The Wedding Ceremony is your sacred time, a time for sharing the intimacy of a lifelong connection with your family, friends, and broader community. On this page you can listen to examples of music appropriate for the Ceremony, and read some favorite Wedding Ceremony Blessings from various traditions.
Blessing of the Apaches
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years, May happiness be yourcompanion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.
I promise to be there when you need me,
to fill your days with sunshine,
to comfort and encourage you,
to help you reach your goals,
to be your very best friend,
and to love you all my life
with all my heart.
The Irish Wedding Blessing
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon the fields.
May the light of friendship guide your paths together.
May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.
May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips, a twinkle from your eye.
And when eternity beckons,
at the end of a life heaped high with love,
May the good Lord embrace you
with the arms that have nurtured you
the whole length of your joy-filled days.
Spanish Catholic Wedding Prayer
Dios nuestro, que al crear el género humano estableciste la union
entre el hombre y la mujer, une en la fidelidad del amor a estos hijos tuyos
que van a contraer matrimonio, para que siempre sean testigos del amor divino
que hoy los trae en tu presencia.
Por Jesucristo nuestro Seor. Amen.
Art of Marriage
The little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude or duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.