(Closed) Help me decide our opening words

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Which opening for our ceremony do you like best?
    Option 1 : (7 votes)
    70 %
    Option 2 : (2 votes)
    20 %
    Neither...I will explain : (1 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    315 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 1997

    @futuremrscollette:  I loved both of the openings. So I combined them and changed them only a little. Maybe this a compromise to having to pick one.


    Welcome, and thank you all for being here. (Please be seated- if they aren’t already)

    Dear Family and Friends, we are gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, and to cherish the words which shall unite _______ and_______ in marriage.

    Before we continue, Kevin and Jessica- please take a few breaths. Settle into the beauty of this moment, this occasion, and this place. Whenever you are worried or stressed in every day matters, may you recall this beautiful day, this joyous ceremony and the commitment of love that you shared here today, and give you the strength and wisdom you need to handle any challenge that comes your way.

    The ceremony that the two of you have created is personally meaningful, and rings true to each of you. It will not create a relationship that does not already exist between you. It is a symbol of how far you have come in the past ten years. In the many years to come you will remember this day; yet, beyond the fragrant flowers, beyond the carefully selected music, and beyond the albums filled with picturesque memories, you will remember the words said here today. You are joining together because of your love for each other, and because you are committed to sharing equally in both the highs and lows of the days to come.

    Your wedding today is the next step in your continuing journey together. As you begin this new chapter of your lives, remember, all of your yesterdays have led you to today, and your love will lead you into tomorrow.

    It is a wonderful thing to look ahead and envision what your life will be like together. By and large, the most important part about marriage, the most important part of what you’re doing today, is the lifetime commitment you are making. You have chosen each other freely, joining with your partner through all of life’s seasons. You choose each other to share the many years of life- not just for today, but for all your tomorrows, and for all times.

    __________and _____ are truly blessed to be surrounded by their dearest family and friends. They are so grateful to you for all of the unconditional love, joy, support, and guidance you have given them over the years. They welcome you here and want to thank each of you for coming today to share in this very special time in their lives.


    It makes the introduction/welcome longer. But most guests will not mind I am sure. Just my two cents.

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