Our Personal Touch for Unique Unforgettable Ceremonies
Tampa Bay, St Petersburg's, Clearwater, Sarasota,Lakeland area's
Christian ~ Non-Religious
Active Duty Military Specials
Renewal of Vows
Magical Moments Begin Here
Island Bamboo by Kelly
Available for rent
Includes put up & take down
We will assist you with packaging Preferred Bamboo Venue
Preferred Professional Photographer
Preferred Professional DJ
Our Officiant Services
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Lynne & Russell
Chris & Chris
Anthony & Denise
Stephen & Thomasena
Amee & John
Lori & Joe
Deborah & Clint
Denise & Rafael
Rebecca & Kevin
Anthony & Chasity
Heather & Jessine
More to Come!
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Browse through the various ceremonies, options, photo's of our Happy Newlyweds and contact us with any questions!
My name is Sharon founder of Alafia Ceremonies LLC. "Alafia" is an Indian term meaning "water of fire". I reside adjacent to the Alafia River and Officiate Ceremonies thus Alafia Ceremonies was created!
My beliefs are to Make Magical Moments for each couple.
Every couple deserves a nice beginning to their married life.
Every couple deserves a nice ceremony designed for them.
Every Ceremony written is designed for each individual couple.
No two couples are alike and no two ceremonies are alike!
Your guests will observe your wedding ceremony not one they have witnessed several times before.
We are booking well into 2010
Some good times still available for 2009
Book now at 2009 rates & save
Non Denominational Ceremonies, Faith Specific as Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, etc, Faith Specific Vows and Biblical Readings. Your ceremony will be customized to fit your personalities and desires.
Secular/CivilWe offer a variety of theme and civil ceremonies from beach themed to sweet and simple. Every Couple is different and unique & each ceremony is too!
Often couples of Christian & Jewish faith will seek out advice on how to incorporate both faiths, and both families' values to make all of their guests feel special and included.
Joel and myself have assisted many couples overcome this obstacle. I have written a beautiful ceremony that incorporated elements of both faiths. Joel and I conduct the ceremony together. We incorporate Christian traditions as a Hand Blessing, Unity Candle, Readings or Poems, and Joel will speak in Hebrew the 7 Blessings and along with Breaking of the Glass. Couples and Guests are always pleased and impressed with the success of such a beautiful ceremony.
Interfaith 2 Officiants
Your Vows can be said in the following three ways:
1. Repeat after me: I will speak the vows in increments and you simply repeat them after me.
2. I speak the vows and you simply respond " I DO"
3.You May write Your own vows and read them to each other. Memorizing them is not a good idea as this is a very emotional time and often couples will freeze or forget what they wanted to say.
Erin & Trevor's Handfasting Ceremony
This is an ancient Celtic Tradition and the phrase "Tying the Knot" began! Add something unique and different. You will have wonderful memories and Keepsake Ribbons. This ceremony is performed following your Ring exchange.
Blessing Stone Ceremony:
At the end of your Ceremony family and friends will throw a blessing stone into the Sea
The saying "Set In Stone" was derived from this ceremony
Many couples choose to get marrid at a Florida location of their choice. Our Beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches, Hotels, Parks, or a homes of family and friends. Just the two of you, or with a few family members or friends you will create a memory of a lifetime. Many couples prefer beautiful, romantic, sunset beach weddings then celebrate with a quiet romantic dinner. Others will honeymoon here or leave for a cruise from a nearby port. Some couples plan day trips, fishing trips, sightseeing and even Disney or Busch Gardens. Many couples plan a reception back home for their family and friends. We will provide for you information to obtain your Florida Marriage License, answer your questions and assist you any way possible to make your Destination Wedding fun and stress free as possible.
Shay Destination Wedding
Rachel & Joey
Christy & Brian Handfasting
Officiant & Photography Package
(Small or Destination Wedding)
We will package for you your Officiant Services with a One Hour of Professional Photography. All images supplied on a CD with copyright release. Once back home, couples will often use the images as a slide show at their reception for family and friends.
Renew Your Vows
Ray & Lisa 25 years together!
There are no rules when to renew your wedding vows! This is a personal decision. Couples renew their vows on an anniversary, after a difficult time, separation or terminal illness. Others renew their vows "Just Because". Include your adult children, young children and even your grandchildren. If you are in a difficult situation, illness, home bound, or in the hospital we will come to you. Don't wish you did! Just say "I DO" again!
Also referred to as Heart to Heart Ceremonies.n This is not a same sex marriage. It is for couples who wish to commit to each other without a marriage license or legal marriage. This generally is an option for a couple who would lose retirement or pension benfits. Contact Us for More Information.
Options to Make Your Ceremony Unique for the Two of You
We will provide you with numerous options you may wish to include in your ceremony. Some you may never have heard of! Memorial Mentions, Unity and Sand Ceremonies, Roses for Your Mothers to Honor them, Readings, Poems, God's Knot, and much more. Visit our Ceremonies and Options page for more idea's.
Sand Ceremony Package
We will supply the decorated table, choice of two colors of quality glitter sand, end vases or seashells to pour your sand, and a decorated Keepsake Heart Vase decorated to your theme or colors! Include your children... Let them choose a color sand and we will provide a vase for them to pour their sand with also! Everytime they see the vase in their home they will remember they were included... they were an important part of your special Wedding Day.
Our attire is entirely your choice providing it is within good taste! Casual, Formal, or Clergy Robe (providing weather permits and is not too hot to wear outdoors in the hot summer sun)
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Email or Cell Phone 24/7
We will respond as soon as possible
Get Aquainted Meeting
Out of area or just cant meet? I will consult with you on the phone and answer all of your questions, discuss your plans with you. Email is also another option for you!
Ready to Reserve Your Date?
We book up to one year in advance.
Holiday weekends, Spring, Fall and Winter book very quickly!
1. Contact Us to Insure Your Date is Available
2. Complete the Agreement and Bride & Groom Worksheet
3. Mail, Fax, or Scan and Email the Information
4. $50.00 retainer is required by check, money order, or PayPal right on this website
We serve the Tampa Bay, St. Pete, Sarasota, Lakeland area
On the beach, Your favorite Venue, Your backyard
From the Two of You to Two Hundred
Experienced ~Dependable ~Affordable
Due to High Demand Requests!
We will now travel throughout Florida
Additional Charges Apply
We Are Brides Choice Award Winner 2010-2012 from Wedding Wire
Short Notice Wedding Dates available: 2012
My mission is to create a ceremony for the two of you that is unique, special and one that will be remembered by yourselves and your guests. Your guests will remain focused on the two of you as they experience Your Ceremony Your Way
(Sharon)CEO Alafia CeremoniesLLCAmerican Association of Professional WomanAmerican Association of Wedding OfficiantsBrides against Breast CancerAmerican Fellowship ChurchVFWAmerican LegionFleet ReserveChristian ~ Faith Based Non-DenominationalCivil~SecularHandfasting~Unity Candle~ Sand Ceremony(see Ceremony/Ritual Page)Destination~ Short Notice~ElopementBelow are my back-up Officiants and will refer you to them if you desire a Male Officiant
(Michael)Christian~Faith BasedNon-DenominationalNon-ReligiousDestination~Short Notice~ElopementContact us for referral to MichaelInsure all of Your guests are included!
(Joel)Expert with Jewish TraditionsSpeaks Fluent Hebrew/YiddishAdd as much Hebrew as you would like will paraphrase in EnglishHebrew Prayer/Breaking of the GlassHebrew/Yiddish Songs/PoemsInterfaithNon-ReligiousDestination~Elopement~Short NoticeContact Us for Referral to Joel~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Are One of You Jewish & the other Christian?We will Officiate Jointly to capture the elements important to each of you!Let All of Your Guests feel Included!
Interfaith CeremonyChristian & Jewish 2 Officiants representing both faiths, beliefs and traditionsHand Blessing, Sand Ceremony, 7 Blessings, Breaking of glass
Beautiful Interfaith CeremonyRyan & BrendaLongboat Key~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Yourweddingceremony should be anenjoyable event from start to finish.
It is a time of joy and celebration!Destination Wedding on the Beaches!
We will design a wedding ceremony that is enjoyable&memorable from start to finish.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Make sure you are dealing with a Registered Florida Business!Go to www.sunbiz.orgtype in their business name! It's that easyDon't be left standing at the altar with no recourse of action!
We will include Aspects of a traditional ceremony that are important to you
Add new idea's that fit your personalities
Theme & Unique
We will find the right words that are meant for you.
You will know when it fits like a glove. You will feel it is perfect!
Guys wanna have fun too!
Each couple is provided with a selection of Scripts to begin designingtheir ceremony. Based on your desires you may choose from Religious, Jewish, Non-Religious or Interfaith. You may add, delete, or change words. You may decide you like parts of various ceremonies whichare always an option for you.
We will then begin adding your personal touches!
Families & Friends
Family and friends are always encouraged to read a poem or biblical reading, partake in a community blessing, candle ceremony, Unity Joining of Hands, Renewal of Vows by Guests, or any other way you wish to include them
Mothers of the Bride & Groom
Mothers of the Bride & Groom are always welcome to light the unity candles, and or you may wish to
give your mothers a rose during your ceremony
Louie & Annette celebrating 22 Years and God is Smiling.....
A private elopement ceremony is the answer for some couples. They don't want their memory to be of a courthouse wedding.
Including a deceased parent in your ceremony may include a special remembrance. We will provide for you samples to choose from.
You may have a child from a previous relationship, your own child, or an unborn child that you would like to include in your ceremony. There are several options available, depending on the age of the child and what you feel is appropriate. It may include Children Vows, Family Unity or Sand Ceremony, Gift to a Child or Children.
Heritage or Traditions
Coins & 4 Elements
Tying the Knot ....This is how it all started!
Your Heritage or Family Tradition is something that is special to the two of you.
We are always ready to help you design a ceremony that includes your special request.
Some Options or Rituals You May Wish to Include:
Hand Blessing, Hand fasting, Unity Candle, Sand Ceremony, Sand Ceremony with seashells, Water & Rose Ceremony, Cord of Three Strands, Wine Ceremony, Several different Rose Ceremonies, Hand Blessing Ceremony, Honey Ceremony, Wine Box Ceremony, Blessing Stones, Passing of the Peace, Non-Denominational Communion.
Scripts are provided for your review
Biblical Readings~ Prayers~ Poems
You will also be provided with a selection of Biblical Readings & Poems that you may include in your ceremony.
Opening Words & Closing Words
We have available a variety of opening words and closing words which are available for further personalization of your ceremony
Vows & Ring Vows
We will provide for you Vows and Ring Vows that may be Repeated or You May Read them to each other. You are always welcome to write your own vows or simply speak from your heart during the ceremony.
Scripts are provided for your review
Homilies & Sermons
Homilies and & Sermons may be included in your ceremony following a biblical reading or poem should you desire
Scripts are provided for your review
A rehearsal is more than just walking in and walking out and where to stand.
We will discuss the roles of your parents, bridal party, ushers and their roles, seating of grandparents & parents, children in the wedding, where to stand, how to stand, which way to face and when.
Your escort giving your hand to your awaiting groom, where, when, how
Cues we use during the ceremony, answer your questions and much more to help you feel comfortable, confidentfor a nice flowing ceremony
We are licensed, bonded, insured! ARegistered Florida Business!
Payment: We accept Cash, Check, Credit Card, Money Order, Paypal