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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573248614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573248617
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With its combination of contemporary and traditional ceremonies, as well as suggestions for vows, readings and extra special touches, Weddings From the Heart will help any couple understand the meaning behind the wedding ceremony and create the most exquisite ceremony possible. Movingly written in Daphne Kingma's warm and intimate style, Weddings From the Heart offers five complete ceremonies: one that emphasizes the psychological dimensions of love; one for the previously married; one that celebrates the joy of finding soul mate; a ceremony for people in recovery; and a ceremony that focuses on the spiritual commitment of marriage, as well as the texts of traditional Christian and civil ceremonies and hundreds of vows, consecrations, and blessings of the rings from traditions around the world. Weddings From the Heart also contains more than fifty heartwarming, philosophical and poetic readings on love from a wide range of writers and poets, including Pablo Neruda, E. E. Cummings, Rainer Maria Rilke, Shakespeare, Shelley, and Elizabeth Barret Browning. Also included are step-by-step suggestions on how to put together your own ceremony and a multitude of ideas on how to deepen the experience both for the couple and the guests. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Daphne Rose Kingma is a psychotherapist who has counseled couples and individuals to a deeper understanding and improvement of their relationships for more than 25 years. She has appeared on national television shows including Oprah and Sally Jessy Raphael and is the best-selling author of many books including True Love, Finding True Love, and Loving Yourself. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

More About the Author

An undisputed expert on matters of the heart, Daphne Rose Kingma has been a therapist for more than twenty-five years, and is a frequent guest on television programs like "Oprah," "Sally Jessy Raphael," and "Leeza." She is the author of six previous books, including the bestsellers Finding True Love and Coming Apart. Kingma lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Customer Reviews

This book contains good ideas to help a person write a personal ceremony.
Candeekissez
Ms. Kingma gives engaged couples excellent advice and options over the traditional ceremonies.
Fruit Loop
I have found this book a great resource in preparing for Wedding Ceremonies.
Bluey from Oz

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
My fiance and I decided early on in the stages of planning our wedding that we wanted to write our own ceremony. We were getting married in a garden setting and wanted a ceremony that reflected our personalities, feelings and the joy we felt at being together and committed for the rest of our lives.
This book gave us so many great ideas on how first, to structure the ceremony, and then some of the wording we could use. We didn't copy any ceremony exactly, but the ideas that this book provides are great! I can't tell you how many people came up to us afterward and said it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever attended!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2000
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An excellent book for those planning a nondenominational wedding. With a keen interest in spirituality and creativity, hours of searching at libraries and bookstores lead us to this book. Kingma recognizes that every wedding ceremony is unique and offers the food for thought that many need to formulate a meaningful event. She defines "types" of marriages the first section. As one might expect of any relationship, we found that while none applied exclusively, there was some meaning in each. This exercise helped us engage our officiant in a thought and discovery process about our vision for a ceremony. The descriptions of traditions from various cultures stimulated our creativity; the outline of traditional western wedding components offered structure; and a list of readings included one of our final choice readings (adapted from the Christian Bible in an amazingly polically correct manner).
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paola Suarez on February 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is not a workbook on what kind of linen to use at your reception or how to get bridesmaids to wear ugly dresses...
For someone (me!) who's trying to put together a spiritual, unique, open-minded wedding this book helps. It's been really hard finding books that are for people like me that don't want to have a Church wedding with a lot of pomp and circumstance that doesn't keep in mind those of other sexualities and partner relationships.
Though this book doesn't scream alternative..it's a good reading and offers a lot for you to think about!
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2003
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Most of this book was irrelevant for what I wanted. I was looking for a source for religiously-oriented vows, prayers, and blessings which I could use to create an ecumenical wedding service. This book DOES have a section of such things --and I did find it useful for comparison purposes-- but the main emphasis is on contemporary vows, addresses, etc., most of which seemed just too fluffy for me. If you do want very emotionally-laden, "unique to you" and non-traditional wedding, go for this. If you seriously want to compare weddings from different Judeo-Christian traditions, I highly recommend _Weddings: A Complete Guide to All Religious and Interfaith Marriage Services_ instead.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "clamont" on December 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was a great place for my fiance and I to start some dialoge about what we want. Both of us have been married previously and it was an excellent way for us to compare what we had before, and design a ceremony that is unique to us as a couple. We took a pen and circled parts we liked from several ceremonies and hope to compile them into one. This book came recomended to me and now I see why.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bluey from Oz on January 18, 2000
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I have found this book a great resource in preparing for Wedding Ceremonies. I have conducted over three hundred weddings in South Australia and this book is one that I recommend to couples who are searching for inspirational material. The book is practical, down to earth and encourages couples to explore, discuss and develop their own thoughts from a wide range of example material. Worth a read!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was recently married in a Baha'i ceremony. In the Baha'i Faith, the only required/prescribed element is the one-line vow, "We will all, verily, abide by the Will of God." Other than that, we were on our own. The thing that made this book so incredibly helpful is that the author describes the various elements or building blocks of a wedding ceremony, e.g. processional, convocation, readings, vows, benediction, etc. We were able to easily adapt her "building blocks" by inserting writings and prayers from the Baha'i Faith, the New Testament, and other sources -- even a "family medallion" ceremony to honor my son! It was warm and wonderful and everyone tells us it was the most beautiful ceremony they'd ever seen. Yes, some of Kingma's suggested readings and speeches are corny -- we didn't use a single one of her suggested vows or writings. And her prose isn't as graceful as some I've seen. But if you want a book that is really helpful with the nitty-gritty, this is the one to have. We definitely couldn't have made our ceremony as meaningful and beautiful without this book. Buy it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By greasergrrl on January 2, 2003
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My partner and I combed through this book learning the history and meaning of different kinds of ceremonies which really helped us as we wrote our own. I am not a specifically religious person so it was helpful learning the background behind the different parts of traditional ceremonies (invocation, vows, etc) as well as seeing how different folks (pagan, recovery) have created their own ceremonies. I actually found these sections a bit cheesy, but it was still a useful book in all.
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