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Reactions to Ceremony First Draft

Reactions received when couples read the first drafts of their custom ceremony script:

"Hi! We love it, it's perfect!! I should be sleeping lol I'm just so excited! Reading that made my day!!" -A.

"Thank you Arwen, my fiancé is asleep now but I will show it to him in the morning. I couldn't help but cry!" -J.

"My fiancé and I absolutely loved your ceremony draft. We think it's perfect and there's only a few small changes that we can talk about when we meet you." -R.

"Thank you so much for all the information and the script made me tear up. Everything looks great!" -T.

"I just read the ceremony script and it really is beautiful. Thank you for writing such a beautiful ceremony." -L.

"Can we shorten it a little bit...Scratch that..its perfect. :)" - J.

Ceremony – Plant Unity Ceremony with Children – adapted by Arwen Freer

Today is not just about a couple’s commitment to their marriage, but also the commitment of a whole family to support each other. Will the children please join us?

The family will be symbolizing their union by potting a plant together. A healthy family, like a healthy plant, depends on nurturing gardeners.

You must start with a foundation that allows for space and growth, so you begin with a layer of stones. While making a strong foundation, there is space between them to let extra water flow through and ensure your delicate plant does not drown. In your family, also remember that you will need to respect each other and give each other space to be yourselves.

Next you must nurture growth; so you will add a layer of soil. In your family, you have the foundation of love, respect, admiration and teamwork to nurture your bond.  This is the foundation where you will grow the roots of your family strong and deep.

Now that you have prepared your foundation, you can put your plant in this fertile ground, as you plant your family in this foundation of support and love.

Finally, we must remember that relationships require constant replenishment. As you water your plant for the first time, remember also to water your relationships with understanding, patience, support, and attention to each other’s needs.

As you look forward in your relationship, remember to be the constant gardener. Continue to water your plant, and remember to replenish your relationship with ongoing support.  Fertilize your plant, and give your relationship an occasional boots by trying and learning new things together.  Be sure your plant is getting enough light; keep honesty and open communication in your relationship every day.  Prune your plant; continue to better yourselves and your relationships, putting behind you anything that does not support their growth and strength.  With constant care, your family, like this plant, will grow and prosper.



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