Sussex Interfaith Ministers Group

Wedding Ceremonies

 Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along. (Rumi)

A marriage is a highly personal, loving ceremony that may be traditional, unconventional, old world, new world, classical, pagan or just elegant and thoroughly old fashioned. Interfaith Ministers offer an unprecedented creativity and enthusiasm to marriages, civil partnerships, hand-fasting or commitment ceremonies.  If you are spiritual but not religious, or you both come from different religious backgrounds, or if you have no particular belief, and just want something more than a register office wedding, then an Interfaith Minister is a perfect choice.

The minister will appreciate your own personal intentions for your marriage and work closely with you to make the ceremony special.  Working in collaboration with you, an interfaith minister will help you to arrive at the wedding ceremony of your choice. You will get help writing your own personal vows, and be skillfully and lovingly guided through every step leading to the moment when you say “I do”.

It is still not possible in England, as a non-denominational minister, to do the legal registration of the marriage. Choosing your own unique wedding ceremony, you will need to arrange for the registration of the marriage, sometime before or after your big day. This takes place in a registry office, or on a site registered for weddings for example, a hotel, which the Registrar will come to. However, it is not necessary at a registry office wedding to exchange rings, or speak the “statement of intent”. Together with the vows, these can be kept for the heart of the ceremony, which your interfaith minister will lead, and where family and friends are gathered to witness the event.

Wedding ceremonies can take place anywhere, from gardens to woodland, downs or beaches, from hotels to village halls, and private houses or other function rooms. “There is no place where Love is not”, and any place is made sacred by the loving hearts of the wedding guests and family.