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.
I will now light a candle and ask God to grace us with light and love. Help us open our consciousness so that we may receive your blessing. Blessed be.
(Marriage Couple): Blessed be.
Celebrant: I 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. Please join us in our joy and celebrate with us. Blessed be.
(Marriage Couple): Blessed be. Celebrant: I light the last candle and ask our spirit guides and guardian angels to join us today. You have gently guided and protected us since our births. We thank you and ask for your continued guidance and love, especially for (Marriage Couple) who have been recently joined in holy matrimony and loving partners in life.
(Marriage Couple): Blessed be.
Celebrant: Welcome all! (Marriage Couple), you have arranged this gathering of family and friends today to affirm your love and commitment, not only to one another, but also to all of your loved ones who are witnesses at this blessing today. It is a wonderful thing to look ahead and envision what your life will be like together. This blessing has come to you from simply loving one another. Imagine the future with not only your love to guide you, but also the love you may share with those you love and care for deeply. May love, respect, wisdom and joy bless you all the days of your lives.
Things will change, yet remain remarkable the same. Moments that were taken for granted in the past will now be more meaningful than ever before. You will rejoice in little things and will now include each other in all of your dreams and goals as well as all of your decisions and concerns. You have become equal partners and will find that you will think of your spouse’s well being before your own, a sign of true love.
Now, as you stand at the very beginning of your marriage, your love for each other grows beyond what you knew to be possible. It is with great hope that you can look towards the future and yet again see all possibilities that lie before you as a family of love and light.
Celebrant: Blessed are the man and the woman who have grown beyond themselves and have seen through their separations. They delight in the way things are and keep their hearts open, day and night. They are like trees planted near flowing rivers, which bear fruit when they are ready. Your love for one another is the fruit of your commitment to one another and a miraculous future together. May the blessings of the God follow your family all the days of your lives. Let them keep watch over you and gently guide you onto your true paths of spirituality and enlightenment. They, who are the great Mother and Father of the universe and of all humanity, want you to know from now until all eternity, you will never again be lonely or alone.
(Marriage Couple) have chosen each other from the many men and women on this earth, have declared their love for one other to this community and gathering and have shared their love selflessly to bring hope, love and peace into the world through this union. In mutual self-consecration and in ever deepening love for each other and your family, may you establish a home filled with the spirit of faith, truth, goodness and eternal love for each other, your children and your families and for all sentient beings on this earth and beyond. May your union be a source of love, inspiration, commitment and much happiness to you both.
In the name of the Divine God, I now bless (Marriage Couple) into our universal family as Mr. and Mrs. NAME. We thank all the departed spirits and Universal Energies who have joined us here today. We are grateful for your witness. Hail and Farewell.
This blessing has ended; go in peace and everlasting love.
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.