Last year, one in three American weddings were officiated by a friend or family member. With the officiating trend on the rise, novice officiants need a resource to guide them. In The Wedding Officiant's Guide, interfaith minister Lisa Francesca breaks down the entire officiating process, from becoming an ordained officiant and interviewing the couple to drafting and performing a moving ceremony. Written in an engaging and friendly tone, and featuring empowering advice, suggested readings, stories and lessons learned from new officiants, and practical tips from wedding planners, this inviting handbook will help new officiants write and deliver a wedding ceremony that fulfills marriage laws, delights guests, and honors the marrying couple.
The Web edition of this best-selling book now offers even more choices. Choose from nine complete ceremonies, a variety of Vows, Readings, Prayers and Blessings, Wedding Traditions, and other Special Touches to design your ceremony and make it uniquely you. An Order of Service, Program Samples, Diagrams, Rehearsal and Ceremony Worksheets assist you with all the details that make your decisions "a piece of cake." This book is written for and highly recommended by Brides and Grooms, Wedding Consultants, and Ceremony Officiants.
Practical help for selecting the right words for your wedding, from pure suggestions to full sample ceremonies.
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
"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.
"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.
A Ceremony of Marriage contains insights into the marriage relationship everyone should know, and includes the Scripture-based ceremonial wedding vows every couple can cherish.
A Simple Formula for Writing Elegant Wedding Vows Are you getting married soon? Do you want to write your own wedding vows? "How To Write Wedding Vows: A Wedding Vow Workbook" may be just the book you have been looking for. Even if you have never been a writer or you do not have the "poetic gene," you can write wedding vows that will make your fiancé's heart feel truly loved and valued on your wedding day. "The 30 Minute Wedding Vow Template" in chapter 11 is worth the price of the book. Even if you have plenty of time before your ceremony, this special template which was designed especially for this book is a good way to begin writing your own vows. It makes it almost as simple as fill in the blank, only much more elegant. Dr. Kelly Carr is a pastor and wedding officiant that has performed more than 500 weddings and wedding renewal ceremonies. He has worked with hundreds of couples on their wedding vows. Now he has put his materials together in book form so that they will help hundreds more. Dr. Carr is a licensed and ordained minister and his basic vows are from a Christian tradition. He shows you how to adapt the most common wedding vows and ring vows into personalized and customized vows or how to start from scratch and write your own personal vows. The book begins by asking the simple question of whether or not a couple really wants to write their own vows. Is it necessary to write your own vows to make the ceremony unique? Chapter two gets right into the heart of the matter offering 10 tips for writing your own customized wedding vows or ring vows. Dr. Carr also discusses the option of making a personal statement instead of customized wedding vows. The book includes some resources, such as quotes about love and marriage, and a list of more than 150 romantic words that will assist the bride or groom who is trying to write their own vows. There is a chapter that includes some real examples of self-written wedding vows and ring vows. One chapter discusses the origin of the basic traditional wedding vows that have been used for the past 500 years in the English language. There is writing space included in the book to make your own personal notes so that you can use the book as a workbook for writing your own wedding vows. Table of Contents Preface 1. Really Want To Write Your Own Vows? 2. Ten Tips For Writing Memorable Vows 3. Wedding Vows Or A Personal Statement? 4. Classic Wedding Vows And Ring Vows 5. Fifty Quotes Of Love 6. Fifty Quotes Of Marriage 7. A List Of Most Romantic Words 8. Examples Of Personalized Vows 9. The Origin Of Traditional Wedding Vows 10. Seven Creative Writing Tips 11. The 30 Minute Wedding Vow Template ABOUT THE AUTHOR Write Your Vows Here Sources Consulted Contact Information Whether you are a couple planning to get married soon, or a wedding officiant who is often asked to help a couple write their own vows, "How To Write Wedding Vows" is a worthwhile investment. Writing your own vows does not have to be difficult. A good coach can make it both easier and better. Let Dr. Carr help you write your own wedding vows that will be both beautiful on your wedding day and memorable for a lifetime.
The joining of two people in a committed relationship is sacred. Why? Because our intimate partnerships offer an unparalleled path to the highest expression of our love for each other and for the whole of life.The Conscious Wedding Handbook was created to support couples who are beginning their adventure together, or who want to deepen or revivify an existing relationship. How do we design a wedding ceremony that expresses the depths of our commitment and the shared vision for our marriage? What are the building blocks of a lasting partnership that will bring out the best in everyone? Lila and David address these questions and more, empowering readers with practical exercises for sustaining conscious partnership and covering everything from writing your own wedding vows, to choosing facilitators and guests, to the “Sacred Moment” at the core of a conscious wedding.
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
A collection of creative wedding ceremonies and helps to guide the pastor in making the wedding service a worshipful experience.
Within these pages you will find an invaluable blueprint to building creative, exciting, organized, professional-level ceremonies of every kind. Whether you are looking to design a single spectacular dream event, improve your business, or launch a whole new career, this book will be your handy companion, as you move from planning to amazing success!* Unity Rituals * Cultural Etiquette* Ceremonial Diagrams * Business advice* Sample Questionnaires * Contracts* Legal Requirements by State * 100 Ceremony Readings * Preparation instructions for every modern ceremony
From the #1 wedding brand comes this indispensable resource, completely revised and updated, to help you choose the perfect words, music, and traditions for your ceremony and reception The ceremony is the cornerstone of your wedding celebration. There are countless ways to make it your own, from meaningful poetry readings to the music that plays as you walk down the aisle. The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions is an important resource for brides and grooms. New and expanded topics in this edition include: -Interfaith ceremonies and blending spiritual traditions -Ways to use technology to enhance your ceremony -New online resources for finding the perfect words for your vows, program, and more -Gay marriages and civil unions -Popular song choices that are already considered classics Throughout, you’ll also find a rich and inspiring selection of both classic and original ideas for: -Religious or secular vows and readings -Traditions and symbolic rituals -Speeches and toasts -Music for the processional, recessional, and the special dances at the reception
TODAY'S COUPLES AND THE CELEBRATIONS THEY CHOOSE COME IN MANY VARIETIES “The Heart of Wedding reconnects the marriage ritual to our twenty-first century lives. Gerald Fierst, celebrant, poet, and storyteller, fills chapter after chapter with examples of ceremonies showing that weddings need not be Victorian relics, but can be filled with a sense of fun and adventure, as well as common sense. Acknowledging our multi-cultural nation where people of every race, Faith, and heritage meet and marry, this book celebrates the new America, respecting tradition while finding a contemporary voice to say ‘I do.’ Gerry brings to this book the same care, precision and artistry I have seen him bring to all of his projects. By connecting life’s passages with a larger vision of humanity – past, present and future – Gerry shows us a way to celebrate our families and ourselves.” --Susan O’Halloran, Director, RaceBridges, Chicago Illinois
This handbook makes a great gift for a newly ordained Minister of the Gospel or Seminary Graduate! This handbook has been designed to assist the Pastor or Minister of the Gospel in performing Marriage Ceremonies. The easy "step-by-step" format is simple to follow and has spaces provided to insert the names of the Bride and Groom. The three main ceremonies are included in this handbook: 1. The Traditional Wedding Ceremony which incorporates scripture reading and charges to the bride, the groom, the witnesses in the wedding party and also the audience. The author has been using this system extensively for over 20 years and has never failed to get several compliments on the ceremony. 2. The Civil Ceremony. This is a short, easy and quick wedding ceremony. It is often performed at City Hall, but be used anywhere. The author has even used in a local jail where an inmate and his fiance were married! It "mentions" God, but not to the extent of the other two types of ceremonies. 3. The "Episcopalian" Ceremony. This is a longer ceremony (very rarely used by the author) and incorporates the taking of communion as well as all the other elements of the Traditional Ceremony. This handbook is a compilation of many different marriage manuals the author has used for over 20 years of performing marriage ceremonies. Taking "the best" sections from various manuals and combining them into one, "easy to use" handbook and written in a "Step-by-Step" format allows the user to immediately take this Handbook and perform marriage ceremonies like they have been doing it for years!
Everything you need to take charge of your divorce and get what you deserve Divorce is overwhelming enough without having to deal with the financial, personal, and legal minutia. The Divorce Organizer and Planner equips you with dozens of worksheets, logs, and checklists, as well as expert advice and explanations, to help you create a complete, accessible record of absolutely everything you'll need to confidently tackle the legal, emotional, and financial aspects of divorce. These organizational tools and interactive forms are available for download from the accompanying CD-ROM and online. This second edition has been updated for our connected world, with advice on social media, smartphone usage, electronic filing, and more. You'll discover how to: Find and work with an attorney who's right for you and who will give you the biggest bang for your legal buck Keep clear records of alimony, child support, and children's expenses Use social media wisely and protect your online privacy Manage a child’s contact with a spouse through the Internet and on the phone Develop a personal property inventory, a budget, and a wish list for property division Successfully negotiate with your spouse and keep stress to a minimum Navigate through the legal system so you're fully prepared Learn about the various settlement options, such as mediation and arbitration Plan for the tasks that arise once the divorce is final The Divorce Organizer and Planner empowers you with the knowledge and tools you need to take control of your divorce.

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