Colorado Wedding Ministers

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~To Have and to Hold ~

~Welcome~
Welcome! Good afternoon, family and friends
We have come here today to celebrate the wedding of Party 1 and Party 2. On behalf of Party 1 and Party 2, thank you for joining us
They are delighted that you have come to share in their joy during this special day, by your presence, you celebrate with them and
the love they have discovered in each other and you support their decision to commit themselves to a lifelong relationship.

Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable thought and reflection. By making this commitment today, Party 1  and Party 2’s relationship will become stronger, better, and deeper.
Today, Party 1  and Party 2 demonstrate their devotion to each other, by dedicating themselves to a life together and they show their respect for each other by setting forth to honor the vows they have created today, their lives, which began on separate paths, will be joined as one.

 

(Optional)
Today represents not only the joining of Party 1 and Party 2
But also the joining of their families and friends

Party 1  and Party 2 would like to recognize their parents on this occasion,
They offer their profound gratitude
For all the love and care their parents showed in raising them.
Parents, the unconditional gifts of love and support
That you have continually offered
Have inspired them to become who they are today,
And they thank you, from the bottom of their hearts,
Without you, this day would not be possible.

 

Party 1 and Party 2 are blessed to share their wedding day with you, their family and friends, and thank each of you for making the long journey here as much as today it is a celebration of this couple’s marriage, it is also a celebration of their love,
Which is built upon the last (----) years they have spent together and all the experiences encompassed by that time they have invited you to this beautiful place. And show you a glimpse of an important piece of their love, to share with you

(these mountains, these forests, these lakes/this beautiful backyard/home/incredible park)


Because during their years together, they have come here many times, on days like today, together so humbled and awed by the purity of their surroundings that this (yard/park ) has become a shelter, a respite, and a temple to them they wanted to show you the beauty of these (flowers/ fields and these rivers).
Because this is where their hearts have made their home they have invited you here because their love is connected to this place their time spent here has always been a time of peace, of connectedness, and of a deepening respect for the divine, for nature, and for each other they ask that you open your hearts and minds to the timelessness of this place and to the love we are here to share through this ceremony

~Charge to the Couple~
Deep abiding affection, the magical and compelling shared impulse that makes us seek each other’s company, is among the greatest gifts of the human experience. Any of us who has been fortunate enough to find and express the kind of loving devotion that we are celebrating here today
knows that it is an awesome and beautiful thing. This understanding brings me to the first of three pieces of advice that I will offer to this couple in front of me and of all of you gathered here today.;
Be constantly grateful for the presence of those precious people who has chosen to share their lives with you.

My second suggestion is this:

Let someone be the recipient of a daily kindness.
The world can be a tough place and any of us can be subject to rough handling. Be generous with compliments, be attentive and helpful.
Each of you can, by your tenderness toward each other, kind words and thoughtful actions, make your marriage, your home,  your community, an uplifting refuge.

Last, but perhaps most importantly, make truth, honesty, the unfailing bedrock of your lives together. A happy, loving marriage is built on trust and respect. That trust and respect can only be sustained if you are both deeply committed to always being open and truthful in every exchange no matter how small.

My hope, we all hope, for you is this; that you have many long years to delight in each other’s company, to feel gratitude for your great good fortune in having found and loved each other, to a make home together that is at once sheltering and welcoming, to each do meaningful, productive work at home and in the world and to love and be loved by the friends and family who have come here today to support you.

 

(Optional)
Now, I ask that these friends and family stand, and that you turn and acknowledge them, as they acknowledge you

As family and friends, you form a community of support that surrounds Party 1 and Party 2.
Each of you, by your presence here today is being called upon to uphold them in loving each other, always stand beside them,

never between them. Offer them your love and your support not your judgment.
Encourage them when encouragement is needed and listen to them when they ask for advice

In these ways, you can honor this marriage into which they have come to be joined today

Do you offer your love and support to strengthen their marriage
and bless this family created by their union?

 

Please answer by saying:

We do

 

~Vows~
Party 1 and Party 2, do you, with family and friends as your witnesses,
Present yourselves willingly and of your own accord to be joined in marriage?

Party 1 and Party 2

We will

 

Will you promise to care for each other in the joys and sorrows of life,
Come what may,
And to share the responsibility for growth and enrichment of your life together?

Party 1 and Party 2

We will

Party 1 would you please repeat after me?

Today I promise you that though the world may change
and though we may change with it,
I will always love you, always treasure you and will always share my life
and all that I am with you.

Party 2 would you please repeat after me?

Today I promise you that though the world may change

and though we may change with it,

I will always love you, always treasure you and will always share my life

and all that I am with you.​  

 

 

~Rings~
For thousands of years, lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows, let these rings be a sign that love has a past, a present,  and a future through you and within you.

Party 1 take Party 2’s ring and place it on her/his finger and repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a sign that I choose you
To be my lover, my partner and my best friend, to the end of my days
Wear it, think of me, and know that I love you

Party 2, take Party 1’s ring and place it on his/her finger and repeat after me:

I give you this ring as a sign that I choose you
To be my lover, my partner and my best friend, to the end of my days
Wear it, think of me, and know that I love you

 

(Optional)

~Handfasting~

Party 1 and Party 2, take just a moment and look at each other’s hands, so you may see the gift that they are to you:

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day,
as that person promises to love you all the days of their life.

 

These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young, and carefree, that are holding yours on your wedding day,
as this person standing in front of you promises to love you all the days of their life.


Remember then as your hands are fasted, these are not the ties that bind…

[Cords are held aloft]

The love already shared by your hearts has been strengthened by the vows you have taken.
You will be bound by your love as you are bound by your clasped hands from now until the end of your days.

[As the following is recited, the couple’s hands are wrapped with cords]

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as you build your future together these are the hands that will hold you whenever illness, fear, or grief may find you. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children​.

These are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours.

[Binding is finished and cords are knotted]

Bless these hands that you see before you this day. May they always reach out with love, gentleness, and respect.
May they build a loving relationship that lasts a lifetime. May they always be held by one another.
If you follow these words and heed this sacred binding,
your hands will heal, protect, shelter, and guide.
Now, you may remove the cords,
but remember the knot as a lasting symbol of your binding and commitment

[Cords are removed]

 

~Blessing~
Party 1 and Party 1, we have heard your promise to share your lives in marriage. We recognize and respect the vows you have made here this day
Before each one of us as a witness. In the honesty and sincerity of what you have said and done here today,
And in accordance with the laws of the state of Colorado, it is my honor and delight to declare you henceforth
Now, may the love that has brought you together continue to grow and enrich your lives. May you meet with courage the problems that arise to. challenge you. And may your relationship always be one of love and trust.

May the happiness you share today be with you always
And may every word you have pledged here be a living truth in your lives.