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

Hollis Garden Wedding Officiant

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

 

 

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/

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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 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

 

 

Fall Weddings in Tallahassee, FL Tips for Getting Married During Football Season

Fall Weddings in Tallahassee, FL Tips for Getting Married During Football Season

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Football and Fall Weddings in Tallahassee, FL go hand-in-hand. Even though Tallahassee is North Florida it’s very SOUTH! Meaning it’s a football town. So with Florida State University being #1 in college football Tallahassee in the Fall is a bit…hmm, crazy.

BUT with all that being said the weather in Tallahassee during October, November, and early December is amazing. The colors are perfect for outdoor rustic weddings. I feel bad for couples who want to get married during the Fall because the football schedules are not released until late February and early March. Plus game times are not released until a couple weeks before the actual game. I got married in October so I know what’s it’s like to plan a wedding around a football season. Seems a bit crazy, but in Tallahassee, you got to do it!! Everything from hotels to restaurants get booked up quickly on big home games. And on the two weekends that are bye-weeks everyone wants to get married so you better book your favorite vendors FAST!

If you’re planning a Fall wedding in Tallahassee, FL you have two options- pick a date and hope it’s not a big home game day OR wait for the scheduled to be released and hope your dream venue is still available. If you do pick a date before the FSU football schedule being released and then your date falls on a big game day, you really don’t have many options. If it REALLY bothers you, and you can afford to change the date, you could do that OR more realistically you will just have to get over. You’re guests should be attending your wedding because they care about YOU and I would hope that your marriage is more important then any football game.  So if your Fall weddings in Tallahassee, FL lands on a big game day and you think your guests are going to be distracted by needing to watch the game or knowing what is going on with the game you have a few options. Put a TV with the game on in the bar area, have your DJ make announcements with game score updates, project the game on a big screen in the reception room with no sound so everyone can dance and still watch a little, or kindly ask guests to refrain from football for one day.

Here's a picture of me and Ryan on our wedding day. This is one way we embraced the fact that our wedding fell on the Clemson game. Go Noles :)

Here’s a picture of me and Ryan on our wedding day. This is one way we embraced the fact that our wedding fell on the Clemson game. Go Noles 🙂

If you do decide to wait for the schedule to come out and you could plan all the aspects of Fall weddings in Tallahassee, FL that do not require a date. For example, your dress, bridesmaids dresses, groomsmen outfits, flowers, centerpieces, invitation design, save the date design, honeymoon ideas, and more. You could have your favorite venue, photographer, wedding officiant, caterer, and cake baker decided so as soon as the schedule is released you could start booking them as fast as possible.

Fall weddings in Tallahassee, FL are gorgeous. I’m bias, like I said, I got married in October. I don’t like football and I like October so that’s why we did our wedding when we did it. If you are planning a Fall wedding in Tallahassee a lot of people will give you their opinion about whhhyyy would you get married during football season etc. etc. But don’t listen to them. When planning your wedding it’s your wedding and you need to do what makes you happy. Not everyone in the world likes football and you’re wedding will be beautiful whether it’s on a big game day or a bye-week.

For more tips and ideas about Fall weddings in Tallahassee, FL please don’t hesitate to contact me: 850-322-0911 or amandad335@gmail.com

 

 

Wedding at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee

Wedding at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee

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On September 7, 2014, I had the privilege of officiating Hollie and Seth’s wedding at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, FL. Golden Eagle Country Club is a wonderful venue for a wedding in Tallahassee because it’s full service. Meaning they offer tables, chairs, ceremony setup, linens, catering, bartending, day-of-coordinator, and much more. They offer many wedding packages that are much more cost effective than you would think. If you do have your ceremony at Golden Eagle there’s a beautiful white arch outside overlooking the lake. The arch can be decorated or not…either way it’s pretty. If it does rain on your wedding day and you are unable to have the ceremony outside there are a few cover and inside options that would be lovely for a wedding ceremony.

Golden Eagle Country Club

Golden Eagle Country Club

Hollie and Seth were very excited about getting married. They planned their wedding for about 1.5 years and had all the detailsorganized. The ceremony was outside with white chairs and rose pedals lining the isle. They had beautiful candles hanging from the white arch. It was absolutely gorgeous. During the ceremony they said their own special vows to one and other, and did a sand ceremony.

Outside wedding at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, FL.

Outside wedding at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, FL.

The inside reception room was decorated black and white linens.

Reception setup at Hollie and Seths wedding at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee

Reception setup at Hollie and Seth’s wedding at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee

Hollie’s wore a BEAUTIFUL dress. Her bridesmaids wore long black dresses. Everyone looked wonderful.

Hollie wore this dress for the ceremony and pictures and had another dress for the reception.

Hollie wore this dress for the ceremony and pictures and had another dress for the reception.

Another really neat aspect of Hollie and Seth’s wedding was that Hollie had a broach bouquet. She hired someone online to make it for her and it was gorgeous. It sparkled in the light like nothing I had ever seen!

Broach bouquet

Broach bouquet

On the day of Hollie and Seth’s wedding there were some dark clouds and rain sprinkles. BUT fortunately when it was time for the ceremony all was clear and we were able to have everything outside. The ceremony was wonderful and I really enjoyed being a part of their wedding at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee.

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Wagner!

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Wagner!