I was the Maid of Honor in my friends' Jamie and Tim's small wedding ceremony in their home.
They are also World of Warcraft nerds to the nth degree. So I wrote a WoW-inclusive ceremony for them. It was about 10 minutes long.
Here it is:
Officiant: Friends and family, we have gathered here today to bear witness in the matrimonial Bind-On-Pickup of Jamie and Timothy. This day celebrates the commitment and love with which they start their epic quest chain together.
What greater thing is there for this Shaman and Paladin than to feel that they are joined together, to strengthen each other in all trials and quests, to minister to each other in all sorrow, to share with each other in happiness.
Both Jamie and Timothy have agreed to come together before you without reservation, declaring they are free to offer themselves to the sacred quest of matrimony. If any among you have reason that this should not take place, please hold your troll, and feel free to /gquit.
[Pause, and then move on.]
Please take each other's hands.
These are the hands of your best friend, full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.
These are the hands that protect each other in PVP, looking for a group, raids, and any other gaming adventure.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours as you build your future together.
There are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow, joy, and irritation while waiting for rez-sickness to resolve.
These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams and destroy the Lich King.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times, and cheer when you finally acquire Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker.
These are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still give you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
Do you have the rings?
[Rings are handed over.]
A circle symbolizes wholeness, a commitment of love that is also never ending, unbreakable by even the most wicked of the Horde, an outward symbolic armor that is a visible sign of your desire to be soul-bound to one another.
Do you, Timothy, take Jamie to be your lawfully wedded wife, to live together in everlasting matrimony? Will you love honor and keep her, in rez-sickness and in full bars of health, taunt and tank for her, for richer or poorer, for better or worse, in all character levels and abilities, in good raids and bad, for need and greed, in this world and all others?
Timothy: I do.
Officiant: Do you, Jamie, take Timothy to be your lawfully wedded husband, to live together in everlasting matrimony? Will you love, honor and keep him, in rez-sickness and in full bars of health, taunt and DPS for him, for richer or poorer, for better or worse, in all character levels and abilities, in good raids and bad, for need and greed in this world and all others?
Jamie: I do.
Officiant: Remember then, that as the ring never ends, so should your love be. As you exchange these rings, you shall become more than man and woman, more than Shaman and Paladin, you will be together and one and shall be forever soul-bound.
As you would gird yourself with armor before a raid, so now gird one another with this symbol of your fidelity, commitment, and love for one another.
[Jamie and Tim exchange rings.]
Timothy and Jamie, your friends and family, all of us hear and those who could not make it yet reside with us in spirit, we all rejoice in your happiness and know this day marks only one of many blessings you will share in your life together. You have spoken the words, declared your intent, and we bear witness to this Legendary Achievement. Therefore, by the power invested in me by the state of Alaska, and all the worlds we have explored and will explore, I declare you husband and wife.
May you raid together forever. You may now kiss the bride.
Ladies and gentlemen, creatures of all kinds, I present to you Timothy and Jamie — Mr. and Mrs. Lastname! May they raid together for an eternity!
[related_post align=”right”]Jamie giggled every time there was a mention of World of Warcraft, which means she was smiling and beautiful through the whole thing. Tim looked vaguely terrified, but steadfast and willing. And they even logged into WoW for a few pictures afterwards, still dressed in their wedding finery…