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

 

 

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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Where should I have my Tampa wedding?

Where should I have my Tampa wedding?

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Where should I have my Tampa wedding? We can help! We often get asked for suggestions on where in Tampa to have a wedding. Recently, I got a call from a bride to-be who was in North Dakota and planning a Tampa Florida beach wedding. She had just been surfing the internet about locations and had contacted a resort in Marco Island. The resort told her to contact us, A Beautiful Wedding in Florida, for help answering her question on where to have her Tampa wedding ceremony.

Barb contacted me and asked, where should I have my Tampa wedding? I guided her with suggestions and ideas for her wedding, places to stay ,and restaurant ideas for after the wedding.  Barb’s wedding would consist of no more than 10 guests and she wanted it on the beach. She said she knew nothing about the Tampa area. As Barb and I spoke, we discussed options and ideas for her wedding. Barb decided she would have her wedding at Sand Key Park in Clearwater. Barb looked at our website,  reviewed our packages, and a la carte items. Barb was so pleased and excited that we put together plans for just the wedding she had been envisioning. She decided on: Officiant,  flowers, photographer, cake, and tiki torches. I helped her put it all together and she couldn’t have been more pleased.

Wedding cake with topper

Wedding cake with topper

Barb emailed me two days later letting me know she got her flights and more of her family were interested in coming. She thanked me again and let me know how excited she was.

I thanked her for contacted me and allowing us to be a part of her special day. As Clearwater wedding officiant service this is what we do. We are always glad to give suggestions on locations for the wedding, fun things to do while you’re in the Tampa area, and we can always help with wedding ideas. Your Tampa wedding ceremony doesn’t have to be at the beach. If you’re not sure where in the Tampa area to have your wedding contact us, we’d be happy to recommend a number of park locations, gazebo’s, homes, and gardens.

Meet Charmaine! Your Palm Harbor Wedding Officiant!

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Hi, I’m Charmaine your Palm Harbor wedding officiant. I am a native Bostonian. 17 years ago I decided to move with the family to Palm Harbor, Florida because I couldn’t stand the cold weather any longer. I’ve been married to my husband George for 32 years. It seems like yesterday that we got married. 10 years ago I retired from a management/customer service position with Delta Airlines where I worked for over 32 years. I had been a Florida Notary Public during my airline career and when I retired I decided to further pursue notary opportunities, including wedding officiating.

I'm your Tampa Clearwater Palm Harbor wedding officiant

Hello! I’m your Tampa, Clearwater, Palm Harbor wedding officiant

I have two adult children. Amanda, who lives in Tallahassee with my son-in-law, Ryan & their dachshund, Lola.

Amanda and Ryan at their wedding rehearsal dinner last October in Tallahassee, FL. Ryan's being silly.

Amanda and Ryan at their wedding rehearsal dinner last October in Tallahassee, FL. Ryan’s being silly.

My son George Jr. lives in Dunedin, FL and has a very active 2 ½ year old daughter, Adriana (my granddaughter). He has a little all black dachshund Rose.

George Jr. and Adriana at a festival in Dunedin, FL.

George Jr. and Adriana at a festival in Dunedin, FL.

I have the cutest little dachshund Bella. So basically, we are a dachshund family!! Hah!

Our dachshund family- Bella is on the left, Rose in the middle, and Lola on the right.

Our dachshund family- Bella is on the left, Rose in the middle, and Lola on the right.

When I’m not serving as your Palm Harbor wedding officiant, I enjoy spending time with family. I love to travel. My daughter & son-in-law Ryan enjoy vacationing with us and we always like having them with us. We love to hike together, go exploring, and going out to eat. We recently took at trip to Bryce National Park & Zion National Park. Two beautiful parks with lots of great hiking trails and lots of neat things to explore.

George Sr., me, Amanda, and Ryan in Bryce Canyon National Park

George Sr., me, Amanda, and Ryan in Bryce Canyon National Park

When I’m at home I’m usually out jogging in the morning or working out in our garage gym.

Working out in our home gym

Working out in our home gym

In the evening, I take my dog, Bella, out walking. My little granddaughter, Adriana, loves coming over to Grammy’s house, and of course, I love having her come over. We go swimming in the pool together, feed the ducks in a nearby park, or go to a fun place like Adventure Island, Lowry Park Zoo, or Glazer’s Children’s Museum. We have so many fun parks & places to go in Tampa Bay area.

Building a ginger bread house!

Building a ginger bread house!

Adriana loves when I read to her.

Adriana loves when I read to her.

My husband George & I enjoy it when he has a photo shoot at a wedding that I’m performing. We usually end the day watching brainless TV show’s like the Bachelor, America’s Got Talent, Dancing With the Stars or put on a good movie. We love going to the movies, go out to eat, bike ride on Pinellas Trail, and just staying home enjoying our home & each other.

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George Sr. taking pictures at a wedding I officiated in Treasure Island

I’m so glad to be a Palm Harbor wedding officiant. I’ve performed many weddings throughout the Palm Harbor Tampa Clearwater area over the years and have met so many wonderful couples. I’m glad to share a little bit about me as I often get to know a lot about my couples through my correspondence as their Palm Harbor wedding officiant.