- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2016
So Fiance and I aren’t religious, at all.. so we both knew we wanted a secular ceremony with a underlying Bhuddhist theme. We worked from some templates and kinda mushed together a couple and wrote most ourselves, we are also writing our own vows. We are having a small wedding (less than 30 ppl) and a friend is officiating… I am just looking for some honest feedback… too wordy? suggestions for changes? perfect? Sound off bees! (removed our names for privacy)
Announcement: Welcome family and friends. We ask that you kindly take your seats as the wedding ceremony of _______ & _______ will be starting in just a few minutes. The couple has asked me to declare their wishes that all guests refrain from taking pictures or using cellphones during the ceremony. Please switch your mobile devices off, or turn them to silent so we can all remain present in their special moment together.
Bridal Procession – Here Comes the Sun (instrumental played on mandolin by Molly)
Family and friends, we are gathered here today, to celebrate love, happiness and the power of togetherness. We are here as witnesses to _______ and _______’s marriage vows and their conscious commitments to one another. We are their support in keeping those vows and commitments for the remainder of their time on earth together.
I ask that each of you here mindfully put your hearts full attention to this ceremony, and look and listen with your whole being. In this way you can continue to fulfill your friendship and express your gratitude to and by making this ceremony sacred with the gift of your knowledge, attention and intention.
It is truly a great and joyous occasion when two people choose each other wholeheartedly, accepting both the fullness and the limitation of each other. This benefit extends to everyone, not only themselves and those who are here today, but also to everyone they touch as they move forward together in life. Nothing happens without cause. An old oriental saying goes, “even the chance brushing of one’s sleeve against a stranger’s sleeve on a ferry, may be the cause of their future encounters.” The union of _______ and _______ is not accidental. Indeed, due to the law of karma, the inexorable unfolding of the truth of interdependence, it is the inevitable consequences of all of the actions of their lives. They, from their very beginning, have been coming together to this sacred moment. Therefore, this union must never be broken or dissolved, especially now that it is going to be formally declared with the purity of all of our minds and the action from all of our hearts.
_______ and _______, are happy today not only because they can share the joy of their love for each other with friends and family, but also because they have the opportunity to express their aspirations for the future. They will now share a few brief words with one another.
In marriage we are wed heart to heart, mind to mind, body to body, and nature to nature. Give up your small selves and take loving refuge in each other. Take loving refuge in all things. This attitude in Marriage becomes a living spiritual practice together. _______ and _______, do remember that your marriage is a sacred and blessed undertaking, being witnessed by your family, friends, and all beings. Do not forget what is happening right here in your life. And feel the responsibility of this commitment called “Marriage.” The practice of marriage, is your treasure throughout the rest your lives; ever evolving, growing and strengthening over a lifetime. When things go smoothly and joyously, practice loving mindfulness. When things are difficult and challenging, practice loving mindfulness. This loving mindfulness practice will always be with you and will guide you.
_______ and _______, today with marriage you pledge to help each other to develop your hearts and minds, cultivate compassion, generosity, patience, enthusiasm, and wisdom as you age and undergo the various ups and downs of life and to transform them into the path of love, and joy. Today you pledge to always preserve and enrich your affection for one another, and find solace within each other’s souls. Today you acknowledge the importance of always being patient with yourselves and each other, to communicate as clearly, openly and honestly as you can about all things connected to your lives together. Today, you pledge to continuously strive to preserve the magic of your relationship, uphold its sacredness and until death do you part. Do you both agree to always uphold these responsibilities and promises to one another in your marriage?
Exchanging of Rings
_______ and _______, it is now time to exchange rings. Will the person (best man) holding the rings please step forward. (Take the bride’s/groom’s ring and give it to the groom/bride).
“The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in partnership.”
Say to Groom:
Do you _______, take _______, to be your wife, knowing in your heart that you will be a faithful friend, and a loving companion? On this special day, in the presence of family and friends as witnesses, do you give your sacred vow that you will always be with _______ and support her, in times of sickness and in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow? Do you promise to love her unconditionally, to console and comfort her during difficult times, to laugh with her and to grieve with her, to share with her life’s simplest but most enduring pleasures, to be truthful and honest with her, and to cherish her, for as long as you both shall live?
Please place the ring on _______’s finger.
Say to Bride:
Do you _______, take _______, to be your husband, knowing in your heart that you will be a faithful friend, and a loving companion? On this special day, in the presence of family and friends as witnesses, do you give your sacred vow that you will always be with _______ and support him, in times of sickness and in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow? Do you promise to love him unconditionally, to console and comfort him during difficult times, to laugh with him and to grieve with him, to share with him life’s simplest but most enduring pleasures, to be truthful and honest with him, and to cherish him, for as long as you both shall live?
Please place the ring on _______’s finger.
“By the power vested in me through the wishes of _______ and _______, as well as the blessing of the lineage of their family and friends, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife.” _______, you may now kiss your bride.
Presenting and Congratulating the Couple
“Ladies and Gentlemen please join me in congratulating Mr. and Mrs._______
*** PLAY MUSIC RIGHT AFTER ANNOUCEMENT
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