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Create and Officiate Personalized Wedding Ceremonies
by Dayna Reid
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Pub Date: March 19th, 2011
"Sacred Ceremony: Create and Officiate Personalized Wedding Ceremonies," brings the focus back to the real purpose of a wedding ... not the cake, the dress or the centerpieces, but the sacred agreement between two people that defines their marriage.
In step-by-step, informative chapters, Dayna Reid describes the elements of a wedding ceremony script from beginning to end, and the choices people can make with each element. "Sacred 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.
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Listen to Dayna's interview from the "Ideas" show, WITT Radio 91.9 FM, Indianapolis, 10/25/11.
Listen to Dayna's interview from the "Walk the Talk with Kim" show, KKNW Radio 1150 AM, Seattle, 7/13/11.
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.
Recommendations for Sacred Ceremony ...
"The BEST wedding ceremony book I've found. Examples from secular, spiritual, and even zen ceremonies. A great resource for couples who wish to truly personalize their ceremony to make it meaningful and memorable."
~ Joy, Bellevue, WA.
"A great resource for those wanting to create sacred space that welcomes and holds all the beauty of life and love."
~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation.
"Sacred Ceremony is full of memory making words, thoughts and ideas to help any couple make their wedding day more meaningful and memorable and more personal. Sacred Ceremony guided and nourished my spirit as well as the bonding between my husband and I. It pulls together wisdom, care and options for every type of ceremony with grace and perfection. A must have for all couples ready to create their own perfect wedding ceremony."