A ceremony’s, a ceremony’s a ceremony… right?

I’ve written some interesting things into ceremonies over the last few years.  This is because every person, every couple is different – what is important, what is romantic, what best symbolises love to every person, every couple is different.  Because I take the time to get to know my couples, I hope, what I give every couple is a unique ceremony that really epitomises what love and marriage means… to them.

These are some of my favourites.

Zombies.  I thought I had managed to tone down the mushy romance in my ceremonies but every now and then I come across a couple that wants to tone it down even more.  The couple I married last weekend were so much fun, it seemed perfectly appropriate to leave them with this thought on love.

“Not every day will be a perfect day.  You know that already. 

But just remember that even on your worst of days… should we be plunged into a zombie apocalypse, you would fight tooth and nail for each other and your family.  And as much as words of doves, waltzes and phrases like ‘meant to be’… this, is love.”

 Cat Stevens.  For a totally country couple.  A couple in love with their animals… and luckily it turned out, Cat Stevens!

“Before you leave here today as husband and wife, I want to talk about dogs.

Cat Stevens wrote a song called I Love my Dog.  The full title is “I love my dog as much as I love you.”

At first it can seem like he’s telling his girlfriend he doesn’t really love her that much.

But if you really think about the love a dog owner shows his or her dog… about how much you both love your dogs (and cats and horses and hens).You love them unconditionally.

You have faith in their loyalty, their honesty, how fiercely they would fight to protect you.

You just love and trust they will love you back.

And when you think about the words “I love my dog as much as I love you” this way, the way Cat Stevens intended, you realise it’s really the highest compliment.”

And my very favourite.  Gomez and Morticia Addams.  I’ve been hoping to find the right couple.  And I have, I’m marrying them this weekend in a Halloween themed wedding!

“I would like to offer this piece of advice.  It’s not advice from me… it’s advice from the most loved up of dark couples – appropriate for your choice of wedding date I thought – Gomez and Morticia Addams.

 These two have made their long love beautiful, meaningful and romantic by continuing to be their best for each other, never giving up being affectionate with each other and facing every challenge that one, both of them or their family comes up against as a united front.

 They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky… and after decades together they’re still totally, madly, passionately in love with each other. 

I wish for the two of you a marriage as wonderful as Gomez and Morticia’s!”

 Maybe you love these snippets of ceremonies, maybe you don’t.  If I get the pleasure of marrying you and your fiancée, I promise I would do my best to find out and write what is right for you.

Congratulations on your engagement!  Wherever and however you plan to tie the knot, happy planning.  If you’re planning to marry in the Mackenzie Country, Mt Cook, North Otago or South Canterbury I’d love to hear from you.  My contact details are all listed in the contact me tab on my home page.

Hannah xx

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