- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2015
So the Bee has really inspired me to write our own vows and ceremony. I ended up using different parts from different bloggers on here and other websites and I came up with a rough draft for the ceremony. Keep in mind the groom’s best friend is officiating this for us. Question #1 What do you think of the ceremony? Is there anything you would change?
Officiant: Good evening and welcome. Bride and Groom are so glad to have you here on this beautiful summer day—before we begin, I would like to ask you all to make sure your cell phones, beepers, handheld gaming devices, and iPads are all on silent.
Bride, Groom- each of these colored sands represent the different paths you have been traveling upon up to this day. As you now pour them into this unity vase, may it symbolize the coming together of your individual lives, as well as a covenant to each other to never allow the other to walk the road of life alone again. Just as these individual sands become intertwined so shall your commitment to one another.
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks — all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will” — those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” — and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All those common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “you know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed — well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment, you have been many things to one another — acquaintance, friend, companion, and even teacher. Now you shall say a few words that take you across the threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife.
“I give you this ring, as I give to you all that I am, and accept from you, all that you are.”
“Friends and family, to conclude this ceremony, will the designated witnesses please come forward and sign their names to the certificate of marriage.”
It is with much joy that I pronounce you husband and wife… you may now kiss the bride!
Now that I have these things written I started thinking back to Mrs. Blue Whale’s post in her recaps about the paper that she wrote her vows on because in all of the bridal shows it drives me crazy to see crumpled up pieces of paper in the bride & grooms’ hands…. Question #2 Are you putting your vows on special paper? Question #3 Are you putting your ceremony on special paper?
All help is appreciated 🙂