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I thought I would share what we used for our vow renewal ceremony.

 

Opening:

"When you first joined hands and hearts 25 years ago, you did not know where life would take you. You promised to love, honor and cherish one another through all things. Life has surely brought you both wonderful blessings and difficult tribulations. Therefore, you have fulfilled your promise. And God is smiling! So, as you come here today to reaffirm your wedding vows and as you reflect back over all the years as husband and wife, do you now reaffirm the vows you took 25 years ago? If so, repeat after me.

 

Vows:

Roy(Please repeat after me) I , Roy take you Denise to be my Wife, Friend and Lover. * I will be yours in plenty and in want, * in sickness and in health, * in failure and in triumph* Together we will dream, * play and experience. *When you stumble, I will restore you.. * Throughout my life * I promise to cherish and respect you,* to comfort and encourage you,* and to stay with you * as long as we both live.

Denise(Please repeat after me) I Denise, take you Roy, *to be my Husband, Friend and Lover. * I will be yours in plenty and in want, * in sickness and in health, * in failure and in triumph* Together we will dream, * play and experience. *When you stumble, I will restore you.. * Throughout my life * I promise to cherish and respect you,* to comfort and encourage you,* and to stay with you * as long as we both live.

 

Exchange of rings:My dh lost his wedding band so I got him another one and he surprised me with a past/present/future ring)

 

Roy place the ring on Denise’s finger and repeat after me. I give you this symbol of my Love…Knowing Love is precious * and Fragile, yet strong. * I give you this sign of my love, * an ever present symbol * of the vows we have made this day. * I give you this ring * as I give you my Love.

Denise place the ring on Roy’s finger and repeat after me. I give you this symbol of my Love….Knowing Love is precious * and fragile, yet strong. * I give you this sign of my Love, * an ever present symbol * of the vows we have made this day. * I give you this ring * as I give you my Love.

 

Sand Ceremony:

 

As you stand beside the ocean tide, may your love always be as constant as these never-ending waves that pour near your feet, flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea; Your love came softly upon each others heart, just as the foam comes softly upon the sand, and just as there will never be a morning without the ocean's flow, so there will never be a day without love for each other. You have pledged yourselves on this day your love will be as dependable as the tide; as these waters nourish the earth and sustain life, may your constant devotion nourish and sustain you until the end of time. Roy and Denise, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings, and this covenant is a relationship agreement between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You have recommitted here today to share the rest of your lives with each other and with your children, Brandon and Ashley. We recognize the significant role that Brandon and Ashley play in this re-commitment celebrated today. They will now join Roy and Denise in this re-commitment to each other by contributing a part of each person into one sound (or unbroken or enduring) family. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these (4) individual containers of sand, each representing a member of the family in all that they were, all that they are, and all that they will ever be. As each individual’s sand is poured into the family’s one united common container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as the grains of sand can never be separate and poured again into the individual containers, so will continue the bond with your family.

 

Blessing:

 

With the words from an old Apache Wedding Blessing, I would like to Bless this Vow Renewal.

“Now you will feel no rain for each of you will be shelter to one another. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no loneliness, now you are two persons, but there is one life before you. Go now to your place to enter into days of your togetherness and may your days be good and long upon this earth.”

Each of you has pledged your truth, one to the other, by giving and receiving your Love. It becomes my pleasure to make complete the union of your lives. I now give you into the keeping of each other in the highest and noblest relationship recognized by society and the laws under which we live, I pronounce you Husband and Wife once again.

You may now kiss your wife.

 

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I thought I would share what we used for our vow renewal ceremony.

Opening:
"When you first joined hands and hearts 25 years ago, you did not know where life would take you. You promised to love, honor and cherish one another through all things. Life has surely brought you both wonderful blessings and difficult tribulations. Therefore, you have fulfilled your promise. And God is smiling! So, as you come here today to reaffirm your wedding vows and as you reflect back over all the years as husband and wife, do you now reaffirm the vows you took 25 years ago? If so, repeat after me.

Vows:
Roy(Please repeat after me) I , Roy take you Denise to be my Wife, Friend and Lover. * I will be yours in plenty and in want, * in sickness and in health, * in failure and in triumph* Together we will dream, * play and experience. *When you stumble, I will restore you.. * Throughout my life * I promise to cherish and respect you,* to comfort and encourage you,* and to stay with you * as long as we both live.
Denise(Please repeat after me) I Denise, take you Roy, *to be my Husband, Friend and Lover. * I will be yours in plenty and in want, * in sickness and in health, * in failure and in triumph* Together we will dream, * play and experience. *When you stumble, I will restore you.. * Throughout my life * I promise to cherish and respect you,* to comfort and encourage you,* and to stay with you * as long as we both live.

Exchange of rings:My dh lost his wedding band so I got him another one and he surprised me with a past/present/future ring)

Roy place the ring on Deniseâ€s finger and repeat after me. I give you this symbol of my Love…Knowing Love is precious * and Fragile, yet strong. * I give you this sign of my love, * an ever present symbol * of the vows we have made this day. * I give you this ring * as I give you my Love.
Denise place the ring on Royâ€s finger and repeat after me. I give you this symbol of my Love….Knowing Love is precious * and fragile, yet strong. * I give you this sign of my Love, * an ever present symbol * of the vows we have made this day. * I give you this ring * as I give you my Love.

Sand Ceremony:

As you stand beside the ocean tide, may your love always be as constant as these never-ending waves that pour near your feet, flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea; Your love came softly upon each others heart, just as the foam comes softly upon the sand, and just as there will never be a morning without the ocean's flow, so there will never be a day without love for each other. You have pledged yourselves on this day your love will be as dependable as the tide; as these waters nourish the earth and sustain life, may your constant devotion nourish and sustain you until the end of time. Roy and Denise, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings, and this covenant is a relationship agreement between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You have recommitted here today to share the rest of your lives with each other and with your children, Brandon and Ashley. We recognize the significant role that Brandon and Ashley play in this re-commitment celebrated today. They will now join Roy and Denise in this re-commitment to each other by contributing a part of each person into one sound (or unbroken or enduring) family. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these (4) individual containers of sand, each representing a member of the family in all that they were, all that they are, and all that they will ever be. As each individualâ€s sand is poured into the familyâ€s one united common container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as the grains of sand can never be separate and poured again into the individual containers, so will continue the bond with your family.

Blessing:

With the words from an old Apache Wedding Blessing, I would like to Bless this Vow Renewal.
“Now you will feel no rain for each of you will be shelter to one another. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no loneliness, now you are two persons, but there is one life before you. Go now to your place to enter into days of your togetherness and may your days be good and long upon this earth.â€
Each of you has pledged your truth, one to the other, by giving and receiving your Love. It becomes my pleasure to make complete the union of your lives. I now give you into the keeping of each other in the highest and noblest relationship recognized by society and the laws under which we live, I pronounce you Husband and Wife once again.
You may now kiss your wife.

Thanks for letting me share.

beautiful :)

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Nice work ladies - I love the opening part about the ocean...I will be using that!!!!! Honestly - I haven't really though much about this aspect of the wedding yet...OOPS! This is encouraging me to get going!!!!

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MORGAN!!!! Are you still in town - your wedding is like 3 days away!!!!!! Oh my gosh! That means mine is coming up soon, too...you have been my inspiration through out this all...when you did something, I knew I had to do it too, within a few weeks....YIKES! I'm so excited for you!!!!

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Thanks so much for sharing! I haven't thought about this much yet either so this is certainly pointing me in the right direction!

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Hello :)

I found this beautiful opening... I'm not sure how the rest of our symbolic ceremony will go, but i really want to add the hand ceremony as well. That was one of the most beautiful passages I have ever read for a wedding!

"You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way.

All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with “When weâ€re married†and continued with “I will and you will and we willâ€- those late night talks that included “someday†and “somehow†and “maybeâ€- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.

All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “ You know all those things weâ€ve promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.†Look at one another and remember this moment in time.

Before this moment you have been many things to one another- best friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this- is my wife."
I love this! Thanks!

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I liked the script alot but added the following bible verse and prayer to make the script more religious.

 

Tbe bible tells us

 

When God controls our lives, he will produce

this kind of fruit in us: joy, peace, patience,

kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness

and self control. Galatians 5:22-23

 

As God guides XXX and XXX journey

toward marriage and we witness it, let us

wish their relationship will exhibit the same

qualities. Please join me in a responsive reading

 

of I Corinthains chapter 13 verse 4 - 8 found in

your program on page 2.

 

Love is patient, love is kind

It does not envy, it does not boast

it is not proud, it is not rude

it is not self-seeking

it is not easily angered

it keeps no record of wrongs

Love does not delight in evil

but rejoices in the truth

it always protects, always trusts

always hopes, always perserveres

Love never fails

 

Love, Joy, Understanding, Friendship, Courage...

In joining your lives may God grant you both...

Love... to afford each other a special quality of time together.

Joy...in the accomplishments of one another.

Understanding...that your interests and desires

will not always be the same.

Friendship...based on mutual trust.

Courage...to speak of a misunderstanding

and to work on a solution

before the setting of the sun.

Compassion...to comfort each other in pain and sorrow.

Foresight...to realize rainbows follow rainy days.

Imagination...to keep with you part of the child you used to be.

Mirth...from your sense of humor.

Awareness...to live each day with the knowledge

that there is no promise of tomorrow.

May God bless you and keep you

in the Palm of His hand.

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Blessing:
With the words from an old Apache Wedding Blessing, I would like to Bless this Vow Renewal.
“Now you will feel no rain for each of you will be shelter to one another. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no loneliness, now you are two persons, but there is one life before you. Go now to your place to enter into days of your togetherness and may your days be good and long upon this earth.”
Glad to see someone is using this blessing. cheesy.gif It means a lot to me to have that part of my heritage integrated into the ceremony. Here is the whole thing in case anyone is looking for it.

"Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth."

"Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulties and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at one time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives -- remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight."

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