We wrote our entire ceremony.
Our vows themselves were very personal and intimate and we both just wrote what we felt.
For the ceremony we just found a whole bunch of phrases we liked using online resources and put it together and changed it to make it our own:
Here is our entire ceremony (Sorry it’s long):
Good afternoon. We gather here today to witness and celebrate an act of deep love. FMM and Mr. M, in their devotion, respect, and love for each other wish to unite in the bond of marriage, and to dedicate themselves to each other’s happiness and wellâ€‘being as life mates and partners. On behalf of them, I welcome you all.
Although this is their day, it is also a tribute to all of you. For knowing and interacting with you has helped to make our Bride and Groom who they needed to be to find each other. They would like to thank you all for that.
It is often said that it is love that makes the world go round. However without doubt, it is friendship, which keeps our spinning existence on an even keel. True friendship provides so many of the essentials for a happy life. It is the foundation on which to build an enduring relationship, it is the mortar which bonds us together in harmony, and it is the calm, warm protection we sometimes need when the world outside seems cold and chaotic. True friendship holds a mirror to our foibles and failings, without destroying our sense of worthiness. True friendship nurtures our hopes, supports us in our disappointments, and encourages us to grow to our best potential. FMM and Mr.M came together as friends. Today, they pledge to each other not only their love, but also the strength, warmth and, most importantly, the fun of true friendship.
FMM and Mr.M want to acknowledge their parents on this occasion; MOB, FOB, MOG and FOG, FMM and Mr.M offer their profound gratitude to their parents for all the love and care they showed in raising them. The unconditional gifts of love and support that you have continually offered have inspired them to become who they are today, and they thank you, from the bottom of their hearts, for guiding them to this celebration of love here today. Without you, this day would not be possible.
You are my Everything. We’ve shared so many great memories together, and I look forward to many more.
My Promise to you is:
To be honourable and true
To always show compassion and sincerity
To be the first to forgive and the last to judge
I will be your pillar of support and your net when you fall
I will be your killer of spiders and your protector from moths
To make you laugh and to wipe away your tears
To cherish you and our time together
To love you with every ounce of myself
I will be your best friend, your other half and your one true love
I FMM, choose you Mr.M, to be my best friend and my one and only love for life. 7 years ago I fell in love with you for your openness, your caring heart, your brilliant mind, your sense of humour and your love of adventure. You are my rock, the love and support you have given me throughout the past 7 years has kept me strong and has allowed me to follow my dreams. I promise to give you equal love and support so that you can follow your dreams. I promise to always be there when you need me, to pick you up when you are down, to listen to you when you need to talk, to laugh with you when you are being goofy and to love you forever. You are my best friend and I promise to love and respect you Always!
The Hands Ceremony:
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
And so we come FMM and Mr.M, to the presentation of rings by which you symbolize and bind your love.
Your rings are circles: the symbol of unity, of wholeness, and of perfection; of the sun, the earth, and the universe. They are without beginning or end and have no point of weakness. Let the seamless circle of these rings become the symbol of your endless love and unending faithfulness. Your wedding rings are most special because they say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bonded, to allow the presence of another human being to enhance who you are. Your rings carry a potent double message: We are individuals and yet we belong; we are not alone. As you wear them through time, they will reflect not only who you are but also the glorious union that you are now creating.
FMM place the ring on Mr.M’s finger and repeat after me: “This ring is my promise to honour you, to be faithful to you, and to share my love and my life with you in every way, always.”
Mr.M, place the ring on FMM’s finger and repeat after me: “This ring is my promise to honour you, to be faithful to you, and to share my love and my life with you in every way, always.”
Engagement Ring Ceremony:
The engagement ring is a symbol of promise and intention. Now the intention is realized and the promise fulfilled. Please place your engagement ring on FMM’s finger over her wedding band to symbolize the love that brought you together will always protect and sustain your marriage.
FMM and Mr.M, in this company of friends and family, you have joined yourselves together in matrimony. May the commitment and devotion that you feel for one another, grow stronger every day of your marriage. Love is the single greatest treasure that we have the ability to share with one another. Never take each other for granted and always enjoy one another’s company.
Introduction as Mr. & Mrs. Martin