- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015 - Antique Rose Emporium
We booked our officiant TODAY! Woohoo! I was so stressed out about that part and they were so helpful…love them! I knew I wanted it to be non-religious, and FI and I wanted to include a Ring Warming ceremony. (note, we have around 15 people coming to our intimate ceremony, so the passing around of the rings shouldn’t take TOO long. Also, they will be tied to a book.) So after mixing and matching lots of stuff and personalizing it a bit towards the two of us, here it is:
Welcome! We have come together today to celebrate the marriage of Tony & Carmen, who have been given the good fortune of falling in love with one another. A wedding is the celebration of the miracle of love, and that’s what we’re here to do: to celebrate that miracles do occur. That at any moment the unexpected can happen, and often does. That after almost giving up hope, most inexplicably and wonderfully, the path of our entire lives can change.
Marriage is a meditation on our histories as well as on our future, on our losses and failures, as well as our hopes and possibilities. So, as Tony & Carmen marry each other, they would like to give thanks to the following which led them to stand together before us today: Their families for their understanding, acceptance, and endless selflessness; their friends whom they have turned to over and over, in laughter and sadness; and their loving dogs, who taught them new things about each other and about unconditional love. Oh…and we can’t forget the invention of that little thing called the Internet, if not for which they would have never met at all.
As a tangible symbol of their commitment to one another, Tony & Carmen will be exchanging rings, and they ask you now to participate in a ceremony to infuse these rings with your love and blessings. As the rings are passed around the group, please take a personal moment to hold them, warm them with your love and make a silent wish for Tony & Carmen, and their future together before passing them to the next person. When these rings come back they will contain, in their precious metal, that which is far more precious, that which is priceless – your love, and your pledge of support for their union.
(Bride’s dad starts passing book w/ Rings around)
Tony & Carmen, take a moment to simply enjoy your family and friends who gathered here to spend this afternoon with you. Think about how they have touched your lives, and why they are here with you today.
While your rings are being passed I shall ask you to take your vows.
Tony, do you take this woman to be your wife, to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, for all the days of your life?
Groom: “I Do”
And Carmen, do you take this man to be your husband, to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, for all the days of your life?
Bride: “I Do”
You have each made a verbal commitment to love, support and honor one another. The exchange of rings, warmed by the love and blessings of your family and friends, will serve now as a quiet and enduring testimony to the vows that you have made. May we have the rings, please?
(Bride’s dad brings book w/ Rings back to Officiant)
Wedding rings form the seamless, endless shape of a circle and as such, they have long been treasured as a symbol of eternal love. While circles have neither beginning nor end, we know that these rings do. They began deep in the earth; ore was mined; metals liquefied, purified, and refined. Something beautiful was formed from raw elements. Love is like this: it comes from humble beginnings, is made by imperfect beings. It is the process of making something beautiful where once there was nothing.
May these rings remind you always of the joy that you feel today, but also of the hard work and dedication necessary to forge and maintain a healthy, loving marriage. As you exchange rings, declare your commitment to one another.
Tony, please place the ring on Carmen’s finger and repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed.
Groom: “With this ring, I thee wed.”
And Carmen, please place the ring on Tony’s finger and repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed.
Bride: “With this ring, I thee wed.”<br />
<br />With the power vested in me by the state of Texas, it is my great pleasure to now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride!!
I would like to introduce to you for the first time the new Mr. and Mrs. _____!!!