Post # 1
Does anyone have any ideas we can add to our ceremony to make it a bit more interesting? At the moment its very to the point, we will be writing our own vowels, and adding in the duo declaration that I just found, oh and the apache reading:
Person 1: (directed to Bride and Groom) Bride and Groom, today we come together to celebrate the love that you have found with each other. By being here with you, each of us is declaring our support for your decision to join together in marriage.
Person 2: (directed to all) As family and as friends, we form the community of support that surrounds Bride and Groom. Through our presence here today, we are called upon to uphold them in honoring and loving each other.
Person 1: (directed to Bride and Groom) On behalf of everyone here today, we promise to always stand beside you, never between you, offering our love and support, not our judgment.
Person 2: (directed to all) And may we return to you the love you have given us, The love that has brought us together here today; And may it grow deeper and sweeter with each passing year
Apache Blessing – 1
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 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.
Is this ok? Is there anything else that someone could suggest?
Post # 3
Personally, I think it sound beautiful. Remember that the words are very important, but it will also be the way you two are looking at your, your families reactions, your personal written vows. Would you possibly consider adding music? We are going to have “Ave Maria” sung during our unity candle. What about as you’re walking down the aisle?
Post # 4
Maybe you could have someone else (siblings, close friends or family members who aren’t in the wedding party) do a short reading or two that you like? Having different people speak might make things more interesting.
Post # 5
I understand not wanting your ceremony to be boring, but the purpose of the ceremony is not to be entertaining. It’s not a show. Only have things in your ceremony that have meaning to the two of you, and don’t worry about it being boring. If it moves you, your guests will be moved too.
Post # 6
@Loribeth: Thank you, sometimes you need someone to point out this when you have been planning for so long
@Juliepants: I was thinking of having my brothers read out the duo declaration
Post # 7
@Mars62312: At the start of the wedding, we are having the bridal waltz thing. Then its going to cut into Bruno Mars “Marry you” where me and 10 ‘guests’ (paid theatre ppl) will do the glee performance walking down the aisle.
Its a surprise for my partner who loves Glee
Post # 8
We are using the apache reading too, it is beautiful isn’t it, and on my stipulation not too “mushy” haha.
Also unless you are doing a mass ceremony they are usually short and sweet, most people don’t think of the ceremony as the entertaining part that’s the symbolic part, the entertainment is the reception 🙂
Post # 9
Hmm, I thought I’d just responded to this, but I’m not seeing my response. The “Apache Blessing” has no connection to the Apache or any other Native American tribe. It was written for a novel, then used in a film. You can use it if you want, but it would be a good idea not to identify it as Apache.