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Moon River Rituals

Manchester, Connecticut View map

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$950 Typical Price

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.

Services Offered
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.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$950

Which of the following are included in the price?

Ceremony Rehearsal

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$950

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

Yes

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union
Single Religion

What services do you provide?

Allow Couples' Own Vows

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Anglican
Buddhist
Earth-Based
Episcopalian
Hindu
Jewish
Lutheran
Methodist
No Denomination
Pagan
Presbyterian
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

CT
MA
NY
RI

What languages do you speak?

English

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    Allison Married on 06/15/2019
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    ...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!
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    Claire Married on 05/18/2019
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    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.

    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 the Best!

    My husband and I couldn't have been any happier about hiring Zita to be our wedding officiant. She puts so much heart and passion into everything she does! Of the feedback we got from guests at the wedding, we consistently got rave reviews of how phenomenal Zita was. She worked many hours with us to get our "love story" just right for our ceremony. It was incredibly personal and heartfelt and blew all of our guests away! Zita is such a warm and loving person and being an officiant is definitely her calling. We also loved the rituals she performed during our ceremony to make it extra special. We had a family blessing, held owl stones while saying our vows, and finally officially tying the knot! Every time we look back on that day we can't help but smile and thank Zita for making that all possible!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner

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Professional Network & Endorsements

7 Endorsements
Nightingale Events Nightingale Events Wedding Planners

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!

Elisa Chase, Tapestry Ceremonies Elisa Chase, Tapestry Ceremonies Wedding Officiants

Zita is an amazing writer and Celebrant. Her ability to craft highly personalized rituals is simply awesome.

VSmusic4u VSmusic4u Wedding Musicians

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

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184 Oak Grove Street Manchester, Connecticut, 06040
8604024231
860-646-0155
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