Moon River Rituals offers wedding ceremony writing and officiant services throughout Connecticut. Zita Christian, the wedding officiant of Moon River, caters to the unchurched, those who describe themselves as spiritual, not religious. She was a successful romance novelist before turning her passion for love stories to “real-life” happily ever afters. She views your love story as the heart of the ceremony, and will piece together all sorts of words, readings, and rituals that reflect your beliefs. Zita hosts "Weddings with Zita" on YouTube where she interviews other wedding professionals, newlyweds, and offers ceremony ideas. She also as well as "Ritual Recipes, a podcast filled with practical magic to nourish your inner life." Through the podcast, she offers ways to create your own family traditions and imbue your holiday celebrations with home-made meaning.
Zita Christian of Moon River Rituals creates custom wedding ceremonies for couples who are spiritual, not religious. Her ceremonies honor the traditional elements of a wedding ceremony and, at the same time, incorporates rituals that include the parents and/or grandparents, the honor attendants, and special guests who are not members of the wedding party. The love story she writes for each couples shows not only how they fell in love, but why. Not only is the love story the ideal prelude to the moment you take your vows, your love story is also a blueprint for what really looks like. That blueprint is a gift you can give to your guests.
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Lindsay · Married on 06/15/2018
I really can’t say enough amazing things about Zita. I personally wanted to elope, but my now husband and family wanted to have a big wedding. I always felt like weddings take away from the ceremony and marriage by putting too much focus on the reception. I didn’t want to lose the most important part of my day, marrying my husband. Zita made me feel excited about my wedding everytime I spoke with her. When wedding planning had me stressed and upset, Zita always put the focus back on what was important. We are spiritual, not religious, and Zita caters to exactly that. I read reviews from other couples Zita had married who said that everyone at the reception, and for days and weeks after, commented on how much they loved the officiant and the ceremony. I can’t tell you how many of my wedding guests did the same, and are still saying how much they loved her and the ceremony. If you’re not sure on which officiant to choose, do yourself a favor and just give Zita a call. She is the best!Sent on 06/26/2018
Moon River Rituals's reply:Thank you! It was an absolute joy to be your officiant. I'm grateful to you and Collin for sharing the details that made it possible for me to write your love story. And I'm grateful to your moms for raising the beer steins in the family blessing and making it both meaningful and fun! I'm a Disney fan, too. You can be sure that every time I watch "The Lady and the Tramp" I'll think of how Collin proposed to you on the beach and smile.
Allison · Married on 06/15/2019
...Our guests were in tears!
Thanks to Zita, our ceremony was more beautiful than we could have ever imagined! My wife and I were interested in finding a non-religious officiant who said more than what's required by law. Zita was our answer. From our first meeting, Zita made sure she understood what mattered most to us and what experiences and beliefs defined us individually, and as a couple. She walked us through everything step by step and brought possibilities to our attention that we hadn't even thought of. Our guests were in tears, and at our reception, everyone we talked to would gush about our wonderful officiant!Sent on 08/14/2019
Claire · Married on 05/18/2019
Wow just WOW
If you are reading this you need to meet Zita as soon as you can. We knew she was the perfect person to tell our story as soon as we met her. It was everything in us not to ugly cry for the entire ceremony and we had to avoid eye contact with our teary eyed guests. Zita has a gift. Her ability to speak about us in a way that makes us sound so exciting and like something straight out of a romantic movie is something that I still cannot wrap my head around. She will forever hold such a special place in our hearts. We are eternally grateful for what she have done for us and allowed our friends and family to share with us. There were so many happy tears and it really filled everyone with the same love that we have for each other. She will make your wedding that “something extra” and tell your story like she has known you for your entire life.Sent on 05/20/2019
Moon River Rituals's reply:My gosh, Claire, thank you! I must tell you that when I came home, my husband asked about the wedding. I showed him the photos I'd taken and told him about your international guests and about the made-to-order weather. The part he enjoyed the most was when I told him that Joe is a professional pastry chef and that in his vows, he promised he'd never criticize your baking and would always say whatever you made was the best he'd ever had. My husband said, "That Joe...he's a really smart man. They'll be happy." I couldn't agree more. Thank you for trusting me with your ceremony!
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Zita is truly amazing!! She is calming,friendly and knows exactly how to make a couple feel comfortable! I am so happy she will be working with me for another one of my couples this year!
Zita is an amazing writer and Celebrant. Her ability to craft highly personalized rituals is simply awesome.
Zita is an awesome. Our String Quartet and Harp ensemble had the pleasure of playing a wedding ceremony in Connecticut where she was the Wedding Celebrant. We absolutely loved her ceremony and the couple and all the guests did as well. She is so very professional and awfully nice too. Hope to work together in the future. VSmusic4u