How many times have you attended a cookie-cutter wedding? Have you ever left feeling like it wouldn’t have mattered who was getting married? Can you recite the platitudes about marriage you hear at such weddings? Here at LifeBlessings.net, we believe there is another way. One of our officiants recently led a marriage ceremony for a young couple with a complicated family situation. There were multiple parental divorces among both the lesbian and straight parents, and one parental death. The families ranged from Jewish to Evangelical Christian to Atheist. At the end of the wedding, all the parents approached our officiant with delighted surprise that it had been a lovely ceremony. Thinking it over later, we realized what distinguished the ceremony was that she had spoken the truth about marriage during the ceremony, both the hard parts and the good parts. She had woven in all of their families’ religious traditions into the ritual. She had spoken to the actual strengths and weaknesses of the couple. She challenged the community to support them for long haul. Unitarian Universalists are uniquely positioned to help you create authentic and meaningful personal rituals.