Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sarah and David's Wedding Ceremony

I marry people, too. Not get married to them, because that would be illegal, but I officiate weddings. And I love it, even more Ground Zero on the joy and happiness.
One of my favorite parts of the process is helping them write the ceremony itself. Sarah and David (not their real names, 'cause, you know) wanted to incorporate references of their mutual techie jobs, and their frequent wine tasting trips,  into the ceremony. And get some laughter out of them, too. It took a couple of weeks, but here's what I came up with:

Liz: Welcome. Now, please finish your last text, turn off their phones and put them away.

Today, Sarah Marie Cheng and David James Lipton proclaim their love and their commitment to a life-long connection with each other.  Their compatibility with has been confirmed, they are plugged in, and all their lights are green. We gather here to rejoice, with and for them, in the the new program, called marriage, that they will now run together as one. Do you two freely agree to be joined today?

Sarah and David: We Do.
Liz: If anyone has any objections, please wait until after the ceremony to post them on Facebook or Twitter.
(To Sarah and David):Now, face one another, and exchange the vows you have written. [Note: They wrote their own specific vows, this time, but sometimes I help with those, too. ]
Liz: Sarah?
Sarah: Vows
Liz: David?
David: Vows

Liz: David,  do you take Sarah to be your wife, to love and to cherish from this day forward?
David: I do.
Liz: Please place the ring on her finger.
(David places the ring on Sarah’s finger)
Liz: Sarah do you take David to be your husband, to love and to cherish from this day forward? 
Sarah: I do.
Liz: Please place the ring on David’s finger.
(Sarah places the ring on David’s finger)

Liz:  Like the wine tastings the two of you have enjoyed together, this is the time to savor each past experience.  The sweet moments, the dry moments, the moments that left you yearning for another sip, all of which have brought you to here and now. And there is so much more to come. It is an honor for all of us to be here to send you on your way.

By the power invested in me by the state of California, I pronounce you husband and wife. You may now share a kiss!

And, now, for the first time, may I present Mr. And Mrs. David and Sarah Lipton!


Let me know if you would like some help with your ceremony, too, either as an officiant or helping you write it, email me or give me a call. I am here to serve. :-)

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

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