Andrea and Jamey decided to get married on their back deck with immediate family on a Friday afternoon before celebrating with their family and friends with a party on Saturday. It was a lovely Friday and the PERFECT Saturday. As I'm typing this up they are driving on their honeymoon wherever the truck takes them.
Very small, intimate wedding ceremonies with just the immediate family, followed by a larger party an hour, a day, a week or a month later is becoming very popular. It's important that you do what makes you comfortable.
I have a very special place in my heart for wedding that take place on family property of a gravel road. Jamey insists that's it's a gravel driveway, not a road, and he's right. But it's a long driveway! I'm really always very happy to hear when a couple is spending their time and money fixing up their own property for a wedding and a party. The investment lasts longer. I'm practical, no apologies! Don't get me wrong, big fancy weddings in premium venues and all their fabulousness also have a special place in my heart. I'm a wedding officiant. My heart is overflowing!!
Andrea and Jamey wrote this wedding ceremony.
Andrea and Jamey's Wedding Ceremony Script
Welcome to this celebration of love and the blessing of the new life being joined together by the marriage of Andrea and Jamey. 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. Andrea and Jamey have come to publicly proclaim their love and devotion through holy 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.
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. Andrea and Jamey, 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 heart’s 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.
You fell in love by chance, but you're here today because you're making a choice. You both are choosing each other. You've chosen to be with someone who enhances you, who makes you think, makes you smile, and makes every day brighter.
You're about to make promises to each other that you intend to keep. You're going to vow to take care of each other, to stand up for one another, and find happiness in the other. There's a simple premise to each of these promises: you're vowing to be there. You're teaming up and saying to the other, "Every experience I am going to have, I want you to be a part of."
Andrea and Jamey please turn and face each other and join hands.
On this day do you affirm the love that the two of you share, looking to the future to deepen and strengthen it? Will you affirm that love in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph. Together will you dream and unite each other’s aspirations? When you stumble will you restore one another? Will you share all things, serving one another and extend your love to your fellow man? Will you cherish and respect, comfort and encourage one another? Be open with one another, and stay with one another as long as you both shall live, bound by your love?
Jamey, do you choose Andrea, to be your wife, your friend, and your love?
Jamey: I do.
Andrea, do you choose Jamey, to be your husband your friend, and your love?
Andrea: I do
The ring is a circle... an ancient symbol of eternity and completeness, so perfect, with no beginning and no end, for love that is given comes back around again.
Victoria: Andrea, please repeat after me: I give you this ring as a symbol of my enduring love and lifelong devotion. Wear it and know that I love you.
Victoria: Jamey, please repeat after me: I give you this ring as a symbol of my enduring love and lifelong devotion. Wear it and know that I love you.
Andrea and Jamey, may you live happily ever after. May all your days be blessed with love and friendship. May each day and night of your lives be a new beginning. May your home be filled with laughter and the warm embrace of a summer day. May you find peacefulness and beauty, challenge, and satisfaction, humor and insight, healing and renewal, love and wisdom, as in a quiet heart. May you always feel that what you have is enough.
I now pronounce you Husband and Wife!
You may seal this marriage with a kiss!
Adrianne and Erich picked a date, they picked a time and they chose the one of the most beautiful elopement locations in the area, the Japanese Gardens next to City Hall in Carmel, IN, When we pick that spot, I always say it's perfect because if it rains, there's a Gazebo right there. We needed the Gazebo! It was a very cold and rainy day in April. Adrianne looked amazing in her sleeveless dress and her hair and makeup professional done but OMG! It was cold! It's day's like that one when you want and need love to keep you warm!
Adrianne And Erich's Wedding Ceremony Script
Adrianne and Erich, You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with "When we're married" and continued with "I will and you will and we will" - those late night talks that included "someday and somehow and maybe"- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, "You know all those things we've promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word." Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have of much from one another. Now, you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between us. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife .
Erich, from this day onward, do you choose Adrianne to be your wife, your best friends and your only love? To live together, play together and laugh together, to work by her side and dream in her arms; to fill her heart and feed her soul: To always seek out the best in her; Always lover her will all your heart, until the end of your forever? If so, say I do!
Adrianne, from this day onward, do you choose Erich to be your husband, your best friends and your only love? To live together, play together and laugh together, to work by his side and dream in his arms; to fill his heart and feed his soul: To always seek out he best in him; Always love him will all your heart, until the end of your forever? If so, say I do!
Please repeat after me:
Adrianne, it is clear to me now that everything in my life has let me to you - I think back on all my choices and consider even the bad ones blessed, because if I had done even one thing differently, I might have never met you and became your best friend and wife.
Erich, it is clear to me now that everything in my life has let me to you - I think back on all my choices and consider even the bad ones blessed, because if I had done even one thing differently, I might have never met you and became your best friend and husband
Eric as you place the ring on Adrianne’s finger, please repeat after me:
I Eric, take thee Adrianne, to be my wife. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer, or for poorer, in joy and sorrow, and I promise my love to you. With this ring, I take you as my Wife for as long as we both shall live.
Adrianne, as you place the ring on Erich’s finger, please repeat after me:
I Adrianne, take thee Erich, to be my husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer, or for poorer, in joy and sorrow, and I promise my love to you. With this ring, I take you as my Husband for as long as we both shall live.
You came her today to affirm your love for one another and formally acknowledge that which your hearts already knew, That your lives are meant to be shared as one, that you are stronger together than you are apart, and that , for all your days yet to come, you wish to share together all life’s joys and challenges, committed one to the other.
I now pronounce you husband and wife!
LaKieta And Josh's Wedding Ceremony Script. Wood Burning Unity Ceremony. Falls Park Gazebo, Pendleton, IN.
LaKieta And Josh's Wedding Ceremony Script
Lakieta and Josh were married on Easter Sunday. They had an absolutely perfect day to get married! It was a perfect warm and sunny Sunday after a very cold and rainy Saturday. Guests were able to wear shorts and even the ducks waddled by enjoying the day. Lakieta and Josh rented the Gazebo for the ceremony and pictures and the community room for their reception. With help from friends and family it was a perfect day.
NEVER let anyone tell you you can't have a nice wedding on a budget!
This ceremony is very short and sweet, as they wanted it. What they did to be a little different was a wood burning ceremony. They got a big wooden S, for their last name, wood burned the date into it and then outlined their initials in the middle. During the ceremony they burned their initials while music played in the background. This is a variation on a branding ceremony. Ranching couples often create their own branding iron and cristen it on their wedding day.
Presentation of the Bride and Groom
Who stands with this woman and this man in support and blessing of this marriage?
All parents say, “We do.”
LaKieta and Joshua would like to take a moment to thank you all for being here with them today. You have shared in some of their best and worst days, and you are an irreplaceable part of their yesterdays, their today and all of their tomorrows.
We’d like to take a moment to remember those who are not here today. We know they are here with us in spirit.
Will you, Joshua have this woman from this day forward to be your wedded wife, in times of celebration, in times of sadness, in times of pleasure and in times of pain, in times of sickness and times of health? If so, say, “I will.”
Will you, LaKieta have this man from this day forward to be your wedded
husband, in times of celebration, in times of sadness, in times of pleasure and in times of pain, in times of sickness and times of health? If so, say, “I will.”
LaKieta, 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.
Joshua, 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.
Josh and LaKieta burned their initials into a wooden S while music played in the background
LaKieta and Joshua, you have expressed your love to one another through the commitment and promises you have just made. It is with these in mind that I pronounce you husband and wife.
You may now kiss the Bride.
Mr. and Mrs.....
Frank and Amber were married on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at The Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. They originally planned on having a family friend officiate their wedding but when that fell through Frank called me. He crafted the ceremony himself with the intent to have Amber in tears - in a good way. The only problem with that is that they were both in tears - in a really sweet, way. If anything is going to backfire, crying during your wedding ceremony is the way to go!
The one request Amber had was to announce an unplugged ceremony. Not only didn't she want guests snapping pictures and getting in the way of the photographer, she wanted everyone to be fully present.
Frank was concerned that the ceremony might be too short. I advised him it was perfect and he may just go down in history as a rockstar among his friends for not making them sit through a 90 minute Catholic mass. The one trend I am seeing this wedding season is short and sweet wedding ceremonies.
I have an entire website devoted to just wedding ceremony script ideas and every couple can personalize their own.
Frank And Amber's Wedding Ceremony Script
Very Lovingly Written by Frank!
Ladies and Gentlemen, before we begin, I’d like to ask you to turn off your phones and take this time to be fully present with Amber and Frank as they make their vows to one another. They’ve hired professional photographers to capture the perfect shots and we don’t want to get in their way. They will be happy to share the professional photos with you later. Thank You.
Now, let us begin…
Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for being here today. This wedding is a celebration of family, it is the blending of two families that have been separate up to this moment, but united from this day forward – blending their different traditions and, by doing so, strengthening the family tree. To honor this uniting of the families, Amber and Frank wish to ask their parent’s blessing.
Amber’s Mother and Father, Sam and Jim do you offer this couple your goodwill? Do you welcome Frank as a member of your family and give him your love and affection?
Frank’s Mother and father, Lena and Nick do you offer this couple your goodwill? Do you welcome Amber as a member of your family and give her your love and affection?
Thank You very much.
We have been invited here today to witness and celebrate the uniting in marriage of Amber and Frank. They are taking the first step of their new beginning; their new life together. The ability and desire for one human being to love another is perhaps the most precious and fulfilling gift that has been entrusted to us. It is an all-consuming task, a lifelong endeavor — the journey we’ve been preparing for all of our lives. Loving someone is a reason to stretch beyond our limits, to become more for the sake of the other. It is to look into the soul of your beloved and accept what you see. Loving is the ultimate commitment which challenges humans to become all that we are meant to be. As they join in marriage today, Amber and Frank are announcing to the world that they are welcoming that challenge.
Love is what we all share. It's the great unifier - our one universal truth. That no matter who we are, where we've come from, what we believe, we know this one thing: love is what we're doing right. That's why Amber and Frank are standing here. That's why you all are here to watch them stand up here.
We have all loved in our lifetimes, and in this moment, we're reminded that the ability to love is the very best part of our humanity. All of us here today have our own love stories. Some are short, others long. Some are yet unwritten, while others are just getting to the good part. There are chapters in all of our stories that are sad or disappointing - and others that are exciting and full of adventure.
Their experiences with love, together and apart, and the possibilities of a lifetime filled with the fulfillment love can bring is what brings Amber and Frank here. A time to pause, look back, and smile at all the moments that brought them here. And a time to look ahead at all the moments that are still to come.
Amber and Frank, I'm here - we're all here - because we want those moments for you. We're here to hope with you, to support you, to be proud of you, and to remind you that love isn't happily ever after, love is the experience of writing your story.
It's not one moment - not even this moment. It's every moment. Big ones like saying "I love you," moving in together, getting engaged - but mostly a million little ones that come in between the big moments. Falling asleep next to one another, making dinner together, family trips, walking the dogs, binge-watching Netflix shows, getting a big hug when you get home from work… These everyday moments fuse together into one big experience.
And even though this experience is so incredible, words fail us when we try and explain it. That's just the way it is with love - it's meant to be felt, not described.
But trying to describe love is one of our favorite pastimes. We use the words we have to write stories, and poems, and songs about love. And even though we describe love in different ways - and even though love can look different from one person to the next - we all know it when we see it. And we see it here.
You fell in love by chance, but you're here today because you're making a choice. You both are choosing each other. You've chosen to be with someone who enhances you, who makes you think, makes you smile, and makes every day brighter. You're about to make promises to each other that you intend to keep. You're going to vow to take care of each other, to stand up for one another, and find happiness in the other. There's a simple premise to each of these promises: you're vowing to be there. You're teaming up and saying to the other, "Every experience I am going to have, I want you to be a part of."
Frank and Amber, join hands while you are holding hands, look at one another and take a deep breath, this a moment you will want to always remember.
Do you, Frank, promise to keep Amber as your favorite person - to laugh with her, go on adventures with her, support her through life's tough moments, be proud of her, grow old with her, and find new reasons to love her every day?
Do you, Amber, promise to keep Frank as your favorite person - to laugh with him, go on adventures with him, support him through life's tough moments, be proud of him, grow old with him, and find new reasons to love him every day?
Will you, Frank and Amber, be each other's partners from this day forward? Will you bring out the best in one another, share your happiest moments together, and love each other absolutely - for the rest of this lifetime and for whatever may come next?
May we have the rings please...
The giving and receiving of rings is the most important part of a marriage ceremony, because the rings are made in the symbol of that which is eternal. A Ring has no beginning and no end, and as you place these symbolic rings on each other’s finger, it signifies that there shall be no end to your marriage, and no end to the happiness that you will both share together.
These rings are also the special symbols you will wear before the world. As I’m sure you know, everyone reacts to a new ring! You will notice the response when you walk away from this beautiful place tonight. People will look at you, they will look at your hand and notice the ring on your finger. They will know that you belong to someone special and that someone special belongs to you.
Everyday for the rest of your lives, every time you wash your hands or reach out to touch each other, these rings will be there to remind you of the great love that you share and of the wonderful feeling in the knowledge that the person standing in front of you loves you as much as you love them. So when you place these rings upon each other’s fingers, wear them with love and with honor. As you wear them, may they be a constant reminder to you of one another, and of the deep bond of faith, trust and love which they represent.
Frank, as you place the ring on Amber’s finger, please repeat after me:
Amber, You are my life, my love, and with this ring I marry you. I promise to be open and honest in our partnership, and I pledge myself to you from this day forward. I promise to love you today. I promise to love you tomorrow/And I promise to love you for the rest of our lives.
Amber, as you place the ring on Frank’s finger, please repeat after me:
Frank, You are my life, my love, and with this ring I marry you. I promise to be open and honest in our partnership, and I pledge myself to you from this day forward. I promise to love you today, I promise to love you tomorrow, And I promise to love you for the rest of our lives,
Before I pronounce you husband and wife, I have just one more thing I want you to do.
Your wedding day is one that seems to fly.
It’s a day filled with emotion, friends, rings and dances.
Many people remember how fleeting their own wedding day was.
So I want you to take a few seconds to look into each other’s eyes.
Think about the happiness that you’re feeling in this place, in this moment.
Really let that feeling register in your heart and your mind.
Now, I want you to think about your life together in twenty years.
Where are you?
What are you doing?
We all know that your visions of the future are not identical, but always complementary.
A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together, that is reality.
And for Amber and Frank, that reality starts now.
Ladies and Gentlemen, throughout this ceremony, AMBER and FRANK have vowed, in our presence, to be loyal and loving towards each other.
They have formalized the existence of the bond between them with words spoken and with the giving and receiving of rings.
Therefore, it is my pleasure to now pronounce them husband and wife.
You may now kiss your bride!
Mary and Fredy's Wedding Ceremony Script
Today I Marry My Best Friend
by Bertrand Russell
Today I marry my best friend.
The one I have laughed and cried with,
The one I have learned from and shared with,
The one I have chosen to support, encourage and give myself to,
Through all the days, given to us to share,
Today I marry the one I love.
A successful marriage is made up of two people, each putting the other before themselves and giving to that person 100% first, last, and always. However, as Mary and Fredy’s journey unfolds there will be opportunities and challenges that will strain, and perhaps even weaken, them. They may move back and forth between the seasons of their love, sometimes strong as the autumn harvest time, and sometimes tender, tentative, and fragile as the springtime shoots that brave the frost. In those times they will need the support and caring of all of you who have come to celebrate this joyous union So in the joining of these two families, I ask all of you to take a vow in their presence and in the presence of each other.
Do you pledge to honor and support their marriage? Do you pledge to be neutral and support them equally?
And will you always be there for them and embrace them with the love of family and the joy of sharing your lives with them?
Mary and Fredy would like to take a moment to thank you all for being here with them today. You have shared in some of their best and worst days, and you are an irreplaceable part of their yesterdays, their today and all of their tomorrows.
We’d like to take a moment to remember those who are not here today. We know they are here with us in spirit
Words About Love And Marriage
But what do we mean by love? When we love, we see things other people do not see. We see beneath the surface, to the qualities, which make our beloved special and unique. To see with loving eyes, is to know inner beauty. And to be loved is to be seen, and known, as we are known to no other. One who loves us, gives us a unique gift: a piece of ourselves, but a piece that only they could give us. We who love, can look at each other’s life and say, “I touched his life,” or, “I touched her life,” just as an artist might say, “I touched this canvas.” “Those brushstrokes in the corner of this magnificent mural, those are mine. I was a part of this life, and it is a part of me.” Marriage is to belong to each other through a unique and diverse collaboration, like two threads crossing in different directions, yet weaving one tapestry together. The secret of love and marriage is to be in love and in trust, to know in your hearts that you want only the best for each other. It takes dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn and grow, even when it is difficult to do so. And it takes faith, to go forward together without knowing what the future holds for you both. The true art of married life is an inner spiritual journey. It is a mutual enrichment, a give and take between two personalities, a mingling of two endowments, which diminishes neither, but enhances both. It is, ultimately, the emergence of the Highest Selves of each person. Marriage is a supreme sharing of experience, and an adventure in the most intimate of human relationships. It is the joyous union of two people whose comradeship and mutual understanding have flowered in romance. Today Bride and Groom proclaim their love and commitment to the world, and we gather here to rejoice, with and for them, in the new life they now undertake together.
Declaration on Intent/Wedding Vows
Fredy, from this day onward, do you choose Mary to be your wife, your best friend, and your only love?
To live together, play together and laugh together;
To work by her side and dream in her arms;
To fill her heart and feed her soul;
To always seek out the best in her;
Always loving her with all your heart, until the end of your forever?
If so, Say, “I do!”
Mary, from this day onward, do you choose Fredy to be your Husband, your best friend, and your only love?
To live together, play together and laugh together;
To work by his side and dream in his arms;
To fill his heart and feed his soul;
To always seek out the best in his;
Always loving his with all your heart, until the end of your forever?
If so, Say, “I do!”
Wedding Ring Exchange
The ring is an ancient symbol, so perfect and simple.
It has no beginning and has no end.
It is round like the sun, like the moon, like the eye, like arms that embrace.
It is a circle; for love that is given comes back round again.
Your rings are precious because you wear them with love.
They symbolize your commitment in marriage.
They remind you of who you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going.
As you wear them through time, they will reflect not only who you are as individuals, but also who you are a couple.
As you make your home together, may you know great love together.
May your home be a place of happiness for all who enter it, a place where all are renewed in each other's company, a place for growing, understanding, and laughter.
When Shadow and darkness creep within its walls, may it still be a place of hope, strength, and love.
May those who are nearest to you be constantly enriched by the beauty and bounty of your love for one another.
Since Mary and Fredy have consented to live together in marriage, and have witnessed their vows in the presence of friends and relatives, and by the giving and receiving of rings, I now pronounce that they are husband and wife.
This past weekend at Avon Gardens was beautiful! It was the first warm sunny Saturday this wedding season. Krissy and Darrell were married under the big tree. Sadly, this is probably the last season couples will be able to get married under the tree. It showing signs that it is dying. This picture above is a view of their arch and pond which is also a beautiful spot to get married.
Krissy And Darrell's Wedding Ceremony Script
Krissy absolutely glowed her entire wedding day! She had a detailed list of 1400 things she needed to do to prepare for her wedding day over 14 months. She booked me at the beginning of those 14 months and wrote her own beautiful ceremony. They didn't have a wedding party standing up with them so they didn't think the rehearsal would be a big deal. A few months before her wedding she decided to book me for the rehearsal too because she just wanted to be sure everything went off perfectly. It did!
WELCOME (OPENING REMARKS)
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Family, friends, honored guests, on behalf of Kristen and Darrell, I would like to warmly welcome you to the celebration of their marriage. They wish to express their gratitude for each of you who has chosen to be here today. During the ceremony this afternoon, we respectfully request that you silence and put away all cell phones and cameras so we can all be fully present in this moment.
Kristen and Darrell have come before us today with the intention to marry one another; their love for each other has brought them to this place. Neither I, nor any other, can join these two lovers today. Only they can do what they have chosen. They are joining themselves, each to the other. We, by our participation in this celebration, do but recognize and honor their intention to dwell together as husband and wife.
Marriage is a dedication. You give yourself into the hands of the one you love. You do so trustingly and generously. By the same token, each of you receives a gift, the life and love of each other.
My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My Love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
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MOMENT OF REFLECTION
Krissy wanted a moment of reflection just to be able to center
This day will be filled with love and joy and laughter and will pass more quickly than can be imagined. The couple have requested a brief pause to reflect and absorb this moment in their lives; to look, listen, and feel; to fix these sensations in their memories for years to come.
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Whenever we attend a wedding, we are given the opportunity to reflect on our own relationships. We might look at the couple before us and be tempted to compare their love to the quality of our relationships. The truth is that every couple is as unique as the individuals in it, but one thing holds true: For love to exist between two people, each person must allow the vulnerability of giving his or her love to the other, and each must be open to receiving the other’s love in turn. Therefore each of us is a powerful creator of love. Each of us, every moment of every day, has the choice to dedicate ourselves to one another or to withhold our love and caring.
If you ask couples who have a strong and abiding love what they like most about their partners, many will say when they are with that person they don’t have to pretend to be anything other than what they are. They are able to express themselves without fear of being judged or rejected. There is room in the relationship for both of them to be unique individuals. They are free to surrender to the vulnerability of true intimacy—to be known and loved unconditionally.
When two people are happily married, they enjoy each other’s company with the greatest delight and excitement. As many moments they as might spend together and as many conversations they might share, it could never be enough. They can find endless joy in discovering each other and in sharing their being with the other. A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
In the words of Dana Scully, “It seems to me that the best relationships, the ones that last, are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.”
DECLARATION OF INTENT
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Kristen and Darrell, before this moment you have been many things to one another, but now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, words that will irreversibly alter the relationship between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this—is my husband; this—is my wife.
It is relatively simple to stand here and say these words today, but far more difficult to live them day to day. When you love someone, you do not love them all the time in exactly the same way. That is impossible. Yet that is what most of us expect. We forget the ebb and flow of life and of love and of relationships. We insist on permanence, on duration, on continuity. But in love, as in life, the only stability is in change, in growth, and in freedom. Therefore what you promise today must be renewed and reaffirmed tomorrow and all the tomorrows to come.
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Darrell, do you take Kristen to be the wife of your days, the companion of your heart and the friend of your life? To stand united in the face of adversity and bask together in the light of good fortune? With these words spoken, do you wish to marry Kristen and join your life with hers?
Kristen, do you take Darrell to be the husband of your days, the companion of your heart and the friend of your life? To stand united in the face of adversity and bask together in the light of good fortune? With these words spoken, do you wish to marry Darrell and join your life with his?
Darrell do you vow to love Kristen faithfully, to be worthy of her trust and deserving of her respect, to support, comfort, and strengthen her through life's joys and sorrows, and to love her without reservation, all the days of your life?
Kristen do you vow to love Darrell faithfully, to be worthy of his trust and deserving of his respect, to support, comfort, and strengthen him through life's joys and sorrows, and to love him without reservation, all the days of your life?
EXCHANGE OF RINGS
For generations the passage of two people into the state of marriage has been marked by the exchange of rings.
Rings hold deep symbolic meaning. The circle is an ancient symbol representing notions of totality, wholeness, perfection, and the infinite. It implies an idea of movement, and symbolizes the cycle of time. It symbolizes both the potential and the completion, the eternal cycle of life.
Even as these circles, these rings, hold universal significance, they are also personally significant to these two here today. They are a constant reminder of the bond between a husband and a wife. A visible, tangible symbol of their commitment to each other. Let these rings be a sign that love has substance as well as soul, a present as well as a past, and that this person has been chosen, this person walks not alone through life.
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Darrell, please place this ring on Kristen’s finger and repeat after me:
Let this ring be a symbol of my promises to you -
and a reminder of my devotion to you. -
I am honored to call you my wife. -
Kristen, please place this ring on Darrell’s finger and repeat after me:
Let this ring be a symbol of my promises to you -
and a reminder of my devotion to you. -
I am honored to call you my husband. -
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Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
Treat yourselves and each other with respect, patience, and compassion, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness, and kindness that your love deserves.
If each of you take responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.
May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.
Go now and enter into the days of your life together.
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Kristen and Darrell, you have each betrothed yourself to the other in love and compassion, and you have taken upon yourselves the responsibilities of a profound and loving friendship. In the presence of these witnesses and in keeping with tradition, you have spoken the words and performed rites that have united your lives. Having so affirmed, I now pronounce that you are husband and wife.
Darrell, you may kiss the bride.
Ladies and gentlemen it is my great pleasure to present, for the first time as husband and wife....
Krissy booked a $150 Wedding Ceremony and a $150 Rehearsal. For her, writing the ceremony was part of the fun of the process. Click here for more information about my Indianapolis Wedding Officiant Services.
Brittany and Tyler were married at the Cardinal Room in Lebanon, IN. With all the crazy weather we have been having in Indiana I'm always so happy when we get a dry day. If It's cloudy or cold, I can deal with it. Just not rain. We've had so much rain! Sunday morning it rained and rained and Sunday afternoon it rained some more. And then, it stopped! The clouds rolled back and the waters parted and Brittany and Tyler had a beautiful wedding day!
The Cardinal Room is set in the middle of a golf course northwest of Indy. It's a beautiful, quiet spot for a wedding. They have lovey outdoor areas for your ceremony and cocktail hour but it's also very well set up very well to accommodate the weather. Their outdoor ceremony area is covered and they can drop down plastic windows just in case. The banquet room itself is HUGE so you can get married inside without being cramped if you choose to get married cabaret-style - I've performed several weddings there cabaret style.
I always love going to the Cardinal room because the staff is very friendly and attentive. Couples always give great feedback.
The Wedding Ceremony
Brittany decided to walk herself down the aisle and instead of asking the traditional "Who gives this woman to be married" We asked "Who presents this woman and this man to be married to each other?" The presentation of the both the bride and groom by their parents, friends and family is very popular this season. While father's are still escorting their daughter down the aisle and giving them away in age old wedding tradition, I think the trend of including the groom in this part of the ceremony is here to stay. Click here for more options for the "giving away of the bride and groom."
Brittany and Tyler shared wedding vows they wrote for each other in a non-traditional way. They took turns sharing their vows. You can read what they wrote below.
Victoria: “Ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the bride”
Brittany walks down the aisle
Tyler comes forth to receive her
Victoria: “Please be seated” (parents remain standing).
Who presents this woman and this man to be married to each other?
All parents say, “We do.”
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We have been invited here today to witness and celebrate the uniting in marriage of Brittany and Tyler. They are taking the first step of their new beginning; their new life together. The ability and desire for one human being to love another is perhaps the most precious and fulfilling gift that has been entrusted to us. It is an all-consuming task, a lifelong endeavor — the journey we’ve been preparing for all of our lives. Loving someone is a reason to stretch beyond our limits, to become more for the sake of the other. It is to look into the soul of your beloved and accept what you see. Loving is the ultimate commitment which challenges humans to become all that we are meant to be. As they join in marriage today, Bride and Groom are announcing to the world that they are welcoming that challenge.
This event is shared, if in a different way, by those who have passed beyond this life. Their roles in the lives of Brittany and Tyler are gratefully remembered and honored as we witness this joyous event. Join with us in fond memory of all of these people. In their memory, let us be silent together
(Moment of Silence……..Thank you.)
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Words about Love and Marriage
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Brittany and Tyler, 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. There was a time when your lives were two separate adventuress. Gradually, they were joined as you grew closer together. Today, you proclaim to the world your choice to stay on the same adventure together. May you be enriched by the unique view of the other!
The first reading is read by: Kristen
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The second reading is read by: Rhonda
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Brittany and Tyler are now going to exchange vows they have written for each other (Tyler first).
They emailed me their vows and I printed them out and gave them to them during their ceremony so they wouldn't have to worry about them. Here are their vows:
T: 1 universe; 8 planets (depending on who you ask); 7 seas; 195 countries; And we found each other.
B: Since that day, we’ve fallen in love a little more everyday.
T: I take you as you are, loving who you are now and who you are yet to become.
B: I promise to learn with you and grow with you as we work on our marriage and our love.
T: I cannot promise to love you perfectly, but I can promise to love you overwhelmingly, until we skid sideways into our graves after a full life of adventure.
B: I cannot promise you an easy life or that I will not disappoint you, but I can promise you that I will choose to love you every day.
T: I see these vows not as promises but as privileges: I get to laugh with you and cry with you; care for you and share with you; and build a home full of laughter, love, and learning with you.
B: I promise to respect and support you, to be patient and loving, to work by your side to achieve our dreams, and to savor our time together.
T: I will keep on loving you for the million little things you do that make you unique. I will even be patient when it’s past your bedtime or I’m hangry.
B: I will love you for your best qualities and your worst, because they make you who you are.
T: May we always find comfort in being alone together.
B: May we be friends, partners, and lovers for the rest of our days.
Declaration of Intent
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Do you Tyler promise to love Brittany and respect her, to share your life and your dreams, to build with her a home that is a place of love, happiness, commitment, and growth? Tyler: I do
Do you promise to be a companion to her in all of her successes and failures, her happiness and sadness, to always give to her your unwavering support and above all else, the freedom to be herself? Tyler: I do
Do you Brittany promise to love Tyler and respect him, to share your life and your dreams, to build with him a home that is a place of love, happiness, commitment, and growth? Brittany: I do
Do you promise to be a companion to him in all of his successes and failures, his happiness and sadness, to always give to him your unwavering support and above all else, the freedom to be himself? Brittany: I do
May we have the rings, please? (The Best Man, Alex, will have them.)
At this time Alex will you take out the rings Brittany and Tyler have chosen for each other, for these rings will be a visible sign of the vows they have made.
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The hand you place this ring on will not stay the same. In time, wrinkles will form, calluses will come and go, and different scars may appear. Not only will each of you change physically over time, but internally you will change as well. Your ideals, values, hopes may evolve. Things that are important to you today may not be the same over time. In 10, 20, 30 years you will change, but your rings and your commitment to each other, will be constant. May your rings always remind you that there is one other person in the world that has pledged to love you forever, through thick and thin, with all that they have. May your love be constant as you walk together into this grand adventure.
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Tyler, please repeat after me:
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, my faith in our strength together, and my covenant to learn and grow with you.
Brittany, please repeat after me:
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, my faith in our strength together, and my covenant to learn and grow with you.
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Life and love are the greatest gifts bestowed upon humanity.
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.
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You have united two families and two sets of friends. I ask them now to promise that they will support your marriage with joy, love and optimism.
All those who wish to promise their support say “I do!” (Guests respond “I do!”)
With the blessing of everyone who is present here today, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride!
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my pleasure to introduce to you:
Mr & Mrs...
What wedding officiant services did Brittany and Tyler Book?
Brittany and Tyler booked the $150 Wedding Ceremony Service and the $150 Wedding Ceremony Consultation. The Ceremony Consultation goes over everything you need to know to create your own wedding ceremony and organize your rehearsal. The staff at the Cardinal Room ran their rehearsal so they decided to cut their cost by eliminating have me at the rehearsal.
I breakdown wedding officiant services so you can just choose the services you need, want and can afford.
Here is a link to my Formal Wedding Ceremony Officiant Services.
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Who am I? I'm Victoria Meyer! I created Marry Me In Indy! LLC. Here's an article about me.
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.