A Letter From Joe
Dear Engaged Couple,
Congratulations on your decision to marry! In the words of the German writer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.
As you prepare for this great day there are so many components to the marriage that require your attention. Often, the most overlooked of these is the marriage officiant the woman or man that you choose to solemnize your commitment to each other. Not all marriage officiants are suited to express your unique and individual expression of love. That is why it is important to meet with, and talk to, a number of officiants in order that you are confident and comfortable with your choice.
The day of your marriage commitment is YOUR DAY and YOU should decide WHERE it is celebrated and HOW it is celebrated. Your ceremony can take on many forms, from religious to semi-religious to no religious reference at all. It can involve traditional aspects drawn from your unique cultural or family backgrounds. Above all else, it needs to express the very special love the two of you have for one another.
On my CMC Forum page you may review the many sample greetings, readings, vows, ceremonies and blessings that I have assembled.
I look forward to Creative Marriage Celebrations being your choice to assist you on this important day. I pledge to you that we will do everything possible to respect your choices and decisions. It will be our distinct honor and privilege to solemnize the commitment of love you will publicly profess.
Again, congratulations, and I wish you both the very best!
Please allow me to share with you my favorite writing on marriage...
ART OF MARRIAGE
in marriage is not something that just happens.
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