- Last updated on December 24, 2008 at 7:27 am
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This is the script from our ceremony... pieced together from a bunch of scripts I found online and altered to suit us. Our officiant was reading a little fast, but not too bad. A friend clocked the ceremony from when he first started talking to when we kissed... 8 minutes! Awesome! :-D
Hello and welcome!
It is with great pleasure that we are gathered together in the presence of God, to celebrate the love which Alexandra and William have for each other, to give social recognition to their decision to commit their lives and accept each other completely, to learn how to help and understand each other, to build a family, and together, to travel through life.
If any of you has anything to say that might change their minds… they… don’t want to hear it. However, they do want to hear from you, that you are their village, that you will always be their family, and will always support and encourage them as they discover the commitment and dedication needed to make marriage work. And that is why you are here today.
Since the dawn of man, people have been united in marriage in all lands, all cultures, and all religions. In marriages everywhere, this is a time for two individuals to leave the families that raised them, to begin a new family. At this time, we ask the parents of the Bride and Groom to come forth to bless this marriage.
Do you, Dick and Sandy, Mark and Laikwan, who have lovingly raised and nurtured these two individuals, offer your blessing for their marriage, promising to support them, guide them, understand them, and encourage them in their solemn endeavor, in the years ahead? If you agree, please say, "We do". (Parent's respond.)
And to the witnesses and honored guests here today, I ask the same question. Do you offer your blessing for their marriage, promising to support them, guide them, understand them, and encourage them in their solemn endeavor, in the years ahead? If you agree, please say, "We do". (guests respond)
So Alex and Bill, please focus your attention on one another and also answer my questions:
Alex, "Do you take Bill to be your wedded husband, to share your life openly, standing with him, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, in hardship and in ease, to cherish and to love, so long as you both shall live?" (bride responds)
Bill, "Do you take Alex to be your wedded wife, to share your life openly, standing with her, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, in hardship and in ease, to cherish and to love, so long as you both shall live?" (groom responds)
Before you exchange rings and vows, I’d like to remind you what the Bible has to say about love:
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
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 with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
May we have the rings please? (he holds the rings for a bit)
The metal in these rings has little real value,
Except in its use today.
These words are gone as I say them
But as I say them, your lives are changed forever.
You are man and woman, born to trouble and to joy;
And this is your greatest triumph —
That the greatest of gifts are yours for the risk of asking.
We are to witness now the sealing of this promise with these rings
Signs and tokens before the world
Of the world you will create —
single, whole, and quiet —
Within the world outside.
Together you are one; as one you are a world.
Bill as you place this ring on Alex’s hand, please repeat after me:
I take you Alex to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death parts us.
Alex as you place this ring on Bill’s hand, please repeat after me:
I take you Bill to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death parts us.
Bill and Alex,
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.
With the support of your families and friends,
by the vows you have made to one another,
by the strength of your covenant,
and in the presence of God,
it is my pleasure to pronounce you “Husband and Wife.”
I am honored to present to you for the first time, William and Alexandra Wong.