Prison Weddings - Sacred Ceremonies - Marrying an Inmate
There are couples who choose to get married while one partner is doing time. This does not mean that the wedding day cannot be special. The correctional institution may restrict many of the marriage rituals from being performed, as well as, limiting other activities. Such ritual, like lightening the unity candle, jumping the broom, sharing wine, breaking glass or pouring sand can be replaced with something you create.
So think creatively and let your imagination run wild (for your prison wedding) until you find something that both of you shared and enjoyed together that can be symbolized through words, song, body language, or touch. Get your partner to participate in this creative process. Just because he/she is in lock down does not mean that he/she has to be disconnected.
It will be my job, as a minister, to help those who participate and attend the ceremony to transform present reality into an illusion. While creating a space that is sacred, blessed, and prepared for the ceremony of marriage; your marriage will start off in the light of love and God.
Within the limits of the correctional system, I will work with you to create a uniquely special wedding ceremony that reflects your feelings, beliefs, and hopes for a successful future.
So ladies, don't go out and buy the most revealing dress you can find, because bare skin must be covered. You cannot bring a bouquet, music, cake, gifts (other than the ring), or camera. Costume jewelry will set off the alarm, as well as, clothes with metal beads and high heel shoes with nails. You can still be beautiful without the glitter and exposed skin. Be creative and be of good spirit.
Ask how much time you have after the ceremony to spend with your new spouse. You may be granted 1 hour or more.
Taking steps to bond your partnership is the beginning of showing your love and commitment to each other. It's the building blocks of creation that two spirits seek to help each other unfold, grow, and develop into beautiful people who can teach others the way of true balance.
Your ceremony can be one of the following or a combination:
I will travel to your wedding site. Letting me know where, when, and how to get there; puts me at the right place at the right time.
Who I Am
Rev. Starlene J. Burns
SJB Ministries, LLC
Serving Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC
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Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns specializes in prison weddings
in the Washington DC & Baltimore Metropolitan area.