- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
Hey ladies! You all have been so helpful to me throughout this whole process. Now, I think I have finally finished the ceremony. i was shooting for like a 30 minute ceremony..so what do you guys think? Any suggestions? Thank you so much!
Mothers Enter It’s Your Day – Yiruma
Processional A River Flows in You – Yiruma
Bridal Entrance Bridal March – Jonathan Cain
We are gathered here today to celebrate one of the happiest moments in the lives of ____ and ______; for on this day, they affirm before witnesses of earth and heaven that they believe God has purposed that they should share life in the holy bonds of marriage.
Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
Dad: “Her mother and I.”
Congregation asked to be seated
True marriage is more than the joining of two people; it is the union of two hearts. It lives on the love you give each other and never grows old, but thrives on the joy of each new day. Marriage is love. May you always be able to talk things over, to confide in each other, to laugh with each other, to enjoy life together, and to share moments of quiet and peace, when the day is done. May you be blessed with a lifetime of happiness and a home of warmth and understanding.
Would everyone join me in prayer as we seek God’s full blessing upon this relationship?
Dear Father and Lord: With praise, joy, thanksgiving, and blessing we enter into this time of worship. Praise You for Your goodness. Praise You for Your love. Praise You for Your provision for Your children. Praise You for making this day possible in the life of ___ and ____. Praise you for leading them to this holy and sacred moment. Now may we recognize Your love and Your presence as vows and lifetime commitments are made. All that we are we yield to You. Our emotions, our thoughts, our hopes, our dreams, are Yours. Bless this ceremony and all who share in it, that Your name might be exalted. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
____ and _______, you have both affirmed that you believe God specifically purposed you to share a life together. As an acknowledgement that you do receive one another as God’s gift, please join hands together.
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.
They will work along side yours as together you build your future.
They 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 temporarily comes your way.
They 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.
They will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.
They will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.
They will give you strength when you need it.
These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you.
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.
_____, do you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep only unto her, so long as you both shall live?
: I do.
______, do you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep you only to him, so long as you both shall live?
: I do.
I have had the privilege of getting to know the both of you a bit, and I know the hope that you have for a joy filled journey through life as husband and wife.
You are about to give each other a ring. These rings are an outward symbol, telling the world that you have chosen each other, and also a personal reminder of the promises you made here today.
So, if you are ready,___, if you will take your ring for ____, place it on her finger, as you do please repeat after me….”
I, _____, give you this ring, as a promise and symbol, of my heart and faithfulness, my love and commitment to you. When I am angry I will seek to be kind, when we speak, I will be truthful, and each day of my life, I will be faithful to you.
And ____, if you will place your ring for_______ on his finger, and as you do repeat after me.
I _____, give you this ring, as a promise and symbol, of my heart and faithfulness, my love and commitment to you. When I am angry I will seek to be kind, when we speak, I will be truthful, and each day of my life, I will be faithful to you.
A marriage ceremony represents one of life’s greatest commitments. But it also is a declaration of love. Love is a word that contains so much impact, so it is often difficult to define it. However, the apostle Paul gave a soaring description of God’s kind love found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-13.
” Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
And now, it is time to light the candles of unity. The two outside candles have been lit to represent ____ and ____’s lives to this moment. The lights, representing the faith, wisdom, and love they have received from their parents, are distinct, each burning alone. ____ and _____ light the center candle to symbolize the union of their lives. As this one light burns undivided, so shall their love.
_____ and ______ light candle and then walk back over to center of altar
From now on your thoughts shall be for each other rather than your individual selves. Your plans shall be mutual; your joys and sorrows shall be shared. Notice, that you do not extinguish your candles, but instead place them back in their original places still lit, symbolizing that your individual personalities remain, yet from this day forward, by God, are merged together as one.
If you will all join me in prayer.
Dear Father: Giver of life and love, time and eternity. These two people whom You love very much have made public their vows of commitment to You and to one another. Guard and help them keep these sacred and beautiful vows. Grant them a long life to develop their marriage. Guide them with Your wisdom in their daily lives. May their marriage be all You intend it to be. Give them enough difficult to keep them dependent on one another and leaning on You; enough joy and sunshine to remind them of the sheer thrill of living in Your will. Thank you Father, for meeting us here. We ask our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who demonstrated love in its highest dimension on the Cross of Calvary. Amen.
You both have come here today before us, and before God. You have expressed your desire to become husband and wife. You have shown your love and affection by joining hands, and have made promises of faith and devotion, each to the other, and have sealed these promises by the giving and the receiving of rings. It is my privilege to pronounce that from this day forward, in the sight of God and man, you are now husband and wife. _____, you may kiss your bride.
The Bride then receives her bridal bouquet from her Maid of Honor. The couple faces the congregation, and the minister says:
I am happy to introduce to you to Mr. and Mrs. ___
Recessional Down- Jay Sean