Critique My Ceremony

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee

Looks good. If you do want to have “i do’s”, add it to the portion where you are about to give each other rings. Btw, I copied this example from http://weddinginvitationideasblog.com/how-to-say-i-do-vows-parts-of-a-wedding-ceremony

 

Your uncle can state something like this, or you can combine your vows to this section before you give each other the rings.

 

Minister: “The wedding ring is a symbol of eternity. It is an outward sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two hearts in endless love. And now as a token of your love and of your deep desire to be forever united in heart and soul,I ask you this:

(Grooms Name), as you place this ring on (Brides Name): Do you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife?  Do you promise God, (Brides Name) and all of us here that from this point forward, your arms may be her shelter and your heart may be her guide? Do you promise to support her and nourish her and to love and respect and honor her for the rest of your days on earth?  If so please answer “I do.”

(Brides Name), as you place this ring on (Grooms Name): Do you take this man to be your lawful wedded husband?  Do you promise God, (Grooms Name) and all of us here that from this point forward, your arms may be his shelter and your heart may be his guide? Do you promise to support him and nourish him and to love and respect and honor him for the rest of your days on earth?  If so please answer “I do.”

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Call to worship:

Dear friends and family, with great affection for Mr. and Mrs. we have gathered together to witness and bless their union in marriage. To this sacred moment they bring the fullness of their hearts as a treasure and a gift from God to share with one another. They bring the dreams which bind them together in an eternal commitment. They bring their gifts and talents, their unique personalities and spirits, which God will unite together into one being as they build their life together. We rejoice with them in thankfulness to the Lord for creating this union of hearts, built on friendship, respect and love. 

 Please join me in prayer!

Opening prayer:

Our Father, love has been Your richest and greatest gift to the world. Love between a man and woman which matures into marriage is one of Your most beautiful types of loves. Today we celebrate that love. May your blessing be on this wedding service. Protect, guide, and bless Mr. and Mrs. in their marriage. Surround them and us with Your love now and always. Amen.

Everyone may now be seated!

Giving away:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man? 

Charge:

Mr. and Mrs., the covenant which you are about to make with each other is meant to be a beautiful and sacred expression of your love for each other. As you pledge your vows to each other, and as you commit your lives to each other, we ask that you do so in all seriousness, and yet with a deep sense of joy; with the deep conviction that you are committing yourselves to a dynamic growing relationship of trust, mutual support, and caring love.

Let me charge you both to remember, that your future happiness is to be found in mutual consideration, patience, kindness, confidence, and affection. Mr., it is your duty to love Mrs. as yourself, provide tender leadership, and protect her from danger. Mrs., it is your duty to treat Mr. with respect, support him, and create a healthy, happy home. It is the duty of each of you to find the greatest joy in the company of the other; to remember that in both interest and affection, you are to be one and undivided.

Now Mr. & Mrs. if you will both please repeat after me!

Pledge (vows):

I take you, 

to be my partner in marriage, 

loving you now  

and as you grow 

and develop into all that God intends.

I will love you when we are together and when we are apart; 

when our lives are at peace 

and when they are in turmoil; 

in times of rest 

and in times of work.

I will honor your goals and dreams and help you to fulfill them.

From the depth of my being,

I will seek to be open and honest with you. 

I say these things 

believing that God 

is in the midst of them all.

Minister: May I please have the rings!

Ring exchange:

Minister: “The wedding ring is a symbol of eternity. It is an outward sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two hearts in endless love. And now as a token of your love and of your deep desire to be forever united in heart and soul, I ask you this:

(Grooms Name), as you place this ring on (Brides Name): Do you promise God, (Brides Name) and all of us here that from this point forward, that you promise to support her and nourish her and to love and respect and honor her for the rest of your days on earth?  If so please answer “I do.”

(Brides Name), as you place this ring on (Grooms Name): Do you promise God, (Grooms Name) and all of us here that from this point forward, that you promise to support him and nourish him and to love and respect and honor him for the rest of your days on earth?  If so please answer “I do.”

Unity cross:

The Unity Cross represents how the -Two become One.  God created man- Bold, Strong, the Defender of the Family yet he is empty and incomplete without the woman. God created Woman- Delicate, multi-faceted, taking care of all of the little things that completes the man, and the -Two become One.  the 3 golden pegs to lock the union(cross) together in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. What God has brought together let no man take apart.

Pronouncement:

Because Mr. and Mrs. have desired each other in marriage, and have witnessed this before God and our gathering, affirming their acceptance of the responsibilities of such a union, and have pledged their love and faith to each other, sealing their vows in the giving and receiving of rings, I do proclaim that they are husband and wife in the sight of God and man. Let all people here and everywhere recognize and respect this holy union, now and forever.

Please join me in prayer!

Closing prayer:

May the love of God be above you to overshadow you, beneath you to uphold you, before you to guide you, behind you to protect you, close beside you and within you to make you able for all things, and to reward your faithfulness with the joy and peace which the world cannot give — neither can it take away. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom be glory now and evermore. Amen.

The Kiss:

Mr. you may now kiss your Bride.

Presentation of the Couple:

It is now my privilege to introduce to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs.


Are you signing papers during the ceremony or after you are presented as a couple and everyone goes for away for cocktail hour?

I have shortened some portions, specifically the vows and ring exchange section, so maybe you can read over everything I’ve posted to see where I made some subtle changes and suggestions.

I hope this helps.

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