Moon River Rituals with Zita Christian, Life-Cycle Celebrant

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Moon-River-Ritual_WebLogoDestiny is a wide road. Whatever path you traveled, Moon River Rituals celebrates the love that brought the two of you to this rite of passage. I write that story of your journey and weave it into the ceremony. For the couple, hearing their love story creates a prelude for making their vows. For their families, hearing the love story assures them that their sons and/or daughters truly love and are truly loved. For the couple’s friends, especially those friends who want to find their own special someone, hearing the love story provides a blueprint of sorts, an image of what love really looks like.

In addition to the love story, my ceremonies are known for their unique rituals. You can see examples in the section below. My favorite wedding ritual is a handfasting. I hope that as more and more couples literally tie the knot, this age-old ceremony will find its place in today’s world of weddings. To further that goal, I’ve adapted a contemporary ritual for a couple with no Celtic roots. I’ve also designed my own line of elegant handfasting cords. You can see them in my shop on Etsy. Because my cords are all approximately nine feet long and finished with hand-beaded fringe, they make gorgeous wedding gown sashes!

Are you looking for a ceremony best described as spiritual, not religious? I can help. I cater to the unchurched. Couples tell me they want a ceremony that’s unique — no boring moments, a ceremony that means something to them – no cookie cutter language, and a ceremony that doesn’t have any particular religious affiliation. My couples might connect with the “spiritual” through astrology, science, philosophy, ethics, history, nature, modes of healing, tarot, or something else entirely. Here’s what one of my brides wrote in a recent review of my services:

“One of my attendants said, ‘that was the most religious, nonreligious wedding I've ever seen.’ That’s because Zita was able to invoke such an intense feeling of love — a spirituality — without ever mentioning a God. Of course Zita has no problem bringing in religion, the point is she is a master at her craft and I was privileged to have her!”

Of course, some of my couples do follow religious traditions. They come to me because their faith might not allow an outdoor ceremony, or prohibit certain music or clothing. Some come from two different religions so I create an interfaith ceremony that will feel comfortable for their parents and grandparents. Whatever the challenge, we find a way.

To inform and inspire anyone planning a wedding, I launched the show “Weddings with Zita” on YouTube. This show features interviews with both newlyweds and top wedding vendors. If you’d like to suggest a topic, I’d love to hear from you.

I serve Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

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How I cater to Offbeat Brides

If you’re looking for a ceremony that goes beyond “Dearly beloved,” I can help.

Yes, couples have been getting married for centuries. That doesn’t diminish how special YOUR wedding is! Just the opposite. As a romance writer, I’ve heard the snarky comments about the predictable happy ending. Fans of the genre don’t read to see IF the couple gets together in the end. They read to see HOW. The characters in each book are unique. The same is true for you. When I write your love story, I seek to blend the truth that we’re all alike with the truth that we’re all unique. Of course, you see the script of the ceremony in advance and have full approval. No surprises.

Beyond “Dearly beloved” also means I give you creative options. For example, for a couple who wanted to incorporate the Buddhist path they’d chosen, I created a ritual called “Wind Horse” based on Tibetan prayer flags. What brought another couple together was their shared reverence for the forest. For them, I created a ritual called “Gifts from the Trees.” For a couple who loved to cook with fresh herbs, I created “Garden Gifts.” For an Irish bride, I used a replica of a large shell and created a ritual based on the Celtic legend of the nine waves. As they took turns swirling the water to make nine waves, I read nine blessings for their future, each based on their past. For a couple married at a historic seaport, I created “Love Knots” – with advice from some romantic men at Home Depot! Most of these rituals created opportunities for several guests to participate.

One of the most beautiful wedding rituals is the handfasting. As I tell all my couples, you don’t have to be Celtic to incorporate this age-old tradition of tying the knot.

Want to create a family heirloom? The handfasting cords I make are about nine feet long, long enough to be used in a baby naming ceremony.

My goal is to make everything about your ceremony, from the rituals to the love story, both meaningful and truly personal.

“Zita just brings out all the warm and fuzzy in you! The family and friends at our wedding told us they had never been to a wedding like ours. It was the farthest thing from boring. It was funny yet spiritual. It made you laugh and cry. I had one friend, a guy in his early 20s, say that the ceremony was his favorite part of the wedding, which means a lot because our reception was at the Society Room with excellent food, an open bar, and we had a really really good DJ!!! … Every bride and groom deserves the kind of ceremony I have only seen done by Zita.” – Latitia and Eloyd

Couples who book me through Offbeat Bride receive the handmade jar and hearts for "The Wedding Jar" ritual, a $49 value.

Examples of my work

Below are links to three posts on my blog, Ritual Writer. All three are about wedding rituals I’ve created. The first is based on the magical properties of trees. The second is a simple, multi-purpose ritual. The third incorporates the magical properties of herbs.


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