonce

64. ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder

65. ‘Everlasting Love’ by Jamie Cullum

66. ‘Ain’t That A Kick In The Head’ by Dean Martin

67. ‘Accidently In Love’ by the Counting Crows

68. ‘Crazy in Love’ Beyonce

69. ‘Controlla’ by Drake

70. ‘A Thousand Miles’ by Vanessa Carlton

Alternative First Dance Songs

71. ‘Grown Old With You’ by Adam Sandler (from the Wedding Singer)

72. ‘Nothing Else Matters’ by Metallica

73. ‘Sparks’ by Coldplay

74. ‘Something About Us’ by Daft Punk

75. ‘Wild Horses’ by The Rolling Stones

By: Nina Ross 302-333-1145
Wedding Officiant

  1. ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations
  2. ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ by Stevie Wonder
  3. ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King
  4. ‘Tiny Dancer’ by Elton John
  5. ‘I Got You Babe’ by Sonny & Cher
  6. ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ by Van Morrison
  7. ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  8. ‘You’re My Best friend’ by Queen
  9. ‘Unforgettable’ by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole
  10. ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’ by Stevie Wonder
  11. ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police

‘It Had To Be You’ by Ray Charles

‘Here Comes The Sun’ by The Beatles

‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’ by Randy Newman (from Toy Story)

‘Dance With My Father’ by Luther Vandross

‘Landslide’ by Fleetwood Mac

‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ by Simple Minds

‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ by Elton John and Kiki Dee

‘Father and Daughter’ by Paul Simon

‘You Are My Sunshine’ by Johnn Cash

‘Time After Time’ by Cindi Lauper

‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ by Crowded House

‘Heroes’ by David Bowie

‘All You Need Is Love’ by The Beatles

‘What A Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong

‘To Sir With Love’ by Lulu

‘Up Where We Belong’ by Joe Cocker

‘Love Is All Around’ by Wet Wet Wet

‘There She Goes’ by Sixpence None The Richer

‘I Loved Her First’ by Heartland

‘It’s For My Dad’ by Nancy Sinatra

‘Just The Way You Are’ by Billy Joel

‘I Wish You Love’ by Frank Sinatra

‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses

‘Come Fly With Me’ by Frank

By: Nina Ross

302-333-114535 Father Daughter Dance

Congratulations – you’re engaged! And looking forward to a magical wedding day to laun

plch the rest of your lives together. I am an ordained Interfaith Minister and I love helping couples create a wedding ceremony that reflects your unique personalities, spiritual beliefs and heartfelt feelings. My Master’s thesis was on the power of transformative ritual, and I truly believe that weddings are the highest form of sacred play! Together, we craft a memorable, creative ceremony that elegantly (and playfully!) expresses your love for and commitment to each other. When my husband Peter and I were married in 1981, we created our own ceremony with a minister and rabbi – pretty radical idea at the time. I certainly never thought I’d be helping couples do the same, 30 years later! Sometimes the couples I work with are from different faith traditions, as Peter and I were, and want to find common spiritual ground to celebrate this most joyous of life’s passages. Other times, couples are simply looking for a unique, creative way to express their love for and commitment to one another; they want someone to partner with them in creating a very personal and meaningful ceremony with little of the language, music, or visual symbols of a “traditional” wedding. And of course, I’m delighted to work with same-sex couples who want to sacralize their bond in a special way as well. In all instances, we work together to craft a simple and beautiful ceremony which blends your vision and my expertise. CREATING YOUR IDEAL CEREMONY When you decide to create your own wedding ceremony, the world’s traditions are your playing field. Certainly, you can opt for a creative blend of the religions of your respective families. You may even want to have more than one officiate present to represent different faith traditions. I have co-officiated with Rabbis, Buddhist Priests, and Christian Ministers, sometimes even with 2 others! Or, you might want a contemporary ceremony which is completely original, drawing on elements and rituals from multiple traditions, including Native American, Celtic, Sufism, Islam, Earth-Centered Spirituality, Hinduism, Egyptian, to name a few. You’re invited to bring all your ideas to our first planning session and we’ll also draw from the resources I’ve compiled over the years. If you’re undecided about the location for your ceremony, I have lots of suggestions in the New York metro area as well. This is your ceremony and it will be as elaborate or simple as you want it to be. ADDITIONAL WEDDING SERVICES Pre-Marital Coaching Sometimes it’s helpful to have an objective third party hold the space for a couple as they contemplate the big issues of creating and sustaining a lifelong relationship. Work, family time, children, in-laws, spiritual life… these are some of the areas we can address so you can begin this new journey with confidence and excitement. This can be done in 2 or 3 informal sessions, or you might want to consider the more structured 5-week program (complete with 55-page workbook) called “Partners in Life” (PIL). For more information on this powerful program, please check the bottom of the Relationship Coaching page on my website. Bridesmaid CelebrationCircle Imagine creating a magical web of support the day before the wedding with all of the special women (and girls) in the bridal party. We create an atmosphere of sacred play, allowing them to celebrate what they love most about the bride and giving her an opportunity to thank them for all their love and support. Magical Bridal Showers These are typically arranged with someone other than the bride and provide an opportunity for her friends and family to create a truly meaningful (but still thoroughly fun) celebration for her. Sorry, I’m not giving any details here… it’s a surprise, so have your Maid of Honor call me! Vow Renewals Whether you’ve been married 5 years or 25 years, renewing your marriage vows can be a powerful re-commitment to all of those promises you made when you were first married… as well as adding some important new insights you’ve gained since then! I’ve created intimate ceremonies with some couples and more elaborate ones for others as part of their larger “Happy Anniversary” festivities. As with the wedding ceremony, we tailor it to meet whatever style fits with your vision of a special anniversary celebration.please call us 302-333-1145

Congratulations – you’re engaged! And looking forward to a magical wedding day to launch the rest of your lives together. I am an ordained Interfaith Minister and I love helping couples create a wedding ceremony that reflects your unique personalities, spiritual beliefs and heartfelt feelings. My Master’s thesis was on the power of transformative ritual, and I truly believe that weddings are the highest form of sacred play! Together, we craft a memorable, creative ceremony that elegantly (and playfully!) expresses your love for and commitment to each other. When my husband Peter and I were married in 1981, we created our own ceremony with a minister and rabbi – pretty radical idea at the time. I certainly never thought I’d be helping couples do the same, 30 years later! Sometimes the couples I work with are from different faith traditions, as Peter and I were, and want to find common spiritual ground to celebrate this most joyous of life’s passages. Other times, couples are simply looking for a unique, creative way to express their love for and commitment to one another; they want someone to partner with them in creating a very personal and meaningful ceremony with little of the language, music, or visual symbols of a “traditional” wedding. And of course, I’m delighted to work with same-sex couples who want to sacralize their bond in a special way as well. In all instances, we work together to craft a simple and beautiful ceremony which blends your vision and my expertise. CREATING YOUR IDEAL CEREMONY When you decide to create your own wedding ceremony, the world’s traditions are your playing field. Certainly, you can opt for a creative blend of the religions of your respective families. You may even want to have more than one officiate present to represent different faith traditions. I have co-officiated with Rabbis, Buddhist Priests, and Christian Ministers, sometimes even with 2 others! Or, you might want a contemporary ceremony which is completely original, drawing on elements and rituals from multiple traditions, including Native American, Celtic, Sufism, Islam, Earth-Centered Spirituality, Hinduism, Egyptian, to name a few. You’re invited to bring all your ideas to our first planning session and we’ll also draw from the resources I’ve compiled over the years. If you’re undecided about the location for your ceremony, I have lots of suggestions in the New York metro area as well. This is your ceremony and it will be as elaborate or simple as you want it to be. ADDITIONAL WEDDING SERVICES Pre-Marital Coaching Sometimes it’s helpful to have an objective third party hold the space for a couple as they contemplate the big issues of creating and sustaining a lifelong relationship. Work, family time, children, in-laws, spiritual life… these are some of the areas we can address so you can begin this new journey with confidence and excitement. This can be done in 2 or 3 informal sessions, or you might want to consider the more structured 5-week program (complete with 55-page workbook) called “Partners in Life” (PIL). For more information on this powerful program, please check the bottom of the Relationship Coaching page on my website. Bridesmaid CelebrationCircle Imagine creating a magical web of support the day before the wedding with all of the special women (and girls) in the bridal party. We create an atmosphere of sacred play, allowing them to celebrate what they love most about the bride and giving her an opportunity to thank them for all their love and support. Magical Bridal Showers These are typically arranged with someone other than the bride and provide an opportunity for her friends and family to create a truly meaningful (but still thoroughly fun) celebration for her. Sorry, I’m not giving any details here… it’s a surprise, so have your Maid of Honor call me! Vow Renewals Whether you’ve been married 5 years or 25 years, renewing your marriage vows can be a powerful re-commitment to all of those promises you made when you were first married… as well as adding some important new insights you’ve gained since then! I’ve created intimate ceremonies with some couples and more elaborate ones for others as part of their larger “Happy Anniversary” festivities. As with the wedding ceremony, we tailor it to meet whatever style fits with your vision of a special anniversary celebration.

Please call us 302-333-1145

The Wedding Crashers

Sample Wedding Ceremony Script

You can use this basic ceremony as-is, or as a starting point when creating your own ceremony. There is no legal form for a wedding ceremony, but most ceremonies follow these established conventions.

1. Processional

Beginning of the ceremony

2. Invocation

Minister (to the reception)

Dearly Beloved and Honored Guests,

We are gathered together here to join

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and

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in the spiritual union of marriage.

This contract is not to be entered into lightly but thoughtfully and seriously, and with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities. Please remember that love, loyalty, and understanding are the foundations of a happy and enduring home.

3. Declaration of Intent

Minister (to the groom)

Do you

_____________________________________________

take this woman

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to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, keeping…

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The Wedding Crashers

Genesis 1:27-28: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ ”

Malachi 2:14-15: “But you say, ‘Why does he not?’ Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.”

Isaiah 54:5: “For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.”

Song of Solomon 8:6-7: “Set me as a…

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