for richer or poorer in sickness and in health...', the ring ceremony includes 'with this ring, I thee wed.'"; $ideas[]="Simple and brief. When it's the express wish of the couple to have a simple, brief ceremony for a variety of personal reasons. This does not diminish the importance or 'specialness' of the ceremony but complies with personal wishes and choice. This ceremony does not necessarily exclude personalized touches."; $ideas[]="Second Marriage. Readings can reflect this, adding information about your relationship to the introduction. Children are often involved in these ceremonies."; shuffle($ideas); $vows[]="I promise to remain faithful and supportive to you. I promise to strive towards a happy and fulfilling life together, always laughing and learning along the way. I will endeavour to be your sanctuary in times of uncertainty and encourage a relationship of honesty, love and respect as long as we both draw breath. I love you for your thoughtful demeanor, patience, warmth, strength of character and humour. In you I put my trust ans commit to a life-time of travel, sunshine, children and parmagiano eating!"; $vows[]="I promise to give you space and to give you my time when you have need of it, to listen when you have something to say and strive to communicate to you my feelings and needs. I promise to play with you as often as I can, to remind you of the wonderful person that you are and to help you realize your dreams. I promise to laugh with you in the good times and stand by you when times are tough, to wipe your tears with my hands. I will always strive to bring out the best."; $vows[]="I promise to love you for all eternity, to honour your light and the beauty of your soul, your kindness and grace. To always treasure honesty above all else and to give you my heart until life becomes a dream. You are my only love always"; $vows[]="This ring has been an important part of our journey. I give it to you as I gave you my heart - freely and unconditionally. Care for it and protect it through your life with me by your side always"; $vows[]="I want you just as you are to share my life. I promise to walk hand in hand with you into our future together, whatever it brings.I promise to look after you and to allow you to look after me"; $vows[]="We pledge to help each other in developing our hearts and minds, cultivating passion, generosity, patience and enthusiasm......."; $vows[]="Throughout our future I pledge to reflect with thankfulness on the times we have shared and for the ways in which we have grown. I pledge to cultivate gratitude for the boundless gifts I have received....."; $vows[]="I promise to treat our marriage with care, mindful that respect, consideration and support through good times and bad, though not always easy, are the cornerstones on which our life together will be built...."; $vows[]="I promise to give you space and to give you my time when you have need of it, to listen when you have something to say, and to strive to communicate to you my feelings and needs......"; $vows[]="I will feed you when you are hungry, give you rest when you are tired, listen when you are grumpy, tell you when I am afraid, hold you in your sadness, and laugh with you in your joy......"; $vows[]="This ring I give to you is the physical symbol of our commitment to be part of one life, a sign of my desire to be there for you continuously and forever"; $vows[]="I shall wear this ring as a symbol of our love, being always mindful of the promises I have spoken to you on this day"; shuffle($vows); $intros[]="For a very long time I've been looking for the person with whom I want to spend my life and marrying you today is not a decision I have taken lightly. Even in the past few weeks and months there have been days when I have looked at you and thought: Why is he the one? It's in the way you laugh, and in how you live your life so authentically. Its in your simplicity and your complexity, how you respond to me when I'm grumpy and it's in how when you say something, you really mean it. I marvel at that. You impress me again and again. You make me laugh, you make me smile. You make me feel good about myself. You challenge me and nurture me and help me keep perspective on what's important in life. Somehow since meeting you all the little things that used to stress me out just don't seem that important any more..."; $intros[]="When I look back on my life, its divided into two parts. There is before I met you and after I met you. Without a doubt, the after has been the happiest time in my life. Before you, I think I was just treading water and playing at life. I didn't appreciate how much joy that a shared life with you could bring. I wonder every day what I did to be so lucky to have found you - you are without a doubt my soul mate and I still pinch myself sometimes to remind myself that this is real. You are my sweet, gorgeous, kind, loving, generous, funny geek. yes, I even love your addiction to technology although I don't understand it and it seems like a way more expensive hobby than my passion for shoes..........You make the monotonous things in life have purpose. I love our morning coffee stop. I hope that we can be like that couple we look at who even at 50 still have their morning coffee together every day before work..."; $intros[]="What can I say. I love you sounds so simple and yet sums up everything I want to say to you. I would love to say I love you and nothing more.....but I think I would get in trouble! From very early on I knew you were different to anyone else I had ever met. You are so warm, kind and very considerate of everyone. More than once I have seen you give of yourself fully for friends in need..... Today is our day. Its the day we let everyone know that we celebrate the next phase of our life. The day we announce to the world that we are going to be together for the rest of our lives. You give me courage to be the best I can; you fill me with joy and laughter.....you make my life so full, that the past seems non-existent. To me you are everything..... you are my best friend, my confidant, my rock, my life! I love you with..."; $intros[]="Well it was all incredibly simple! I saw you, not from afar....but I saw you from maybe six feet away. You looked up and smiled at me and I thought to myself, I wanted to get to know you. And Ive been spending time to get to know you. Getting to know your grumpiness when you're hungry; getting to know the amazing capacity you have for compassion; the amazing capacity you have to rise to challenge. Ive challenged you strongly at times and you've been incredible........... You know that for years I was wandering around being anarchistic and thinking I was free. But one day when we were listening to the song by the Eagles, 'Desperado', I realised that with you, I was free. So thats why..."; $intros[]="It is one of life's richest surprises when the accidental meeting of two individuals leads them to proceed along a common path. It is indeed one of life's finest experiences when a chance relationship grows into a permanent bond of love. This meeting and this growing are what bring us together today. Your love for one another, your acceptance of each others abilities, weaknesses and differences with understanding and respect, and the fact that you are able to be who you are, will provide a foundation for continued growth and intimacy. In their love for each other, which they publicly express in this ceremony, this couple demonstrate not only their joy in the present but commitment to share the future together. This is a time of celebration for all of us who know and love them. This place is full of symbolic meaning and spiritual resonance. It is where the couple first met..."; $intros[]="Who would have thought that this day would come? This couple are not people who grew up dreaming of marriage. Their relationship was always one based on the premise that if two people want to be together they don't require any official certificate or formality. Today they have chosen not to formalize but to celebrate their total devotion to each other with their friends and family as witnesses. They met purely by chance. They met in London running in the same circle of people, becoming friends and sharing the same sense of humour. Eventually they became a couple and utterly inseparable. They have traveled extensively together and have had the best of times. They have shared their respective cultures, living in each others country of birth...to better understand one another. They have lived on three continents, worked together, and with each move, every relocation, change of career, each new hardship they have made it through, stronger and more committed to one another........ Their devotion to each other is unconditional. When one was struggling, the other carried them both without question or regret....... In marrying today,nothing has really changed....nothing is obligating them to marry - this is a celebration of what they already have and that is total commitment and absolute love for each other."; $intros[]="This couple choose to marry as a sign of their commitment to each other, to declare their love and devotion to each other publicly and proudly. Today they promise to love, respect, support and comfort each other, mindful of the obligation to continue to nurture their love and friendship, that it may bring them solace, peace and contentment. They met two years ago, courtesy of technology. They organised to meet on a golf course. His wonderful booming voice was her first memory of him and they laugh now, but at the time they were both relieved that photographs didn't disappoint! Two weeks later he said to her, 'one day I am going to ask you to marry me - but, I'll only ask once'.....so forewarned is forearmed. And when he eventually asked, she had no hesitation in saying yes. It seemed entirely the right thing to do. They have loved, laughed and cried together. Both marvel at how easy and natural this relationship has been.......friends, lovers and companions since they met. Blending two lives together seamlessly and effortlessly. It is not all perfection, but rather based on respect for each other's differences, appreciating the strengths and simply loving, warts and all. Perhaps meeting later in life is a blessing, when you truly know yourself it is much easier to love one another."; $intros[]="This couple met through their work 5-6 years ago. Just friends at first, their relationship blossomed into something more after they realized they were in one another's thoughts constantly and that they both seemed happiest when together. They believe they fit together. They share a very unique sense of humor, they want the same things for their future; have similar outlooks on life and share similar family ideals. Yet with all these similarities they are different enough to keep their relationship interesting, unpredictable and to provide a balance, especially with their children. This couple feel that many people see getting married as the start of a new life together and that somehow marriage will fix all their problems and make their relationship perfect. This couple view their marriage as a celebration and an authentication of the wonderful life they already share and they do not expect their lives or their relationship to change as a consequence. Originally they had planned to elope and marry quietly. The brides (late) mother thought that they might regret this as those who meant the most to them would want to share their special day with them. Mother proved to be right as the couple discovered once they started organizing their ceremony they realized that this celebration is exactly what they wanted. So this is the reason why you are all here with us today at this intimate and beautiful place. Why here, why this place? I hear you ask....well the groom proposed to the bride under that tree over there on both knees, but thats another story."; $intros[]="I am so glad that you are a part of my life. It is such a privilege to know you, to share myself with you and to walk together on the paths that take us in so many beautiful directions. I had heard of 'soul mates' before but I never knew such a person could exist until I met you. Somehow, out of all the twists and turns our lives could have taken, and out of all the choices we might have missed it almost seems like we were given a meant-to-be-moment to meet, to get to know each other and to set the stage for a special togetherness. When I am with you, I know that I am in the presence of someone who makes my life more complete than I ever dreamed it could be. You take my thoughts to places where my troubles seem so much further away and my joys feel like they're going to stay in my life forever. I hope you will stay forever too. My world is reassured by you, my tomorrows need to have you near, so many of my smiles depend on you, and my heart is so thankful that you are here.. But for today, I just want you to know that in addition to all the love, I can possibly give, I promise to be your friend for as long as I live. I will always be there, and I'll always care! If anyone ever asked me what part of my life you are....... I would just smile and say - The Best Part!"; shuffle($intros); $readings[]="So lets talk about love, after all that is what brings us together today.

Love is a great thing, a great good in every way: it alone lightens what is heavy and leads smoothly over all roughness. For it carries a burden without being burdened and makes every bitter thing sweet and tasty.

Love wants to be lifted up not held back by anything low. Love wants to be free and far from worldly desires, so that its inner vision may not be dimmed and misfortunes cast it down.

Nothing is sweeter than love; nothing stronger, nothing higher, nothing wider; nothing happier, nothing fuller nothing better in heaven and earth; for love is born of a higher power.....

Love keeps watch and is never unaware, even when it sleeps; tired it is never exhausted; hindered it is never defeated; alarmed it is never afraid; but like a living flame and a burning torch it bursts upward and blazes forth.

Love is quick, sincere, dutiful, joyous and pleasant; brave, patient, faithful, prudent, serene and vigorous; and it never seeks itself. For whenever we seek ourselves we fall away from love.

Love is watchful, humble and upright; not weak or frivolous or directed toward vain things; temperate, pure, steady, calm and alert in all the senses.

... (reading continues...) - (written by Thomas a' Kempis with original translation by Stephen Mitchell)"; $readings[]="I love you without knowing how or when or from where.
I love you simply without problems or pride.
I love you in this way because I don't know any other way of loving.
But this, in which there is no I or you,
So intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,
So intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.
-- 'Love Sonnet XVII' by Pablo Neruda"; $readings[]="The soil need the seed and the seed needs the soil. One only has meaning with the other. The same thing happens with human beings. When male knowledge comes together with female transformation, then the great magical union takes place, which is called wisdom."; $readings[]="From 'Ithaka' by Constantine P. Cavafy: '.....Hope your road is a long one. May there be many summer mornings when, with what pleasure, what joy, you enter harbors you're seeing for the first time, may you stop at Phoenician trading stations to buy fine things, mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony, sensual perfume of every kind - as many sensual perfumes as you can: and may you visit Egyptian cities to learn and go on learning from their scholars.....'"; $readings[]="Author unknown: 'As the grass of the fields and the trees bend together under the pressure of the storm, so too must you both bend when the winds blow strong.But know that as quickly as the storm comes, so equally quickly it may leave. Yet will you both stand strong in each other's strength."; $readings[]="'Eskimo Love Song' Author unknown: 'You are my husband, you are my wife. My feet shall run because of you. My feet dance because of you. My heart shall beat because of you. My eyes see because of you. My mind thinks because of you and I shall love because of you"; $readings[]="Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them -- Author Ogden Nash"; $readings[]="If you only knew how much I love you, how essential you are to my life you would not dare stay away for an instant, you would always remain pressed close to my heart, your soul to my soul (Written by Juliet Drouet to Victor Hugo 1833)"; $readings[]="'A Chinese Poem' Unknown author: 'I want to be your friend forever and ever, when the hills are all flat and the rivers run dry. When the trees blossom in winter and the snow falls in summer, when heaven and earth mix, not till then will I part with you'"; $readings[]="'An Equal Music' written by John Donne: 'And into that gate they shall enter and in that house they shall dwell, where there shall be no cloud nor sun, no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light, no noise nor silence, but one equal music,no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession, no foes nor friends, but one equal communion and identity, no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity.'"; shuffle($readings); $pagehead="Inspiring and original wedding vows, readings, & poetry for your wedding"; $h1="Inspiring and original wedding vows, readings, & poetry for your wedding"; $h2="Inspiring and original wedding vows, readings, & poetry for your wedding"; if(isset($_GET['keywords'])) { $pagehead=str_replace("-", " ", $_GET['keywords']); $h1=str_replace("-", " ", $_GET['keywords']); $h2=str_replace("-", " ", $_GET['keywords']); } ?>

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