Our personal ceremony script featuring Star Wars, Johnny Cash, & Obergefell v. Hodges #Ceremony Advice#ceremony#ceremony script#readings Posted Nov 15 2017 Guest post by Kara Be inspired by this personal ceremony script with so many sweet details (like vowing unlimited pet adoption!). You can find even more ceremony scripts here. Ceremony Banner from Blushing Chanterelle Related Post Egalitarian feminist pluralistic ceremony script for your equality-focused ceremony (includes READINGS!) When you want to focus on equality and feminism, it can be hard to find a wedding ceremony script that holds water. This one ROCKS... Read more Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the wedding of Kara and Neal. You have come here to share in this formal commitment they are about to make to one another, to offer your love and support to this union, and to allow Kara and Neal to start their married life together surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them. So welcome to one and all, who have traveled from near and far. Kara and Neal thank you for your presence here today, and now ask for your encouragement and lifelong support in their decision to be married. The bride and groom would like to give a special thank you to their parents and their wedding party, who have loved and supported them every step of the way. The bride and groom would also like to acknowledge all those who are no longer with us physically but who are very much here in spirit. Definition of Marriage "Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred." Justice Douglas, Griswold v. Connecticut "Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man, fundamental to our very existence and survival." Justice Stewart, Loving v. Virginia. "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were." Justice Kennedy, Obergefell v. Hodges. "The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality. This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation." Justice Kennedy, Obergefell v. Hodges. Readings The matron of honor and best man have been asked to read passages selected by the bride and groom. Matron of honor reads "I Promise You" by Johnny Cash: "I Promise You" I promised you the day you marry me I'll be everything to you that I should be And while you're in the springtime of your years You'll not know what it's like to shed a tear I'll be the same through all that we go through I promise you I promise you I promise you for richer or for poorer I'll more than share each pain that you endure And when you're in the autumn of your years You'll call me in the night and I'll be near I love you and I'll let you know I do I promise you I promise you I promise you for better or for worse I'll stand by you as I did at the first And when you're in the winter of your years I'll be right by your side to dry your tears Yes I'll be the same through all that we go through I promise you I promise you I promise you I promise you Best man reads "If I Should Fall Behind" by Bruce Springsteen: "If I Should Fall Behind" We said we'd walk together baby come what may That come the twilight should we lose our way If as we're walking a hand should slip free I'll wait for you And should I fall behind Wait for me We swore we'd travel darlin' side by side We'd help each other stay in stride But each lover's steps fall so differently But I'll wait for you And if I should fall behind Wait for me Now everyone dreams of a love lasting and true But you and I know what this world can do So let's make our steps clear that the other may see And I'll wait for you If I should fall behind Wait for me Now there's a beautiful river in the valley ahead There 'neath the oak's bough soon we will be wed Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees I'll wait for you And should I fall behind Wait for me Darlin' I'll wait for you Should I fall behind Wait for me I Do [We decided to keep our vows private, but here are our "I do's":] Kara: do you take Neal to be your lawfully wedded husband and to never stop him from watching Star Wars? (I do) Neal: do you take Kara to be your lawfully wedded wife, and to never stop her from adopting another pet? (I do) Rings Please present the rings… Your wedding ring is a symbol of your promise to one another. The ring, an unbroken, never ending circle, is a symbol of committed, unending love. Kara, as you place this ring on Neal's finger, repeat these words after me: "With this ring, I thee wed" Neal, as you place this ring on Kara's finger, repeat these words after me: "With this ring, I thee wed" Outro and Pronouncement Kara and Neal, you have come here today of your own free will and in the presence of family and friends and have declared your love and commitment to each other. You have given and received a ring as a symbol of your promises. By the power vested in me by the State of Ohio, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now share your first kiss as husband and wife. Friends and family, it is my pleasure to introduce the newly united couple, Kara and Neal. 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