Comments and Suggestions needed
I wrote MY ceremony based on a complilation of different ceremonies and I wanted your opinions.
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
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.
I don't know what he has written yet. I will not know until the day of.
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.
"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)
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.
You may seal your vows with a kiss.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you, once again as husband and wife: Mark and Bridie!