Brittany & Jordan – February 21, 2021
Please gather around!
Officiant: Welcome, family, and loved ones. We gather here today to celebrate the wedding of Brittany and Jordan. You have come here to share in this formal commitment they make to one another, to offer your love and support to this marriage, and to allow Brittany & Jordan to start their married life together surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them.
So welcome to one and all, who have traveled from near and far. Brittany and Jordan thank you for your presence here today on this cold winter day in this loving setting and now ask for your blessing, encouragement, and lifelong support, for their decision to be married.
Declaration of Intent
Officiant: Will/Do you, Jordan, take this woman to be your wife?
Jordan: I will/do
Officiant: Will/Do you, Brittany, take this man to be your husband?
Brittany: I will/do
Support of Community
Officiant: Just as this winter day here before us came together to create a beautiful setting, the loving contributions of your friends and family members will continue to bless your marriage, as they have your life.
Officiant: Marriage is the bringing together of two circles of love to present a new circle of love. Brittany’s family and friends have supported her during her life, just as Jordan’s family and friends have supported him through his life. Your love and support does not stop now that they will be married. We ask you, the people here today whose relationship has been honored by your invitation to attend, to bless and nurture the marriage of Brittany and Jordan. We ask you to offer your loving support through all the days of their marriage and for the family they have created. If you are willing to do so, please say we will!
All: We Will!
Honoring those that cannot be present
We would like to take a moment of silence to honor and respect those who could not be here with us today to celebrate this marriage. We know you are not here physically with us, but we feel your love, your spirit, and your support of this marriage today.
Although we are separated physically, friendship & love have bound us eternally. Though we cannot see them, we know they are here. We know your spirit celebrates with us today.
Reading #1: Love Is, A Temporary Madness, Captain Corrielli’s Mandolin, by: Louis De Bernieres
Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
Officiant: We've come to the point of your ceremony where you are going to say your vows to one another. But before you do that, I ask you to remember that love – which is rooted in faith, trust, and acceptance - will be the foundation of an abiding and deepening relationship. No other ties are more tender, no other vows more sacred than those you now assume. If you are able to keep the vows you take here today, not because of any religious or civic law, but out of a desire to love and be loved by another person fully, without limitation, then your life will have joy and the home you establish will be a place in which you both will find the direction of your growth, your freedom, and your responsibility.
Officiant: Please continue to hold hands and Jordan repeat after me:
Groom – I, Jordan, take you Brittany, to be my wife, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.
Bride –I, Brittany, take you Jordan, to be my husband, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.
Officiant: Is there anything else you would like to say to each other?
Reading #2: Marriage Advice
Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break.
Believe the best rather than the worst.
People have a way of living up or down to your opinion of them.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.
The person you choose to marry is deserving of the same courtesies and kindness as you bestow on your family and friends.
Officiant: These rings they are about to give to each other are round and continuous as they represent that there is no beginning and no end, the love this couple shares is eternal and represents the same.
May I have the rings, please?
Blessing of the Rings
The ring is the symbol of the circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and has no end. Love freely given has no giver and no receiver, for each is the giver and each the receiver. May these rings be a symbol of the endless love into which you enter as husband and wife.
Officiant: Jordan, please hold Brittany’s left hand and repeat after me:
Groom – Brittany, I give you this ring to wear with love and joy. As a ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my wife this day and forevermore.
Bride - Jordan, I give you this ring to wear with love and joy. As a ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my husband this day and forevermore.
Reading #3: Blessing of the Hands
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.
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 hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes,
tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. Two legged and four legged.
These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
May Brittany and Jordan be, to each other, a blessing and comfort, sharer of joys and consoler of sorrows. May they, trusting in the strength of their union, face life unafraid, supporting and encouraging each other in whatever they set out to achieve. May the inspiration of this ceremony not be forgotten. May Brittany and Jordan dream big dreams, love like there is no tomorrow and become the best people they know how to be.
Officiant: By the power of your love and commitment and the power vested in me by the great garden state of New Jersey, I am proud to now pronounce you husband and wife! You may now kiss your bride!
Officiant: Family, I am very honored & proud to present to you officially and formally for the very first time our married couple Mr. & Mrs. Jackson. Go in peace…