Verses & Readings

Verses & Readings

Verses and Readings

Option One

I call upon each of you here to be fellow witness with me in the marriage between this couple. We are here, not only to witness their commitment to each other, but also to wish them well for their future together.

…please hold …hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you.

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises to love you all the days of his life. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness. 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 comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief wrack your mind. These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes; eyes that are filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you.

…please hold …hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you.

These are the hands of your best friend, smooth and carefree, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as she pledges her love and commitment to you all the days of her life. These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times. These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, or console you when you are grieving. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness. These are the hands that will give you support as she encourages you to chase after your dreams. Together as a team, everything you wish for can be realized.

…and…, may these hands that you see before you this day be blessed. May they always have the strength to hold on during storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. May they stay tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love. May these hands continue to build a relationship founded in love, rich in caring, and devoted in reaching for perfection. May you see these four hands as healer, protector, shelter and guide.

Option Two

I call upon each of you here to be fellow witness with me in the union between this couple. We are here, not only to witness their commitment to each other, but also to wish them well for their future.

…and …believe relationships are founded on friendship, communication and a commitment to grow together. They themselves are great friends and have known each other for many years. Their relationship began when they met at ? and evolved over ? years through joys and challenges to their standing here before you today, making a sacred pledge of marriage.

Option Three

…and …want you to know why they are joining in marriage today. They see this ceremony as a stronger commitment to their relationship. Love is a marvellous gift which they believe is worth celebrating. …and …call on their friends and family to show their support and commitment for this union.

…and …have learned, and are still learning, many lessons about each other, about love and about what matters in their relationship. It is these lessons that they will use to nurture and strengthen their marriage.

They have learned that communication is paramount. While it would sometimes be easier to shut down or run away, they know they must remain open and available, to listen carefully and to express themselves honestly and fully.

They are learning that their relationship is sustained by the willingness to express love. It is about the generous giving and receiving of loving words and gestures, warm embraces and random acts of kindness. Remembering to say I love you and I respect you.

Option Four

May the doors you knock on open to you both and reveal the unexpected and the wonderful

May this day be one of those days when the mind discovers undreamed of things, when the eye is suddenly astounded, when the ear is overwhelmed by glory

May this be one of the days of new beginnings when we seem to see to the very edges of the universe

I wish you things to catch your heart in beauty, in joy and in amazement

Things that will make you shout with laughter and stir you to excitement

May you travel together to wonderful places, see wonderful things, meet wonderful people

May you discover things you’ve never dreamed of

May something you do or say make all the difference to each other’s life

May there always be something you both want to learn, somewhere you both want to go and something you both want to do

May there always be friends to share your laughter, your troubles and your proudest moments

May you always choose the path that leads you to great happiness

May you today and always, share and love the wonder of the world

Option Five

From this day forward, may you live together in love, peace and happiness; may you grow each day in understanding and compassion. When you are apart, may you return to one another in togetherness. May the home you establish be a place of sanctuary, where you can always find a friend. And may your love always be as beautiful as the sunset, as strong as the wind, and as endless as the sea.

“Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your partnership deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship – as they threaten all relationships at one time or another – remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.”

Option Six

Marriage is the sweet and wondrous way two people tell the whole world about their love for each other.

They say together, this is what we’ve been waiting a lifetime for.

And then without even having to say so much as a single word (Except perhaps I do)

They remind us that sometimes wishes really can come true.

Their smiles say…

With this ring I thee wed… while each of their hearts whispers… we are so blessed, and all my life I am going to cherish you.

They are what it means to be married

They have life’s greatest opportunity for abundance.

They can inspire everything it takes

And they lovingly make the holiest of human plans

Simply by saying, about the most valuable of all things

Let’s share our love

And our lives together

And all their days in a thousand ways

May their wishes come true forever

Option Seven

Love is a wonderful gift

It’s a present so precious, that words can barely begin to describe.

Love is a feeling, the deepest and sweetest of all

It’s incredibly strong, and yet amazingly gentle at the very same time

It is a blessing that should be counted every single day

It is nourishment for the soul, and constant devotion

Love is a heart filled with affection, for the most important person in your life

Love is looking at that special someone who makes your world go around, and absolutely loving what you see.

Love gives meaning to one’s world, and magic to a million hopes and dreams

It makes the morning shine more brightly, and each season seem like it’s the nicest one anyone ever had.

Love is an invaluable bond that enriches every good thing in life

It gives each hug tenderness, each heart happiness, and each spirit a steady lift.

Love is an invisible connection that is exquisitely felt by those who know the joy, feel the warmth, share the sweetness, and celebrate the gift.

Option Eight

There are few miracles in this universe as amazing as love in marriage. When it is true and real and lasting, it forms an unbreakable bond between two very fortunate people.

It lets one know it is always there, and always caring.

It lives in the deepest part of the heart and sneaks out as often as it can to inspire a grin on a face, a smile in the eyes, serenity in the soul and a quiet gratitude in the days Being married fills our lives with memories,

It’s a unique feeling that changes all the time, but every different aspect has a magic all of its own.

The beauty of marriage is endless,

It is the essence of the life we are all longing to find, longing to hold,

And dreaming of keeping forever in our hearts.

Option Nine

What greater thing is there for two human souls

Than to feel that they are joined for life.

To strengthen each other in all labor

To rest on each other in all sorrow

To minister to each other in all pain

To be with each other in silent memories

And to share with each other a continuing love

To laugh, to rejoice and to celebrate together

As they weave a rich tapestry of marvel and mystery

Embracing this great adventure we call …life

Bride and Groom have found in their hearts this fantastic thing called love

And feel the depth, the excitement, the passion, and the power.

On this day, their worlds will be transformed.

Option Ten

Love one another, but make not a bond of love

Let it rather be a moving sea, between the shores of your souls

Fill each others cup, but drink not from the same cup

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone

Even as the strings of the lute are alone, though they quiver with the same music

Give your hearts, but not into each others keeping

For only the hand of life can contain your hearts

And stand together, but not too near together

For the pillars of the temple stand apart

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each others shadow.


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