(From a minister who has officiated at hundreds of weddings and services of union)
- Start with a nice clean piece of paper (lavender is good, but any kind will work). Down the left side of the page, write the numbers 1-10. Now – without stopping to think about it, fill in this page! Write down the first 10 things that come to mind in response to this sentence: “I love (my partner’s name) because . . . “ Set this piece of paper aside.
I love a celebration! I love marking occasions with celebrations! I also love ceremony. Any kind, high Catholic Latin masses, Princess Diana’s funeral, the swearing in of the President of the United States (although not the most recent one), graduations and weddings and commitment ceremonies.
Especially weddings and commitment ceremonies!!! Good thing since I officiate at so many.
I love the excitement they generate. I love the planning (yes I do because I’m an organization freak). I love the rituals and the romance.
Talk about starting with a hot issue? I've been invite to participate in this forum, me a bi woman, living in a committed relationship with a man; an ordained minister who's performed over 350 weddings and services of union. I'm delighted to be part of these sacred moments, but frankly, I'm confused.
I mean, the ceremony's great. I LOVE performing weddings rituals (and if you're getting married in western NC or close by, do check me out at www.spiritquest.ws).
Tell me about Handfasting
Handfasting is an ancient custom, common in Ireland and Scotland under the ancient Brehon law,. It was originally a celebration of a man and woman joining in partnership, and to symbolise this, their hands, or more accurately, their wrists, were tied together. This custom gave us the expression "tying the knot" which we use to mean getting married..
[Note: though written with a mixed couple in mind, same-sex couples, too, will benefit from this gener-free advice. Ed.)
Common format of a wedding reception:
·Arrival of guests at hall ·Introduction of wedding party ·Introduction of bride and groom ·Blessing ·Meal ·Cake Cutting ·Toasts ·Bride & Groom’s First Dance ·Father & Daughter’s Dance ·Mother & Groom’s Dance ·Special Dances ·Bouquet and Garter Toss ·Dancing and Fun
Arrival of guests at reception site Typically, a wedding lasts about 15 minutes. However, some guests do arrive early to the reception.
5 Tips To Select The Best Wedding Reception LocationAuthor: Tim and Tammy Smith
Being disc jockeys, we get the opportunity to evaluate many reception facilities while having little or no bias to “sell”
one location over another. Most Brides and Grooms know where they will be holding the ceremony before they decide where to have the reception, so we have compiled five observations that can help you when selecting your venue.
Distance - If people have to drive a long way to get from the ceremony to the reception, some will get distracted or decide to do something else.