Blessing Ceremony

When we get back, I would like to have what I would call a blessing ceremony where a dear friend of mine who isn’t licensed to perform marriages would, along with other friends and family members, bless our union.

I do intend to wear my dress (tea length, but distinctly bridal, my mom is making it) for both the civil and blessing ceremonies and intend to have dinner after the blessing ceremony, but everyone will know that we are already legally married and we won’t ask for gifts.  The blessing ceremony is a way to share our joining with our loved ones and to have that blessing by someone who I feel is very powerfully connected to God, but just isn’t able to join us legally.  The dinner will be very low key, just a chance to spend time with the people who love us, and everyone invited to the ceremony is invited to the dinner.