How to Include Children in Your Wedding Ceremony

How to Include Children in Your Wedding Ceremony

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We are often asked about If and How to Include Children in Your Wedding Ceremony or Vow renewal ceremony

Yes, you can certainly include children into your ceremony. These are are few ways, of how to include children in your wedding ceremony:

  • Unity Sand Ceremony
  • Family Poem
  • Unity Candle
  • Giving a gift to the children

Unity sand ceremony- The unity sand ceremony has an empty vase on a table, along with bottles of colored sand for each member participating in the sand ceremony. The couple and each child participating can have their own bottle of color sand. The officiant will invite the children to join the couple. The sands are blended together into the empty vase on the table. Each container of sands represents each individual participating in the ceremony. When the sands are blended together they symbolize the uniting of the children along with the couple being married or renewing their vows. Just as the individual containers of sands can never be separated into there own containers so will your lives be joined together as one family never to be separated. This is a beautiful way to symbolize the joining of families and children have fun being involved in the ceremony with the pouring of the sand.

Family Poem-  the officiant will invite the children to join the couple being married and the family will join hands. The officiant would then recite the family poem as the family is joined together. After the poem is recited the family is asked to give one another a loving family hug. The poem can also be done along with a unity  sand ceremony.

Family Poem

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Including your children in your wedding ceremony is a beautiful memorable touch

A family is …..The sweetest feelings, The warmest hugs, Trust and togetherness
Unconditional love
The stories of our lives written on the same page
The nicest memories anyone has ever made
Treasured photos
Thankful tears
Hearts overflowing with all the years
Being there for one another
Supporting and caring
Understanding, Helping, Sharing
Walking life’s path together
And making the journey more beautiful because …..
We are a family…..
And a family is Love.St Petersburg wedding ceremony

Unity Candle Ceremony- children can also participate in unity candle lighting ceremony. Similar to a unity sand ceremony there is a center candle then each family member has their own candles. The individual candles are light then during the ceremony the family will take their lit candles and together light the center candle.  As the center candle is lit the flame symbolizes the brightness of each individual’s own lives that they bring to the family.

Jewelry or gift– often the couple being married wants to give their children a gift to remember this special day. We enjoy incorporating the giving of this gift into the ceremony. Before the couple exchange their rings the parents will give a gift to their children. The gift can be a piece of jewelry, pocket watch, or anything you feel is special. We recently had a couple get bracelets made that had the coordinates of the wedding location engraved on it.

We have officiated a number of ceremonies with children participating. All very loving and bonding a true family relationship.  Often marriage is viewed as the union of two people. Yet marriages not only unite the couple, it unites the families. With the changing structure of what a family is in today’s world we are offered unique and wonderful opportunities to simply increase the number of loving caring relationships we have in our lives.

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Hold hands as a family during your wedding ceremony. Wedding ceremony at Carrabelle Beach

 

 

2018 FSU Football Schedule Released

2018 FSU Football Schedule Released

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Here is the 2018 FSU Football Schedule for anyone trying to plan a wedding ❤️in 2018:

Monday, September 3: Virginia Tech Hokies (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL), ESPN
Saturday, September 8: Samford Bulldogs (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, September 15: Syracuse Orange (Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY)
Saturday, September 22: Northern Illinois Huskies (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, September 29: Louisville Cardinals (Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY)
Saturday, October 6: Miami Hurricanes (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL)
Saturday, October 13: Bye
Saturday, October 20: Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, October 27: Clemson Tigers (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, November 3: NC State Wolfpack (Cart-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC)
Saturday, November 10: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN), 7:30 PM, NBC.
Saturday, November 17: Boston College Eagles (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, November 24: Florida Gators (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, December 1: ACC Championship Game (Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC)

Our Tallahassee wedding officiant service currently has a few Saturday’s in Fall available for officiating. Now that the 2018 FSU football schedule has been released couples planning 2018 weddings are going to be booking wedding vendors fast! We highly encourage couples planning Fall weddings in Tallahassee to book their favorite vendors now before they are booked up. We would love to talk with you about your Fall Tallahassee wedding and how we could be your officiant and/or coordinator. Whether your planning a small elopement or a large wedding, we can work with you.

If you’ve already booked your wedding date and it happens to fall on a FSU game day– no worries!! We’ve officiated MANY weddings for couples on FSU game days and it’s always great. Some couples choice to embrace the fact that their wedding falls on a game day and have the football fun as part of their celebration and others choice not to include it. No matter what you do, as long as you are marry the person you want to be marrying, the day will be just perfect!!

Wishing you all the best during your wedding planning!!

FSU Groom’s cake is one way to embrace the fact that your wedding falls on game day.

Get married right before the game in your favorite FSU gear

Take pictures in front of the stadium will give you great wedding memories

Florida Winter Ceremonies

Florida Winter Ceremonies

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The holiday’s have come and gone and we’re busy officiating Florida Winter Ceremonies

We’ve had some cold weather here in Florida this winter, but that hasn’t stopped Florida winter ceremonies and vow renewals from happening.

Angel and Bernard were married on Clearwater Beach on January 2nd. They traveled to Clearwater for vacation from South Carolina. Angel thought she’d be swimming and be able to wear her wedding dress without a jacket but it turned out to be a cold sunset beach wedding. Although it was cold the beach was so quiet and gorgeous making it an ideal time for a private beach ceremony. Even thought it was cold their love was true, and Bernard kept Angel warm in his arms throughout the ceremony.

Clearwater Beach Winter Wedding Ceremony

Warm hearts, cold beach!!

Every year Jon and Patty visit to St George Island for their wedding anniversary week. St. George Island is where they went on their honeymoon and continue a yearly tradition going to St George Island. This year Jon surprised his wife with an anniversary vow renewal ceremony. On the day of, it was a bit of a foggy cold day. As they were walking their dog on the beach Amanda approached them and asked if they would let her take a photo for a school project she was doing. When she looked at the photo and asked if they were Patty & Jon they said yes.  Amanda let Patty know that she was here to celebrate a special occasion, and perform a vow renewal ceremony for their wedding anniversary. Patty was so surprised, and loved it so much.

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Surprise vow renewal ceremony- St George Island.

Another cold ceremony was this past Saturday at Sand Key Park. LaTressa and Desyouth are both in military. She was in Jacksonville and he in Miami. They had been trying to coordinate schedule and when to have wedding before they are both deployed. LaTressa planned her beach wedding and when Saturday arrived it was so cold. We didn’t even go all the way down to the beach for the ceremony. It was beautiful. The love they have for each other truly warmed them both up. LaTressa e-mailed me and thanked me for everything.

Rain or shine, wind or cold …we will perform a beautiful wedding for you.

Wedding Ceremony at Sand Key Park in Clearwater

Cold ceremony on Sand Key Park

 

Tampa Officiant and Tallahassee Officiant Win 2018 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

Tampa Officiant and Tallahassee Officiant Win 2018 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

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Once again, A Beautiful Wedding in Florida Officiant Service Honored in 2018 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards for our Tampa Officiant and Tallahassee Officiant service.

A Beautiful Wedding in Florida Tampa Officiant and Tallahassee Officiant is thrilled to be one of the top Wedding Officiant services in Tampa and Tallahassee on WeddingWire.com.

This award is presented to A Beautiful Wedding In Florida in honor of the exemplary work we have done this past year, and based on the number of reviews we have received from couples who have used our services. The award is presented to 5% of wedding professionals on WeddingWire.

A Beautiful Wedding in Florida Tampa Officiant and Tallahassee Officiant services was recognized as a recipient solely based on reviews from newlyweds and their experiences working with them. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

We are so thankful to all of the wonderful couples we have met and have had the honor to perform their wedding and vow renewal ceremonies.

For more information about A Beautiful Wedding in Florida Officiant services, please visit our About Us page at http://abeautifulweddinginflorida.com/wedding-services/

To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

Thank you again for all the couples that took time to review our Officiant service, we look forward to an amazing wedding season for 2018!!

WeddingWire Couples Choice Award 2018

Winners of the WeddingWire Couples Choice Awards 2018

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Wedding Ceremony Sunset Beach Tarpon Springs

Wedding Ceremony Sunset Beach Tarpon Springs

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Annette and Carlos Antonio’s Wedding Ceremony Sunset Beach Tarpon Springs- Officiated by George Doumanian Jr.

Why do we love a Wedding Ceremony Sunset Beach Tarpon Springs? Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs is a great place for a wedding ceremony because it doesn’t require a permit to setup a wedding ceremony. Plus it’s pretty, small, and romantic making it ideal for a Florida beach wedding. Because no permit is required a space cannot be reserved and is a first come first serve basis. If it’s a busy weekend day, we recommend sending someone out early to claim a spot. The Sunset beach does have a parking lot and overlooks the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, as well as, and Fred Howard Park.

On 11/11/17 Annette and Carlos Antonio were married on Sunset Beach. George Doumanian Jr performed their late afternoon wedding ceremony. It was a picture perfect day for a Florida beach wedding.  Annette planned the ceremony with me and asked to include a few ofour A-La-Carte Ceremony Items. She chose to include our “Sweet and Simple” bamboo poles with starfishes and white chair setup. They had 40 guests attend the wedding ceremony.

A few days before the wedding, Annette had texted me and said she thought Carlos Antonio was nervous. George Jr. called Carlos was very calming in speaking to Carlos Antonio which helped calmed his nervousness. Annette’s son was the best man standing next to Carlos Antonio. Annette and Carlos Antonio were very pleased with the wedding ceremony setup and thanked George Jr for officiating, and myself for helping organize everything. Annette told me just how simple we made it and how beautiful everything looked.

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George Jr officiating Anette and Carlos Antonio’s wedding ceremony Sunset Beach Tarpon Springs. The view is overlooking Fred Howard Park and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Annette’s son Michael best man watched as George Jr. officiated their Sunset Beach Tarpon Springs wedding ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony at Shiloh Farm Tallahassee

Wedding Ceremony at Shiloh Farm Tallahassee

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Sarah and Daniels wedding ceremony at Shiloh Farm Tallahassee

On October 15, 2017 I had the honor of officiating Sarah and Daniel’s wedding ceremony Shiloh Farm Tallahassee. It was the most beautiful day for a beautiful couple.

When planning their wedding Sarah had asked me for an affordable way to have someone make sure the reception ran smoothly. A Day of Coordinator was more than they were able to spend. Fortunately they are a very organized and well planned couple so my awesome assistant, Tyler, was able to work their reception for a few hours.

I worked with Sarah to put together their ceremony. She wanted a short and sweet ceremony that mentioned God. They also wanted to include a cord braiding ceremony. A traditional cord braiding ceremony uses gold, purple and white cords but they had tan colored rope so they asked me to help adjust this part of the ceremony. It really turned out beautiful, as you can see below.

Cord Braiding Ceremony

Today, Daniel and Sarah have chosen to braid three strands together into a single cord. Each strand has a significant meaning.

The 1st strand represents God and His majesty.

The 2nd strand represents the groom and his life.

The 3rd strand represents the bride and her life.

In braiding these three strands together, Daniel and Sarah have demonstrated that their marriage is more than a joining of two lives together. It is a unity with God as well. They have chosen to allow God to be at the center of their marriage, woven into every aspect of it.

As Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 reads, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”

Bride & Groom braid cord

Today, Daniel and Sarah have been woven together by God as ONE in marriage! One man, one woman, and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the center of your marriage, His love will continue to bind you together as one throughout your marriage.

The reception was fun filled including a pizza buffet and candy bar!

Vendors:

Venue- Shiloh Farm

Photographer- Nina Nicole Photography

Caterer- Marco’s Pizza

DJ- Abernathy Enertainment

Officiant- Amanda Reeves, A Beautiful Wedding in Florida

It was an honor to officiate Sarah & Daniel’s wedding at Shiloh Farm Tallahassee