- 4 years ago
- Wedding: January 2017
My partner and I want a short ceremony that really reflects our personalities and includes my kids from a previous marriage. We’re quirky and irreverent, not religious at all, and don’t want a serious ceremony. A friend is officiating so I’m writing the whole thing. This is my current draft. I’ve borrowed from heavily from Offbeat Brides and other online resources. I’d love suggestions!
Mawwage…Mawwage is what bwings us togevver today. Mawwage, that bwessed event, that dweam wifin a dweam. Wuv, twue wuv, will fowwow you fowever.
Wait, wait! Wrong wedding! Let’s try this again.
We are gathered today to celebrate the wedding of (me and partner). Now, what is a wedding? Webster’s dictionary defines a wedding as the process of removing weeds from a garden. And while that is a bit odd, it’s entirely appropriate. We are here because they have both plucked enough weeds; now they can plant the seeds of love, of commitment, the joyful connection of families, and tomatoes that make a marriage fruitful.
You were invited here to share this moment because you are the people who mean the most to (me and partner) – both their biological and their logical families. And, because you are so dear to their hearts, they have decided to make this ceremony short and sweet so we can all get to the party a little faster.
(My) cousin (her name) could not be here today, but recognizes the nature of marriage in a way that bears repeating here. “You guys have done what every couple “in love” should do….test the depth of your relationship. Make sure that you are not just “in love” but that you Love each other…the whole enchilada. The vulnerabilities as well as the strength; the crankiness as well as the funniness. When you can still love each other after all those things you’ve experienced to date, then you know you are not “in love”, you Love each other to the core. And no matter what comes down the pike, you will always love each other unconditionally,….and that dear (My name) is the most amazing thing in life.”
(Me and partner) do you promise to love one another through vulnerabilities and strengths, crankines and funniness, no matter what comes down the pike?
At this time, with the blessing of your community here today, as well as those who could not be in attendance, you will make your declarations of love and commitment. To determine who will go first, you will partake in the ancient and sacred ritual of rock, paper, scissors.
(We say our vows)
I’d like to invite (my son) to read a quote by a wise poet, Dr. Suess.
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”
Thank you. Would (Children’s names) please come forward so you can be front and center as we marry (me and partner)?
Wedding bands are visible, tangible symbols of a couple’s commitment and of their connection. Many people talk about rings as being a perfect circle, having no beginning and no end. But we all know that these rings have a beginning. Rock is dug up from the earth. Metals are liquefied in a furnace at a thousand degrees. The hot metal is forged, cooled, and polished. Something beautiful is made from raw elements. Love is like that. It comes from humble beginnings, made by imperfect beings. It is the process of making something beautiful where there was once nothing at all.
(Me and partner) come together, raw, imperfect, in process, embracing (Children’s names) as they join together to become something beautiful: a family.
Would you three, who are part of the circle of love between (me and partner), and part of what will become as you all grow in love as a family, please give this ring to (me) to give to (him).
(me), will you give this ring to (him) and repeat after me.
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment to you. I accept you for who you are and who you will be come, choose you to be my best friend, my lover, and my partner in mutual weirdness as long as we both shall love.
(To my kids) Please give the ring to (him) to give to (me)– repeat
I’d like to remind us all that this is a rare opportunity, perhaps the only opportunity in our lives, that each of us – family and friends – will be here together as one. Take a minute and look around. Savor this time. Like all of life’s important moments, this one will soon be a memory. Take a moment to remember every little thing about how perfect life is at this exact moment.
Matt and Jessica, having witnessed your vows to each other with all who are assembled here, and by the authority vested in me by the internet and the state of California, I announce with great joy that you are married. You may now update your Facebook status.
(My 4 year old requested to say the “you may kiss” part)
(Partner), you may now kiss Mommy!
What do you think?