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 …

An Arabic Blessing

Sarah Ritchie Your Ceremony

Blessings that close the wedding ceremony offer a wonderful opportunity to honor the ethnic, religious, and cultural heritages of the bride and groom.  While Irish blessings are, perhaps, the most familiar, every culture offers beautiful examples of words that send a couple on their way in marriage. You are my friend.  And a friend is one to whom One may …

Irish Blessing

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

At the end of the wedding, just before the “Declaration of Marriage,” we incorporate parting words to warmly send the bride and groom on their way.  This so-called charge, can take many forms, but often couples like to pay respect to their family traditions with familiar words.  For example, those of Jewish background like the “Seven Blessings,” whether traditional or …