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The New World of Wedding Traditions

Who would have thought that over a decade of travelling the world, while living off of cucumber sandwiches, would be my training ground for becoming the multi-cultural and multi-faith officiant, The Marrying Lady?

As couples are increasingly opting out of traditional church settings and moving toward non-denominational venues, it increases their options for customizing their wedding ceremonies. As a wedding officiant, it is a creative challenge to craft ceremonies that beautifully incorporate important aspects of a couple’s family traditions. And, more often than not, there are two or more different cultures to blend into that ceremony, which doubles the exciting challenge to create an authentic but new approach to old world traditions.

Toronto Wedding Officiant

Experiencing ceremonial rites all around the world taught me to be adaptable in meeting the customized needs of people from all religious and cultural backgrounds. My spiritual journey started as a young teen exploring every type of faith available in small-town Saskatchewan and expanded immensely as my world opened up with a passport and a backpack.

In India, it was a blessing to be embraced as part of the family and learn the wedding traditions and customs during the month-long preparations. Today, I post what I’ve learned on my website and share my ceremony scripts for the seven steps taken as blessings in Indian ceremonies with other officiants. I can speak to the Persian, sofreh aghd and the honey ceremony. I have combined the traditional veil and cord rite into the paper-signing for Filipino weddings. I have learned that approaches to tea ceremonies vary greatly between families, even within those of the same background. When introducing the chuppah, I often invite Jewish family members to read about this beautifully symbolic structure and invite them to bring the glass to be broken at the end of the ritual. I then speak to the ancient symbolism of this act.

Toronto Celebrant

I originally became a Toronto wedding officiant after experiencing pre-Christian, Celtic, wedding