(Closed) Share your ceremony script!

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Post # 3
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Helper bee

@PacificMrs:  I’d like to hear some samples too if anyone has them.

 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

This was our ceremony.  The bolded parts were required by British Columbian law to be spoken by the B&G, kind of different from the US!

 

Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller; memories are fresher; commitment is stronger; even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly. Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life. New experiences and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life. When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a life time to fill.

 

The two of you this afternoon have chosen to forego all traditions and take your vows together in private – isn’t that not only romantic, but what it’s all about: each of you making a promise to each other to share your life together, to be good to each other when no one else is looking, to remember that at the end of the day your relationship is what matters most of all.

 

Today in this beautiful setting you are getting married.  Think about and appreciate the significance of this moment.  Starting now you will begin a new and permanent stage of your life.  On this day you become We, not I.  You will now choose to make decisions together and work together for the betterment of your life as a whole. 

 

Groom, today you are committing fully and honestly to Bride.  You are promising to love and care for her, try in every way to be worthy of her love, to be honest, patient and forgiving, and to be a loyal and true friend.  You are promising to love her as she deserves to be loved.

 

Bride, today you are committing fully and honestly to Groom.  You are promising to love and care for him, to try in every way to be worth of his love, offering courage and strength throughout all life’s endeavors.  You are promising to love him as he deserves to be loved.

 

Marriage is not to be entered upon thoughtlessly or irresponsibly, but with a due and serious understanding and appreciation of the ends for which it is promised.

 

It is by its nature a state of giving rather than taking

Of offering rather then receiving

For marriage requires the giving of ones self to support the marriage

And the home in which it may flourish

 

Let the groom repeat after me: I solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, Groom, may not be joined in matrimony to you Bride

 

Let the bride repeat after me: I solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, Bride, may not be joined in matrimony to you Groom.

 

Let the groom and bride join their right hands and let the groom repeat after me:

I call on those present to witness that I, Groom take Bride to be my lawful wedded wife.     

To care for you and trust you, to cherish and respect you. To forgive and be forgiven by you. I will love you in good times and in bad, when we are together and when we are apart. I promise to be ever faithful, today and for all out tomorrows.

 

Let the bride repeat after me:

I call on those present to witness that I, Bride take Groom to be my lawful wedded husband

To care for you and trust you, to cherish and respect you. To forgive and be forgiven by you. I will love you in good times and in bad, when we are together and when we are apart. I promise to be ever faithful, today and for all out tomorrows.

 

 

[Officiant asks for rings.]

 

 

In as much as you have made this declaration of your vows to one another, and have set these rings before me, I ask that these rings be used as a seal and as confirmation and acceptance of the vows you have made.

 

Let the groom place the ring on the third finger of the bride’s left hand, repeating after me:

With this ring I promise and give to you the truth and faithfulness of my life in marriage.

 

Let the Bride reply:

I accept this ring as a symbol of the love and trust between us.

 

Let the bride place the ring on the third finger of the groom’s left hand, repeating after me:

With this ring I promise and give to you the truth and faithfulness of my life in marriage.

 

Let the groom reply:

I accept this ring as a symbol of the love and trust between us.

 

And now forasmuch as you Bride and you Groom

Have consented in legal wedlock, and have declared your solemn intention before these witnesses in my presence; and have exchanged these rings as your mutual pledge to one another.

 

I pronounce you ‘husband’ and ‘wife

 

An Old Irish Blessing

May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. 

May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. 

May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!

 

You may kiss the bride!

 

Sign registry

Post # 5
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Helper bee

@sienna76: I really like this and think I’m going to incorporate it into what I’m writing for our cermony. Thanks for sharing!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mseagles:  I hesitated about putting it out there, feels so …. personal!  But I’m glad it gave you some ideas.  I took bits and pieces of the officiants sample scripts and then made my own small changes. 

The whole ceremony was about 15 minutes (I think) with us walking in, the license signing (a big thing to take photos of in Canada).

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Welcome

Welcome! Please be seated. My name is ________. Andrew and Jennifer are very good friends of mine, and I feel deeply honored that they asked me to officiate at their wedding ceremony. I have witnessed their relationship from the beginning, and now, I am thrilled to be a part of their wedding.

On behalf of Andrew and Jennifer, I would like to thank you all for coming to affirm and celebrate their bond of love. They both feel that your presence here today makes this occasion extraordinarily special and that the love and support from each of you has provided the stepping stones to this moment.

 

Andrew and Jennifer, on this, one of the most important days of your lives, you stand within a wondrous circle of love. You are surrounded by your dearest friends and family who are here to witness and participate in your marriage, as well as by the thoughts of those who cannot be here and would have greatly loved to share this experience with you.

We are gathered here today to witness and to celebrate the coming together of two lives. We have come to join this man, Andrew, and this woman, Jennifer, in marriage. This is a beautiful and joyous occasion because it acknowledges their commitment to each other in deep friendship and love.

 

Andrew and Jennifer,

As an expression that your hearts are joined together in love, please now join your hands and face me.

Do you   Andrew, offer yourself wholly and joyfully, and do you choose Jennifer  as the person with whom you will share your life, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, loving what you know of her, and trusting what you may not know yet?  (I do)

And, do you Jennifer, offer yourself wholly and joyfully, and do you choose Andrew as the person with whom you will share your life, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, loving what you know of him, and trusting what you may not know yet? (I do)

 

Vows

Andrew and Jennifer will now state the vows that they have written for one another.

 

 

Exchange of the Rings

 

The ring is an outward and physical sign of the vows you have made today and of the inward bond that you share. Let these rings be a sign that love has a past, a present and a future, through you and within you.

Andrew, take Jennifer’s ring. Place it on her finger and repeat after me:

“I Andrew  give you Jennifer  this ring,  as a symbol of my constant 
respect and love for you.”.

Jennifer, take Andrews’ ring. Place it on his finger and repeat after me:

“I Jennifer,  give you Andrew  this ring,  as a symbol of my constant 
respect and love for you.”.

 

 

Family (Sand Ceremony)

Love is the eternal force of life. Love is the force that allows us to face fear and uncertainty with courage. Today as Andrew and Jennifer have sealed their commitment to each other with the exchange of rings they too  make a commitment to each other and their children. We recognize the significant role that _____ and_____ play in this marriage celebrated today. They will now join Andrew and Jennifer in this commitment to each other by contributing a part of each individual person into one blended family. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of this sand, each representing a member. Each one holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character and when blended together they create an entirely new and extraordinarily more intricate entity. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination. Please pour the sand into this common container to symbolize the union of your lives. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will become the bond of your family.

 

 

Closure

 And now, Andrew and Jennifer, by the authority vested in me by the state of Texas, but more importantly, by the authority vested in me by the fact that I believe in the power of your agreement this day and the seriousness with which you make this commitment, it is my honor to pronounce you husband and wife.

Andrew, you may now kiss your bride.

 

(Breaking of the glass) ? (FI is Jewish, and I dont know where this should go!)

 

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the happy couple, Mr. and Mrs. ____________!

 

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