My daughter, Peggy, and her sweetheart, Monty, got engaged over the holidays. We are all happy and excited for them.
I won't be at the wedding in my old Officiant capacity -- for the first time, I'll show up as Mother of the Bride. This turns out to be a completely different role!
What to do when facing a completely new role? I'm studying, of course. And Peggy is in charge. We had a launch meeting at the local breakfast place; we each have lists. Engagement photos, bridal outfits, tasting -- we're in for a fabulous, if sometimes hair-raising experience.
The accomplished, Bay-Area-based events planner, Alison Hotchkiss wrote what seems to be a quintessential planner, soup to nuts: All The Essentials Wedding Planner, and Peggy is working through it. She's also using Zola online.
This planning is stirring up memories of my own two weddings, very different from one another and from this one. And I'm remembering all of the hundred or so wedding ceremonies that I led as officiant. It really is a watershed rite of passage, a slow mystery -- becoming a married person.
I feel so lucky that The Wedding Officiant's Guide is again, at least for today, placing top in Amazon's Wedding ceremonies, vows and toasts category. And fifteenth in Romance Fiction Writing Reference! Chronicle Books makes excellent books, and I'm proud to be one of their authors.