When contacting me about your wedding, please give me the approximate date you plan to be married, the location you've chosen if known, how many people you expect will attend, and a little bit about what type of ceremony you envision. If I'm available for your date and it seems we would be a good match, we will get down to business.
I will send you some sample scripts to choose from or to use for inspiration in writing your own. Or if you wish, I can create a custom ceremony for you, though my rates reflect more of a "do-it-yourself" quality. Many couples prefer have control over the content of the ceremony script. After gleaning a little bit about your personality and what type of ceremony you have in mind, I can perhaps suggest some components for your ceremony. You are welcome to write your own vows or use the traditional and contemporary vows I supply. I will e-mail you a copy of the ceremony for your input, revisions, additions, deletions, etc. Once you are happy with your vows, we can meet in person prior to your wedding to go over the details or rehearse if necessary, visit the wedding location, or whatever you need to feel confident that your wedding will go smoothly.
My "no frills" service includes the ceremony, the signing and filing of the marriage license for recording with your state, and a complimentary keepsake marriage certificate. Any vendors, such as a photographer, flowers, unity ceremony props, and so on, would be the responsibility of the wedding couple, or I can provide those services for you, as well. I can direct you to the marriage license agents and can steer you toward some economical vendors for your wedding extras.
Whether a reaffirmation of the party you couldn't afford when starting out, vow renewal is a glorious celebration of continued commitment.
One of the most wonderful and joyful of all ceremonies that I have the pleasure to participate in is a vow renewal ceremony. Basically, a vow renewal is a ceremony in which an already married couple re-affirms their love for one another and their commitment to their marriage by either repeating their original wedding vows, or by writing new vows to reflect their relationship as it currently is.
There are two basic reasons for having a vow renewal ceremony. First, a renewal is normally held on a significant anniversary (10, 20, 25, or 50, for example), as part of the anniversary celebration. These ceremonies are often a celebration of a marriage that works. Second, gaining in popularity among couples, is a formal renewal ceremony following a civil wedding ceremony or elopement. For some couples, this is the opportunity to have their commitment to one another blessed by the church and/or witnessed/celebrated by their family and friends.
By taking a special day to honor your marriage, you are commemorating and celebrating your time together; calling to mind the memories and family you've created together; and rejoicing in the laughter you've shared; while treasuring the secrets you've gathered. It is a blessing that the joy of Matrimony has given you both a past and a future.
The Vow Renewal Ceremony is to embrace that past, while anticipating your future.