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 ceremonyor 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.
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
Chapter 1 Setting the Atmosphere 18
Chapter 2 Introduction by Wedding Officiant 25
Chapter 3 Designing an Unforgettable Processional 31
Chapter 4 Words of Welcome 54
Chapter 5 Special Thanks 58
Chapter 6 The Love Story 66
Chapter 7 Performing the Ceremony 78
Chapter 8 The Serious Stuff: Stating Intentions and Exchanging Vows 86
Chapter 9 Exchange of Jewelry and Other Rituals 96
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