Series: Everything (Weddings)
Paperback: 203 pages
Publisher: Adams Media Corporation; 2 Rev Sub edition (February 2001)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #635,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #27 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Weddings > Etiquette #53 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Weddings > Ceremony, Vows & Toasts #427 in Books > Reference > Etiquette > Etiquette Guides & Advice
This book has ideas for religious ceremonies, non religious, traditional or contemporary and even ideas for a second marriage, renewal of vows or marriages of people with Children. The book is very easy to read and it has vows that you can read word for word or ideas and guidelines to build your own vows upon. This gives a lot of ideas for alternative and original vows. Also, just because it mentions "THE ALTAR" in the title, doesn't mean the readings wouldn't be appropriate for a contemporary non religious ceremony. I would definatly recommend this to anyone who doesn't want the traditional "Love, honor and OBEY" vows.
If you are writing your own vows, or trying to come up with a toast, or need a reading for the ceremony...or just feel like telling your significant other how much you love him/her, this book is for you: tons and tons of sample vows, everything from poetry excerpts to "cookie cutter" vows where all you have to do is fill in the blank with the right name. It has vows for every occasion, quotes and sayings about love and marriage, and a whole lot more. This book is a great buy and should be passed on to friends!
This book, while deviating from most of the traditional vows, still did not have what I was looking for. I am a single mom who is going to marry a man who has never been married. There are so many different situations, that one small book could never really do justice to all the possibilities. For people who want a still fairly traditional ceremony, this book would be fine. Keep looking if you want something totally unique
This little book accomplishes its purpose very well, i.e., guiding couples through various possibilities for making their wedding unique and meaningful to them. As a wedding "officiant" I particularly appreciated the inclusion of a format to be used by the couple in defining what various terms, e.g., love, trust, commitment, etc., mean to them. This, when shared with the person performing the ceremony, will help them better structure the message which will accompany the vows -- and make it more meaningful and personal to the couple being married. True, there is nothing in this brief volume which could not be obtained from other sources -- but at this price and convenience, why bother to look elsewhere! The poem: The Worn Wedding Ring, is super appropriate for persons renewing their vows -- "Your wedding ring wears thin, dear wife. Ah, summers not a few, Since I put it on your finger first, have passed o're me and you; And, Love, what changes we have seen, what cares and pleasures, too, Since you became my own dear wife, when this old ring was new!" etc., etc.
Ok, I have read it ALL now! I mean, really, I understand writing your own vows (my hubby and I did) but come on! Most of the ideas in the book are rock solid and it is arranged in a way to help even the most timid bride and groom find a comfortable fit. The new twist is the ideas for the, umm, shall we say, far left among us who need to express themselves in TRULY unique ways at their wedding ceremony.Yes, it is great for organizing, planning and laying out a service. It is full of ideas and resources to help make your (hopefully One)Big Special day truly unique. I would recommend it.
I was expecting A LOT more from this book, especially with the title "anything and everything you could possibly say at the altar - and then some". There were very few examples, even fewer useable ones. Waste of money!!There is a much better book available called The Wedding Ceremony Planner by Reverend Judith Johnson. It has hundreds of suggestions throughout for the different parts of the ceremony. It was much more helpful!
I am a newly ordained minister. With this book I was able to help the couple that i wedded, by putting together vows, and a perfect ceremony. It was easy to read. It had all kinds of helpful advice and it helped me build beautiful vows for this couple. This book will be my refrence to putting together other weddings. It is a great book for a person who is only going to use it once or many times.
I didn't find this book to be anything special. There wasn't anything in the book that I couldn't find for free over the net. We found that the person who marries you will already have a wide selection of things to choose from.
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