Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; 2 edition (March 5, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 7.9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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We must not be the intended audience for this book, because, although we are indeed planning my wedding, we didn't find it particularly helpful. Being a atheist/agnostic combo who live in the Godless wilderness that is San Francisco, and who are planning a nontraditional wedding, we were at sea with this book. The book carries several assumptions which are not true for myself and my partner, which made the tone (of course your wedding will be deeply religious/spiritual, of course you wouldn't want people diminishing the sanctity of the ceremony by drinking alcohol during it, etc.) a touch off-putting. It is quite lengthly, and written in a slow, thorough style which would suit many readers quite well, but I found hard to scan, and the lack of an index made it difficult to find specific info. I think this book will be fine for many folks, especially those who are religious, but it didn't serve my needs.
I could never have performed my first wedding without this book! The happy couple and I poured over all the magnificent choices for wording, agenda, tone, who-does-what and selected those things that were appropriate for the kind of wedding we had in mind. We added our own touches, but without Judith's abundant and loving information, we'd have been lost! Turns out the wedding was very very sweet -- tears of joy all around!
This book is very helpful when planning a wedding. I used it conjunction with the officant's guide book: http://www..com/gp/product/1452119015?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpageThis book has tons of examples to help create the ceremony. I created a draft for the bride and groom, and loaned them this book with some samples selected so they could pick and choose for what worked for them. This helped and also inspired them to know what they really wanted. I'd recommend this for an officiant or a couple who is not sure what they want yet but they want to ensure the ceremony is meaningful to them.
As a wedding officiant, I have purchased many ceremony planning books over the years. This has become my "go to" book, especially for couples who want a more secular (rather than religious) ceremony. I recently purchased the newest edition in the Kindle version, which cimes with downloadable pdf files of the example verbiage for different parts of the ceremony. This makes it easier to email suggestions back and forth to the bride and groom. I can't recommend this book more highly.
I loved this book even though I'm not the intended audience at all. The author is a Christian pastor, we are atheists. The author says you should hire a professional officiant, we had my aunt do it. But we just basically ignored the preface and found the rest of the book very useful!She explains each part of the ceremony very clearly and includes a lot of wording options. Some are spiritual, some are secular, some use flowery language, some are plainspoken. Of all the websites and books I checked I did not find better wording options anywhere.Reading through all of the options was really helpful to see what things we absolutely did not want, vs what resonated with us. In the end, we started with a base of her words, and changed them or re-wrote parts until it felt like our words. This book gave us a really important foundation to build upon, and that was just what we needed.
This book is very helpful for anyone who is writing their own wedding vows and/or planning their wedding ceremony. It is very helpful and has nice spreadsheets that you can use along with it. There were a lot of different aspects that may have been looked over in ceremony planning had we not got this book!
I'm an ecumenical minister and I've married folks who want the simplest, most basic service, as well as those who desire more depth. Judith Johnson has put together a collection of services, with useful guidelines for other parts of the planning process, that will enable anyone officiating at a wedding-or the bride and groom themselves-to create precisely what they want. Very useful!
This book was SO SO SO helpful to me when we were writing our ceremony. I loved all the script examples for each part of the ceremony and the thorough explanation of each ceremony part and how they come together. I would recommend this book to anyone writing their own ceremony.
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