A World of Ways to Say “I Do” : Unique Vows, Readings, and Poems to Make Your Wedding Day Your Own

November 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm Leave a comment

From the Back Cover

Your wedding vows are likely to be the most transformative words that will ever cross your lips. These brief utterances not only provide the cornerstone of your ceremony but mark the beginning of your lifelong journey together. You want them to be profound yet personal, unique but universal. When the moment comes to profess eternal love, commitment, and friendship to your beloved, how will you choose to express it?

To help you personalize vows that you will proudly share on your special day and remember fondly for years to come, A World of Ways to Say “I Do” offers a wide assortment of conventional and unconventional cultural and religious traditions, customs, poems, readings, and vows to inspire you. Discover how others from around the globe and across time have chosen to pledge their lifelong love and celebrate their marital unions, as well as tips on how to:

  • Draft your own “I dos”–Craft original vows that express all your feelings, dreams, and love for one another succinctly and eloquently
  • Adapt traditional religious vows–Rework faith-based pledges of commitment–from Catholic to Celtic to Quaker and beyond–so that they reflect your own perspective on love and marriage
  • Find unique readings–Get away from traditional excerpts and instead use more memorable texts, such as an inspirational Apache wedding blessing or a 3,000-year-old Egyptian love poem.
  • Spice up the ceremony with wise and witty proverbs–Add a bit of wisdom from Europe, Africa, Asia, or the Americas.
  • Cement your commitment symbolically–Include an unexpected tradition, such as the tasting of sweetened milk (Morocco) or presenting the bride with thirteen coins (Mexico).

Whether you’re planning an interfaith, second, secular, or May-December wedding, or you just want to tweak tradition to suit your style, this lovely volume will help you create a ceremony that is timeless, tender, and true to the two of you.




Entry filed under: Miscelleneous, Non-Fiction, Romance.

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