Instructions for Life in the New Millennium
by his holiness the 14th Dali Lama
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. And that a loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. Be gentle with the earth, be gentle with one another. When disagreements come remember always to protect the spirit of your union. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. So love yourselves, love one another, love all that is your life together and all else will follow."
"There's a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive... wormhole refactors... You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold." (Doctor Who) ...
So please join hands. There is a lot to be said about the power of holding each other's hands. You know you have someone who will be with you to continually make your burdens lighter.
Welcome! We are gathered here today to celebrate and to witness the joining of Leslie and Lee in marriage. As they promise to love, trust in that love, honor one another as individuals, and anticipate with joy spending the rest of their lives together. They are surrounded by you - their family. Thank you for gathering here to witness their marriage and to share in the joy of this special occasion.
Moment of Silence
We'd like to take a moment to remember those who are not with us here today. We know they are here with us in our hearts. (Moment of Silence)
Leslie and Lee, today, as you two are joined in marriage, there is a vast and unknown future stretching out before you. The possibilities and potentials of your married life are great. We join with you in hoping you make real your dreams! That you are reborn in each other as you share your loves and dreams, wants and desires and together are enriched by them. Through your commitment to each other, may you grow and nurture a love that makes both of you better people, a love that continues to give you great joy, and also a passion for living that provides you with energy and patience to face the responsibilities of life. For "it's not enough to just live. You have to have something to live for" (Battlestar Galactica)
There was a time when your lives were two separate paths. Gradually, they were joined as you grew closer together. Today, you proclaim to the world your choice to stay on the same path together. May you be enriched by the unique view of the other! So say we all (Battlestar).
by Madeleine L'Engle
But ultimately there comes a moment when a decision must be made. Ultimately two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are willing to take... It is indeed a fearful gamble... Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created, so that, together we become a new creature. To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take... If we commit ourselves to one person for life this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession, but participation...It takes a lifetime to learn another person...When love is not possession, but participation, then it is part of that co-creation which is our human calling, and which implies such risk that it is often rejected.
Or from a different point of view:
So close no matter how far Couldn't be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are And nothing else matters
Never opened myself this way Life is ours, we live it our way All these words I don't just say
And nothing else matters
Trust I seek and I find in you Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view And nothing else matters (Metallica)
Do you Lee, take Leslie, 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; though all of time and space, from this day forward until death do you part.
Do you Leslie, take Lee, 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; through all of time and space, from this day forward until death do you part.
The rings please...
The rings are the symbols of marriage. They mean many things. From now on you will wear these rings and they will remind you... They will remind you of the endless circle that they are. Like love, there is no beginning and no end. They will remind you daily that you are married. Sometimes they will remind you of the commitment that you have made - for better or worse. But, may they always remind you that there is one other person in the world that has pledged to love you forever, through thick and through thin and with all that they have.
Lee please repeat after me: Leslie I give you this ring with all that I am and all that I ever will be. Wear it and know that I love you. I'm looking for someone to share in an adventure” (The Hobbit) and that someone is you.
Lee, please repeat after me: Leslie, I give you this ring with all that I am and all that I ever will be. Wear it and know that I love you. I'm looking for someone to share in an adventure” (The Hobbit) and that someone is you.
I have a few closing words for you about love.
Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take a boat
in the air you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall
down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home. (Serenity)
Life and love are the greatest gifts bestowed upon humanity.
Love is not an emotion. Love is a promise. (Doctor Who)
To love another person is to see the face of God (Victor Hugo)
May your union grant you patience, tolerance, and understanding as well as the passion and excitement every marriage should possess. May you need one another, but not out of weakness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you support one another, as a sign of mutual independence. May you continually rediscover your love in one another, as the greatest gift of all.
Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It's not the time that matters, it's the person. (Doctor Who).
It is my great pleasure to acknowledge your union as “Husband and Wife."
You may now seal your marriage with a kiss!!! Ladies and Gentlemen, The Happy Couple, Lee and Leslie !!
May you live happily ever after!
Next stop: Everywhere. (Doctor Who)
As a wedding officiant, I want every couple to the the wedding ceremony they want. Since I started giving couples tools to create their own ceremonies I haven't performed the same ceremony twice. Here are some of the ceremonies.
Rachel and Dominic's Traditional Wedding Ceremony Script with a Prayer from Grandpa. Valle Vista, Greenwood, IN
DaWonda and Dorothy's Same-Sex Christian Wedding Ceremony Script. Featuring a Unity Candle of Remembrance, Family Sand Ceremony and Jumping the Broom!
LaKieta And Josh's Wedding Ceremony Script. Wood Burning Unity Ceremony. Falls Park Gazebo, Pendleton, IN.