OPTIONAL BEACH INTRO (replaces standard intro)
As we stand witness beside the ocean tide, may your love always be as constant and unchanging as these never ending waves, floating endlessly from the depths of the sea touching softly upon the sands, as did your love come softly upon your hearts.While these waters nourish the earth and sustain life, so may you never have a day without love for each other, love that will nourish and sustain you until the end of time. And, like these waters, may your love be limitless and flowing. Today, you pledge your lives and love to one another for all of your days. And, we celebrate your commitment to a strong, loving relationship.
OPTIONAL VOW EXCHANGE #1
I, ______, take you ______, to be my (wife/husband), for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; to have and to hold, from this day forward, as long as we both shall live.
OPTIONAL VOW EXCHANGE #2
I take you to be my partner in life and my one true love, today, tomorrow and forever
I will trust you and honor you, I will laugh with you and cry with you
I will love you faithfully, through the best and the worst, the difficult and easy
As I have given you my hand to hold, I also give you my heart to keep
OPTIONAL RING EXCHANGE
You have chosen to exchange rings as the sign and seal of the promises you are making today. The ring is an ancient symbol of such vows, as the circle is considered to be the most perfect form of all forms in nature. As one unbroken circle, your ring symbolizes your unending love and commitment to each other.
_______, place the ring on ______ finger, please repeat after me:
I give you this ring, as a symbol of our marriage, for today and tomorrow, and for all the days to come. Wear this ring as a sign of my love, and as a reminder, of the promises we exchange today.
"HAND" CEREMONY (I like to perform this after the ring exchange)
These are the hands of your best friend, 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 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 help you to hold your family as one.
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.
OPTIONAL ENDING: APACHE BLESSING (replaces standard ending)
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 for the other.
Now there is no loneliness
For each of you
Will be companion for the other.
You are two persons,
But there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling
To enter into the days
Of your life together.
OPTIONAL ENDING: IRISH WEDDING POEM (replaces standard ending)
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon the fields.
May the light of friendship guide your paths together
May the sound of laughter grace the halls of your home.
May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips,
A twinkle from your eye.
May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness...from this day forward.
And, today, may the Spirit of Love
Find a dwelling place in your hearts.
VOW TO CHILD FROM NEW STEP-PARENT
Today is also a celebration of your life together as a family. You are not only committing your love to each other, but to (child) as well. You bind not only your own union, as husband and wife, but also unite your families together as one.
(Bride/Groom) please repeat:
I promise to care for (child) for all of our days and to treat him/her as my own. I gladly accept the obligations that go along with this pledge. I love (child) and want her to be a part of my life.
Do you, (bride/groom), take (child) to care for, encourage and support as a part of your family?..............."I do"
(Note: You may present a special gift, such as a ring or necklace, to the child.)