Prayers For Grace At A Wedding Reception
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Let us be grateful for the capacity to see, feel, hear, and understand. Let us be grateful for this incredible gift of life. Let us be especially grateful for the ties of love which bind us together, giving dignity, meaning, worth and joy to all our days. This is indeed a day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice in it and be glad,
and let us count our many blessings.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank you for this place in which we dwell, for the love that unites us, for the peace accorded us this day, for the hope with which we expect the morrow, for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies that make our lives delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth.
St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is discord, union; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, Grant that we may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
God in heaven above please protect the ones we love. We honor all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives together.
We honor mother-earth – and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons; We honor fire – and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts; We honor wind – and ask we sail though life safe and calm as in our father's arms; We honor water – to clean and soothe our relationship – that it may never thirsts for love; With all the forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony and true happiness as
we forever grow young together. Amen.
Father in heaven, You ordained marriage for your children, and you gave us love. We present to You and , who come this day to be married. May the covenant of love they make be blessed with true devotion and spiritual commitment.
We ask that You, God, will give them the ability to keep the covenant they have made.
When selfishness shows itself, grant generosity; when mistrust is a temptation, give moral strength; when there is misunderstanding, give patience and gentleness; if suffering becomes a part of their lives, give them a strong faith and an abiding love.
The Peace of God
The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of God's son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always.
The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you, The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
The Grace of the Lord
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy spirit be with you.
Gracious God, Richly Bless…
Gracious God, richly bless and in the promises that they have made to each other. Grant that the courtesies, the thoughtfulness, and the self giving which already have laid the foundation for their love,
build the home which is raised on it.
May they be loyal and engaging companions to each other,. and may they be loving and wise parents. And in this world where there is much disillusion and disappointment… where love brings delight and also wounding in the fraility of our ways… make them a visible symbol of the love that does not wane when the evening comes but is fresh with each new day.And as you bless this special couple this day, bless each union represented here. Forgive us where we have not been good news and glad days for each other. Perfect our imperfect love with the joy that comes from above, and may we grow ourselves and grow in affirmation of the other.
May the Lord bless you and take care of you: May the Lord be kind and gracious to you:
May the Lord look on you with favour and give you peace.
Treat Yourselves and Each Other with Respect
Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.
When frustration, difficulties and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at one time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong.
In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives… remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there.
And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight. For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.
Love, Joy, Understanding, Friendship, Courage…
In joining your lives may God grant you both… Love… to afford each other a special quality of time together. Joy…in the accomplishments of one another. Understanding…that your interests and desires will not always be the same. Friendship… mutual trust. Courage…
to speak of a misunderstanding and to work on a solution before the setting of the sun. Compassion…to comfort each other in pain and sorrow. Foresight…to realize rainbows follow rainy days. Imagination…to keep with you part of the child you used to be. Mirth…from your sense of humor. Awareness…
to live each day with the knowledge that there is no promise of tomorrow. May God bless you and keep you
in the Palm of His hand.
7 Traditional And Modern Wedding Ceremony Ideas To Make Your Wedding Day Memorable
Weddings involve a lot of planning from getting a marriage license to planning a guest list. From the ceremony to the reception, you want everything to go perfectly.
Read on to find helpful suggestions for creative and beautiful wedding traditions and rituals to make your wedding ceremony an event to remember.
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We will help you come up with special and unique ideas for the wedding ceremony. No matter what your religious background or upbringing, you will be able to incorporate at least one of these wedding ceremony ideas and traditions into your wedding day programme.
The unity candle ceremony is one of the most meaningful moments of the wedding ceremony. It symbolizes the joining together of two separate lives as one. It has its origins in Judeo-Christian faith but has become a part of secular weddings over the years.
In the unity candle ceremony, the bride and groom each take a lit candle. Then they together light the unity candle. Other variations of this tradition include the parents of the bride and/or groom, lighting the unity candle.
Some couples also involve their children in the unity candle lighting.
Another variation of wedding rituals with unity candles includes having all of your guests light a unity candle as they enter, saying a prayer or blessing for you as a newly married couple.
You can also write each other love letters, prior to your wedding day. You would then seal them inside a wooden box. You could also include some other mementos of your wedding such as your wedding day program and an invitation. You would then open your wedding day time capsule on a milestone anniversary and read each other’s love letters from your wedding day.
Sand wedding ceremonies are the perfect alternative for those who do not wish to use a unity candle. They are a great option for an outdoor wedding where lighting a candle might not be possible.
In a sand ceremony, the bride and groom each take a different color of sand and take turns pouring them into a glass bottle or vase. You can also have other family members join in on the sand ceremony.
The colors of sand are entirely up to you. A lot of couples use sand from a place that is meaningful to them. This could be a favorite childhood beach or a place they vacationed as a couple. The sand then blends to become one. You would proudly display the sand vase or bottle in your home as a symbol of your love. Remember to add collecting your sand to your wedding list to do.
Source: Sean Cook, Elizabeth Messina, Angga Permana
If you are looking for an alternative to unity candles or sand ceremony, you can create your own spice. As a couple, you would choose up to seven spices that symbolize your dreams and hopes for your marriage and blend them into a special glass bottle. For example, paprika symbolizes passion and nutmeg, romance. You would then later use the spice for cooking as a married couple.
Similar to the sand ceremony, you would blend together two separate colors of water to form one color to symbolize your marriage. It is recommended that you experiment with different colors beforehand.
Other time-honored wedding ceremonies traditions include handfasting and the God’s knot.
The God’s knot is designed for a religious ceremony Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
” As a couple, you would braid three chords of rope together to form a God’s knot. This symbolizes that you and your spouse are allowing God to enter into your marriage.
You would display the knot in a frame as a reminder of your committed to God and one another.The Handfasting Ceremony has its roots in Celtic history. It has recently become very popular in modern weddings as the tying the knot ceremony.
Either before, during or after your vows, you and your partner will hold each other’s wrist, with your opposite hand. This then forms the unity symbol. The officiant would then wrap a cord around them, trying it in a loose knot.
You could use a rope, cord, ribbon or scarf or a piece of fabric from a family heirloom.
Source: Heather Payne photography
If you have a blended family, such as children from previous marriages you may wish for them to take part in your wedding ceremony. Following is some suggestions for wedding ceremony ideas that include the entire family, such as it may be.
You could have a special wooden puzzle created to symbolize you’re joining as a blended family. You would then assemble the unity puzzle together as a family during the wedding ceremony. Make sure to include symbols of unity.
You could either plant a tree a family during your wedding. Or perhaps you could each gather family photos and other things that symbolize family and make a “family tree” collage as part wedding ceremony. Both of these are cool wedding ideas that involve the entire family.
You could ask guests to bring pictures of the two of you as part of your gift registry ideas. During the ceremony, you could add these photos to your family tree or album.
As a family, you could take turns painting a canvas during the ceremony. This would symbolize the blending of your families. You would then proudly display it in your family home.
Source: Beth photography
Many couples use drink ceremonies for unique wedding ceremony rituals. These include, but are not limited to unity tea ceremony, wine ceremony and many others. Make sure to keep track of these in your detailed wedding budget checklist.
In this ceremony, you would blend together two wines into a wine bottle. This symbolizes the blending together of your love. It also symbolizes that a fine wine, marriage takes years to fully mature. You would then open the wine on a special anniversary. Most couples chose to blend a fine white and red wine together for their wine ceremony.As an ancient Chinese wedding tradition, you would both choose your favorite blend of tea or one that represents you. During your ceremony, you would mix the two together and then drink it. You could also invite your guests to take part in this tradition.
If you aren’t a fan of fine wines, you could barrel a whiskey instead. You would each choose an unaged whiskey and funnel them into a personalized mini whiskey barrel. You could also do the same with gin, beer or another alcoholic beverage of your choice.
Source: Lauren Fair photography
If you are eco-friendly, you could honor one of the timeless but unique wedding traditions or be planting a tree, plant or flower. You would both gather a bucket of soil from a place in nature that has a special meaning. You would then choose the type of tree, flower or plant that you wish to use for the ceremony and acquire a seed (or seeds).
During the ceremony, you would both take turns adding the seed(s), soil and water to the pot. You would then take the pot home. You could plant it in your yard. Flowers or a plant you could bring inside.
Following is an example of some seeds and their meaning:
- Apple: knowledge, faith, and fertility
- Birch: new beginnings
- Maple: balance
- Willow: harmony
Source: pacoandbetty via Instagram, Blue Rose Pictures, Stephanie Pool
Of course, you don’t have to use the aforementioned types of rituals. As a couple, you could come up with your own creative and unique wedding ceremony ideas. Following are some examples to help inspire you!
Source: Belathee photography
Who says you have to stick with tradition? Where you decide to go with mrs or miss as your married name, or just keep your own last name – the choice is yours. Everything about your wedding should be personalized and special to the two of you as a couple!
Prayers for Wedding Receptions: 6 Great Samples
Prayers at a wedding reception are quite appropriate, especially when the couple has a relationship with the Lord. These prayers may include a blessing over the food, a father’s or mother’s prayer for their children and even blessings offered by the best man and maid of honor. Here are 6 great samples from which to choose.
A Prayer Of Blessing & A Charge From the Bible:
May pure be the joys that surround you, May true be the hearts that love you.
Dear Heavenly Father, “for this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (From Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 3:14-21)
A Prayer in a Song
A very popular thing at weddings is to sing a blessing. I have known of it to be done in person or in a video. The song “The Prayer” is a great one that can be offered by anyone; I have even known the bride and the groom to do it as a duet at the reception. Here is a video of “The Prayer” with lyrics, sung by Chloë Agnew of the Celtic Women singing group.
A Prayer for the Food
The prayer for the food is usually offered by the minister who officiated the ceremony, however, it is also common for this prayer to be offered by the father of the bride.
“Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell, for the love that unites us, for the peace accorded us this day, for the hope with which we expect the morrow, for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies that make our lives delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth. We pray your blessings on the food that you have provided for us and thank you for all who have prepared it for our nourishment. Thank you in Jesus’ name, Amen.” (includes “The Wedding Prayer” by Robert Louis Stevenson)
A Hebrew Wedding Blessing
This is called the Seudah. It is asked two times at the wedding; once at the ceremony and then another time at the festival meal (Seudat Mitvah). Traditionally, the blessings are recited by seven different people that have been preselected by the bride and groom. This is also known as the Grace after meals (Birkat HaMazon).
This blessing is performed while the groom and bride and all of the guest share a glass of wine. At the end of the blessing it is traditional that the groom breaks his glass with his foot, which is in remembrance of the temple that no longer exists in Jerusalem.
At the end of the blessing everyone shouts “Mozol Tov”, indicating congratulations to the bride and groom. 
Blessing 1: Blessed art the LORD our God, King of the universe, Fashioner of man.
Blessing 2: Blessed art the LORD our God, King of the universe, Fashioner of man.
Blessing 3: Blessed art the LORD our God, King of the universe, who formed the man in His image, in the image of the semblance of His ness, and prepared for him from Himself a building for eternity. Blessed art Thou LORD, who fashioned the man.
Blessing 4: May the barren one exult and jubilantly rejoice through the regathering of her children amidst her in gladness. Blessed art Thou LORD, who makes Zion rejoice with her children.
Blessing 5: Gladden the beloved companions as you made glad your creation in the garden of Eden from days of old. Blessed art Thou, LORD, who gladdens groom and bride.
Blessing 6: Blessed art Thou LORD our God, King of the universe, who created joy and gladness, groom and bride, rejoicing, glad song, pleasure, delight, love, brotherhood, peace and companionship.
Soon, LORD, our God, let there be heard in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy and the sound of gladness, the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride, the sound of jubilation of grooms from their canopies and of youths from their feasts of song. Blessed art Thou, LORD, who gladdens the groom with the bride.
Blessing 7: Blessed art Thou LORD our God, King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.
For the Bread (Hamotzi)
Blessed are You LORD our God King of the universe Who has sanctified us with his commandments and commanded us on the washing of the hands. Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.
For other Food (Mezonot)
Blessed are you LORD our God, King of the Universe, Who creates various kinds of sustenance.
For the Wine or Grape Juice
Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.
For Fruits (Ha-aitz)
Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the tree.
For the Vegetables
Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe who creates the fruit of the earth.
For all other Foods (Shehakol)
Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, by Whose word all things came to be. 
Traditional Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,May the wind be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face,The rains fall soft upon your fields.And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
May God be with you and bless you;May you see your children’s children.May you be poor in misfortune,Rich in blessings,May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
May the road rise to meet youMay the wind be always at your backMay the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,May blue be the skies above you,May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
The Holy Bible, King James Version http: //www.hebrew4christians.com/Blessings/Special_Events/Wedding_Blessings/wedding_blessings.html  http: //www.chabad.org
video “The Wedding Song” by Kenny G
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