Buddhist Marriage Homily

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

From time-to-time, I work with a bride or groom who considers him or herself to be  Buddhist.  More frequently, however, I come across individuals who identify as being “spiritual, but not religious.”  In these cases, Buddhist sentiments are often right on target.  An example is found below: To say the words But to accept that Love And Compassion are built …

A Reading from Madeline L’Engle

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

One of my couples from last year pointed me towards this wonderful prose written by the beloved children’s author Madeline L’Engle. But ultimately, there comes a moment when a decision must be made. Ultimately two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are …

Sara Teasdale: A Favorite Wedding Author

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

Sara Teasdale, the contemporary poet, has become a favorite author to express lovely sentiments in wedding ceremony scripts: To-night I close my eyes and see A strange procession passing me — The years before I saw your face Go by me with a wistful grace; They pass, the sensitive shy years, As one who strives to dance, half blind with …

Cherokee Inspired Vows

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows, Your Ceremony

Even when couples are interested in writing their own vows, I like to provide a variety of samples for their review–it helps to get the creative juices flowing.  Native American readings have become increasingly popular in weddings, and I recently came across this wedding vow, inspired by the Cherokee Nation.  God in heaven above, Please protect the ones we love. …

Wedding Vow from the Chinese Han Dynasty

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  New York is a delicious melting pot of ethnic groups and cultures—a Celebrant’s dream come true.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 10 percent of New Yorkers identify themselves as Chinese.  I have worked with many Chinese couples over the years and find there are wonderful customs, including the traditional tea ceremony which couples enjoy including in …

Wedding 101: A Summary of the Order of Ceremony

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows, Wedding Ideas, Your Ceremony

Most of my clients have been to a good number of weddings, both religious and secular, by the time that they marry.  However, they generally can’t remember much about the ceremonies in aggregate.  Sometimes a bride and groom can point to ceremony components they found off-putting, but there isn’t much recollection beyond that.   Likewise, while there is a vague sense …

“A” is for “Adore”

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

Many brides and grooms have a bit of stage-fright when thinking about writing their own vows. I recently came across a nifty book called Wedding Words Vows, by Jennifer Ceglielski. The little volume contains a lot of good information and ideas, including the following list of words to inspire vow writing: Adore, Adventure, Affection, Always, Appreciate, Aspirations, Beginning, Beloved, Bond, …

A Reading From Khalil Gibran

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

  An upcoming couple selected the following reading by Khalil Gibran.  It beautifully describes the importance of individual realization within the context of a loving marriage: You were born together, and together you shall be forever more. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. And you will be together even in the silent memory …

Pueblo Commitment Vow

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

I recently participated in a lovely, unique ceremony for Allie and Jon, both school teachers. They found the following Pueblo Commitment Vow, read by a beloved family member during the ceremony. I thank them for finding such a beautiful reading and allowing me to participate in their very special wedding. Before we met, you and I were halves unjoined except …

Words for the Wedding

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

When considering a wedding script, couples often focus on longer readings from religious texts or innumerable other sources.  However, well chosen phrases, sprinkled in the text can have a power impact, too.  Consider the following quotations provided in  A World of Ways to Say “I Do” by Noah Benshea and Jordan Benshea Love conquers all things; let us too surrender …