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Such a great idea for weddings


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#Repost @smitten_events with @repostapp. ・・・ We did it...They did it!! Congrats to our Pop Up Wedding couple M+M ❤️ @popupweddingshoppe


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My fancy pants booth at the @brockhouseshow with @dreamgroupplanners


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Relaxed, professional, personal and fun are good recipes to a ceremony you want to be at.


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See you there at the @dreamgroupplanners @brockhouseshow


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I'm so stoked for @dreamgroupplanners @brockhouseshow tomorrow with so many friends and my special wedding family


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Great Gatsby wedding


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@hawksworthrest wedding



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@vanaqua wedding



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Old school Marriage Certificate. So beautiful compared to the ones today.



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Wedding legalization on the dock.



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Alternative unity sand ceremony: a couple did rye with a mixer. Shook then up and poured "unity shots"



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Unity sand ceremony with a champagne toast to kick off the newly married bride and groom.



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Wedding Vow Ideas



You’re engaged!!! You’re over the moon excited and the plans are starting to fall into place but when it comes to the core of the celebration, the ceremony, who will marry you?

Let’s make sure you get the ceremony you want with these questions. I recommend you encourage the officiant to share their story so you can get a feel for who they are, their passion and their personality to make sure it’s a good fit.

1. Are you available on our wedding date?

2. How many weddings have you performed?

3. How many weddings do you perform in one day? Are we your only couple that day?

4. How long is the average ceremony?

5. Are you flexible with different religions/beliefs?

6. How long are you on site for our wedding?

7. Do you have a sample ceremony that we can review?

8. Can I have a friend marry us? If so, what is your involvement?

9. What must we say legally in the ceremony?

10. Do you do custom ceremonies?

11. What is included in your fee?

12. What is the process from signing the contract to the wedding date? How many meetings will we have to create the custom ceremony? Payment schedule? How many revisions do we get when creating the ceremony?

13. Where do you find your inspiration when customizing a ceremony for a couple?

14. How much say do we have in the creation of the ceremony?

15. Will you assist us when writing our personal vows?

16. What is your back up if you were unable to be there for our day?

17. In the event of a cancellation or date change, what is the next step?

18. What do you do when you arrive at the venue before the ceremony?

19. Will you make an announcement for unplugged ceremonies and/or cocktail hour to follow before the ceremony begins?

20. Are you present for the wedding rehearsal? What is involved with that?

21. What do you wear to the ceremony?

22. Do you require pre-marital counseling before you marry us?

A few questions to dive deeper and get to know your officiant better:

1. Are you married? Tell us about your ceremony.

2. Why did you become a marriage commissioner?

3. What was the most moving ceremony you performed?

4. What languages do you speak? (just in case)

5. What is the most challenging part of your job?

6. When meeting with a couple what is it that you look for?

7. What is your favourite part of the wedding?

8. Tell us the most unique wedding you were apart of and how you customized their ceremony for them.

9. What do you wish more couple knew about marriage commissioners?

10. What is the best review from a couple you’ve received to date?

I have had the pleasure of working with Darian and his passion for marriage is contagious. If you believe the ceremony is the core of your wedding day, like myself, then look no further. Darian will not only get to know you but he will share his story with you so not only do you get someone that gets you but you feel as if a friend is marrying you on your special day.

Congratulations and best wishes!

Xo Stephanie

Principal Planner |
Sweetheart Events

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Hanging with Monte from Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta at the @itsmywedfv show



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Come on down to @fvTradex today in @tourismAbby for the @itsmywedFV show to win a Cinderella wedding dress.



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Who's at the @bcweddingshows show next weekend at the @westinbayshore ?!



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Questions to Ask the Officiant, Marriage Commissioner or Justice of the Peace

You’re engaged!!! You’re over the moon excited and the plans are starting to fall into place but when it comes to the core of the celebration, the ceremony, who will marry you?

Let’s make sure you get the ceremony you want with these questions. I recommend you encourage the officiant to share their story so you can get a feel for who they are, their passion and their personality to make sure it’s a good fit.

1. Are you available on our wedding date?

2. How many weddings have you performed?

3. How many weddings do you perform in one day? Are we your only couple that day?

4. How long is the average ceremony?

5. Are you flexible with different religions/beliefs?

6. How long are you on site for our wedding?

7. Do you have a sample ceremony that we can review?

8. Can I have a friend marry us? If so, what is your involvement?

9. What must we say legally in the ceremony?

10. Do you do custom ceremonies?

11. What is included in your fee?

12. What is the process from signing the contract to the wedding date? How many meetings will we have to create the custom ceremony? Payment schedule? How many revisions do we get when creating the ceremony?

13. Where do you find your inspiration when customizing a ceremony for a couple?

14. How much say do we have in the creation of the ceremony?

15. Will you assist us when writing our personal vows?

16. What is your back up if you were unable to be there for our day?

17. In the event of a cancellation or date change, what is the next step?

18. What do you do when you arrive at the venue before the ceremony?

19. Will you make an announcement for unplugged ceremonies and/or cocktail hour to follow before the ceremony begins?

20. Are you present for the wedding rehearsal? What is involved with that?

21. What do you wear to the ceremony?

22. Do you require pre-marital counseling before you marry us?







A few questions to dive deeper and get to know your officiant better:

1. Are you married? Tell us about your ceremony.

2. Why did you become a marriage commissioner?

3. What was the most moving ceremony you performed?

4. What languages do you speak? (just in case)

5. What is the most challenging part of your job?

6. When meeting with a couple what is it that you look for?

7. What is your favourite part of the wedding?

8. Tell us the most unique wedding you were apart of and how you customized their ceremony for them.

9. What do you wish more couple knew about marriage commissioners?

10. What is the best review from a couple you’ve received to date?

I have had the pleasure of working with Darian and his passion for marriage is contagious. If you believe the ceremony is the core of your wedding day, like myself, then look no further. Darian will not only get to know you but he will share his story with you so not only do you get someone that gets you but you feel as if a friend is marrying you on your special day.

Congratulations and best wishes!

Xo Stephanie

Principal Planner |
Sweetheart Events





Stephanie Reitsma - Sweetheart Events


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Who loves Cats?



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So great seeing @photoboothvancouver at the #brockhouseweddingshow



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One groom-to-be in a line of brides #brockhouseweddingshow



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At the @dreamgroupplanners show. Includes a #weddingshowconcierge Every bride and groom and mother in law to be's dream. #brockhouseweddingshow #besocialandwin



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@vancouverclub for #darrenwedsliza



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Who's coming? @dreamgroupplanners @dreamgroup #brockhouseweddingshow



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Beautiful bouquet



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Love each other



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@bigloveball showing up at most weddings. Great working with @filosophi



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Wedding at the Cobalt last night. Shot from the crowd from a friendly guest.



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@petite_pearl and the Owls



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So good.



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Wedding at @harthouserest today. Beautiful venue. Great staff.



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I had share this photo. So cute.



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Love me some outdoor chandeliers



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Grouse Mountain Beaty with an amazing team.



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Great day for a backyard wedding in Langley. Beautiful intimate event.



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Love working with Jill Jonkman at @redwoodsgolf in #Langley BC



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9 Places to Look for the Perfect Ceremony Passages

Your Own Story

Before delving into the wide world of possible readings, look to your own backgrounds and relationship first. Remember the time your fiance gave you a Pablo Neruda book for your birthday? Or did you meet in English class and read Pride and Prejudice together? Or maybe a Stevie Wonder song was playing in the restaurant when he proposed? Do some reminiscing -- the perfect passage might be right in front of you.


Scripture and Cultural Texts

Feel free to use ethnic or cultural readings that don't necessarily reflect your backgrounds -- what's important is that the words resonate with you. Some places to start: theDhammapada (Buddhist), the Song of Songs (Jewish), the Bible (Christian) and the I Ching(Chinese). Just make sure to explain the reading's source in the introduction or in your ceremony programs. And keep in mind that if you're having a religious ceremony, there may be certain requirements about or restrictions on what can be read.


Classic Poetry

Poems were practically made for wedding ceremonies, from Shakespeare's love sonnets and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's romantic verses to the works of more modern scribes like E.E. CummingsMaya AngelouWalt WhitmanNikki Giovanni and William Butler Yeats. If you can't decide between several short poems, consider having multiple readers recite them one after the other. Each person can introduce the next.


Literature

Browse books and short stories to find passages that remind you of love and your marriage. Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet is popular for weddings, as are classics by Jane Austen and Charlotte and Emily Bronte. But think beyond the obvious and consider modern authors you love. Maybe one of Jonathan Safran Foer's novels spoke to you, a passage written by Nicole Krauss really stuck with you, or you loved one of David Sedaris's funny yet touching essays.


Children's Books

Your favorite storybooks from childhood can actually be quite profound, given their audience. Excerpts from books by Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak, Roald Dahl and other classic authors might surprise you with how romantic they can be. One idea we love: Have your seven-year-old cousin read the passage and there won't be a dry eye in the room.


Love Letters

Love letters penned by historical figures (like James Joyce's to his wife, Nora, or Simone de Beauvoir's to Jean-Paul Sartre, for example) can be especially moving. If you'll have two or more readings, ask one person to read from a love letter, and another reader to handle the response letter. And don't forget about your own ”love letters.” Search your email inbox for messages from when you first met or were falling in love. You may find sweet tidbits of old correspondence that chronicle your falling in love from a totally personal and unique angle.


Your Favorite Movies

If historical literature or old-world poetry just isn't your style, try drawing from romantic movie quotes: Billy Crystal's speech at the end of When Harry Met Sally, Tom Hanks's radio call from Sleepless in Seattle, Leonardo DiCaprio's conversations with Kate Winslet in Titanicand the first-person narration from The Notebook come to mind. Think beyond your typical romantic movies too. If you have a special, nontraditional film you both love -- maybe you always watch it together when one of you is sick -- check it for quotes too.


Song Lyrics

If you're more likely to have a list of favorite tunes than favorite sonnets, check your iPod for songs with romantic, readable lyrics. Some of our favorites? The Beatles' "In My Life," The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," Van Morrison's "Someone Like You" and Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love."


Your Family

If you're looking for a way to honor a deceased or absent relative, reading from that person's favorite poems, books or passage of scripture is appropriate. Another touching option? Choosing excerpts from a meaningful book or letter written during their life. Maybe your grandmother kept a diary about her marriage and family life, or your favorite aunt read The Steadfast Tin Soldier to you when you were a kid.

Source: The Knot. com
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12 Tips to Writing Your Own Wedding Vows


Penning your own wedding vows is no easy task -- it’s like writing poetry, public speaking and having the deepest conversation of your life all at once. Putting your promises on paper is an emotional, eye-opening and often extremely memorable experience. Up for the challenge? Here's the homework you need to do (and the questions you should ask) to make your vows perfect.

  1. Get Clearance
    Make sure your ceremony Officiant will actually allow personalized vows. Certain celebrants and houses of worship may require you to recite a specific set of traditional vows. And remember: Even some of the most accommodating Officiants will want to review your words in advance.

  2. Start Early
    We can't say this enough: Don't leave writing your vows until the day before the wedding! You'll be too nervous, excited and rattled to give them the time and thought they deserve. Give yourselves at least a month, or work on your vows in that pocket of time after you've set up all your major vendors and before you have to start thinking about the details. Vow writing should be done in a relaxed, not rushed, frame of mind. Some loose deadlines to aim for: Try to get a first draft together about three weeks before the wedding and have your final version completed at least two days out.

  3. Look to Tradition
    To get inspired, start by reading traditional, by-the-book vows -- from your own religion, if you practice a certain faith, but others, as well -- to see what strikes a chord with you. You can incorporate these into the original words you write, or simply use them as a jumping-off point to base your personalized vows on.

  4. Set the Tone
    Before putting pen to paper, decide what overall tone you want to achieve. Humorous but touching? Poetic and romantic? It's your call -- the most important thing is that your vows ring true and sound like they're from your heart. One word of advice: While your vows can be lighthearted (or even hilarious), they should, in some way, acknowledge the seriousness of the commitment you're about to make. One way to do that is to weave little jokes into traditional vows (for example: "I promise to love you, cherish you and always watch Monday Night Football with you").

  5. Figure Out the Logistics
    Make sure you and your fiancé are both on the same page. Are you each going to write your own vows, or will you write them together? If you're writing them separately, will you want to run them by each other before the wedding? If you're writing them together, will they be completely different for each of you, or will you recite some of the same words and make the same promises to each other, as you would with traditional vows? If you want them to be a surprise on your wedding day, make sure you both send a copy of what you've written to your Officiant or to one friend or family member so they can check that your vows are about the same length and similar in tone.

  6. Make a Vow Date
    When it's time to come up with the actual content of your vows, go out to dinner or set aside an evening at home to brainstorm. Talk about your relationship and what marriage means to each of you. Discuss what you expect from each other and the relationship. What are you most looking forward to about married life? Why did you decide to get married? What hard times have you gone through together? What have you supported each other through? What challenges do you envision in your future? What do you want to accomplish together? What makes your relationship tick? Answering these questions will help you make and keep your promises, and talking about your bond may expose your inner Wordsworth and help you come up with phrases and stories you can incorporate into your vows.

  7. Schedule Some Alone Time
    After chatting with your future spouse, take some self-reflection time to think about how you feel about your partner. What did you think when you first saw them? When did you realize you were in love? What do you most respect about your partner? How has your life gotten better since meeting your mate? What about them inspires you? What do you miss most about them when you're apart? What qualities do you most admire in each other? What do you have now that you didn't have before you met? You may be surprised how these answers may lead you to the perfect words.

  8. Steal Ideas
    Borrow freely from poetry, books, religious and spiritual texts -- even from romantic movies. Jot down words and phrases that capture your feelings. Widely recognized works ring true for a reason.

  9. Create an Outline
    An outline can get you started by helping to establish a structure. For example, plan to first talk about how great your fiancé is and then about how you work together as a couple; pause to quote your favorite writer and then go into your promises to each other.

  10. Remember Your Audience
    Don't make your vows so personal that they're cryptic -- or embarrassing! You've invited your family and friends to witness your vows in order to make your bond public, so be sure everyone feels included in the moment. That means putting a limit on inside jokes, deeply personal anecdotes and obscure nicknames or code words.

  11. Time It Right
    Don't make them too long -- aim for about one minute or so (it's longer than it sounds!). Your vows are the most important element of your ceremony, but that doesn't mean they should go on for hours. Get at the heart of what marrying this person means to you with your vows; pick the most important points and make them well. Save some thoughts for the reception toasts -- and for the wedding night.

  12. Practice Out Loud (Seriously!)
    These are words meant to be heard by a live audience, so check that they sound good when spoken. Read your vows out loud to make sure they flow easily. Watch out for tongue twisters and super-long sentences -- you don't want to get out of breath or stumble.

    Source: The Knot. com
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Christian Verses for Your Wedding

There are many great verses and scripture readings to use at a wedding ceremony. A wedding Bible verse can talk about love, the marriage relationship, faith, how to treat others, God’s purpose for marriage or other topics. The importance of the wedding Bible verse or reading is to signal a bond between husband, wife and God. God is the center of any good Christian marriage. Check out this list of ten great wedding Bible verses or readings to use for your upcoming wedding!

Love Wedding Bible Verses

1 Corinthians 13:4-13 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 John 4:16-19 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By thisis love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us
Wedding Bible Verses About Marriage Relationships

Ruth 1:16-17 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”


The importance of the wedding Bible verse or reading is to signal a bond between husband, wife and God.

Ephesians 5:22-33 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. ”Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Bible Verses For Weddings About Why God Made Marriage

Genesis 2:18-24 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, ”This at last isbone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out ofMan.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Matthew 19:4-6 He answered, ”Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said,’Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Wedding Bible Verses About How To Treat Your Spouse

Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Colossians 3:12-19 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.



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