Monday, December 31, 2012

Blended Family Wedding Ideas

A wedding ceremony with her kids, his kids, and you two is a beautiful statement of unity for a blended family.  Here are some easy ideas to make it special:

  1. Flower Ritual:  Two vases of different kinds of flowers representing each parent. One empty vase in the center.  During the ceremony each of the family members takes a flower from their parent's vase and places it into the center vase.  The new bouquet represents the new blended family.
  2. Sand Ritual: Using the sand ceremony tradition, each family member has a different color sand.  All of the family members pour sand into the vessel creating a mosaic of colored sand representing the new family.
  3. Fountain of Love:  Each family member chooses a smooth rounded rock.  Upon this rock, they write their name and perhaps a meaningful word.  During the ceremony, the rocks are placed in a special bowl to represent each members unique difference and yet unity as a family.
  4.  Family Prayer:  At the end of the ceremony, when it is time for a blessing, all family members place their hands one upon another for a family blessing.
  5. Vow to the family:  Each parent, after their vows to each other, gives a vow of commitment to the children of the now blended family.
  6. Gratitude for support:  When children are grown yet supportive of your new marriage, you may wish to give a word of thanksgiving and blessing to your grown children during the ceremony.
  7. Conflicting feeling:  When the children of the couple are conflicted about their parents getting married, ask each child if they wish to be involved and honor their feelings.  
  8. Call me by name:  It is important to each of us to be recognized by our name, especially younger children or teenagers (though they may not acknowledge it).  Ask the wedding officiant to include a prayer similar to this, "Lord God, as this new family goes forth together, touch the lives of ______, _______, _______, and _______ (children's names), that each one may blossom in this family into the unique and special person you have created them to be."

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tips 40-50 For a Good Marriage

40.  Talk about you love.
41.  Reminisce about your favorite times together.
42.  Treat each other's friends and relatives with courtesy.
43.  Send flowers every Valentine's Day and anniversary.
44.  Admit when wrong.
45.  Be sensitive to each other's sexual desires.
46.  Pray for each other daily.
47.  Watch sunsets together.
48.  Say "I love you" frequently.
49.  End the day with a hug.
50.  Seek outside help when needed.

       Here we are, Gene and Anne Del Vecchio, 34 years married and keeping our love growing with a summer picnic by the lake.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tips 30-39 For a Good Marriage

30.  Wink at each other
31. Celebrate birthdays in a big way.
32.  Apologize.
33.  Forgive
34.  Set up a romantic getaway
35.  Ask, "What can I do to make you happier?"
36.  Be positive.
37.  Be kind.
38.  Be vulnerable.
39.  Respond quickly to the other person's request.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

All-Inclusive Winter Weddings for up to 50

          Frosty and Fabulous, Winter weddings come in many different packages.  We can put together an all-inclusive wedding for up to 50 at the Fort Sherman Chapel or the Cataldo Mission.  All you, the bride and groom, need to do is show up.  Call us for a quote.  Reasonable and beautiful, warm and cozy. 
Exclusively by
 Chaplain Gene and Chaplain Anne
 of Your Love Ceremony

Monday, November 5, 2012

10 More Marriage Tips

11.  Select a song that can be "our song".
12. Give backrubs.
13.  Laugh together
14.  Send a card for no reason.
15.  Do what the other person wants before he or she asks.
16.  Listen.
17.  Encourage
18.  Do it his or her way.
19.  Study to learn his or her needs.
20.  Fix the other person's breakfast.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Elope in Idaho Wedding Officiant Packages From $65

Elope, Get Married, Wedding Officiant Available, 
Personal & Intimate
this Winter $65 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
No Waiting in Idaho, Simple, Easy, Quick, Inexpensive to be Married
If Now is the Time
Consider this Winter Elopement Possibilities
by Your Love Ceremony

Call to book: 208-964-3578
A. Wed N Sip $65 Bride and Groom Only
Monday-Thursday Downtown CdA 15 Minutes All Winter
Choose a restaurant for your wedding dinner from the three restaurants in Coeur d'Alene below. We will join you for a simple and sweet ceremony at the table, followed by a champagne toast. Then we depart, leaving you to enjoy your wedding dinner.
Cedars Floating Restaurant
Fine Dining
Entrees average $25
Open 4pm year around
Bonsai Bistro
Asian Wok Cuisine
Open 11:00am – 9:00pm
Prices from $10.00 to $30.00
View of Lake Coeur d'Alene
IronHorse Bar and Grill
Hamburger and Steak
Open 8am to 9pm
Prices from $10.00
Great joint in downtown Coeur d'Alene.

B. Warm and Cozy Parlor $115
We have use of the charming Greenbriar B&B Inn for private elopements in their warm and cozy parlor
Just You Two or Up to Four Guests
Half Hour
315 Wallace, Couer d'Alene
October until Thanksgiving
After Valentines weekend to the end of April.
Monday through Thursday.
11:00am to 3:00pm
Simply Wonderful Ceremony

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fun facts about "brides and weddings"

"Bridal" comes from Middle English and refers to the wedding feast with its copious amount of "bridale" - "bride ale."  The word "wed" or "wedde," an older term, also derives from Middle English and meant "pledge."  A man pledged goods in exchange for the bride.  Bride prices, dowries, a father "giving away" his daughter, transferring his power over her to another man, all remind us that marriage across societies and time periods was primarily a financial transaction and the practice of marrying for love is not very old."

"Queen Victoria's 1840 wedding is generally cited as the start of the widespread adoption of white, as brides copied her satin gown in Europe and North America.  In China, India, Vietnam and some other Asian countries red garments are traditionally worn, although the bride often changes into a white Western dress for the reception."

These comments were from a enjoyable soft murder mystery by Katherine Hall Page featuring a grand wedding on the New York Gold Coast.  The author's notes included some fascinating facts about wedding traditions.

The Body in the Boudoir by Katherine Hall,  Harper Colling Publishers, 2012    Pagep248

Monday, October 29, 2012

Holiday Elopement Packages

Elope during the Holidays in Romantic
Couer d’Alene, Idaho
With All The Trimmings!  At the Greenbriar B&B Inn.
In their warm and cozy parlor.  Exclusively by "Your Love Ceremony" with Chaplain Anne or Chaplain Gene.

Greenbriar Holiday Elopement Packages
 by Your Love Ceremony

Thanksgiving through Valentines Weekend

#1.  Holiday RomanceA Custom Ceremony with the Elegance of a Formal Wedding,   Including One Overnight at the Greenbriar Inn.  All you bring is LOVE!

$570            One Hour  
Just You Two or Up to 10 Guests
Evenings and Weekends       4PM -7:00PM Evenings   Reservations Through "Your Love Ceremony"
  A beautiful bride, diamond décor, honeymoon suite, flowers, fine dining and romance is what you deserve on your wedding day.  Whether it is just the two of you or a few guests, this package brings together all the elegance of a upscale wedding with none of the stress.
·         One Night Lodging at the Greenbriar Inn
·         Honeymoon Boudoir Room plus Breakfast
·         Use of Kitchen and Hot Tub
·         Hotel arrangements for guests
·         Wedding Officiant
·         Greenbriar Parlor with Sparkling Décor
·         Romantic Moments Wedding Ceremony including these extras
o   Just the Two of You or Up to 10 Guests
o   Three Rose Bouquet for the bride, her choice of colors.
o   Boutonniere for the groom
o   Recorded Wedding Music with Choice of Songs
o   Custom Vows
o   May include Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony**
o   Keepsake Ceremony Booklet
o   Wedding cake (Choice of vanilla, chocolate, red velvet or carrot cake.  Choice of flower colors on the cake.)
o   Champagne Toast
·         Gift of Love Notes, Gourmet Chocolate & Romance Basket
·         Wedding Dinner for Two at the Greenbriar Gourmet Restaurant.  Guests are welcome for dinner a la carte.
**At an additional cost of $40 each
# 1. Holiday Joy - A Simple Ceremony with Roses and Love
      $205    Up to 6 Guests                       Half Hour
Monday through Thursday        11:00am to 3:00pm   By Appointment Only
· Single Rose for the bride
· Boutonniere for the groom
· Wedding Officiant
· Simply Wonderful Ceremony
· Keepsake Wedding Certificate
· Champagne Toast for the bride and groom
· Little Cakes for the bride and groom
· Sparkling décor
· Gift of Love Notes
· Lodging arranged at an additional cost.

Call Chaplain Anne Today
 to Secure Reservation
For Your Holiday Wedding





Elope Warm & Cozy in Coeur d'Alene, ID

We have use of the charming Greenbriar B&B Inn
for private elopements in their warm and cozy parlor. 

Today is the Day - Low Season - Greenbriar Elope          
  $115    Up to 6 guests             Half Hour
October  to Thanksgiving - then after Valentines weekend to the end of April. 
Weddings:  Monday through Thursday.  11:00am to 3:00pm
Simply Wonderful Ceremony
Call to book: 208-964-3578

The Greenbriar Inn includes B&B rooms which can be booked through Your Love Ceremony upon request.  Downstairs from the lodgings, is their gourmet restaurant, “315 Martinis & Tapas” if you choose to stay for dinner.  Restaurant opens at 3:15pm.

10 Tips for A Good Marriage

  1.  Start each day with a kiss
  2. Wear your wedding ring at all times
  3. Date once a week
  4. Accept differences
  5. Be polite
  6. Be gentle
  7. Give gifts
  8. Smile often
  9. Touch
  10. Talk about dreams

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Elope to Coeur d'Alene and stay in a B&B

Eloping to Coeur d’Alene?  Just because you are eloping doesn’t mean it is an ordinary day.  We got together with our favorite Bed & Breakfast and came up with some packages to make your wedding day and stay ultra-special and affordable.  Make the weekend memorable with one of our two B&B ElopeNStay packages.  Packages include the wedding, 2 nights lodging and romantic touches.

**All packages based on availability.

ME AND THEE ElopeNStay   $418.00 (Plus room tax.)
·         Two nights at the Greenbriar Inn, Coeur d’Alene, Standard Room with Breakfast
·         Simply Wonderful Wedding Ceremony and Officiant
·         Locations for the ceremony - Scenic Outdoors by the Lake or Tuscany Wine Cellar or Victorian Parlor or Garden Gazebo
·         Single Rose with Ribbons for the Bride
·         Champagne Toast and Tarts after the wedding
·         Love Notes
·         Booklet “Honeymoon in Coeur d’Alene”

ME AND THEE ElopeNStay with WINE PICNIC BASKET    $496.00
ME AND THEE ElopeNStay with WEDDING DINNER AT THE GREENBRIAR GOURMET RESTAURANT , 315 Martinis & Tapas.     $478.00 (Plus tax and tip at the restaurant.)

LOVE BY THE LAKE  ElopeNStay          $697.00 (Plus room tax and tips.)
·         Two nights at the Greenbriar Inn, Coeur d’Alene
·         Honeymoon Boudoir Room plus Breakfast, Use of Victorian Sitting Room and Hot Tub
·         Locations for the ceremony - Scenic Outdoors by the Lake or Tuscany Wine Cellar or Victorian Parlor or Garden Gazebo
·         Romantic Moments Custom Ceremony Including these extras
o    Custom Vows and Ceremony
o    Three Roses Bouquet with Choice of Ribbon Colors
o    Sand Ceremony (supplies provided) or Communion Service
o    Champagne Toast
o    Tiny Cakes for the Bride and Groom
o    Recorded Wedding Music with Choice of Songs
o    Keepsake Ceremony Folder
·         Wedding Dinner with a bottle of Champagne or Wine at the Greenbriar Gourmet Restaurant, 315 Martinis & Tapas
·         Love Notes, Chocolates & Romance Basket
·         Booklet, “Honeymoon in Coeur d’Alene”
Additional nights may be requested.  Guest lodging is possible.

HER TIME – Based on availability
·         Makeup and hair done in your room
·         Makeup and hair and nails at our local bridal salon
·         Upgraded bouquet $45.00
HIS TIME – Based on availability
·         Day pass to down town gym
·         Personal massage in 1920 Bungalow near the park
·         10:00 OR 11:00AM Friday – Saturday and Holiday Weddings
$125.00   One hour shoot during wedding, CD of all photos with permission to print.
·         $65.00 on Monday-Thursday after 6:30PM

Friday, June 15, 2012

Spanish Blessing from 800AD

May the Almighty Lord bless you by the words of our mouth,
And may He join your hearts by a perpetual bond of sincere love.
May you blossom from the abundance of things at hand.
May you be fruitful with children.
May you rejoice forever with friends.
May the Lord grant you enduring gifts, times spent happily with parents,
And above all, eternal joy.
Through Him who possesses the name One and Three and is glorified,
God forever and ever. Amen.

Friday, June 1, 2012

I Take Thee

I ______ take thee _______,
To be my partner in marriage and in life.
To love you and honor you
To give thanks for you and
To serve you
With my wit
My strength
My heart.
To stand by you always
Even if sickness should threaten
And despite the turmoil around us
To create with you a living example
Of the beauty of a relationship
Between a man and a woman.

_____, my beloved,
I choose now to take this journey with you
Wherever it leads
Whatever the outcome
No matter what may befall us
As God is my witness
Through all the days of our lives.

Monday, May 14, 2012

I Give You My Love

I give you my love
I give you my heart
I give you my hope
I give you with joy
     from the coffers of my precious time the rest of the days of my life;
To delight in your body
To nourish your mind
To be at home with your spirit
     the way a star is at home in the sky;
To celebrate you with joy
     the way the sun emblazons the seas with its light;
To console you in sorrow
To wrap my heart around yours like a blanket
Until we both shall grow old and the sight falls from our eyes
 and our being
      falls from life to light;
I choose to go with you always
From this day until the end of our days
As your adoring soul mate.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Should I get married?

Question: Sometimes I think I want to get married, but lots of marriages end in divorce.  Why should I put myself through that pain?

Answer:  It is understandably difficult to imagine that your marriage will last when so many others have failed.  No one wants to be hurt.  But ask yourself this: would it hurt if your lover left you or was unfaithful to you?  Of course it would.  The truth is that all relationships involve some degree of risk.  You must be willing to take a risk in order to gain the love that your heart desires.

Getting married, however, isn't as big of a risk as is living together.  Choosing to live together won't prevent the pain you wish to avoid.  In fact, living together may be more likely to cause your relationship to fail.

Beyond the practical benefits of marriage, there is the mystery of God's plan for relationships.  Sex and marriage are his ideas!  Because God loves you so much, he wants the absolute best for you.  That's why he gave instructions to marry and to save sexual intimacy for marriage.  He knew that the best way for your deepest needs to be met was in the security of marriage.  When you obey the instructions he has given, he promises to bless you.  Marriage is simply the right thing to do when you love someone. 

God wants you to find fulfillment in marriage, but on one person can meet all your needs. You need a relationship with God.  Even in the most healthy marriage, you will have a place in your heart that will feel unsettled or unsatisfied.  This spot has been described as a God-shaped void that only God can fill.  God's plan for you can only be known as you get to know him.

 If you want to understand more how your marriage is part of God's process to grow the two of your into a lasting, loving oneness, Chaplain Gene and Chaplain Anne would love to share our story with you. Free premarital counseling sessions are available.

From "Making an Informed Decision About Marriage" 2003 Frontlines Publishing

Monday, April 30, 2012

Elope to Idaho $65

          Skip Las Vegas, elope to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to be wed amidst the pines with a stunning back ground of Lake Coeur d'Alene.  It is easy and quick to be married in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. No waiting period, no blood tests, no witnesses, license can be obtained in minutes, and a few moments later you are married.

        No, we do not have a drive-up wedding window, but Chaplain Anne or Chaplain Gene will meet you at the lake for a delightful summer quickie wedding for only $65.  The wedding is a simple civil ceremony with no customization, taking about 10 minutes.  This package is offered Monday through Thursday, 10:00AM through 8:00PM.  Last minute is possible depending on availability. Summer evening weddings, 7:00 or 8:00pm, have the option of a photographer for another $65.  Call (208) 964-3578.

Here are the great locations right down town Coeur d'Alene for your simple elopement ceremony. 

 Coeur d'Alene Resort Boardwalk

Coeur d'Alene Park

Scenic Picnic Area or Beach Along the Lake Walk

Tubbs Hill

     If you have been waiting for the right moment, and it strikes this summer, be spontaneous!  Call us and we will meet you at the recorders office in Coeur d'Alene, then escort you to the site of your choice for a lovely outdoor weekday ceremony.

Chaplain Anne or Chaplain Gene  (208) 964-3578

Kootenai County Recorder's Office, PO Box 9000  Coeur d'Alene ID. 83816-9000                     Phone:  (208) 446-1480

Marriage licenses are issued 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday ($31 fee) and Saturdays ($48 fee) from 9:00AM to 2:00PM, except holiday weekends.  CASH ONLY

· Certified Copy Of Minor Child's Birth Certificate or
· A Valid (non-expired) Driver's License or State Issued Identification card or
· Passport]
· A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IS REQUIRED BY EACH U.S. RESIDENT APPLICANT, PER IDAHO CODE. For non-U.S. residents, identification must be from the country in which they are a citizen.
If the person does not have a U.S. Social Security Number, they must provide us with a printout from a U.S. Social Security Office stating that they do not have a US Social Security Number, OR that they have applied for a U.S. Social Security Number.