Ab o u t
We live in an age in which a Facebook video of your wedding ceremony could go viral before you slurp down your first oyster at your cocktail hour. A thoughtfully crafted ceremony can turn your social media legacy from run-of-the-mill amateur to legendary superstar and have your guests singing your praises for years to come. Scrap the cookie-cutter ceremonies and standard vows and allow me to turn your memories, feelings, and hopes for the future into the words that will act as the foundation on which your marriage will be built.
Write Weddings was born after working with countless wedding couples and discovering that nine times out of ten, just mentioning the phrase "write your own vows" produced a look of sheer terror. So most couples opted for the old "repeat after me" standard vows which are lovely, but not particularly personal. I found that the apprehension holding couples back from writing their own vows was not fear of public speaking, but of how on earth to begin to weave their deepest feelings into a concise composition resembling wedding vows. That's where I come in.
We all have our talents - while I cannot find my way out of a paper bag or cook a grilled cheese without burning it, I can write. I have been in the wedding business since 2003, and was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in Massachusetts in 2014. Since then, I have written over 500 wedding ceremonies. I now specialize in writing personal vows and customized wedding ceremonies.
Personal Vow Writing
Congratulations on admitting that drafting wedding vows may not be your forte. Initially, couples might feel apprehensive, as if having someone else write your vows or ceremony feels like a sham. But think of it this way - you hire a baker to make and design your cake and a florist to arrange your flowers. The cake and flowers will be fabulous, no doubt, but do not hold the longevity of your wedding vows. Plus, standard vows are written by someone else anyway. There is nothing particularly special or memorable about them. By hiring me, everything you want to express is articulately pieced together for you to deliver vows that will touch your guests and partner and put you at ease on your wedding day.
Custom Wedding Ceremonies
Honoring a friend or family member by having him or her officiate your wedding is not only a noble gesture, but one of the best ways to make your ceremony memorable and personal. However, as a veteran in the wedding industry, I have witnessed a number of "train wrecks" in which a friend or family member was invited to officiate. The sentiment was always there, but the ceremonies themselves were epic fails. Why? Because most of the nose-dives I've seen were so focused on the basic elements of the ceremony that they neglected to incorporate anything personal or memorable. Or, vice versa - the ceremony read more like a toast than an official wedding pronouncement. While I am not a by-the-book ceremony writer, there are certain elements that really need to be part of the ritual. Peppering those elements with personal sentiments is an art and most people are simply not well-versed in achieving this. When writing custom wedding ceremonies, I incorporate all the necessary components of traditional nuptials with your personal story and also pay homage to the relationship you share with your officiant.
"Jill could not have captured our feelings more perfectly. Countless guests commented that our ceremony really stood out. We will treasure the vows Jill wrote for the rest of our lives."
- Liz & Andrew