An interfaith ceremony is usually chosen by couples who have some religious affiliation but are of different faiths. It is an ideal solution for couples that have different spiritual, religious or cultural backgrounds. It is also a wonderful compromise for couples whose families are still affiliated with their religions and would appreciate having specific elements of religion present in the ceremony.
A traditional wedding ceremony is using the traditions, vows, beliefs and customs from your religious backgrounds. If you are of the same faith but have chosen to have your venue be nonreligious we include those traditions that are important to you.
A non-traditional wedding ceremony may or may not have religious elements. Each couple usually likes to add their own style and personality. It is usually the most creative and unique ceremony. It is not affiliated with a specific religion.
A non-denominational ceremony usually has religious overtones but has no connection with specific religions It can contain elements of traditional, non-traditional, spiritual, interfaith and civil ceremonies.
A spiritual wedding is a completely personalized ceremony that incorporates spiritual practices rather than religious practices. You can include your own spiritual beliefs or select from many ancient traditions and practices from around the world.
In a civil ceremony, a couple can select their favorite readings, write their own vows, favorite songs and create a unique and personal ceremony. These ceremonies usually don’t contain any religious references.
These ceremonies are shorter with just the basic elements. Usually a simple welcome, Vow and Ring exchange and a Pronouncement about 10 minutes long. For more information on these ceremonies, please see our Micro Weddings and Elopements page.
These can be any of the above but are usually shorter and less expensive like the Micro service. For more information on these ceremonies, please see our Micro Weddings and Elopements page.
Many couples decide at different year intervals to renew their commitment, sometimes using their original vows or creating new ones to express the growth they have experienced since their Wedding Day.
The price for these wedding ceremonies range from $350-$750
All of these ceremonies can be personalized for LGBT couples
(Sample Script Below)
Miguel and I have been married for 25 years and together perform bilingual Wedding Ceremonies. Miguel translates into Spanish whatever parts of the ceremony you want spoken in both languages. These ceremonies can be religious, Interfaith, non-denominational and include whatever words and rituals you choose, the difference of course is that the ceremony is conducted in both languages.
We gather here today to celebrate the wedding of Ryan and Jackie. You have come here this evening to offer your love and support to this union, so that Jackie and Ryan begin their married life surrounded by you, the people dearest and most important to them. It means so much to them to have you witness their love and commitment. You are invited to participate not only as onlookers but as active listeners and committed supporters of the promises and rituals they will share today as they begin their new life together as spouses.
Candle Lighting Ceremony:
Marriage is one of the most important of all earthly relationships. It should be entered into reverently, thoughtfully, and with A full understanding of its sacred nature. Marriage is a gift, given to comfort the sorrow of life and magnify the joys.
With that in mind, and to represent the two lives that will forevermore be intertwined, we will now perform a candle lighting ceremony. I will light the unity candle and then light your candles. As you hold these candles remember that each of you has your own life and destiny and as you bring the flame together let it remind you that together the light burns brighter and stronger as your lives merge and as you walk side by side on your journey.
Love is the reason why you chose this day to begin your married life together. Marriage is more than an outward journey; it is an act of transformation. It is not a giving up or a loss of oneself, but rather a giving over of oneself to something greater, where you are no longer only “I” but also “We”. you are becoming one glorious partnership. When we love, we see things other people do not see. We see beneath the surface, to the qualities which make our beloved special and unique.
To see with loving eyes, is to know inner beauty. And to be loved is to be seen, and known, as we are known to no other. You are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of the one person in all the world whom you love best. You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of a deep trust as well. You are agreeing to share strength, reponsibilities and to share love. Love is the sheltered environment in which we endlessly explore ourselves in the Presence of another. Today you are declaring for all time to be each others reflection of love and commitment. Marriage is like a mirror and as in a mirror some days you will look better than on others. Yet, no matter what the reflection is, you are promising here today to look at what is being shown to you about yourself and about your partner. In marriage you need to go deep inside and remember that you have vowed to love one another in the face of all life’s challenges no matter what you feel like doing. You are asked in marriage to keep a commitment to forever this is no easy task, and today we your family and friends are witnesses to these sacred promises.
Ryan: In the presence of our family, and our friends, I, Ryan, take you, Jackie, to be my spouse, my constant friend, and my life-long love. I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
Jackie: In the presence of our family, and our friends, I, Jackie, take you, Ryan, to be my spouse, my constant friend, and my life-long love. I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you
in your goals, to honor and respect you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
o this sacred promise
Have you brought rings to exchange as a symbol of your marriage?
May these rings be a symbol of your commitment and everlasting love, and a reminder of the harmony and enduring friendship in which your two lives have been joined in one unbroken circle. Ryan, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and devotion. As I place it on your finger, I share with you all that I am and all that I hope to become. The ring is a circle and has no end, neither does my love for you. I choose you to be my life partner on this day and forevermore.
Jackie, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and devotion. As I place it on your finger, I share with you all that I am and all that I hope to become. The ring is a circle and has no end, neither does my love for you.
I choose you to be my life partner on this day and forevermore.
May you wear these rings as a reminder of the promises you have spoken here today and as a symbol of your continuing love.
Because you have both affirmed your desire to travel forward in life together as partners seeking a deeper relationship and because you have committed yourselves to meet all of life’s experiences together in the sacred bond of marriage we your family and friends rejoice. Love bears all things, believes all things, endures all things, Love never ends.
May all that is noble and beautiful be with you forever. Before ____ and this company as witness you have spoken the words and performed the rites, which unite your lives forevermore.
It is my privilege and my joy to pronounce you married from this day forward.
You may kiss each other.
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LGBT Wedding Ceremony Script
Good evening everybody. Welcome to New York. and welcome to the wedding of Groom & Groom/ Bride & Bride. I am Laura Gabriel a New York State Wedding Officiant. It is my honor to be officiating at this wedding. Before we begin, please turn the volume of your phones up as high as possible, so that when somebody gets a phone call during the ceremony we all know whom to blame. Alternatively, please silence your phones. The ceremony is about to begin.
Please rise to meet our happy couple. You may be seated, thank you.
Welcome everybody. We are thrilled that so many of you could make it here today. It is such a privilege that finally we can perform legal marriages in New York for all people in love whatever their sexual orientation. Amen! One of the wonderful things about a wedding is that it also serves as a multi-family reunion, and it always pleases me to learn how far people are willing to travel to be here on a day like this, for an event like this, which just goes to show you how important it is to mark these happy transitions in our lives. We have guests here today from Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan Pennsylvania and New York. Welcome! Joe and Michael thank you for traveling here today.
Personal love story:
Bride & Bride Groom and Groom would like to acknowledge the spiritual presence of some people who meant a great deal to them. Groom and Groom are very happy to finally have the privilege of being legally married after 20 years of being together, and they deeply regret that their parents are not physically here today to join the celebration. Michael never had the opportunity to know Groom’s parents, but Joe had the privilege of knowing Groom’s parents, who were so very warm and welcoming from the first time that they met. They immediately made him feel like a part of the family, a role which was easy for him to assume since he grew up in a Sicilian family himself.
Groom and Groom have asked that I read this excerpt from Plato’s Symposium.
Plato’s Symposium Excerpt:
Love is our best friend, our helper, and the healer of the ills that prevent us from being happy.
To understand the power of love, we must understand that our original human nature was not like it is now, but different. Human beings each had two sets of arms, two sets of legs, and two faces looking in opposite directions. There were three sexes then: one comprised of two men called the children of the Sun, one made of two women called the children of the Earth, and a third made of a man and a woman, called the children of the Moon. Due to the power and might of these original humans, the Gods began to
fear that their reign might be threatened. They sought for a way to end the humans’ insolence without destroying them.
It was at this point that Zeus divided the humans in half. Each of us when separated, having one side only, is but the indenture of a person, and we are always looking for our other half. Those whose original nature lies with the children of the Sun are men who are drawn to other men, those from the children of the Earth are women who love other women, and those from the children of the Moon are men and women drawn to one another. And when one of us meets our other half, we are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy, and would not be out of the other’s sight even for a moment. We pass our whole lives together, desiring that we should be melted into one, to spend our lives as one person instead of two, and so that after our death there will be one departed soul instead of two; this is the very expression of our ancient need. And the reason is that human nature was originally one and we were a whole, and the desire and pursuit of the whole is called Love.
It all began when Groom held the door open for Groom at the fundraiser, as they saw each other for the first time. Groom and Groom, do you remember that very moment? Groom, can you still feel the weight of the door in your hand. Groom, can you remember the pleasure of a suddenly open door? Both of you, do you remember what you wore? What the weather was like? Was it dark? Were there other sounds? Both of you, can you remember the very sight of each other, the sounds of each other’s voices hitting your ears for the first time? Did you ever dream it would lead to a day like this? Can you believe it? It’s real. It’s happening. It’s even more marvelous that you’ve ever dreamed.
Please face each other and take each other’s hands so that you may see the gift that they are to you.
These are the hands of your best friend, strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years,
and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it, support and encouragement to pursue your dreams, and comfort in difficult times. And lastly, these are the hands that even years from now will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just one touch
Hawaiian Wedding Prayer:
Groom and Groom have chosen to read an ancient Hawaiian wedding prayer which they think captures how they
feel. It’s from another time and culture but like the Plato’s Symposium reading is a remarkable expression of the meaning of human love.
Before we met, you and I were halves unjoined except in the wide rivers of our minds. We were each other’s distant shore, the opposite wings of a bird, the other half of a seashell. We did not know the other then, did not know our determination to keep alive the cry of one riverbank to the other. We were apart, yet connected in our ignorance of each other, like two apples sharing a common tree. Remember?
I knew you existed long before you understood my desire to join my freedom to yours. Our paths long enough for our indecision to be swallowed up by the greater need of love. When you came to me, the sun surged towards the earth and the moon escaped from darkness to bless the union of two spirits, so alike that the creator had designed them for life’s endless circle.
Beloved partner, keeper of my heart’s odd secrets, clothed in summer blossoms so the icy hand of winter never touches us. I thank you for your patience. Our joining is like a tree to earth, a cloud to sky and even more. We are the reason the world can laugh on its battlefields and rise from the ashes of its selfishness to hear me say, in this time, this place, this way – I love you best of all.
Ring Exchange: Wedding rings are a symbol of commitment and love. The rings are circular, like your love, with no beginning and no end. They represent what has been and what will always be. They are made of solid, sturdy material which is meant to survive years and years of hand-holding, washing dishes, swimming, tennis and tender caresses. May you wear your wedding rings every day as a symbol of your love.
Ring Bearer, please bring us the rings, thank you.
[Groom], you will go first. Please place [Groom]’s ring on the tip of his ring finger and repeat after me.
I love you/ My heart is in this ring/My love is in this ring/I promise to be your faithful husband/to love you through the best and the worst/through the difficult and the easy/ I promise you my unconditional love/and I give you my unwavering trust/when you look at this ring/remember that I love you always.
You may slide the ring all the way onto his finger Groom, it’s your turn.
Groom/Bride Thank you for my beautiful ring/I love you/ My heart is in this ring/My love is in this ring/I promise to be your faithful husband/to love you through the best and the worst/through the difficult and the easy/ I promise you my unconditional love/and I give you my unwavering trust/when you look at this ring/remember that I love you always.
Pronouncement and Kiss:
I asked both [Groom] and [Groom] to sum up their relationship in one word. I can honestly say that for the first time in my history of doing weddings and asking couples this question, they both used the same word: love. Tonight is all about love. It has been my honor to officiate your ceremony this evening. And now I get to say something you’ve been looking forward to hearing for a long time. By the powers vested in me by the State of New York, I now pronounce you married. You may kiss your husband/bride.
We offer Central Park wedding packages! We will meet you in the park at the spot you have chosen to have your ceremony, in New York City’s number one outdoor destination!. We will help you get a permit for the ceremony and provide whatever other services you require.
Any of these sites are perfect for your wedding; The romantic Ladies Pavilion overlooking the Lake and iconic New York City skyline. Recite your vows in the breathtaking landscapes of the famous Strawberry Fields. Say your I Dos in the splendor of the majestic Belvedere Castle. Celebrate your vows at one of the most photographed locations in Central Park, the impressive Bow Bridge.
Or choose any other Central Park location of your choice. Whether it’s Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, we will bring your dream wedding to life!
Our non-denominational wedding ceremony, personalized for you and performed at your chosen (except Conservatory Gardens) Central Park site will be a memory to last a lifetime!.
The packages range from $199-$1,500 depending on the services you choose.