researched this topic and come up with some terrific sources of ideas for
a unique and memorable wedding or civil union ceremony.  Click on a link below to
learn more about each item and order it if you like.

Non-sectarian and interfaith material

Ideas to adapt from religious ceremonies

Resources for gay ceremonies

Free stuff on the Web

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Non-sectarian and interfaith

for the Wedding

The Everything Wedding Vows Book : Anything and
Everything You Could Possibly Say at the Altar – And Then Some

book cover
Wedding Vows: How to Express Your Love in Your Own Words 

Interfaith Wedding Ceremonies: Samples and Sources
edited by Joan C.

Religious Ceremonies
New Jewish Wedding
by Anita Diamant. A thorough and well-written
review of “kosher” Jewish customs, with many examples and
prayers you may modify. If you are departing from traditional customs,
know from where you are leaving. 
Sample tidbits from this book.


Complete Book of Christian Wedding Vows : The Importance of How You Say ‘I
by H. Norman
A Christian marriage manual and more.


Gay Weddings and Civil Union Ceremonies
For Justices of the Peace who officiate at the growing number
of ceremonies for gay couples, here are some resources that offer help

writing special vows for the occasion

Weddings Without Nightmare Bills
by Robert Melillo. Vows plus
information on planning the whole wedding.

Weddings: An Essential Guide for Creating Your Own Ceremonies

by Jane
Ross-MacDonald includes suggestions for writing vows, readings, music,
invitations, clothing, flowers, and venues.

and some websites…

Union of Love –
sample passages from which to create your own service.

– actual ceremonies from many faiths and religious traditions

Gay Rites – poetry, ceremony templates,
and personal views contributed by readers, and a library of links to other

A Ceremony for Civil
  offered by
the UK
Association of Registration & Celebratory Services
Wedding in the UK
  – religious blessings and exchange of
promises from the Lesbian and Gay Christian movement

Wedding in the UK
samples of humanistic and non-religious ceremonies from the British
Humanist Association

Same Sex Relationship Resources
 – links to personal websites of
gay couples.

Secular Same Sex
complete non-religious GLBT commitment ceremonies from officiants who
perform them

On the Web
If you’re writing your own vows, here are some websites that provide
excellent poetry and prose selections for wedding ceremonies.

Ultimate Wedding
No kidding, this is a huge selection of vows, both non-denominational and
religious. Also actual vows submitted by readers. How about vows from the
soaps? They’re there too!

Collection of Vows and Verses
– If you want to say something
meaningful to your beloved but you’re at a loss. here are some beautiful
ones to inspire you — from different cultures and religions, contemporary
and traditional.

About.com – This online encyclopedia has human guides who focus on a
single specialty. You can peruse suggestions from the New
Age Guide

(aka Alternative
Religion Guide) and the Marriage
(who are a married couple).

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