DIY Wedding Ceremony

Choosing your Perfect Words and Officiating Your Unforgettable Day
Dayna Reid

Perform a memorable wedding ceremony as an ordained minister with this comprehensive guide to performing weddings. Includes samples and suggested readings.


Product Description

Religious or Not, Choose the Right Words For Your Wedding Day.

Approaching your next wedding ceremony should be done with meaning, care, and preparation. Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ceremony will provide you will all the necessary information and helpful tools to properly execute any wedding occasion you take on as a minister.

Author Dayna Reid elegantly formats each section of this book with easy to read, user friendly, step by step instructions. Whether you are performing a traditional wedding, or an alternative wedding such as handfasting, this wedding manual is well planned out for any wedding occasion.

This book includes:

  • A guide on how to become ordained with the Universal Life Church.
  • A guide on how to legally perform a marriage ceremony.
  • A collection of sample wedding setups and even has ceremonies for wedding vow renewals.
  • A couple useful worksheets to let you easily structure the ceremony.
  • A guide for getting the marriage license.
  • A vast set of spiritual and non-spiritual examples.
  • Advice on selecting the right Officiant.
  • Information on filing the paperwork to make the wedding legal.

User reviews

A how-to guide for choosing the words that mean the most to you for your wedding ceremony, as well as designing the event.

By Kirkus Reviews

In a welcome respite from the marriage-industrial complex, minister and officiant Reid takes the immensely practical tack of helping you select the right words for your wedding, from pure suggestions to full sample ceremonies.

That's not to say that the book's cup doesn't runneth over with glad tidings and peals of joy at the event; just that the author would like to see you get it right for yourself. To start the process, Reid offers a step-by-step overview of the many possible elements that can be included in a ceremony, from approval and dedication blessings, to the declaration of intent and pronouncement (the only legal stipulations involved), to vows and the exchange of rings, to the kiss and the close.

Since the whole point of this project is to provide the reader with word choices, Reid serves up abundant samples for each element in the service. They might be spiritual or nonspiritual, traditional or alternative; they might be brief or extended, soupy or flinty. Her sources are rangy and inclusive--biblical scripture, Native American blessings and prayers, Buddhist homilies, rabbinical teachings, Irish blessings and toasts; Armenian, Hawaiian, Inuit; Rumi, Oscar Levant, Kierkegaard; song lyrics, movies, children's books, television. Even if some of them make you recoil--perhaps Richard Bach isn't your cup of tea--there is always a counterbalance somewhere in these pages.

Reid encourages readers to use the words as a springboard to zero in on the day's significance and intent, to embellish upon them, just as she recommends ways in which to broaden the ceremony with personal touches, such as the ringing of little brass bells instead of the shower of rice or birdseed. Lastly, she takes on the bureaucracy; obtaining license, filing paperwork, officiating.

This may be a nuts-and-bolts primer on fashioning the architecture and words for your marriage, but Reid keeps it sweet as the cake and smooth as the silk.