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Scaling Down Rites of Passage Ceremony Due to Space

Posted by Thomas on January 24, 2009

Scaling down is okay

Scaling down is okay

Back in December I gave myself until January 15th to find a place to have the Rites of Passage Ceremony. Deadline, came and went. Though I have a solid contact for a place, the size forces me to scale down the Rites of Passage Ceremony. What follows is my original concept for the ceremony and how I envision scaling it down.

Original ceremony components:

  • Live band
  • Catered
  • Server-assisted food line 
  • Hors d’oeuvre
  • Dance floor
  • Multimedia setup
  • Tables/chairs for up to 100 people
  • Solo singer
  • Spoken word presenters
  • Professional photographer

Scaled down ceremony:

  • CD player
  • Food prepared by family and friends
  • Multimedia setup
  • Tables/chairs for 75 people
  • Encouraging speakers
  • Photos by family and friends

I had grand visions of an extremely nice banquet-like ceremony. Reality is we don’t have the space, time, or funds for that scale. Homegrown infused with love, honor, respect, and praise will concretely replace pageantry.

There is no shame in scaling back your original vision. Remember what’s really important in all of this. As always, I hope our sharing makes your experience that much better. We welcome your comments.

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2 Responses to “Scaling Down Rites of Passage Ceremony Due to Space”

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    Love your Brother In Christ,

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