Please be seated!
Officiant:Welcome, family, friends and loved ones. We gather here today to celebrate the vow renewal of Christine 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 Christine & Jordan to restart 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. Christine and Jordan thank you for your presence here today on this cool winter day in this loving setting and now ask for your blessing, encouragement, and lifelong support, for their decision to be remarried.
Declaration of Intent
Officiant: Will/Do you, Jordan, take this woman to be your wife?
Jordan: I will/do
Officiant: Will/Do you, Christine, take this man to be your husband?
Christine: 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. Christine’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 Christine 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: These I Can Promise by 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 is ever true and ever growing; A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow!
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: The lovely couple has prepared their own vows for today; Jordan take it away:
Groom – I, Jordan, take you Christine, to be my wife,
Bride –I, Christine, take you Jordan, to be my husband,
Reading #2: Traditional Irish Wedding Blessing Read by Jim Conn
May God be with you and bless you, may you see your children's children,
May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in Blessings. May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
But rich or poor, quick, or slow, may you know nothing but happiness, From this day forward.
May the joys of today, Be those of tomorrow.
May your joys be as bright as the morning, your years of happiness as numerous as the stars in the heavens, and your troubles but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love.
Wishing you A house full of sunshine, Hearts full of cheer, Love that grows deeper each day of the year.
Wine Box & Love Letter Ceremony
Officiant: Christine and Jordan have chosen as a couple to perform a love letter and wine box ceremony. This box contains a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a love letter from each to the other. The letters describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their reasons for choosing to marry. The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written. You have created your very own ‘romantic’ time capsule. I recommend that you keep the box in a place of honor prominently displayed in your home as a constant reminder of your commitment to each other. Should Christine and Jordan ever find their marriage facing hardships, they will open this box, sit and drink the wine together, then read the letters they wrote to one another to be reminded of the reasons why they are together. By reading these love letters you will reflect upon the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other here today. The hope is, however, that you will never have a reason to open this box. And if this is the case, you are to open this box to share and enjoy on your 10th year wedding anniversary! Christine and Jordan, you may now seal the box.
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 Christine’s left hand and repeat after me:
Groom – Christine, 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 Read by Lindsay Conn
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 Christine 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 Christine 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 before God and the power vested in me by the great garden state of New Jersey, I am proud to now repronounce you husband and wife! You may now again kiss your bride!
Officiant: Family, friends I am very honored & proud to present to you officially and formally for the second time our married couple Mr. & Mrs. Reiter. Go in peace…