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Overview A down-to-earth yet spiritually grounded guide that helps couples of all ages to sort out their financial, social, familial, and religious priorities with an experienced priest before their relatives and their wedding planner can get to them. Perceptively but with a light touch.
A down-to-earth yet spiritually grounded guide that helps couples of all ages to sort out their financial, social, familial, and religious priorities with an experienced priest before their relatives and wedding planners take over. Perceptively and with a light touch, MacBeth covers:
Why have a church wedding? What does the service mean? How do you deal with family expectations? Why is everyone driving you crazy? How do you make a wedding into a worship service?
The final chapter focuses on non-traditional couples including divorced couples, couples of differing ages, blended families, widows and widowers, same-sex couples, elderly couples, and interfaith couples.
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Enthusiastically recommended for anyone planning a wedding. Feb 7, 2008
Written by Andrew Macbeth (rector of the Calvary Church in Memphis, Tennessee), Dearly Beloved: Navigating Your Church Wedding is a no-nonsense guide to planning and navigating one's marriage ceremony. Chapters discuss what to expect from a marriage service, things to keep in mind when dealing with everything from wedding photography to common traditions and superstitions to money and legal matters, and much more. Of especial interest is the final chapter discussing unusual and nontraditional weddings, including same-sex marriages, divorced persons who are remarrying, and couples of widely different ages. Regarding same-sex unions, "In my opinion, a public blessing ceremony held in the church needs to have the support of a comfortable majority of the congregation's members if it is to be meaningful. I understand whatever authority I have to pardon or to bless as flowing from the community that ordained and called me. If you are the first to seek such a public service blessing in a particular congregation, expect to take part in a (possibly lengthy) process of seeking support, first from the congregation's vestry and then perhaps from the congregation as a whole." Though the author speaks from an Episcopalian Christian perspective, Dearly Beloved offers frank and honest advice to readers of all religious backgrounds including agnostics and freethinkers. Enthusiastically recommended for anyone planning a wedding.