Thanks to everyone on here for the wonderful ideas that I stole for my ceremony wording!! Here is mine!
On behalf of Erhard and Wendy, I welcome you and thank you all for gathering here in Mexico on this beautiful day to witness their marriage ceremony. The fact that you have all traveled such a great distance to be here today is a testament to the amazing amount of love and support they have. Many of you have given them much happiness, love, warmth, and guidance through the various stages of their lives. They would like to sincerely thank you for being here to celebrate their big day. A special and respectful acknowledgement must also be made to those friends and family members who were unable to attend, or have passed on, but whose spirit remains alive and strong in our hearts.
You have chosen to walk through life together. There is no truer statement of love. Before this moment you have been many things to each other â€“ best friend, companion, lover, partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another over the years. Soon 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 the vows, you shall say to the world, this â€“ is my husband, this â€“ is my wife.
Erhard and Wendy, please face each other and hold each othersâ€™ hands in your own, so you may feel the gift that you are about to receive on this day.
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love, that hold 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 support you and 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.
Our prayer for you today is that both of you will use these hands to build a marriage where all your dreams come true.
Erhard, in the company of your family and friends and with their love and support, do choose now to stay this path with Wendy, wherever it leads, whatever the outcome; to travel with her through the adventures of life, loving her by your side; in all that you will find? Do you pledge your friendship, faith and love?
-- I DO
Wendy, in the company of your family and friends and with their love and support, do you take Erhard to be no other than himself, loving what you know of him, trusting what you don't yet know; with respect for his integrity and faith in his abiding love for you; in all that life may bring you? Do you pledge your friendship, faith and love?
-- I DO
Exchange of Rings
May I have the rings.
Notice that these rings are a perfect circle, with no beginning and no end. They represent the unconditional love that you have for one another. Let these rings serve as a bond between you and wear them with honor and pride, as they are a visible reminder of the vows and promises that you make here today.
Erhard, take this ring, put it on Wendyâ€™s finger and repeat after me:
Wendy, I give you this ring, as a symbol of our marriage, and a lasting reminder, of the vows made between us today. It is a reminder that I will love you, honor you, and cherish you, in all times, in all places, and in all waysâ€¦I am forever yours.
Wendy, take this ring, put it on Erhardâ€™s finger and repeat after me:
Erhard, I give you this ring, as a symbol of our marriage, and a lasting reminder, of the vows made between us today. It is a reminder that I will love you, honor you, and cherish you, in all times, in all places, and in all waysâ€¦ I am forever yours.
The engagement ring is a symbol of promise and intention. Now the intention is realized and the promise fulfilled.
Erhard, please place the engagement ring on Wendyâ€™s finger over her wedding band to symbolize the love that brought you together, will always protect and sustain your marriage.
Erhard and Wendy,
Before the two of you met, your lives were on separate roads ... each going in different directions and seemingly leading to different destinations. But somewhere along the way, through some twist of fate, you did meet, and you fell in love. Today, you find yourselves standing here together at the threshold of a new path, as you promise to forever join your once separate journeys into one.
These two containers of sand represent your different lives. Each container represents the separate journeys you once were on. They also represent your own sets of friends and families that once were apart. I will ask that in a moment you both blend your individual containers of sand togetherâ€¦representing the coming together of your friends and family, through your marriage, into one. And as the sand is blended into one container, your once solitary journeys will now be one of companionship, as you walk a single path together into your future.
Erhard and Wendy pick up their individual containers of sand, and blend them together.
Erhard and Wendy, just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual container, so will your marriage be a molding of two individual personalities, bonded together forming one heart, one life, and one family.
Erhard and Wendy,
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 you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surrounds 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 â€“ 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.
Erhard and Wendy, remember to treat each other with respect and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give to one another new experiences of joy. Challenge one another so that you may continue to grow. May the love you hold for each other, now sealed in marriage, continue to mature with the passing years. May you never take each other for granted, but always experience the wonder of your union. Be slow to anger, quick to forgive, leaving no tracks of resentment behind. May your love be a sanctuary and a source from which you draw strength to live your lives with enthusiasm and imagination.
May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries,
And may you live the days of your lives in peace, love, and happiness.
I now pronounce you husband and wife!
Wendy, you may now kiss your groom!
With friends and family, along with the sun, the sand, and the sea, I have the pleasure to present to you for the very first timeâ€¦Mr. and Mrs. Erhard and Wendy Lederer!