Wedding Verses & Prayers

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A Family - Author Unknown

A family is a place

To cry, and laugh and vent frustrations

To ask for help, to tease and yell

To be touched and hugged and smiled at.

A family is people 

Who care when you are sad

Who love you no matter what

Who share your triumphs

And don’t expect you to be perfect

Just growing with honesty in your own direction.

A family is a circle

Where we learn to like ourselves

Where we learn to make good decisions

Where we learn to think before we do

Where we learn patience and table manners

And respect for other people

A family is a place 

Where we share ideas

Where we listen and are listened to –

Where we learn the rules of life 

To prepare us for the world.

The world is a place

Where anything can happen 

And if we grow up in a loving family –

We are ready for the world.

A Family is Love - Colin McCarty

Wherever we go, and whatever we do, let us live with this remembrance in our hearts..

That we are family.

What we give to one another comes full circle,

May we always be the best of friends,

May we always be on another’s rainbow on a cloudy day as we have been yesterday and today to each other

May we be so blessed in all our tomorrows.. and over and over again..

For we are family and that means love that has no end.

This Day I Married My Best Friend - Author Unknown

This day I married my best friend
...the one I laugh with as we share life's wonderous zest,
as we find new enjoyments and experience all that's best.
...the one I live for because the world seems brighter
as our happy times are better and our burdens feel much lighter.
...the one I love with every fibre of my soul.
We used to feel vaguely incomplete, now together we are whole.

A Thanksgiving – Ruth van Gramberg

Let us give thanks for some special gifts....

For Love – It is life’s greatest gift ... we share, we care, and give meaning to life. 

For Family – They are the roots that we grew from or gave life to"

For Welcomes - At doorways, smiles, warm hugs, shared meals and conversation.

For Friendships – They provide warmth, empathy and willing helping hands.

For Hope - Renewal of life & growth that our land will remain safe, glorious and strong.

For Guidance – Bless those who lead, steer and cheerfully volunteer assistance.

For Rain – To freshen the earth, feed livestock and provide sustenance.

For Phone calls - From far off places, affirming we are remembered.

For little miracles in our daily lives - They rejuvenate, refresh and lift our spirits.

Most of all, For Today - Being surrounded with happiness, song and laughter

And may we meet and greet and smile once more "..

Somewhere - in our tomorrows!

Acknowledgement - Ruth Van Gramberg 

Journeying onward

Along the winding road

Stars dim, then brighten in a frosty sky

I acknowledge this awesome feeling

The love I feel inside!

You are the inner premise of my thought

The vocal sound

The passion – the core

That vibrates and enervates my whole

You brought meaning to my life

You are my welcome shore

From here to there – I do not care

I will journey with you my dear!

Yet stop awhile!

Perhaps in vintage years, or moments rare

Safe within the circle of your arms

I’ll look into your eyes

And smile

Always Love Each Other – Larry St Chengges

If you can always be as close and happy as today

Yet be secure enough to grow and change along the way;

If you can keep for you alone your love as man and wife

Yet find the time to share your joy with others in your life;

If you can be as one and walk through marriage hand in hand

Yet still support the goals and dreams that each of you have planned;

If you can dare to always do your separate ways together.

Then all the wonder of today will stay with you forever.

Apache Wedding Prayer –Elliott Arnold - Blood Brothers

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 to the other. 

Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. 

Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. 

May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years, 

May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth. 

Treat yourselves and each other with respect, 

and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. 

Give the highest priority to the tenderness, 

gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. 

When frustration, difficult and fear assail your relationship – 

as they threaten all relationships at one time or another – 

remember to focus on what is right between you, 

not only the part which seems wrong. 

In this way, you can ride out the storms 

when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – 

remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. 

And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, 

it will be marked by abundance and delight.

A Wish for the Future - Ruth Van Gramberg

As we gather today to celebrate our happiness

Strengthened by the love we feel for each other

And the wondrous miracle of our continuity

We hope that all who share in our joy -

Will join us in this reflection­.

We trust that the special love that binds us 

Will guide us in our days of parenting.

And inspire awareness in our daily lives.

In being patient, we teach tolerance

In providing encouragement, we invoke confidence

In giving praise, we inspire creativity

In being fair, we endorse justice and wisdom

In establishing stability, we stimulate strength

May we all embrace this opportunity

For warm hugs, friendships, smiles and laughter

And may we meet and greet again once more­.

Somewhere in our tomorrows!

A Wedding Prayer - Robert Louis Stevenson

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the health, the work, the food,
and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth. Amen.

You are the Most Important Person in my Life – Douglas Pagels

You are the most important part of my life

If I didn’t have you, I don’t know what I would do,

For with you I have so much – 

Such sweetness, happiness and love.

You are a rare combination of so many special things;

You bring me feelings that know no limits

And smiles that never go away.

I love you so much.

You are a part of every day of my life

Whether you are close enough to touch or out of reach to all but my hopes and my dreams

In everything, it seems like my life was just waiting for you,

And with you here, I want you to know that I have never been so happy.

I love you for understanding me the way you do, and for caring.

You have created lasting changes in my life.

You have given me the courage to express what I feel inside.

We have shared thoughts that have brought us together

And that will keep us there from now until the end of time.

Our love is a gift that will forever be.

Thank you, love, for being mine.

Thank you for loving me.

Prayer for the Bride and Groom

Gracious God, spirit of life and love, we ask all blessings upon Bride and Groom in their life together.
May they be blessed with patience, to see them through times of tensions or conflict.
May they be blessed with kindness, to enable them to nurture and care for one another in times of pain or sorrow.
May they be blessed with a spirit of play and joyfulness, that they may participate fully in the beauties and pleasures of creation.
May they be blessed, finally, with a knowledge of the ever-flowing presence of love in the world, that they may be channels of this love to one another and to all whom they meet in their life’s journey. Amen.

These I Can Promise - Author Unknown

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.

But I can promise all my heart's devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that's ever true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.

What is Love? – Kay Knudsen

Love is the special feeling that brightens all our days,

And the secret of its meaning is found in simple ways.

When we share a little secret or some special dreams come true,

Chances are we also share that loving feeling, too.

Love is taking time to give a really nice surprise,

Just to see a happy smile and wide excited eyes.

Love is calling often, just to say you care

Or remembering someone special when you say a little prayer.

Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart,

But somehow feeling warm inside, because you’re close in heart.

Sometimes love is saying ‘you look so very nice’,

And other times it’s giving a kind word of advice.

And though many kinds of beauty fill the earth and sky above,

None could be more precious, than the wonder that is love.

I Belong in Your Arms - Deborah Bridea

I belong in your arms
Finally, I have found a place
Into which I fit Perfectly, Safely
And securely with no doubts,
No fears, No sadness, No tears.

This place is filled with happiness and laughter
Yet it is spacious enough, to allow me
The freedom to move around,
To live my life and be myself.
This wonderful place, which I never believed really existed,
I have found Finally
Inside your arms, Inside your heart, inside your love.

Ever Increasing Circles - Helen Marsh

Joining hands, we become a circle,
Complete, connected and timeless,
We are whole, but not exclusive,
We are one and we will live as one,
But with endless others encircled around us,

Our marriage is neither beginning or end,
But a natural progression of our union,
Which finds us bound but not restricted,
All that was separate yields and flows,
Softly, towards the shared path of our future,

On the foundation of past knowledge,
We build modern family, a space of love,
An expanding community of new and old,
Emitting love, light and sublime acceptance,
We find all things reflected back at us,
Everything is provided for,

Together we hand-craft our next life phase,
It is all embracing, welcoming and generous,
The sensuous safety of our self made space,
Helps us to live bravely and without boundaries,
Here we nurture, thrive and multiply,

All history is ours now, set down by us, made by us,
Strong roots continually feed us, everything is possible,
We grow, we build, we share eternally now,
And holding hands, we look up, prepare,
For there is still far to go...

These I Can Promise - Mark Twain

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.
But I can promise all my heart's devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that's ever true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.

I Carry Your Heart With Me - E. E. Cummings

I carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart.

Come with Me -  Fran Landesman

Sleep with me, wake with me
Give with me, take with me
Love me the way I love you.

Let me get high with you
Laugh with you, cry with you
Be with you when I am blue
Rest with you, fight with you
Day with you, night with you
Love me whatever I do.

Work with me, play with me
Run with me, stay with me
Make me your partner in crime
Handle me, fondle me
Cradle me tenderly
Say I’m your reason and rhyme.

Pray with me, sin with me
Love with me, win with me
Love me with all of my scars
Rise with me, fall with me
Hide from it all with me
Nothing is mine now – it’s ours.

Vow - Roger McGough

I vow to honour the commitment made this day
Which, unlike the flowers and the cake,
Will not wither or decay. A promise, not to obey
But to respond joyfully, to forgive and to console,
For once incomplete, we now are whole.

I vow to bear in mind that if, at times
Things seem to go from bad to worse,
They also go from bad to better.
The lost purse is handed in, the letter
Contains wonderful news. Trains run on time,
Hurricanes run out of breath, floods subside,
And toast lands jam-side up.

And with this ring, my final vow:
To recall, whatever the future may bring,
The love I feel for you now.

Rings - Carol Ann Duffy

I might have raised your hand to the sky
to give you the ring surrounding the moon
or looked to twin the rings of your eyes
with mine
or added a ring to the rings of a tree
by forming a handheld circle with you, thee,
or walked with you
where a ring of church-bells,
looped the fields,
or kissed a lipstick ring on your cheek,
a pressed flower,
or met with you
in the ring of an hour,
and another hour . . .
I might
have opened your palm to the weather, turned, turned,
till your fingers were ringed in rain
or held you close,
they were playing our song,
in the ring of a slow dance
or carved our names
in the rough ring of a heart
or heard the ring of an owl’s hoot
as we headed home in the dark
or the ring, first thing,
of chorussing birds
waking the house
or given the ring of a boat, rowing the lake,
or the ring of swans, monogamous, two,
or the watery rings made by the fish
as they leaped and splashed
or the ring of the sun’s reflection there . . .
I might have tied
a blade of grass,
a green ring for your finger,
or told you the ring of a sonnet by heart
or brought you a lichen ring,
found on a warm wall,
or given a ring of ice in winter
or in the snow
sung with you the five gold rings of a carol
or stolen a ring of your hair
or whispered the word in your ear
that brought us here,
where nothing and no one is wrong,
and therefore I give you this ring.

I Take - Imtiaz Dharker

I take
your body where love takes place
I take
your mouth where my life takes shape
I take
your breath which makes my space
I take
you as you are, for good
I take
you with open arms, to have
I take
you to have
and to hold but not to hold
too hard
I take
you for farther for closer
for sooner for later till
death tries to get us
and we laugh and we stall
and we tell it to call us some other
fine day because we are busy today
taking our tea with buttered
hope and
I take
thee
I take
thee.

All I Want - Afurbie

All I want is to love you, for the rest of my life.
I want you to be the one; I’ll wake up every morning with you by my side.
Knowing at no matter what happens, I’ll be able to come to your loving arms.
All I want is to share everything with you.
To be able to talk about our ideas, our dreams and little every day things.
Things that make us laugh, and the not so little things that we can’t help worrying about.
All I want is to give you is my love.

As a place you, can always come to for acceptance.
The simple comfort that silence brings, when things left unspoken, can still be understood.
All I want is to grow old with you, to watch our life unfold.
All I want is to love you forever.

From the Song Dynasty - Nick Drake

The tale survives of two men
Who fell in love “at first sight”;
Who shared everything
In unbounded intimacy
Including the pillow
And the red embroidered coverlet
Which had been in the family
For generations.
Whether they had bad days,
Domestic arguments
Or inappropriate dreams
We do not know –
No doubt such burrs
Were worked away by time
Polishing its story;
How they found each other
And lived together all their lives,
And died on the same day,
And were buried by the grieving town
On Mount Luofo’s peak
With their pillow and red coverlet;
And a pine tree grew
Out of the grave
Like the character for longevity
And true love.

Such is the legend.
I like to think of them,
Pan Zhang and Wang Zhangxian,
In the crowd of well-wishers
Waiting in the April sunshine,
Yes, under white cherry trees
In full bloom, for us
Here and now, on this day
Early in the century,
In our very best suits and ties,
With our new rings
Growing warm on our fingers
Like keepsakes of light
Saved from the stars.

I’d Choose You - Kiersten White

And I’d choose you;
in a hundred lifetimes,
in a hundred worlds,
in any version of reality,
I’d find you and I’d choose you.

I Loved You First - Christina Rossetti 

I loved you first: but afterwards your love
Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song
As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove.

Which owes the other most? my love was long,
And yours one moment seemed to wax more strong;
I loved and guessed at you, you construed me
And loved me for what might or might not be –
Nay, weights and measures do us both a wrong.

For verily love knows not ‘mine’ or ‘thine;’
With separate ‘I’ and ‘thou’ free love has done,
For one is both and both are one in love:
Rich love knows nought of ‘thine that is not mine;’
Both have the strength and both the length thereof,
Both of us, of the love which makes us one.

How Do I Love Thee? - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

From Sonnet 116 - William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark, 
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle’s compass come; 
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved. 


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