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Best Ceremony Ever: How to Make the Serious Wedding Stuff Unique

Best Ceremony Ever: How to Make the Serious Wedding Stuff Unique

by Christopher Shelley


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Gravitas and fun get married within these pages, and we're all invited

Certified lifecycle celebrant Christopher Shelley is on a mission to revolutionize the wedding ceremony—or at least to make it as enjoyable as the reception. In Best. Ceremony. Ever., he will forever alter the way couples and wedding pros think about tying the knot. Shelley, who has officiated hundreds of weddings, walks couples and officiants through working together, from setting the atmosphere to telling an unforgettable love story. He shares questions for the couple to ask themselves before meeting with their officiant, and offers a wedding vow workshop and complete sample ceremonies.

Shelley cares about the guests as much as the couple getting married, and his friendly, entertaining guide is a treasure chest of ideas to make guests laugh, cry, and then laugh at how much they’re crying. From announcing the wedding (insert cliff-hanger) to selecting venues (consider breweries!) to choreographing processionals (dance party!) to explosive recessionals (balloon drop!), opportunities to surprise guests abound.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682682852
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Series: Best Ever
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,071,691
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Christopher Shelley is New York’s funniest certified Life-Cycle Celebrant. In addition to performing wedding ceremonies in New York and beyond, he has officiated in-studio weddings on The Rachael Ray Show and wrote and performed a memorial service for Joan Rivers’s dog on Joan Knows Best.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Act I

Chapter 1 Setting the Atmosphere 18

Chapter 2 Introduction by Wedding Officiant 25

Chapter 3 Designing an Unforgettable Processional 31

Act II

Chapter 4 Words of Welcome 54

Chapter 5 Special Thanks 58


Chapter 6 The Love Story 66

Chapter 7 Performing the Ceremony 78

Act IV

Chapter 8 The Serious Stuff: Stating Intentions and Exchanging Vows 86

Chapter 9 Exchange of Jewelry and Other Rituals 96

Act V

Chapter 10 Wedding Zen 104

Chapter 11 Pronouncement and Kiss 108

Chapter 12 Recessional 111

Sample Ceremonies 117

The (Fictional) Ceremony of Kathryn and Iggy 118

The (Fictional) Ceremony of Ben and Natalya 132

Questions for Couples 139

Wedding Vow Workshop 147

Wedopedia 151

Acknowledgments 203

Index 205

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