Colorado Wedding Ministers

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Short and Sweet Handfasting

Greetings and welcome to you all! We are gathered here today to witness and to

celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the union of Party 1 and Party 2. We have come here this day to share in their joy as they come now to be united in the state of holy matrimony.

 

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In Europe, until the mid 1700’s, few unions were sanctified in a church or synagogue.

Rather, they were celebrated by a simple handfasting ceremony in which the two

partners joined hands over the village anvil, in the fields, or in the groves of trees. The

couple would link hands to form an infinite circle, and then, their hands or wrists would

be bound together, symbolizing the binding together of their two lives into one. It is

from this practice that the expression "tying the knot" comes from. Party 1 and Party 2 have chosen this day to engage in a traditional handfasting ceremony to

commemorate their entering, together, into the union of marriage.

 

Handfasting

(Handfasting cord is taken from the altar.)

Party 1 and Party 2this cord is a symbol of the lives you have chosen to lead

together. Up until this moment, you have been separate in thought, word and action. As

your hands are bound together by this cord, so too, shall your lives be bound as one.

If you would, please turn to face each other, and join your right hands.

The Party 1 and Party 2hands and wrists are bound with Handfasting Cord.

Just as your hands are now bound together, so too, are your lives. May you be forever

one, sharing in all things, in love and loyalty for all time to come.

Party 1 and Party 2hands and wrists remain bound as they take your wedding vows.

 

Vows

Party 1,if you would, please repeat after me:

I, Party 1 choose you, Party 2, to be my wedded wife/husband; to live with

you and to laugh with you; to work by your side and to dream in your arms; to fill

your heart and to feed your soul; to always seek out the best I can in you; and to

always love you with all my heart, until the end of our forever.

Party 2, if you would, please repeat after me:

I, Party 2, choose you, Party 1, to be my wedded wife/ husband; to live

with you and to laugh with you; to work by your side and to dream in your arms;

to fill your heart and to feed your soul; to always seek out the best I can in you;

and to always love you with all my heart, until the end of our forever.

 

Rings

As it is, you cannot always be physically joined.

The Handfasting Cord is removed, without untying it, and is replaced on the altar.

And so, we use the wedding ring to symbolize that connection. It is a constant reminder

of the sacred bond shared between a husband and a wife.

Who holds the rings?

The rings are given to the Couple.

Party 1 and Party 2 you hold here in your hands the wedding rings that you will

exchange with one another. When you give a ring to someone in marriage, you are

giving them a symbol of your eternal love, a love that, like the circle formed by each of

these rings, has no beginning and no end.

As you understand this, and wish to affirm the love that the giving and receiving of these

rings represents, please, exchange your rings with one another, and state for each, “With

this ring, I thee wed”.

Beginning with you, Party 1:

Party 1 places the ring on Party 2’s’s finger and states, “With this ring, I thee wed.”

And now you, Party 2:

Party 2 places the ring on Party 1’s finger and states, “With this ring, I thee wed.”

 

Pronouncement

Party 1 and Party 2 now that you have joined yourselves in matrimony, may you

strive always to meet this commitment with the same spirit you now are now exhibiting.

Inasmuch as you have consented together to enter into the holy bonds of marriage; and

having pledged, and sealed your vows by the giving and receiving of rings, it gives me

great pleasure to pronounce that you are now husband and wife.

Congratulations! You may kiss!

 

Presentation

It is with great pleasure and honor that I now present to you, for the very first time, Mr./Mrs.____________________________