(Closed) Personalized Wedding Ceremony?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You may want to check out some of my posts on WeddingbeePRO:

 

http://www.weddingbeepro.com/2009/05/19/wedding-ceremony-101/

http://www.weddingbeepro.com/2009/08/05/creating-a-love-story-thinking-outside-the-box-for-wedding-addresses/

 

Writing your own ceremony is a huge and important undertaking, and sometimes, starting off is the hardest part!  Why not sit down with your fiance and brainstorm elements that you’d like to include and that speak to you of a wedding?  And then start to sort them to create an outline to embellish and work from.

Post # 4
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883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We based ours out of the Book of Common Prayer and made changes as we liked.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We wrote our own.  It was really important for us to do us.  We’ve attended so many weddings over the years where it seems like it’s as simple as insert bride/groom here and it’s not personal to the couple.  The ceremony IS the important part of the day and we wanted something that was US (and also didn’t want any religious references, spiritual yes, but religious isn’t us).  I researched basic outlines on the web and then just went from there.  JessieBlum is right…getting started was the hardest part, but we did a couple of drafts and then it all just came together.  We received so many positive comments about how personal the ceremony and readings were.  I highly encourage you to write your own.  Don’t be afraid to be yourself and let that shine through.  Best of luck!Here is what we used for the beginning (please note this is only a sample of the entire thing):

On behalf of Amy and Jeff and their families, I welcome you all here today for this joyous celebration of love, commitment and friendship.

Amy and Jeff are honored to have each of you here with them today and understand the sacrifices made and distances traveled to join them. They thank each of you for being here to witness their expression of love for each other that will begin their new life together.  Their special wish is that each of you will continue to be a part of their lives because with the love of family and friends they will have an even richer and more meaningful life together.  And for those who cannot be with us today we turn our gaze towards the mountains and pause to reflect on the love they brought and continue to bring to our lives.

Brief pause

We have come together today to unite Amy and Jeff in marriage and to rejoice with them as they make the most important commitment of their lives.  The essence of marriage is the taking of another person sincerely and completely. It is therefore a decision which is not to be taken lightly but with great consideration and respect for the other person and oneself.

This was one of my favorite parts, a bit further on: 

On this special day, in the quiet of the moment we pause to acknowledge what Amy and Jeff bring to their marriage.They bring a close and loyal companionship, a sharing of thoughts, feelings and dreams. They bring a sense of delight in being together and sharing their lives and adventures together.  They bring a sense of humor to laugh at life’s and love’s follies and foibles. They bring a strong friendship and partnership to each other.  They bring a sense of community, a closeness with family and friends. And most of all they bring unconditional love and a sense of respect for each other and all of you joined here with them today.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We started with a book of common worship and then sat down together and envisioned exactly what we felt marriage was, what this commitment is, how we’d like to begin it with our friends and family and started from there. We added a few extra musical selections and changed up some prayers and ended up with a ceremony that’s really us.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We used a template from our pastor, but I also got the Knot’s book of wedding traditions and there was a lot of information about different vows, ceremony layouts, wording etc.

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