Lake Tahoe Weddings – Hands of the Bride and Groom Vows

 

We are gathered here today to witness the coming together of two people, (bride’s name) and (groom’s name) whose hearts and spirits are entwined as one. They now desire to profess before the world their intention henceforth to walk the road of life together. Neither I, nor all of society, can join you two today. Only you can do what you have chosen. You are joining yourselves, each to the other. As you find union with one another, you proclaim that union today and pledge its future. We, by our participation in this celebration, do but recognize and honor their intention to live together as husband and wife.

(bride’s name), please face (groom’s name), and hold his hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you.

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises to love you all the days of his life.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.

These are the hands that will work long hours for you and your new family

These are that hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes: tears of sorrow and tears of joy

These are the hands that will comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief wrack your mind.

These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes: eyes that are filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you.

(groom’s name), please hold (bride’s name)’s hands, palms up, where you may see the gift that they are to you. These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young and carefree, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as she pledges her love and commitment to you all the days of her life.

These are the hands that will massage tension from you neck and back in the evenings after you’ve both had a long hard day.

These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times

These are the hands that will comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief wracks your mind

They are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.

These are the hands that will give you support as she encourages you to chase down your dreams. Together as a team, everything you wish for can be realized.

May the hands you see before you today always be held by one another, nurturing one another . May they give strength to hold on during the storms of life, for love is perfection.

Just as two different threads woven in opposite directions can form a beautiful tapestry, so can your two lives merge together to form a beautiful marriage.

Please repeat after me.

GROOM: “I (groom’s name) take you (bride’s name) to be my wedded wife. To have and to hold, from this day forth, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer. I promise my love to you. “

BRIDE: “I (bride’s name) take you (groom’s name) to be my husband. To have and to hold, from this day forth, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer. I promise my love to you.”

The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. These rings symbolize your new life together, for they are never ending and always beginning. They stand as a seal of the vows (groom’s name) and (bride’s name) have made to one another. Bless 0 God these rings, which these two, who give them and who wear them, may ever abide in thy peace. Living together in unity, love and happiness.

GROOM: “(bride’s name) I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows, our love, with all that I am And all that I have I honor you, with this ring I thee wed.”

BRIDE: “(groom’s name) I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows, our love , with all that I am and all that I have I honor you, with this ring I thee wed.”

Because they have so affirmed, in love and knowledge of the other, and with the power vested in me, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife. You may now kiss the bride.