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 Moment of Remembrance

“It is Bride and Groom’s wish that as we get started today you all join with them in a
moment to remember _______  Let us also remember all of the other loved ones who
for whatever reason could not be here physically, but who are here in spirit.

Pause

Opening Words


“Dear friends and family, we are gathered here today to join in celebration of the many blessings that Bride and Groom already share. If our lives are as a strand of pearls, the memories that we share of events like this, are a gift that we give to those who are important to us. The thread that holds everything together and the moments of a lifetime are equally important, but it is the sharing of them with those we love that adds the luster! It was a year ago that Bride and Groom first made their promises of “for better or worse”… and what a year it has been for them! They have been blessed with a beautiful son and a home of their own, and although it hasn’t been easy the rewards have been well worth the effort. The potential of love is limitless, yet it is marriage that brings its highest fulfillment. The levels of commitment they
share are like nothing they have ever known before. The realization of what it is to be married, to be joined in spirit and in flesh as husband and wife and parents has for them been an amazing journey.”

“As it is said in Psalm 118:24
‘This is the day the Lord has made...
let us be glad and rejoice in it.’”

Welcoming of the Guests

“Bride and Groom would like to take a moment to thank all of you for being here with
them today. Their parents who, taught them to cherish friends and family and who have set a wonderful example of what it means to be married through all of the difficult and wonderful things that the years bring. The bridal party, for all the effort that it takes, to be not only a part of a wedding day, but also a part of their lives. And all of you, who have won a place in their hearts that earn you the title of family. Through your countless acts of love and kindness and unwavering support, in so many ways, you have made their lives rich beyond measure of the material world. To have so many of you here, who love them and want to celebrate this day with them is such a blessing in today’s world. Your presence was the only thing missing from
their first ceremony, and the only thing that now makes the happiest day of their lives sparkle and shine just a little bit brighter. So once again, thanks for coming!”


~ Bride and Groom ~

Groom’s support has become as vital as the air Bride breathes. He in turn knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is nothing she would not risk for him, for she has already proven that he can trust her with his very life. She was there for him in his time of need and their relationship progressed quickly. They came to each other when both were at a place in their lives when their walls were down, and they were each ready to accept the love of a lifetime. There has always been an ease of communication between them and theirs is a love that grows stronger every
day. Groom has a protective and gentlemanly quality that reminds Bride of her father. They share the same sense of family values and have similar backgrounds.Confirming their choice in one another has been the fact that the people they each love most on the world have come together as smoothly as if they were merely the family each had just not met yet.

To get a better glimpse of what love, their relationship and marriage truly means from their perspective Bride and Groom have chosen to share with you these words……

“This Day I Marry My Best Friend”
Author Unknown

“This day I marry my best friend
...the one I laugh with as we share life’s wondrous zest,
as we find new enjoyments and experience all that’s best.
...the one I live for because the world seems brighter
as our happy times are better
and our burdens feel much lighter.
...the one I love with every fiber of my soul.
We used to feel vaguely incomplete,
now together we are whole.”

(Addressing the Bride and Groom)
Today is the public affirmation and acknowledgment of all that you are to each other.
Seemingly your relationship will be as it has always been, yet there is a power in the spoken word. May that power bring you all the warmth and closeness, security and comfort, joy and happiness that this world has to offer.”


~ Invocation ~

"Bride and Groom come before us today with precious gifts,
Their Love, their Faith in each other,
And their trust in many bright tomorrows.
Let us each pray in our own way
that they may find life’s deepest meaning.
And richest happiness.
That blessings shall forever continue to shine upon them,
Granting them prosperity and abundance,
Health and happiness, joy and peace
In both the physical and spiritual world
For all the days of their journey.”

~ Presentation of the Rings ~

“May I have the rings please?”

Officiant is given the rings

“It means the world to Bride and Groom that they can proudly say they have both come
from families blessed with long and lasting marriages. The rings that they are exchanging this day, like all rings with their perfect circles, speak of love that has no beginning and no end. 


~ Ring Vows ~


“Will you now place the ring on Bride‘s finger and repeat after me?”  

Groom places the ring half way on to Bride’s finger

“Bride, you are my life, my love, my best friend
And with this ring, I thee wed
May it be a reminder of how much I love you,
Not only on this precious day,
But every single day of my life.”

Groom places the ring the rest of the way on to Bride’s finger


Bride, will you now place the ring on Groom’s finger and repeat after me?”

Bride places the ring half way onto Groom’s finger

“Groom, you are my life, my love, my best friend
And with this ring, I thee wed
May it be a reminder of how much I love you,
Not only on this precious day,
But every single day of my life.”

Bride places the ring the rest of the way onto Groom’s finger

~
A Reading From the Gospel of Paul ~

“Bride and Groom have chosen to close their ceremony with a reading from the 1st Letter of Paul to the Corinthians.”

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on
its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends;
So in faith, hope, and love, abide these three; but know the greatest of these is love.”

“As often as we hear this passage doesn’t it just say everything there is to be said about the art of love, marriage, parenting and family so concisely and eloquently? Bride and Groom remember these words. And remember it is your humanness that you love most in one another. It is what has made you each so special that you have chosen to spend a lifetime exploring all many wondrous qualities God has given each of you, to bring out the goodness in one another and to forgive the mistakes that growing and learning means you will each make, knowing in your hearts that your love is what matters most.

You are now as your hearts have always known you to be,
Husband and Wife. You may kiss your beautiful Bride!”

Bride and Groom kiss and exit to greet their guests!

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