Examples of Ceremonies



1. Example of an introduction for an overseas couple
2. Example of welcome and reading for a poolside summer solstice wedding
3. Example of a beach wedding – vows, rings and pronouncement
4. Example of a romantic wedding, release of balloons, vows and simple blessing
5. Wedding ceremony at bethells beach
6. Wedding ceremony in a garden
7. Wedding ceremony in a church

1. Example of an introduction for an overseas couple

Marriage of C P and M B to be held in Cornwall Park Auckland New Zealand
C and M, kia ora and welcome to New Zealand, Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud. Welcome to this day and this beautiful place for your marriage.

Teenaa koutou, e hoa maa
Kua tae mai nei, I teenei raa
No reira ra, e hoa maa
Kia ora ra, koutou katoa.

Greetings to you, friends,
Who have arrived, this day.
And so, friends,
Greetings, to you all.

Marriage is a conscious and meaningful commitment. A commitment that expresses love and trust of each other. M and C believe that those qualities that have attracted each to the other and brought them here today, can best be developed during a lifetime spent together. A happy marriage, they know, will enable them to establish a home and family where there will be love, laughter and stability. A place where family and friends will find welcome, peace and support.
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2. Example of welcome and reading for a poolside summer solstice wedding.

Wedding of N and P to be held around the pool.

5.30pm – processional march “Bolero” will play and guests will assemble. (16 minutes)
On cue P and N will come in followed by Kerry-Ann through the back gate.

Today marks the longest day of the year, an auspicious day, the day when we have the most hours of light in which to work and play, a day that is full of light, energy and promise. We acknowledge the element of earth as we stand is this beautiful garden. We acknowledge fire, the fire of the sun and the passion and creativity that fires P and N’s relationship. We acknowledge water for its purity and gentle embrace. We acknowledge air and the spirit that links us all.

So welcome, welcome, welcome to you all as we gather together to celebrate the marriage of N and P. My name is Kerry-Ann and I am the celebrant today. Today P and N celebrate the light, passion and promise of a relationship that has already stood the test of time and trials. They celebrate the joy and the pleasure of being together and know they can look forward to many more days and years as they travel through life and the world.

Reading:
Keep your passion alive –
It will warm you when the world around you grows cold.
It will not allow comfortable familiarity
To rob you of that special glow that comes when you love deeply.
It can lift you over stone walls of anger
And carry you across vast deserts of alienation.
But its greatest gift is that of touch –
For passion cannot dwell in solitude –
It thrives best in loving embrace.
So keep your passion alive –
Hold one another as a tree holds the Earth
And your love will bear the fruit of many, many seasons.
– Shamaan Ochaum Climbing Eagle

“Thank you so much – Naomi and I were delighted with the ceremony!”
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3. Example of a beach wedding – vows, rings and pronouncement

Wedding for H and C to be held at Wenderholm

VOWS – please turn and face each other

C – H, I take you to be my wife.
H – C, I take you to be my husband.

Together – To laugh with you in joy,
To grieve with you in sorrow,
To grow with you in love,
To live with you in peace and hope,
As long as we both shall live

C I ask everyone here to witness that I, C, receive H as my wife,
H, all that I am I give to you,
And all that I have I share with you.
Whatever the future holds, I will love and strengthen you,
As long as we both shall live.
This is my pledge to you.

H I ask everyone here to witness that I, H, receive C as my husband,
C, all that I am I give to you,
And all that I have I share with you.
Whatever the future holds, I will love and strengthen you,
As long as we both shall live.
This is my pledge to you.

RINGS
C – H, I give you this ring as a symbol of how much I love you.
You are the person I choose to spend the rest of my life with.

H – C, I give you this ring as a symbol of how much I love you. You are the person I choose to spend the rest of my life with.

CELEBRANT – H and C, you have made promises before us all. May these rings be a symbol of your vows. As the tides ebb and flow, so too, do the fortunes of life. Only a deep and abiding love can withstand the tides of change in two lives. May your love be profound and enduring. I now pronounce you husband and wife.
KISS!

“We really really appreciated your wonderful service – you were both personal and professional.”
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4. Example of a romantic wedding, release of balloons, vows and simple blessing

Wedding Ceremony for P and S to be held in a private garden
P and S wish to let go balloons in memory of those that can’t be with us to share this wedding – in particular P’s beloved father and S’s beloved mother.

DECLARATION
P and S, knowing that the magic and mystery of marriage will continually surprise, challenge and delight you, that strength and wisdom will be required of you everlastingly, do you still choose happily and in our midst to make the promises of marriage?
We do

P, will you have S to be your husband, and give yourself to be his wife, to love and grow old together with?
I will

S, will you have P to be your wife, and give yourself to be her husband, to love and grow old together with?
I will

VOWS
P – S, from this day on I choose you to be my husband
To live with you and laugh with you, to stand by your side and sleep in your arms
To be joy to your heart and food to your soul, to bring out the best in you always
And, for you, to be the most that I am able
To laugh with you in the good times, to struggle with you in the bad
To solace you when you are downhearted, to wipe your tears with my hands
To comfort you with my body, to mirror you with my soul
To share with you my riches and honours, to play with you as much as I can
Until we grow old, and still loving each other sweetly and gladly
Our lives shall come to an end.

S – P, from this day on I choose you to be my wife
To live with you and laugh with you, to stand by your side and sleep in your arms
To be joy to your heart and food to your soul, to bring out the best in you always
And, for you, to be the most that I can.
To laugh with you in the good times, to struggle with you in the bad
To solace you when you are downhearted, to wipe your tears with my hands
To comfort you with my body, to mirror you with my soul
To share with you my riches and honours, to play with you as much as I can
Until we grow old, and still loving each other sweetly and gladly
Our lives shall come to an end.

BLESSING – “we ask a blessing on this marriage, we ask that some simplicity be allowed, we ask their happiness, we ask that this couple be known for what it is, and that the light shine upon it, we ask a blessing for this marriage.”

“… Thank you so much for your part in making our wedding day wonderful. … We really appreciated your attention to detail in the preparation of our ceremony and the way you conducted the ceremony on the day. Together those things helped make the ceremony as perfect as
we could have hoped for.” (J & E)