|~ Sample Wedding Ceremonies ~
|Tracey and Michael, married at the Bailey Arboretum in Lattingtown. It was upscale and elegant
and fun loving and eternally youthful all at the same time!
Photo by "LIAffordablephoto.com"
|Susan and Jenk
She waited all her life for her one true love. Just when she was about to give up her handsome
prince traveled half way around the world, landing in New York City then out to Long Island to
finally find her and make her dreams come true. Their first ceremony was an elopement to
Babylon's Argyle Park. Their second was with Family, Friends and their beautiful baby boy
at the Snapper Inn in Oakdale
|The samples are arranged in sections below. Feel free to skip ahead.
I'm big on personalization. Writing with you helps to give the guests a peek into what makes
your relationship the one that you are committed to having last a lifetime. Seeing a side of you
that they wouldn't see on any other day makes them feel somehow closer to you, and to one
another, weaving the emotional bonds that make them the fabric of our life. This is usually
done in a personal section and/or with the vows.
So personal section aside,
let's start with some structural things to think about...
Religion, Yes or No, and if so which ones and how much?
Speaking and Writing, would you like to write your vows?
Are you ok with writing but not speaking? If so I can read them.
Good with neither but still want a personal vow? I have a formula that I use to write a vow
with you then spin it into an "I do" format.
(samples in ceremony sections below)
Are you interested in the little ceremonies that can go on
during the wedding such as candles, wine, roses, and so on?
Are there any parts of a traditional ceremony that you love or hate?
Is there something that is an important part of your life
that you want included?
And the big ones....
What do you need to promise to one another
to live a long and happy life together?
What do you want to promise and be promised on your wedding day?
The best complement that I have ever gotten was from a young couple who after the wedding
had moved out of state. They were newlyweds, first time home owners with new jobs, away
from the support of friends and family... And they said that when things got tough, that reading
over what they had written for their wedding ceremony helped. This is the kind of tool that I
want to give you for the rest of your life. I know it sounds ambitious but I have no right to give
you anything less than my best when it comes to the most important day of your lives.
Very few websites have original writings for you to look at and my writings are included in
many of the packages that other officiants give their couples to copy and paste from. Yet
writing and assembling are two very different things. If you are looking for samples of how real
couples thoughts and feelings are woven into a ceremony you are in the right place! And I
would be honored to do the same for you. By the same token if you see a ceremony that's
perfect for you as is.... well then perfection is hard to argue with!
But enough chit chat, for now! On to the Wedding Ceremony Samples!
|~ Sample Civil Ceremonies ~
(Also called "Justice of the Peace" Style Ceremonies. These are Marriage Ceremonies that
include poetry, personal sections, words on marriage and love, and sometimes cultural aspects,
with no reference to God)
~ Religious, Interfaith, and Multi-Cultural Weddings ~
(Spiritual, Interfaith, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Celtic, African, Greek, Chinese)
~ Sample Theme Wedding Ceremonies ~
(Central Park Wedding, Vineyard, Beach, Renaissance, Pirate, Airplane)
~ Sample Baby Blessings and Welcomings ~
(My version of a Birth Celebration, Multi-Cultural Adoption)
~ Same Sex Marriage Ceremony Samples ~
(As if the title doesn't say it all, these ceremonies DO include the wording that makes you legally
~ Commitment Ceremony Samples ~
(Secular and Religious samples, for those in states where same sex marriage is not yet legal and
for those who for their own reasons cannot be legally married)
~ Ceremonies that Include Children ~
(Family Sand Ceremony, Family Unity Candle, Children's Gift Ceremony,
Sharing of Bread and Drink)
~ Renewal of Vow Samples ~
(For when it is so good that you would do it all over again)
~ Bilingual Ceremonies ~
(So far I have added samples of French & English, Chinese & English and Spanish & English.
The French is an example of everything said in 2 languages. The Spanish and Chinese are
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|Kimberly and Michael
married at the Sunken Meadow
Pavilion. Their marriage was a
celebration of everything they already
share and they wanted a more casual
feel. So the Hawaiian prints were
everywhere and a good time was had by
Photo by Alex Wolff
|The groom has my microphone on in this picture and I always love the natural way my couples
can look into one another's eyes and hold hands.... and still be heard by everyone! Best part is
the PA is included in all my services.
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