Snarky McBitchypants (chicky) wrote in ed_n_chicky,
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Potential Ceremony?

"We have come together here in celebration of the joining together of Edward and Crystal. There are many things to say about marriage. Much wisdom concerning the joining together of two souls has come our way through all paths of belief, and from many cultures. With each union, more knowledge is gained and more wisdom gathered. Though we are unable to give all this knowledge to these two who stand before us, we can hope to leave with them the knowledge of love and its strengths and the anticipation of the wisdom that comes with time."

"The law of life is love unto all beings. Without love, life is nothing, without love, death has no redemption. Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable thought and reflection. As with any aspect of life, it has its cycles, its ups and its downs, its trials and its triumphs. With full understanding of this, Edward and Crystal have come here today to be joined as one in the bond of marriage."

"Who gives the bride in marriage?"
(Mom will say she does and then go back to the maid of honor spot)

And the priestess shall then say:
"Please join hands and listen to that which I am about to say. Above you are the stars, below you are the stones, as time passes, remember: like a stone, your love should be firm; like a star, your love should be constant. Let the powers of the mind and of the intellect guide you in your marriage, let the strength of your wills bind you together, let the power of love and desire make you happy, and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable. Be close, but not too close. Possess one another, yet be understanding. Have patience with one another, for storms will come, but they will pass quickly. Be free in giving affection and warmth. Have no fear and let not the ways of the unenlightened give you unease, for the gods are with you always."

- The Exchange of Rings -
The Minister shall then say:
"The circle of the ring speaks of the continual nature of love for it has no beginning and it has no end. May this circle of love declare your unity and oneness of your life together. And may these rings represent a love glowing with increasing luster through the years before you."

The priestess shall then say to the Groom:
"Edward, I have not the right to bind you to Crystal; only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time and place your ring in her hand."

And the groom shall respond:
"It is my wish."

The priestess shall then say to the Bride:
"Crystal, if it be your wish for Edward to be bound to you, place the ring on his finger."

And the bride shall place the ring on the groom's left ring finger and say:
"Edward, I give you this as a symbol of my eternal love and commitment. All that I am and all that I have, I offer to you in love and in joy. I, Crystal, take you Edward, to be my husband, from this day forward. I will love and comfort you, hold you close, prize you above all others, and remain faithful to you for as long as our love shall last."

The priestess shall then say to the Bride:
"Crystal, I have not the right to bind you to Edward; only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time, and place your ring in his hand."

And the bride shall answer:
"It is my wish."

The priestess shall then say to the Groom:
"Edward, if it be your wish for Crystal to be bound to you, place the ring on her finger."

And the groom shall place the ring on the bride's left ring finger and say:
"Crystal, I give you this as a symbol of my eternal love and commitment. All that I am and all that I have, I offer to you in love and in joy. I, Edward, take you Crystal, to be my wife, from this day forward. I will love and comfort you, hold you close, prize you above all others, and remain faithful to you for as long as our love shall last."

- The Binding -
(Best man explains briefly the symbolism behind the ribbon binding, while Edward and Crystal join left hands and priestess begins the binding.)

*To Both*
"Will you share each other's pain and seek to ease it? "
Yes

"And so the binding is made. Join your hands"
*First cord is draped across the bride and grooms hands*

*To Both*
"Will both of you look for the brightness in life and the positive in each other? "
Yes

"And so the binding is made."
*Second chord is draped across the couples hands*

*To Both*
"Will you share the burdens of each so that your spirits may grow in this union?"
Yes

"And so the binding is made."
*Drape third chord across the couples hands*

*To Both*
"Will you dream together to create new realities and hopes?"
Yes

"And so the binding is made."
*Drape fourth chord across the couples hands*

*To Both*
"Will you take the heat of anger and use it to temper the strength of this union?"
We Will

"And so the binding is made."
*Drape fifth chord across the couples hands*

*To Both*
"Will you honor each other for as long as your love lasts?"
We will

"And so the binding is made."
*Drape sixth chord across the couples hands*

*Tie chords together while saying:*
"The knots of this binding are not formed by these chords but instead by your vows. Either of you may drop the chords, for as always, you hold in your own hands the making of breaking of this union."

*Once chords are tied together they are removed and placed on altar*

priestess:
"Love made fast by tying together. Tying the knot did not start out being an abstract term; the lovers' knot that binds two hands together represents an indissoluble union, and the tying of a knot is still practiced in various ways by different peoples as a symbol of love, affection, faith, friendship, and duty."

priestess:
Go in Peace, and in Joy.
Go together as partners in life, sealing your union with a kiss.
(we kiss)
Ladies and gentlemen, I have the honor to present for the first time . . .
Mr. and Mrs. McBride!
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