Something a Little Different

Judi:
We have come together here in celebration of the joining together of David and Karen. There are many things to say about marriage. Much wisdom concerning the joining together of two souls has come our way through all paths of belief, and from many cultures. With each union, more knowledge is gained and more wisdom gathered. Though we are unable to give all this knowledge to these two who stand before us, we can hope to leave with them the knowledge of love and its strengths and the anticipation of the wisdom that comes with time.

The law of life is love unto all beings. Without love, life is nothing; without love, death has no redemption. Love is anterior to Life, posterior to Death, initial of Creation and the exponent of Earth. If we learn no more in life, let it be this.

Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable thought and reflection. As with any aspect of life, it has its cycles, its ups and its downs, its trials and its triumphs. With full understanding of this, David and Karen have come here today to be joined as one in marriage.

Others would ask at this time ‘Who gives the bride in marriage?’, but, as a woman is not property to be bought and sold, given and taken, I ask simply if she comes of her own will and if she has her family’s blessing.

Karen, is it true that you come of your own free will and accord?

Karen: Yes, it is true.

Judi:
With whom do you come and whose blessings accompany you.
Karen's father: She comes with me, her father, and is accompanied by all of her family’s blessings.

Judi:
Please join hands with your betrothed and listen to that which I am about to say. Above you are the stars, below you are the stones, as time doth pass, remember…

Like a stone should your love be firm, like a star should your love be constant. Let the powers of the mind and of the intellect guide you in your marriage, let the strength of your wills bind you together, let the power of love and desire make you happy, and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable. Be close, but not too close. Possess one another, yet be understanding. Have patience with one another, for storms will come but they will pass quickly. Be free in giving affection and warmth. Have no fear and let not the ways of the unenlightened give you unease, for the Gods are with you always.

David, I have not the right to bind thee to Karen, only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time and place your ring in her hand.

David: It is my wish.

Judi:
Karen, if it be your wish for David to be bound to you, place the ring on his finger.
(Karen places ring on David’s left ring finger.)

Karen, I have not the right to bind thee to David only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time and place your ring in his hand.

Karen: It is my wish.

Judi:
David, if it be your wish for Karen to be bound to you, place the ring on her finger.

(David places the ring on Karen’s left ring finger. David and Karen hold hands and the Chief Bridesmaid, Claire, binds their hands with cord and secures it with a knot.)

Judi:
David, repeat after me:
I, David, in the name of the spirit of God that resides within us all, by the life that courses within my blood and the love that resides within my heart, take thee Karen to my hand, my heart, and my spirit, to be my wife. To desire thee and be desired by thee, to possess thee and be possessed by thee, without sin or shame, for naught can exist in the purity of my love for thee. I promise to love thee wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again. I shall not seek to change thee in any way. I shall respect thee, thy beliefs, thy people, and thy ways as I respect myself.

Judi:
Karen, repeat after me:
I, Karen, in the name of the spirit of God that resides within us all, by the life that courses within my blood, and the love that resides within my heart, take thee David to my hand, my heart, and my spirit to be my husband. To desire and be desired by thee, to possess thee, and be possessed by thee, without sin or shame, for naught can exist in the purity of my love for thee. I promise to love thee wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again. I shall not seek to change thee in any way. I shall respect thee, thy beliefs, thy people, and thy ways as I respect myself.

Judi:
(Handing the chalice to David) May you drink your fill from the cup of love.

(David holds the chalice to Karen while she sips then Karen takes the chalice and holds it to David while he sips. The chalice is then handed back to Judi who sets it on the table.)

(Next Judi takes the plate of bread, giving it to David. Same procedure repeated with bread – groom feeding bride and bride feeding groom.)

By the power vested in me by the Registrar General of Scotland, I now pronounce you husband and wife. May your love so endure that its flame remains a guiding light unto you.

Closing down the ceremony
(David and Karen turn to each other and kiss. They then leave the room. The little bridesmaids will be holding the broom for them to jump. After this Claire will cut the cord to leave the knot attached. At this time the flute player will be playing a tune.)

Thank you so much for the wonderful wedding ceremony, you did an amazing job and it was perfect… The service was all we wanted and so much more, we loved the softness and informality of the whole ceremony and you did a wonderful job of portraying that to everyone.

Daren and Ruth