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Adding Humor To Your Wedding Ceremony

  • Posted on August 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Nothing personalizes a wedding ceremony better than amusing anecdotes from the couple! Here’s an example from one recent wedding:


In what might have appeared to be a random event, Susan literally came crashing into Brian’s life 8 years ago. That night, in a bar, feeling rambunctious and rather tipsy, Susan was hard to miss – with a big bouquet of birthday balloons tied to her arm – as she boisterously made her way across the room before knocking into Brian. His first response? “Who IS that girl?” Well – THAT girl, Brian – was your future wife!

Soon after that rather rude introduction, Brian found himself smitten with Susan’s effervescent and out-going personality, while Susan was charmed by Brian’s fun and thoughtful, gentlemanly manner. In fact, the two just ‘clicked’. And as Brian claims, it’s (quote) downright ‘weird’ how naturally and easily they compliment one another. It reminds me of the beautiful words of the poet, Rumi:

‘The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.’

~ Your Vancouver Wedding Officiant ~ Roxanne Thornton ~ MarryUs 


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One Bride’s Personal Wedding Vows

  • Posted on August 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

This bride did a beautiful job of writing her personal vows. Notice how they are so touching and heart-felt – with a dash of humor!


I love you more than I could ever express in words

Everything within me tells me

that you are the missing part of me!

You are my life and my one true love.

I give you my heart and everything I have

– and I am excited to build our amazing lives together.

I promise to love, cherish and respect you

and be the best damn wife you could ever imagine!

For all the days of my life.


~ Your Vancouver Wedding Officiant ~ Roxanne Thornton ~ MarryUs 

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‘Something Old, Something New; Something Borrowed…….’

  • Posted on August 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm

It is traditional in England (and the Commonwealth) for the bride to carry ‘something old, something new; something borrowed, something blue, and a silver shilling in her shoe’.

Have you ever wondered what the symbolic meaning to this was?

These are symbols of the bride’s old and new life – the past and the future. The colour blue is associated with the Virgin Mary, with purity and fidelity. The borrowed item should come from someone who has been happy and it will them bring good luck. The silver coin is for the couple’s future prosperity.

~ Your Vancouver Wedding Officiant ~ Roxanne Thornton ~ MarryUs 

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A Renewal of Vows Ceremony By The Sea

  • Posted on August 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Yesterday, I officiated a beautiful ‘Renewal of Vows’ ceremony with a couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Participating in their ceremony was their adult son and daughter-in-law – speaking heart-felt thanks and gratitude. Looking on was their enthusiastic 5 year old grandson. The bride was eager to acknowledge the importance of her family and their journey together over the years. Through her actions, she and her husband were the perfect role models for their son, daughter and grandson.

In writing their vows, the couple chose to blend both the personal with the traditional. Here are the vows the groom tearfully offered to his loving bride of 25 years:

I am so glad to share my life with you.  

You are my best friend and wife.

 I love you more each day.  

Every year is better than the last.  

I have found the happiness and love

that I never thought possible.

As we celebrate this 25th anniversary

in the presence of our family,

I hereby affirm my vows

to love you, comfort you,

honor and cherish you,

in sickness and in health,

in sorrow and in joy,

and to be faithful to you

as long as we both shall live.


~ Your Vancouver Wedding Officiant ~ Roxanne Thornton ~ MarryUs 

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Should You Create A Wedding Website?

  • Posted on August 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Imagine having a beautiful wedding website – filled with your photos as a couple and your favorite music. Creating a wedding website takes a little work – but it’s worth the effort! You can share your personal love story, plus details of the proposal that  led to the countdown to your wedding day.

Here are the categories you might consider:

  • Welcome
  • News & Updates
  • Proposal
  • Ceremony (where and when)
  • Reception
  • RSVP
  • Calendar of Events (featuring outings for out-of-town guests)
  • Accommodation Ideas
  • Local Activities
  • Gift Registry
  • Directions
  • Contact Information
  • Address Book
  • Guestbook

Here’s a sample of a Welcome from one couple’s website:

Welcome everyone to our wedding website! For those of you who will not be able to make it to our wedding, we thought this would be a great way for us to share all of our experiences with you. For all of you who will be attending, all of the information you could ever want to know about us and our wedding will be available for you here.

After twelve wonderful years together, we are looking forward to having a small and intimate wedding with our friends and family on ­­­___. We have chosen to have our wedding ceremony and reception at ___ in downtown Vancouver. The venue is absolutely beautiful and it reminds us our trip to Italy where we got engaged.

Most of you will be coming in from out of town so we have provided you with many wonderful suggestions of places to stay. Hopefully some of you will decide to make a vacation out of this and extend your visit following our wedding. For any of you who will be coming into town early, the Celebration of Lights fireworks festival starts on Saturday July 30th, with shows on Wednesday August 3rd, and Saturday August 6th. Please see our local activities page for more details.

Please RSVP through our website and we would love to receive messages in our Guestbook from anyone compelled to do so. Please check back often as we will be making frequent updates to the website as the plans progress

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in just a few months. Thank you to all of our friends and family for supporting us and loving us over the years.

~ Your Vancouver Wedding Officiant ~ Roxanne Thornton ~ MarryUs 


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Interfaith Marriage Is On The Rise!

  • Posted on August 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm

We are truly a global village. People from all countries interact with one another at an ever-increasing pace. Inevitably, individuals of different faiths, backgrounds and cultures meet, get to know one another, fall in love, and decide to marry.

There is no doubt: inter-faith marriage is on the rise. Here are some fascinating statistics (from the United States).

  • Over forty percent of marriage-age Catholics marry outside the Church, a doubling since the 1960s. Marriages between Catholics and Protestants, once frowned upon, are now accepted by the vast majority of those faiths.
  • Three in ten Mormons are now in interfaith marriages, although they are encouraged by their church to marry within their faith.
  • One in three Episcopalians and one in four Lutherans have married outside their churches.
  • The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America reports that two-thirds of its sanctioned marriages are interfaith.
  • The number of Jewish Christian couples doubled to one million during the 1990s.
  • Four in ten Muslims, whose religions allows men but not women to intermarry, have chosen non-Muslim spouses.
  • The intermarriage rate approaches sixty percent for Buddhists, the fastest-growing Eastern religion in North America.

How do all these ‘mixed matches’ get married? Increasingly, couples who wish their wedding day to be one of harmony, spirituality and celebration are discovering the interfaith ceremony. It is a bridge. The great strength of the interfaith ceremony is that is inclusive. If done correctly, it is an enlightening and enriching experience. Each ceremony contains its particular brand of magic, and all involved come away feeling honored and celebrated. No one feels alienated or offended. One family is not more important than the other. The interfaith ceremony is like a sacred dance that goes back and forth, celebrating each tradition in joy, making room so that everyone feels richer and expanded.

~ Your Vancouver Wedding Officiant ~ Roxanne Thornton ~ MarryUs 

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Is A Renewal of Vows Ceremony For You?

  • Posted on August 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm

It is important in life to take pause, reflect and reaffirm.

A renewal of vows ceremony is a meaningful, touching and revivifying ceremony for yourselves, your children, your families and friends. Can you imagine a more beautiful scene than children watching their parents joining hands and hearts as they affirm the magnitude and strength of their enduring love? What greater life/love lesson?

Significant anniversaries are an especially appropriate time for renewing your commitment and love for one another.

Some couples will choose to hold a Renewal of Vows Ceremony because they have been married elsewhere, and now wish to share a ceremony with their family and friends. And there will be others who may not have been married yet still wish to celebrate a significant anniversary of meeting or of an earlier commitment ceremony.

This ceremony is a time of thanksgiving for the couple’s many years together. It is also a strengthening of their marriage commitment. After a marriage of many years, a couple have successfully survived numerous challenges in their lives through their deep love for each other.

Wedding vow renewal ceremonies can be as creative and personal as you want them to be. Walk down the aisle to classical music and walk out to ‘your song’. Let the cover of your invitation feature your grandchild’s favorite drawing of Grandma and Grandpop, or even your first wedding portrait. Play your original wedding video at the reception. Buy new wedding bands for the occasion and have them specially engraved. Your ceremony should be less formal than a wedding – more casual and fun. It can completely reflect the two of you.

~ Your Vancouver Wedding Officiant ~ Roxanne Thornton ~ MarryUs 

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An Excerpt From A Renewal of Vows Ceremony

  • Posted on July 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

A Renewal of Vows Ceremony is a meaningful, touching and revivifying ceremony for yourselves, your children, your families and friends.

Your Vow Renewal Ceremony can be as creative and personal as you wish it to be. Here’s an excerpt from a ceremony I wrote for one happy couple named Mat and Amy. Notice how their son Don is mentioned throughout….


The day that Mat and Amy met, Amy was dazzled by Mat’s confidence and joie de vivre. And when Mat first laid eyes on Amy, it was love at first sight! Knowing Mat’s intensity the way we do, we can well understand how his obvious interest in her made Amy’s cheeks burn!

Within a very short time, Mat and Amy fell hard in love. Mat found Amy to be a beautiful, fun, smart,  and adventurous woman. And with the birth of their precious son, Don, Mat was captivated by what a loyal, wonderful mother Amy was.

When asked what Amy appreciates and loves about you, Mat, she wrote this:

‘Mat is strong and does not care what other people think. He is his own man. He is a great provider. He loves adventures. He is loyal and loving. He is faithful. He is fun. He is intense. He is an amazing father. And he tries to understand me…….’ Amy values your life together to the depths of her soul, Mat. You are her best friend – her everything.

Twelve years ago, your wedding day was an exciting rush of a day, with lots of love in the air. Mat took Don with him to get the marriage license, and propped Don on the counter top at city hall to purchase it. Don was so excited about the ceremony; he was only two and sooooo cute!

Life together has been wonderfully vibrant and vital. The top highlight of course has been life with Don – from his birth all the way to this day, when he stands at the cusp of manhood. Over the years you’ve enjoyed reading to – and then with Don – as well as laughter and fun while skiing, boating, and travelling the world. Life has been a whirlwind and continuous evolution of growth – as Amy has established a new career as a singer – and you each achieved your pilot’s license, and moved to a second home in Hawaii.

When asked how they have resolved the difficult times, Mat had the perfect reply: ‘I can’t remember any difficult times!’ Amy summed it up by saying: ‘Never leaving…….talking…..wanting to get to happy….over being right. What a really wonderful example, you have given to Don!

~ Your Vancouver Wedding Officiant ~ Roxanne Thornton ~ MarryUs 


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Vancouver Marriage Officiant Areas of Service and Information

  • Posted on July 28, 2011 at 3:04 am

Did You Know…

MarryUs Wedding Officiant / Custom Marriage Ceremonies

I’m a Vancouver Wedding Officiant with a passion for writing personal Marriage Ceremonies, reflecting each couple’s religious or spiritual preferences and culture.

I offer my services throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland – including Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Port Moody, New Westminster, Richmond,  Steveston, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Furry Creek, and Squamish, BC.

See my video at www.Marryus.ca


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How Important Is Sound In Your Wedding Ceremony?

  • Posted on July 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Let me answer the question with two other  questions. First – what’s your favourite movie? Now – imagine watching it with terrible sound. Perhaps it is barely audible, maybe there is noisy static, or possibly  the sound is intermittent. Would your movie be as enjoyable? The same is true for your wedding ceremony!

I have a rule of thumb: For weddings with over 30 guests (particularly if it is outdoors), a sound system is essential. Don’t get me wrong: with a background in theatre, I can project my voice with the best of them. But how romantic would it be standing with your loved one on your wedding day, while the Officiant in front of you is speaking as loudly as they can? By having a wireless, head set mic, my system is almost invisible and I am able to speak to you and your guests in a regular conversational manner.

Remember: guests that hear your ceremony will not only enjoy your ceremony, but feel included. Isn’t that why you’re inviting them?

~ Your Vancouver Wedding Officiant ~ Roxanne Thornton ~ MarryUs 




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