Wedding Ceremony script
Thol and Emily remain standing in front of arch.
Dearest family and friends. It is with great pleasure that we welcome you here today to bless the marriage of Emily and Thol. A marriage is a binding, it is a vow of commitment and a celebration of love,but it is also the time when a love is openly transformed from that of friendship to a bond of family. And through these two beauties here we witness a bridging of families, a forming of a new family and a reminder that a family is not only formed of blood, but formed through love and commitment and care for one another.
Love is like the world; which is kept in balance through the dynamic interplay of earth and air, fire and water. Now these two are not short of any of those elements and as Clint Eastwood once profoundly said “They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lighting”. I'm not too sure if anything is made in heaven but I'm sure there's gonna be plenty of thunder and lightning made between these two. As well there should be, for it clears and freshens the air and brings energy into the world.
Emily and Thol asked to marry one another at the top of Robinswood hill that overlooks us here. They climbed the hill from opposite sides, and after finding each other at the top exchanged rings and words of commitment that has led to us all to be here today. A few hours ago this union was made legally binding at the registry office in Stroud, so if there is anyone here who has any objection to this marriage...it’s too late!
Thol and Emily sit down
H I’d like to invite Thol’s Godfather Doug to come up for a reading.
T If you’d like to pick up your hymn sheets (!) Mum is now going to lead us all in song
H And now we have a reading from Sebastian.
T Hugh will now play a piece for you all, composed in the key of Eb flat major which according to Wikipedia is the key of love.
T And now our final reading from Emily’s father Peter
Than: Emily and Thol will now exchange their wedding vows and rings to each other. Some believe that the oldest recorded exchange of wedding rings comes from ancient Egypt, about 4800 years ago. Sedges, rushes and reeds, growing alongside the well-known papyrus were twisted and braided into rings for fingers and other decorative ornaments worn by the women in those days.
Hugh: Emily and Thol’s rings were made by Richard Mellish - a jeweler in Stroud who himself went to this school during the same time as Thol’s father. Emily and Thol chose to have two different types of metal, one gold one white. They represent the unending unbroken eternal power of a circle. The circle is the Sun. The moon. The Earth. It is a journey, a life cycle. It is the stain your tea cup leaves behind, the lense you see the world through, and the face of time and the hoops you jump through .
T & H prepare the rings- take rings out of ring boxes
[Than: Give Emily Thol’s ring and hand over Emily’s written vows]
EMILY - VOW
You and I
Like two trees of the Earth,
Scatter our leaves; Footprints and fingerprints,
Mapping our paths as we go.
We grow and blossom in our finest moments,
Threading our roots into the unending tapestry of Life
We have the gift of Time,
Rooted together, for what has been and is to be.
You are my best friend,
I couldn't wish for a better companion to call my husband and share my life with
(Place ring on finger)
When I’m thinking of myself, I’ll be generous to you
When I’m frustrated, I’ll be kind to you.
When I’m tired I’ll care for you.
If you need help I’ll support you,
If you’re sad I’ll cheer you up.
If you’re unmotivated I’ll inspire you.
I trust you and I vow to bring out the best in you
As you have done with me.
[Hugh: Hand Thol Emily’s ring and hand over Thol’s written vows]
THOL - VOW
In a small Italian opera house
Across a darkened orchestra pit
Two people caught each other’s eyes
And couldn’t look away.
A seed was sown that day
That has blossomed into the thing
That I am most proud of.
(ring on finger)
I vow to remain devoted to the spirit of our union
And to cherish the very essence of your being.
To remain hand in hand by your side,
Full of love for everything that you are
And will become.
To love you without judgment.
To remain steadfast when your skies are stormy
And to keep your flame alight
Even through your darkest nights.
Thank you for being my best friend
And now my Wife.
H Do you Emily and Thol ask for the blessing of everyone here present?
E&B We do!
T Dear friends and family, do you find it in your hearts to bless the marriage of Emily and Thol?
All We do.
Than: great. The loving friends and family present here today have given you their blessing. We wish you all the love and happiness for the future.
That concludes our ceremony today, so as the happy couple lead us all out of here, please be upstanding with your confetti and poppers at the ready! It is my great pleasure, to be only the second person today, (!) to present Mr and Mrs Mason!
(cue recorded music and exit)