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Wedding Ceremony with Children, Plus Sand Ceremony
"Welcome to the rest of your lives! We are gathered here today on this beautiful beach to celebrate your love for each other and to join the two of you in marriage. "
"Marriage is obviously all about love. But what is love? "
"In first Corinthians, the bible says 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. Love never fails. "
"Now, you've probably heard that verse before. But what does it mean? "
"It means that love is not a feeling – it's not something you can fall in to and out of on a whim. Love is a commitment. It is a deliberate decision to do loving things. It's a deliberate decision to be patient and kind. It's a deliberate decision not to be envious, boastful, proud, rude, or self-seeking. It's a deliberate decision not to be easily angered, not to remember past wrongs, and to protect, trust, hope, and persevere for each other. Love doesn't just happen, and I assure you, it can be hard work at times. "
"It's that commitment, and that deliberate decision, that you're making here today. So, as you continue your journey together, I ask you to remember these simple words of advice: "
- Let your love be stronger than your anger,
- Learn the wisdom of compromise - it is far better to bend than to break,
- Confide in each other and ask for help when you need it,
- Always be best friends,
- Never take each other for granted, and most importantly
- Remember to be in love every day.
Exchange of Vows:
"________, do you take _______ to be your wife, to live together in matrimony, to love her, to honor her, to comfort her, and to keep her in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, for as long as you both shall live? " ("I do.")
"_______, do you take _____ to be your husband, to live together in matrimony, to love him, to honor him, to comfort him, and to keep him in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, for as long as you both shall live? " ("I do.")
"Repeat after Me: "
"I, _________, (pause) take you,_______, (pause) to be my wife, (pause) to have and to hold from this day forward (pause), for better, for worse, (pause) for richer, for poorer, (pause) in sickness and in health, (pause) to love and to cherish, (pause) as long as we both shall live."
"I ______, (pause) take you, _______, (pause) to be my husband, (pause) to have and to hold from this day forward (pause), for better, for worse, (pause) for richer, for poorer, (pause) in sickness and in health, (pause) to love and to cherish, (pause) as long as we both shall live."
Exchange of Rings:
"____/_____, throughout history, the ring has been the symbol for eternity – the ring has no beginning and no end. Your wedding rings serve as outward symbols of the commitment you are making to each other today. The unbroken and never-ending circle of your rings symbolizes your unbroken and never-ending love for each other. "
"______, place the ring on ______'s finger and repeat after me: "
"I give you this ring as a token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love."
"I now pronounce you Husband and wife! ____, you may now kiss your bride....."
"___and___, (and Children's names): As you each hold your sand, the sand represents your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one family. The children will also share in this marriage. The gathering of this new family will have a deep influence upon them. They realize that in order for the home to be a happy one, it is essential that there be love and understanding between the children and the adults being married. "
"You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the children and bride and groom into one family"