- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
Here’s my ceremony script, I copied here and there from other bees and online and added some of my own stuff. let me know what you think! Thanks!
Officiate: [Addressing the Guests] You may be seated… Family and friends, on behalf of Bride and Groom, I welcome all of you here today to this marriage celebration.
We are here today to encourage, rejoice with and support Bride and Groom; and to share in the happiness they are feeling as they pledge their love and commitment to each other.
We rejoice and celebrate in the ways life has led them to each other and brought them to the place where they now stand.
Groom and Bride, look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another, acquaintance, friend, companion, confidante and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last four and a half years.
Today; a day of celebration, is one of those moments that makes life beautiful. We are thankful for times like this, for the opportunity to celebrate this day and to make memories. On this happy day, surrounded by family and friends, we also honor those family members who are no longer with us. Let us pause for a moment and bring them into our thoughts and into our hearts.
To proclaim vows among this circle of your closest family and friends is very powerful because you both are giving your sincere promise to each other that you will love, honor, cherish, respect, understand, and always meet your loved ones needs above your own.
I have three suggestions that I will offer to you two today:
First, always be grateful for the presence of this precious person who has chosen to make a life with you.
My second suggestion is to make each other the recipient of daily kindness. Be generous with compliments, be attentive and helpful. Each of you can, by your tenderness toward each other, kind words and thoughtful actions, make your marriage and your home an uplifting haven.
And last, but perhaps most importantly, make truth the constant foundation of your lives together. A happy, loving marriage is built on trust and respect. That trust and respect can only be sustained if you are both deeply committed to always being open and truthful in every exchange, no matter how small.
My hope for you is this:
May God be with you and bless you. May you see your children’s children. May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings. May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward. May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours; wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours.
Now you shall say a few words that take you to the beginning of a new life, as things will never quite be the same between you two; for after these vows, you shall say to the world, “This is my husband, this is my wife.”
Bride and Groom, at this time, please join hands as you take your wedding vows before your family and friends.
[Addressing Bride]: Bride, please repeat after me:
Groom, I accept you as you are today. I take you to be my best friend, my faithful husband and my one true love. I promise to encourage you, inspire you and to love you truly through good times and bad. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up when are down and to love you unconditionally through all of our adventures in life together.
[Addressing Groom]: Groom, please repeat after me:
Bride, I accept you as you are today. I take you to be my best friend, my faithful wife and my one true love. I promise to encourage you, inspire you and to love you truly through good times and bad. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up when you are down and to love you unconditionally through all of our adventures in life together.
Now please share the vows you have written to each other.
[Bride and Groom share vows]
[Addressing Bride and Groom] I will ask you now to seal the vows you have just made by the giving and receiving of rings. The wedding ring has been a traditional symbol of commitment and everlasting love that, like a circle, has no end. These rings are your gift to each other; they are the outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual bond that unites your two hearts in never-ending love.
[Addressing Groom]: Groom, please repeat after me while placing this ring on Bride’s finger.
This ring is a token of my love. I marry you with this ring, with all that I have and all that I am.
[Addressing Bride]: Bride, please repeat after me while placing this ring on Groom’s finger.
This ring is a token of my love. I marry you with ring, with all that I have and all that I am.
[Wine box ceremony]
Now, you have decided to conclude your wedding with a Wine Box Ceremony. This box will hold a bottle of wine and love letters that you each have written to the other. These letters express your thoughts on today’s wedding, they share details about the good qualities that you have found in each other and they include the reasons that you fell in love with one another. You have kept your letters to yourselves and they are sealed in individual envelopes. I invite you to open this box on your first anniversary. You both, as a couple, shall read the letters you wrote when you were united as husband and wife. When you have finished, write a new letter, reflecting your love on each anniversary, place a new bottle of wine in the box, and return to it every year.
[We drop in the bottle of wine and letters and seal the box.]
Bride and Groom, you have openly declared your wishes to be united in marriage and in the presence of these witnesses, have pledged your love to one another. You began here today in speaking your vows before your family and friends and you will do it again the days and years to come, standing by each other, sharing all the sweet and all the bitter of life. Each tender act, each loving word, will be the declaration of what was made here today.
[Addressing Bride]: Do you, Bride, present yourself willingly into this marriage believing the love you share will endure all things?
[Bride says I do.]
[Addressing Groom]: Do you, Groom, present yourself willingly into this marriage believing the love you share will endure all things?
[Groom says I do.]
In the honesty and sincerity of what you have said and done here today, and in accordance with the laws of the state of Idaho, it is my honor and pleasure to declare you to be, husband and wife.
You may kiss the bride!