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Our Wedding Ceremony

We put together this ceremony with bits and pieces we found around the Internet. The wedding was attended only by family and our closest of friends.


Minister: Welcome, everyone.

The love that inspires marriage is resilient and unwavering; conquering and rejuvenating; peaceful and passionate. We outgrow many things and must leave them behind, but love grows with us so that we may not leave it behind. Marriage is a union built on this type of love.

This day is an important day. This ceremony is an irreplaceable event. The marriage to which you are all witness marks one of the greatest commitments to love, thought, truth, and honesty in this couple’s life. It is the first day of a better and more worthwhile life for Asia and Dan.

They have asked each of you here to witness this event, because you are integral to their lives and are part of the reason they stand here today, together. In their memories, you will each be tied to this day and its meaning. Therefore, Asia and Dan wish to honor each of you, to thank you for being here and for the contributions you have made to their lives. They are who they are because of you.

Dan, Asia, by entering into this ceremony, know that you are not only declaring your intent to be married before your friends and family, but you also speak that intent to your higher powers. The promises you make today greatly strengthen your union. They will cross the years and live in each of your souls.

Do you still seek to enter this union?

Asia and Dan: Yes, we do.

Minister: Please look into each other’s eyes.

Minister: Dan, will you cause her pain?
Dan: I may.
Minister: Is that your intent?
Dan: No.
Minister: Asia, will you cause him pain?
Asia: I may.
Minister: Is that your intent?
Asia: No.
Minister (To both): Will you share each other’s pain and seek to ease it?
Asia and Dan: We will.

Minister: Asia, will you share his laughter?
Asia: I will.
Minister: Dan, will you share her laughter?
Dan: I will.
Minister (To both): Will both of you look for the brightness in life and the positive in each other?
Asia and Dan: We will.

Minister: Asia, will you burden him?
Asia: I may.
Minister: Is that your intent?
Asia: No.
Minister: Dan, will you burden her?
Dan: I may.
Minister: Is that your intent?
Dan: No.
Minister (to both): Will you share the burdens of each so that your spirits may grow in this union?
Asia and Dan: We will.

Minister: Asia, will you share his dreams?
Asia: I will.
Minister: Dan, will you share her dreams?
Dan: I will.
Minister (to both): Will you dream together to create new realities and hopes?
Dan and Asia: We will.

Minister: Dan, will you cause her anger?
Dan: I may.
Minister: Is that your intent?
Dan: No.
Minister: Asia, will you cause him anger?
Asia: I may.
Minister: Is that your intent?
Asia: No.
Minister (to both): Will you take the heat of anger and use it to temper the strength of this union?
Dan and Asia: We will.

Minister: Asia, will you honor him?
Asia: I will.
Minister: Dan, will you honor her?
Dan: I will.
Minister (to both): Will you seek to never give cause to break that honor?
Asia and Dan: We will.

Minister:You have for each other rings of gold. This most precious metal symbolizes that your love for each other is the most precious element in your life. The ring has no beginning and no ending, which symbolizes that the love between you will never cease.

Dan, place the ring on Asia’s finger as a visible sign of the vows that make you husband and wife.

Asia, place the ring on Dan’s finger as a visible sign of the vows that make you husband and wife.

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life inside you.
Go now to enter the days of your life together, and may your days be good and long upon the earth.