Post # 1
Hi Bees! My Fiance is Jewish and I was raised Christian (methodist) but neither of us are religious. His parents originally wanted us to have a rabbi but we said no, we wanted someone who is non-denominational. Does anyone have any ideas for this? Originally we thought maybe we could have a friend get ordained and do this for us but we dont think that will work out anymore. Where can I find a good justice of the peace who will still make our ceremony beautiful and personal? Also, we are planning to have a chuppah and do the stomping on the glass afterwards….is this too weird if were not having a fully Jewish ceremony???
PS – I am getting married about 1 hour outside of Atlanta if anyone knows someone around there!
Post # 3
We’re also Christian/Jewish and figuring this out. One option is a nondenominational officiant – I think they are relatively common and they will be ok with a customized ceremony that combines elements from both religions. Here is an example of one we are looking at in our area so you know what I mean: http://www.journeysoftheheart.org/ The benefit of someone like this over a justice of the peace is the ability to have a religious ceremony.
Another option would be to have a minister and a rabbi co-officiate. This costs upwards of $1,000, though, so it might not be in the budget for you.
Post # 4
You may want to look into Celebrants in your area (http://www.celebrantinstitute.org). I’m a Celebrant out of Northern New Jersey, and we work closely with you to personalize and really create a wedding ceremony that reflects you, your relationship, and who you are as a couple. I often incorporate Jewish elements for interfaith ceremonies (breaking of the glass, wine ceremony, ketubah, chuppah..), and a Celebrant will work with you to take all of the elements that you want to include and custom write the entire wedding ceremony for you. I find the biggest issue with Celebrants is that people don’t know that we exist!! But we’re out there, and we want to make your wedding beautiful.
You can also learn more about Celebrants and what we do on my website – http://www.eclectic-unions.com – or by checking out some of the posts I wrote before WeddingbeePRO went on hiatus. Or PM me with any questions!
Good luck! I think finding an awesome wedding officiant is such an important element, and I hope you find someone who can really create a beatiful ceremony for you.
Post # 5
Thanks to you both! Im definitely going to check out the celebrant website! My dad and his wife actually got married by a celebrant, so Im totally down with that! And Im glad to hear that you will incorporate and personalize parts of each individual. Thank you so much!
Post # 6
Yes. I am Catholic and Fiance is Jewish… we hired a ‘celebrant’. It is an officiant who is very spiritual and often specializes in interfaith ceremonies. I had never even heard of this until we started looking with the same concerns. You just might find someone great!