Ring Warming Ceremony

Often times couples like to include a unity ceremony into their wedding.  There are many unique ways to do unity ceremonies for celebrations big and small but this one is a perfect way to include your guests into your ceremony.  It makes for a very inclusive element of the ceremony and further connects the couple with their loved ones in attendance.  

The idea is simple: the officiant makes an announcement prior to the start of the wedding to explain that the wedding bands will be passed around to each guest during the ceremony.  Just prior to the ring exchange, guests are invited to hold the ring and to silently offer a blessing or wish for the newlyweds, then pass them on to the next guest.  Once everyone has had a turn, the rings are returned to the officiant for the ring exchange.  This intimate exchange injects all of the loving energy of the couple’s friends and family into the rings that they’ll be wearing for a lifetime. 

Creative, inclusive and simple, this makes a great addition to weddings!

Eco-friendly Wedding Ideas

Here's a list of 5 creative ways to incorporate eco-friendly wedding ideas into the planning for your big day!  Find 5 more ideas from this great article by Better Homes and Gardens.

#1 Rings
When it comes to choosing a ring, make sure to use jewelers who are green friendly.  More an more, jewelers are using recycled gold and fair-labor gemstones.  To make sure you are not purchasing a "blood diamond," ask your jeweler about the origin of the stone.  Check out Artisan Wedding Rings to see the broad variety of options available for choosing an eco-friendly ring.  

#2 Menu
Ask your caterers if they can provide vegetarian and organic entrees.  Also consider what you are dining on.  If your location doesn't provide dishes, consider renting them to avoid using disposable plates.

#3 Favors
Instead of favors, let your guests know that you have donated a specified amount per guest towards your favorite environmental organization.

#4 Vendors
Choosing area vendors is a great way to keep the transportation emissions low and support local economies.  

#5 Dress
Though your wedding dress may be your most treasured item of your wedding, there are many ways you can be eco-friendly when it comes to choosing a dress.  First is the age-old tradition of wearing your mother's or grandmother's dress.  Take it to a local seamstress to transform it into your own special dress.  If you can't imagine wearing your mom's gown, check out charities such as Brides Against Breast Cancer, where you can buy or donate a dress.  All proceeds go to support women with breast cancer.

Life Coach/Bridal Coach Megan Moran is wonderful

As a student of the Martha Beck Life Coaching program, Megan Moran helps people achieve their goals so they can lead happier and more balanced lives.  After planning her own wedding in the spring of 2013, she realized how much brides could benefit from a Life Coach who focuses on brides and came up with the concept of Bridal Coaching.  Within months of her wedding, she started Something New Coaching with the idea that the moments leading up to the wedding day should be happy, joyful and calm.  Coaching is like having a personal trainer for the soul and Megan works with brides to:

*Discover their priorities  *Deal with the emotion of the details  
*Conserve energy  *Let go of unrealistic expectations  
*Maintain positive relationships  *Focus on the big picture  
*Deal with difficult personalities  *Come up with new approaches  
*Take time out  *Ask for help  *Breath through it all  
*Find and maintain bridal Zen

For more information, please visit:  http://www.somethingnewcoaching.com/#!bridal-coaching/cr2d
Megan can be reached at: (917) 464-3578, somethingnewcoaching@gmail.com.

Unity in Glass

I love this wedding idea.  The blending of the different colors of glass symbolized the blending of the different and distinctive personalities coming together as one family through the marriage union of Gailyn and Carl.  The glass pieces, added by the members of their families, will be sent to a glass artisan who will create a unique, hand-crafted glass sculpture from all the different colors of glass that have been added to the vase today.  It will serve to capture the spirit today of love, acceptance and new beginnings, and be a reminder for Gailyn and Carl that their life, while now one, is made rich from the gifts of all their combined famiy.


Ideas for readings for your ceremony

Poetry and Readings
Having a reading or poetry included in your ceremony is a wonderful way to add to your personality to the ceremony.   You can have your officiant, members of your wedding party, or a wedding guest be included in the ceremony by have them do a reading.
  • To Be One with Each Other By George Eliot
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4­13
  • An Apache Blessing
  • Kahil Gibran on Marriage
  • The Prophet by Kahil Gibran
  • How do I love thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Love's Philosophy by Percy Shelley
  • Irish Blessing
  • I Ching
  • Fidelity by D.H. Lawrence
  • Eskimo Love Song
  • Why Marriage? by Mari Nichols
  • Hope Is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson
  • Sonnet 116 By William Shakespeare
  • Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day? by William Shakespeare
  • To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
  • A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns
  • i carry your heart with me by e. e. cummings
  • The Rose in the Deeps of His Heart by William Butler Yeats
  • Marriage Morning by Alfred Tennyson
  • Wondrous Moment by Alexander Pushkin
  • Love Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda
  • On the Balcony by D.H. Lawrence
  • My Love's A Match by Alfred P. Graves
  • There is a Lady Sweet and Kind by Thomas Ford
  • It's All I Have to Bring To­day by Emily Dickinson
  • Love by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • I Love Thee by Elizabeth Acton
  • At Last by Elizabeth Akers Allen
  • My Suburban Girl by Samuel Alfred Beadle
  • My True Love Has My Heart by Philip Sidney
  • Japanese Tanka by Yosano Akiko
  • The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
  • Hindu Marriage Poem
  • Shoshone Indian Love Poem
  • Eskimo Love Song
  • On the River Tchou by Tu Fu
  • From Kuan Tao­Sheng
  • From Jalal Al­Din Rumi
  • From "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • From Plato's Symposium
  • From Baal Shem Tov
  • From the "Song of Solomon", King James Bible version

Creative Boutonnieres

Couples are coming up with creative ways to have the groom express himself with his choice of boutonnieres. There are so many different elements that can be incorporated into the boutonnieres besides flowers and greenery.

Herbs, feathers, berries, twigs, leaves, ribbon, paper, origami, felt, buttons, crochet, and shells are some great materials that can be used.

Here is a really great and creative idea.

DIY Flowers

There are so many great florists in NYC you can hire to do your flowers.  If you are watching your budget, artistic, or love the idea of creating your wedding flowers you can do it yourself. There are great videos on youtube that can show you how to make bouquets and all other flowers for your wedding.

Link for a video on youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieP97FqZo5U

NYC has a large area called the flower district that you can go to get wholesale flowers. It is in the vicinity between Sixth and Seventh Avenues from 23rd to 26th Streets.