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“A great resource for wedding planning ideas as well as information on various religious traditions.” -Bridal Guide’s Magazine’s New Etiquette for Today’s Bride, Diane Forden, Editor in Chief with Kristen Finello

“Cutting edge.” -Publishers Weekly

“A rarity in a sea of wedding books.” -Marcy Blum, wedding planner and author of Weddings For Dummies

“Read on and create a marriage strong enough to withstand life's difficulties.” -Bernie Siegel, M.D. Author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Prescriptions For Living

“Just what every couple can use...a wonderful and insightful tool.” -David Tutera, event producer/designer, television host of The Party Planner, author of A Passion for Parties

“Instantly indispensable for couples and clergy alike.” -The Rev. Forrest Church, All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City, author of Bringing God Home

“Very well-written, exciting, informative, and spiritual. Bravo!" -Rabbi Gelberman, Ph.D.,Founder and President of All Faiths Seminary International, Founder and past President of The New Seminary in New York City, and author of Physician of the Soul

“An important and timely book.”, -Jane Feldman Co-author and photographer of Jefferson's Children ,The Story of One American Family

“A literal Godsend. “, -Toinette Lippe, author of Nothing Left Over: A Plain and Simple Life

*To read the complete reviews please click on “reviews” and "press" to the left of this page. There you will also find reviews from our readers.

Joining Hands and Hearts, Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding Cel
ebrations, A Practical Guide for Couples (publisher: Simon and Schuster) is for couples of all backgrounds who wish a heartfelt and inclusive wedding ceremony. Today couples of all faiths, colors and cultures are choosing an interfaith ceremony for its spiritually inclusive and personal approach. It is a way of rejoicing in our differences and celebrating our commonality in an atmosphere of mutual love and respect.

Joining Hands and Hearts will guide you in every aspect of planning and creating the wedding ceremony of your dreams—one that will resonate throughout your married life! As a pioneer in the interfaith community with her new approach to ceremony, Macomb’s wedding book is considered by many to be the primer for creating interfaith and intercultural wedding services. Within its pages you will find the most complete manual of universal, religious and cultural rituals, prayers, vows and blessings available. Its extensive manual features 14 faith traditions, numerous humanist and universal elements, and dozens of cultures. Language is adapted so that it speaks to all hearts—in a way that no one is excluded or offended.

Spirituality is emphasized over religious dogma. Each ritual is detailed and explained for you, your families and your celebrant. Macomb offers warm and tender counsel on issues that may surface at the time of the wedding. Read how to approach your families and traditions with respect, love and understanding. Sprinkled throughout the text are inspirational love stories, quotes and the memorable ceremonies of many interfaith, interdenominational, non-denominational, intercultural, interracial and same-faith couples that Macomb has helped join in marriage. You are not alone!

If yours is an interfaith, intercultural or interracial union then you have already embraced a love that knows no boundaries. What could be more beautiful? Joining Hands and Hearts can help you celebrate your union with all the love, grace, and magic it deserves!

Interfaith, intercultural, and interracial couples bring healing and hope for all of us. Each intermarriage brings us one step closer to peace.

For further information on Joining Hands and Hearts please click below. For information regarding Macomb's newest book, Bless This Child, A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Baby Blessing Ceremonies, please visit the baby blessing page on this site.

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Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb of New York City

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