- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
When I began writing my ceremony I had a really hard time finding samples online that weren’t cheesy or too overdone. Finally I have created something that me and Fiance are happy with. I wanted to share it with all of you in hopes to help another bride who is having a difficult time with this as I did. So, after a lot of work between me, Fiance, and google…. I present you with my ceremony.
I should also note that some of the order of things may not be traditionally correct as Groom and I were not too concerened with that and the way things “should be.” No offense to any tradional people, that is just what Fiance and I wanted. Nonetheless, I think my Ceremony is “Tradional meets Modern.”
Any critiques, concerns, questions, comments, etc are welcome. Thanks!!!
1.) Ceremony Procession:
Usher will seat Brides Mom & Grandma
Usher will seat Groom’s Dad & Mom
Groom and Officiant walk down isle to arch
Ushers will take a seat at the end of the isle chair 1st row.
(bridal party will stand up in front beside the alter)
Pair #5 Maid of Honor and Best Man (stand closest to the bride and groom)
Love Letter Carriers (mini/bride and groom): carrying love letters, arm in arm (will sit down in first row next to ushers).
Flower Girl (will sit down next to Genevieve)
PAUSE- music changes
Bride and Dad Walk Down Isle
2.) Officiant greeting/opening:
We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, and to cherish the words which shall unite _____ and _____ in marriage.
Marriage is the promise between two people who love each other, and who trust in that love, who honor one another as individuals, and who wish to spend the rest of their lives together.
This ceremony will not create a relationship that does not already exist between you. It is a symbol of how far you have come in the past six years. It is a symbol of the promises you will make to each other to continue growing stronger as individuals and as partners, no matter what challenges or successes you encounter together in the years before you.
Today, your lives, which began on separate paths, will be joined as one.
3.) Love/Wine Box (alternative to unity candle)
Officiant says: “At this time I’d like to draw your attention to the box beside _____ and _____. They have written letters to each other expressing their feelings as they begin their marriage. They have detailed why they fell in love and what they truly admire about the other person.
These letters were sealed before they could be read. We will include these letters in the box along with a bottle of wine and two wine glasses. Together we will seal the box, and on the happy occasion of their anniversary, they will open the box, and read the letters.
By reading these love letters, you will be given an opportunity to reflect upon the reasons that you fell in love with each other.
(love letter carriers)________ & ________ will you please bring up the letters?
Love letter carriers hand letters to bride and groom
_______ and ________, I now ask you to place the letters in the box and seal it shut.
Officiant Says: The Bride and Groom have asked ________ to share a poem by Robert Fulghum called Union.
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.
The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.
For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.
Officiant:_____, do you take ______ to be your wife, your partner in life and your one true love? Will you cherish your union and love her more each day than you did the day before? Will you trust and respect her, laugh and cry with her, love her faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles you may face together. Will you give your hand, your heart, and your love, from this day forward for as long as you both shall live?
Groom: I do!
Officiant:________, do you take ______ to be your husband, your partner in life and your one true love? Will you cherish your union and love him more each day than you did the day before? Will you trust and respect him, laugh and cry with him, love him faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles you may face together. Will you give your hand, your heart, and your love, from this day forward for as long as you both shall live?
Bride: I do!
Officiant: May I have the rings, please? (Best Man gives rings to Officiant) ______, Please place this ring on her finger and repeat after me: ______, I give you this ring, as a daily reminder of my love for you.
Groom: _______, I give you this ring, as a daily reminder of my love for you. (slips ring on)
Officiant:______, please place the ring on ______ finger and repeat after me: ______, I give you this ring, as a daily reminder of my love for you.
Bride: Ben, I give you this ring, as a daily reminder of my love for you. (slips ring on)
Officiant: You have made your marriage vows to one another, witnessed by your friends and family. You have sealed your vows with the giving and receiving of these rings. So now, by the power vested in me, I pronounce you husband and wife and invite you to kiss one another.
Officiant: Please put your hands together to congratulate the newlyweds! ________ & _________ last name!!