Universal Life Church
I will provide you with my 'Ceremony Builder' that is 20 pages of readings, poems, vows, etc. (both Secular & Religious), so that you can create a unique and
personalized ceremony that will perfectly express your beliefs & commitment.
~WEDDINGS ~COMMITMENT CEREMONIES ~VOW RENEWALS ~HANDFASTINGS
Whether you're looking for a legal marriage ceremony, a pledge of commitment to a life partner,
or a renewal of your vows, I will work with you to
create the celebration you will always remember.
Civic/Secular Ceremony: Without reference to religion or spirituality.
Non-denominational: Christian or traditional ceremony that doesn't reference any one particular religion.
Inter-faith: For couples of different faiths, blending the traditions of both.
Spiritual: Whatever resonates to your heart, including Wiccan, Pagan and other alternative beliefs.
~Renaissance ~Medieval, Celtic ~Victorian ~Vintage, Flapper ~Sci Fi, LOTR ~Star Trek, Star Wars
~Western, Pirate ~Hawaiian, Beach
~Goth, Halloween ~Sports, etc.
Even though same-sex marriages are not legal in
Michigan at this time, two people who love one another
can still choose to celebrate their commitment with a joyous ceremony. I happily serve the LGBT community.
Whether you've been married one year or fifty, renewing your vows to one another is the perfect way to tell your mate how deep your love is.
And this time you can have the ceremony exactly how you'd like it.
An ancient Celtic and Pagan tradition as a pledge of commitment, betrothal or marriage. The vows may be taken for "a year and a day", "a lifetime", "for all of Eternity" or "for as long as love shall last".
The couple's clasped hands are bound together with a cord, hence the phrase "tying the knot".
Handfasting can also be included as a romantic addition to any ceremony.
Here are some lovely mini ceremonies that can be included in your Wedding. Note: You supply your own candles, sand, stones, etc.
and I will have the appropriate reading to accompany them.
Symbolizing the joining of two lives, the bride and groom each take a lit taper and light the central candle together. Again, symbolizing the joining of your lives, the bride and groom each pour different colored sand into a central vase. Representing the contributions of family and friends, flowers are passed out to each guest before the ceremony. Each person thinks of a blessing for the couple then places the flower in a vase at the front of the room.
Seedling or Tree Ceremony:
The bride and groom plant a seedling or seeds into a chosen planter then together they pour water over it. Also can use a small tree already in a container that can later be planted in the yard or your new home. A stone is given to each guest upon their arrival. They hold the stone in their hand and make a wish for the couple's life together. Then with a felt tip pen, they write their name and wish on the stone and place it in a special container to give the couple. Symbolizing that the marriage will last as long as the glass is broken, (forever), the groom smashes a thin goblet or light bulb wrapped in a cloth or napkin.
This is typically done in Jewish ceremonies but I think it is a romantic gesture that could be included in anyone's ceremony.
This tradition is said to be rooted in ancient Africa where couples would jump sticks to signify entering into a new life together. Wiccans believe the broom sweeps away negative energy. I would be honored to help you incorporate any of the above into your ceremony with my 'Ceremony Builder' that is 20 pages-over 80 readings, poems, vows, etc. to choose from to create a personalized one.
It's important to me that when you are standing at the alter, holding hands and looking into each other's eyes that the words spoken to you perfectly express your beliefs and love for one another.
Whatever you want, I will happily work with you to make your celebration the one
you've always dreamed of having. Your day, your way!
“We were so happy to have Christine as our Wedding Officiant! She did a beautiful job. She understood what we wanted our ceremony to be like and she put the best words together for us. We loved her creativity and her personality. It was a beautiful ceremony and the perfect length, as we wanted it to be. We wouldn't have changed a thing!! I would highly recommend her to anyone. She really did have a huge part in making Our Day so special and memorable.”
~Sarah & Luis 8/2009
“We are very grateful for the services Christine Tanier provided for our ceremony. She was very well spoken and amazing to work with! We felt very comfortable from the moment we met her. The ceremony we chose for her to read was also suggested by her and I loved it. I would recommend her to anyone who needs an officiant!”
~Sally & Ryan 7/2011
“I guess you can say my husband and I have Christine to thank for us being together. Christine wed my husband and I the day she was married 9 years ago in Cripple Creek, Colorado. We didn't have a lot of money to work with back then but she was great, she worked with us to make it the most memorable day of our lives. I wouldn't have changed a thing about that day she made it special for us.”
~Heather & Justin 7/2005
Resident Minister with
"Celebrations Wedding Chapel & Event Center"
Serving Jackson County, Michigan
and adjacent Counties only
Christine officiated my outdoor wedding on a cold October day with ease and grace. She very eloquently delivered a beautiful ceremony that she had allowed me to customize to accommodate my religious beliefs and one that would not only bond my husband and I together but also his 5 year old daughter, as a family. My guests had all commented on how beautiful and touching the ceremony was, bringing many of them to tears. Thank you Thank you Thank you for making my day what it was!
~Leigh & Chad 10/2011
(plus adjacent Counties): $200
($100 deposit to reserve the date)
~Jackson area with
*previous day rehearsal: $250
($100 deposit to reserve the date)
~Over 20 miles from our homes-a $25 travel fee will be applied.
Please see the map below
of the area we will travel to.
Contact me to see if your date is available before making a deposit.
Note: All deposits are Non-refundable.
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"Thank you so much for performing our wedding ceremony. I don't think we could have picked a better officiant. It was beautiful and we appreciate it so much!! Thanks again!"
~Jessy & Dave 10/6/2012
“Christine married my husband and I last summer and it couldn't have gone better. She was easy going, did everything we asked, and had some wonderful ideas that we used. Our day wouldn't have been as special without her,
I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants their wedding day to go smoothly and be memorable.”
~Lisa & Jeff 8/2012
A true 'Lovers Knot' that becomes stronger under
pressure symbolizing a bond that will forever tie
your hearts and withstand the storms of life.
Hand Tying or Handfasting:
Handfasting within the Wedding ceremony symbolizes:
"The ties are not formed by these ribbons or even by the knots connecting them. They are formed by your vows. Your two souls and hearts are now bound together as one.”
My only requirement is that you love one another.
*Do you need a formal rehearsal
the day before?
It's up to you but it isn't necessary in most cases. I will come early and make sure everyone knows their role,
what to say, where to stand, etc.
It's easier than you think!
In ancient times when precious metals for rings were difficult to afford, this Celtic tradition had the couple say their vows while holding a stone, symbolizing setting their vows in stone.
A new ceremony idea where the Bride & Groom each paint a picture or pour paint over a blank canvas together. Sometimes taping off an outline of a heart or even a full heart so after the tape is removed it serves as a Guest Book.
"Christine hit all the right notes in our wedding and my wife and I were over the moon, Not only would I recommend Christine, I would advocate it to any of my friends in Michigan and any that wouldn't mind flying her to their venue anywhere in the US. That is not hyperbole, she was prepared and a joy to be around on our special day."
~Melanie & Tom 9/21/13
My Associate Rev. Amanda Humphrey