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I don't remember who asked now, but yes, the minister uses a microphone, so everyone can hear the whole ceremony.  I don't have the whole ceremony script, but here's the vows and some info Beverly sent me before I went....  We wrote our own ceremony script and the minister used that instead...  Here's the standard he uses, unless you give him something else:

 

Wedding ceremony

The minister will say this part and you will answer by saying ‘I Doâ€

 

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here together in the sight of God and in the presence of these witnesses to gather in marriage----- ------.

The apostle Paul in his writing declared that marriage is a Holy estate instituted by God.

Therefore, it ought not to be entered into unadvisably or likely, but reverently, respectfully and in the love of God.

Into this honorable estate these two have know come to be joined.

Give eed (listen carefully) therefore to the question I ask you

------- ---, Do you take------ to be your wedded wife/husband to have and to hold from this day onward for better, for worst, for richer , for poorer in sickness and in health, to love, honor and to cherish until you are parted by death.      You will respond by saying ‘I Doâ€

 

 

Then you will repeat the vow after the minister.

 

 

After the vow you will have the Exchange of rings

 

-----/--- I give you this ring as a token of the covenants made between this day and as a pledge of our neutral love in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

 

Then you kiss the bride

 

After this, the blessing will be done

 

Then we have the signing of marriage certificate.

 

 

 

ORDER OF CEREMONY

 

Musical Prelude

Procession

Greeting & Prayer

Exchange of Vows

Prayer

Exchange of Rings

Signing of Register

Pronouncement

Recession

Champagne reception

Cutting of the wedding Cake

First dance of the bride and groom

Photos

Dinner.

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Honestly I have had the same issue when it comes to Family and Friends with their Opinions.

Can you Imagine this.. My fiance's Family is FROM Jamaica, now living in Canada.. they are all giving us a hard time about getting married there. I want my children to see and experience what their culture is like AND PLUS, I have Never seen the Ocean. I would rather pay 7200.00 for all 5 of us (Fiance, Me and 3 kids) to spend a week in PARADISE and get married, than spend 25,000.00 + in one day.. Do the math!!

 

Seriously Im getting Tired of the back and forth with Family members ( some aren't even paying for the resort, they are staying in the houses and coming for the wedding day) and STILL raise a Stink. Either way as I quote my Fiance "Its not just for our wedding , its a good excuse to take a Vacation" 

 

On a lighter note. I booked my Photographer in, her name is Stacey Clarke, She's a local with AMAZING credentials. I figured, why not get a local who knows where to take the Perfect pictures.. than fly someone in from Canada and over pay? She requires a 50.00 fee for travel and the Hotel wants a 75.00 fee for a Day's Pass in the Resort. That with her fees is MUCH cheaper.

 

 Heres her website if anyone is interested ( keep your speakers on.. I love the music) http://staceyclarkephotography.com/

 

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great questions!!  I'm curious now too!!  but what did you find to read for the sand ceremony??  we're doing one too, but I never even thought about asking for something.  I would have thought of it down there probably.... with not time to do anything about it!!  lol 

 

Originally Posted by BusyBee123 View Post

Hey all...talk about a frustrating day! So I was talking to an acquaintance of mine today about having a destination wedding and how excited I was.  She seemed really surprised, then asked if anyone was actually going to show up! I was explaining to her that we had 18 booked so far....then she had the nerve to say: "i think destination weddings are just a way of getting your guests to pay for your wedding".  I was shocked!!! I definitely am not asking my guests to pay for my wedding by any means!!!! I'm busy working away on OOT bags and planning an excursion for my guests to thank them for travelling all this way to our wedding.  I was shocked that someone could think that, let alone say that!!! Am I the only one who has ever heard this? I was appalled!!  I think I'm still in shock!  

 

Then following that she actually said something about the ceremony that made me think...  For those who have already done this, did you have a chance to talk to either the minister or the wedding coordinators about what you actually want said at your ceremony?  Did you have to write your own vows? Did you prepare readings, or did they have a standard ceremony prepared?  I was planning to bring something for them to read for the sand ceremony, but hadn't thought about it beyond that! Also, was there a microphone so that your guests could hear what you were saying, or is it close enough that you don't have to worry about that?  Any ceremony tips would be much appreciated! In the rush of things to do, it sounds like I managed to forget about what's most important...the ceremony itself!    

 



 

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Thanks so much for all of your kind words! I really appreciate it!  I was just so appalled that someone would have the nerve to say that to my face, that I had to vent to someone! So thanks again ladies! This forum is a god send! Overnight, I took some time to think about it again, and you know what, it is our day!! All of our close friends and family have booked, even those who are financially strapped right now!  And the more and more I think about it, the happier I am that I'm not having a huge 200+ person wedding here and having to invite acquaintances such as those who made that awful comment yesterday.  Part of the reason for us wanting a destination wedding (apart from the beautiful scenery) was to keep the group small and intimate! And at the end of the day, we couldn't be happier with our decision!

 

Lsmith - thanks for posting the ceremony script! I really appreciate it! We're doing a non-religious ceremony, so I'm going to email Chandlyn and see if she can send me that one as well.  Perhaps I'll start looking around online to check out what some others have used in their ceremony to make it more personal!  If anyone has any fabulous resources, I'd love to see them! 

 

Thanks again ladies and have a great weekend! :)

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ACW: I stole this from another thread on the forum, and cannot take credit for it at all! But here are a few suggestions!  We like #2!  

 

 

Sand Ceremony #1

"Before the two of you met, your lives were on separate roads ... each going in different directions and seemingly leading to different destinations. But somewhere along the way (through some twist of fate) you did meet, and you fell in love. Today, you find yourselves standing here together at the threshold of a new path, and have promised to forever join your once separate journeys into one.

Before each of you there is a container of sand. Each container represents the separate journeys you once were on. They also represent your own sets of friends and families, that until today were apart from each other. I now ask that you blend these individual containers of sand together.

As the sand has blended together, your lives too are joined. Your once solitary journeys have become one of companionship, as you now set forth on a single path together into your future. Your friends and family are as one as well. You will now share those who are a part of your lives as you walk hand-in-hand

Sand Ceremony #2

As you stand beside the ocean, may your love always be as constant as the tide; waves flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea. Just as water is the eternal force of life, so is love. Love is the force that allows us to face fear and uncertainty with courage. 
You have just sealed your relationship by giving and receiving of rings. But although you will be sharing one life, never forget that you are two separate people. Cherish and affirm your differences. Love each other. Keep your commitment primary. Together you will laugh and cry, be sick and well, be happy and angry, share and grow. Grow sometimes together, sometimes separately. 
To symbolize this union and the importance of the individuals within the marriage, two separate colours of sand will be combined. Each one holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without need of anything else. However when these two are blended together they create and entirely new and extraordinarily more intricate entity. 
Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination. Please pour the sand into this common container to symbolize the union of your two lives. 
(Begin pouring sand)
Sarah and Michael, just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual container, so will your marriage be a molding of two individual personalities, bonded together forming one heart, one life, and one family. 

Sand Ceremony #3

Now we shall celebrate this union as it is symbolized through the pouring of two individual containers of sand. One represents (Bride/Groom) and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. The other represents (Groom/Bride) and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As the two vials of sand are poured into the third keepsake vase, the individual containers of sand ceased exist as they are now joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual vases, so will the love and bond between the two of you render you inseparable.

Sand Ceremony #4

Before you met, your lives were on different paths with different destinations. Love has brought you together and joined these separate paths into one.
The sand in these jars symbolize your separate lives, separate families, separate sets of friends, and the different life journeys you once traveled. I ask that each of you take one of the jars and that you fill the center jar together.

~The couple steps forward and takes their individual jars and fills the center jar.~

With the mixing of these grains of sand you have now symbolically joined your once separate lives. As your two lives have been inseparably combined, so now are your friends and family joined, through you into one. And your once solitary lifeâ€s paths are also now one. All that was once separate is now shared and in this sharing you both will find great comfort.
Originally Posted by acw271011 View Post

great questions!!  I'm curious now too!!  but what did you find to read for the sand ceremony??  we're doing one too, but I never even thought about asking for something.  I would have thought of it down there probably.... with not time to do anything about it!!  lol 
 

 

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Originally Posted by BusyBee123 View Post

Thanks so much for all of your kind words! I really appreciate it!  I was just so appalled that someone would have the nerve to say that to my face, that I had to vent to someone! So thanks again ladies! This forum is a god send! Overnight, I took some time to think about it again, and you know what, it is our day!! All of our close friends and family have booked, even those who are financially strapped right now!  And the more and more I think about it, the happier I am that I'm not having a huge 200+ person wedding here and having to invite acquaintances such as those who made that awful comment yesterday.  Part of the reason for us wanting a destination wedding (apart from the beautiful scenery) was to keep the group small and intimate! And at the end of the day, we couldn't be happier with our decision!

 

Lsmith - thanks for posting the ceremony script! I really appreciate it! We're doing a non-religious ceremony, so I'm going to email Chandlyn and see if she can send me that one as well.  Perhaps I'll start looking around online to check out what some others have used in their ceremony to make it more personal!  If anyone has any fabulous resources, I'd love to see them! 

 

Thanks again ladies and have a great weekend! :)



 

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Not quite sure why it won't let me post my comments with a quote, anyways....

 

I found this thread helpful in making the ceremony more personal. We used some ideas from here and are slowly starting to piece it together.

 

http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/thread/21660/share-your-ceremony-script

 

Hope this helps!

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Thanks so much JayKay! I just checked it out and there are fabulous suggestions!!!

 

And who knows... maybe by the time my wedding is over the minister will be familiar with the core of the script on there and will be all ready for your big day!!! lol!  

Originally Posted by JayKay View Post

Not quite sure why it won't let me post my comments with a quote, anyways....

 

I found this thread helpful in making the ceremony more personal. We used some ideas from here and are slowly starting to piece it together.

 

http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/thread/21660/share-your-ceremony-script

 

Hope this helps!



 

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That would be awesome! lol
 

Originally Posted by BusyBee123 View Post


Thanks so much JayKay! I just checked it out and there are fabulous suggestions!!!

 

And who knows... maybe by the time my wedding is over the minister will be familiar with the core of the script on there and will be all ready for your big day!!! lol!  



 



 

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This is the sand ceremony we used

 

Sand Ceremony

 

Officiant:  Bride and Groom now come forth to seal their relationship through the mixing of the sands. Just as two lives together now join to become one, so will the individual sands become one as they are poured. It would be impossible to separate these sands, just as it would be impossible to separate Bride and Groom  after today. This covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who love each other heartily and who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives.

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