So, you're getting married! A heartfelt congratulations from me to you and your partner. Now the organizing and planning for your wedding day begins. It will be one of the most important milestones in your lives and I'm sure you would like your day to be as close to perfect as it can be.
The special day you share with the most meaningful people in your lives begins with your wedding ceremony. That's where I come in!
My job, as I see it, is to make sure that your ceremony is as stress-free, smooth-flowing and enjoyable as possible. How will I do that? Here are some of the ways.
I have a whole lot of experience with, and knowledge about, civil (non-religious) ceremonies. Since my first Alberta government appointment in 2005, I have officiated at more than 1,800 weddings.
The ceremony I have written is meaningful and warm. I am often told by couples and guests that mine is the most beautiful ceremony they have ever heard.
A seasoned and composed public speaker, I easily and spontaneously make light of those unexpected events that can and do occur during ceremonies. I am also very skilled at dealing with sensitive personal and family feelings and situations.
With my keen eye for detail, I offer suggestions that make for smooth-flowing ceremonies as well as more uniform and attractive photos.
I love to have fun. Lots of laughter is shared at rehearsals as we fine-tune the ceremony logistics. And my calm presence at ceremonies very often helps soothes nerves and reduce stress.
Just for fun: The well-known expression, "Tie the Knot", means to get married and it originates from the ancient Celtic custom of handfasting. In this symbolic ritual, the newly-wedded couple had their hands loosely bound together with an eternity knot.