A bold rethinking of the wedding ceremony - and what comes before and after - designed to prepare us for modern marriage.
Many couples today feel uncomfortable with the rituals traditionally associated with getting married. The old ceremonies can feel too overtly religious and out of step with the complexities of contemporary relationships. In response to this dilemma, The School of Life has rethought the ideal wedding day and redesigned the entire process from scratch.
The book begins by proposing new methods of psychological preparation, providing practical advice on how to prepare not only for the day of the wedding, but for the long marriage that follows. Also included is a practical and thoughtfully redesigned wedding ceremony, covering everything from picking a venue to writing vows and selecting readings.
With their trademark wisdom and warmth, The School of Life presents a bold rethinking of one of humankind's most important and popular rituals.
- AN OUTLINE FOR A NEW KIND OF WEDDING CEREMONY: based on psychological theory rather than religious traditions.
- INCLUDES PRACTICAL INSTRUCTION: for marriage preparation, as well as advice for married life.
- GENDER INCLUSIVE: and non-heteronormative.
- PART OF THE NEW PAPERBACK SERIES 'LESSONS FOR LIFE'
i. The Enduring Point of Marriage
ii. The Point of a Wedding Ceremony
iii. The Ceremony
i. Acknowledgement of One’s Fallible Nature
ii. The Imperfection of the Other
iii. Why Am I with This Person?
iv. Dark Premeditations
v. Loving and Being Loved
vi. An Emotional Prenuptial Contract
vii. Pre-marriage Guidance
viii. Planning the Ceremony
2. The Marriage Service
i. The Setting
ii. The Musical Prelude
iii. The Vows
i. The Party
iii. The Wedding Night
iv. The Wedding Album
vi. Marriage Therapy