Your ceremony should be filled with love, warmth, and your unique thoughts and feelings. A ceremony is about two people joining together to share a life of their choosing. Each ceremony I create is unique to the couple it is made for; however, every ceremony has the potential to contain whatever you as a couple desire. Therefore, the fee on this page is the only fees you will pay. Thus, there are no fees for writing your own vows, adding Unity ceremonies or anything else.
Meetings, as many as you desire - Complimentary (Free)
Reservation Fee - $150 which will be applied toward the ceremony amount for
my services. This is due at the time of signing the contract. This fee covers
the writing of the ceremonies, saving of the day on my calendar and my time
corresponding or meeting with you. The Remaining amount is due 60 days
prior to wedding. For Short Notice Ceremony the total amount is due upon signing contract.
Ceremony Package Options - Prices include Writing 3 ceremonies, officiating ceremony, Reservation fee, filing of the marriage license after the ceremony and an email reminder sent 1 week after your wedding. To obtain your Official Certified Copy of the marriage license. This is the legal paper you need to change marital status and name.
Rehearsal (ceremony day) Set early on your wedding day, useful for couples that are limited on time or are traveling from another state or country. - $50.00
Rehearsal (1 to 5 days prior to ceremony date) This is useful for couple who have the ability to arrive two or more days before their wedding date to the location and have the time to run a rehearsal. - $150.00
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Acts of Celebrations - These additional ceremonies are added to the ceremony to customize it as you wish.
A ring warming is a beautiful a sweet way to include everyone at your wedding ceremony. The couples ask their family and friends to bless or put good thoughts and wishes upon the rings. The rings are passed from person to person during the first part of the ceremony. Each person holds them and instills in the rings their thoughts for the happy couple. As it reaches the time for the ring vows, the rings are passed to the ring bearer or best man/woman. This ceremony is to show unity in both the couple and the love of their family and friends.
The vows help to solidify the new union that you have chosen to join into with your special person. Many ceremonies involve merging two families. This blending of families has made the need for children to be allowed to take part
in the vow exchange, important for many couples.
The couple each pours a vessel of colored sand/crystals into a larger vase/bottle. As they pour together, their different colored sand/crystals combine, creating a piece of artwork that serves as a long-lasting keepsake. If children are involved in the ceremony, the vessel will become a rainbow of color. The finished product can then be corked for long-term display. You must provide sand/crystal and vases/bottles. (Wonderful alternative to Unity Candle lighting.)
The Handfasting ceremony is another ceremony that shows the couple uniting in the unity of marriage. The couple faces each other, and their wrists are bound loosely together. Depending on the ceremony there are two different ways I know to do this part. One way is to have the couple have one ribbon or cord added at a time as they go through the ceremony. As they answer each part a new ribbon or cord is added on. Another way is to choose 4 cords or ribbons and have them added all at the beginning of the ceremony. Staying bound together until the end. One ribbon is included in the ceremony. You must specify what color you want prior to your wedding day.
In this ritual, Love X and Love O each present one another with their first gift as a married couple. They each exchange a single long-stem rosebud as a symbol of their love and then place them in one vase to share water. The two flowers use the shared water so the buds can open into larger blooms. This ceremony is usually performed just after the clergy presents the couple but before the Recessional.
This is a ceremony that is especially well suited for the vineyard setting here in Oregon’s Wine Country. In this ceremony, the Love X and Love O each have a small decanter of wine (one - white for the Love X and one - red for the Love O). They pour wine from their decanters together into a larger center decanter. By doing so they create a rose (blush). Then the Love O pours wine from the center carafe into a glass for the Love X. Then the Love X pours a glass for the Love O. Together they toast saying “Now our lives have become one." They each take a sip and face their guests.
Oregon has some amazing craft breweries. Many breweries have a backroom for weddings.
You will need a good bottle of liquor/wine to age, two glasses, and stationery for letters. The couple has a liquor/wine box with a lock that has room for glasses. They write a love letter for their soon-to-be spouse. Place the letters in the box with the liquor/wine and glasses and nail or lock it during their ceremony. On their 1st or 5th anniversary, they share the bottle of liquor/wine and read the letter their spouse placed in the box. Then they replace the bottle and write new letters and seal it again for another 1 to 5 years.
A unity candle is a symbol of a Love X and Love O committing to each other in front of friends and family. The unity candle is simply a large candle. The Love X and Love O each hold a lit taper candle and together light the larger unity candle. Then, the couple blows out their individual candle and the unity candle now represents two becoming one.
Jumping the Broom requires Love X and Love O to let go of the past and focus on the future. It symbolically is sweeping away the past by physically jumping or walking over the broom. The broom is specially made for the ceremony. Usually handmade by the couple (may also be purchased online).
Do you have a loved one who you would like to include in the wedding? Then this is where you might want to include them.
Love X and Love O each have a color of paint that represent them. They may squirt, brush, or splatter the paint onto a canvas (painter canvas, plywood, mirror, glass pane.) As the colors mix it shows how their lives are intertwined and cannot be separated.
Happiness in marriage is not
something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage,
the little things are the big things…
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say, “I love you.”
It is at no time taking the other for granted.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives;
it is standing together facing the world.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
but in the spirit of joy.
It is not expecting perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding, and a sense of humor.
It is having a capacity to forgive and forget.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
the dependence is mutual, and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not marrying the right partner; it is being the right partner.
It is discovering that your love for one another at its best will never
lose sight of or be blotted out by the common place experiences of life.
And it is remembering that remaining devoted, confident and hopeful
in one another are the secret ingredients, which will help you to
remain two very happy people, richer for your oneness.
by Wilferd Arlan Peterson