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Weddings

Getting married is a significant life transition, often very public, sometimes very private. In most cultures weddings are valued highly. They are joyous times. Times for families and friends to get together, to laugh and cry, to reminisce, to celebrate the positive, to acknowledge the possible, to sing and dance and make merry.

For some of you this is not a first marriage, for others you may have been living together for some time and want to formalise your commitment to each other. No matter what your situation, a ceremony can be designed to fit your needs.

Weddings need organising. Sometimes this is easy, at other times when decisions are numerous, or it is hard to find agreement it can be frustrating. Supportive family, helpful friends are a real bonus. For some, families may be divided or at a distance, some members may have died. Your family may have differences from your prospective partner's family. How do you sort this out? How do you put together a ceremony that meets your needs first and accommodates those who are important in your lives?

Things may not always go to plan! At a recent wedding, a three year old niece detached herself from her mother in the audience and decided to precede the bride just as she was walking towards the alter. Family were really important to this couple. The bride's children were part of the bridal party. So we included her as the bride and attendants walked to the front. The guests laughed with good spirit, her mother quietly took her back before we started the formal process and a normal part of family life was included as a plus!

Weather. For those of you wanting an outdoor ceremony, the weather doesn't always provide you with what you most want – a fine day. When choosing an outdoor wedding, choose an alternative site in case of bad weather.

What is marriage?

Marriage is a deeply symbolic, yet joyful act not to be entered lightly or thoughtlessly.

In a sense, marriage is not just the linking of two lives and the relationship between two people. It is an entry into a destiny, an opening to the potential life that lies hidden until evoked by the experiences of marriage.

From the I Ching

When two people are at one in their innermost hearts, the shatter even the strength of iron or bronze.

And when two people understand each other in their innermost hearts,
Their words are sweet and strong like the fragrance or orchids.

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