Two hearts that have been merged is marriage; two souls that have been merged is fate.
Better Together Weddings is not only weddings – we are the bringing together of all types of love and commitment. We are champions for all who wish to devote themselves to each other and express that love in a public celebration or a quiet, intimate exchange. This philosophy is the cornerstone of who we are, and we welcome all who seek to express their affirmation through a ceremony – whether it be a wedding, commitment ceremony or renewal of one’s vows.
Be it a relationship or any other life event, commitment is required. It is this sense of promise that adds purpose and meaning to almost everything around you. If you are in a relationship and you want to express your feelings for your partner, your choice to declare your faithfulness through a ceremony is your given-right, and we salute you!
A note about Commitment Ceremonies…
As of January 6th, 2015, Florida has become the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage! Due to this historic change in Florida, all couples, gay or straight, are now permitted to marry in Florida. Gay couples who wish to legalize their marriage must obtain a marriage license at one of many offices of the Florida Clerk of Courts. You may marry regardless of whether the state in which you live recognizes same-sex marriage. Florida, and thirty-five other states, will recognize it. And we believe that it will be soon that all states will be required to recognize the unions.
Two Hearts are Better Together – Weddings
A wedding is a union between two loving individuals who vow to devote themselves to each other for the rest of their lives and do so through the legal process of acquiring a marriage license and participating in a ceremony hosted by an ordained minister or legal representative of the state. All wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, etc.), and a public proclamation of marriage by an person or persons permitted to grant the legal union.
Special wedding garments are often worn…yes, we’re talking about the dress! In a traditional bride/groom wedding, the bride traditionally wears a white garment to show the purity of her love and devotion to the groom.
The use of a wedding ring has long been part of any ceremony. One possibility is the Roman belief in the Vena Amoris, which was believed to be a blood vessel that ran from the fourth finger (ring finger) directly to the heart, thus when a couple wore rings on this finger their hearts were connected.
The wedding is often followed by a reception, in which the rituals may include speeches from the groom, best man, father of the bride and possibly the bride, the newlyweds first dance as a couple, and the cutting of an elegant wedding cake. Thank you, Wikipedia, for those last two paragraphs!
Illustration by Nadia Shorette
Two Hearts are Better Together – Commitment Ceremonies
What is a Commitment Ceremony? It’s a public celebration and affirmation of love between two committed individuals who vow to devote themselves to each other for the rest of their lives. Sounds much like a wedding, doesn’t it? In our eyes, it is, but without the legal benefits of a traditional marriage – and no need for a marriage license! The theme for the event will be union and commitment of love. It is a very special time that creates beautiful memories for life.
With Better Together Weddings Commitment Ceremonies, they only difference is the language we use during the ceremony itself…slightly different but specific in its purpose. This type of ceremony can also involve an exchange of vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers), and a public proclamation of love and committment by an Officiant. Contrary to popular belief, these types of ceremonies are not just restricted to same-sex couples. Anyone can have a Commitment Ceremony…we welcome anyone and everyone.
Two Hearts are Better Together – Vow Renewals
Renewing the commitment you made to one another can be a touching and wonderful thing for two people in love. As a couple that is already wed, renewing your vows allows for a chance to pause and reflect on the wonderful times that you have been through together. It is also a wonderful opportunity for your children, family and friends to celebrate your union and your place in their lives.
Vow Renewal Ceremonies can be as creative and personal as you want them to be. Walk down the aisle to classical music and walk out to “your song” – the same song you walked to the first time you said “I Do”. Play your original wedding video at your reception. Buy new wedding bands for the occasion and have them specially engraved. Your ceremony should be less formal than a wedding – more casual and fun. But it should completely reflect the two of you.