The authors have many years' experience of offering couples a multi-choice format upon which to construct their marriage ceremony. The essence of the book is flexibility and adaptability to individual circumstances.
For each part of your wedding ceremony there are many text options to choose from. Combine them or use them as a starting point to write your own text.
You can find templates for:
* Christian and secular weddings
* te reo Maori ceremonies
* same-sex weddings, and others.
Couples and celebrants outside New Zealand can easily adapt the material to suit their local setting.
You can download free wedding and reception checklists and summaries on the publisher's website.
The authors also provide practical guidance about wedding receptions, including things to avoid, and they offer some advice about building strong, healthy marriage relationships. And they have included guidance and options celebrating the birth of children.
Both authors have significant experience of helping couples prepare for marriage and conducting marriage ceremonies. This book represents a pooling of their experience and expertise. They have also been active in promoting interfaith activity and greater interreligious understanding in New Zealand and beyond. There is a great deal that we can learn from people who base their lives and marriages on a faith different to ours, or on no particular religious faith-foundation at all. This book thus provides some "other-than-Christian faith" marriage information and ceremony options as an aid to greater understanding.
Te reo Maori (The Maori language) is an official language of Aotearoa New Zealand. The everyday use of te reo has been increasing significantly over the last 30 years. Accordingly, the authors have incorporated Nga Whakaritenga Marena - a marriage order of service in te reo Maori - within this book.
The authors hope that this book will also be valued by all who seek a broader and more informed understanding of marriage, including recent developments in New Zealand law to allow for same-sex marriage. Material is provided to help all readers understand some of the rationale and reasons why same-sex marriage has become legal in Aotearoa-NZ, and some of the theological understandings which undergird acceptance of same-sex marriage by some Churches.
The format and style of the wedding reception has evolved over the years. The authors provide advice for how to structure a contemporary wedding reception, taking account of significant changes within society.
Ceremonies of thanksgiving and blessing for the birth of a child are also included within this book. Many couples enter into a committed partnership with the intention of having, or adopting, a child, or children. Resources are provided here to assist with the creation of rituals which will help celebrate the arrival of a new life.
Getting Married in New Zealand - Te Marenatanga ki Aotearoa is a resource for everyone. It is also a Christian-based practical theology resource which seeks to deepen our understanding of the meaning of marriage, and to provide quality inclusive resources to celebrate and sustain marriage relationships. It is the authors hope that this book will help meet the real needs of a new generation of couples and celebrants, both within and "way beyond" the Church.
In short, this book is:
* ideal for celebrants to share with couples
* ideal for couples to plan their own unique celebration
* a helpful gift for couples preparing to marry
* for couples seeking to deepen their marriage relationships, and
* for theology, ministry and religious studies students