Your Interfaith Wedding

with Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Articles and Inspiration from Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Your Wedding Ceremony
Today's wedding ceremonies can be creative, fun and very personal.
To have the perfect ceremony, find the right officiant.
When parents reject your selection of mate.
What you need to know about getting your license in NYC
Take the stress out of vow writing
Tips for an easy journey down the aisle
Many cultures bless the hands of bride and groom
Remembering the ones who have passed on
However you decide to do it on the big day, have fun practicing.
The blessings that seal the Hindu marriage
Wedding Readings and Prayers
Beautiful words to include in your ceremony
Wedding Inspiration
Tips for staying sane while planning your wedding
Written spiritual agreements to enhance your marriage
The bride and groom are the eternal lovers, helping us all believe in the power of a good relationship

Interfaith Marriage is on the Rise

These days, 37 Percent of couples are in interfaith unions.


A recent study showed that 37 per cent of Americans are in interfaith marriages. Unions between couples of different faiths and cultures are becoming more common every year as people from different backgrounds meet, fall in love and decide to marry.

As a New York-based wedding officiant, I have joined hundreds of couples from every background imaginable. In my wedding ministry, time and time again, I have met lovely people who clearly are meant for each other but who do not come from the same background or faith. They have found a way to embrace one another, and in most cases, each others families, despite any inherent challenges.

It has become clear to me that love and commitment come in many packages, shapes, sizes, shades, languages, backgrounds and faiths. Love simply does not limit itself to existing only between people who are of the same faith nor does it merely join together people who have the same skin tone or accents. And it does not insist that a man born in one part of the world must only love someone from his country or culture, nor that a woman born into a religious household will find her beloved in the faith of her family. Love does not even insist that partners be of different sexes.

Love is a force that transcends the limited thinking that we must “stick with our own kind.” Many modern men and women are coming to see that true love is a gift, even when an adoring, committed partner does not quite fit the ideal of our fantasies or arrive in the outer package or from the spiritual persuasion our parents imagined for us.

My philosophy is that love between two people is a sacred union and it adds a dimension of holiness to our world that cannot be categorized by religion or culture.

Are there challenges? Yes. But I have also witnessed many couples rise above them and successfully blend their beliefs into married life.

In addition to my commitment to uniting couples from all faiths and backgrounds in marriage, I put everything I know about creating meaningful weddings in my new book, "Your Interfaith Wedding."

Warmly,

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
New York City