- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
Ok I know this is long, but I had to come up with it myself as we have a friend marrying us.
Processional: Wedding party enters, guests rise and bride enters.
Opening Words: “Family and friends, we are gathered here today for a very special occasion, to witness the joining of Jack and Jill in holy matrimony. Each one of you was invited to witness this union because you haved played an important role in supporting and loving this couple.” So welcome to one and all. Jack and Jill would like to thank you for your presence here today, and now ask for your blessing, encouragement, and lifelong support, for their decision to be married.
Definition of marriage: Marriage is perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure of human relationships. No ceremony can create your marriage; only you can do that – through love and patience; through dedication and perseverance; through talking and listening, helping and supporting and believing in each other; through tenderness and laughter; through learning to forgive and to appreciate your differences, and by learning to make the important things matter, and to let go of the rest. What this ceremony can do is to witness and confirm the choice you make to stand together as life partners.
Poem: “Love is a friendship that has caught fire.
It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.
It is loyalty through good and bad.
It settles for less than perfection,
and makes allowances for human weakness.
Love is content with the present.
It hopes for the future and it doesn’t brood over the past.
It is the day-in and day-out chronicle of irritations, problems,
compromises, small disappointments, big victories,
and working together toward common goals.
If you have love in your life,
it can make up for a great many things you lack.
If you don’t have it, no matter what else there is,
it is not enough, so search for it, and share it!”
“At this time we are going to offer a prayer, so if you would please bow your heads and pray”
Prayer: “God, thank you for this day, and thank you for the grace you have bestowed upon us. Please bless Jack and Jill, their love for each other has brought them here today. Please be with them and guide them as their love continues to grow. Grant them patience and understanding through your infinite wisdom and love. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; in their sleeping and in their waking; in their joys and in their sorrows; in their life and in their death. In your sons name we pray, Amen.”
Unity Candle: “Now, Jack and Jill will honor their marriage by lighting a Unity Candle” (Bride and groom walk over to the candles)
“Light is the essence of our existence. Each one of us possesses an inner glow that represents our hopes, our dreams and our aspirations in life.”
“Jack and Jill, the two distinct candle flames represent your lives before this day, individual, unique and special. Please take the candle symbolizing your life before today, and together light the center candle to symbolize the union of your marriage. As this new flame burns undivided your lives shall become one.”
Exchange of Vows: Jack and Jill have chosen to write their own vows. “Jill”
Ring Ceremony: “May I have the rings please?”
“Jack, please place this ring on Jill’s finger and say: With this ring, I thee wed.”
“Jill, please place this ring on Jack’s finger and say: With this ring, I thee wed.”
“Let these rings be given and received as a token of your affection, sincerity and loyalty to one another.”
Pronouncement: “By the authority vested in me by the State of Georgia, I now pronounce you husband and wife.”
“You may kiss your bride.”
The wedding party leaves as they entered following the bride and groom.
Ok so should the unity candle go before or after the ceremony of rings? How long do you think this ceremony will be? Is anything missing or out of order? Please help!!!