Wedding Rites: A Complete Guide to Traditional Vows, Music, Ceremonies, Blessings, and Interfaith Services

Wedding Rites: A Complete Guide to Traditional Vows, Music, Ceremonies, Blessings, and Interfaith Services

Wedding Rites: A Complete Guide to Traditional Vows, Music, Ceremonies, Blessings, and Interfaith Services

Wedding Rites: A Complete Guide to Traditional Vows, Music, Ceremonies, Blessings, and Interfaith Services

Synopsis

Many engaged couples, no matter what their personal style, find themselves turning back to tradition for their wedding ceremony. Is there a way to follow tradition and still carve your own wedding path? Yes, there is -- with this unique book in hand.

Michael Foley presents meaningful wedding traditions so old that they're practically new again. Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and Jewish wedding traditions fill this comprehensive guidebook, the only one of its kind. From music and flowers to vows and ceremonies to blessings, Foley's Wedding Rites contains a vast assortment of rich traditions very usable in weddings today. Best of all, it's easy to reference and easy to use!

This book is an indispensable resource for couples, wedding planners, ministers, and all who love the beauty of tradition.

Wedding Rites offers:
  • concrete suggestions for each facet of your wedding, from engagement to reception
  • guidelines for designing your own distinctive wedding program
  • practical advice for interfaith weddings
  • forgotten wedding customs -- carecloths, loving cups, coin blessings, and others
  • and much more!

Excerpt

O Beauty,
Ever ancient,
Ever new
.

St. Augustine,
Confessions X.xxvii

It is easy to forget amidst the countless price-per-slice decisions made in planning a wedding that the most important part of the most important day in your life is the ceremony itself. Without it, the great reception that has been planned would be merely another party; because of it, two people mysteriously become one flesh as they formally embark on their life’s journey together. and if the wedding ceremony defines this sea change in one’s life, it is the traditional wedding which best expresses its new meaning and quality.

Why a traditional wedding? For one thing, because it is beautiful. the symbols and statements from these ancient rites come from an age when most could read only gestures, not texts. Actions and spoken words thus took on a great importance, signifying the mystery of marriage with a humble and direct simplicity. and because the meanings of these ceremonies were meant to be remembered long after the ceremo-

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