Ok girls, finalizing the ceremony script and making the programs has been on my list for FOREVER!!! I am doing this week. PERIOD! I can't stand it anymore and I need to knock these things off my list.
We are having a legal ceremony the morning of the wedding in private bc I REALLY want the wedding date to be the date we chose- it's our anniversary! Then, the actual ceremony will be "symbolic." The reasoning is that I could not alter the legal script at ALL and it was AWFUL!!
Here is the script I came up with (with a lot of help from the internet and BDW!!) Please let me know what ya'll think!!
BRIDE: Megan King
GROOM: Daniel Wilson
WEDDING DATE: Thursday, June 28, 2013
WEDDING TIME: 5:30
WEDDING LOCATION: Beach Gazebo
Guests are taking seats
Processional: (different music)
Seating of the Parents:
Gary and Kathi walk down aisle
As Dan walks my mom down the aisle, the BM and Minister take their places entering from the right and then Dan takes his place on right next to Mabry
Bridal Processional: (diff music)
Reyna walks down aisle
Laura walks down aisle
Caley walks down aisle
Sylas walks down aisle
Wedding march begins- dad walks me down aisle- mom stands to signal all guests to stand
Giving Away of Bride:
Minster- "Dually blessed is the couple which comes to the marriage altar with the approval and blessings of their families and friends. Who has the honor of presenting this woman to be married to this man?"
Dad- "Her mother and I do.â€
Kiss dad, he hands me off to Dan. Dan and Dad shake hands/hug and Dad sits down.
Opening Remarks and Welcome:
Minister- â€œWe are gathered here in the sight of God and these witnesses to unite Megan and Daniel in Holy Matrimony. On behalf of Megan and Daniel, it is my honor to welcome you and thank you all for traveling such a great distance to be here today as it is a testament to the amazing amount of love and support they have in each of you. Many of you have given them much happiness, unconditional love, encouragement, and guidance through the various stages of their lives. They would like to sincerely thank you all 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 all our hearts.â€
Minister- "Let us pray- Our Father, love has been your richest and greatest gift to the world. Love between a man and woman which matures into marriage is one of your most beautiful types of loves. Today we celebrate that love. May your blessing be on this wedding service, protect, guide, and bless Megan and Daniel in their marriage. Surround them and us with your love now and always. In your son's name, Amen."
"You may be seated."
The Charge to Bride and Groom and Pledge:
Minister- â€œMegan and Daniel- This marriage ceremony does not mark the beginning of a new relationship. Rather, it is an acknowledgement and celebration of a relationship that has been thriving since you met. Marriage is the mutual commitment of two people sincerely in love who share the same dreams about life.â€
â€œMore than that, it is the intimate sharing of two lives. It is a sharing that does not diminish, but enhances the individuality of each partner. The institution of marriage is not to be entered into lightly as it symbolizes commitment on every level. Together you will continue to meet the challenges and obstacles of life head on with honesty, integrity, and loyalty.â€
â€œThis beautiful setting should remind us that, like the ocean, human life is an ebb and flow- spirit and emotions move in cycles. To be in a relationship does not guarantee an eternal summer. To make a sincere and honest commitment does not promise an end to all struggles. What a good relationship does offer, much like this ocean, is the opportunity for renewal. A successful relationship recognizes that after every fall and winter, spring and summer will come again. A flourishing relationship takes more than just love. It takes trust, to know in your hearts that you want only the best for each other. It takes dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn and grow, even when it is difficult to do so... and it takes faith, to go forward together without knowing what the future holds for you both.â€
Minister- "I now invite Kathi, Mother of the Groom, to read a passage from the book of Corinthians.
Kathi- â€œIf I speak with human tongues and angelic as well, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong, a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and, with full knowledge, comprehend all mysteries, if I have faith great enough to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give everything I have to feed the poor and hand over my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.â€
â€œLove is patient, love is kind. Love is not jealous, it does not put on airs, it is not snobbish. Love is never rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not prone to anger; neither does it brood over injuries. Love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the truth. There is no limit to loveâ€™s forbearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure.â€
â€œLove never fails. Prophecies will cease, tongues will be silent, knowledge will pass awayâ€¦There are in the end three things that last: faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8; 13â€
Minister- â€œThank you, Kathi.â€
â€œMegan and Daniel, as you prepare to take these vows, give careful thought and prayer, for as you make them you are making an exclusive commitment one to the other for as long as you both shall live. Your love for each other should never be diminished by difficult circumstances, and it is to endure until death parts you.â€
â€œAs God's children, your marriage is strengthened by your obedience to your Heavenly Father and His Word. As you let God be in control of your marriage, He will cause your home to be a place of joy and a testimony to the world."
â€œDaniel do you accept Megan as your beloved and wedded wife, to love and honor her, stand by her side, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health for as long as you both shall live?â€
Dan responds: â€œI doâ€
â€œDan, please repeat after me:
Megan, from this day forward I promise you these thingsâ€¦.
I will laugh with you in times of joyâ€¦
And comfort you in times of sorrowâ€¦
I will share in your dreamsâ€¦
And always support and encourage youâ€¦
I promise to love you in good times and badâ€¦
I will help you when you need itâ€¦
And step aside when you donâ€™tâ€¦
You are my best friendâ€¦
And I will love and respect you always!â€
Minister- â€œMegan, do you accept Daniel as your beloved and wedded husband, to love and honor him, stand by his side, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health for as long as you both shall live?â€
Megan responds: â€œI doâ€
â€œMegan please repeat after me:
Dan, I do not need you, I choose you!
I choose you today in witness of all the people who love us,
I choose you tomorrow in the privacy of our hearts.
I choose you in strength and weakness.
I choose you in health and dis-ease.
I choose you in joy and in sorrow.
I will choose you, over all othersâ€¦
Every day-for all the days of my life.â€
Minister- â€œWill everyone please rise?â€
â€œWill you, the cherished family and friends of Megan and Daniel, witnessing these vows, do all in your power to support them in their marriage, love them, and encourage their love for one another from now until forever?
Guests- â€œWe willâ€
Minister- â€œThank you. Please remain standing.â€
â€œMegan and Daniel, as you stand beside the ocean, may your love always be as constant as the tide; waves flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea. Just as water is the eternal force of life, so is love. Love is the force that allows us to face fear and uncertainty with courage.â€
â€œYou have just sealed your relationship with the exchanging of vows to each other as well as a blessing from your family and friends. Although you will be sharing one life, never forget that you are two separate people. Cherish and affirm your differences. Love each other. Keep your commitment primary. Together you will laugh and cry, be happy and angry, share and grow- sometimes together, sometimes separately.â€
â€œBefore 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, and have promised to forever join your once separate journeys into one.â€
â€œTo symbolize this union and the importance of the individuals within the marriage, each of your family members and friends here today has been given a small polished stone that represents their unique individuality, the roles they played in your individual paths, and their presence at your wedding today.â€
â€œYou also each have a stone of your own that symbolizes your previous separate lives, separate sets of friends, separate families and the different lifeâ€™s journeys that you once traveled. I ask that everyone please hold the stone that you have been given. Fill your stone with hope, love, positivity, a prayer, or a blessing for happiness and good will for Megan and Daniel for the future of their marriage.â€
â€œNow, please come forward and add your stone to this vase, which Megan and Daniel will display in their home to be reminded daily of the love and support they find in each of you as well as your presence on this special day.â€
(Guests come up and place stones in vase- possibly play a song.)
Minister- â€œThe union of these stones has now symbolically joined your once separate lives. Through you, just as the stones have been combined, so now are your friends and family joined. Your once solitary lifeâ€™s paths are also now one, and all that was once separate is now shared. In this sharing you both will find new strength and joy as together you forge a new life path.â€
â€œStones stand the test of time. Over time they can even become stronger and more beautiful. Let these stones be a reminder and a memorial of the love, blessings and support that your family members and friends have provided you here today. And what God has joined together, let no man separate.â€
Exchanging of the Rings:
Minister- â€œThe vows which have been exchanged are but words that are fleeting and the sound of them is soon gone. The wedding ring is a symbol of eternity and the promises which have been made. It is an outward sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two hearts in endless love.â€
â€œDaniel and Megan please join hands.â€
â€œThese 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 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.â€
â€œOur prayer for you today is that both of you will use these hands to build a marriage where all your dreams come true.â€
â€œAnd now as a token of your love and of your deep desire to be forever united in heart and soul I ask you, Dan, to repeat after me:â€
â€œMegan, I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows; and with all that I am, and all that I have- I honor you. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, with this ring, I thee wed.â€
Minister- â€œNow, Megan, please repeat after meâ€
â€œDan, I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows; and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, with this ring, I thee wed."
Minister- â€œI now pronounce you husband and wife!â€
Minister- "Dan, you may now kiss your Bride!"
Presentation of Bride and Groom:
Minister- "It is now my privilege to present to you for the first time, Drs. Daniel and Megan Wilson!"
Recessional: (music plays)
Gary and Kathi exit
Mom and Dad exit
Wedding party exits:
Caley and Sylas
Laura, Reyna and Mabry
Bride and Groom
Group Picture and Toast