“What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” George Eliot
Wedding Ceremony The Ceremony that will Join You in Marriage
Your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your lives and the ceremony that will unite you in marriage will be one of the most important parts of your wedding day.
Your first step will be choosing the person who will create and officiate your marriage: your wedding officiant or minister. It is most important that you choose credentialed professional officiant/minister who is versatile and experienced in creating and officiating wedding ceremonies.
This person will be sharing a very personal, very important moment in your lives with you therefore, it is important they take time to meet with you, listen to you, help you discover your personal style and help you figure out the wedding ceremony that suites you best. Once this has been established it is important they show you ceremony samples, rituals, blessings, prayers and readings. Additionally it is most important they have the skills, the sensitivity and creativity to capture your essence while blending your choices with romance into a ceremony that is uniquely YOU.
Are you like many couples and don’t really know what type of ceremony you wish to be married with? Uncertain where to begin? Are you not even sure of what questions to ask?
Determining the type of wedding ceremony you wish to be married with is one of the first decisions the two of you must make. It’s usually easy if you have similar religious, spiritual, atheist, cultural or racial backgrounds.
However, if you don’t have similar backgrounds, which is often the case now days, you will need to find common ground. Reverend Sara has worked with hundreds of couples originating from different backgrounds, countries, cultures, religions & spiritual paths and is an expert in helping couples identify the type of ceremony that works best with their beliefs. Remember, it is most important that you both feel happy and comfortable with your wedding ceremony choice and your officiant.
In these contemporary times there are infinite possibilities for designing a wedding ceremony that is tailored to your beliefs and wishes and, unless you are choosing to be married in a traditional religious ceremony, the sky is the limit.
The first step in planning a wedding ceremony that is uniquely you is to set up a consultation with me. Consultations take from 30-50 minutes with me and we can meet either in person, on SKYPE Face Time or phone. My initial consultations are, of course free of charge. During our meeting I will help you discover your personal style as well as to help you identify what type of ceremony is best suited to the two of you. Some of the different types of wedding ceremonies I am experienced with are: interfaith, religious: Christian, Hindu, non-religious, non-denominational, spiritual, wiccan, pagan, secular and humanistic wedding ceremonies.
Our next step will be to determine whether you wish to include any meaningful cultural or religious elements that you identify with. This can include blessings, prayers, inner ceremonial rituals and readings. I will then show you some ceremony samples of wedding ceremonies that I have written and performed.
Finally, we will discuss personal touches which can include honoring family and friends, honoring parents and grandparents and your children, honoring deceased loved ones, including your love story (how you met and/or special things you love about each other), humor, prayers and poems and readings that capture your feelings. Additionally you can choose of one or two inner ceremonial rituals such as: Candle Lighting Ceremony, The Sand Ceremony, Mother’s Rose Dedication Ceremony, Father’s Watch Ceremony, Hand Fasting, The Four Directions, Celtic Rituals, Buddhist Rituals (I have many more inner-ceremonial rituals for you to choose from).
By the end of our meeting you will not only have a clear ceremony vision, but you will be inspired and excited about being joined in marriage with a wedding ceremony that is uniquely YOU!
The process I use in working with couples is not complicated; it’s simple, easy and fun and it allows you to make your own choices for the entire content and duration of your ceremony.
Your wedding officiant should be a qualified experienced professional wedding/marriage minister/officiant who will create and officiate the ceremony of your choice.
Reverend Sara’s 12 years of extensive experience as an ordained interfaith minister reaches around the globe. She has had the honor of working with over 1,800 couples coming not only from New York City, Upstate New York, Connecticut & New Jersey but she has worked with many couples coming to NYC to be married, or to renew their vows from other parts of the world & USA. Her experience includes working with an array of faiths and nationalities. Her 12 years of experience have given her excellent skills helping couples and families deal with the often delicate issues of inter-faith marriage, inter-cultural marriage same-sex marriages.
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