- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
I wanted to share my first rough draft of my ceremony. Since Fiance and I are having our best friend marry us, I have the daunting task of writing the entire ceremony! Before I paste it, I want to say, we would like our overall ceremony to be short, but of course very meaningful and loving. We have chosen to write our own short personal vows (which we will not hear until the wedding day!) along with saying traditional vows during the ring exchange. When I originally set out writing this, I wanted to make sure there was a place in the ceremony to say “I do.” When I first started researching ceremony wording I was surprised at how many couples dont get to say I do! But as of now, there doesnt seem to be a place to put it. Because at the end of exchanging rings, I love the thought of saying, “with this ring, I thee wed.” Sigh. 🙂 Ok so on for the ceremony wording!
Officiant: Welcome family and friends! We are gathered today to celebrate with Groom and Bride as they join their souls together as one. There is nothing in this world more sacred than the unity of marriage.
Who gives this woman away?
FOB: I do.
Officiant: (to Groom and Bride) Will you please face each other and join hands?
Before you say your vows, please remember that to love one another is to come together, from the pathways of your past and then move forward hand in hand towards the future. Always believe that all things are possible with faith and love in God and each other.
(To the guests) Groom and Bride have each written personal vows to say to each other before they exchange rings. (Motion to Groom, as he will go first)
Groom: [insert amazing, tearful, personal vows here]
Officiant: (Motion to Bride to go next)
Bride: [insert amazing, tearful, personal vows here]
Officiant: (pull the rings out of your pocket because you will probably be the one holding them) The rings that I hold are a symbol of your love for one another. They have no beginning and no end.
(Hand Groom the ring) Groom, please take this ring, place it on Brides left hand and repeat after me.
I, Groom, take you Bride, to be my wife. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse. For richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. To love and to honor and to cherish unconditionally. Forsaking all others, I will be faithful to you. And with this ring, I thee wed.
(Hand the ring to Bride) Bride, please take this ring and place it on Groom’s left hand and repeat after me.
I, Bride, take you Groom, to be my husband. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse. For richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. To love and to honor and to cherish unconditionally. Forsaking all others, I will be faithful to you. And with this ring, I thee wed.
Officiant: Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be the companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.
Officiant: Today you have chosen to affirm your love and faith for one another and from this day forward you will be each others home, comfort, and refuge. By the authority vested in me, by the state of Florida, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Groom, you may kiss your bride!
Sorry its such a long post, but I warned you. What do you think? Any suggestions?