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Civil Union Celebrations
Partners in Life
Ceremony Agenda Ideas
What? A special ceremony that not only speaks words of commitment, but also a celebration surrounded by friends and family. Perhaps you are engaged and want to celebrate your new betrothed status. Perhaps you're not ready for marriage, yet want to profess a commitment to each other. Maybe you want to share as "Partners in Life" during a civil union ceremony.
Whatever the reason, your special pledge and obligation to each other is important.
Why? Civil Union, Expression of love, commitment to share ones lives & household, or the pending celebration of a marriage.
Who? You will want to invite family and close friends. As a special celebration you can ask a minister or close family friend to provide the blessings and the ceremonial exchange.
Betrothals: engagement party
Commitment & Partners in Life: Anniversary date of first meeting, career change, mutual decision, personal situations, Valentine's Day, Sweetest Day (October)
Where? These celebrations can be held at the home of your parents or close friends, a chapel, your own home, park, reception hall or other unique possibilities.
How? The ceremony can have a touch of protocol and a touch of special creativity. As with most ceremonies, consider the following as ideas:
-Greetings, Introduction and welcome to family and guests
-Special Scripture or Poem reading by a designated person
-Candle Lighting Ceremony (candle for couple, parents, children, etc.)
-Affirmation of Commitment
-Exchange of rings, gifts, special poems
-Signing of the Certificate
-Acknowledgement and Recognition of other "special people"
-Special Prayer or Verse
-Presentation of Couple and Certificate
Your celebration can also include a small buffet, finger foods, cheese & crackers, or even a bar-b-q! After the ceremony be sure to include a photo session.
Provide your guests with special favors and candy treats. You may also want to print up a special Program keepsake/memento of the ceremony.
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