Patricia Fretwell, Owner and Officiant at Feelings From the Heart Wedding Chapel (also referred to as Kitchener City Hall wedding chapel) & Officiants (theweddingchapel.on.ca), loves to go to work every day, finding inspiration in the couples she marries.
“In the summer of 1997, I began to work as receptionist and organist at The Wedding Chapel in Kitchener City Hall. I eventually bought the business in 2001 and acquired my licence to marry. Since then I have witnessed many joyous unions. The love is still there, the ceremonies are basically the same. However many couples have opted to wait a few years in order to establish a strong foundation on which to build an enduring relationship. Many want to complete their education, buy a house, raise a young family, all before saying “I do”. They have seen too many of their friends struggling financially. When they do eventually “tie the knot”, their weddings are often smaller, and they are considerate of their family and friends. It is a major expense to be part of the “wedding party”, so couples often choose to have only themselves standing in front of the officiant.” – P
“Couples have also become an active part in their own ceremony. Many choose the write their own vows, present mothers with a rose or often have a “blending of families” ceremony. Because of a divorce, many couples bring children into the new relationship. A sand ceremony or giving of gifts have become popular ways to acknowledge the “new” family. Love and commitment are promised to the children, just as they are promised by the couple.” – P
“Destination weddings are becoming more popular with each passing year! Often the couples are married legally in Ontario before they head to their tropical paradise. When I first began my work here, a couple brought in a huge box of sand and stood in it for the ceremony. They could not afford to go south so they settled for a little fun in the chapel. Needless to say, they were happily married and the sand stayed around for a while! Since all friends and family cannot escape to warmer climates, for various reasons, many couples have an evening party and dance to celebrate their marriage upon their return.” -P
“Yes, couples still marry! They are doing it “their way”. Love is still in the air. It is just celebrated a little differently. And why not . . . .weddings should be very personal and have meaning for those involved.” – P
MORE ABOUT FEELINGS FROM THE HEART WEDDING CHAPEL & OFFICIANTS | Officiants find inspiration offering personalized ceremonies at their chapels or your own location (theweddingchapel.on.ca) (more details in their review in The Ring, here). To find out more, email Pat directly using the form below. 🙂