“Good afternoon and welcome! As we will be beginning shortly our Bride and Groom have expressed their desire for you to be truly present with them at this special time, seeing the ceremony with your eyes and hearts rather than second hand through your devices. They would prefer that you turn off your cell phones, put down your cameras and please refrain from taking pictures during their ceremony. However, if you must take a single photo or two, please remember they have hired a wonderful photographer, who will capture how this moment looks, so do remain in your seats, turn off your flash, and those of you on the aisle, refrain from stepping into or reaching your devices into the professional photos.
In front of us is a beautiful chuppah. The chuppah represents the home. Its four poles symbolize the four pillars upon which a strong marriage is built: family, friendship, love and respect. A shelter that is open on all sides we see an invitation and a sign of welcome to those we love. The chuppah’s delicate structure reminds those beneath it, that the only thing real about a home is the people in it, who love and who choose to be together as a family.
It is said `Happy are those who come in the name of life. Happy are those who come in the name of love!’ And so without further delay we will begin this celebration!”
Processional begins, the entrances are made and with everyone in place we begin
“Dearly beloved we are gathered here to celebrate the marriage of Samantha and Martin. They have come here today because they share a commitment to nurturing the love between them, and to maintaining it as an integral part of their lives. It has been said that marriage is falling in love over and over again with the same person. How Samantha and Martin will accomplish this will be up to them, for every marriage is as unique as the people that it joins. Yet the ideals of love, and home and family are as universal as time itself, and the desire to spend a lifetime with the one we love transcends language and time, to speak to the very core of what makes us truly human. Marriage is a promise that strives to ensure that his dreams will always be her dreams, and her dreams will always be his dreams. That they are joined by a sense of belonging rather than ownership, and that says to the world “my heart has found its home.” This dear friends is the wonderful place that Samantha and Martin have come to in their lives, and that which we are truly here to celebrate with them. Samantha and Martin, May God be with you and know you in your hearts and in your home, through all the days of your togetherness.”
Welcoming of the Guests
“Samantha and Martin would like to thank you all for taking the time and making the journey, and for all of the efforts that were made on their behalf by each of you, to ensure that they were surrounded by the love of family and friends as they made their marriage vows. Samantha and Martin consider themselves to be truly blessed to have such a rich and diversely blended group of family and friends to share their lives with. There have been no limits to the love, comfort and support that you have offered them on their best and their worst days. Your love has sustained them, and inspired them to believe that there is indeed still goodness in the future ahead. They thank you for your presence here today and for all the days that it took to make this one a reality, as they look forward to all the tomorrows they will share with you.
In Catholicism, it is customary to offer each other a sign of peace in the form of a simple greeting, a handshake or a hug. As a sign of welcome to all our new family let us offer each other a sign of peace.”
Samantha and Martin
“As many of you know Samantha and Martin have been together for almost two years. When asked a little about themselves and their relationship Sam began by saying “Well, we didn’t exactly meet on vacation.” In fact it was at a time when neither of them were at their best. Yet they were both well enough to notice something very special about one another. Next thing you know, what seemed like dark days had turned into some of the brightest they had ever known. Theirs is an understanding of being both strong and vulnerable in one another’s presence and an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the gift they have each been given in one another. Love has made them both strong enough to do things that would have once been unthinkable. They are and have been there to take care of one another, to laugh together, share music and secrets, to do the hard things in life with grace, and fully appreciate the little everyday moments that make life worth living. For Samantha and Martin marriage is a definite, public, commitment to one another made in friendship, loyalty and love… A promise to stand with and for each other in the times when love alone is not enough. The promises they make this day are also a lifelong commitment to family and community. To stand before all those we love most in the world, and promise to love another person openly and trustingly, without limits or preconditions, for a lifetime, is perhaps the bravest thing two people will ever do. It is a promise to one another, but also to each and everyone of you here, that the person you love will be well cared for.
And so today, Samantha and Martin bestow upon one another all the honor and respect that mirrors the place they hold in one another’s hearts and lives…All the honor and respect that comes with the title of husband and wife, titles that say to the world. “This is the one person that I choose, to be my own, to hold above all others, today and for all the days of my life.”
written by Rev Frank J Perron
“Gracious God, our hearts are filled with great happiness on this the wedding day of Samantha and Martin. They have come before you, pledging their lives and their hearts to one another. Grant that they may be ever true and loving, living together in a way that shall ever nurture the soul of their marriage. Temper their hearts with kindness and help them to be sweethearts, helpmates, friend and guide, So that together, may they meet the cares and problems of life more bravely. May their home truly be a place of love and harmony where your Spirit is ever present. Bless their wedding day, we pray, and walk beside them, through all their life together. Amen”
“Before we proceed to the ring exchange Samantha and Martin have chosen to write their own vows that they would like to share with one another at this time.
Martin will you now tell Samantha what is in your heart?”
Martin: “I will always love and take care of and cherish my beautiful Samantha. Our journey has just begun and it is going to be a great trip.”
“Samantha will you now tell Martin what is in your heart?”
Samantha: “Marty you are the kindest most gentle and caring man I have ever met and I feel blessed to be sharing my life with you. I promise I will always cherish you, and each moment we have together, I will appreciate the good days as well as the bad days remembering that each and every day we spend together as husband and wife is a blessing. I love you.”
Presentation of the Rings
“May I have the rings please?”
Officiant is given the rings
“You are about to present a ring to each other. The wedding ring, a complete circle, is the symbol of the completeness a husband and wife find in a marriage relationship. The ring has no beginning and no end, just as true love is never-ending. The ring also is made of precious metals, just as true love is a precious treasure. As you place the wedding ring on each other’s hand, may it not only remind you of the endless love you possess for one another, but may it also be a reminder of the precious gift God has given you to make you complete.”
“Martin, please place the ring on Samantha’s finger and repeat after me.”
Martin places the ring half way on to Samantha’s finger
“I Martin take you Samantha to be my wife. I will respect and honor you. I will cherish and protect you. I will endure all trials and cares with you. I will be a tender and affectionate, patient and loving. I commit myself to you from this day forward and forevermore.”
Martin places the ring the rest of the way on to Samantha’s finger
“Samantha, please place the ring on Martin’s finger and repeat after me.”
Samantha places the ring half way onto Martin’s finger
“I Samantha take you Martin to be my husband. I will respect and honor you. I will cherish and protect you. I will endure all trials and cares with you. I will be a tender and affectionate, patient and loving. I commit myself to you from this day forward and forevermore.”
Samantha places the ring the rest of the way onto Martin’s finger
The Seven Blessings
“Seven is the most frequently used number in the Bible. It took seven days to form the earth, leaving the number seven to mark for us the path to creation. Since every marriage is celebrated as a new creation, It is customary in Jewish tradition that the bride and groom are bestowed with seven blessings. These blessings represent Samantha and Martin’s hopes for the future.
Blessings are given over wine
May your marriage be as sweet as the fruit of the vine.
May you work together to build a relationship of substance and quality.
May the honesty of your communication build a foundation of understanding, connection and trust.
May you respect each other’s individual personality and philosophy, give each other room to grow and fulfill each other’s dreams.
May your sense of humor and playful spirit continue to enliven your relationship.
May you understand that neither of you is perfect :you are both subject to human frailties; and may your love strengthen when you fall short of each other’s expectations.
May you continue to be best friends, better together than either of you are apart.”
Bride and Groom drink
As you have shared this cup of wine, so may you, under God’s guidance share contentment, peace and fulfillment from the cup of life. May you find life’s joys heightened, its bitterness sweetened, and each of its moments hallowed by true companionship and love.”
Breaking of the Glass and Pronouncement
“The traditional breaking of the glass which marks the end of the ceremony, is a reminder of both the strength and the fragility of the spiritual bond that is marriage. It is a reminder to appreciate all that we have now, to embrace change, and to always hold the important things in life above all else. Samantha and Martin may your marriage last longer than it would take for all the broken pieces to reassemble themselves, and may all of your troubles be as easily shattered. As the glass is broken, I invite everyone to shout “Mazel Tov,” which means “congratulations and good luck.”
Glass wrapped in cloth, is placed on the floor
The Bible says, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. So faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but remember that the greatest of these is love.”
May God bless you and keep you in this wisdom for all the days of your togetherness.
You are now as your hearts have always known you to be, Husband and Wife. You may kiss your beautiful Bride!”
Groom steps on glass breaking it., couple kiss everyone claps