Best Ceremony Ever: How to Make the Serious Wedding Stuff Unique (Best Ever) (Paperback)
Gravitas and fun get married within these pages, and we're all invited
Certified lifecycle celebrant Christopher Shelley is on a mission to revolutionize the wedding ceremony—or at least to make it as enjoyable as the reception. In Best. Ceremony. Ever., he will forever alter the way couples and wedding pros think about tying the knot. Shelley, who has officiated hundreds of weddings, walks couples and officiants through working together, from setting the atmosphere to telling an unforgettable love story. He shares questions for the couple to ask themselves before meeting with their officiant, and offers a wedding vow workshop and complete sample ceremonies.
Shelley cares about the guests as much as the couple getting married, and his friendly, entertaining guide is a treasure chest of ideas to make guests laugh, cry, and then laugh at how much they’re crying. From announcing the wedding (insert cliff-hanger) to selecting venues (consider breweries!) to choreographing processionals (dance party!) to explosive recessionals (balloon drop!), opportunities to surprise guests abound.
About the Author
Christopher Shelley is New York’s funniest certified Life-Cycle Celebrant. In addition to performing wedding ceremonies in New York and beyond, he has officiated in-studio weddings on The Rachael Ray Show and wrote and performed a memorial service for Joan Rivers’s dog on Joan Knows Best.
If you’re looking to plan a wedding that feels like yours and not your grandmother’s, then you need this book. With warmth and humor, Christopher Shelley uses his years of experience as a celebrant to lay out everything you need to make your ceremony fun and memorable for everyone. Don’t worry, Grandma will love it, too.
— Jennifer Wright, author of It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Break-Ups in History (happily married to Daniel Kibblesmith)
Christopher Shelley tells it all with the panache, wit, and experience of a professional, savvy celebrant. If you are about to get married, this book delivers the all-important information you need with clarity, humor, and supreme coolness. His keen advice, direction, and examples are sure to make a wedding day the best it could ever be—for both the couple getting married and their tribe of family and friends. Shelley is one of our most skilled, talented, and debonair certified Life Cycle Celebrants®; he makes all his couples and their guests feel ‘royal.’
— Charlotte Eulette, International Director of the Celebrant Foundation & Institute
Shelley is the maestro of matrimony. He has been gifted with a divine power to imbue your wedding ceremony with off-the-chain joy. The kind of joy that starts your marriage off with a bang. Read this book. You’ll learn at the feet of the master and have a ball doing it.
— Jen Spyra, staff writer at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
I would love for Chris to be my celebrant. I say that despite the fact that I know it would probably just end up as more material for another hilarious book on weddings. After reading this book, if your questions still aren’t answered about what goes down at a wedding, don’t get married.
— Jordan Carlos, comedian and writer
A funny, practical, and romantic guide to why most weddings suck and why yours doesn’t have to. My favorite work by a Shelley since Frankenstein—and ideally Chris would’ve sewn me and my wife into one person as well.
— Daniel Kibblesmith, author of Santa’s Husband (happily married to Jennifer Wright)