Everything you need to know to easily compose and conduct a wedding ceremony and make it legal.
In this revised, expanded and retitled edition of the previously titled bestseller, "Sacred Ceremony," "Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ceremony," brings the focus back to the real purpose of a wedding ... the sacred agreement, the vows, between two people that defines their marriage.
In step-by-step, informative chapters, Dayna Reid describes the elements of a wedding ceremony from beginning to end, and the choices people can make with each element. "Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ceremony" includes a wealth of wording and ceremony selections, to celebrate diverse styles, beliefs and traditions, from Christian to Zen, to the simple declarations of love that transcend tradition.
Reid, an ordained Officiant with more than a decade of experience discovered "the few ceremony books available were written in either a particular style or from a specific religious view, offering limited variety for customizing a wedding to reflect a couple's unique and personal perspective and intentions."
Some key information within the book:
• A large collection of spiritual and non-spiritual wording examples
• Several sample wedding and renewal ceremonies
• A worksheet to help easily compose the vows and the ceremony
• Instructions for obtaining a marriage license
• Who can legally perform the ceremony and steps to becoming ordained
• Advice on selecting the right Officiant
• Information on filing the paperwork to make the wedding legal
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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ceremony: Choosing the Perfect Words and Officiating Your Unforgettable Day is part of the trendy, craftsy, Pinterest-loving girl's dream for her wedding day. Detailing everything from the procession to how to make your wedding legal, you will want to keep a copy on hand when you start planning your big day, and with Dayna Reid's help, you might just have the best day of your life! As a girl very much intent on doing my own wedding, I found this book to be super helpful, and I loved some of the classic and popular quotes and blessings about love and marriage. I particularly liked the section that talked about all the different ceremonial things and practices that I could choose to do in my wedding, like the unity candle, Celtic trinity, jumping the broom, etc. I would have perhaps liked an understanding of where each custom came from. For example, jumping the broom was a ceremony that was explained, but didn't go into detail about its roots in African-American culture. Some customs did detail such things, like the binding of hands from Celtic customs, which was really nice to learn about. Overall, I think that Dayna Reid has managed to put together quite a selection of ideas and plans for your wedding. I will have to keep a copy of this handy so that when I really do enter the wedding planning stages, I will be able to catch some things that would otherwise fall through the cracks.
A how-to guide for choosing the words that mean the most to you for your wedding ceremony, as well as designing the event. In a welcome respite from the marriage-industrial complex, minister and officiant Reid takes the immensely practical tack of helping you select the right words for your wedding, from pure suggestions to full sample ceremonies. That's not to say that the book's cup doesn't runneth over with glad tidings and peals of joy at the event; just that the author would like to see you get it right for yourself. To start the process, Reid offers a step-by-step overview of the many possible elements that can be included in a ceremony, from approval and dedication blessings, to the declaration of intent and pronouncement (the only legal stipulations involved), to vows and the exchange of rings, to the kiss and the close. Since the whole point of this project is to provide the reader with word choices, Reid serves up abundant samples for each element in the service. They might be spiritual or nonspiritual, traditional or alternative; they might be brief or extended, soupy or flinty. Her sources are rangy and inclusive--biblical scripture, Native American blessings and prayers, Buddhist homilies, rabbinical teachings, Irish blessings and toasts; Armenian, Hawaiian, Inuit; Rumi, Oscar Levant, Kierkegaard; song lyrics, movies, children's books, television. Even if some of them make you recoil--perhaps Richard Bach isn't your cup of tea--there is always a counterbalance somewhere in these pages. Reid encourages readers to use the words as a springboard to zero in on the day's significance and intent, to embellish upon them, just as she recommends ways in which to broaden the ceremony with personal touches, such as the ringing of little brass bells instead of the shower of rice or birdseed. Lastly, she takes on the bureaucracy; obtaining license, filing paperwork, officiating. This may be a nuts-and-bolts primer on fashioning the architecture and words for your marriage, but Reid keeps it sweet as the cake and smooth as the silk. --Kirkus Reviews