Reverend C.Knight

Hello, I am Reverend Knight. I became ordained in 2001 expressly for the purpose of serving as a wedding officiant for friends seeking alternatives to traditional church weddings. In 2009 I began planning my own wedding and realized two things quickly, first wedding are expensive, second officiants aren't as common as I'd expected. Even if I'm not the minister for your wedding I hope I can help here with advice and suggestions for your big day.

Garland Exchange (Hindu and Hawaiian tradition)

In both Hindu and Hawaiian ceremonies, the bride and groom exchange garlands of flowers. In Hindu weddings, the bride and groom meet in front of the mandap (wedding platform), where they exchange gifts of flower garlands before stepping onto the platform in a ceremony called Kanya baran Jaimala. They then wear the garlands around their…

Ethical Humanist Vows

_________, will you receive _____ as your lawfully wedded wife/husband? Will you share your life with her/him, hold your love firm, and dutifully care for her/him in all the varying circumstances of your life?   ________, will you have _______ as your wife/husband, to live together in marriage? Will you love her/him, comfort her/him, and…

Crowning Ceremony (Eastern Orthodox)

The crowning is the centerpiece of an Eastern Orthodox wedding ceremony. Garland wreaths are often fashioned into ornate crowns as a symbol of glory and honor. Crowns can also be made of orange blossoms, myrtle leaves, or sometimes used to represent the royalty of marriage. The koumbaros presents the couple with two crowns joined by…

Crossing Sticks (African-American)

Couples demonstrate their commitment by crossing tall wooden sticks in an African-American tradition that dates back to the time of slavery. The sticks represent the power and life force within trees. By crossing the sticks the couple expresses a wish for a strong and grounded beginning. If you decide to incorporate this tradition, you can…

Civil Ceremony with a reading

  Greeting: We are gathered together here to celebrate the love which Groom and Bride have for each other, to give social recognition to their decision to commit their lives and accept each other completely, to learn how to help and understand each other, to build a family, and together, to travel through life. Further,…

Circling (Jewish)

Circling is a Jewish tradition When the couple first step underneath the huppah, their wedding canopy, the bride circles the groom seven times, representing the seven wedding blessings and the seven days of Creation, and demonstrating that the groom is the center of her world. To make the ancient ritual reciprocal, many couples opt to…

Circling the Table (Eastern Orthodox)

Circling the Table The priest (and sometimes the Koumbaros, too) leads the couple three times around the alter on which a Bible and cross rest. This ritual predates Christianity – it originated in Judaism- and represents the dance around the Ark of the Covenant. The choir sings three hymns as the couple circles. In this…

Breaking the Glass (Jewish)

Breaking the Glass is another Jewish tradition with great symbolism. Crushing a wineglass under the groom’s foot at the end of the ceremony is a Jewish tradition with many meanings. It’s a symbol of the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem; a representation of the fragility of relationships; and a reminder that marriage changes…

Arras (Spanish and Latino)

During Catholic ceremonies in Spain, Panama, and Mexico, the groom presents the bride with thirteen gold coins, known as arras, to represent his ability to support her. The coins are blessed by the priest and passed through the hands of the newlyweds several times, ending with the bride. Want to make the ritual a little…

A Basic Civil Ceremony W/ Ring Exchange

Civil Ceremony Vows   This is our most common ceremony for a simple wedding: Who gives this woman? Marriage is perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure of human relationships. No ceremony can create your marriage; only you can do that – through love and patience’ through dedication and perseverance; Through tenderness and laughter; through…