- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I’m so excited that I finished our ceremony script! FI and I just did a read-through and it was about 20 minutes exactly including processional music. We are having a largely non-religious ceremony with one religious reading for FI’s side of the family. We are also doing a rose ceremony with our families at the end of the ceremony.
Thought I’d share! Also, any feedback/suggestions would be well appreciated! Here it is:
(officiant walks down aisle to front)
(grandparents and Andy’s parents come down the aisle)
(Andy and groomsmen line up)
Officiant 2 minutes prior to ceremony:
“Welcome friends and family. Before we start I have an announcement. The bride and groom request that if you take photographs during the ceremony that you please do not leave your seat, and that you do not lean into the aisles. Also, please refrain from using flash photography. Thank you.”
(bridesmaids walk down aisle and line up)
(ring bearers walk down aisle and go to their seats)
(Holly walks down aisle escorted by mother and father. At end of aisle they hug and parents walk to seats. Holly and Andy face each other and hold hands)
“Welcome, everyone. We are all gathered here today to witness Holly X and Andrew Y unite in marriage.”
“(officiant’s intro words)”
“And now a reading from Saint Paul to the Philippians: Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not be worried about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. And the God of peace will be with you. Word of God. Word of Life.”
“I would now like to invite Jenn Roy and Brian Thomforde to the front to read the passage “Union” by Robert Fulghum.”
(officiant hands book to Brian)
“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 promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks—all those sentences that began with ‘When we’re married’ and continued with ‘I will and you will and we will’–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.
(Brian hands book to Jenn)
“The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one other, ‘You know all those things 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, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never be quite the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this—is my husband, this—is my wife.”
(Jenn and Brian move back to their seats)
“Thank you for the readings. Holly and Andy, please face each other and take each other’s hands.
- 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.”
“We will now read the wedding vows.”
(Officiant turns to Holly)
Officiant: “Holly, do you take Andrew to be your husband; to live together with him in the covenant of marriage? Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, to be faithful to him as long as your share your lives together?”
Holly: “I do.”
(Officiant turns to Andrew)
Officiant: “Andrew, do you take Holly to be your wife; to live together with her in the covenant of marriage? Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health;, and, forsaking all others, to be faithful to her as long as your share your lives together?”
Andrew: “I do.”
Officiant: “At this time I ask you to please read the vows you have written to each other.”
(Holly reads wedding vows.)
(Andrew reads wedding vows.)
Officiant: “May I have the rings?”
(Melanie and Matt bring rings to Officiant.)
(Officiant gives ring to Holly).
Officiant: “Repeat after me: Andrew, this ring I give you”
Holly: “Andrew, this ring I give you”
Officiant: “my personal gift and my personal promise”
Holly: “My personal gift and my personal promise”
Officiant: “Of love, trust, and pride that you are my husband”
Holly: “Of love, trust, and pride that you are my husband”
(Holly puts ring on Andy’s finger)
(Officiant turns to Andy)
Officiant: “Repeat after me: Holly , this ring I give you”
Andrew: “Holly, this ring I give you”
Officiant: “my personal gift and my personal promise”
Andrew: “My personal gift and my personal promise”
Officiant: “Of love, trust, and pride that you are my wife”
Andrew: “Of love, trust, and pride that you are my wife”
(Andy puts ring on Holly’s finger.)
Officiant- “You have vowed your love to each other and exchanged rings as a sign of your love and commitment. I now pronounce you husband and wife! You may kiss!”
(kiss is exchanged)
Officiant- “I would now like to invite parents of the bride, Thad and Pam X, and father of the groom, Nelson Y, to come stand before their children to participate in a rose ceremony.
(parents walk up to the front)
(Officiant picks up 3 white roses and hands them to Holly and Andy)
“Marriage is a coming together of two lives, and a celebration of the love of two people. But it is more. The love that you feel for one another is the flowering of a seed your parents planted in your hearts many years ago. When you were first born, you were a bundle of diapers and tears, and your parents lost sleep caring for you. Their love for you has brought them great happiness and great challenges, and their love did not diminish as they met these challenges. That is a great lesson you can bring into your marriage.
As you embrace one another in your love, so too do you embrace the families that have been brought together on this happy occasion. They have been with you up until this point, and will continue love and support you as your love and family grow.
As a sign of their love for their families, Holly and Andrew would like to offer these roses to their parents as symbols of their eternal love. These roses are a promise that no matter how far away you are that you are not forgotten and that you are always in their hearts. They also represent the recognition of the values and lessons taught by their parents that will carry them into their marriage.”
(Holly and Andy give roses to each parent together.)
(Parents move to the side.)
Officiant: “This concludes the wedding ceremony. We invite you to join the bride and groom under the pavilion for the sangria cocktail hour after the recessional.”
“And now, I would like introduce to you, for the first time, the married couple, Holly and Andrew!”
(Holly and Andy walk down aisle.)
(Groomsmen and bridesmaids follow).