This is Andrew and Claire's wedding ceremony script. They met while working on a Disney cruise ship. Andrew was literally the understudy for Peter Pan and Claire worked in child care. It didn't take long before they were known to their friends as “Peter Pan and Wendy.”
Andrew in born and raised in Indiana and Claire is from the UK. Claire's family was living in Australia. Everyone meeting in Indy for their wedding ceremony was a VERY BIG DEAL. Clair's mom worked double shifts for a year to pay for the trip. When they were researching plane tickets they found out that it was almost the same price to buy a ticket to fly around the word as it was to fly to Indy. So that's what they did. They were married on New Years weekend.
This wedding ceremony script was personalized perfectly for them. It talks about their relationship, their love of Disney and their families - especially their moms - and their christian faith. Claire was in the UK by herself more most of the year before the wedding waiting for her K1 Visa to be approved. She had a lot of time to think.
Andrew and Claire's Disney Inspired Christian Wedding Ceremony Script
The mother’s are escorted down the aisle and each light their individual unity candle and take their seats
Claire’s Step-dad walks her down the aisle.
Welcome family and friends to this celebration of love and the blessing of the new life being joined together by the marriage of Andrew and Claire. They come to dedicate themselves to God and to each other, and with His eternal help, to fashion their house into a home, their family into a unity of His Kingdom, and to achieve within their lives a hint of eternity. Andrew and Claire have come to publicly proclaim their love and devotion through marriage.
Because this is a special day, we want to begin it in a special way, and that is with a moment of prayer. I’m going to ask that you close your eyes and turn within yourselves. And now, call forth that divine presence from within you, knowing that as you do so, God’s blessings are now being poured out upon you both. “Through the presence and power and the activity of God within you, we now see you blessed with an abundance of all good. We see your minds illumined by divine wisdom, your hearts quickened by divine love and your bodies purified and blessed with divine substance. This we do affirm through the power of the living presence of God within each of you.” Amen.
WHO GIVES THIS BRIDE IN MARRIAGE?
Her Mother and I do, or We do
Please be seated
Words About Love And Marriage
True marriage is more than the joining of two persons in the bonds of matrimony. In its right relationship, it is the uniting of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists between a man and a woman, it is proper that an outer acknowledgement be made. This acknowledgement is the prime objective of the ceremony. We are here to bear witness to the entry of these two loving friends, who are already one in spirit into the closer relationship of husband and wife.
From the beginning, in Genesis:
God said, it’s not good for man to be alone so I will make him a suitable helper and formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky, He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was it’s name. But for Adam, no suitable helper was found. So God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then God made the woman from the rib and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now the bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman” for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Andrew and Claire you are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of one in the world, whom you love most dear, and the dynamic flow of love is the heart of marriage. This love emerges from, responds to, and is fellowship with God and each other. It is the challenge to create an atmosphere of freedom in which you both can develop your potentials. It is working together in an attitude of service for common goals. It is sharing from the depths of your being in the understanding presence of each other. It is a union of persons which respects individuality. It is the covenant of love which accepts weakness as well as strength.
You are adding to your life not only the affection and the response that your hearts desire, not only the happy companionship of hours together, but a deeper trust as well. It is the implied trust of loving. You are finding in each other that which complements your life. You are agreeing to be a tower of strength to one another. You are agreeing to carry a part of each other’s responsibilities. You are entering on an adventure of pure faith in which you give of yourselves to the utmost.
The apostle Paul Spoke of Love like this:
If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels, but have no love, I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal. If I have the gift of foretelling the future and hold in my mind not only all of human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I also have that absolute faith which can move mountains, but have no love I amount to nothing at all. If I dispose of all that I possess, yes, even if I give my own body to be burned, but have no love, I achieve precisely nothing.
This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience – it looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive: it is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance. Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage. It is not touch. It does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.
Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen. In this life, we have three great lasting qualities – faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
We will now have a reading by....
I like you!
Sandol Stoddard Warburg
I like you and I know why
I like you because you are a good person to like
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it's special
And you remember it a long, long time
You say, Remember when you told me something special
And both of us remember
When I think something is important you think it's important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I'm funny and you think I'm funny too
I like you because you know where I'm ticklish
And you don't tickle me there except just a little tiny bit sometimes
But if you do, then I know where to tickle you too
You know how to be silly - that's why I like you
If I am getting ready to pop a paper bag,
then you are getting ready to jump
I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don't always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad
You can't stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute
You want to think about things
It takes time
I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It's awful when the other person isn't
They are so nice and oooh you could just about punch them on the nose
I can't remember when I didn't like you
It must have been lonesome then
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again
And that's how it would happen every time
Do you, Andrew take Claire, to be your wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward to infinity and beyond?
Do you, Claire, take Andrew, to be your husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward to infinity and beyond?
At this time, Andrew and Claire would like to personally express their love to each other in their own words:
Meaning of the Rings
The Rings Please...
A ring is an unbroken circle, a symbol of unity and love, representative of the greater circle of life of which we all spiritually are a part of. Having neither beginning nor end, but a continuous cycle of which you are an element. For you, it begins with the gift of life, and will continue through the end of time.
It's the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life
Wedding Ring Exchange
Please repeat after me:
Claire, I give you this ring as symbol of my love and devotion. Wear it and know that I love you.
Drew, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and devotion. Wear it and know that I love you.
The Lighting of the Unity Candle
Andrew and Claire chose a unity candle that float - some say it’s because they met floating on a ship! At least it wasn’t the Titanic! Nope, it was the ship of dreams and they are living proof that dreams do come true!!
The unity candle is a symbol of the coming together not only of Andrew and Claire but it symbolizes where they came from. Their mothers each lit a candle from which they will light their candle together. Their mothers gave birth to them and nurtured and taught them the important things in life - the foundation of who they are and what they are contributing to this new life together and the family that Andrew and Claire will become over time.
Drew thinks MaryLynn is “The Best!” That, is of course, a technical term. She calls every morning. She opened her home to him and Claire. She Celebrates life in it’s fullness for what it is, no matter what. There is always goodness and great things to stand behind and one of the most important things she has taught Drew is to put others first. Claire- this is a good things! But, Andrew, please to take care of yourself so you can take good care of others.
Gillian - Claire’s mom - Well, she likes red wine. This is a good thing!!! May your life be free flowing with good things like wine and love! Gillian also pulls the family together. She makes an awesome Sunday lunch. She also worked quite a bit over the past year to not only be here today to witness this wedding but to take a trip around the world! May you not only take it to the limit - take it beyond the limit! Such is what marital love is. It will take you beyond your limits at some point - so remember to calm yourself with wine if need be, remember the strength and foundation of family, realize what you are working for and then know that you have the love within you to find more than just your goal at the end.
You may just find a fire burning brightly to warm everyone around it until they glow. And, to think - it all started with two candles...
Come on baby light my fire!!! (that is, light your candle)
Claire and Drew come back together...
The Hand Ceremony
Please face each other and take each other’s hands, so that you may see the gift that they are to you.
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 along side yours as together you build your future.
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 give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you.
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.
The Final Blessing (Disney Style)
Drew and Claire...
A few words of advice from some wise ones. If they were here....
Walt would say: Don’t look backwards for very long. Keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because curiosity will keep leading you down new paths.
Keep dreaming and remember all your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.
The land before time would say:
Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.
Pooh Bear says:
The things that makes you different, are the things that make you you.
Peter Pan advises:
All it takes is faith and trust and just a little bit of pixie dust.
Alice reminds you:
The Incredible Edna says:
Never look back darling.... it only distracts from the now.
I now Pronounce you Husband and Wife!!!!
May you live Happily Ever After!!
You may now kiss!!
ladies and gentlemen:
Mr. and Mrs...!
I am open to marrying any couple. It is my goal to meet each couple where they are and help them to have a positive wedding experience. In order to meet you where you are, I approach every wedding with an open mind - I don’t know anything about you until you tell me and that’s only if you choose to tell me. Wedding ceremony scripts have been written for years for brides and grooms. Now, bride and bride or groom and groom are very common. Some couples are choosing to forego traditional gender roles altogether and are using the terms spouse or partner. If you have made the choice to use non-traditional pronouns, please let me know and I am happy to honor your preferences. Any wedding ceremony script can be changed to reflect your personal preferences.