Wedding vows ceremonies can be contemporary, traditional, spiritual, religious, secular or mixed styles.
They can vary widely, accommodate vow renewals, and be exchanged at all locations from beach to restaurant and zinc mine.
The wedding vows ceremony is generally repeated in short phrases after the Officiant.
Sometimes the exchange is too lengthy to repeat in short phrases. In that case, the couple can read them directly from print at the direction of the Officiant.
You can write your own personal wedding vows, or a part of them. Keep in mind that in the wind and air-conditioning, sheets of paper flap about.
I have had couples lose the troth paper. And I have had nuptials where the best man or best woman forgot the sheet of paper at home or in the hotel room!
A smart solution is to get a wedding journal - very, very inexpensive that becomes a keepsake AND you don't have to have the craft gene. There are styles from girly-girl to eco-friendly and everything in between.
An Officiant performs the legal ceremony and signs the marriage license.
Some couples whose marriages I have officiated have chosen to say the same vows to one another. Others have each stated a different set.
"Getting married under the American beech tree where we had carved our names years ago was a testament to the power of love. Thank you for understanding and giving life to what our hearts feel." Julie and Joe, Boonton, NJ
Wedding vows ceremonies offer the opportunity to state the expression of love for your partner. It can sound as if you are reading a love letter straight from your heart.
I am particularly well-suited to work with unique couples who want their personalities to shine through whether the ceremony is small and intimate, or grand and more formal. These couples appreciate the level of service I provide for the very "heart and core" of their marriage day. It is, afterall, a beautiful description of who you both are.
If writing your own vows for a contemporary or traditional ritual, consider these questions:
When creating wedding vows ceremonies, try automatic writing as you think about this excerpt from Walt Whitman's Song of the Open Road:
... I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? Will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?
Couples I work with tell me they appreciate working together to create a custom ceremony.
They are the same ones who are willing to pay a little more for the peace of mind contracting with a noted Officiant who comes with professional experience, public references, an inclusive approach, a kind and joyful spirit, and isn't stuffy!
Our work together is about celebrating and cherishing your unique and loving relationship. Here you'll find more information about me.