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Short and Sweet Ceremonies
 

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We perform short and sweet wedding ceremonies. 

Short and sweet wedding ceremonies are fun, happy, and romantic!
Many people tell us "We just want to keep it simple."  If you prefer casual, simple weddings without all the pomp and circumstance of a large, traditional wedding, our short and sweet ceremonies are for you.  They are perfect for a small, informal gathering of close friends and relatives.  For very small groups, they can be at our home.  (See elopements and quick weddings for more photos & information.)  For available ceremonies, see below.
 
Short and Sweet Ceremonies (religious and non-religious)

Many of our short and sweet weddings are outdoors in parks,
 like this one at Lighthouse Point:

Erin and Kristopher- summer at Lighthouse Point


Short and sweet weddings can be in your own back yard or home, like this one:

Naomi and Victor- backyard wedding


A Few of Our Many Testimonies:

"Thank you for making our day so very special.  All of our guests thought the ceremony was perfect!  We received many compliments.  So again, thank you... thank you... thank you!!! " ~ Kristen and Al
 

"I just wanted to thank you for our beautiful wedding ceremony. The suggestion of the location, the ceremony and your beautiful words were perfect. Thank you for all your help planning everything, it really helped take the stress off my shoulders. Once again thank you for everything."  ~Robert and Amanda
 

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Short and Sweet  Ceremonies


Short and Sweet Ceremony #1
(non-religious)

Introduction:
Love is the reason we are here.  In marriage we not only say, "I love you today", but also, "I promise to love you for all of our tomorrows."  

(Groom's Name) and (Bride's Name), in the days ahead of you, there will be stormy times and good times, times of conflict and times of joy. I ask you to remember this advice:

Never go to bed angry.
Let your love be stronger than your anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break.
Believe the best of your beloved rather than the worst.
Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.
Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindnesses you bestow on your friends.
Say "I love you" every day.

Vows: 
(Groom's Name) and (Bride's Name), I remind you that marriage is a precious gift, a lifelong commitment, and a challenge to love one another more completely each and every day.

Please join hands and look into each other's eyes.

(Groom's Name), with this understanding, do you take (Bride's Name) to be your wedded wife to live together in marriage?  Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others and to be faithful only to her, so long as you both shall live?

Groom: I do.

(Bride's Name), with this understanding, do you take (Groom's Name) to be your wedded husband, to live together in marriage?  Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others and to be faithful only to him, so long as you both shall live?

Bride:  I do.

Rings: (optional)
May I have the rings please?
 
The ring, an unbroken, never-ending circle, is a symbol of committed, unending love.

(Groom's Name), as you place this ring on (Bride's Name)'s finger, repeat these words after me:
This ring, a gift for you, / symbolizes my desire / that you be my wife / from this day forward./
As this ring has no end / neither shall my love for you.

(Bride's Name), as you place this ring on (Groom's Name)'s finger, repeat these words after me:
This ring, a gift for you, / symbolizes my desire / that you be my husband / from this day forward. /As this ring has no end / neither shall my love for you.

Optional: sand ceremony, unity candle ceremony, hand blessing, etc.

Reading (optional):

i carry your heart with me by e.e. cummings


i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

Challenge to the Bride and Groom:
(Groom's Name) and (Bride's Name), in your journey of life together, remind yourselves often of the love that brought you together.  Give the highest priority to your love.  When challenges come, remember to focus on what is right between you.  In this way, you can ride out the storms.   And when clouds hide the sun in your lives - remember, even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is always there.   

Apache Blessing: (optional)
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there are three lives before you; His life, Her life and Your life together.

optional: rose ceremony

Pronouncement:
(Groom's Name) and (Bride's Name)
, you have committed yourselves to each other in marriage by the exchanging of vows, and by the giving of rings.  With the authority vested in me by the state of Connecticut, and with great joy, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

May you live together in blissful happiness from this day forward.

YOU MAY SEAL YOUR VOWS WITH A KISS!

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. ______________________!
 

Short and Sweet Wedding Ceremony #2
(religious)

Introduction:
A wedding is the celebration of the miracle of love.  (Groom's Name) and (Bride's Name), today, in the presence of God, we celebrate this miracle in your lives.  

Here are some wonderful words that define the true meaning of love.

Love is patient and kind; Love is not jealous or boastful;
Love is not arrogant or rude; Love does not insist on its own way;
Love does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices with the right.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.


Learning to love each other and to live together in harmony is one of the greatest challenges of marriage. Marriage is not to be entered into lightly, and we are to hold it in high honor at all times.

((Groom's Name) and (Bride's Name), I charge you both as you stand in the presence of God, to remember that love, trust, and loyalty are the foundation of a happy and enduring marriage. No vows are more sacred than those you are about to make. If these vows are kept unbroken, and as you endeavor to do the will of your Heavenly Father, your lives together will be full of joy and love.   

Vows:
Please join hands and look into each other's eyes.

Do you (Groom's Name), take this woman, to live together in marriage; will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others, be faithful to her, so long as you shall live?

Groom: "I do."

Do you (Bride's Name), take this man, to live together in marriage; will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others, be faithful to him, so long as you shall live?

Bride: "I do"


Rings: (optional)
May I have the rings please?

These rings are symbols of eternity and the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end.  Today you have chosen to exchange rings, as a sign of your love for each other, and as a seal of the promises you make this day. We ask that God bless these rings and this union of souls.

(Groom's Name), as you place this precious ring on (Bride's Name)'s finger repeat after me:
Just as this ring encircles your finger,/ so does my love encircle your heart./  May this ring forever be a symbol/ of my growing love for you./  With this ring I thee wed.

(Bride's Name), as you place this precious ring on (Groom's Name)'s finger repeat after me:
Just as this ring encircles your finger,/ so does my love encircle your heart./  May this ring forever be a symbol/ of my growing love for you./  With this ring I thee wed. 

Optional: communion, unity candle ceremony, hand blessing, sand ceremony, etc.

Reading (optional):

ON LOVE
by Thomas Kempis

Nothing is sweeter than love,
Nothing stronger,
Nothing higher,
Nothing wider,
Nothing more pleasant,
Nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God.

Love flies, runs and leaps for joy.
It is free and unrestrained.
Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds...

Love sees nothing as impossible,
for it feels able to achieve all things....

Love is not fickle and sentimental,
nor is it intent on vanities.
Like a living flame and a burning torch,
it surges upward and surely surmounts every obstacle.


Closing Remarks:
As you continue on your journey together, I ask you to remember this advice:

The key to love is understanding ...
as it is the little things that say so much by themselves.

The key to love is forgiving ....
to accept each others faults and pardon mistakes,

The key to love is sharing ...
Sharing your good fortunes as well as bad, together.

The key to love is giving ...
Giving without thought of return,
but with the hope of just a simple smile,
and by giving in but never giving up.

Challenge to the Bride and Groom:
(Groom's Name) and (Bride's Name), May your love never fade, may you never take each other for granted, and when you are old, may you be found, hand in hand, still thanking God for each other. Never forget to treat each other with tenderness, kindness, and respect, and remind yourselves often of what drew you together in the first place. 

optional: rose ceremony

Pronouncement:
(Groom's Name) and (Bride's Name),
you have consented together in holy matrimony before God, have pledged your vows to each other, and have exchanged rings as tokens of your love and commitment to each other.  In accordance with the laws of the state of Connecticut, with the authority of God's Word, and with great joy, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Blessing: (optional)
The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.

YOU MAY SEAL YOUR VOWS WITH A KISS!

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. _________________!

 

 

Contact Pastors Bob and Barbara now for your short and sweet wedding!

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Phone: (203) 503- 4102