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Honor Heritage with a Custom Unity Ritual

Serbian plum brandy, known as slivovica, to be shared for a custom wedding unity ritual that will honor the heritage of the families

In Serbia, the plum is the national fruit, and plum brandy, known as slivovica, is the national beverage. It is shared during gatherings to signify prosperity, health, and happiness. A couple came to Reverend Rick Tan of Tan Weddings & Events a few days before their wedding ceremony and wanted a way to honor the groom’s Serbian heritage.

After having collaborated on their wedding ceremony script together, Reverend Tan suggested incorporating slivovica as a unity ritual. The couple was elated! And when the couple had mentioned that the officiant often partook of a shot of the plum brandy with the couple, Reverend Tan was all in! He got to work on drafting words that would be well suited to the occasion while respecting the tradition.

In Wedwordy, to incorporate a Unity Ritual, add it from the Elements Library into your Elements Flow (the ceremony sequence). There are ten curated unity rituals in Wedwordy to choose from!  However, if you choose to add something entirely custom, simply use the “open” passage at the end of the list under Unity Rituals. When you or your officiant has drafted a unique, custom passage, click “Select” and it will be added to your ceremony draft as a Unity Ritual. You can put this Unity Ritual Element anywhere within your ceremony sequence. (BTW, each of the Elements contains an “open” passage for writing or pasting in your own, totally custom wording!)

With the plum brandy ritual, Reverend Tan had said in his ceremony, “There is a saying that the best place to build a home is where the plum tree grows.  Certainly, in sharing plum brandy today, the best place to build a life together is where this couple now shares slivovica! (Three shot glasses are raised.) May your life together be rich and fruitful in blessings! Ziveli! (The couple and the officiant drink the slivovica.)

It was a beautiful, meaningful addition to the couple’s wedding ceremony script. Though the groom reassured his officiant that the plum brandy was really smooth, Reverend Tan reported that 140 proof slivovica burned going down!

Ziveli! To health and happiness!

Writing the Wedding Ceremony Script

a happy couple on their wedding day after writing their own custom ceremony with the Wedwordy App

For engaged couples with a wedding day on the horizon, planning a wedding spurs emotions that run from elation to exasperation. You might be one of those couples. And it’s OK to feel the wide range of crazy in the months leading to the big day. Fortunately, there are online resources that will help tilt the emotional pendulum towards happy, from vendor directories to website builders to planning tools. With Wedwordy, writing your wedding ceremony script will put you in wedding bliss, not wedding blues!

To appreciate how Wedwordy serves you, compare these other ways to writing the wedding ceremony script.

If your wedding is presided by clergy of your church, your script will most likely follow a set format that aligns with the tenets of your faith. If you opt for a civil ceremony, as in marrying at the courthouse, you will have a standard script that meets minimum official requirements. These two ways obviously present the least personalization.

If you hire a professional officiant, they may pull material from both online and written libraries, and include some information from you to create a customized script. If you tap a friend to officiate, they might pull from online samples and even write their own, or decide to wing it during your ceremony! With these two alternatives, you will get a more personalized ceremony. Some officiants however may charge quite a premium for their customized ceremonies, as much as $700 or more! And with friends, you might get more personal material being expressed in front of your guests than you would have wanted divulged!

You might decide to DIY the script entirely on your own. You’ll scour the Internet for wedding ideas, lists, samples, passages from blog posts. Then you’ll copy and paste them into a Google or Word doc, then you’ll scroll through your pasted pieces, delete some, edit in your names, and format the document so it has a consistent and legible look for your officiant. And when you think you’re done, you might feel anxious not knowing if it contains all the parts it ought to have.

Now let’s look at the Wedwordy way.

Wedwordy is a Web based application designed to make the script writing experience thoughtful, creative, personal, and convenient. Here’s a metaphor. It is like craving a savory sandwich and going to your favorite gourmet deli for it. Displayed for you are all the freshest ingredients that combine together oh so well. You’ll qualify your options based on whether you are vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, omnivore! You then select the buns, condiments, veggies, cheese, and meat for a complete, delectably tailored, mouth-watering sandwich. And if by chance you were also able to sprinkle in some custom spices, well, that would be Wedwordy!

Unlike a civil ceremony (eating a pre-packaged sandwich), or relying on a friend to write the ceremony (who knows where that sandwich came from?), or starting a ceremony from scratch (going up and down the aisles of a supermarket trying to figure out what goes into a sandwich), Wedwordy is the gourmet deli of wedding ceremony scripts! Wedwordy’s templates and ceremony elements offer just the right structure to confidently assemble a complete ceremony, and its fully editable passages give you infinite possibilities for total customization. Check out the Wedwordy app tutorial to see how you can compose your custom, complete wedding ceremony script effortlessly.

With the right online tools to prepare and plan, the right vendor team to execute your dream day, and the Wedwordy app to write a meaningful wedding ceremony script, you can aim for a savory and satisfying wedding celebration!

 

Photo Credit | Bloom Photography