Linda and Vito’s Wedding Ceremony
July 3, 2008
Celebrant: Before we begin, let us take a few deep breaths, leaving stress and negativity behind as we fill ourselves up with positive energy, love, happiness and joy. Let us settle into our surroundings and be present to the beauty of this moment, this occasion and of this place. Whenever you are worried or stressed in every day matters, may you always recall this beautiful day, this joyous ceremony and the commitment of love that you share with your family and friends. May these thoughts always bring you to a peaceful place in your mind’s eye and give you the strength and wisdom you need to handle any challenge that may arise before you.
Linda will now light a candle asking God to grace us with light and love. Help us open our consciousness so that we may receive your blessing.
Vito will now light the second candle to invite our ancestors to be with us this day, and know that both those we remember, and those who passed before our time, have not been forgotten.
Both Linda and Vito will light the last candle with their individual candles to bless them as one spirit, one divine path and one glorious life together and a future filled with love and happiness.
We also ask our spirit guides and guardian angels to join us today. You have gently guided and protected all of us since our births. We thank you and ask for your continued guidance and love, especially for Linda and Vito who will be joined in holy matrimony today. We ask that they will continue to be loving partners forever.
We have come here today to witness the marriage of Linda and Vito. By their commitment to each other here today, they are preparing for a new life, new experiences and new opportunities with family, friends and their future together as one.
Linda and Vito, may I extend my joy to you on this happy occasion. You are about to take a new step forward into life called “marriage.” This day is made possible not only because of your love for one another, but through the love of your children, family and friends. We also want to acknowledge and remember the souls of our beloved family and friends who cannot be here with us today, but we know they are here with us in spirit.
Marriage begins in the giving of words. We cannot join ourselves to one another without giving our word and this must be an unconditional giving.
Courtesy and consideration even in anger and adversity are the seeds of compassion. Love is the fruit of compassion. Trust, love and respect are the sustaining virtues of marriage. They enable us to discover and learn from the ever-unfolding lessons of marriage, and help us to realize that everywhere we turn we meet ourselves. May God bless you on your new journey together.
Linda and Vito, have you come here today before your family and friends to affirm your commitment to one another?
Bride and Groom: We have.
Officiant: Please repeat after me: We nourish each other and ourselves in living and loving….
– by allowing our deepest Self to appear.
– by taking full responsibility for our own life.
– by being ever willing to keep our heart open, even in the midst of great pain.
– by always being supportive of each other without question or hesitation.
Marriage is a new beginning as is each triumph that comes with taking risks and opening up to each other, each new beginning serving to renew these vows over and over again. It is my hope that your fulfillment and love for each other and yourselves will increase with each passing year.
Now Linda and Vito will take their marriage vows. (I will say this and you will repeat it a phrase at a time so you don’t have to memorize it).
Bride: I, Linda, take you, Vito, to be my husband, in equal love, as a mirror for my true Self, as a partner on my path, to honor and cherish, in sorrow and in joy, I promise to love you completely and unconditionally, for all that I am and all that I shall ever be for the rest of my life.
Groom: I, Vito, take you, Linda, to be my wife, in equal love, as a mirror for my true Self, as a partner on my path, to honor and cherish, in sorrow and in joy, I promise to love you completely and unconditionally, for all that I am and all that I shall ever be for the rest of my life.
Exchange of Rings.
Celebrant: May I have the rings please?
Rings are an ancient symbol, blessed and simple. Round like the sun, like the eye, like arms that embrace. Circles for love that is given – comes back around again and again. Therefore, may these symbols remind you that your love, like the sun, illumines; that your love, like the eyes, must see clearly; and that your love, like arms that embrace, is a grace upon this world.
Celebrant to Vito: Repeat after me: Linda, I give this ring as a symbol of my love.
Celebrant to Linda: Repeat after me: Vito, I give this ring as a symbol of my love.
Celebrant: Linda and Vito have declared their love and purpose before this gathering and have made their pledge each to the other symbolized by the holding of hands and the giving and receiving of rings. Let all honor them and the threshold of their house. May they continue to share in their marriage the love and awareness they have cultivated since they fell in love. May the blessings of this day be with you for the rest of your lives. I pronounce that you are husband and wife.
You may kiss the bride.
Please welcome Vito and Linda into our community as husband and wife.
Please feel free to use any part of this ceremony as part of your own. Vikki Anderson is available to perform interfaith ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms, welcoming ceremonies as well as naming and handfasting ceremonies. See http://www.VikkiAnderson.net under Interfaith Minister for more information about ceremonies and weddings. 973-492-3110. Email: Starscape50@optonline.net.