|Based on the belief that everyone should be able to have their special
day celebrated in the way they wish, Rev. Jody Jackett would be happy
to help you celebrate your day without the angst of pressure from family
or friends for the “traditional” religious ceremonies.
If you are in the Sanford/Fayetteville area, Rev. Jody would like to meet
with you and find out the type of ceremony you wish to have. To
incorporate what you wish of the “traditional” in with your specially
Types of ceremonies include Weddings, Hand-fastings, Baptisms,
Commitment Ceremonies, Holy Unions, Civil Ceremonies, and other rituals.
|Special thanks to Ms. Thenna Lynn Rose for helping create this website.
(c) Copyright 2015 - atime2remember.net
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. The Churches are no longer the only place for two people to be wed. Some like the
confines of their own back yard. Some in a park, out with nature. And where ever the couple
wish to be joined is not for me to say.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony including the vows?
Yes. I meet with the couple and get a feeling for who and what they are. What is their passion
for each other and try to involve those thoughts and ideas into words. I even allow them to write
some of the ceremony If they wish to.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, If desired?
Again, yes. It's their day. They have every right to say what is in their hearts.
Do you have a list of readings preselected, from which the couple must choose?
I have some suggested readings. But again, the heart tells them what is right for them.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No. When I sit with the couple, I can tell If they need anything like that. I may offer them my
benefit of experience.. But I'm not a counselor. There are professionals for that.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Absolutely. I find it almost essential. Something may come up and need to be changed at the
last minute. Rehearsals are great places to get all the questions answered.
Does it matter what religion the couple is? No. In today’s world of cyber - connections and
other dating services, sometimes finding the one for you transcends meeting at churches, or
social functions like it did years ago. This is the 21st century. There is no such thing as "the
norm" any more. Normal..is what we are..and everyone else..is their own version of normal.
Do you perform Commitment Ceremonies or same sex ceremonies? Yes. I believe that
people can find their soul mate’s no matter what sex they are. I refuse to be closed minded
about many things. We live in a country built on the ideal that we can search for and find
happiness. Who is to say where that happiness comes from.
What other ceremonies do you perform? I’ll perform hand fasting.. Broom jumping.. Sand
and unity candle ceremonies. There are others that I've not done, but that does not mean I
won’t do them. I do extensive research into each ceremony I’m asked to perform.
Are you affiliated with any group? I am a member in good standing of the American
Association of Wedding Officiates, and My Heart Is Yours Ministry. These groups promote the
inclusion of Professional caring and understanding ministerial clergy for celebratory events (such
as wedding services and other symbolic ritual needs) which promote understanding and
acceptance of our society's diversity; and treating people of every race, creed, color, national
origin, ancestry, religion, disability, sexual orientation or preference, with dignity and respect.
What Religion do you practice? I am a Humanist. Humanism is a progressive philosophy of
life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to
lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. I am
ordained as a Spiritual Humanist. I believe there is a Supreme Deity. I also believe that peoples
faith is a personal choice. No one should be subject to people from other faiths telling anyone
that their beliefs are wrong. But, whatever religious philosophy one has, as long as he/she share
a common belief with the person they are about to be joined with in Marriage that is all that
Tips and Advice:
Wedding ceremonies are a beautiful way of being forever joined with the person you
love. It is a time that you will remember for the rest of your life. A time shared with
friends..and family and loved ones. Let your imagination be your guide to what you want
it to be. It can be a fun or as solemn as you want it to be. It can be themed for what ever
you want it to be. I've done Hawaiian themed weddings, Halloween Ceremonies, many
outdoor weddings.. And location weddings. Plan early. Find someone that has worked
with many different vendors in the wedding area. Most officiants can or should be able
to recommend florists, jewelers, dress makers, cake decorators., DJ's, photographers/
|Note: All photographs used with permission of the owners. Home page
photograph supplied by Andrea McKenzie Photography and Video.