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Conveniently located in Spokane, WA
near East 17th Avenue and South Ray Street.
Also serving Coeur d’Alene, ID and Post Falls, ID
and other areas within Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho
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Religious Ceremony II — Spiritual
Prince of Wales Package
Officiant: Please stand.
(Bride processes down the aisle with her chosen escort.)
Presentation of the Bride:
(Bride's escort places her hand in Groom's hand.)
(The Couple moves forward to stand in front of Officiant.)
(Bride’s escort moves behind Bride and is seated.)
(The Couple turns and faces each other.)
(If Bride’s gown has a train, Maid of Honor straightens it.)
Officiant: Please be seated.
Welcome and Marriage Reflections:
Officiant: Let us welcome the presence of the Divine Spirit within each of us and recognize that love has gathered us here today. Let us lift our hearts together as one in jubilant celebration of the vows we are about to witness between ___(Groom)_____ and ___(Bride)_____.
Officiant: We are here to celebrate the love they have for each other as well as the love that each of you has given them throughout their lives. As families and friends, you are the ones who taught ___(Groom)_____ and ___(Bride)_____ how to love. You have shown them the blessings that come through loving one another.
Officiant: As they enter into this sacred and joyous covenant, we are blessed to witness the magnificence of their love, their open hearts, and their vibrant and willing spirits. Inspired by their love, let each of us rededicate ourselves to the loving relationships in our own lives. May we all be enriched for having shared this day together.
Rose Ceremony: (Optional)
(Choice of Rose Ceremony honoring the couple’s mothers or parents. Click on “Rose Ceremonies” navigation menu link at left to see ceremonies. A musical selection may be played softly during ceremony.)
(Choose the Reading below or choose another from our website: click on “Readings” or “Prayers” Navigation Menu link at left to see other Readings or Prayers.)
Officiant: This is a poem called True Love by an Unknown Author.
True love is a sacred flame
That burns eternally,
And none can dim its special glow
Or change its destiny.
True love speaks in tender tones
And hears with gentle ear,
True love gives with open heart
And true love conquers fear.
True love makes no harsh demands
It neither rules nor binds,
And true love holds with gentle hands
The hearts that it entwines.
Officiant: ___(Groom)_____ and ___(Bride)_____ by entering into this covenant today, you are declaring your faith in each other. You have indeed earned this faith and trust by creating a sound foundation for this union.
Officiant: Your task now is to build on this solid base. As in tending flowers in a garden, the quality of your relationship will reflect the effort you put into nurturing it. Imbue your loving partnership with the caring, trust, vulnerability, and kindness that are essential to a healthy marriage.
Officiant: ___(Groom)_____, do you understand and accept this responsibility, and do you promise to do your very best each day to create a relationship that is loving, healthy and happy?
Groom: I do.
Officiant: ___(Bride)_____, do you understand and accept this responsibility, and do you promise to do your very best each day to create a relationship that is loving, healthy and happy?
Bride: I do.
Exchange of Vows: (Choice of the vows below or custom written vows.)
Officiant (To couple): Will you please join hands.
(Bride turns and gives her bouquet to the Maid of Honor.)
Officiant: A true marriage is the ultimate relationship because it offers the opportunity of limitless intimacy between two people. It is a great and challenging adventure into the depths and heights of human caring, affection, trust and understanding. For those who take its sacred vows, their lives are intermingled as the waters of two streams become one, flowing together into a mighty river.
Officiant: A true spiritual marriage is a journey of transformation into the profound mysteries of life and creation. In marriage, two become one, and that one is far more complex and dynamic than the simple addition of the two. In marriage, we do not give ourselves to another, but rather surrender into something greater while maintaining our balance and well-being as individuals. Together, we co-create a shared identity we call “we”.
Officiant: A truly sacred marriage union is a vehicle for self-realization that allows us to know our true selves by reflection through our loved one. Thus, marriage is a divine instrument through which we come to know the presence of the Divine Spirit in each other and in the world around us.
Officiant: ___(Groom)_____ and ___(Bride)_____, you have come here today to surrender into the co-creation of something wholly new and transcendent: your precious, sacred, and unique journey as a married couple. Today, you step into a much fuller experience and expression of the mysteries and miracles of love.
Officiant: Your blessed union is lovely in its innocence, mighty in its strength, and abundant with possibilities. It belongs to you both. Over time you will give it an identity. We wish for you the wisdom, strength of character, and divine creativity to make this a happy union, a safe harbor, and a joyful journey to share.
Officiant: ___(Groom)_____, it is your desire to become the husband of ___(Bride)_____, please recite your vows to her:
(Officiant hands Groom his vows card. Groom read his vows.)
Groom: With purity of heart and love in my soul, I, ___(Groom)_____, choose you, ___(Bride)_____, to be my wife from this time forward. In the presence of our friends and families, I promise to laugh with you in joy, to grieve with you in sorrow, to grow with you in love, to nourish you with my gentleness, to uphold you with my strength. I promise to cherish you, to honor you, to love and respect you. I will never take you for granted and will always give thanks for your presence in my life. I will be at your side through all of life’s challenges and all of life’s joys as we become one in spirit. I promise to lovingly fulfill these vows each and every day for all of my days.
(Groom hands back his vows card to Officiant.)
Officiant: ___(Bride)_____, it is your desire to become the wife of ___(Groom)_____, please recite your vows to him:
(Officiant hands Bride her vows card. Bride reads her vows.)
Bride: With purity of heart and love in my soul, I, ___Bride)_____, choose you, ___(Groom)_____, to be my husband from this time forward. In the presence of our friends and families, I promise to laugh with you in joy, to grieve with you in sorrow, to grow with you in love, to nourish you with my gentleness, to uphold you with my strength. I promise to cherish you, to honor you, to love and respect you. I will never take you for granted and will always give thanks for your presence in my life. I will be at your side through all of life’s challenges and all of life’s joys as we become one in spirit. I promise to lovingly fulfill these vows each and every day for all of my days.
(Bride hands back her vows card to Officiant.)
Blessing of Rings:
Officiant: May I have the rings, please?
(Best Man (and Maid Of Honor) gives rings to Officiant. Officiant holds up the rings.)
Officiant: ___(Bride)_____ and ___(Groom)_____, these rings are a symbol of that joins you spirit to spirit; an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond that unites your loyal hearts in endless love. They represent the oneness, eternity and renewal inherent in marriage.
Officiant: We bless these wedding rings, symbolic reminders of the unbroken circle of a healthy and abiding love. As arms that embrace, these rings reflect the circle of shared love into which you now enter.
The Exchange of Rings:
Officiant: Please join your left hands together.
(The Couple joins their left hands with the Bride’s hand on top.)
(Officiant gives Groom the ring for Bride.)
Officiant: ___(Groom)_____, will you give your ring to ___(Bride)____ and repeat after me: With this ring I pledge myself to you. May it encircle your finger as my love does your heart. May it be a reminder that from this day forward you will be surrounded by my love.
(Groom repeats and places ring on Bride’s finger.)
(The Couple turns their left hands over together, with the Groom’s hand on top.)
(Officiant gives Bride the ring for Groom.)
Officiant: ___(Bride)_____, will you give your ring to ___(Groom)____ and repeat after me: With this ring I pledge myself to you. May it encircle your finger as my love does your heart. May it be a reminder that from this day forward you will be surrounded by my love.
(Bride repeats and places ring on Groom’s finger.)
Unity Ceremony: (Optional)
(Choice of Unity Candle, Sand, Wine or other Specialty Ceremony. Click on “Unity Ceremonies” or “Specialty Ceremonies” navigation menu link at left to see ceremonies. A musical selection may be played softly during ceremony.)
Officiant: Let us all join together in prayer.
Officiant: Divine Being and Eternal Spirit: being in conscious union with You is joy, and feeling separated from You is darkness. May this couple, who has entered into this spiritual union, always be conscious of your Presence. May they be united with each other as they are now with You. May they rejoice in perfect love and peace together, and live always in accord with Your true law.
Officiant: ___(Groom)_____ and ___(Bride)_____, may all that you are, always be in love; may all that is love, always be in you. May you always have the wisdom to cherish the precious love you share. May each day you share be as precious to you as the day when you first fell in love and may your love be as beautiful on each day you share as it is on this day of celebration. May you have the strength to be true to the vows you have made here today. May you abide by the laws of the Divine Spirit, nurturing yourselves and this relationship with acceptance, understanding, cooperation and love.
Pronouncement and Kiss:
Officiant: Forasmuch as ___(Groom)_____ and ___(Bride)_____ have consented together to join their lives in the bonds of matrimony, and in as much as they have exchanged vows, and have given and received rings in the presence of these witnesses; I now pronounce, by the authority vested in me, and in accordance with the laws of the State of ___(State)_____, that they are now married.
Officiant: ___(Groom)_____ you may now kiss your Bride.
(Officiant steps to the side while the Couple kisses.)
Optional Announcement: (Couple may have the Officiant make an announcement regarding the reception, family pictures, etc.)
(Officiant steps back to previous position.)
(Couple turns to face guests.) (Maid of Honor hands the bouquet back to the Bride.)
Introduction of the Couple:
Officiant: It is now my pleasure to present Mr. and Mrs. ___________.
(Couple recesses out followed by the wedding party.)
Conventions: For simplicity’s sake, the terms Bride and Groom are used to indicate the side on which the individual stands.
Traditionally, from the perspective of the guests, the Bride stands on the left and the Groom stands on the right.
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