- Mrs. Hot Dog
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010 - Family Ranch outside Glenrock, WY
OK bees, I really value your opinion. So I’m going to post my ceremony and I want you to tell me what you think.
Too scripted? Does it flow well?
My twin brother is officiating, so you’ll notice a part in there for him to ad lib, and say whatever he wants.
Be brutally honest 🙂
(processional starts, groomsmen, H. Dizzle w/ parents, bridesmaid, jr bridesmaids, ring bearers and flower girls, Miss Hot Dog w/ parents) (Mom goes to seat)
Friends, we have been invited here today to share with Hot Dog and H. Dizzle a very important moment in their lives. In the years they have been together, their love and understanding of each other has grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.
Who gives this woman to be wedded to this man? (Dad says “I do”)(pass hand to H.Dizzle)
You may be seated.
I would like to start by reading from the Dr. Suess poem “The Places You’ll Go”
Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street. And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air. Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too. Oh! The Places You’ll Go! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights … You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.) Kid, you’ll move mountains! So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!
(WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY, ANDY! 😉 )
HD and H.Dizzle have chosen as a couple to perform a Love Letter & Wine Box ceremony. This box contains a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a love letter from each to the other. The letters describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their reasons for choosing to marry. The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written.
You should keep the box in a place of honor prominently displayed in your home as a constant reminder of your commitment to each other.
Should you ever find your marriage enduring insurmountable hardships, you are to, as a couple, open this box, sit and drink the wine together, then separate and read the letters you wrote to one another when you were united as a couple in marriage. By reading these love letters you will reflect upon the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other here today. The hope is, however, that you will never have a reason to open this box. And if this is the case, you are to open this romantic time capsule to share and enjoy on your 5th year wedding anniversary!
(Andy drives in nail, each parent, then H. Dizzle and Ms. HD)
Right now I’d like to read a couple scriptures. The first is Song of Solomon 8:6-7. This whole book of the bible is a love letter and this passage in particular really describes the love H. Dizzle and Ms. HD have for each other.
(6) Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, it’s jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame. (7) Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.
This next one contains great advice for a successful marriage. It is Colossians 3:12-14.
(12) Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (13) Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (14) And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Now I ask that you two please hold 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 the you same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
Please bring the rings forward.
(hand to us)
Repeat after me.
I _____, take you ______, to be my wedded wife/husband. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish as long as we both shall live. I give you this ring as a token of my love and devotion to you. I pledge to you all that I am and all that I will ever be as your (husband/wife). With this ring, I gladly marry you and join my life to yours.
(place rings on fingers) (repeat)
In closing, I’d like to read “Blessing for a Marriage” by James Dillet Freeman “May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another — not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete. The valley does not make the mountain less, but more. And the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you. May you need one another, but not out of weakness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you succeed in all-important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces. May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!” and take no notice of small faults. If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back. May you enter into the mystery that is the awareness of one another’s presence — no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities. May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy. May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.”
So, by the power vested in me by the state of Wyoming, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride!
I now announce, for the very first time, Mr. and Mrs. Hot Dog!
This was written for my brother, so that’s why it may read a little funny. Also, there are some things in here I haven’t yet posted about, so feel special. LOL jk