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XP: Ceremony - Opinions please

We are having a family friend whom is an ordained minister marry us. He said he could put together a ceremony for us, but it would be very short and sweet, so if we wanted it any longer with any readings or anything, we would need to put it together ourselves. I didn't mind, of course, but I'd never done it before (obviously, lol). This is what I put together. (Ray is our minister)


Ceremony 

 
Ray – “We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to cherish the words which shall unite Ryan and Chasity in marriage. Who brings this woman to marry this man?” 

Dad
- “Her Mother & I” 

Ray
- "Chasity and Ryan would like to thank you all for being here with them today, and for supporting them through everything that it has taken to make this day a reality. All of you are the most important, and have been the most influential, people in their lives. All of the time, and conversations, that you have had with Chasity and Ryan even before they met have helped to make them who they needed to be to first find themselves and then each other. You have shared in their best and their worst days, and you are an irreplaceable part of their yesterdays, their today and all of their tomorrows. For all of you are among the greatest gifts that life has given them. All of you are those they can call Family and Friend.
 

Today’s reading is an excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever written by Richard Bach:
 A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we're pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we're safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life. 

Ryan, please take Chasity’s hands in your own.
 

*Ryan and Chasity take hands*
 

(Bless of the hands) -  “These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.”

May I have the rings please?”

*Joe (best man) hands Ray the rings.*

Ray
- "Ryan, do you take Chasity

to be your lawfully wedded wife?
Do you vow to love her and care for her
For as long as you both shall live?
Do you accept her, with all of her faults and strengths,
And offer yourself to her
with all of your own faults and strengths?
Do you promise to help her when she needs help,
and to turn to her when you need help?
Do you promise to be a faithful and loving companion
and to always put the promises you make this day
above all else?"

Ryan
– “I do.”
 

Ray
- "Will you now place the ring on your beloved's finger and repeat after me?"
 

*Ryan places ring halfway on to Chasity’s finger*
 

Ray
- "I Ryan take you Chasity to be my wife
 Ryan - *repeat*
Ray – “I will love you, and honor you,”
 Ryan - *repeat* 
Ray – “respect and cherish you” Ryan - *repeat*
Ray – “All the days of my life."
 Ryan - *repeat* 

*
Ryan places the ring the rest of the way on to Chasity’s finger*
 

Ray- "Chasity, do you take Ryan
to be your lawfully wedded husband?
Do you vow to love him and care for him
For as long as you both shall live?
Do you accept him, with all of his faults and strengths,
And offer yourself to him
with all of your own faults and strengths?
Do you promise to help him when he needs help,
and to turn to him when you need help?
Do you promise to be a faithful and loving companion
and to always put the promises you make this day
above all else?"


Chasity
– “I do.”
 

Ray
- "Will you now place the ring on your beloved's finger and repeat after me?"
 

*Chasity places ring halfway on to Ryan’s finger* 

Ray
- "I Chasity take you Ryan to be my Husband
 Chasity - *repeat*
Ray – “I will love you, and honor you,”
 Chasity - *repeat* 
Ray – “respect and cherish you” Chasity - *repeat*
Ray – “All the days of my life."
 Chasity - *repeat*

*
Chasity places the ring the rest of the way on to Ryan’s finger*
 

Ray
- “May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another -- not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete. The valley does not make the mountain less, but more. And the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you. May you need one another, but not out of weakness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you entice one another, but not compel one another. May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another. May you succeed in all-important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces. May you look for things to praise, often say, "I love you!" and take no notice of small faults. If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back. May you enter into the mystery that is the awareness of one another's presence -- no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities. May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy. May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.

Ryan and Chasity, as a collection of words, this ceremony would count for little, were it not for the love and commitment you have pledged to one another. Your vows may have been spoken in minutes, but your promises to each other will last a lifetime. Having witnessed your vows for marriage with all who are assembled here, and by the authority vested in me, I announce with great joy that you are husband and wife.

Ryan, you may kiss your bride.”

*kiss*


It gives me great pleasure to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife, Ryan and Chasity (last name)



What do you all think? =]

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