- 6 years ago
- Wedding: January 2009
This is what i came up with for our Justice of the Peace to read. our ceremony is outside by a lake. Do you think it is to wordy, and people will lose their attention span??
We are gathered here at this time to celebrate the coming together of two separate lives. We are about to witness the joining of this man ______________and this woman, ______________________, in marriage:
****OPTIONAL: Who gives this woman to be married ?
Marriage is the basis of all earthly relationships. It should be entered into thoughtfully, and with full understanding of it’s nature.
There are no obligations on earth more sweet or tender than those you are about to assume. There are no vows more solemn than those you are about to make. There is no human institution more important than that of the family you are about to form.
Any marriage, to be complete, must first be spiritual. Two individuals must share an understanding of inner thoughts, purposes, and actions. A true marriage is based on this deep, invisible union of two souls who seek to find completion in one another. This completion is what we call true love.
To love is to remember and keep alive forever all those unique qualities that drew you to one another in the beginning…. Those first halting phrases…the thrill of discovery…. That wonderful feeling of oneness when your eyes met.
To love is to constantly search for new ways to bring each other to happiness, to make the most of every moment you share together, and marvel at how your feelings for one another keep rising to new dimensions.
To love is to create an oasis of tranquility for one another and a quiet place, apart from others, where you need not pretend…where you can be yourselves…. And know within your hearts, you will be accepted by one another.
To love is to greet each day with anticipation…Always eager for another opportunity to share new adventures…And gather up new memories TOGETHER!
To love is to follow the rainbow through the rain, to be able to laugh at yourselves and bewilling to say….”I was wrong, I’m sorry”…To forgive, and more importantly, to FORGET, and to always believe and trust in one another.
To love is to watch with wonder all the miracles of creation, to find beauty in all the simple things of life, and to find, within yourselves, a deeper appreciation and a new awareness of how wonderful it is to be alive…
To love is to come together from the pathways of the past and then move forward…Hand in hand, along the uncharted roads of the future, ready to risk, to dream, and to dare…. And always believe that all things are possible with each other’s support.
Today your separate lives with their individual memories, desires, and hopes merge into one. You are about to pledge the best that you have in you to this new life, and to strive to live together at the highest level.
It is in this spirit that you will now exchange your vows:
“Do you ____________, take _____________ to be your lawfully wedded wife, promising to love and cherish, through joy and sorrow, sickness and health, and whatever challenges you may face, for as long as you both shall live?”
Do you ____________, take __________ to be your (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do you part?”
Exchange of Rings
“I (name) give you (name) this ring as an eternal symbol of my love and commitment to you.”
“With this ring, I thee wed.”
The Apache end their wedding ceremonies with these words:
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. There is no longer loneliness, for you are two persons with one life before you. Go then to your dwelling place and enter into the days of your togetherness, and may those days be good and be long.
In as much as you, G_____, and you B______, have pledged your faith and commitment each to the other in the presence of these witnesses, by the authority vested in me and pursuant to the laws of the Great State of New York,
I now pronounce you
HUSBAND AND WIFE!