Ceremonies Performed

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Marriages

Your wedding is one of the most important moments in your life.  With all the many choices that need to be made when planning a reception, the ceremony is often the last thing you may think about.  This is unfortunate because the wedding ceremony is where the ultimate meaning of this day really lies. It is also the perfect opportunity for you to make statements throughout the wedding about what you love about your relationship and what is important to both of you as they begin your life together.  Your wedding should be rich with personality and culture.  Think about all the things that have meaning to you and then feel free to find a way to include them in your ceremony.

Many couples rely on the justice of the peace, minister, priest or rabbi to select the words for their special moment.  Why not choose the words you want spoken at your wedding.  A wedding Officiant can assist you in writing a custom ceremony that is unique to you.  The ceremony can range from civil to religious.

As you spend money, time, and energy in preparing for your wedding, keep in mind the words that will be spoken at your ceremony.  This really should be the focus of your day—the true expression of your unique relationship.  Choose your words carefully, so your wedding truly will be . . . Your Day . . . Your Way.

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Wedding Vow Renewal

At a time when divorce rates seem to be going up, any marriage that lasts deserves to be celebrated. What better way to allow others to share the love the two of you have for each other than to renew your wedding vows? It is also a very special way to tell your spouse that even after all these years, "You would do it all over again."

Vow renewals can be great fun because they can be designed anyway you want them to be. Typically, the renewal ceremony is more intimate and less formal that a wedding ceremony, however, there are no rules when it comes to this kind of ceremony.  Your renewal ceremony should be exactly the way you want it to be. 

Some people want to try to completely recreate their original wedding. Others want to have the wedding celebration they were unable to have the first time.  You may want to choose to speak some new promises to each other.  The ceremony can be as formal or casual as you want it to be.  There is no correct or incorrect way of doing a vow renewal, but vow renewals should be designed to bring new life to a marriage.

Vow renewals are a wonderful example to set for your children and grandchildren. What can be more beautiful than children watching their parents joining hands and hearts as they affirm the strength of they enduring love? What greater life/love lesson can you share with them?

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Reasons You Might Want to Renew Your Wedding Vows

  1. You want to celebrate a milestone anniversary.
  2. Your wedding wasn't the perfect day you had hoped for so you would like a chance to do it over again.
  3. Your wedding was on a tight budget and now you would like to have the elaborate celebration you always dreamed about. 
  4. You had a courthouse marriage ceremony with two witnesses. You have always wanted to say your vows in front a larger gathering of friends and family.
  5. Your marriage has been through some trying times, so now that you have survived those challenges, you would like to recommit yourselves to each other. 
  6. One of you has survived a serious illness and you want to celebrate good health.

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Commitment Ceremony

A commitment ceremony is a way for a couple to show their dedication to one another without the legal confines of marriage. Commitment ceremonies are most often used by couples who simply do not care to follow the standard marriage contract.

A commitment ceremony is often very similar to many other kinds of weddings complete with a church, wedding gown, flowers, and hundreds of guests. The difference is that rather than being a legally binding ceremony, it is simply a public affirmation of a couple’s commitment to one another.  A commitment ceremony may be religious or secular, formal and traditional or loose and unstructured.  

Rituals and ceremonies are important events in the lives of individuals, partners and families. When Celebrations by Shari refers to a commitment ceremony, it is meant to be an event that does not involve laws or government agencies in any way.  There is no license or certificate and the participant’s legal status does not change.  

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