OPENING REMARKS: Opening Phrases

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Dear family and friends, we have gathered here today to witness and celebrate the wedding of _ _ _ _ and ________.


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Dearly Beloved Friends and Family -Welcome to One and All- we have gathered here today to share in celebration the marriage of these two people.


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Friends, we have been invited here today to share with _ _ _ _ and ________ a very important moment in their lives. In the years they have been together, their love and understanding of each other has grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.


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Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today in the presence of these witnesses, to join _ _ _ _ and ________ in matrimony, which is commended to be honorable among all men; and therefore – is not by any – to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly – but reverently, discreetly, advisedly and solemnly. Into this holy estate these two persons present now come to be joined. If any person can show just cause why they may not be joined together – let them speak now or forever hold their peace.


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Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today in the presence of God, and before you, as witnesses, to join _ _ _ _ and ________ in matrimony, which should never be entered into lightly, but rather with a healthy reverence for the commitment and sacrifice that is needed to maintain and grow the marriage bond.


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We are here today, so that you, _ _ _ _ and ________, may become husband and wife.


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We are together as friends, relatives and family to mark the end of one beginning and to recognize officially a new beginning which for _ _ _ _ and ________ serves as a public affirmation of their friendship and their love.


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Good morning everyone. It is truly a blessing from heaven for two people to find one another and to love so deeply that they embrace the holy bond of marriage. That is why we are all here today, to witness and celebrate _ _ _ _ and ________ commitment to their union. On behalf of them, I welcome you all.


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Dear family and friends, we have gathered here today to witness and celebrate the wedding of _ _ _ _ and ________.


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Dear family and friends, we have gathered here today at the invitation of _ _ _ _ and ________ to celebrate the joy of their wedding.


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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God, and in the presence of these witnesses, to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted of God. It is therefore, not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons come now to be joined.


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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the presence of God, to join this man and this woman in holy marriage, which is instituted by God, blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ, and to be held in honor among all men. Let us therefore reverently remember that God has established and sanctified marriage, for the welfare and happiness of mankind.


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We are gathered here in the sight of God and these witnesses to unite _ _ _ _ and ________ in holy matrimony. As followers of Jesus Christ, they believe that God created marriage. In Genesis it says, "It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."


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Dear friends and family, with great affection for _ _ _ _ and ________ we have gathered together to witness and bless their union in marriage.


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Friends and family, we have come here today at the invitation of _ _ _ _ and ________ to share in the joy of their wedding.




OPENING REMARKS: Content

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Marriage is the promise of hope between two people who love each other sincerely, who honor each other as individuals, and who wish to unite their lives and share the future together. In this ceremony, they dedicate themselves to the happiness and well-being of each other, in a union of mutual caring and responsibility.


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“Taught by our own joys, by our own sorrows, even by our own failures, that in marriage, as in all life, whosoever insists upon saving their lesser goods and their little self, shall miss what is greater, but whosoever forgets themselves in devotion to their beloved and in consecration to their common enterprise, is surest to find a full and happy life”.


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The values, traditions and hopes this couple represent have been nurtured by their family and friends standing here today. As our Sons and Daughters find partners and found homes for the next generation, each family is enriched and enlarged. Do you, who have nurtured these two, bestow your blessing on their union and their new life together as a family?


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To find someone with whom to love and grow and share your life is a rare and precious thing. _ _ _ _ and ________ are fortunate to have found each other and our best wishes go to them with the hope that they find the patience to listen, the capacity to understand, and the compassion to give comfort; each day enjoying each other’s company. May their marriage make a home where they both may find warmth, humor and above all happiness.


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_ _ _ _ and ________ have come together in the hope that the love, which has brought them to this union, may touch the lives of all of us here today. The vows of marriage represent a deep and enduring commitment of love, respect, and friendship for one another.


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Taught by our own joys, by our own sorrows, even by our own failures, that in marriage, as in all life, who so ever insists upon saving their lesser goods and their little self, shall miss what is greater, but who so ever forgets themselves in devotion to their beloved and in consecration to their common enterprise, is surest to find a full and happy life.


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One of the greatest lesson life teaches us about marriage as well as all of relationships, is that those who hoard the goodness of life just for themselves, miss out on the best things of this world. But the ones who give of themselves...who share the wonders of life with others...devoting themselves to enrich the marriage, relationships, and friendships... it is those people who find a blessed life.


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It is fitting to speak briefly about love. We live in a world of joy and fear, and we search for meaning and strength in the seeming disorder. We discover the truest guideline to our quest when we realize love in all its magnitudes. Love is the eternal force of life. Love is the force that allows us to overcome all obstacles. May you always remember to give love freely and unconditionally from your heart. Preserve always yourself, your integrity, and your individuality; yet give of yourselves freely to each other.


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Marriage is the promise of hope between two people who love each other sincerely, who honor each other as individuals, and who wish to unite their lives and share the future together.


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Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favorite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Without love, we merely exist. With love, we truly begin to live! For love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely place. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy is the greatest treasure of all - one known only by those who truly love.


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Someone once said: The most wonderful of all things in life, is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It's a Divine destiny."


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They want this day to mean something special to you as guests. Those who are married may want to silently renew and reaffirm your vows today by gently taking the hand of your partner during this ceremony. Others may want to also join hands and think about what it means to be a friend, for marriage is built first on friendship.


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There are no ties on earth so sweet, none so tender as those you are about to assume. There are no vows so solemn as those you are about to make. There is no institution of earth so sacred as that of the union you will form, for the true home is not only the place in which you will live, but is also the dwelling place where each lives in the heart and mind of the other.


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Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favorite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Without love, we merely exist. With love, we truly begin to live! For love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely place. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy is the greatest treasure of all - one known only by those who truly love.


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We are together as friends, relatives and family to mark the end of one beginning and to recognize officially a new beginning which for _ _ _ _ and ________ serves as a public affirmation of their friendship and their love.


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Someone once said: The most wonderful of all things in life, is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It's a Divine destiny."


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This outward celebration that we shall see and hear is an expression of the inner love and devotion they have in their hearts towards one another.


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Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with a window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.

If we take a moment to peel back a layer of this “attempted humor”, we observe a greater truth pertaining to all marriages. As a man and women come together to be husband and wife....as they become one and attempt to align their values, priorities, and goals....there will always be pieces (ideology, habits, or values) that just don't easily fit together. There are compromising and agreements made in order to make the marriage thrive.

If you think about it, this is at the source of most references to marriage within humor.

“A happy home is one in which each spouse grants the possibility that the other may be right, though neither believes it.

Two people coming together in a union of marriage does not work like snapping pieces together. We’re not here because _ _ _ _ and ________ looked at each other and thought, “our lives will assimilate and integrate with relative ease.”

We’re here today because when ________ looks into _ _ _ _ and _ _ _ _ looks into ________ they see something beautiful. They admire the qualities the other possesses. They understand the true value of each other and will do anything to be together for the rest of their life.

And this is the beauty of marriage. Two people who admire and love each other so deeply and who will do anything...overcome any obstacles, working through any friction.... to be together and to build a relationship of substance and quality that will continually grow in depth, beauty, and joy as their years increase.

We are present today, as family and friends of _ _ _ _ and ________ excited and celebrating their union for we see the start of this deepening love that will continually draw them closer as they spend your lives together.


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This love that was birthed from the moment they met, and has grown to what is before us today, has reached its final form. Their love will continue to be molded, shaped, and built upon as they share their lives with each other.


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_ _ _ _ and ________, as you prepare to take these vows, give careful thought and prayer, for as you make them you are making an exclusive commitment one to the other for as long as you both shall live. Your love for each other should never be diminished by difficult circumstances, and it is to endure until death parts you.

As God's children, your marriage is strengthened by your obedience to your Heavenly Father and His Word. As you let God be in control of your marriage, He will cause your home to be a place of joy and a testimony to the world.


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Our Savior has instructed that a man shall forsake his father and mother and cleave to his wife. By his apostles, he has instructed those who enter into this relation to cherish a mutual esteem and love, to bear with each other's infirmities and weaknesses; to comfort each other in sickness, trouble, and sorrow; in honesty and industry to provide for each other and for their household in temporal things; to pray for and encourage each other in the things which pertain to God; and to live together as heirs of the grace of life.


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To this sacred moment they bring the fullness of their hearts as a treasure and a gift from God to share with one another. They bring the dreams which bind them together in an eternal commitment. They bring their gifts and talents, their unique personalities and spirits, which God will unite together into one being as they build their life together. We rejoice with them in thankfulness to the Lord for creating this union of hearts, built on friendship, respect and love.

Welcome, one and all. How beautiful is the day that is touched by love! May this be a moment to be remembered and cherished.


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Marriage is a very special spiritual connection of two people united for a common purpose, bringing love and trust together into single focus. We have come together in the presence of God (Love) to witness and bless the joining of this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony. The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation, and our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.

It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church, and Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all who are gathered here.


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The union of wife and husband in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and their nurture in the knowledge and love of God. Therefore marriage is not to be entered into lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.


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Into this holy union _ _ _ _ and ________ now come to be joined. If any of you can show just cause why they may not lawfully be married, speak now; or forever hold your peace




PURPOSE
The OPENING REMARKS states the purpose of the gathering and a little about marriage

PLACEMENT
Usually this section is what opens the ceremony.

MORE INFO
I have broken this section into 2 different parts. In the first I offer different ways to open the ceremony (Openning Phrases).

If you scroll down further, you will find the second section (Content). Here I offer some examples that talk about marriage, love, and so on.