Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Bahamas Wedding - An Elegant Wedding Bahamas Style Non Religious Wedding Ceremony
And their day was a gorgeous one matched only by the elegant dress worn by the bride. With the sun shining brilliantly from the blue sky over head on the pristine ocean water as it cascade on the white powdery beach nearby.
[Groom and best men standing at the front with me, while the bride, proceeded by her
bridesmaids and maid of honor, walk to join us]
On behalf of Groom and Bride, I welcome you and thank you all for gathering here on this beautiful day to witness their marriage ceremony. The fact that you all have traveled such a great distance to be here today is a testament to the amazing amount of love and support they have. Many of you have given them much happiness, love, warmth, and guidance through the various stages of their lives. They would like to sincerely thank you all for being here to celebrate their big day.
A special and respectful acknowledgment must also be made to those friends and family members who were unable to attend, or have passed on, but whose spirit remains alive and strong in all our hearts.
I have also been asked by Groom and Bride to thank their parents for the wonderful lives they have given them, for the hard work and guidance they have provided, for their everlasting love, support, and encouragement. It is from them that they have learned the true meaning of love, friendship and family.
For Groom and Bride marriage is an affirmation of life, an undying commitment, a spiritual, emotional, and intellectual bond between two people. It is created from the purest of friendship, respect and love. The institution of marriage is not entered into lightly, because it symbolizes commitment on every level. Together you will continue to meet the challenges and obstacles of life head on.
Marriage is an adventure in the most intimate of human relationships. It is the mutual commitment of two people sincerely in love who share the same dreams about life. But more than that, it is the intimate sharing of two lives. It is a sharing that does not diminish but enhances the individuality of each partner.
The marriage between Groom and Bride does not mark the beginning of a new relationship; rather, it is an acknowledgment and celebration, of a relationship that has been flourishing since they met.
For Groom and Bride, love is the longing two people feel for one another. It is the need to share, in body and spirit, the warmth, serenity and peace two people can give to one another. A simple touch, a hand held at a time of uncertainty. This is what it means to be intimately human. It is the intention behind the kiss that says, “ Despite the vastness of this earth, despite the chaotic details that make up our lives, despite the hundreds of people we will meet in our travels, you are mine and I am yours forever.”
Your wedding rings represent the unconditional love that you have for one another and are a symbol of the vows that you will make today. ____, take this ring, put it on ___'s finger and repeat after me:
I, __________, take you, ____________, to be my wife/husband, my partner in life and my one true love.
I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever. I will trust you and respect you, I will laugh with you and cry with you.
I will love you faithfully and unconditionally through the best and the worst, the difficult and the easy. Whatever may come, I promise I will always be there for you.
Declaration of consent
“____________ (groom), will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together in the estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, keep yourself only for her so long as you both shall live?”
Groom responds: “I Will”
And, ____________ (bride), will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live together in the estate of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, keep yourself only for him so long as you both shall live?”
Bride responds: “I Will”
We who are present today, hope that the inspiration of this moment will never be forgotten. May all your days and years to come be filled with vision, joy and passion.
May the love you now share continue to grow, and may the happiness you bring to each other be a continuing part of your life together.
May you continue to laugh often and enjoy each other every day, steadfast in hope and confidence, believing in yourself and believing in each other.
May your love be a sanctuary and a source from which you draw strength to live your lives with enthusiasm and imagination.
May the people you touch in your lifetime know how much you love and care for one another and may you love one another forever.
With friends and family, you (groom), and you (bride), have openly pledged yourselves to one another in love and faithfulness, It is my privilege, by the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, to pronounce you husband and wife.
You may now kiss the groom!