Hi everyone! I got engaged about a month and a half ago to a wonderful guy. He was raised Catholic and I'm Jewish, (we're planning on raising our children Jewish and have talked about it at great length). We're just starting out on this wedding planning adventure. We've set our date for July 20th, 2008 (after I graduate from College and hopefully about the time he'll be getting his PhD). Anyway, I just wanted to say hi :)
So, how much did your officiant ask for to do your wedding?
Was there any negotiation there? Or was it that price or else?( ...our officiant woes...Collapse )
(x-posted to several wedding LJs)
I'm a Canadian Reconstructionist Jew marrying a Born-Again Christian from the South
So, at my Vegas wedding, I'm having a violinist. I had the option to have a violin or a piano, and since I used to play violin, I decided to go with that option.
In looking at wedding music, I came across an instrumental rendering of Ani l'Dodi that I just loved. I decided I wanted to use it for the wedding. With the Vegas wedding, I can either select from their list of songs or choose songs I want for a slight additional fee...but I must provide sheet music for the song.
I found sheet music for the song online and ordered it, thrilled because it was arranged for violin, but it turns out that it's an arrangement for violin meant to be accompanied by cantor, flute, and piano. I haven't tried to play the violin arrangement...it *might* sound okay on its own...but ideally, I'd like to have an arrangement that is meant to be played by a solo violin. The song would sound beautiful on violin, too...if I could find the sheet music!
Does anyone have any ideas? I've already been to sheetmusic.com...that's where I got the arrangement that I have.
I suppose I could play ignorant and send in the piano music...but as a former violinist, I know thats a pain and likely won't sound great either...
How's this: I'm a Jew and I'm marrying a Shaman (that's like Wiccan).
My STD proof arrived in the mail today! It looks awesome. :) I'm so excited. I was really hoping this would come out well, because the place I'm getting it from (AmazingMail
) lets me customize everything, and they mail them directly to my list, postage is included...it's just awesome. I can do any number, from 3 to 300, whatever I want, as many at a time as I want. It rocks. I highly recommend them. I used pretty low-grade images (they even gave me a warning that it might not come out very well), but it looks terrific anyways.( ...large images inside...Collapse )
(x-posted to alternative_wed
Edited to add: BTW, I'm going to change the wording around some. I mainly did this up just to see how the images would come out. Also, the blurriness is my crappy photography, not the postcard itself. :)
We were married on Nov. 6, 2004 and there were certain things that didn't turn out for the best that I thought I'd share with you so you don't run into them, too. Really, it all went _amazingly_ well and a good time was had by all -- all the details were covered except for the few following things. Our choice of photographer and caterer had a lot to do with this. Pictures can be seen at http://www.geocities.com/rengalcreations/engaged.html
We had a traditional Byzantine Catholic Crowning ceremony, and a festive reception with a swing/jazz band.
1) Make sure someone is on hand at the gift table at the reception. They don't have to be there all night, but for the first bit while people are arriving to the after party. Be sure they are armed with a pen and scotch tape. We had almost 10 gifts and cards that were separated form each other. It was a struggle to connect the giver with the gift, and at least one person still is sadly not getting a thank you note.
2) The person doing the above mentioned job can also be the person who reminds folks to sign the guest book. Not 1/2 the people at ours signed in and we found out later that the sign in had been buried by presents and was pen-less.
3) Have backup people for important jobs, and let the unimportant ones go (those ones really do work out on their own). We had a family emergency for one of the church greeters, and she couldn't come. We found a last minute replacement, but it was a little frazzled.
4) Honeymoon not at home, and do go on an immediate, or soon, honeymoon. It will ease the transition from all the wedding prep and excitement back into starting life together, and will alleviate any let down after the wedding (this is it? it's over? now what?). Also, let a few trusted people have your contact info and no one else. It seems rude and odd, but yes people will try to contact you about unrelated stuff. And make sure both of you know this (my love scheduled a deadline for a project that week, and I was none too happy about it).
*** 5) Remember that at an interfaith ceremony, or a ceremony of two people from different religious backgrounds and traditions, a lot of people will not know what is going on. We had booklets that followed along with the ceremony along with a description of what things meant and symbolized. It was a big help to everyone that this was there. It cost us extra $$, but really it must be done.
6) Remember these things when you are a guest at someone else's wedding. Secure your card to the gift well before you get there, and don't forget to sign in. :)
i am methodist and my fiance is a reformed jew. i haven't talked to him about it yet but i think it might be nice to have an interfaith ceremony. i am desperate for ideas, so any you have would be tremendous. i also have a couple questions:
- is it possible to have the ceremony initiated by a rabi and a reverend, and have it take place in a church? or does the ceremony need to be on "neutral ground" so to speak?
- are there any nice hebrew "hymn type" songs that can be sung along with the protestant hymns and songs?
- is it okay to have open communion at an interfaith wedding??
- what are some important traditions that i should include from both sides?
thank u in advance for your help!
Does anyone have interfaith ketubah text they like? Our rabbi is encouraging us to write our own, an egalitarian, non-traditional ketubah, but we're kind of stuck.
Does anyone here live in or near Westminster, MD? Has anyone ever been to St John Catholic Church? We're thinking about getting married there, but my parents live in south FL, so we wanted to e-mail them pictures of the church and I haven't been able to find any good ones. I'm especially looking for pictures of the inside of the church, I have a few of the outside. Anyone have any or know where I can find some online? Thanks!