Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wedding Ceremony Customs - Including The Father of The Bride and The Father of The Groom In The Wedding Ceremony

June 21st 2009 – Happy Father’s Day – Including Dad In the Wedding Ceremony – The Clergy Network of Southern California - Example - Multicultural Wedding in Los Angeles, California

Wedding Tradition should include the father of the bride and the father of the groom. If the relationship between the bride and her father, and that of the groom and his father are favourable, there a many ways in which to provide a more active role to the same. As a wedding ceremony officiator I have often included the fathers in the wedding ceremony, either during the writing of the ceremony, or in the ceremony itself. Let’s look at one recent Clergy Network ceremony which included Dr. Linda of AskDr.Linda, a TCN wedding officiator presided:

Pre- Wedding Ceremony Scenario- The bride was from the Philippines and the groom was Russian. In this custom written Clergy Network wedding ceremony text, Dr. Linda, in conjunction with the bride and groom, wrote a “Welcome to the Guests” in English, which was then translated into Tagala and Russian.
Wedding Day - On the ceremony day, Dr. Linda, the father of the groom and the father of the bride walked down the ceremony aisle together. Rising to the ceremony area in unison, Dr. Linda “welcomed” the guests in English. Then the groom’s father in Russian, followed by the father of the bride in Tagalla. At the end all shook hands; Dr. Linda remained in her ceremony position. The father of the groom was seated. The father of the bride walked back to join his daughter for her entrance, to be soon after the wedding party’s procession.

Conclusion – Such a simple suggestion is rather profound, as it is not often included in the wedding ceremony. Whether there are several native languages represented through the respective families of the bride and groom, or not, there is no mandatory wedding day tradition for which the father of the groom and/or the father of the bride are to be precluded from verbal participation. If the father of the bride and/or groom is not given to public speech, even these “welcomes” can be pre-recorded and then played by a D.J. at the start of the wedding ceremony.

In short, the fathers’ may write the “welcome” which may be read by the wedding officiator or another, or write and read a “welcome to the guests”. This unexpected personal greeting from the fathers’, at the “start” of the marriage ceremony, sets the right tone of involvement for the guests themselves. In short, someone they know is saying “go ahead, feel invited. Laugh, cry, applaud, and by all means enjoy!” It makes all the difference in this wedding officiant’s vast experience.

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AskDr.Linda – Dr. Linda is a multi-degree wedding officiator and expert on “all things” ceremony. With thousands of life celebration ceremonies presided, Dr. Linda adds experience to many years of formal training in public speech, and the theory and practice of celebrating life through public ceremony. A former professor and president of an university which academically and experientially equipped life celebration officiators for public service.

Private Home - Wedding Ceremony At Home - Comfortable Meets Chaos


Private Home Wedding Ceremony - A Wedding Officiators Prospective- The Clergy Network of Southern California - A home wedding ceremony can be lovely, sentimental, comfortable, to name a few positive attributes which invoke a sense of wedding day well being. Yet, as an experienced wedding officiator, I can say the “other side of the coin” must also be calculated into the overall decision to marry at a private home – Be it a parent’s, the bride’s and groom’s, sister’s, aunt’s, grandparents’, etc.

So, for the sake of argument, let’s take the “comfortable” attribute of a home wedding ceremony environment. By “flipping the coin”, “comfortable” can become “disorganized, chaotic, and dysfunctional” in short order. Why? By way of introduction let’s start with the following:

Potential Problem: In a “familiar” or “comfortable” environment, the importance of following a time schedule is often overlooked or dismissed or canceled out, as it seems to run counter to “familiar” or “comfortable”. Even the most innocent dismissal of time can be attributed to the nature of the “home”, a place where time can stand still, a haven of rest from the fast paced world outside.
Breaking The Myth:

When it comes to the notion of a "timeline" putting a damper on things, the reverse is really true, for the few hours which comprise the wedding ceremony and reception go quickly. Without the mapping of and adherence to a timeline, the most important events of the day may be sacrificed at the “altar of comfortability”. In short, this is when “comfortable” and “casual” become the twin nemeses of the “sacredness” or “seriousness” of the marriage ceremony day. Things get overlooked or cut out or forgotten, as they threaten the “feeling” of “comfortable”.

Example One - Family and friends, having been at the home before as casual visitors, find the transition to wedding guest hard to make. Something essential to the “specialness” of the day can be lost for the sake of preserving “comfortable”. Giving a set arrival time, ceremony start time, cocktail hour, reception starting time, can help family and friends to “put on” the “ wedding guest cap” in a way they might not without a timeline which delineates the valuable components of the day. Letting the day take on an unstructured “mind of its own”, can turn “comfortable” into “disorganized, chaotic and dysfunctional”. We will discuss other examples at a later blog.

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About The Author - AskDr.Linda – Dr. Linda is a multi-degree wedding officiator and expert on “all things” ceremony. With thousands of life celebration ceremonies presided, Dr. Linda adds experience to many years of formal training in public speech, and the theory and practice of celebrating life through public ceremony. A former professor and president of an university which academically and experientially equipped life celebration officiators for public service. AskDr.Linda – Dr. Linda is a multi-degree wedding officiator and expert on “all things” ceremony. With thousands of life celebration ceremonies presided, Dr. Linda adds experience to many years of formal training in public speech, and the theory and practice of celebrating life through public ceremony. A former professor and president of an university which academically and experientially equipped life celebration officiators for public service.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Groom With 102 Fever Gets Married Anyway - The Clergy Network of Southern California

A Clergy Network Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant couple gets married in out -of-th-way wedding location. The groom gets married despite 102 fever, a visiting brown bear in the wedding ceremony area, and an uninvited bumble bee crashing the wedding vows. Our TCN wedding officiant, stayed cool calm and collected in the midst and the wedding ceremony received many a compliment.





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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Part 2- Mother Of Bride & Deceased Father Of Bride Gives Daughter Away! Dana Point, California


More To This California True Life Wedding Ceremony Story- After the TCN wedding officiant's questions of "Who presents", the Mother of The Bride lifted her arms toward the Dana Point harbour, and said, "I and her father do". Not only was the father of the bride's ashes scattered in the harbour some 9 years ago, but his ashes were also present in a religious symbol.


Part 2 Of The Story- A small cross tied with ribbon on mother of the bride's corsage, as a part of her wrist, also pointed to Dana Point harbour. Inside this cross was the bride's late father's ashes. The bride and her mother, Roman Catholic in faith, had long since cherished this religious piece as a daily reminder of their loved one. This wedding ceremony moment made even more meaningful to the bride and her mother through this gesture.


Conclusion- Including the happy remembrance of a loved one during a wedding ceremony can be done - Subtly or in more unusual way. Perhaps the above does not suit your requirements, but The Clergy Network Wedding Officiants of Southern California can help you to write the wedding ceremony which does.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mother Of Bride & Deceased Father Of Bride Gives Daughter Away! Dana Point, California

Including Those No Longer With Us In A Wedding Ceremony- Orange County, California -The Clergy Network of Southern California Real Time Officiator Reporter

What Happened? "Who gives this woman to be married to this man". Mother of the Bride answers - I do and Her father !- (mother points to Dana Point harbour backdrop).

A True TCN Wedding Ceremony Story - Our TCN bride wanted a happy remembrance of her father, no longer living. So, she picked an amphitheatre in Dana Point - one that overlooked the ocean. You see, her father's ashes were scattered at the nearby ocean about nine years ago. When our TCN wedding officiator asked, "Who presents this woman in marriage", and her mother pointed out to the ocean at Dana Point, this was the reason. For there, at Dana Point, was the memory of a loving father. On this wedding day, there was a happy reunion of a daughter to a father, still very much alive in her heart and thoughts.

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Interfaith Wedding Ceremony Includes Hebrew- Southern California Wedding Officiants

A TCN Real Time Wedding Officiator Report - How To Add Hebrew To An Interfaith Ceremony - An Interfaith wedding ceremony between a groom of the Jewish faith and a Christian bride has its challenges. At The Clergy Network of Southern California, we are no strangers to the challenging wedding ceremony. Today, our TCN officiator presided a wedding ceremony which included Hebrew just for the groom and his family. The carefully written wedding ceremony emphasized the similarities and certain cultural customs between the two faiths. After the marriage ceremony there were many compliments on the Hebrew! Good job TCN wedding officiator!

Conclusion- Multi-lingual and Bilingual wedding ceremonies have been a part of The Clergy Network tradition for nearly 20 years. Hebrew, French, Russian, German, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagala, are just few of the languages employed in The Clergy Network wedding ceremony.

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Bride Forgets Bridal Bouquet - Wedding Ceremony Starts Without Her!

The Clergy Network of Southern California- Wedding Officiators - Real Time Wedding Officiator Report - When beginning a wedding ceremony important things should be in place - the guests seated, the parents ready to take their entrance, and a TCN wedding officiator at the microphone beginning the "Welcome to the Guests". The wedding ceremony checklist is lengthy one at best. Today, our TCN officiator was given the signal by the wedding coordinator to start the "Welcome". With "Welcome" given the officiator waited, and waited, and waited.... something was wrong! No groom, nor parents, no bride! Suddenly from behind a bush next to the officiator comes a wee small voice - "The bride forgot her bouquet, we'll have to wait". Smiling away, and with great finesse, our Southern California wedding officiator gracefully bowed out, only to enter again about 5-10 minutes later. At TCN it's all in a days work!

Conclusion- The Clergy Network has so many stories to tell about wedding ceremonies, as anything can and did happen. We are Southern California wedding officiators, experts in so many ways. Stay tuned for more Clergy Network of Southern California "Real-time" wedding officiator reports.

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Flower Girl Takes The Microphone - A Four Year Old With A Future In Wedding Officiation

Southern California - The Flower Girl & The Wedding Officiator -A True Clergy Network Story - Real- Time Wedding Ceremony Reporting by TCN.
"Isn't She Lovely, the song by Stevie Wonder comes to mind - This four year old, the epitome of cute! Lovely black hair pinned up in a twist and accented with flowers, complete with the pink little chiffon flower girl dress, flower petals and basket. It was the big moment.... the TCN Wedding Officiant walks down the aisle, then the groomsman arm and arm with two bridesmaids, then the flower girl entrance. Down the aisle she goes, confident, smiling, throwing flowers, then straight up the stairs to stand next to the officiator behind the microphone. Suddenly looking up and grabbing for the microphone, she softly says, "I want to say something". The room exploded in laughter! It is quite possible that the TCN wedding clergy was almost put out of job by this future generation Wedding Officiator,she was just that sweet!

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Wedding Location - Aliso Viejo Country Club - The Clergy Networks Aliso Viejo Wedding Ceremony

June 8th 2009 – Aliso Viejo Country Club - Orange County Wedding Location – The Clergy Network Wedding Officiants – A Lovely Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location!

The Clergy Network Wedding Officiator Report– As Wedding Officiators or other Wedding Clergy presiding outside a church environment, we know a lot about Orange County Wedding Locations. This weekends wedding at Aliso Viejo, was a wonderful experience. This newly built Glenwood Golf Project, features lovely d├ęcor, is spacious, and most importantly, includes the pleasant and competent event planning assistance of Gina Matheney, (A Beverly Clark Certified Wedding Professional).

TCN Wedding Ceremony At Aliso Viejo Country Club– The custom written wedding ceremony brought tears of joy to a number of wedding guests. Held in an inviting upstairs dining room, made homey by a fireplace ceremony area . The ceremony was simple, elegant and private - The location also elegant and private, a perfect match for our TCN bride and groom. The view of Saddleback Mountain, the green of the golf course was exceptional.

Aliso Viejo Convention Center - The building over features a newly built private Convention Center with adjacent patio and amazing view. It is also spacious and inviting.
The Following From The Aliso Viejo Country Club WebSite–“As Orange County’s Newest Private Club, our Membership shares in our passion for golf and a well-lived life that is enriched by time spent with family and friends. Being a brand new Club allows us to build our own traditions and create a club for our Members, built by their desires and dreams for the future.

Nestled in the hills of Saddleback Valley and surrounded by spectacular views of pristine mountain ranges and picturesque valleys, Aliso Viejo Country Club is an oasis from the fast-paced life of Orange County. The Club provides its Members a luxurious private club experience at an affordable price, offering its Members the very best in golf, dining, and social activities.”


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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Orange County California Wedding Day Marriage License Issuance - The Clergy Network - Southern California Wedding Officiants

Wedding Day Marriage License Issuance - Orange County California - The Clergy Network & LegallyMarried Marriage License Application at http://www.theclergynetwork.com/

Real - Time Wedding Officiator & Marriage License Update - June 6th 2009 - As I write, a marriage license is being issued hours before the wedding ceremony. A bride and groom needed their marriage license issued on the day of the wedding. Their busy schedule and that they were residents of Los Angeles county, but marrying in Orange County, made our TCN marriage license issuing service a must. http://www.theclergynetwork.com/marriage_license_issuance.html

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Asian Western Wedding Ceremony - Vietnamese Marriage Ceremony Writing- When East Meets West - Southern California Wedding Officiants- The Clergy Network -

Wedding Ceremony Writing Network News & Tips - TCN has written thousands of marriage ceremonies. As such, it is not unusual for our ceremonies to be a reflection of both bride and groom. The histories, cultures, beliefs, personalities, etc, join through the two marrying persons. Currently, writing a Vietnamese and Western Ceremony, we are including a ceremony theme of Romantic & Contemporary with a few elements of the Vietnamese tradition. For example, the Procession of Gifts - To be readapted to please both the younger Vietnamese wedding guests (Westernized), and the older Vietnamese family members. Also, included will be a special "Welcome" by the TCN Wedding Officiator, to include her connection to the family by virtue of previously presiding the sister of this groom's wedding, some years ago. The TCN wedding officiator will express her delight at the honour of being such an important part of the family tradition. Also, a Westernized version of the "Tea Ceremony" will be conducted as a prelude to the reception.
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Monday, June 1, 2009

Malibu West Beach Club - Xfiles,Nickelodeon & Unity Candles- Southern California Wedding Officiators

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Movie Set Wedding - What happens when a TCN wedding officiator presides over a marriage ceremony for a groom that worked on XFILES and a bride who worked for NICKLEODEAN? .... Unity Wedding Candles that don't blow out, even in 20-30 mile an hour Malibu Beach winds! This is the benefit of having the XFILES crew wedding guests to fix Unity Candles so as to not blow out!

This is the recollection of A TCN wedding officiator, some years ago now. On Sunday, TCN presided at Malibu West Beach Club. The custom ceremony included a reading by the groom's brother, and other custom wording. There was also a reunion between The TCN wedding officiator and a previous client.


Wedding Ceremony Coordination At Malibu West Beach Club - Our TCN Wedding Officiator wrote and organized the wedding ceremony prior to the wedding day. On the day, the officiant did a sound check, worked with the keyboardist cousins of the groom to coordinate the Processional and Recessional, assisted the on-sight event coordinators, lined up the wedding party, executed the sending in of the bridal attendants, groom, groomsmen and bride.... plus so much more.

Happy Ending - The wedding ceremony was lovely, with many compliments from the wedding guests. The Bride's and Groom's wedding ceremony vows were specially written, and kept a surprise. (The bride did not know what the groom was to read, and the groom did not know what the bride was to read). Congratulations to our happy couple. Thank you, Malibu West Beach Club for your hospitality!

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Wedding Locations - Padua Hills - The Clergy Network of Southern California

Padua Hills - Claremont, Ca - Wedding Officiants - This historical wedding location has undergone renovations. The Clergy Network has presided wedding ceremonies at Padua Hills, and has been booked to preside in an up-and-coming wedding. For more information about The Clergy Network of Southern California to officiate your Padua Hills wedding ceremony, please contact us at info@theclergynetwork.com.

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