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.
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.
…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.
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
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.