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Reactions to Ceremony First Draft

Reactions received when couples read the first drafts of their custom ceremony script:

"Hi! We love it, it's perfect!! I should be sleeping lol I'm just so excited! Reading that made my day!!" -A.

"Thank you Arwen, my fiancé is asleep now but I will show it to him in the morning. I couldn't help but cry!" -J.

"My fiancé and I absolutely loved your ceremony draft. We think it's perfect and there's only a few small changes that we can talk about when we meet you." -R.

"Thank you so much for all the information and the script made me tear up. Everything looks great!" -T.

"I just read the ceremony script and it really is beautiful. Thank you for writing such a beautiful ceremony." -L.

"Can we shorten it a little bit...Scratch that..its perfect. :)" - J.

Ceremony – Hand Washing

Couple approaches a table with a bowl of water and two hand towels.

Officiant: Today, you start your life together anew as a married couple. It is best to start with a clean slate, putting problems, big and small, behind you. You come acknowledging that the person you have chosen is not perfect, yet fits with you in a way no other person can. Whatever difficulties you may have experienced, today you have decided that your love is bigger than any of them, and you have chosen a life together. Water brings forgiveness and we all need forgiveness. We need to forgive others and we need to forgive ourselves.  As you wash your hands in this bowl of water, forgive yourself and each other for any pain in the past. Allow yourself to be forgiven for your human imperfections.  (Couple washes their hands.)

Allowing yourselves to have your hands dried by each other signifies your vulnerability. We all have to be vulnerable; it breaks through isolation, and in our own vulnerability, we become more trusting, caring and understanding of our partner. In a loving and compassionate marriage, to achieve the greatest intimacy, you must have the courage to be open and vulnerable to each other.  (Couple dries each other’s hands.)

Do you begin your lives together with grace and compassion?

Couple: We do.

 

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