A commitment ceremony is a public affirmation ritual in which two people declare their love and devotion to each other. It is identical to a wedding ceremony in that the couple is often joined together by a religious or spiritual ritual with symbolic element such as the making of oaths and vows. The difference is that it is not legally binding.
A commitment ceremony may be religious or secular, formal and traditional or loose and unstructured – that will be up to the couple’s own preferences.
While the commitment ceremony is not legally binding, it deserves the same planning as that of a traditional wedding ceremony – the booking and process for this ceremony is identical to my legal marriage ceremony. Instead of a marriage certificate, a commitment certificate will be issued by myself after the ceremony.
The fee schedule and consultation will be similar to those of a traditional wedding.
Your commitment ceremony day is a celebration of your love and deep commitment to each other. I do everything possible to ensure your personal wishes are respected and celebrated.
E-mail me me to see if your date is open on my calendar and to set up an initial free consultation. I will ask a few questions and if you live in the area I will arrange a meeting with you at a nearby location if the date and time is still open. At this meeting we will discuss your ceremony and begin the process of customizing the ritual to fit your unique needs.
After your baby is born I can create a custom baby blessing ceremony or baptism with you that will welcome, honor, celebrate and welcome your new child into the community.
As with my other ceremonies, your baby’s ceremony can incorporate a spiritual, non-religious, traditional or an alternative perspective all the while ensuring that the ceremony reflects your love, beliefs, values and cultural traditions in a way that honors the entire family and community.
A Handfasting is a Celtic equivalent of a traditional wedding, except that some religious traditions assign it a length of a year and a day. However it can be made legal if the person officiating (Priestess, Priest, minister) are registered as clergy with the local authorities.
If you and your future bride or groom wish to make plans for a Handfasting ceremony or incorporate Celtic elements of a Handfasting ceremony into a legally binding wedding ceremony, contact me via telephone or email to set up a free consultation.
The fee schedule and consultation are the same as those of a traditional wedding.
As a receipt for booking a date, couples receive my “Wedding Packet”, which includes a Wedding Agreement, my “Processional, Ceremony and Recessional Staging worksheet (seating, entrance, exit, who stand where, etc.), “The Wedding Party” worksheet (lists duties for each member of the wedding party) and over 50 pages of sample ceremony parts.
Your Wedding/Handfasting day is a celebration of your love and deep commitment to each other. I do everything possible to ensure your personal wishes are respected and celebrated.
Feel free to e-mail me me to see if your date is open on my calendar and to set up an initial free consultation. I will ask a few questions and if you live in the area, I will arrange a meeting with you at a nearby location if the date and time is still open. At this meeting we will discuss your ceremony and begin the process of customizing the ritual to fit your unique needs.
Do you have need for a ritual not mentioned here? Contact me and let’s work together to create a memorable event to meet your needs.