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How To Officiate A Non-Denominational Wedding Ceremony [Kindle Edition]

JP Reynolds
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Book Description

To officiate a wedding ceremony for a couple you know and love is one of life’s great honors and delights.

When your couple invited you to conduct their ceremony, you felt flattered and excited. Then, a little later, chances are you began to wonder––what did I get myself into? How do I conduct a wedding ceremony?

HOW TO OFFICIATE A NON-DENOMINATIONAL WEDDING CEREMONY guides you through every step of the process for writing and delivering a personalized ceremony that is traditional enough in structure to make guests comfortable, yet contemporary in word and substance.

Topics include:
• How to personalize the various moments in a ceremony
• How to involve guests and the wedding party
• How to incorporate cultural traditions
• How to introduce and segue various segments
• How to organize for flow and energy
• How to speak with confidence

Bonus Sections include information on:
• Vows
• Rings
• Unity Rituals
• Blessings
• “Non-blessings”
• Readings and inspiration
• Essential prep and day-of checklists

More than ever before, couples seek the gift of a personalized ceremony that will be a touchstone for their life together. With this one-of-a-kind book, you’ll be able to offer such a gift to your special couple.

(Note: Book does not contain fully written sample ceremonies)

Product Details

  • File Size: 161 KB
  • Print Length: 89 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How To Officiate A Non-Denominational Wedding Ceremony November 20, 2012
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How To Officiate A Non-Denominational Wedding Ceremony

I am an experienced presider at weddings, and I'm married to another experienced wedding presider. If you've never presided before at a wedding, look no further for your complete how-to guide. I say this for two reasons: First, Mr. Reynolds has captured all the elements of being a successful presider (he must be a very successful presider himself). Second, he has captured it all in a most readable and enjoyable style. When creating a ceremony with couples, I always try to make it personal to them and incorporate their style(s) and wishes. Mr. Reynolds has shown how to do this, without having to start from the familiar, traditional design. I can say from my experience that the "bonus" sections at the end will be a huge help to the inexperienced presider. I humbly admit that I'll consult this fantastic book the next time I plan a wedding - high praise from someone who's pretty sure he does a great job already!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How To Officiate A Non-Denominational Wedding May 1, 2013
By Richard
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Recently, I was flattered and honored when a close friend and his fiance asked me to officiate their upcoming wedding. I was proud to say yes. However, I was unsure of my role because I have never officiated a wedding. Even though I have attended many weddings, I never took the time to "evaluate" the ceremony. I immediately went online to search for help. After viewing many options, I found the complete book to help me. "How To Officiate A Non-Denominational Wedding" authored by J. P. Reynolds is well written and an easy guide to follow a point-by-point overview of the entire process. Plus, J. P. offers many outstanding anecdotes for the wedding experience. It's a must read for everyone involved in planning a wedding!! Richard
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frantic Uncle! January 17, 2013
By Dantes
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This past New Year's Eve I married my niece and her husband...yep, me! When they asked me to officiate their ceremony I was surprised and honored. Then reality sunk in and I realized I had no idea what to do! This was the first non-church wedding in our family so I had to be good.

My wife happened upon an article Mr. Reynolds wrote for the Huffington Post and I liked what he had to say. Frantic, I bought the book hoping for guidance. The book calmed me, gave me direction and (maybe most importantly?) helped me understand my role as "officiant". By the time I got to the checklists, I knew I could do this!

As a result of Mr. Reynold's guidance, I was confident and able to give my niece the meaningful and heartfelt ceremony she wanted.

I recommend this book to all nervous uncles--or whomever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it, read it, and do it. July 23, 2014
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I used this book for my first ceremony this weekend. I married a son to a beautiful young woman. If you have a chance to perform a wedding, just do it. It is a tremendous honor. In addition, I received huge amounts of congratulations.

This book will help you do the ceremony. I did his recommended turning of the groom and bride to the crowd so the crowd can hoot and holler their well wishes. It was terrific. The bride, who until that moment, was a basket case of tears, gained her composure back.

I can't say enough good things about this book. Get it, read it, and do it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soup to the nuts in the matrimony business August 25, 2013
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My daughter was asked to officiate at a wedding between two of her friends. After she purchased the license, whatelse? The book "How to Officiate a Non-Denominal Wedding Ceremony" covers ALL of that. It was invaluable. After the ceremony she received numerous compliments on her officiating. Thank you, JP Reynolds. magarrity
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can do this! November 21, 2014
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When my niece asked me to officiate her ceremony, I was honored and then petrified! Her planner suggested this book and I’m glad she did. Its calmed my nerves, gave me inspiration and has shown me that I can do this. I’m n longer scared – just excited. I love all of the extra bonus information he provides! Definitely worth buying!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and concise. Definitely read the bonus material September 27, 2013
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The author keeps it simple and concise. I followed his outline and added the rose ceremony. I gave myself plenty of time to make the ceremony personal. The bonus sections are very helpful. This was my first ceremony and several of the guests gave me wonderful comments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended May 20, 2015
By Karo
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On very short notice, I was called to officiate a wedding for my best friend and immediately panicked. I was so touched and honored that the pressure to write a script as moving and beautiful as their relationship overwhelmed me. I would recommend this book to anyone faced with the challenge of performing a wedding, regardless of denomination or setting. In fact, I would recommend that it is the first thing you read because a lot of my other research was discarded for the more concise and practical guidance offered in this book.

It helped me brainstorm parts of the couple's relationship that I felt unique to them and that I wanted to highlight throughout their ceremony. I learned the various components and sequences of modern weddings, including various unity rituals [my couple went with handfasting] and opening and closing prayers. It offered a wide range of verbiage so you could make the vows customized and contemporary or traditional ("I do thee wed"). It even offers tips for nontraditional wedding parties that may be missing a father or mother of the bride to walk her/him down the aisle, which I appreciated.

I ended up receiving so many compliments on the flow and beauty of the script and how well it fit the bride and groom that I wasn't just relieved after the ceremony, I felt like a card-carrying professional. It is now several months post-wedding and I was asked by the bride for the full script because it was one of her favorite parts of her wedding day. So I'm getting it turned into a small crafted book that can sit with their wedding album!

5 out of 5 stars*****
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect handbook for first-timers
When I committed to officiating my friends' wedding, I felt excited but totally unqualified. I had attended a few different types of weddings before, in churches and science... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars It is very well written and easy to read
I was asked to perform my first wedding with less than a week notice. This book was invaluable to me. It is very well written and easy to read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kyme Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book; in love with the ideas and recommendations
Published 3 months ago by Aida
4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend it to any one starting out officiating a
It was very helpful. I would recommend it to any one starting out officiating a wedding
Published 4 months ago by Kathleen Pruitt
5.0 out of 5 stars This book really helped me organize myself and gave me great ideas to...
I was asked to officiate a friend’s wedding and was a little apprehensive. This book really helped me organize myself and gave me great ideas to incorporate into the ceremony. Read more
Published 5 months ago by alp
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was by far the best out of the three
I am planning a wedding ceremony for friends and bought three books. This book was by far the best out of the three. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeff M
4.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
I wish I would've bought the book sooner. It was very helpful.
Published 7 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the ugly cover fool you. This is the best book for planning...
I found this book to be one of the most refreshing and eye opening resources I have yet to come across. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but basic
This book is informative. There are decent step by step directives. I recommend this book, but in addition to others. Not worth the ten dollars for an e_book. Maybe 2.99
Published 10 months ago by Mrs.Jolin
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A value book to add to my resources for my clients who are planning on remarriage and also to give me an insight in my role as a Marriage Celebrant when researching for their... Read more
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More About the Author

Ordained a Catholic priest, JP Reynolds today works as a non-denominational wedding officiant. During the last twenty years, he has celebrated over 1000 weddings--non-denominational, inter-faith, cross-cultural. In 2005, he officiated the wedding of Rob and Amber, reality show sweethearts from Survivor and The Amazing Race. Their wedding was a two-hour Sweeps Week special on CBS-TV.

His wedding ceremonies have been seen on popular cable TV, including Lifetime, The Style Network, E! Entertainment, and The WE, where he appeared on Bridezillas, cable's #1 wedding-themed reality show.

JP has collaborated with some of the industry's top event planners, including Oprah Winfrey's preferred planner, Colin Cowie. His weddings have been profiled in People, The New York Times, and such prominent, national wedding magazines as Grace Ormonde Weddings, Inside Weddings, Wedding Channels, and The Knot.

Based in Los Angeles, JP has celebrated weddings from modest back yards with receptions catered by the local supermarket to homes high atop the Hollywood Hills catered by renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. He has created wedding ceremonies that honor the cultural sensitivities of couples who are as spiritually diverse as Muslim/Hindu and Muslim/Jewish.

In addition to his responsibilities as a wedding officiant, JP is an executive coach and corporate interpersonal communication skills trainer. His clients range from the not-for-profit sector to the Fortune 500.

JP regularly lectures on issues of business communication and relationships at UCLA Extension. He writes a weekly column on relationships and communication for The Tolucan Times and blogs with The Huffington Post.


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