- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
We wrote our own ceremony so I am looking for some outside honest opinions on it. Our officiant is a good friend of ours.
Please let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions!!!!
We are gathered here today to celebrate the marriage of MrOlogy and Chellology.
Who gives this bride to be married?
Dad: Her mother and I.
Chellology and MrOlogy would like to thank their parents and grandparents for their wonderful examples of marriage and commitment, and all of their love and support.
Love is everything you have ever heard and so much more. We use similes and metaphors because we cannot describe with mere words the power that love holds. It cannot be conveyed what love feels like, it must be felt.
Plato observed that “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet” while his student Aristotle explained love as being “composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
Those who are known for their words seem to have spent a great deal of them on love.
But love’s true definition has forever eluded philosophers and scientist. It’s explanation and meaning is always just at the tip of our tongue.
Buckminster Fuller called love “metaphysical gravity” while Einstein claimed that “gravity cannot be held responsible for people falling in love”
To love someone deeply gives you strength.
Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
~ Lao Tzu ~
All you need is love, love, love is all you need. bum ba ba ba ba bummmm
– Paul McCartney
The list of quotes on love is long, we will end this short list with one from the great doctor.
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~ Dr. Seuss~
Marriage is an act of love, an act of faith, and an act of courage. Like love marriage is a leap into the unknown. Unlike love, it’s a choice. It is a commitment to say that this is the person with which i will spend the rest of my life, this is a person with which I can spend the rest of my life. It is a choice to grow old together, to share in everything, to be a part of another person’s joy and to be a part of another person’s sorrow.
Marriage is a journey. But on this voyage there is no final destination or prize to be won, there is only the journey itself. These two travelers before us are now taking their first steps in a new direction. May they have many adventures, may they endure the good times and the bad, and may they find solace in each others arms, love in each others hearts, and inspiration in each others souls.
You are all here today to witness the beginning of this journey. To celebrate with them, their first evening in marriage, and to send them forward with your blessings and good will.
We have two short readings today. We will begin with Sissy, a sister of the bride First Corinthians.
Sissy: I just wanted to say a few words about this before I begin. You have no doubt heard this reading before. These ideas have passed through times, through cultures, and through languages. Other parts of the passage have been dropped and passed over, but these statements speak a truth so loud that they cannot be replaced or ignored. No other sentiment on love is so concise yet so encompassing and final. I have already spent more words in an attempt to describe these words than I will when I read them. So let me begin.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. – First Corinthians
And for our next less conventional reading, a friend of the bride and groom, and fellow Douglas Adams enthusiast, Friend, with a reading from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Friend:They looked at each other for a moment.
The moment became a longer moment, and suddenly it was a very long moment, so long one could hardly tell where all the time was coming from.
The moment was one of sustained revelation. He felt on the sudden like a cramped and zoo-born animal who awakes one morning to find the door to his cage hanging quietly open and the Savannah stretching grey and pink to the distant rising sun, while all around new sounds are waking.
He wondered what the new sounds were as he gazed at her openly wondering face and her eyes that smiled with a shared surprise.
He hadn’t realized that life speaks with a voice to you, a voice that brings you answers to the questions you continually ask of it, had never consciously detected it or recognized its tones till it now said something it had never said to him before, which was ‘Yes’.”
-Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
MrOlogy and Chellology have chosen to use traditional vows. They feel these words have a sturdiness and timeless quality that only the ages could have formed so well. They would like to say them from memory, but make no promises. I have back up notes just in case.
MrOlogy: I take you, Chellology, to be my wife, my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of our family and friends I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
Chellology: I take you, MrOlogy, to be my husband, my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of our family and friends I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
The vows you have exchanged are words that are fleeting and the sound of them is soon gone. May I have the rings? (Luke gives Officiant rings in a ring box)
These rings become enduring symbols of the promises you have made. Wherever you go your ring remains with you as a constant reminder of the love that you share and the strength you draw from that bond. May the large, friendly letters inscribed on your rings bring you comfort and strength today, tomorrow, and forever.
Officiant opens box, MrOlogy takes Chellology’s ring and places it on the end of her finger.
MrOlogy, do you take Chellology to be your wife to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do you part?
MrOlogy: I do
Chellology Takes MrOlogys ring.
Chellology, do you take MrOlogy to be your husband to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do you part?
Chellology: I do
I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.
Wedding Party Exits
Please exit to the courtyard for drinks and horderves.