Comments and Suggestions needed

I wrote MY ceremony based on a complilation of different ceremonies and I wanted your opinions.


http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/IdoAgain20years/my-vows


Instead of scripture I found some lovely quotes that will be spoken by various people.


Welcome & Opening Officiant


Good relationships never stop growing. Like fine wine, they get better with age. Mark and Bridie, Through all the years of your journey together, you have now come before your children: Andrew, Sarah-Ann and Richard along with your friends and family, so that you could renew your vow and commitment of love for each other.

No marriage is perfect. As you continue in this union, you already know that it will continue to take a lot of love and work to keep your relationship an ongoing success.

Many couples tend to think of marriage as a 50/50 proposition. Actually, the best relationships are 90/10. If you both will give 90% and take only 10%, you will have a formula likely to continue to bring both of you happiness for a lifetime.

As you continue on your journey together, I ask you to remember this advice:

Let your love be stronger than your anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break.
Believe the best of your beloved rather than the worst.
Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.
Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindnesses you bestow on your friends.
Say "I love you" every day.

Andrew- "New love is the brightest, and long love is the greatest, but revived
love is the tenderest thing known on earth." Thomas Hardy


Carolyn- Marriage is an Authentic weaving together of families, of two souls with their individual fates and destinies, of time and eternity–everyday life married to the timeless mysteries of the soul.” – Sir Thomas Moore


Officiant Vows:


Mark and Bridie, I remind you that marriage is a precious gift; a lifelong dedication to love and a daily challenge to love one another more fully and more freely.

Mark and Bridie have written their own vows to each other.

Mark-

I don't know what he has written yet. I will not know until the day of.


Bridie-

I will never forget the first time I realized I loved you. It was not an easy time in my life and you listened more closely than anyone had ever before. You were gentle in your words and in your deeds. Over the years there have been many more times where I laid awake crying and you sitting there beside me, holding me and reminding me that you would never let me go.


 


You have been more supportive in my life than I could ever have hoped for.


 


You have seen me through many severe illnesses and through loss and the separation from my family all in hopes of protecting me from more pain and illness.


 


There were times I pushed you away and you only held on to me harder letting me know that no matter what you would be there and made me stronger.


 


There have been times of great joy too. Like when we went looking to buy our house and I found one that just happened to be the same color as your parents. Even though I tire of the color there is something in this shade of blue as I chose that for the second color of today's celebration. I am sure your father is laughing at me about that too.


 


I will never forget the look on your face when each of your children were born and when you came home to tell me you got a raise and a company car. I will never forget how happy you were when you helped me start Custom Web Designs and how excited you were in the opening of the first office space.


 


I have also been there for you and encouraging you in some not so subtle ways like writing your resume and telling you that you can do it over and over until you finally believed it.


 


But there was one person in our lives that always knew that it would be me and it would be you. I will never forget talking to Grandma about you and her telling me that I met my husband the way her mom told her. She said that she could see it in my eyes. She liked all the boys I dated, but never loved them. I know that she is here with us today and guiding us on our way.


 


Mark with this ring 19 years ago our friends and family witnessed me tell you that I will love, honor and cherish you, but I did not say unto death do we part, because love goes beyond death and I know Grandma and Grandpa and your dad and Mr Cahill are here and there love is here and having watched my grandparents leave this world just a few weeks apart I know I can safely say that our love will never part here and in the here-after. I am proud to say once and for all time With this ring I remain wed!


Officiant- Let these rings serve not as locks binding you together, but as keys, unlocking the secrets of your hearts for each other to know, and thus bringing you closer together forever.




Sarah-Ann -

"Now the rite is duly done,
Now the word is spoken,
And the spell has made you one
Which may ne'er be broken.
"
~Winthrop Mackworth Praed

Ricky - Closing


"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." Anonymous (if you know who wrote this please let me know)

Offiant Pronouncement:


Mark and Bridie, having witnessed your vows of affirmation with all who are assembled here, and by the authority of love itself, I do affirm that you have expressed your desire to continue as husband and wife.

Kiss:


You may seal your vows with a kiss.

Presentation:


Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you, once again as husband and wife: Mark and Bridie!

 

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 7:16 am
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*bump*


I wanted to know if you thought my section was too long?


Or if you had a great scripture to add regarding vow renewal.


or maybe a better poem?


I was an English major, so I tend to love poems, the Psalms and the Song of Songs. But I have been having trouble finding something on my own via google.


My dog recently ate my bible and I have not been able to get a new one YET, incase you are wandering why I don't look them up myself.


She was mad at me for taking a bath and leaving her alone and I left my bible on the bed so she ate it. She tends to eat anything I leave out if I accidently close my bedroom door. Last week it was peignoire bedroom set.


 

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm
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I don't have any scriptures or poems to add, but I think you did a really great job! 


As for if your section is too long, that is entirely up to you. As for the length of the whole thing-it seems good. It always seems much longer until the day of, and it will take like twenty minutes. lol. But, just as a proportional thing-your section takes up a big portion- so maybe you should have the officiant read another poem or another something from the Bible. I just can't help you there. I have a section in my bio with reading ideas/one prayer, but it might not be your style. GL!

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I tiimed it and it only took me 10 minutes to read aloud! I wanted to keep it to 20 minutes.


I would like one song to be sung by the entire group.


How Great Thou Art it was my grandmother's favorite song and we always sung it at church together.


Do you feel this would be an ok Hymn?

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 6:57 am

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