Creating Your Wedding Ceremony
One of the most important things to consider when you are saying "I do" is how your wedding ceremony will reflect what you really wish to say. LGBTQ, Straight, Religious, Romantic or Cultural, we will work with you to create a powerful joy-filled ceremony.
- Will your ceremony be a traditionally religious one or only touch upon the religious aspects?
- Do you wish to bring parts of who you are into the ceremony?
- Will it be sweet and romantic, Spiritual or Cultural, reflecting your values and traditions?
- Do you wish to play and have a good time, while at the same time recognize the importance of the commitment you are making?
We understand the practices and traditions of your individual faiths, as well as the meaning of Interfaith. Without losing sight of the religious and cultural traditions that make up each individual faith, we create ceremonies which incorporate the best of Jewish, Christian, Celtic, Chinese, Pagan, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and all other expressions of religion or heritage, as well as whatever you wish to share.
This is your ceremony and we are here to make it happen.
We work individually, or together as Rabbi and Interfaith Minister to insure
that your wedding ceremony expresses everything you wish to say about who you are.
Step One: Contact Us
We will make an appointment to meet with you. We can meet in person, on Skype, or telephone, but we feel the best connections are made face to face. At this meeting we will discuss all aspects of creating a ceremony that will last in your memories forever. We will answer all your questions and help you understand how to handle any aspect of your relationship (from how you will raise your children, to dealing with the concept of Interfaith with your respective families). We will look at various sample weddings and discuss all parts of the ceremony and what you would like to see in your very personalized ceremony.
We are here to help, and we are happy to offer one free session of Pre-Marital Counseling to all our couples.
Step Two: Reserve The Date
Once you have chosen a date for your wedding ceremony in order to hold it we ask for a non-refundable deposit upon signing the contract. Then, at about 4-6 weeks before your wedding we will want to meet again and create your unique, one-of-a kind ceremony. The script is sent to you for your approval or editing, and then is printed as a final copy, and that is what we use during the ceremony. We love your input on what you would like to see and there are currently many websites and books to help you find readings and other resources.
A few of our favorite books include:
WEDDINGS FROM THE HEART by Daphne Rose Kingma
FOR AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE- by Roger Fritts
CELEBRATING INTERFAITH MARRIAGES - by Rabbi Devon Lerner
WEDDINGS BY DESIGN- by Richard Leviton
There are also many internet websites you can research.
Step Three: The Wedding Day
Our commitment is to arrive an hour before the ceremony and coordinate with the event manager, the musicians, photographer, videographer and your wedding party, to make sure everything runs smoothly. Then we make sure the wedding license, and Ketubah (Jewish or Interfaith wedding contract), if there is one, is signed and witnessed correctly. We then move into celebrating your ceremony which includes all the elements you have chosen.