WEDDING CEREMONY SAMPLE 4

Opening

Let us lift our hearts as one in delighted celebration of the marriage union we are about to witness between bride and groom.

As they enter into

the sacred and joyous covenant of marriage,

we are blessed to witness

the magnificence of their love,

their open hearts,

and their vibrant and willing spirits.

Inspired by their love,

let each of us rededicate ourselves

to the loving relationships in our own lives.

May we all be enriched

for having shared this day together.

We are gathered here

as family and friends

to celebrate the union of bride and groom,

and witness the joining

of this man and this woman in marriage

as they rejoice in their making

of this important and lasting commitment.

The essence of the marriage relationship

is the openness to another person

in his or her entirety

as lover, companion, and friend.

We join our lives together

in search of something greater and richer;

something that transcends our lives.

Loving one another with depth and passion

is perhaps the greatest treasure

we human beings can attain.

It adds richness and profound meaning to our lives.

Love is one of life’s greatest joys.

By simply giving ourselves to each other,

honestly and courageously,

each partner is infinitely enhanced.

As companions in our day-to-day lives,

we take pleasure in sharing

our time, thoughts, and feelings.

We delight in reporting on

our separate adventures in the world.

These become the rhythm of life

between devoted life partners

as they build their life together.

In marriage, two lives are intimately shared;

and the blending of the two

must not diminish either one.

Rather, it should enhance

the individuality of each partner.

As a marriage matures, it takes on a life of its own.

And within it,

each partner is individually evolving

while growing in understanding of the other.

This wonderful intimacy with another person

can mirror a depth of inner knowing

that awakens levels of awareness

we never knew existing.

To be awakened in this way is a priceless gift.

When we give of ourselves

into a loving marriage partnership,

we do not abandon ourselves;

we do not shed our individuality;

for that is what brought us together in the first place.

Readings

Introduction The Asking

bride and groom

by entering into the covenant of marriage today

you are declaring your faith in each other.

You have indeed earned this faith and trust

by creating a sound foundation for this marriage.

Your task now is to build on this solid base.

Fill your loving partnership

with the caring, trust, vulnerability, and kindness

that are essential to a healthy marriage relationship.

In dedicating yourselves to these values

you will create a marriage that is a source of joy,

in which you may both grow in love

and find fulfillment.

Know that you will be tested

by the routines of daily life,

by chance and circumstance,

and by the full cycle of the seasons of life.

Know that together you must encounter life’s sorrow

no less than its sweetness,

its frustration along with its grace and ease,

its disappointments along with its fulfillment.

Enter your marriage

confident in the love and trust

you have already created between you.

As you go forward in your journey together

as husband and wife,

devote yourselves to living

according to the vows you share today.

Keep your love alive

with your openness to each other

and your enthusiasm for each other.

You hold each other’s hearts

in the palms of your ands.

Be gentle caregivers, honoring this trust.

Let this be a marriage

that enhances your individuality

and allows you to know

that greatest gift that God has given us the

ability to love one another and to be loved.

Groom, do you understand

and accept this responsibility,

and do you promise

to do your very best each day

to create a loving, healthy, and happy marriage?

Groom: yes, I do.

Bride: do you understand

and accept this responsibility,

and do you promise

to do your very best each day

to create a loving, healthy, and happy marriage?

Bride: yes, I do.

Groom do you take bride as your wife and partner?

Groom: Yes I do.

Do you promise to love her every day?

Groom: Yes I do.

And will you respect and trust her,

laugh and cry with her.

Will you be faithfull to her.

Will you be with her in good times and badtimes

no matter what difficulties you may be facing?

Groom: Yes I do.

And will you give her your hand, your heart and your love?

Groom: Yes I do.

Bride do you take groom as your husband and partner?

Bride: Yes I do.

Do you promise to love him every day?

Bride: Yes I do.

And will you respect and trust him

laugh and cry with him.

Will you be faithfull to him.

Will you be with him in good times and badtimes

no matter what difficulties you may be facing?

Bride: Yes I do.

And will you give him your hand, your heart and your love?

Bride: Yes I do.

Your marriage will, no doubt,

be filled with surprises.

Some you will welcome,

while others will test the strength and flexibility of your bond.

Your life together will present many opportunities

to refine and deepen your love

and to explore the profound

depths of your being.

May your love create a safe haven for you both

on the journey that lays ahead of you.

Lead with your hearts and take the time to do the simple things

that will nutrue your love.

Listen to each other attentively to your dreams and your frustrations, be helpmates and be playful in finding ways to give your love anew every day.

Let your love be an inspiration to others

to reach out for what is good within us all.

May your love be so abundant

that you have plenty to share with the rest of us.

It is your love that has brought us here today,

may it grow deeper and sweeter with each passing year.

Ring exchange Introduction

These rings are circles,

As arms that embrace,

these wedding rings you give and receive this day

reflect the circle of shared love

into which you enter as partners in life.

May you always be blessed.

Ring Exchange

groom:

I give you this ring

as a sign that I choose you

to be my lover, my partner,

and my best friend

today, tomorrow, and always.

bride:

I give you this ring

as a sign that I choose you

to be my lover, my partner,

and my best friend

today, tomorrow, and always.

Closing Words

bride and groom,

our best wishes go forward from this day with you.

We wish for you a fulfilling life,

rich in caring and in happiness.

We wish for you a gentle and peaceful life

that nurtures and comforts you.

We wish for you a noble life,

which reflects your honesty, kindness, and integrity.

We wish for you an adventuresome life,

exploring the fullness of your own and each other’s true selves.

bride and groom,

there is a wonderful life ahead of you.

Live it fully.

Love its changes and choices.

Let life amaze you and bring you great joy.

As the Apache Wedding Blessing declares: [to be read by ….]

Example

Now you will feel no rain,

for each of you will be shelter to the other;

Now you will feel no cold,

for each of you will be warmth to the other;

Now there will be no loneliness,

for each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two persons,

but there is one life before you.

Go now to your dwelling place

to enter into the days of your togetherness,

And may your days be-good and long upon the earth.”

You may now kiss the bride!!