Your Commitment Ceremony
The Commitment Ceremony is a fulfilling and meaningful experience for all concerned. It is not only the union of two people but of two families and two communities of friends. It is the lifetime commitment of two people to each other, the equivalent of a marriage......this commitment may be part of a gay marriage in jurisdictions where this is lawful and recognised. The celebrant must make it clear, however, that it is not a marriage if the ceremony is held in a jurisdiction where same sex marriages are not recognized/allowed by law.
Every aspect of the ceremony should reflect you (both), your thoughts and feelings, beliefs and ideals, hopes and desires for your future life together. The ceremony is therefore totally personalized to suit every aspect of your being. This collection of ceremonies, readings, rituals and traditions, music will provide the inspiration you need to decide exactly what it is you want to say to your loved one and to your family and friends.
Simple but sincere; more traditional ~ to include readings by a family member or guest; A ceremony with a splash of spirituality provided by candles and readings; A culturally rich ceremony with a ritual maybe; A ceremony to include children or to also recognize and acknowledge revered deceased relatives or friends? You may wish to have a theme flowing through your ceremony. Often the date of a significant anniversary is chosen for this ceremony. Intimate ceremonies with just a few guests conducted before a candlelit dinner can be very emotive and just as special.
Commitment ceremonies complete with readings, vows and rituals, 40 additional readings, poetry, cultural traditions and rituals and music suggestions for you to ponder!
The ceremonies, additional readings, poetry and cultural rituals in this presentation have been designed for you to copy and paste, to add new material to or for you to adapt to suit your personal situation.
I also include a checklist and guide for you to ensure a stress free ceremony and celebration!. A questionnaire is also provided to assist you in compiling a more personalized introduction.
Ceremonies have structure and if guidelines are followed a ceremony with interest, variation, good length and natural flow will be the end result.
Ring Ceremony A Reading The Declaration / Conclusion.
Signing of the Certificate
Presentation of Certificate to the couple
Presentation of the Couple to guests
1. Read and decide what you like and want, delete headings you don't want.
2. Consider your questionnaire answers and make a little flowing narrative from them to include in the introduction.
3. Copy material (and adapt) whatever you want to use.
4. Include any of your own material 5. Paste it all under your headings. 6. Choose your font and print!
........and your ceremony is ready!
Here are some excerpts from the ceremonies.....
".........If you have love in your life, It can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don’t have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough".
"........I commit to focus on the positive. To consciously care for the wellbeing and health of our bodies and to keep myself vital and young at heart. I willingly hold this responsibility of commitment by remembering to be loving, forgiving and compassionate to myself, to you and to others..........."
"...........have chosen to have a simple ceremony this evening. They wish to make their own personal commitment here, in the park overlooking the river, where they often walked as university students, and among people with whom they have already spent much of their pasts and with whom they hope to share much of their future".
"....... after almost twelve years, you have come to the fateful realization that the glue that has kept your relationship together, is not only an enduring deep and sincere friendship, but it is also a deep and abiding love!"
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I’m Elizabeth Gray, a popular celebrant who gained a Diploma of Marriage celebrancy at the International College of Celebrants in Melbourne, Victoria in 2003.
I found that working as a celebrant very rewarding and I feel I have privileged to be part pf peoples lives at times of celebration and healing.
I am excited about being able to share my experiences with you so that you can create a very personal celebration of your own.
Look forward to assisting you, and wish you well on your special occasion!