On behalf of Anna and David, welcome!
In marriage, we give ourselves freely and generously into the hands of the one we love, and in doing so, each of us receives the love and trust of the other as our most precious gift. But even as that gift is shared by two people who are in love, it also touches the friends and family members who in various ways support and contribute to the relationship. All of you are Anna and David’s community, and each of you has played some part in bringing them to this moment. This is why gathering as a community is such an important part of a wedding ceremony. Because Anna and David are now taking a new form as a married couple, and in this form, they become part of their community in a new way.
Let us now join together to celebrate the union of these two lives.
Reflections on Marriage
Marriage is one of the most important obligations that any two people commit to in their lifetime. Marriage offers the greatest challenges to overcome, but in return, marriage gives us love, strength and support from one another. It is the couple who perseveres and demonstrates unrelenting patience and faith who obtains the highest form of happiness within their marriage. A good marriage is dependent upon many factors, but the first prerequisite is a strong bond of friendship and respect for one another. Your love for each other will grow deeper with the passing of each day, but genuine liking for each other, the willingness to accept each other’s strong and weak points with understanding and respect is the foundation for a strong marriage.
Anna and David, please step forward and extend your hands, each to the other. The holding of hands represents the bond you two will share for the rest of your lives. May you always delight in the warmth of the other’s touch and affections. The promises you will now repeat are a statement of present intent and commitment. They cannot endure unless you make them endure, with the resources you will draw from deep within yourselves.
David, please repeat after me: I, David, take you Anna to be my wife. I promise above all else to live in truth with you and to communicate fully and fearlessly. I give you my hand and my heart as a sanctuary of warmth and peace, and pledge my love, devotion, faith and honor as I join my life to yours.
Anna, please repeat after me: I, Anna, take you David to be my husband. I promise above all else to live in truth with you and to communicate fully and fearlessly. I give you my hand and my heart as a sanctuary of warmth and peace, and pledge my love, devotion, faith and honor as I join my life to yours.
For thousands of years lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows. Your rings say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bound together. Let these rings also be a sign that love has substance as well as soul, a present as well as a past, and that, its occasional sorrows, love is a circle of happiness, wonder, and delight.
May we have the rings?
David, as you place the ring on Anna’s finger, please repeat after me: With this ring I thee wed. I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness. May all that see know that you have been touched by my love.
Anna, as you place the ring on David’s finger, please repeat after me: With this ring I thee wed. I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness. May all that see know that you have been touched by my love.
Blessing or Well Wishes for the future couples.
May you love deeply, laugh heartily, practice patience, and smile often. May you dream together, grow, give, give in, and trust enough to take. May you see many sunrises, listen to the rain, and savor special moments. May you rediscover each other, listen carefully and always have open hearts.
And now, as you have been bound by your vows and have declared the same by giving and receiving your rings, I pronounce that you are husband and wife!
You may seal your vows with a kiss.
It is my pleasure to be the first to present David and Anna as husband and wife!
Please note: There are several combinations of the above ceremony, and it would be my pleasure to help you craft something perfect for your wedding day!