Kevin Kreisel & I chose to have our fathers officiate the wedding ceremony. His dad gave the welcome and prayer and then handed it off to my dad. It fell to Corrie Anne to do the wordsmithing of the ceremony. Here’s the full script I pieced together pulling from about.com, A Practical Wedding, and, of course, the Bible. I love the part where Kevin and I are asked if we have considered in the quiet hours of our companionship our duties as husband/wife. That’s so meaningful to me. I also completely took out the part where the officiant talks about how the wedding ring is a symbol of love having no end, blah, blah, blah and replaced it with some text from Song of Solomon borrowed from traditional Jewish ceremonies. The remainder of the ceremony is actually very traditional Christian Protestant. Hope you enjoy reading it, especially if you are preparing your own wedding ceremony!
Officiant: Dear friends and family, with great affection for Kevin and Corrie we have gathered together to witness and bless their union in marriage. Marriage is an honorable estate, instituted of God. It is therefore, not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons come now to be joined. No other human tie is more tender, no other vows more sacred than these you are about to assume.
Being assured that your love and your choice of each other as lifelong companions are in God’s will and that you have your families’ blessings. I now ask. Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
Dad: Her mother and I do.
Officiant: Opening prayer.
Special Music: The Love of God
After song, Officiant and Father switch places. My father then gave a very insightful “Charge to the Couple” using the analogy of marriage and a 10k race.
Officiant: Kevin, have you in the quiet hours of your companionship considered what is your Christian duty as a husband?
Kevin – I have.
Officiant: Corrie, have you in the quiet hours of your companionship considered what is your Christian duty as a wife?
Corrie- I have.
Officiant: Kevin & Corrie, you stand before us as children of God, redeemed through Jesus Christ. Is it your purpose to establish a home that is truly Christ-centered, where the Word of God is read and obeyed; a home that is welded together by prayer in which the Holy Spirit is your constant guide?
K&C – It is.
Officiant: Kevin and Corrie have chosen a favorite hymn for us to sing together. You may find the words printed in your program.
Officiant: And now for the vows.
I Kevin, take you Corrie, to be my wedded wife. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish ’till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.
I, Corrie, take you Kevin, to be my wedded husband. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, ’till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.
Kevin: This ring I give you; in token and pledge; of our constant faith; and abiding love.
This ring I give you; in token and pledge; of our constant faith; and abiding love.
Kevin: Wear me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is infinitely strong.
Corrie: Many waters cannot quench love, no flood can sweep it away, I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.
My friend, Emily played the song Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar.
Officiant: Kevin & Corrie have pledged to each other their fidelity and love in the sight of God and these witnesses, I now pronounce you are now husband and wife, according to the ordinance of God, and the law of this state: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
May the joy and peace which only God can give, and which cannot be taken away by anything in this world, be yours today and in all life’s tomorrows. Go in His peace. Amen
You may now kiss your bride.
It is now my privilege to introduce to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs.Kevin Kreisel!
P.S. The above photo was taken on June 25, 2011, during our first lunch out as husband & wife. Can you GUESS which restaurant we ate at first?