Diane Warner's Contemporary Guide to Wedding Ceremonies: Hundreds of Creative Personal Touches and Tips for a Wedding to Remember

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Career Press, 2006 - Reference - 221 pages
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Finally, a practical guide to wedding ceremonies that not only includes the traditional, but creative, personalized ideas for the 21st century bride and groom. Diane Warner's Contemporary Guide to Wedding Ceremonies answers all of your questions, including: *What are the minimal elements required for a legal ceremony? * How do we choose our ceremony venue? * How do we choose our officiant? * What are the 10 conventional ceremony elements? * What are the 12 most popular ways to personalize a ceremony? * What are typical elements of a religious ceremony? * What are the five most popular secular ceremonies? * How can we personalize our ceremony venue? * Should we hire a wedding planner?
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Circle of Acceptance
8
Early Ceremony Questions
9
Your Ceremony Venue and Officiant
11
Members of Your Wedding Party
17
Wedding Planner
26
Personalize Your Ceremony Venue
29
Ceremony Theme
31
Rose Ceremony
123
Ceremony of the Wishing Stones
125
Jumping the Broom
127
Handfasting Ceremonies
129
Covenant of Salt or Sand
132
Memorial Tribute
136
Communal Commitment Ceremony
137
Renewal of Marriage Vows by the Guests
140

Ceremony Ambience
38
Conventional Ceremony Elements
45
Ceremony Seating
47
Processional
49
ConvocationInvocation
54
Consecration and Expression of Intent
57
Vows
59
Ring Exchange
74
Pronouncement and Kiss
89
Benediction
91
Recessional
93
Optional Ceremony Elements
97
CandleLighting Prelude
99
Readings
101
Officiants Address or Homily
109
Lighting of the Unity Candle
112
Special Ceremony Elements
115
BellRingers Announcing the Ceremony
117
Honoring Your Mothers
119
and Family Medallion Ceremonies
121
Ring Church Bells or Release Doves
141
Religious Ceremonies
143
Jewish Ceremony
145
Catholic Ceremony
156
Protestant Ceremony
161
Interfaith Ceremonies
169
Elements of Other Popular Ceremonies
173
Civil Ceremony
175
Encore Ceremony
181
New Life Ceremony
189
Nature Ceremony
195
The Before and After
199
Before the Ceremony
201
After the Ceremony
206
Epilogue
209
Appendix Sample Ceremony Program
211
Index
215
About the Author
221
Other Books by Diane Warner
223
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