Hand Fasting Ceremony:
Processional Who gives this woman to be Married? (optional)
We are here today, to witness and participate in a ceremony celebrating the public acknowledgment of a love which ________ and ________ have for each other. Knowing that by our presence here, with them, we are saying that they are loved by many. This celebration is for the union of these two hearts and minds. It is a celebration of the joining of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists between a man and a woman, it is fitting that an outer acknowledgement be made. We are here to bear witness to their entry into the covenant relationship of husband and wife, of these beloved friends, who are already one in spirit. Since your lives have crossed you have formed ties between each other. The promises you make today and the ties that are bound here will cross the years and greatly strengthen your union. With full awareness, know that you declare your intent to be married before your friends and families. I bid you to join hands and look into one another’s eyes. ______ will you honor him? ______ will you honor her? Will you seek to never give cause to break that honor?
And so the bond is made. (First cord is draped across hands) ______ will you share his dreams? ______ will you share her dreams? Will you dream together to create new realities and hopes?
And so the bond is made. (Second cord is draped across hands) ______ will you share his laughter? ______ will you share her laughter? Will both of you look for the brightness in life and the positive in each other?
And so the bond is made. (Third cord is draped across hands) ______might you ever burden him? Is that your intent? ______might you ever burden her? Is that your intent? Will you share the burdens of each other so that your spirits may grow in this union?
And so the bond is made. (Fourth cord is draped across hands) ______ might you ever cause him pain? Is that your intent? ______ might you ever cause her pain? Is that your intent? Will you share each other’s pain and seek to ease it?
And so the bond is made. (Fifth cord is draped across hands) ______ might you ever cause him anger? Is that your intent? ______ might you ever cause her anger? Is that your intent? Will you together take the heat of anger and use it to temper the strength of this union?
And so the bond is made. (Sixth cord is draped across hands) This bond is not formed by these cords, but rather by your vows. For always, you hold in your own hands the making or breaking of this union. (the cords are removed and placed on the stand.)
Expression of Intent the I Do’s: / Vows
Do you ______ take ______ to be your Wife, to live together in marriage; will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others, to be faithful to her, until death do you part? Do you ______ take ______ to be your Husband, to live together in marriage; will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others, to be faithful to him, until death do you part? ______ I promise to always stand by your side as your partner, your love and your best friend. I give you all my trust and all my tomorrows. I will always cherish you and I promise my love for you is forever. ______ I promise to always stand by your side as your partner, your love and your best friend. I give you all my trust and all my tomorrows. I will always cherish you and I promise my love for you is forever.
Ring Ceremony – May we please have the rings
The wedding rings (the unbroken circle) are symbols of eternity. The gold is symbolic of that which is pure and the diamonds are symbolic of what is permanent and incorruptible. Today you have chosen to exchange rings, as a sign of the love you have for each other and a seal of the promises you are making this day. ______ I give you this ring, as a symbol and a reminder of my commitment to you. As you receive this ring, receive my promise to love and cherish you always. And with this ring, I thee wed. ______ I give you this ring, as a symbol and a reminder of my commitment to you. As you receive this ring, receive my promise to love and cherish you always. And with this ring, I thee wed. Signing of the marriage license /witnesses (optional) You are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of the one person in the entire world whom you love most. You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the love and companionship of someone with whom you can share in an intimate and trusting way all the hopes, joys, and dreams of life. Real love is laying down your lives for each other. It is the expression that your thoughts, feelings and desires are one. It makes you stronger, so you can be involved with life in ways you dare not risk alone.
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking one another for granted. The courtship should not end with the honeymoon. It should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is being friends and respecting each other’s individual personality. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding, and a big sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is finding room for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is in being the right partner.
Prayer of Blessing On Your Marriage (optional)
Congratulations: Have A great Honeymoon: And have A Wonderful Life Together:
(Pronouncement)And now as you enter the greatest journey of your life: In as much as you both have agreed to enter the marriage relationship, having said your vows with devoted hearts, you have given and received rings as tokens of your love, it is now my honor and privilege, with full authority, I now pronounce you husband and wife.
You may now Kiss Your Bride Ladies and gentlemen, I now present to you Mr. and Mrs. ___________________________________. HandFasting Ceremony For Your Special Day