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Wedding Ceremonies and Rituals

While every wedding ceremony is wondrously unique, the one commonality is that there are multitudes of details to be attended to. Working with couples as they co-create the wedding of their dreams is my honor. I offer a variety of ceremonies and my primary focus is spiritual and humanitarian. Rituals are small but powerful aspects of the ceremony. 

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Spiritual

This service is best for couples who want a nondenominational and spiritually-based wedding ceremony. This ceremony has a celebration feel to it. See the sample excerpt below.

Interfaith

Buddhism uses the Mountain as a metaphor for God. “There are infinite pathways to the top of the mountain.” By combining two different traditions in one ceremony is fascinating and certainly possible.

Blended Families

Blended family ceremonies are more common today than ever before. I offer suggestions for honoring parents, children and even animals.

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Office Elopements

These weddings are typically small (no more than 6 people) and short notice. These are done in my office in the beautiful Althea Center for Engaged Spirituality in downtown Denver. On a sunny day, we could walk across the street and perform your wedding under one of the majestic Cheesman Park trees.

LGBT

One of my core mottos is, “When Soul meets Soul, and love is awakened, the conditions are secondary.”

I am so grateful that I have lived to see the LGBT community be allowed to marry, legally. Not that it has stopped couples in the past. I have thoroughly enjoyed being apart of the creativity and deep connections of same sex, transgender and bisexual couples.

Custom

Your wedding is your wedding. I offer you my wedding script and if you want, you can cut, paste or leave it just the way it is. It is your call.

Spiritual Ceremonies

Here is an excerpt from my Spiritual Ceremony Script:

It is an honor to be part of this celebration, a celebration of the coming together of two separate lives. We have come to a acknowledge the commitment of ________________________  and ________________________ in their togetherness in marriage.

 

The essence of this commitment is the taking of another person in his or her entirety, as over, companion, and friend. It is, therefore, a decision which is not to be entered into lightly, but rather undertaken with great consideration for both the other person and oneself. This bond of love is one of the highest experiences that we human beings can have. It can add depth of meaning to our lives.

 

The sensual part of love is one of life’s greatest joys, and when this is combined with real friendship, both are infinitely enhanced.

 

The day-to-day companionship, the pleasure in doing things together, or in doing things separately and sharing the experiences, is a central part of a loving relationship.”

Ceremony Pricing

Wedding Day Joys offers the options below to create a package that's just right for you. To reserve your wedding date, a 50%, non-refundable payment is due the day of your booking. 

 

Weddings

$495

This includes the consultation, phone support, customization of your script and supporting you on your special day.

Office Elopement

$350

This includes a phone consultation and can be done on short notice. Make it legal, the quick and easy way.

Rehearsal

$225

Not every wedding needs a rehearsal, but if you have more than a few people in your wedding party I highly recommend it. Set your mind at ease.

Mileage Fee $1 Per Mile

If your venue is over 25 miles from my office at 

1400 North Williams Street
Denver, CO 80031

Thank you, Rev. Jody, for making our wedding all we dreamed of. We can’t express how happy we were to have you perform our ceremony. We enjoyed working with you to create such a personalized memorable occasion. Your words brought so much meaning to the day and joy to our hearts.

Robert and Rachel ~ 2014

What Couples Are Saying

Rituals

Rituals are used as a metaphor used to magnify and memorialize your ceremony.

 

Rose Ceremony

This ceremony occurs right before the couple is pronounced "husband and wife." The metaphor of the Rose is a symbol of unconditional love.

 

Unity Candle
The Unity Candle is one of the oldest rituals, and still a favorite. The bride and groom each light their own smaller candles and then together, light the larger one, signifying that their individual pathways are uniting. The larger candle often referred to as “The God Candle” speaks to the light of love forever blessing and guiding them.

Hand Fasting
Hand-fasting is a ceremony blessing the bond of your marriage. Wrapping your hands together by a special person (a parent, best friend, etc.) with a scarf, I share words of your love and respect for each other. This is a metaphor of the joining of your heart, body, and soul.

 

Uniting the Families
This is the perfect ritual for couples with children from a previous marriage. This ceremony honors the children and celebrates the creation of a new family.

 

Wine & Love Letters

This ritual is fairly new. The bride and groom write love letters and seal them in an envelope. During the wedding ceremony, they place them in a box with a bottle of wine. They then wrap the box and letters with a ribbon to be opened on their first anniversary.


Blessing of the Rings by Family and Friends
The couple's wedding rings are sent around to all the guests who bless them with good wishes and affirmations of success and life long love.

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1400 North Williams Street
Denver, CO 80031

Jody@weddingdayjoys.com

Jody Stevenson

Officiant and Pre-Marital Counselor
Officiant Trainer and Coach

720.514.1291

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