Commitment ceremonies are very special to me and I’ve been lucky enough to coordinate (as well as be a guest) at quite a few of them. One of the first ceremonies I planned was for a LGBT couple out of Austin, Texas. The service was one of the most emotional and tear-filled ceremonies I have been to – I actually had to start passing out tissues right in the middle of the ceremony!
The structure of a commitment ceremony is very similar to the traditional marriage ceremony. Each couple brings their own special touches that are unique to their relationship, but commitment ceremonies have the same important components such as the greeting from your officiant, the vows (usually written together with the officiant) and the exchange of rings. The pronouncement of marriage will be slightly different from the traditional ceremony. The traditional, “I now pronounce you man and wife” is commonly replaced with something along the lines of “I now pronounce this couple united as one”.
After the ceremony, couples can register their commitment at the International Commitment Ceremonies Registrar, www.unionoflove.com. This organization collects and stores searchable records of ceremonies that have been performed all over the world. At this point there are over 4,500 people who’ve registered.
If you are planning a commitment ceremony in Colorado and need assistance with anything from finding the best invitations, to the tastiest caterer, to the perfect officiant, we would be delighted to help.