(Closed) Congregation Participation

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

In the newer marriage service in the Anglican Church (similar, I think in the Episcopal church), the priest asks:
"You are the witnesses to these vows now being made.  Will you do all in your power to support and uphold this marriage?"

Congregation: "We will"
(it comes right after a question asking the families if they give their blessing to the marriage).

Post # 4
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m a wedding officiant, and these are some of the guest vows that I share with my couples.  I love this idea, and always reccomend it when couples want to have their family and friends feel very involved with the ceremony.  I put it after the "I do’s" or the vows.

Option 1

Celebrant:    When you accepted [Bride] & [Groom]”s invitation to join them here today,  you accepted also a very special responsibility and role in their lives. By asking you to bear witness to all that is in their hearts, they share with you precious memories and a knowledge of why and how  all is so right for them. These insights are a tool that may later be  called upon in times when good council is needed. So I must now ask you; Do you promise that you will do everything in your power to  support them in their union? That you will encourage them always to seek the comfort and strength of their togetherness through the storms and stress that life will bring. And that you shall use what  you have heard and seen here today, to remind them that the beauty  and joy they share this day was meant to last a lifetime. If this is your intention please answer now "We do!"

Guests:    We do!

Option 2

Celebrant:     You all have come here today not just to witness [Bride] & [Groom]’s love and devotion to each other, but to show your own love and support for them.  Our couple has asked that you join them in this wonderful moment in their lives, by taking your own vows.  If you agree, please answer with WE WILL!

Will you support [Bride] & [Groom] in their marriage?  

Guests:     We will.  

Celebrant:    If needed, will you listen and offer counsel in times of hardship?  

Guests:    We will.  

Celebrant:    Will you celebrate with them, encourage them, and remind them of this day?  

Guests:    We will.

Option 3

Celebrant:    Marriage is the bringing together of two circles of love to present a new circle of love.  The bride’s family and friends have supported her during her life, as the groom’s family and friends have supported him through his life.

Your love and support does not stop now that they will be married. We ask you, the people here today whose relationships has been honored by your invitation to attend, to bless and nurture the marriage of [Bride] and [Groom]. We ask you to offer your loving support through all the days of their marriage.

Post # 6
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Another "congregation" part we intend to incorporate is a ring warming – the rings are passed around for each member to hold and "give good thoughts".  yes, a bit hippy, but we love it. 

Post # 7
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

Mrs Lovebug holds the title of Bee with the Most-Oft Stolen Ceremony…. and for good reason:

Important Words (Part I?)

We adapted her words and did something similar, hope that helps!

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