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Excerpt from THE WEDDING JOURNEY, A Guide to Your Ceremony, Personal Vows and Joyful Marriage

Part 1, The Components of the Ceremony

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Your wedding is the foundation of your marriage. The most important component of the ceremony is the exchange of your marriage vows. The second most important part is the decree of marriage by the celebrant, making the sacred union legal.  The rest of the ceremony provides an opportunity for the creative expression of your love for one another, the statement of your intentions for your life together, gratitude to family and friends, spiritual blessings, poetry, music and cultural traditions.


Part 1, excerpts from page 12-13

…As the bride and groom begin to create their ceremony, the questions are:  “What have you always dreamed your wedding ceremony would be like? What components do you want to include? Do you have a certain song, poem or cultural tradition you want to include? What words or sentiments have you dreamed of expressing to your beloved?” Incorporating your authentic selves and expressing your love in your own words, creates a ceremony that is powerful, deeply meaningful and memorable….

Traditional weddings are beautiful, but which traditions have meaning to you?  Create your wedding filled with the people, words, songs and rituals that are meaningful to you. Each couple is unique and your ceremony should reflect your personalities and beliefs…

No matter what your budget, no matter where you are having your wedding, the key ingredient is loving relaxation.  As the Beatles said, “Let it be.” Enjoy the event as it unfolds and embrace the day, savoring every minute.  The minutes add up to memories you will enjoy and share with your children and grandchildren.


OPENING WORDS: We are here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes to the words and ceremony which shall unite ____ and ____ in marriage.

This ceremony affirms your love for each other and your commitment to a life full of love, laughter, respect, and tenderness.

BLESSING: May this union be blessed with true communication of heart, mind, and body.  May your long life together be blessed with endurance, fidelity, a firm foundation on which to build, great fertility of heart, mind and body, a stable home to which you may always return, and the purpose and dedication to grow within a lasting relationship.

Today you commit to remain true to your own natures, yet create together a relationship of great beauty.  On this special day, you are choosing to become for all time a beautiful reflection of each other’s essence.


In joining your lives today may create together a life built on hope and love, truth and joy.  May every desire you have for your love be fulfilled and may you be given the vision with which to clearly behold one another, the listening with which to perceive one another most genuinely and the endless generosity of spirit with which to nourish one another’s soul.

__________ and __________, please face each other and join your hands, and in so doing, join your hearts.

Personal vows may be inserted here.

Statement of Intention:

To Groom: With gratitude in your heart for the gifts of love, honor, and acceptance you have found with bride do you now take bride to love and to cherish as your wife from this day forward?  I d

To Bride: With gratitude in your heart for the gifts of love, honor, and acceptance you have found with groom do you now take groom to love and to cherish as your husband from this day forward? I do.

RINGS: Your wedding rings are most special because they say that even in your uniqueness; you have chosen to be together, to allow the presence of another to enhance who you are.  As you wear them through time, they will reflect, not only who you are but also, the union you are making, the fact that through the rest of your lives each of you will be imprinted by the other, yet remain your true self.

EXCHANGE OF RINGS: You repeat after me for this section.

Groom please place the ring on ________finger and repeat after me:  As a sign of my love and that I am choosing to share my whole life’s journey with you, I give you this ring and pledge you my love

Bride, please place the ring on ______ finger and repeat after me: As a sign of my love and that I am choosing to share my whole life’s journey with you, I give you this ring and pledge you my love.

Benediction: We ask that you make of your relationship a great and holy adventure. May your joining be a sacred space providing a haven for your souls. Resist the temptation to judge yourself or each other. May this relationship be a burst of light. May it be a fount of love and wisdom for you, for your family, for your community, and for your world. May you be blessed with patience, to see you through times of tensions or conflict. May you be blessed with kindness, to enable you to nurture and care for one another in times of pain or sorrow. May you be blessed with a spirit of play and joyfulness that you may participate fully in the beauties and pleasures of creation. May you be blessed with a knowledge of the ever-flowing presence of love in the world, that you may be channels of this love to one another and to all whom you meet in you life’s journey, Amen.

Pronouncement: For as much as you, bride and you, groom, have openly declared your wishes to be joined together and have pledged your love to each other, and have confirmed the same by joining hands, exchanging rings, and declaring your vows, it is my privilege to declare you husband and wife.

You may kiss.

I now introduce for the first time Mr. and Mrs.