Ritual of Pouring the Tea in a Wedding Ceremony

Pouring Tea | Wedwordy | Vicens Forns Photography

The tea ritual at a wedding often precedes the ceremony. Members of the family, relatives, and close friends partake of tea poured by the couple. It is a custom predominantly performed in eastern cultures. It symbolizes the flow of blessings – prosperity and gratitude, health and humility, longevity and eternal peace. It can last upwards of 45 minutes, so it needs a bit of logistical planning to fit into the wedding day timeline!

Ordained ministers Rick and Jennifer Tan of Tan Weddings & Events created words for the tea ritual that fit and flow beautifully WITHIN the wedding ceremony. The words honor the couple’s gratitude for their parents’ unconditional love, a model of love and support. Tea is prepared ahead of time and presented in a tea pot with cups on a tray, placed at a draped table near the officiant. In the ceremony, the tea is poured by the couple and given to the parents/grandparents. While the ritual retains all the symbolism of the longer, more traditional version, the Pouring of Tea ritual in the ceremony takes about 5-6 minutes to perform.

Interested in adding a tea ritual in your ceremony? You’ll find it in the Wedwordy app > Gratitude Rituals > Pouring of Tea. Simply select it and drop it into your ceremony, typically placed following the Greeting. Enjoy!

Planner | Tan Weddings & Events

Photography | Vicens Forns

Venue | Harvest Inn

Florals | Bloom & Vine

Cake | Batter Up Cakery

Makeup | I Make Beautiful

Entertainment | Brian Wolfe Events

Wedding Words for a Vow Renewal

Couples use Wedwordy for wording for vow renewals.

Vow renewal ceremonies are extra special! It is a celebration of love that lives through the vows promised from wedding day, and continues to strengthen with each passing day. For some couples, it may be celebrated as a family, where the children are present. There may be guests from their wedding day who are amazed at how time flies and how love never dies. A vow renewal, or an affirmation of commitment ceremony, has wording available in Wedwordy!

Just choose the Vow Renewal template. The couple may use the script with its beautifully-written default passages, or they may personalize it further by selecting other available Wedwordy passages, edit the wording, or import other content for infinite possibilities.

Here is an excerpt from the Pronouncement element in the Vow Renewal template:

“Your marriage is a testament to the enduring power of love, blessed with the abundance of love that surrounds you, and lifts you, and celebrates with you. So it is with great honor that, on this glorious day, I affirm your everlasting commitment as partners in life!”

 

Photo of Rick and Jennifer at their 20th anniversary celebration – with lavender and halo-halo at their feet | Ron Tan Photography

Elopement Words and Vows in a California Vineyard

Sweet destination couple elopes with Tan Weddings & Events at Harvest Inn in St. Helena, CA

Writing a wedding ceremony script for an elopement with just the couple and officiant – and a photographer – requires a few refinements to the wording. There are no “gathered guests” to greet or “witnesses” to the couple’s vows. It is not a difficult task, just one that needs mindfulness of the flow of the ceremony. With Wedwordy, you have a starting point and lots of opportunities to make those simple refinements.

A couple who chose their destination elopement to be in St. Helena, CA, with Tan Weddings & Events as their planner and officiant wanted a sweet ceremony followed by a romantic dinner for two. Principals Jennifer and Rick Tan of Tan Weddings & Events crafted an exquisite celebration for them at Harvest Inn, with a ceremony on a lawn facing a vineyard and dinner on an adjacent patio, with an intimately-scaled design plan. As the officiant, Jennifer encourage the couple to use Wedwordy, who chose the template that suited their needs and then added in personal vows. Jennifer made the refinements to their script by editing passages to omit phrases that spoke to groups of people. Instead, she wrote the ceremony as one would address just the couple.

For an elopement where the officiant and couple formed a sacred triangle amidst the vineyard, Wedwordy was perfect, and the celebration was exquisite!

Photo Credit | Holly D Photography

Engaged and Ready to Compose Your Wedding Words

Engaged couples use Wedwordy to write their wedding ceremony script.

It is engagement season! With the “Merry Christmas” is the “marry me”! According to WeddingWire’s 2018 Newlywed Report, 38% of engagements happen between the months of November to February. Hearts are thumping at the prospect of a new journey, and before that, wedding preparations. One of the most imporant tasks of the couple in the time leading up to wedding day is writing their wedding ceremony script.

Luckily for couples in 2019 and beyond, there is Wedwordy! It is the only Web app for writing your wedding ceremony script. Why choose Wedwordy?

EFFORTLESS

Stop scouring the Internet for ceremony samples and fragments. In one app, you have everything you need! Wedwordy makes time for what matters – composing your words of love together.

COMPLETE

Wherever you are, whenever you’re ready, confidently compose your complete script with all the ceremony parts from the processional (your wedding party order) to the pronouncement (the officiant declares the two of you as newlyweds).

PERSONALIZED

With Wedwordy, be inspired to personalize each moment of the ceremony. You can edit any of the passages or import original content. Make your wedding words as special and unique as the two of you!

And whoever you choose as your officiant, whether friend or professional, let them know they can use Wedwordy as a starting point! Wedwordy makes composing your wedding ceremony script fun and easy because we know that there are a lot things on your wedding checklist. Wedding ceremony script – CHECK!

Photo Credit | Eternal Photography

 

Five Qualities of Extraordinary Wedding Vendors

There are five qualities to look for in your dream team of wedding vendors by Wedwordy and Tan Weddings & Events.

Wedwordy teamed up with Tan Weddings & Events to acknowledge wedding vendors that we have had the pleasure to work with. They are some of northern California’s best, earning rave reviews from clients and other vendors, and awards in their respective fields. What are the qualities that make them so awesome? Here are five criteria that you can look for as you assemble your dream team of wedding creatives:

PRO WORKFLOW

Whether communications with other vendors or contracts with the client, the wedding vendor maintains a high level of professionalism from start to finish. (An extraordinary vendor will know the work does not end with the final dance!) Emails, texts, and phone calls are done in a timely and efficient manner. Expectations and objectives are communicated, confirmed, and delivered. Their tools of the trade are up-to-date, appropo, and on-trend (like planning, design, and invoicing software, photo/video equipment, rentals, and even company attire on site). They are accountable for their work product and hold themselves and their staff to the highest standards.

COLLABORATIVE ZEAL

Think of a symphony. Each musician is a virtuoso on their instrument. Together, music happens when there is a precisely timed, finely-tuned rhythm and harmony. There is the exacting execution of the written notes, and the inspired spontaneity that comes from listening and adjusting to one another. A wedding production is like a symphony, or for our sports-minded friends, like a team. It takes a group of wedding professionals to bring the wedding to life. It takes collaboration to highlight each other’s strengths. It takes a mix of humility, agility, and flair. Bottom line, extraordinary vendors work together in support of the couple’s vision.

ARTISTIC SPIRIT

The wedding vendor should be passionate about their work, verging on obsession, just short of a neurosis! That’s when the work transcends work, it becomes a mission of the heart and art. It’s when their eye is seeing something more than the average human being, and hearing the words “that’s good enough” is a war-cry to go further, to be better, to triumph over mediocrity! Wedding creatives become extraordinary wedding creatives because they aim for something more in their service or product. Their soul infuses each flower, napkin fold, playlist, and ceremony word. These are the people you want to create your wedding celebration, and the people we want in our band!

PERSONAL TOUCH

Like Shrek, humans have layers. Underneath the professional, the teammate, the artist is the human being. It is this person that ultimately you, the client, will connect with. The extraordinary wedding vendor is only as good as the person underneath. Are they someone warm, funny, caring, understanding, genuine? You’re not going to marry your vendor, but at least during the preparations and the wedding day, you’ll know them fairly intimately! It is important that you make a connection with your wedding vendor. It should be someone who understands your vision and your personality because everyone needs people that get them – whether you’re an ogre, donkey, or human.

INVESTMENT VALUE

Your wedding budget is finite. You want to make every dollar count, you want to optimize your wedding investment value. Clearly, your goal should not be to find the cheapest or the most extravagantly priced vendors. Hire an experienced wedding planner like Tan Weddings & Events who can guide you in matching your budget to your vision. Or do a bit of research. Reach out to your prospective vendors. Generally, it is not good practice in the industry to negotiate down their pricing. It means they will need to cut corners, whether it is staffing or less flowers, for instance. Instead, prioritize what’s most important to you and spend the money where it counts, securing the vendor who is right for your wallet.

If you are planning a wedding in northern California, check out Tan Weddings & Events’ website for a list of their Preferred Vendors!

Photo Credit | Ron Tan Photography

Wedwordy Powers the Romance of an Elopement

Recently wed couple standing on a rock at Benner Creek campground in Chester, California

You take your fiance by the hand and whisper into their ear, “Let’s elope.” The idea is so enticing that you pack your bags and fly! Whether you head to the secluded redwoods, the serene coast, or chic vineyard, you’ll need two essential elements to make your elopement truly romantic and magical: a wedding planner and your wedding ceremony script.

Before you book your flight to California, call Tan Weddings & Events. Owner and Principal Planner Jennifer Tan will talk you through the logistics of your destination wedding. She will craft your elopement to match your vision perfectly, securing the venue of your choice, officiant, bouquet, cake, champagne, music, and accomodations! You simply need to show up with your rings and your fiance!

While your wedding planner is taking care of you and your vision, you can take care of your wedding ceremony script, even before your plane lands on the tarmac. Wedwordy is a Web based app so you can begin drafting your wedding words the moment you whispered, “Let’s elope.” On the app, begin with a dynamic template – the Short & Sweet Template is a popular one for elopement weddings. Your names auto-populate the script when you enter your profile information. Conveniently, your wedding words are complete as is, ready for your ceremony, or you can easily customize the ceremony words by editing the available passages or importing your own content into the ceremony script.

Choose Tan Weddings & Events as your trusted elopement wedding planner and use Wedwordy to compose your words of love!

Photo Credit: XSiGHT Photography

My Best Friend’s Wedding 101

A young couple talking with their officiant during their wedding ceremony

Are you officiating your friend’s wedding but have no idea where to begin? Are you nervous that you might stumble or say the wrong thing? Whether you are a professional or ordained online, Wedwordy is a unique tool to help guide individuals in customizing the perfect words for the wedding ceremony.

Julian, a close friend of Briana and Jonathan, officiated their wedding using our app Wedwordy in order to create an endearing ceremony that was a perfect representation of the couple’s love for one another. He began with the “secular” template and added excerpts from the Elements Library such as the “Story of Admiration,” which described three elements the couple adores about each other. With over 80 passages to choose from, you have the option of enhancing your voice and adding a splash of your own personality.

Here is an excerpt chosen by the beloved couple:

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”

-Vincent Van Gogh

Why stress? Use Wedwordy today!

Do you want to learn more? Check out this video, Pro Tips on How to Run a Wedding Rehearsal, by clicking the link below!

 

    Photography | Liz Zimbelman Photography

Planning, Coordination & Design | Tan Weddings & Events

Catering | Anderson Family Catering

Cake & Desserts | Above & Beyond Cakes

HMUA | I Make Beautiful

Florals | Wild Flowers Design Group

DJ | Function 45

Lighting | Deborba Events

Videography | Phillip Alan Film

Officiant |Julian Walker

Rentals | Mimi & Co., La Tavola, Celebrations, Standard Party Rentals, Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals

Venue | Flower Farm Inn

Dress |Maggie Sottero Designs from Miosa Bride

 

 

 

We Love the Oathing Stone Ritual

Oathing stone image for unity ritual for Wedwordy, photo by XSiGHT

A wonderful couple in northern California had requested a special unity ritual to be shared in their wedding ceremony. When Kali and Chase explained to Reverend Rick Tan of Tan Weddings & Events about the significance of the oathing stones, he was super excited to incorporate it into their wedding ceremony script! The ritual originated in Scotland where couples would lay their hands on a giant stone as they professed their love and exchanged their vows. In the ceremony, a giant boulder would be unwieldy, so a smooth river stone was used and passed through all the guests’ hands before ending up with the couple, just in time for their exchange of vows – so beautiful!

Now, Wedwordy includes it our growing library of fabulous passages. You can find it in the element Unity Rituals. When you compose your wedding ceremony draft, go to the Elements Library, choose Unity Ritual, drag it into your ceremony (we recommend following the Greeting), click “Save Draft” to update the new ceremony flow, then scroll through the Unity Ritual passages for Oathing Stone. Select and save it, and it’s now in your wedding ceremony script!

Photo Credit | XSiGHT

A Sabering Experience – Swords and Wedding Words

Canadian Bride on his wedding day opening a bottle of champagne with a saber

A wonderful couple from Canada made their destination wedding one to remember with a venue at the Fairmont Sonoma, CA, wedding words by Wedwordy, and a champagne toast via sabering! What is sabering, you may ask? It’s a way of opening a bottle of champagne by way of a cermonious whacking off of the cork with an appropriate instrument – a saber, if there’s one available. Also called “sabrage”, this tradition is fun to witness. Sometimes, the bottle top and cork don’t always separate cleanly (as in our featured picture). No guests were injured in the sabrage! Only joy and fun by those celebrating Jennifer and Ian’s wedding day.

Here is an excerpt from their wedding script, powered by Wedwordy:

Vigilance and uncompromising loyalty for the well-being of your partner will not only help you weather a storm, but it will certainly surround your everyday with tenderness and care.   
Growing together in marriage is truly a most fulfilling adventure. Each day is an opportunity – a blessing, for a comforting embrace, a stolen romantic kiss, a kind word, and genuine laughter and joy.

Congrats, Jen and Ian!

 

PHOTOGRAPHY Valley Images Photography
PLANNING, DESIGN, HARP & OFFICIANT | Tan Weddings & Events
LINENS |  La Tavola Fine Linen
FLORALSFull Belly Florals
GUITAR & MUSICBrian Wolfe Events
HMUAIt’s a Date at the Powder Room
VENUE, CATERING, CAKE, BAR & ACCOMMODATIONSFairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Wedwordy on Wedding Chicks

A couple that used Wedwordy to compose their ceremony script standing outside in a California pine forest

Wedding Chicks is nearing 2 million followers on FaceBook, so you can understand our extreme elation as featured guests! The online uber wedding resource provides couples with lots and lots of inspiration for their wedding day. We are excited to know their readership will learn more about Wedwordy, as it has much to offer in composing personalized wedding words from the processional to the pronouncement. Engagement season is here, and couples will want to know they have an app that will help them with writing their wedding ceremony script!

Check out Wedwordy on Wedding Chicks: Write Your Own Ceremony with Wedwordy. The post has a bit of background info about the app, three sample scripts generated and personalized from the app, and a list of helpful advice for starting your wedding ceremony words.

Photo Credit | Nicole Sepulveda-Smith, XSiGHT