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About Thomas Witham
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Designing Your Ceremony

Facing Your Guests (Modern Format)
Backs Turned (Traditional Format)
Examples of Wedding Vows
Effective Seating
Aisle Runner or Petals
Children in Wedding Ceremonies
The Escorting of a Bride
Taking Parental Vows
The Use of Music
Using a Pedestal
Using a Wedding Carriage
A New Role For Grandparents
Wedding Ceremony Readings
In Memoriam

Ceremonies in Special Places
Ceremonies in Theme
Taking Your Ceremony to Others
Staying in Character
What Name Should I Use?
What if it Rains?
Fibbing Your Start Time
Ceremonies in Candlelight
The Reception Line

The Order of Events

Primary Options:
Read this First
The Unity Candle
Champagne Sharing
The Sand Ceremony
The Blessing Tree
Tying the Knot
Tasting the Elements
Using a Photomontage
The Giving of Roses

Options In Finale:
Butterfly Release
Dove Release
Balloon Release
Tossing Petals
Bubbles in a Wedding Ceremony
Applause Walk

The Five Rules:
Rule One
Rule Two
Rule Three
Rule Four
Rule Five

Advice on Photography
Advice on Wedding Coordinators
Death by Venue
An Invitation To Journalists

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Your Wedding Ceremony Planning Session
Wedding Ceremony Planning Session
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Learning What 3000 Couples Taught Me

This interview and wedding ceremony planning session gives the bride and groom an opportunity to get acquainted with me and to learn about the many effective options I bring to wedding ceremonies. During this time you will share with me how you envision your ceremony, and I will advise you on the best ways of putting that together. I will also help you identify the accessories you will need to purchase as well as the types of vendors to be contacted.

We will conduct this interview/Planning Session in one of three ways. All are included in the price of my services so just choose the mehtod that's best for you:

By Phone. With my web site on and in front of you, we will discuss all the aspects of your wedding ceremony. This method is best when a speaker phone is used.

By Skype. Skype is a free Internet service that allows us to see each other by web-cam. You will need to set up an account with Skype and have some type of web cam hooked up to your computer. I have conducted scores of interviews with Skype. (Go to

In Person. For those couples who want to have a sit down, we'll do that at a Starbucks or restaurant local to my home. An interview with me in person requires you to have down paid your ceremony, or pay the first $100 of it at the time of the interview.

Wedding CeremonyWhether we meet in person, or by phone, or Skpe, I will help you understand not only the type of ceremony that’s right for you, but the options and accessories that should accompany it as well. Effective planning is the foundation on which your entire wedding ceremony experience will rest. Please know that you also have complete power of editorship, nothing will be said or done during your ceremony without your prior approval. Your rehearsal/planning session is where all of this is learned.



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