Planning a Ceremony
While engaged couples spend a great deal of attention (and money) on all of the details of the wedding, the flowers, the photographer, the food, the dress, they often give little attention to the actual ceremony, the crux of the celebration.
Modern couples bring varying spiritual and religious beliefs to the altar and the ceremony can reflect and intertwine these perspectives to lovely effect. Minister Cassedy has helped plan and preside over diverse wedding ceremonies crafted to express both the bride and the groom’s family traditions. [happy couples link] With her rich background in various religious traditions, she is familiar with resources and rituals across religious and cultural backgrounds to create a personal and significant wedding ceremony.
A well-planned ceremony can express the couple’s beliefs about marriage, about each other and about their understanding of the sacred aspect of their marriage.
Thoughtful selection of readings and music can express the couple’s hopes for the future.
The couple can take traditional wedding rituals and update them to bring new meaning:
- processional of the wedding party,
- candle lighting,
- blessing of the rings,
- personalized vows.
Our society upholds marriage as the foundation of family and the root relationship in our communities. Certainly marriage can fulfill this high expectation but not without a great deal of hard work, commitment and support. It is not that we need to lower our expectations for marriage but we do need to ground these expectations with practical support and understanding about the inevitable challenges the marriage will face.
The beginnings of providing such support is in the creation and celebration of the wedding ceremony where the couple will gather their community of family and friends and ask them to bear witness to the declaration of their commitment to one another.
Ms. Cassedy is a licensed minister authorized to officiate wedding ceremonies. She brings her teaching and counseling experience to the process of planning and conducting the marriage rite. She works together with the couple to envision and then manifest a ceremony that reflects their marriage values.