There are a lifetime of memories derrived from a grand and wondrous celebration. Life is fantastic and I wouldn't want to miss it.......would you??
This is where we begin to create the best for the most important day of your life.
I often say to my newlyweds " Love is a mysterious journey and you two are about to embark on this wonderful voyage” and “Your wedding or partnership celebration can be anything your heart desires
Whether you would like a simple wedding with just a few people or a more formal affair with all the extras, to anywhere in between.....this is what I do....please read on for the details.
My humble background of almost three decades of being a licensed minister is what I bring to each of my special wedding ceremonies. Rest assured........it will be a wonderful celebration.
Newlyweds have shared with me some of their cherished thoughts and I am pleased to have been part of their memories...... ......"we had a spectacular day and the ceremony was fabulous!"
I must say....their sincere compliment was very much appreciated.
Your wedding ceremony will be ministered with open arms.
All unions of love are precious in this ever changing world we live.
Personalized, wedding ceremonies written just the way you and your fiancee would like.
All the details will be included. Friendly and free consultation or meeting!
Respect and tradition are very important in a wedding, but so is a feeling of vitality and a sense that the ceremony reflects who you really are. Every couple is different, and may want a personally planned ceremony that is written and coordinated according to their wishes. Many couples would like some help putting it all together and making the ceremony go smoothly. My mission, as your minister, is to make your wedding experience comfortable and to have you at ease........serenely at peace with yourself.
I will attend to every detail of your ceremony.
It is important to some to know just how things will work when the ceremony begins. I will sit down with you and your fiance, and plan probably the most joyful day of your life. This can be done with you weeks or even days, before your wedding or celebration.We’ll go over the details to make the ceremony fit just right for you.
For example: I always like arrive before your ceremony to make
sure that any last minute changes are understood, as well as the ceremonial
additions (if any) are in place. We'll also communicate with musicians, readers,
sound people and your wedding coordinator or assistant.
****************************************************** Also...my services are available anywhere in California.
A little about me & what I can do for you. Read below where I modestly present myself. Born and raised in sunny California.
I've officiated ceremonies from large banquet halls, churches and even parks and on the grounds of private residences. One in the giant Redwoods of Northern California to the beaches of Southern California........it's all been delightful.
You and your fiancee decide where....it’s your day.
I am receptive to any conventional or even unconventional ceremony that you may have in mind.......I recall a newlywed couple saying to me after their unique wedding, “this is a day in our lives we will cherish forever! Thank you".
I am a "non-denominational" ordained-minister for over 30 years and perform a ceremony that is suitable and appropriate for all cultures. Close attention is given to honor a particular need for what one or both newlyweds may want in their ceremony or vows.
The opportunity for each newlywed to say their vows, if you like or just a profound statement to one another within the alter ceremony is one of the benefits that I provide, as your officiating-minister. Or you just may feel more at ease with me putting together the complete alter ceremony. These things we will discuss with each other when we first meet.
The wedding ceremony is a tradition, a joyous occassion you celebrate with your family and friends. I can help plan, so please
inquire with me and I'll answer any questions you may have with regard to licensing. You may go to the link at the top of this page for more information on a marriage license. At your wedding, I/We make sure your marriage certificate is in order and your required witnesses signatures are affixed. As part of our service, we will file your "marriage" documents with the county where you applied.
You can have your celebration for very little cost. That cost is $259.00 for the complete ceremony. Beyond this, you choose your individual cost and elegance. Oh.....and please keep in mind that we will accept your VISA or MASTERCARD for all services!!
Links at the top above: 1.) Parks.-Fantastic parks of San Diego-plan your wedding here if you choose. 2.) Email.-Contact me by my email-Questions are welcome
3.) Marriage Lic. Info.-A link to the County of San Diego web site for your Marriage License.
4.) Page Two.-You may go here for extra ad-ons to your wedding.....free of any charge. Everything included.
Other services available; Internationally acclaimed courteous, reliable and professional Photographers, Wedding cake makers. Musicians and/or sound techs and also wedding coordinators are all standing ready and willing to help with your ceremony or reception. Please mention that you would like a referral of these great people that I have worked with at past wedding/events. This is all about you. "It’s your special day."
Together we can make it happen.
Blessings to you,
Reverend Robert Carter
Send me a text or.....want to talk with me? 24 hour phone 619-399-3173
Hear a nice message: 619-399-3173
(Just click the top link above-"email me")
This web site: weddingstocelebrate.com
Snail mail: Rev. Robert Carter
PO Box 16793
San Diego, Ca 92176
And remember........it's a cherished love affair with the heart!!!
Unity Candle Ceremony
The Unity Candle Ceremony consists of the lighting of one candle from two separate candles held by the bride and groom. This ceremony symbolizes the union of two lives into one. Creative variations can be added to the ceremony, such as the mothers of the bride and groom, or any designated member of the wedding party, lighting the candles after they walk down the isle or during the ceremony. The couple may keep the candle (some re-light the candle each year on their anniversary). Note: This ceremony is generally reserved for indoor ceremonies
Ole tradition is using sand collected from under the bride’s and groom’s feet (if on the beach). Todays tradition is to bring to your wedding, 2 different colors of sand. The flowing sand and blending of the colors in the Unity Sand Ceremony symbolize the bringing together of two lives into one. The blending of the sand represents the union not only of them but their friends and families as well. The separate sands once poured into the unity vase can never be put back into their separate vases. They are forever entwined just as the lives and loves of the bride and groom. This can be modified to add mothers/fathers, grand parents, children as well.
The couple ceremoniously adorn each other with a lei, while the officiant describes how relationships are fragile like the petals of the flowers in the lei and must be treated with tender care. Wording is customized depending on type of lei – maile leaf, kukui nut, ti leaf, etc. is sometimes used.
Many couples are remarrying and want to include their children in the ceremony. There are numerous ways this may be done.
This is a family and friends ceremony. Each designated person comes up and places a different flower in a vase to create a garden of love.
A symbolic ceremony using roses, the symbol of love, showing support from guests and witnesses. Your officiant will usher all those who wish to present to the wedding couple. Couples who have chosen this have described it as an extremely beautiful and moving ceremony.
Whether a pair of doves or butterflies are released at an appropriate moment or just kept in a gilded cage is at the option of the wedding couple. There is a reason brides choose to include doves as part of the wedding ceremony because doves actually court, mate and stay loyal to one another throughout their lives. Butterflies are free as well.
The Officiant announces "To symbolize and celebrate the blending of your two lives into one, I invite you to perform the Wine Ceremony". The couple proceeds to the table and each takes an individual carafe and pours some wine into the larger carafe. The Groom then takes the larger filled carafe with the combined wine and pours some in a glass for the Bride.The Bride then takes the larger carafe with the combined wines and pours some into a glass for the Groom. He may now toast his Bride with, "Now our lives are one" or "To our lives together” or “To us” and drinks from the glass.
THROWING OF SEEDS, CONFETTI, PEDALS, SPARKLERS, PARTY POPPERS Etc. Tossing some form of food at the bride and groom is a universal symbolic gesture. Rice, which symbolizes a full pantry and fertility, came to America via the Orient. Times have changed, and rice is seldom thrown at weddings due to the danger to birds and wildlife and the possibility of someone slipping and falling. Now other items stand in for symbolic representatives of food or rice: birdseed, confetti, flower petals or bubbles and more.
Honoring the Mothers and/or Fathers A brief reading is done and then the bride and/or groom present their mother(s) with a small gift…. (flowers usually).
Silent Blessing and Moment of Remembrance Both are small blessings/readings honoring the deceased. They may include specific names or a general statement read by the officiant. Or you may want someone special to read a statement in honor.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF WEDDINGS:THE CLASSIC WEDDING….involves modern language but retains the feel of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. It's romantic and unlike any other formal service you would participate in. It will bring tears to your mother's eyes and make your father proud.
THE TRADITIONAL WEDDING….dates back many generations with a hint of Old-English language. The bride and groom are Lady and Gentleman with chivalry and impeccable manners in the exchange of wedding vows. Because your wedding is sacred, the language should carry the same theme.
THE VINTAGE WEDDING….is designed for widows and widowers whose children have already grown up. It's a simple and sacred service that honors and respects the wisdom of age and the newness of falling in love all over again. It uniquely incorporates the children (and grandchildren) from previous marriages to recognize a new union between souls.
THE RENEWAL WEDDING….same spouse but a second time for taking sacred vows with each other. You may have reached a milestone in your marriage and desire to make vows with each other that reflect those previous years. You may have been through a tough season, or your careers may have kept you apart for some time. Whatever your reason, renewing wedding vows is a special time for your marriage.
THE OFFBEAT WEDDING….incorporates a great deal of fun, modern music and language. One can be creative and safe. It's an original wedding that people will be talking about for years to come.
A FRIENDLY ENDORSEMENT FOR A FRIENDLY RESTAURANT
Many of my weddings couples with their families and friends often search for an "after rehearsal" lunch or dinner restaurant. May I suggest for an easy and casual place to stop in is ALEXIS GREEK CAFE. Something different. Open every day, all week, including Saturdays and Sundays. 11am-10pm (Sun 11-9).
Menu cuisine from the greek isles and brought to San Diego……Alexis has been at this uptown location for 21 years. Chef-owner Jorge Salcedo has brought succulent dishes from Greece to satisfy any pallet. Customers are served in a warm and jovial manner at this popular eatery and located in the friendly neighborhood of Hillcrest where many people pass by with smiles and waves……so dine with ease, in this cozy and friendly atmosphere of the Mediterranean. PARTIES OF UP TO 10-15 PERSONS ARE WELCOMED.
You may want to begin, where Chef Jorge brings to your table, a flambé. A pyromaniacs dream dish consisting of kaseri-cheese, splashed with brandy and then set aflame a few seconds before being smothered with fresh squeezed lemon. What a way to start a flaming good time!!
The chicken Kabob dinner served on a skew filled with juicy chunks of meat, lightly seasoned and marinated. Yes…..a very nice meal.
The Gyros plate served with generous beef with lamb and only at $8.50 a plate, I'm sure it will satisfy your epicurean desire. Greek salads to avgolemano soup and greek pita sandwiches all reasonably priced for any budget.
To finish your epicurean delight you may want to try the homemade Baklava.
And to add to your meal, wines, domestic & imported beer, soda and coffee to finish a great meal.
Whether a party of two or a large group, it's....
ALEXIS GREEK CAFE
3863 Fifth Av.
San Diego, CA 92103
Open Monday thru Saturday from 11am to 10pm and Sundays 11am to 9pm
Larger parties please call for reservations. Take-out is welcome any time.
For lunch or dinner I suggest ALEXIS GREEK CAFE……Thanks