Samples of Complete Ceremonies

There are many different styles and lengths of wedding ceremonies. To help you choose a wedding ceremony that suits your style here are samples of some wedding ceremonies I have performed. Remember, these can be used as they are or you can mix with another, add something new, or drop a portion to make it your own personalized ceremony.

If you would like to experience a live ceremony here is a video of an Austin wedding ceremony I was honored to officiate.

Sample Wedding Ceremony 1

Processional

  1. Seating of the Groom’s grandparents
  2. Seating of Bride’s grandparents
  3. Seating of the Bride’s mother
  4. Minister and Groom enter
  5. Groomsmen escorting bridesmaids enter
  6. Best Man and Maid or Matron of Honor enters
  7. Ring Bearer enters
  8. Flower girl enters

Processional Giving away the brideBRIDAL PROCESSIONAL – Bride and her escort enter – (Mother of the Bride stands and all guests rise when music begins). When Bride comes to the front I will ask her Dad, “Who gives this woman to be married to this man” after he confirms (Her mother and I) then Groom will go and shake hands with dad and then escort Bride the rest of the way to the front.

Opening remarks: On behalf of Groom, Bride and their families I would like to welcome everyone here today, and thank you for celebrating this very special day with them.  We are gathered today to witness and celebrate the union of Groom and Bride in marriage.  Groom, it is written –The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from the LORD.  Always treat your bride like a treasure, protect her like a treasure, guard her like a treasure, and for this you will receive favor from on high.

Marriage prayer: Heavenly Father, grant I pray that Groom & Bride may have a true and understanding love for each other.  Grant them both with faith and trust.  Give them the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony.  May they always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths.

Help them to forgive one another’s failings, and grant them patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.  May the love that brought them together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring them both ever closer to You through their love for each other. Let their love grow to perfection.  Amen.

This wedding is also a celebration of family.  It is the blending of two families, the Grooms family and the Bride’s family, separate up to this moment, but united from this day forward, blending their different traditions, and strengthening the family tree.  To honor this uniting of the families, Groom and Bride wish to ask their parents’ blessing.

Mr. and Mrs. Groom’s parents, do you offer this couple your blessings of goodwill? Do you welcome Bride as a member of your family and will you give her your love and affection.  (Confirm by stating we do)

Mr. and Mrs. Bride’s parents, do you offer this couple your blessings of goodwill? Do you welcome Groom as a member of your family and will you give him your love and affection.  (Confirm by stating we do)

Ceremony: With love and commitment, Groom & Bride have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.  No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important.
In Genesis 2, the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion who will help him.” But still there was no companion suitable for him. So the LORD God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. He took one of Adam’s ribs and closed up the place from which he had taken it. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib and brought her to Adam. Adam exclaimed. “She is part of my own flesh and bone! She will be called `woman,’ because she was taken out of a man.” (A rib taken from the side of man should be viewed as the way we look at the wife to her husband, not taken from the foot where she would be walked on, not taken from the head as a ruler over but from the side where a wife will stand by her husband and close to his heart).

Groom, Bride, your marriage will require commitment, effective communication, support, respect, solving problems together, have fun together, laughter, teamwork, and of course lots of LOVE.

The dictionary says love means a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person, a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, passion, desire.  LOVE is more than “lovely” words, it is commitment and conduct.  Your kind, loving and thoughtful words are a component of love but real love goes beyond that.  Part of the way you show your love is the way you act when you’re together, with family and when you’re apart, your love will always guide your actions no matter what the circumstance.

L – Laugh often together (find ways to make each other Laugh), stay Loyal to one another (when your hair turns gray “or falls out”), LIVE LIFE to the fullest, Listen to one another’s heart and dreams , Learn from your mistakes (apologize quickly and move forward), Groom, always treat Bride like a Lady, Bride, Lean on Groom and respect him as the Leader of your home, and make time to be LAZY together.

O – Always be Open with one another, let your home be an Oasis of warmth and love, grow Old together as One.

V – Value each other as the precious gifts you are to one another, Vocalize/Verbalize your love (don’t just think the other one will always know), Validate each other’s worth through both words and actions, express your love in a Variety of ways, let Virtue shine through from both of you and never let the Vision of what you’re seeing today end, keep your Vows to one another.

E – Embrace Each other Every day!! Enjoy each other’s company and Express your love! Keep an open Ear to what the other is truly saying, look into each other’s Eyes and see the LOVE that LED you to EACH other.  Love takes Effort on both of your parts.  Treat each other as Equals and you will make it to the END in LOVE!

VOWS – Groom do you take Bride to be your life partner and one true love, will you cherish your friendship and love her today, tomorrow, and forever.  Will you trust and honor her, laugh and cry with her.  Will love her faithfully through the best and the worst through the difficult and the easy what may come will you always be there.  will you honor, respect and encourage her in every step, in health and sickness, for all the days of your life. (Groom answers “I do”)

Bride do you take Groom to be your life partner and one true love, will you cherish your friendship and love him today, tomorrow, and forever.  Will you trust and honor him, laugh and cry with him.  Will love him faithfully through the best and the worst through the difficult and the easy what may come will you always be there.  will you honor, respect and encourage him in every step, in health and sickness, for all the days of your life. (Bride answers “I do”)

Ring Ceremony: Groom and Bride have chosen to exchange rings as an external symbol of their vows of commitment they are making to one another today.

Meaning: “The wedding ring is a symbol of eternity. It is an outward sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two hearts in endless love. It is a seal of the vows Groom and Bride make to one another. And as a token of your love and of your deep desire to be forever united in heart and soul.

Prayer for rings: “Father, bless these rings which Groom & Bride have set apart to be visible signs of the inward and spiritual bond which unites their hearts. As they give and receive these rings, may they testify to the world of the covenant made between them here.”

Groom if you can retrieve Bride’s ring: Please place this ring on the 3rd finger of her left hand…and repeat after me: I Groom, take you, Bride, to be my beloved wife, to have and to hold you, to honor and treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and in joy, to laugh with you in the good times, to comfort and solace you in the bad, and to love and cherish you always.  I promise you this from my heart, with my soul, for all the days of my life, eternal.

Bride: Please place this ring on the 3rd finger of Groom’s left hand …and repeat after me: I Bride, take you, Groom, to be my beloved husband, to have and to hold you, to honor and treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and in joy, to laugh with you in the good times, to comfort and solace you in the bad, and to love and cherish you always.  I promise you this from my heart, with my soul, for all the days of my life, eternal.

May these rings be a constant reminder of your vows……a circle that never ends as your commitment and love will never end.  As often as either of you look at your rings, I pray that you will be reminded of the commitment of love for each other that you are making today.

Closing blessing: Let us pray.   Heavenly Father, we thank You for the joy of living and especially for the joys of love and marriage.  You have loved us and You have made us so that we can love and be loved in return.  Thank You that we don’t have to walk the road alone but that You have provided someone to share our dreams with and to comfort us in our sorrows.  I ask You Lord to bless Groom & Bride today as they begin their new lives together as one, I ask You to preserve and protect their love and their marriage.  Let them experience Your joy and love in their relationship.  As they come to know each other better may they also continue to know You better every day in Jesus name I pray, amen!!

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE 

Having taken your vows of fidelity and devotion I therefore, by the Authority of the Laws of the State of Texas and sanctioned by divine authority present you Groom & Bride lawfully married, husband and wife…Groom you may kiss your wife…Groom & Bride if you will turn and face your family and friends….Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you

Austin Wedding Officiant Bride and Groom at Pecan Springs Ranch

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. at Austin’s Pecan Spring’s Ranch

Mr. & Mrs. Groom.

Recessional

  1. Groom & Bride
  2. Ring Bearer  & Flower girl
  3. Best Man & Maid of Honor
  4. Groomsmen & Bridesmaids

Special guests that were seated remain on the first couple of rows and wait for the wedding party to return for pictures).

Conclusion – Thank you for sharing this special day with Groom and Bride and their families.  The wedding party will be taking a few pictures and will join you shortly.  Please make your way inside where hor d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Sample Wedding Ceremony 2 (Includes Lasso Ceremony)

1.       Prelude1st song/music selection
Any musical preludes should take place at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony, music can be playing while guests are being seated.
2.       Beginning The Wedding – end 1st song
                                                                          
3.       Processional (optional music or song) – start of 2nd song/music
 
4.       Seating of the Parents

  1. Seating of Groom’s mother an usher will escort Groom’s mom, she will be escorted to the front row of the right side (first two seats, closest to isle)
  2. Seating of Bride’s mother –Bride’s brother, an usher escorts Bride’s mom to front row seat on left, 2nd chair from isle

5.       Bridal Processional Begins

  1. Stephen, Groom , and Best Man enter down center isle
  2. Matron of Honor enters
  3. Flower Girls enter and will stand next to Matron of Honor

6.        End Second song or music

Austin Wedding Officiant saying all rise.7.       Wedding March Begins  
Stephen will ask all guests to rise.
Bride and her father enter.

8.       Giving Away of Bride – Bride’s dad will escort Bride to the front row of chairs and stop (music is brought down); Stephen asks “who gives this woman to be married to this man?”

9.       Bride’s dad affirms his answer – (her mother and I)

10.   Stephen will have guests be seated – (flower girls will also be seated at this time)

11.   Welcome/Opening Remarks – On behalf of Groom, Bride and their families I would like to welcome everyone here today and thank you for celebrating this special day with them. We are gathered today in this beautiful setting to witness and celebrate the union of Groom and Bride in marriage.  Marriage is an act of faith and ever-deepening commitment. It has been described as the best and the most important relationship that two people can share, the creation of a single growing energy of spiritual life. Marriage can be a lifelong unfolding of loving kindness, backed by the will and endurance to brave any obstacles and foster its vitality. There is no limit to the knowing of another’s soul, and when you learn to love one person, then you grow in love for all of humanity. No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take.  Both of you come to this day with the realization that the bond of marriage is sacred as are all of its obligations and responsibilities.

In Memory Of – In memory of all their loved ones who are present in their hearts today, Groom and Bride wish to pause to reflect upon those who have shaped their character, molded their spirits, and touched their hearts. (Pause for 5 seconds)

Scripture Reading – Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way.  It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

12.   Ceremony – Groom, Bride, your marriage will require commitment, effective communication, support, love, respect, solving problems together, having fun together, laughter, and (inside joke between couple).

Scripture Reading- It has been written that the man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from on high.  It has also been written that two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.  Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?   A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.

13.   Wedding Vows-

Wedding Vows Austin wedding officiant bride and groomGroom’s Wedding Vows:
This day, true love of mine
Happy days are here again
Gave this lonely heart a jump start
Wake up more in love with you
At the sound of your voice
Wanna sing, wanna dance in the rain
Promise to have, hold you always and forever
Face whatever comes
No more looking for ways of escape
This day, true love of mine
Happy days are here again
I promise to you my everlasting love
Vow to you, so take my hand
Cause I’m your man
Wanna be with you always and forever in
God’s Almighty Grace
We have no time to waste
This day, true love of mine
Happy days are here again

Bride’s Wedding Vows:
Groom, since meeting you on March 7, 2011, my life has ever changed.
I am deeply grateful to God for bringing our souls together.
Today, and for our forever:
I promise to love you with my whole heart.
I promise to treat you with kindness, respect, trust and appreciation.
I promise to support your creativity, share in your successes, and encourage you in times of hardship.
I promise to make joy, humor, and laughter integral to our family.
I promise to grow, prosper and build with you a home.
And I look forward to relishing in our existence together forever.
You’re my partner, best friend, and the best thing that ever happened to me.
I love you.
Thank you for marrying me.

Ring security little boy14.   Exchanging of the Rings – Meaning: From the earliest times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of committed love.  An unbroken and never ending circle symbolizes a commitment of love that is also never ending.
Groom: Do you have a symbol of your commitment that you wish to give to Bride?

Groom: Please place this ring on the 3rd finger of the left hand of Bride…and repeat after me: I, Groom, give to you, Bride, this ring as a symbol of my love, my faith in our strength together, and my commitment to learn and grow with you as your faithful partner.
Bride: Do you have a symbol of your commitment that you wish to give to Groom?

Bride: Please place this ring on the 3rd finger of the left hand of Groom…  and repeat after me: I, Bride, give to you Groom, this ring as a symbol of my love, my faith in our strength together, and my commitment to learn and grow with you as your faithful partner.
As often as either of you look at your rings, I pray that you will be reminded of the commitment of love for each other that you are making today.  May these rings be a constant reminder of your vows……a circle that never ends, as your commitment and love will never end.

15.   Unity Lasso Ceremony – Bride and Groom stand before Stephen.

Stephen:  Groom and Bride have chosen to incorporate the Lasso ritual into their wedding ceremony today. The Lasso is a wedding ritual in which the couple is bound together with a ceremonial rosary (or cloth you choose to use). Lassoing is a declaration of intent, where Groom and Bride clearly state that they are marrying of their own free will.
Groom and Bride since your lives have crossed in this life, you have formed an eternal and sacred bond. As you enter this state of matrimony you should strive to make real the ideals that to you, give meaning to this ceremony and to the institution of marriage.
With full awareness, know that within this Lasso you are not only declaring your intent to be bound together before your family and friends, but you speak that intent also to God.
The promises made today and the ties that are bound here greatly strengthen your union and will cross the years and lives of each soul’s growth.

Matron of Honor and Best Man drape the Lasso in the form of an “8” around the shoulders of the Bride and Groom.

Stephen:  Groom and Bride, as you are bound together now, so too your lives and spirits are joined in a union of everlasting   love and trust. Above you are the stars and below you is the earth. Like the stars your love should be a constant source of light, and like the earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.

Round Rock Officiant Rope Ceremony with bride and groomStephen offers the Lasso Prayer – Bless the marriage of Groom and Bride, O God, as they begin their journey down the road of life together. We know not what lies ahead for the road has many turns and bends. We are grateful to you for helping them to make the best of whatever comes their way.
We are thankful that they can continue to enjoy each other as they did when they first met and for helping them to realize that nothing or no one is perfect and to look for the good in all things and all people including themselves.
Thank you for helping them to respect each other’s likes and dislikes, opinions and beliefs, hopes and dreams and fears even though they may not always understand them.  Thank you for helping them to learn from each other and to help each other to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Thank you for helping them to realize that no matter what happens to them they will hold on to each other and know that things have a way of working out for the good.  Thank you for helping them to create a peaceful, stable home of love as a foundation on which they can build their lives.
But most of all, dear God, thank you for helping them to keep lit the flame of love that they now share so that by their loving example they may pass on the light of love forever and ever.  In Christ’s name I pray.
Matron of Honor and Best Man remove the Lasso from Bride and Groom’s shoulders, and then present the Lasso to Groom who will later give it to the Bride. (Then Bride will carry her bouquet as they walk together down the aisle).

16.   The Pronouncement – Having taken your vows of fidelity and devotion I therefore, by the Authority of the Laws of the State of Texas and sanctioned by divine authority present you Groom & Bride lawfully married, husband and wife…
 
17.   The Kiss – Groom, you may now kiss your wife for the first time. J

18.   Presentation of the Couple – It is now my privilege to introduce to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Grooms last name

19.   Recessional – Start of song to march out to

  1. The wedding party exits the platform, typically in the following order:
  2. Bride and Groom
  3. Matron of Honor and Best Man
  4. Flower Girls
  5. The Ushers return for the honored guests who are escorted out in reverse order of their entrance.

20.   Conclusion – I will thank everyone for attending and provide instructions for them to head to the reception area so the wedding party can take a few remaining pictures.

Caught Kissing at Chapel Dulcinea Austin Wedding Bride and Groom

Photo captured in the vintage truck at Austin’s Chapel Dulcinea

Sample Wedding Ceremony 3 (Includes Love Letter & Wine Box ceremony)

PRELUDE – music playing as guests arrive

SEATING OF THE Grandparents & PARENTS –   Song or just music – if you’d like

  • If either of you have grandparents you wish to be a part of the ceremony, they will be seated first, rotate from Groom to Bride and back if needed
  • Groom’s parents (if Step-parents rotate between Bride & Groom’s)
  • Bride’s mom (if Step-parents rotate between Bride & Groom’s)

PROCESSIONAL – Different Song or music if you’d like

Giving away of the bride at Green PasturesBRIDAL PROCESSIONAL – When Bride comes to the front I will ask her dad(s) “Who gives this woman to be married to this man” after they confirm (we do) – then Groom will go and escort Bride the rest of the way to the front.

WELCOME – On behalf of Groom, Bride and their families, I would like to welcome everyone here today and thank you for celebrating this special day with them. We are gathered today to witness and celebrate the union of Groom and Bride in marriage.

With love and commitment, they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife. No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take.  Both of you come to this day with the realization that the bond of marriage is sacred as are all of its obligations and responsibilities.

Groom, Bride, your marriage will require several key elements to be a success, it will require commitment, effective communication, support, respect, solving problems together, have fun together, laughter, teamwork and of course lots of LOVE.  Let’s take a look at a special reading about love.

Ceremony reading: From The Awakened Heart – by Gerald May

“There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call our heart. We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake. It is the human desire for love. Every person in this earth yearns to love, to be loved, to know love. Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire…

…love is the ‘why’ of life: why we are functioning at all, what we want to be efficient for… I am convinced love is the fundamental energy of the human spirit, the fuel on which we run, the wellspring of our vitality. And grace, which is the flowing, creative activity of love itself, is what makes all goodness possible.

Love should come first; it should be the beginning of and the reason for everything.”

EXCHANGE OF VOWS – Groom & Bride please join hands:

Groom, please repeat after me: I Groom affirm my love to you, Bride as I invite you to share my life. You are the most beautiful, smart, and generous person I have ever known, and I promise always to respect you. With kindness, unselfishness and trust, I will work by your side to create a wonderful life together. I take you Bride to be my lawful wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health for as long as we both shall live.

Bride, please repeat after me: I Bride affirm my love to you, Groom as I invite you to share my life. You are the most handsome, smart, and generous person I have ever known, and I promise always to respect you. With kindness, unselfishness and trust, I will work by your side to create a wonderful life together. I take you Groom to be my lawful husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health for as long as we both shall live.

Whiskey box and love letters

Unity Ceremony – Groom & Bride have chosen as a couple to perform a Love Letter & Wine Box ceremony

This box contains a bottle of wine and a love letter from each to the other. The letters describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their reasons for choosing to marry. The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written. You have created your very own “romantic” time capsule to be opened on your 5th wedding anniversary.

Stephen: Groom & Bride, you may now seal the box.

Stephen: Groom and Bride  should you ever find your marriage enduring insurmountable hardships, you are to as a couple, open this box, sit and drink the wine together, then separate and read the letters you wrote to one another when you were united as a couple in marriage. By reading these love letters you will reflect upon the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other here today.

The hope is, however, that you will never have a reason to open this box. And if this is the case, you are to open this box to share and enjoy on your 5th year wedding anniversary!

I recommend that you keep the box in a place of honor prominently displayed in your home as a constant reminder of your commitment to each other.

GIVING OF THE RINGS: Stephen: “The wedding ring is a symbol of eternity. It is an outward sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two hearts in endless love. And now as a token of your love and of your deep desire to be forever united in heart and soul, Groom, you may place a ring on the finger of your bride to be.”

Groom repeat after me: “Bride, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you.”

Stephen: “By the same token Bride, you may place a ring on the finger of your husband to be.”

Bride repeat after me: “Groom, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you.”

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE – Having taken your vows of fidelity and devotion I therefore, by the Authority of the Laws of the State of Texas and sanctioned by divine authority present you Groom & Bride lawfully married, husband and wife…

Groom you may kiss your wife…Caught Kissing 

PRESENTATION OF THE COUPLE – Groom & Bride if you will turn and face your family and friends….ladies and gentlemen I present to you Mr. & Mrs. Groom

RECESSIONAL –

 

Austin Wedding Officiant RecessionalConclusion – Thank you for coming and making this day special for Groom & Bride,  the wedding party will be taking a fewpictures, so if the family and wedding party will stay in this area, a wonderful meal and an evening of entertaining with the Groom’s will continue, if you’d like to make your way around to the back of the venue, the wedding party will join you shortly.

Sample Wedding Ceremony 4 (Includes Hand Blessing Ceremony)

1.    Prelude – Bagpiper and drummer begin music and enter.

2.    Beginning The Wedding – Processional (optional music or songs)

3.    Seating of the Special Guests

  1. Seating of Groom’s parents and then Step-Father
  2. Seating of Bride’s mother
  3. Seating of any additional special guests

Austin Wedding officiant groom and ring bearer walking in4.    Bridal Processional Begins
Stephen and Groom enter
Groomsmen are escorting the Bridesmaids, they enter together, beginning with the couple that will end up farthest away from the Bride and Groom.
Maid of Honor enters. She is being escorted by the Best Man, they enter together.
Ring Bearer enter
Flower girl(s) enter

5.    Wedding March Begins – Bride and Jim enter. Typically, Bride’s mother will stand as a signal for all of the guests to stand.  Stephen will also announce, “All rise.”

6.    Giving Away of Bride – Stephen will ask Jim, “Who gives this woman to be married to this man”?  Jim will affirm “I do or her mother and I”.

Groom will walk over and shake Jim’s hand and escort Bride the rest of the way to the front.

7.    Guests are seated – Welcome/Opening Remarks: On behalf of Groom, Bride and their families I would like to welcome everyone here today and thank you for celebrating this special day with them. We are gathered today to witness and celebrate the union of Groom and Bride in marriage.  With love and commitment, they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.  No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take.  Both of you come to this day with the realization that the contract of marriage is sacred as are all of its obligations and responsibilities.

8.    Opening Prayer –  Hand in hand, we come before you, O Lord.  Hand in hand, we are stepping out in faith.  We, who are gathered here, ask that you would take this couple into your hands. Help them, O Lord, to keep firm in the commitments they are about to make.  Guide them, O God, as they become a family, as they each change through the years. May they be flexible as they are faithful.  And Lord, help us all to be your hands if there be need. Strengthen, tenderly all of our commitments, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Groom, Bride, all present here today – and those here in heart, wish both of you all the joy, happiness and success and the world has to offer. “May we take a moment to recognize and remember those that are here in spirit.” 

9.    Ceremony – A good marriage must be created.  In marriage the “little’ things are the big things.   It is never being too old to hold hands.   It is remembering to say, “I love you” at least once a day.  It is never going to sleep angry.  It is standing together and facing the world.   It is speaking words of appreciation, and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.  It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.  It is not only marrying the right person—it is being the right partner.

Groom & Bride, I ask that you always treat yourself and each other with respect, remind yourselves often of what brought you together today.  Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your marriage deserves. When frustration and difficulty criticize your marriage- as they do to every relationship at one time or another- focus on what still seems right between you, not only the part that seems wrong.

This way, when clouds of trouble hide the sun and you lose sight of it for a moment, you can remember that the sun is still there. If each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your life together and continue growing in unity as one, it will be marked by abundance and happiness.

10. Wedding Vows – Groom, today you take Bride for your wife. Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. There is only one life before you, and your seasons will be good and long. Do you promise to love, honor, and cherish Bride, no matter what lies before you, for as long as you both shall live. (Groom, if so, please state “I do”).

Bride, today you take Groom for your husband. Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. There is only one life before you, and your seasons will be good and long. Do you promise to love, honor, and cherish Groom, no matter what lies before you, for as long as you both shall live. (Bride, if so, please state “I do”).

11. Unity Ceremony Hand Blessing Ceremony – A hand blessing is a ritual that is meant to draw you closer to one another…Hands are considered to be a connection to the heart, and a hand blessing symbolically brings two hearts together.’

Bride, take Groom’s hands palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you:  These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises to love you all the days of his life.

Now Groom, please take Bride’s hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you:  These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young, and carefree, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as she promises to love you all the days of her life.

Now, please join hands so that they may be fasted in the ways of old.  Your hands will form the eternity symbol, visually demonstrating that your love will always be present and will run between the two of you throughout the years.

Remember then as your hands are fasted, these are not the ties that bind, but is rather the fabric that signifies the uniting of two lives into one.

Your marriage also signifies the joining of two families.

I ask that the Best Man and Maid of Honor to come assist with this special part of the ceremony – [Fabric is held aloft]

The love already shared by your hearts, Has been strengthened by the vows you have taken

You will be bound by your love as you are bound by your clasped hands from now until the end of your days

[As the following is recited, hands are wrapped] Best Man and Maid of Honor tie the fabric around Groom and Bride’s joined hands

These are the hands that will love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.

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 work alongside yours, as you build your future together.

These are the hands that will hold you whenever illness, fear, or grief may find you.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.

These are the hands that will give you support and encourage you to chase your dreams. Together, everything you wish for can be realized.

These are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours.

Austin wedding officiant praying for bride and groom during hand blessing ceremony at Angel Springs[Binding is finished and fabric is knotted]

Bless these hands that you see before you this day.

May they always reach out with love, gentleness, and respect.

May they build a loving relationship that lasts a lifetime.

May they always be held by one another.

If you follow these words and heed this sacred binding,

your hands will heal, protect, shelter, and guide.

Now, I will remove the fabric, but remember the knot as a lasting symbol of your binding and commitment

[Wrap is removed and stowed] I ask you to take it and place it in a prominent place in your home as a reminder of the commitment you are making here today.

Now we will add an external symbol of the vows and commitment you’re making to each other today with the exchanging of rings.

12. Exchanging of the Rings – For thousands of years, lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows.  Let these rings be a sign that love has a past, a present, and a future, through you and within you. The promises which you have spoken to each other today are forever in your minds and hearts, but words are fleeting and so those who marry wear rings as visible, tangible symbols of their love and commitment. These rings announce to the world that you have recognized in each other your soul’s mate. That you have entwined together to become one and that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.

Groom, take Bride’s ring, place it on her finger and repeat after me:

I (Groom), take you (Bride), to be my wife, to share the good times and hard times side by side. I humbly give you my hand and my heart as I pledge my faith and love to you. Just as this ring I give you today is a circle without end, my love for you is eternal. Just as it is made of incorruptible substance, my commitment to you will never fail. With this ring, I thee wed.”

Bride, take Groom’s ring, place it on his finger and repeat after me:

I (Bride), take you (Groom), to be my husband, to share the good times and hard times side by side. I humbly give you my hand and my heart as I pledge my faith and love to you. Just as this ring I give you today is a circle without end, my love for you is eternal. Just as it is made of incorruptible substance, my commitment to you will never fail. With this ring, I thee wed.”

13. The Pronouncement – In accordance to the State Laws of Texas and with divine authority, I pronounce you legally married, husband and wife

14. The Closing Prayer/Blessing – (Groom drapes sash over Bride while blessing is recited)

An now an Irish blessing to close this ceremony:

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rain fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

The Kiss – Groom, you may now kiss your bride. 

Austin Officiant bride and groom at vista on seward hillPresentation of the Couple – It is now my privilege to introduce to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Groom.

15. Recessional
The wedding party exits the platform, typically in the following order:
Bride  and Groom
Maid or Matron of Honor and Best Man
Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

16. Conclusion – Thank you for coming and making this day special for Groom & Bride, the wedding party will be taking a few pictures so if the parents and other family members that have been directed can stay in this area, a wonderful meal and an evening of entertaining with the Grooms last name will continue inside, if you’d like to make your way inside the wedding party will join your shortly.

Sample Wedding Ceremony 5 (Includes Military Honors) 

PRELUDE (song/music) – playing while grandparents, Groom’s parents, Bride’s mother and any other special guests are being seated (kicks off the wedding party)

PROCESSIONAL (song/music) – Stephen, Groom and groomsmen enter.  Bridesmaids enter one at a time

BRIDAL PROCESSIONAL – (bridal march) When Bride comes to the front I will ask her dad, “Who gives this woman to be married to this man”, after her dad confirms then Groom will go to her and escort her rest of the way to the front.

WELCOME AND BLESSING – Opening remarks: On behalf of Groom, Bride and their families I would like to welcome everyone here today and thank you for celebrating this special day with them. We are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the union of Groom and Bride in marriage.

Austin wedding officiant performing ceremony at Chateau on the Creek Round RockMilitary honor: Because of women like Bride, men like Groom, his groomsmen, and others we have the freedom and liberty to enjoy this beautiful occasion. We would like to take a moment to honor all of those who have served in our Armed Forces.  If you are currently serving in the Armed Forces, or have previously served our country in the Armed Forces would you please rise?

“Thank you for serving our country, protecting our freedoms, and giving us the opportunity to express our liberties of faith and marriage here today”.

Ceremony: Groom & Bride, take a moment to look around at your family and friends.  They are here not because you invited them; they could have declined your invitation. They are here because of love. Being in love is not when you think you are. It’s when the people around you can tell, and all of your family and friends can tell you are in love. They are here to witness the magic of love, the exchanging of rings, your vows of commitment to each other and to continue to provide you both with support and guidance as you begin your new journey in life as husband and wife.  You are two friends who decided to journey together towards a common destination called marriage. You have known each other as acquaintances from that first day in Africa to this point of lifetime commitment. From the moment you decided to marry, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way.

All those conversations were held riding in the car, over a meal, or during long Skype calls from several states away — 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 and e-mails that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” — and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.  All those little things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. Look to one another and remember that the symbolic vows you are about to make are a way of saying to each other, “you know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed — well, I meant it all, every word.”

Declaration of Intent

Groom & Bride, if you are ready to begin your lives as husband and wife I’ll ask you to join hands:

Groom & Bride have written their own personal vows to one another:

Groom to Bride: I talk a lot, you know that.  I talked you into being my friend, into dating me, into putting a ring on your finger, and now…Now I’ve talked you into a wedding dress.  The problem is, seeing you here now, it’s the first time I’ve ever been lost for words.  So I promise to spend every day for the rest of my life looking for the words to tell you how amazing, intelligent, and beautiful you are, how much you mean to me, and without a doubt, how much I love you!

Bride to Groom: Groom, I love you.  You make me laugh when life makes me want to scream.  You make me feel loved when my klutziness gets the better of me. You give me strength when I want to give in, and inspiration to be better and to want more out of life. You know me better than anyone has before, you know my heart, my dreams, and my fears, when to push and when to hold me close. I can’t imagine life with anyone else. I promise to wait for you when life keeps you from home, we certainly have mastered the Skype date.  I promise to cook for you, as long as you clean. And I promise to love you and stay true to you for the rest of my days.  I know that our life won’t be easy but, “Everyday is a journey and a gift” and I look forward to walking with you, hand in hand, till we grow old and crooked.

Rings:  Groom & Bride have selected rings to exchange with one another as a constant symbol and reminder of this day.

Let these rings be a symbol of your marriage, a circle of love that never ends, whenever you look at them, remember this joyous day and the vows you’ve made here today.

Groom please place the ring you’ve selected on Bride’s third finger of her left hand and repeat after me: “With this ring I thee wed, promising all of my love and faithfulness forevermore”

Bride please place the ring you’ve selected on Groom’s third finger of his left hand and repeat after me:

“With this ring I thee wed, promising all of my love and faithfulness forevermore”

Blessing: 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.

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE – Having taken your vows of fidelity and devotion I therefore, by the Authority of the Laws of the State of Texas and sanctioned by divine authority present you Groom & Bride lawfully married, husband and wife…

PRESENTATION OF THE COUPLE

Groom you may kiss your bride…

Groom & Bride if you will turn and face your family and friends….

Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you Mr.  & Mrs. Grooms last name

Military Wedding Saber Arch ceremony at Chateau on the Creek Round Rock

Saber Arch Ceremony at Chateau on the Creek in Round Rock

MILITARY ARCH OF SABERS CEREMONY

Conclusion: Thank you for coming and making this day special for Groom & Bride, After the wedding party exits, a wonderful meal and an evening of entertaining with the Groom and Bride will continue inside.

 

Sample Wedding Ceremony 6 (Includes Sand Ceremony)

PRELUDE– music playing as guests arrive – Begin ceremony 4:00

Seating Family & Bridal processional begins:

  1. (Best Man) – seat Groom’s Grandparents –
  2. (Groomsmen) seats Bride’s Grandmother –
  3. (Groomsmen) seats Groom’s parents –
  4. (Best Man) seats Bride’s mother –
  5. Stephen & Groom enter
  6. enter (Groomsmen & Bridesmaid)
  7. enter (Groomsmen & Bridesmaid)
  8. enter (Best Man & Maid of Honor)
  9. Ring Bearer & Flower girl enter –

BRIDAL PROCESSIONAL – when music beings, mother of Bride stands and all guests rise.  When Bride comes to the front I will ask her dad “Who gives this woman to be married to this man” after her dad confirms (her mother and I) then Groom will go and escort Bride the rest of the way to the front.

Opening – Opening remarks: On behalf of Groom, Bride, and their families I would like to welcome everyone here today and thank you for celebrating this special day with them. We are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the union of Groom and Bride in marriage.  Groom & Bride, with love and commitment, you have decided to live your lives together as husband and wife. No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take. Both of you come to this day with the realization that the contract of marriage is sacred, as are all of its obligations and responsibilities.

Groom, Bride, your marriage will require commitment, effective communication, support, respect, solving problems together, have fun together, laughter, teamwork and of course lots of LOVE.

Let’s take a look at some keys to love.

 The Key to Love the key to love is understanding…
as it is the little things that say so much by themselves. The key to love is forgiving….
to accept each other’s faults and pardon mistakes,

The key to love is sharing …
Sharing your good fortunes as well as bad, together.

The key to love is giving …
Giving without thought of return,
but with the hope of just a simple smile,
and by giving in but never giving up.

Vows & Rings

Ring CeremonyGroom to Bride – Groom, do you have a ring for your bride to be?

As you slide this ring on Bride’s finger, please repeat after me: I Groom, take you Bride, to be my wife, to share the good times and hard times side by side. I humbly give you my hand and my heart as I pledge my faith and love to you. Just as this ring I give you today is a circle without end, my love for you is eternal. Just as it is made of incorruptible substance, my commitment to you will never fail. With this ring, I thee wed.”

Ring CeremonyBride to Groom – Bride, do you have a ring for your husband to be?

As you slide this ring on Groom’s finger, please repeat after me: I Bride, take you Groom, to be my husband, to share the good times and hard times side by side. I humbly give you my hand and my heart as I pledge my faith and love to you.  Just as this ring I give you today is a circle without end, my love for you is eternal. Just as it is made of incorruptible substance, my commitment to you will never fail. With this ring, I thee wed.”

Sand ceremony – Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand into one new container.  One container represents you Bride, all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, Groom, all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the new third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one.

Groom & Bride, please begin pouring your sand into the new single container.  Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE – Having taken your vows of fidelity and devotion I therefore, by the Authority of the Laws of the State of Texas and sanctioned by divine authority present you Groom & Bride lawfully married, husband and wife…

Groom you may now kiss your wife for the first time

PRESENTATION OF THE COUPLE – Groom & Bride, if you will turn and face your family and friends….Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you Mr. & Mrs. Groom’s last name

Thank you for coming and making this day special for Groom & Bride, the wedding party will be taking a few pictures, so if the parents and grandparents can stay in this area, a wonderful meal and an evening of entertaining with the Groom & Bride will continue inside, if you’d like to make your way inside the wedding party will join your shortly.

RECESSIONAL – Music as wedding party leaves

  1. Groom & Bride leave
  2. Ring bearer & flower girl leave –
  3. Best Man & Maid of Honor leave –
  4. Groomsmen & Bridesmaids leave –
  5. Groomsmen & Bridesmaids leave –
  6. Bride’s parents exit –
  7. Groom’s parents exit –
  8. Groom’s grandparents exit –
  9. (Groomsmen returns) and escorts Bride’s grandmother out –

Sample Wedding Ceremony 7

Seating of Groom’s ParentsAustin Officiant and Groom

Bride’s Mother

Stephen & Groom enter

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen enter

Maid of Honor & Best Man enters

Giving Away of the BrideAll rise – Bride & Dad enter – When Bride & Dad get to the front row of chairs, you will stop and I will ask Dad:  “Who gives this woman to be married to this man” after Dad confirms (her mother and I), then Groom will go shake dads hand and then escort Bride the rest of the way to the front.

Opening remarks: We are gathered here today to witness the joining together of Groom and Bride in holy matrimony. I pray that all we say and do here today before God and our friends will be the beginning of a love that will grow stronger and closer every day.

Scripture 1 – Creation of woman Genesis 2 And the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion who will help him.” But still there was no companion suitable for him. So the LORD God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. He took one of Adam’s ribs and closed up the place from which he had taken it. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib and brought her to Adam. Adam exclaimed. “She is part of my own flesh and bone! She will be called `woman,’ because she was taken out of a man.” (A rib taken from the side of man should be viewed as the way we look at the wife to her husband, not taken from the foot where she would be walked on, not taken from the head as a ruler over but from the side where a wife will stand by her husband and close to his heart)

VOWS:  Groom & Bride please join you right hands:

Groom repeat after me: I Groom …. take you Bride to be my wife…to have and to hold from this day forward….in good times and bad,….in riches or poverty…..in sickness and in health…….to love and to cherish ’til death do us part…According to God’s Holy Word…….. I pledge my vow of love to you

Bride repeat after me: I Bride… take you Groom ….. to be my wedded husband……to have and to hold from this day forward…..in good times and bad..…..in riches or poverty……in sickness and in health…….to love and to cherish…. ’til death do us part……..According to God’s Holy Word I pledge my vow of love to you

Marriage Salt Covenant – During Old Testament times, agreements and promises were sealed by salt covenants. Each man would take a pinch of salt from his pouch and place it in the pouch of the other. Their agreement could not be broken unless they could each retrieve their own grains of salt.

  • Salt represents preservation, stimulation of thirst, commitment, purity and loyalty, faithfulness and obedience, it seasons and is flavorable, a sign of valued friendship, it cannot lose its effectiveness.  May salt always be a reminder of these things to you and your marriage.  Salt was costly and prized, it emphasized durability and was used to remind worshipers to be faithful to God, and Jesus used this illustration when He told His followers that they are the salt of the earth, and their inheritance was Christ Himself.
  • Salt being a precious preservative is everlasting like God’s promises and like the promise and commitment you are making to one another today. It is a good reminder of God’s faithfulness (and should always be reminders to both of you of your faithfulness to one another – anytime you see salt may you remember your covenant to one another).

Groom & Bride, today you join your separate lives together. The two separate bottles of salt symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you’ll ever be as an individual. They also represent your lives before today. As these two containers of salt are poured into the third container, the individual containers of salt will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one.

Now, Groom & Bride, please combine your two individual containers of salt into the new third single container that will represent your becoming one in marriage. Just as these grains of salt can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.

Rings: From the earliest times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of committed love. An unbroken and never ending circle symbolizes a commitment of love that is also never ending. As often as either of you look at your rings, I pray that you will be reminded of the commitment of love for each other that you are making today.

Groom: Please place this ring on the 3rd finger of the left hand of Bride…and repeat after me: I, Groom give to you Bride, this ring, as a symbol of my commitment…… to love, honor, and respect you.

Bride: Please place this ring on the 3rd finger of the left hand of your husband to be…and repeat after me: I, Bride, give to you Groom…., this ring, as a symbol my commitment….. to love, honor, and respect you.

May these rings always be a reminder of your vows……a circle that never ends, just as your love and marriage shall never end.

Let us pray.   Heavenly Father, we thank You for the joy of living and especially for the joys of love and marriage.  You have loved us and You have made us so that we can love and be loved in return.  Thank You that we don’t have to walk the road alone but that You have provided someone to share our dreams with and to comfort us in our sorrows.  I ask You Lord to bless Groom and Bride today as they begin their new lives together as one, I ask You to preserve and protect their love and their marriage.  Let them experience Your joy and love in their relationship.  As they come to know each other better may they also continue to know You better everyday in Jesus name I pray, amen!!

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE Having taken your very serious vows of fidelity and devotion I therefore, by the Authority of the Laws of the State of Texas and sanctioned by divine authority present you Groom & Bride lawfully married, husband and wife…

Groom, you may now kiss your bride

Wedding officiant announcing marriage bride and groom kissPresentation of couple Groom & Bride if you will turn and face your friends and family….Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you Mr.  & Mrs. Groom

Bridal party marches out:

  1. Groom & Bride
  2. Ring Bearer & Flower girl
  3. Best Man & Maid of Honor
  4. Groomsmen & Bridesmaids

Conclusion – Thank you for coming and making this day special for Bride & Groom, the wedding party will be taking a few pictures so if the parents and grandparents can stay in this area, an evening of entertaining with the Wards’ will continue inside, if you’d like to make your way inside the wedding party will join you shortly.

Sample Wedding Ceremony 8

  1. Stephen enters
  2. Bride’s Grandparents are seated
  3. Groom’s dad & step mom
  4. Bride’s Grandparents are seated
  5. Groom’s Grandparents are seated
  6. Bride’s mother & dad are seated
  7. Groom escorts his mom seated
  8. Bridesmaids & Groomsmen enter
  9. Best Man & Maid of Honor enter
  10. Ring bearers enter flower girl enters

Giving Away of the Bride – All rise – Bride & Dad enter – When Bride & Dad get to the front row of chairs, you will stop and I will ask Dad:  “Who gives this woman to be married to this man” after Dad confirms (I do, her mother and I, her family, or whatever you select to say), then Groom will go shake Dads hand and escort Bride the rest of the way to the front.

WELCOME – On behalf of Groom, Bride and their families would like to welcome everyone and thank everyone for celebrating this special day with them. We are gathered today to witness and celebrate the union of Groom and Bride in marriage.

Opening Blessing: Heavenly Father, grant I pray that Groom & Bride may have a true and understanding love for each other.  Grant them both with faith and trust.  Give them the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony.  May they always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths.  Help them to forgive one another’s failings, and grant them patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.  May the love that brought them together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring them both ever closer to You through their love for each other.  Let their love grow to perfection.  In Your name I pray. Amen

Ceremony: Groom, Bride, all present here today – and those here in heart, wish both of you all the joy, happiness and success and the world has to offer. “May we take a moment to recognize and remember those that are here in spirit.

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from the LORD.  With love and commitment, they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.  No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take.  Both of you come to this day with the realization that the contract of marriage is sacred as are all of its obligations and responsibilities.  It is written in 1 Corinthians 13 – Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way.  It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Groom, Bride, your marriage will require commitment, effective communication, support, love, respect, solving problems together, have fun together, laughter, and teamwork.

“Speaking of teamwork, Groom & Bride have always, since the beginning referred to themselves as a team”.  “The greatest marriages are built on teamwork. A mutual respect, a healthy dose of admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace.”

T – Be Truthful in every situation, embrace the Trust you have in one another, Talk every day, spend quality Time Together, share Tears of joy and of sadness, Tough Times will happen, but as a TEAM will you overcome

E– Embrace Each other Every day!! Enjoy each other’s company and Express your love! Keep an open Ear to what the other is truly saying (pink vs. blue hearing aids and no matter the age) and look into each other’s Eyes and see the LOVE that LED you to EACH other.  Love takes Effort on both of your parts, both of you give 100/100.  Treat each other as Equals, Exchange Emails of Encouragement and you will make it to the END

A – Show Affectionate display of love to one another, Accomplish your dreams and goals together, Affirm one another, Accept one another as the unique individuals you are and Apologize immediately

MMake Memories together, extend Mercy to one another, Make up quickly, enjoy a Massage together, continue to Mold into one, appreciate the quiet Moments with one another, and remember every Morning is a new day.

Wedding officiant reading vows at chateau on the creek Round RockGroom’s Vows – (Custom vows to one another)

Bride’s vows(Custom vows to one another)

The Art Of A Good Marriage by Wilfred Arlan Peterson –

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage, the little things are big things…
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is never taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner,
it is being the right partner.

GIVING OF THE RINGS – From the earliest times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of committed love. An unbroken and never ending circle symbolizes a commitment of love that is also never ending.

Groom, do you have an external symbol of your commitment that you wish to give to Bride?

Groom as you place this ring on the 4th finger of the left hand of your bride to be…I’ll have you repeat after me: I, Groom, give to you Bride, …..this ring, as a symbol of my commitment…… to love, honor, and respect you.. And as my promise to be with you as long as I live

Bride as you place this ring on the 4th finger of the left hand of your husband to be…and repeat after me: I, Bride, give to you Groom…., this ring, as a symbol my commitment….. to love, honor, and respect you.. And as my promise to be with you as long as I live

May the ring always be a reminder of your vows……a circle that never ends.  As often as either of you look at this symbol, I pray that you will be reminded of the commitment of love for each other that you are making today.

PINKY PROMISE – Now if you will interlock your pinky fingers, it’s time for one of the original forms of remembering a promise that cannot be broken.

Repeat after me together: I Pinky Promise to be your best friend and to always and forever be yours.

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE – Having taken your vows of fidelity and devotion I therefore, by the Authority of the Laws of the State of Texas and sanctioned by divine authority present you Groom & Bride lawfully married, husband and wife…

Groom you may kiss your bride

Groom & Bride if you will turn and face your family and friends….

 PRESENTATION OF THE COUPLE – Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you Mr.  & Mrs. Groom

Groom & Bride march out > then bridal party in reverse order

The celebration will continue with a cocktail hour and reception dinner.  If you will rise and make your way to the cocktail area.  The bridal party will return for a few more pictures and join you shortly.

Sample Wedding Ceremony 9

Processional – Begin music selection (Canon in D by Pachelbel) –

Seating of the Groom’s parents

Pecan springs mother of the bride processionalSeating of the Bride ‘s Mom

Stephen & Groom enter

Groomsmen are walking the Bridesmaids in. We will start with the two the outermost away from you and work your way to the top.

Best Man and Maid of Honor being the last two to enter

Stephen addresses the Guests. “Dear Friends and Family, the Wedding Party request that you remain seated for the entrance of the Bride”

Bridal music selection begins – (Trans –Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Canon) 

Ring Security 2Ring Bearer –

Flower Girls

Bride – Bride escorted by her Father

When Bride comes to the front I will ask her Dad, “Who gives this woman to be married to this man” after he confirms (Her mother and I) then Groom will go and shake hands with Dad and escort Bride the rest of the way to the front.

Opening remarks: On behalf of Groom, Bride and their families I would like to welcome everyone here today and thank you for celebrating this very special day with them.  We are gathered today to witness and celebrate the union of Groom and Bride in marriage.

Marriage prayer: Lord Jesus, Thank you for this beautiful day. You have fulfilled the desire of our hearts to be together in this life. We pray that your blessing will always rest upon Groom & Bride ‘s home; that joy, peace and contentment would dwell within them as they live together in unity, and that all who enter their home may experience the strength of your love.  Father, help Groom & Bride to follow and serve you with an ever growing commitment because of their union. Guide them into greater love and sacrifice as they care for each other’s needs, knowing you will care for them. May Groom & Bride always be as keenly aware of your presence as they sense it today, on their wedding day.  I ask that You let their devotion in marriage be a radiant reflection of your love for them.  In the name of Jesus, our Savior, I pray.  Amen.

Ceremony: With love and commitment, Groom & Bride have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.  No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you’re about to take.  Both of you come to this day with the realization that the contract of marriage is sacred, as are all of its obligations and responsibilities.

Groom, Bride, there’s several ingredients that will help you in your marriage, your marriage will require commitment, effective communication, support, respect, solving problems together, have fun together, laughter, teamwork, and of course lots of LOVE.

There’s a passage of scripture that reminds us of what is needed in a successful relationship, especially a marriage. Colossians 3:12-17 –  So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.  Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.  Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

VOWS – Groom please repeat after me: I Groom, take you Bride to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.

Bride please repeat after me: I Bride, take you Groom to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.

Rock Unity Ceremony – Groom & Bride, before you met, your lives were on different paths with different destinations. But love has brought you together and joined these separate paths into one. Each one of your friends and family here today have been given a small polished stone that represents their unique individuality and their presence at your wedding today. You also each have a stone of your own that symbolizes your previous separate lives, separate sets of friends, separate families and the different life’s journeys you once traveled.

I ask that everyone please take out the stone you have been given.  Groom & Bride, if you will take your stone and pause along with everyone else to make a wish or blessing for happiness and good will for the couple for the future of their marriage.

With the combining of these stones, you will symbolize the joining of your once separate lives. As the stones have are combined with love into one container, so now are your friends and family joined, through you, into one.  And your once solitary life’s paths are also now one. All that was once separate is now shared, and in this sharing you both will find new strength and joy as together you forge a new life’s path and destination.

Ring Ceremony – Groom and Bride have chosen to exchange rings as an external symbol of their vows of commitment they are making to one another today.

Meaning: “The ring is the symbol of the commitment which binds these two together. There are two rings because there are two people, each to make a contribution to the life of the other and to their new life together.

Prayer for rings: Let us pray: Bless, O Lord, the giving of these rings, and let Groom & Bride wear them and abide together in your peace and grow in one another’s eyes.”  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen

Groom if you can retrieve Bride’ s ring: Please place this ring on the 3rd finger of her left hand ..and repeat after me:  “I give you this ring, as I give you myself, with love and affection. Wear it in peace always.”

Bride: Please place this ring on the 3rd finger of Groom’s left hand …and repeat after me: “I give you this ring, as I give you myself, with love and affection. Wear it in peace always.”

May these rings be a constant reminder of your vows……a circle that never ends as your commitment and love will never end.  As often as either of you look at your rings, I pray that you will be reminded of the commitment of love for each other that you are making today.

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE – Having taken your vows of fidelity and devotion I therefore, by the Authority of the Laws of the State of Texas and sanctioned by divine authority present you Groom & Bride lawfully married, husband and wife…

Groom you may kiss your wife

Groom & Bride, as you march out, I ask you to place your stones first in the container, as the foundation for all of these special wishes, blessings and thoughts for your marriage.   I also ask each of your family and friends to add their stones with yours as they join you in continued celebration of this beautiful day.

Groom & Bride if you will turn and face your family and friends….Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you Mr. & Mrs. Groom

Recessional

  1. Groom & Bride
  2. Ring Bearer & Flower girl
  3. Best Man & Maid of Honor
  4. Groomsmen & Bridesmaids
  5. Special guests that were seated remain on the first couple of rows and wait for the wedding party to return for pictures).

Conclusion – Thank you for sharing this special day with Groom and Bride and their families.  The wedding party will be taking a few pictures and will join you shortly.  Please make your way inside where cocktails and refreshments will be served.

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Austin Wedding Officiant and flower girls Start 1st song (music or song)….Mothers/Parents are seated, once Groom, minister enter, the bridal party enters, ring bearer and flower girls enter, and begin to fade out the music.

Special song for bridal march – Guests rise – Father of the Bride (or other special person) walks Bride down the isle

Stephen asks Dad – “who gives this woman to be married to this man?” – Dad affirms “her family does” – Groom walks over and Dad presents Bride to Groom – guests are all seated

Opening Prayer: May you each bring your best self to the other. May you each bring intelligence and commitment as well as faith to the task that is set before you. May you maintain enduring respect and trust. May all who follow your lives with interest and affection have cause often to rejoice, not only in your happiness, but also in your brave and generous living.

Welcome: On behalf of GROOM, BRIDE and their families I would like to welcome and thank everyone for celebrating this special day with them. We are gathered today to witness and celebrate the union of GROOM and BRIDE in marriage.

GROOM / BRIDE, God knew this day would come in your life, and He has a reason and purpose for both of you in His divine plan.  At first glance you may have thought becoming friends was just part of everyday life, but it was part of God’s divine plan to bring the two of you together.  I’m thankful that God can take the broken, the hurt, the confused, the sinner and make us whole again.  He is a God of second chances!!  We serve a God full of MERCY, full of GRACE, full of LOVE, full of KINDNESS, full of PATIENCE, full of COMPASSION and fulfill His purpose in our life.  We all have challenges and struggles that we go through, shattered hopes and dreams, but it is a blessing to know that we can trust in our loving Father to see us through that He is a God that will bless us and lead us to that someone special.  God loves us and mends our broken roads of yesterday and will lead us through.  When we make mistakes (not if, but when) we have a Savior we can turn to in repentance and He welcomes us back with open and loving arms.

With love and commitment, GROOM and BRIDE have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.  No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take.  Both of you come to this day with the realization that the contract of marriage is sacred as are all of its obligations and responsibilities.

GROOM, BRIDE your marriage will require commitment, effective communication, support, respect, solving problems together, have fun together, laughter, teamwork, and of course lots of LOVE.

Let’s take a look at the word LOVE and spell it out, and let each letter in LOVE remind you of some things that will help you in your marriage.

Marriage Acrostics: LOVE – the dictionary says it means a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person, a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, passion, desire.  LOVE is more than “lovely” words, it is commitment and conduct.  Your kind, loving and thoughtful words are a component of love but real love goes beyond that.  Part of the way you show your love is the way you act when you’re together, with family and when you’re apart, your love will always guide your actions no matter what the circumstance.  As we look into our bible we find that there is a definition of love there too.  In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 we find more on love: Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

L-, Laugh often together (find ways to make each other Laugh), stay Loyal to one another (when your hair turns gray “or falls out”, when you gain those few extra pounds), LIVE LIFE to the fullest, Listen to one another’s heart and dreams (you can’t Listen while you’re talking either), Learn from your mistakes (apologize quickly and move forward), [GROOM] always treat her like a Lady, [BRIDE] Lean on [GROOM] as the Leader of your home, make time to be LAZY together and by all means enjoy one another’s LIPS (nothing like a sweet Kiss)!

O – Always be Open with one another, let your home be an Oasis of warmth and love, grow Old together as One and see how Often you can strengthen each other, you were born an Original love each other as

V- Value each other as the precious gifts you are to one another, Vocalize/Verbalize your love (don’t just think the other one will always know), Validate each other’s worth through both words and actions, express your love in a Variety of ways, let Virtue shine through from both of you and never let the Vision of what you’re seeing today end, keep your Vows to one another.

E– Embrace Each other Every day!! Enjoy each other’s company and Express your love! Keep an open Ear to what the other is truly saying and look into each other’s Eyes and see the LOVE that LED you to EACH other.  Love takes Effort on both of your parts, both of you give 100/100.  Treat each other as Equals and you will make it to the END!

EXCHANGE OF VOWS

VOWS:  Groom, Bride please join your hands

GROOM repeat after me: I, [GROOM], promise you, [BRIDE], that I will be your [husband] from this day forward, to be faithful and honest in every way, to honor the faith and trust you place in me, to love and respect you in your successes and in your failures, to make you laugh and to be there when you cry, to care for you in sickness and in health, and to be your companion and your friend, from this day forward…’til death do us part…

BRIDE repeat after me: I, [BRIDE], promise you, [GROOM], that I will be your [wife] from this day forward, to be faithful and honest in every way, to honor the faith and trust you place in me, to love and respect you in your successes and in your failures, to make you laugh and to be there when you cry, to care for you in sickness and in health, and to be your companion and your friend, from this day forward…’til death do us part…

GIVING OF THE RINGS – Rings: GROOM: Do you have a symbol of your commitment that you wish to give to BRIDE?

Meaning: From the earliest times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of committed love.  An unbroken and never ending circle symbolizes a commitment of love that is also never ending.  As often as either of you look at your rings, I pray that you will be reminded of the commitment of love for each other that you are making today.

GROOM: Please place this ring on the 3rd finger of the left hand of BRIDE…and repeat after me: I, GROOM give to you BRIDE, this ring, as a symbol of my commitment…to love, honor, and respect you…and that I will always be by your side….and will always be your faithful partner.

BRIDE: Do you have a symbol of your commitment that you wish to give to GROOM?

BRIDE: Please place this ring on the 3rd finger of the left hand of GROOM…and repeat after me: I, BRIDE, give to you GROOM…., this ring, as a symbol my commitment…to love, honor, and respect you and that I will always be by your side….and will always be your faithful partner.

May these rings be a constant reminder of your vows……a circle that never ends, as your commitment and love will never end.

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE – Having taken your vows of fidelity and devotion I therefore, by the Authority of the Laws of the State of Texas and sanctioned by divine authority present you GROOM and BRIDE lawfully married, husband and wife…

PRESENTATION OF THE COUPLE

GROOM you may kiss your bride…

GROOM & BRIDE if you will turn and face your family and friends….

Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you Mr. & Mrs. Groom

RECESSIONAL 

Sample Ceremony 11 (Includes Nuremberg Wedding Cup Ceremony)

  1. Stephen & Groom walk to the front
  2. Flower girl comes to the front
  3. Ring bearer comes and stands beside Groom
  4. Oldest son walks Bride down the aisle – Stephen asks who gives this woman to be married to this man…son will affirm her family does

Opening remarks: On behalf of Groom, Bride and their families would like to welcome everyone and thank everyone for celebrating this special day with them. We are gathered today to witness and celebrate the union of Groom and Bride in marriage.

It has been written: The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from the LORD.

With love and commitment, Groom & Bride have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.  No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take.  Both of you come to this day with the realization that the contract of marriage is sacred as are all of its obligations and responsibilities.

Prayer by officiant for couplePrayer: Stephen prays: Heavenly Father, grant I pray that Groom & Bride may have a true and understanding love for each other.  Grant them both with faith and trust.  Give them the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May they always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths.  Help them to forgive one another’s failings, and grant them patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.  May the love that brought them together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring them both ever closer to You through their love for each other. Let their love grow to perfection.  Amen.

The Nuremberg Wedding Cup – This is a popular German tradition that stemmed from centuries ago in Germany.  It is based on a true and inspiring story from back in 1450, in old Nuremberg, the noble mistress Kunigunde (Coony-gone-de) fell in love with a young and ambitious goldsmith. Although Kunigunde’s (Conny-gone-de’s) wealthy father (a powerful nobleman) did not approve of this pair, it was clear that she only wanted the goldsmith to be her husband as she refused many titled and rich suitors who asked for her hand in marriage.

Her father became so enraged that he had the young goldsmith thrown into the darkest dungeon. Not even his daughter’s bitter tears would change her father’s mind.

To her father’s dismay, imprisoning the young man did not end his daughter’s love for the goldsmith. Instead, he could only watch as his daughter grew paler and paler as a result of the separation from her true love.

The wealthy nobleman reluctantly made the following proposal: He told his daughter, “If your goldsmith can make a chalice from which two people can drink at the same time without spilling one single drop, I will free him and you shall become his bride”.

Of course he was certain nobody could perform such a task…

Inspired by love and with skillful hands, the young goldsmith created a masterpiece. He sculpted a girl with a smile as beautiful as his own true love’s. Her skirt was hollowed to serve as a cup. Her raised arms held a bucket that swivels so that it could be filled and then swung towards a second drinker.

The challenge was met. The goldsmith and the nobleman’s daughter joined hands in marriage and with the bridal cup set forth a romantic and memorable tradition as charming today as it was originally hundreds of years ago.

To this day and to many couples the chalice remains a symbol.
Love, faithfulness and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup.

Steps with the cup: Groom holds the bridal cup upside down so that the large skirt becomes a cup.

Pour champagne or beverage of your choice into the hollow skirt end.

After the large skirt end of the bridal cup is filled, the smaller swiveling cup needs to be filled. Because the smaller top cup swivels, it will already be upright. Carefully fill the small cup. Now that you have both cups filled, you are ready to perform the bridal cup toast!

Bride and Groom must stand closely together facing each other with just enough space for the cup between them. Bride takes the smaller cup in hand while Groom holds onto the larger cup.

At the same time and together, the wedding couple raises the cup up and to their lips to drink. You must be careful here to not spill a drop because if you can drink without spilling a drop, love, faithfulness and good luck will be yours forever!

To this day, the chalice remains a symbol of Love, faithfulness and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup…

Vows:

Groom to Bride (repeat after me) – Bride, I love you. You are my best friend. Today I give myself to you in marriage. I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you, and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle.  I promise to love you in good times and in bad, when life seems easy and when it seems hard, when our love is simple, and when it is an effort.  I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in highest regard. These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.

Bride to Groom (repeat after me) – Groom, with all my love, I take you to be my husband. I will love you through good and the bad, through joy and the sorrow. I will try to be understanding, and to trust in you completely. Together we will face all of life’s experiences and share one another’s dreams and goals. I promise I will be your equal partner in a loving, honest relationship, for as long as we both shall live.

Ring ceremony selection – From the earliest times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of committed love.  An unbroken and never-ending circle symbolizes a commitment of love that is also never ending.  As often as either of you look at your rings, I pray that you will be reminded of the commitment of love for each other that you are making today.

Groom repeat after me – I, Groom take you, Bride, to be my beloved wife, to have and to hold you, to honor you, to treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and in joy, to laugh with you in the good times, to comfort and solace you in the bad, and to love and cherish you always.

I promise you this from my heart, with my soul, for all the days of my life.

Bride repeat after me – I, Bride, take you, Groom, to be my beloved husband, to have and to hold you, to honor you, to treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and in joy, to laugh with you in the good times, to comfort and solace you in the bad, and to love and cherish you always.

I promise you this from my heart, with my soul, for all the days of my life.

May these rings be a constant reminder of your vows……a circle that never ends as your commitment and love will never end.

There have been many stories explaining the breaking of the glass. It has long been customary to break glasses at Greek weddings to express kefi. Kefi is a hard-to-translate word which has been described by various Greeks as meaning the spirit of joy, passion, enthusiasm, high spirits, or frenzy. The custom of breaking the glass is considered an expression of kefi, when the soul and body are overwhelmed with an exuberance that must find an outlet.

For those of us here today, it serves to remind us of several very important aspects of a marriage. Bride and Groom and everyone should consider these marriage vows as an irrevocable act, just as permanent and final as the breaking of this glass is unchangeable.

The shattered glass also reminds us how fragile life and love can be. That sometimes a single thoughtless act, breech of trust, or marital misstep can damage a marriage in ways that are very difficult to undo, just as it would be difficult to undo the breaking of the glass.

It serves as a reminder of the sanctity of marriage, and that the love of Bride and Groom should last for as long as it would take to make the glass perfectly whole again. It also symbolizes the transforming experience that marriage creates, leaving Bride and Groom forever changed.

In a moment, Groom will break the glass signifying the end of the ceremony and the time for celebration.

Stephen places covered glass on the ground & and after the couple is declared to be wife and husband, and Groom kisses Bride, Groom steps on the glass with his right foot.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce to you, Mr. & Mrs. Groom.

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PRELUDE

SEATING OF THE PARENTS –   Air on G

PROCESSIONAL – Unchained Melody

BRIDAL PROCESSIONAL – Canon D – When _Bride_ comes to the front, she will pause with her dad, kiss on the cheek, then Groom will go and escort Bride the rest of the way to the front.

WELCOME AND BLESSING  –

Opening remarks: On behalf of Groom, Bride, and their families I’d like to welcome everyone here today.  Although this is their day, it is also a tribute to all of you.  For knowing you, and interacting with you, has helped to make Bride and Groom who they needed to be to find one another. They would like to thank all of you for that.  All of you are the threads of which are woven the tapestry of their lives.  Each one of you is an important piece in the story it tells.  It is the fabric they wrap around themselves and take comfort in when the world seems cold.  And on days like today, when everything is right in their world, that tapestry is proudly spread out and displayed for everyone to see, with all the glorious colors and textures that your diversity adds.  You all hold a place in their hearts reserved for those that they have chosen to call “Family” and “Friends”, and they are deeply grateful for each and every one of you here today.

Groom, Bride, your marriage is a gift from God, a miracle.  It is obvious that you already know some of the great blessings marriage has to offer.  It is an opportunity to feel the joy of taking care of someone who takes care of you, to be challenged towards growth, yet gently nurtured, to love deeply and receive it in return.  It is about trust, friendship, and having a faithful partner to share all life has to offer.  It is a commitment to participate in a process of mutual evolution, understanding, and forgiveness.  It is indeed a sacred union to be treated with reverence.

Marriage is not a place to hide from the world.  It is a safe place to grow and become wiser.  It is a place to evolve into better people; so that you can go out in the world and make a difference by spreading the joy and wisdom that you have found with each other.  Together, in this marriage, you shall contribute more fully, for you both shall be more full.

Bride, Groom is a gift to you from God, but he is not a gift for you alone.  It is God’s will that in your love, this man might find within himself a greater sense of who he is meant to be.  You are asked to see the good in this man, to accept him for who he is and who he shall be.  In this way, God’s purpose shall be accomplished in this relationship.  May this man find the kingdom of heaven through the love you share.

And so it is with you also Groom, that although Bride is God’s gift to you, she is not a gift intended for you alone.  You are asked by God to so love this woman, that in your love she might find herself as God created her, so beautiful, strong, brave, and true, that the entire world might be blessed by the presence of a woman who shines so.  May she relax in your arms as she has never relaxed before.  May she know, from now on, that there is one on whose love she can depend forever.

And now you stand before this loving community of family and friends, ready to acknowledge to God and to the world: this is my beloved, the one with whom I choose to create the rest of my life.

READINGS: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, they are warm; but how can one be warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him.

Special Reading by family memberPoem Reading – Love by Roy Croft

I love you, not for what you are, but what I am, when I am with you.

I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but what you are making of me.

I love you for the part of me that you bring out.

I love you for putting your hand into my heaped up heart and passing over all the frivolous and weak things that you cannot help seeing there, and for drawing out into the light all the beautiful and radiant things that no one else has looked quite far enough to find…

I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good, and more than any fate could have done to make me happy.

You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign.

You have done it by being yourself.

Perhaps that is what being your love means after all.

VOWS:  Groom & Bride please join your right hands:

Groom Do you promise Bride that you will be her faithful husband from this day forward, to be true and honest in every way, to honor the faith and trust she is placing in you, to love and respect her in her successes and in her failures, to make her laugh and to be there when she cries, to care for her in sickness and in health, and to be her companion and friend, from this day forward…’til death do you part? (Groom replies – I do)

Bride Do you promise Groom that you will be his faithful wife from this day forward, to be true and honest in every way, to honor the faith and trust he is placing in you, to love and respect him in his successes and in his failures, to make him laugh and to be there when he cries, to care for him in sickness and in health, and to be his companion and friend, from this day forward…’til death do you part? (Bride replies – I do)

The children are brought forward and are asked to please join hands —

Bride Do you promise the children that you will provide and care for them with love and affection, offering encouragement and guidance, raising as your own, from this day forward…’til death do you part? (Bride replies – I do)

GIVING OF THE RINGS – Rings:

And so we come Bride and Groom, to the presentation of rings by which you symbolize and bind your love.

Meaning: The wedding ring refers to the early Egyptian’s belief that a circle was the symbol of eternity – a sign that life, happiness, and love have no beginning and no end. A wedding ring, or circle, was placed on the third finger of the left hand, the ring finger, because it was traditionally believed that the vena amoris, that is, the vein of love, runs directly from the “ring finger” to the heart. – The perfect spot to place a symbol representing eternal love and commitment.

Groom: Please place this ring on the 3rd finger of the left hand of Bride…and repeat after me: “With this ring, I pledge my love and faithfulness to you, today, tomorrow, and always.”

Bride: Please place this ring on the 3rd finger of the left hand of Groom…and repeat after me: “With this ring, I pledge my love and faithfulness to you, today, tomorrow, and always.”

God, bless these rings and the two who exchange them. Fill them with your Holy Presence. Keep them safe in the circle of your protection and love.

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE – Having taken your vows of fidelity and devotion I therefore, by the Authority of the Laws of the State of Texas and sanctioned by divine authority present you Groom & Bride lawfully married, husband and wife…

BENEDICTION – May God’s blessings rest upon you, may God’s peace abide with you, and may God’s presence illuminate your hearts, now and forevermore. Amen.

PRESENTATION OF THE COUPLE –

Groom you may kiss your bride

Groom & Bride if you will turn and face your family and friends….

Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you Mr. & Mrs. Groom

RECESSIONAL – Hornpipe – from “The Water Music” – Handel

Love sign at Pecan Springs Ranch I Do Ceremonies

Photo opp at Pecan Springs Ranch.

Sample Wedding Ceremony 13 (including Triple Braided Cord Ceremony)

Make sure candles are lit before ceremony (sister or her boyfriend will lite the candles)

Begin Prelude (2 songs before seating of wedding party)

Processional song for entrance of wedding party

Usher assists with Seating of family (Bride’s grandmother – then Groom’s parents)

Enter Stephen & Groom

Enter best man/maid of honor (wear/carry rings)

After song is complete:  Lighting of Memorial Candle: – (maid of honor, Bride’s sister) lights candle in memory of their father

“At this time, we remember _____ _____, loving dad to _____, maid of honor, and _____, the bride.   Though he cannot be with us physically, we acknowledge that he is here in spirit sharing in our joy.   Bride is thankful to have been blessed with _____ as her daddy.   She believes that his example of strength and the power of love helped form and shape her life, and he taught her what it means to live a life for God, to work hard, to love one’s family, and to be a dedicated spouse and devoted parent.  The light of his memory will always remain in Bride’s heart as she begins this journey, and through Groom and Bride’s love a part of him will live on in their hearts and in their children.“

Begin bridal march music, grandmother of bride stands as signal for all to stand

Enter Bride and grandfather – Giving away of the bride:  when Bride & Grandfather get to the front row they will stop and Stephen will ask “who gives this woman to be married to this man”?  Grandfather will affirm, I do on behalf of her family.

Groom will walk over and greet grandfather and grandfather will hand Bride over to Groom and both will walk the rest of the way to the front and face one another.

Congregation asked to be seated

Welcome/Opening Remarks – On behalf of Groom & Bride, I would like to welcome you today, and thank you for celebrating this special day with them. We are gathered today to witness and celebrate the union of Groom and Bride in marriage. I pray that all we say and do here today will be the beginning of a love that will grow stronger and closer every day.

With love and commitment, Groom & Bride have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.  No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take.  Both of you come to this day with the realization that the contract of marriage is sacred as are all of its obligations and responsibilities.

Opening Prayer – Heavenly Father, Groom and Bride are now about to vow their unending loyalty to each other. We ask you to accept the shared treasure of their life together, which they now create and offer to You. Grant them everything they need, that they may increase in their knowledge of You throughout their life together. In the name of Jesus. Amen

Scripture reading: Read by Bride’s grandmother – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13   [Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres .   Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.   And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.]

Groom, Bride, your marriage will require several things to be a success: commitment, effective communication, support, respect, solving problems together, having fun together, laughter, teamwork, love and as you’ve already experienced, it will require patience and humor.

Groom, just as you were patient when Bride was standing by the creek that day, too shy to come over and meet you, patience will continue to be needed with one another.  Now, when you look back at that moment, you can enjoy the humor in what happened.  In scripture, it states “love is patient” – For both of you, if you can extend patience with one another and the obstacles life brings your way, you will find it will make your bond of love even stronger.

As with patience, humor is something everyone needs to make it through life.  William James wrote: “Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”  As both of you look back on that first day when you met, it is with humor (common sense) that you both could say, we should get to know one another.  Let’s take a look at the word HUMOR and let each letter remind you of something that will help you in your marriage.

H – let the H remind you to share your Hearts, Hear one another, Help each other, Hold Hands and Hug daily

U – let the U remind you that you are two Unique individuals becoming one, Underscore the good in one another, and Uplift one another

M – let the M remind you to Make Memories together, extend Mercy to one another, and every Morning is a new day.

O – let the O remind you to be Open with one another, be Optimistic about what Christ has planned for your future, and let your home be an Oasis of warmth and love

R – let the R remind you to Rejoice together, Rely on one another, be Respectful to one another, and take time to Relax together

Exchange Vows – Groom and Bride please join you right hands:

Groom repeat after me:   I, Groom, promise you, Bride, that I will be your husband from this day forward, to be faithful and honest in every way, to honor the faith and trust you place in me, to love and respect you in your successes and in your failures, to make you laugh and to be there when you cry, to care for you in sickness and in health, and to be your companion and your friend, from this day forward…’til death do us part…

Bride repeat after me:   I, Bride, promise you, Groom, that I will be your wife from this day forward, to be faithful and honest in every way, to honor the faith and trust you place in me, to love and respect you in your successes and in your failures, to make you laugh and to be there when you cry, to care for you in sickness and in health, and to be your companion and your friend, from this day forward…’til death do us part…

Unity ceremony – Triple Braided Cord – Groom if you will take these cords and together with Bride begin to braid the cords together.

Groom & Bride will now share in a hand blessing as a symbol of their unity and their desire to include God in their marriage. Groom & Bride, we have three different colors of cords; one cord representing you Groom as a unique individual, one representing you Bride as a unique individual, and one representing Christ and His inclusion in your marriage.  Every marriage faces challenges and struggles; but, if you will always remember the Christ cord in your marriage, He will keep you bound together.

In Scripture we are taught, that in times of trouble “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Today, Groom and Bride have been woven together by God as ONE in marriage. One man, one woman, and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the center of your marriage, His love will continue to bond you together as one throughout your marriage.

Groom and Bride, I’ll ask you to join hands at this time and I will tie the knot linking you together.  The linking of your hands with this cord symbolizes the “Tying the Knot”.

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 alongside yours, as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.

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 tenderly hold your children.

These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

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.

Let us pray: Father, I ask You to bless these hands that have been joined here today.

May they always reach out with love, gentleness, and respect to one another.

May they build a loving relationship that lasts a lifetime.

May they always be held by one another.

May they always remember that You are the cord that links them together.  Amen.

At this time I will remove the cord and ask you to take it and place it in a prominent place in your home as a reminder of the commitment you are making here today.  Now we will add an external symbol of the vows and commitment you’re making to each other today with the exchanging of rings.

Ring ceremony – From the earliest times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of committed love.  An unbroken and never-ending circle symbolizes a commitment of love that is also never ending.  As often as either of you look at your rings, I pray that you will be reminded of the commitment of love for each other that you are making today.

Groom 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.

Bride 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.

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE – Having taken your vows of fidelity and devotion I therefore, in accordance with the State Laws of Texas and sanctioned by divine authority, present you Groom & Bride lawfully married, husband and wife…

Closing Prayer

Gracious God, our hearts are filled with great happiness on this the wedding day of Groom and Bride. They come before you, pledging their lives and their hearts to one another. Grant that they may be ever true and loving, living together in such a way as to never bring heartbreak into their marriage. Temper their hearts with kindness and help them to be sweethearts, helpmates, friend and guide, and together, may they meet the cares and problems of life more bravely. May their home truly be a place of love and harmony where your Spirit is ever present.  Bless their wedding day, we pray, and walk beside them, through all their life together. Amen.

PRESENTATION OF THE COUPLE – Groom you may kiss your bride

Groom & Bride if you will turn and face your family and friends….

Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you Mr. & Mrs. Groom

Begin exit song selection

  1. Bride and Groom exit
  2. Maid of Honor and Best Man exit
  3. The Ushers return for Groom’s mom and dad, and then Bride’s Grandmother and Grandfather.

Conclusion – Thanking guests for attending and direct guests to the reception location and wedding party will return for final pictures

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