Handfasting Ritual

Handfasting is an interesting ritual. Many cultures have a form of Handfasting and the varieties of performing this ritual are as varied as the cultures that use it. Handfasting is a ritual of binding. The couple, after exchanging their rings with each other, is bound together in a covenant of marriage, of fidelity, and of love.

The ritual has, over the years, evolved. Today  couples “Handfast” with a variety of “handfastners” reflecting their profession, hobby or sport. So for instances,  electricians have used  wire or zip ties, police officers, zip ties and handcuffs. Some first responders /firefighters use a smaller piece of rescue rope. Mountain climbers have used rope and the clips called carabiners. Sailors rope and halyard line, nurses IV tubing, and surgeons, surgical tubing.  Whimsical, yes, but great variation of the ritual  to make the ceremony more unique and personal. Ribbon is most often used. The colors white, ivory, the color theme of the wedding the most popular.

We hope you have enjoyed your visit and this has been helpful.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
Wedding Celebrants, Ceremony Script Writers, Consultants
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Why no images on our blog?  Wedding images come and go with fashion and with the season, so many and so varied. We feel it is the words you share with each other, during your wedding ceremony, that are some of the most significant and intimate words you will ever share and, like gems, are unique and personal.

The Marriage License for The State of Rhode Island, USA

The following is about How to Apply for and the Requirements to obtain a Marriage License in The State of Rhode Island, USA.

Both the parties must:
◦ Apply for the marriage license together in person and sign the license in the presence of the Town Clerk or his assistant, attesting to the truth of the information listed thereon.
◦ Present a certified copy from your city/town/state (with raised seal) of a birth certificate. A hospital record is not a certified copy. Only a long-form will be accepted. A valid passport or alien card may be accepted for a foreign birth when the applicant is unable to obtain a birth record in their country of birth.
◦ Present a valid government-issued picture ID, e.g., a State issued driver’s license or passport.
◦ If previously married, present a certified copy of the Final Divorce Decree with the raised stamped court seal or a certified copy of the death certificate of the previous spouse.
◦ If under age 18 or under control of a legal guardian, a parent or legal guardian must be a party to the application process.

$24 USD and the license is valid for 90 Days.

Where to apply if residents of Rhode Island:

Either party may apply in their city or town or residence in Rhode Island. This license may be used in any one of the other cities and towns.

Where to apply if nonresident of Rhode Island:

◦ If neither party lives in Rhode Island, the marriage license must be obtained at the city/town clerk’s office in the city or town where the ceremony will take place. Rhode Island law states that the marriage license is valid only in the city/town in which it was issued when neither party is a resident of Rhode Island.
If the marriage ceremony is performed in a city/town other than the city/town of issuance, the validity of the marriage may be in question.

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Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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Why no images in this blog? We feel the words you share with each other during your wedding ceremony are some of the most important words you will ever share with each other.

Weddings at the State Beach

Many of our recent sharing on this blog  have been readings used or could be during wedding ceremonies; however, as the summer is quickly being packed away in the north, Wedding Season 2016 is already off the ground for so many couples and families. So, we feel this is a great time to comment about weddings in the park, at the beach and other public places. We will comment about the location of your wedding ceremony  again since the place of the wedding ceremony extremely foundational to the entire celebration!

This past weekend in the USA was the weekend after Labor Day, traditional the beginning of the Autumn Season in the USA. However, the month of September provides beautiful summer like days in the Northeast and New England where many people continue to celebrate many summertime events, for instance RV camporee!

So, one of our state beach stories: the couple thought it would be wonderful to have their wedding ceremony celebrated at the ocean state beach the weekend after Labor Day when they expected things would be a little more quiet. They choose the Saturday after Labor Day thinking they would have the beach mostly for themselves, their families and friends. However, they did not check the calendar of events at the State Beach. So, imagine their surprise when they arrived at the place for their celebration at the state beach and were they were greeted by hundreds of RV’s and campers celebrating a wonderfully warm and beautiful Saturday afternoon in September!

The wedding ceremony went very well and as planned, nestled in the dunes, however, with the addition of a few hundred unexpected well wishers. The campers were a great help directing traffic and guiding guests to parking areas. They were very respectful in keeping an appropriate distance during the ceremony, however, when the couple came over the hill from the sand dune, after the ceremony, the couple immediately became rock stars for the day! Hundreds of campers welcomed the couple with cheered of joy and clapping welcoming the newly wedded couple into the state of marriage. All went well that afternoon, making the celebration all the more memorable, however, the moral of the story, if you do not want to have hundreds of unexpected guests at your wedding and a similar surprise at your celebration, please, by all means, check the calendar of your venue.

All the Best.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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Why no images in this blog? We feel it is the words you share with each other during your wedding ceremony that are the most important part of your day.

The Honey Ceremony

We met this evening with a delightful couple to plan the details of their May wedding. They are planning to use the Honey Ceremony, within their wedding ceremony. The Honey Ceremony is a new experience for us. The couple is going to either dip their fingers into the honey or use small spoons. They have not decided yet whether to use fingers or spoons. They will be invited to taste the sweetness of the honey, symbolizing the sweetness of their lives, their love and their vows. They will be giving honey to their guests as favors. We thought this a sweet idea to pass on and share.

Two more thoughts about this ceremony of sharing: use local honey and give small jars of honey to the guests as a “favor”.

Enjoy
Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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Who is Walking Whom Down the Aisle?

There are lots of options about how to “get down the aisle” to the place of your wedding ceremony:
The classic one: Dad with bride
Then Dad and Mom with bride
Then sometimes Mom only with bride.
Then there are the variations with a male family or friend walking bride
Sometimes bride and her children
Sometimes bride and THEIR children
Sometimes bride and groom and their children
Sometimes the couple themselves walk down the aisle hand in hand:
Bride and groom
Bride and bride
Groom and groom

But grooms, whatever you do- DO NOT- repeat  DO NOT arrive by helicopter, or boat or parachute or ATV or tractor or any other means and have it be a surprise to your bride and her mother!

Most importantly, let the ritual of your wedding ceremony reflect the reality of your love and lives.

Reminder: while walking down the aisle and who does the honors  to walk with you is a tradition, it is also a tradition that has a bit of a dark side. The tradition, also called “giving away”, recalls a time of prearranged marriages and the subservient place of a woman to her birth family now being transferred to her marriage family. We have come along way, however, there is a constant need for mindful awareness of marriage being a lifegiving, mutual, collaborative, and equal partnership in love.

Enjoy
Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
http://www.weddingministersri.com

We Have Been at Weddings

 

We have had, so far, an absolutely fabulously full and wonderful summer  filled with beautiful,warm, and exquisite weddings here in Southern New England . We have traveled some visiting family and friends, worked around the house and garden and of course our been busy at our daily jobs. The wedding ceremonies we have witnessed as officiants to a spectrum of great couples have been filled with sensitive, tender, loving, lush, warm and wonderful words conveying the abundant, rich, loving and tender feelings towards each other, their families and friends.
We have been absent from writing our  blog because of all this goodness, we know, this is a terrible excuse. So,for the second half of the summer, and for the next few months of the wedding season here in Rhode Island and Southern New England,  we are making a commitment to share aspects of these wonderful ceremonies we have witnessed. We hope you enjoy,and are touched by, the warm and sensitive words these loving couple have used to convey the fullness of their hearts and their commitment to each other. Please stay tuned.
Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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Blowing Bubbles

We love bubbles. Everyone loves bubbles. We think blowing bubbles brings out the kid in us all and it is a great way to get all your wedding guests engaged and actively participating in the joy of your ceremony. When a couple wants to use bubbles, we get some of the kids (of all ages) involved by having them go up and down the aisle distributing the bottles of bubbles to the guests if the guests have not already picked up their bubble bottle upon arrival. Sometimes there are bubble machines, which are great fun. Couples can either purchase or rent the bubble machines or sometimes the DJ or lighting designer might have a bubble machines for rent.

Regardless of whether the bubbles come from a bubble bottle “the old fashion way” or from a bubble making machine, when the humidity is right, with the right amount of breeze, and with plenty of bubbles being created by your guests, some of the very best photo images of your wedding ceremony celebration will be taken as you walk out arm in arm (or holding hands,) totally embraced by bubbles, as if your were in the bottom of a champagne glass! A totally magical experience!

Have a wonderful and love filled day

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte

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