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.
Wedding Prayer – Beautiful Ceremony Blessing
More than ever today, as a husband and wife unite in marriage, they need the prayers and blessings of friends and loved ones to help them build a strong foundation of godly love established on Christ, their Rock.
If you want to give something special and lasting to a couple on their wedding day, here are two sample prayers you can offer on their behalf.
Feel free to use these prayers and marriage blessings as a part of your own ceremony!
A Wedding Day Prayer
As this couple begins their lives together on their wedding day, I pray that their hearts will unite as one with You in their desire to make You the center. May this day be the start of something beautiful, a celebration un any other.
As they offer their vows to one another in the sight of God and others, give them a clear understanding of their commitment to each other.
May their loyalty in marriage mirror Your own love and faithfulness to all Your children.
Let them know that two are better than one as they mutually invest in and depend on each other—but that the third strand of their marriage ties should always be You.
May their love— the wedding rings they will wear—be a circle that never ends. Grow that love relationship into one that is patient and kind, not boastful or proud, one that is unselfish and trusting, and a love that protects and perseveres through every season of life.
I pray you will give this couple unforgettable moments, unending dedication, and unselfish motives as they pledge their devotion to each another.
In every way possible, make the house they build together a godly home—a place where hurts are healed with grace, a place where hearts are sealed with forgiveness, and a place where emotions feel safe when shared with honesty and gentleness.Keep their communication open—with You, and with each other as they make prayer a constant priority.
Lord, today and every day, let laughter echo in the halls of their hearts and home; let joy fill every room; and let the radiance of Your face shine on them, bless them, and give them a gracious peace that passes all understanding.
Light a fire of passion that prompts them to love you with all their heart, soul, and strength, and one that engulfs their own union as man and wife in purity and oneness. Help them to bear each other’s burdens, even as they cast their cares on Your shoulders.
May they always choose to see the best in each other, even in the worst of times.
May they visualize their marriage as more than just a bonding of two lives, but as two on mission for You, Lord—a lighthouse of refuge, a welcome place for encouragement, and a testimony to Your power and grace.
Help them to cherish their wedding day as a sacred memorial, and their union as a treasure to protect at all costs. Make it a reminder of hope that keeps on going and faith that keeps on growing.
Help them to believe that all things are possible through Christ, the One who began the good work in them.
Lord, on their wedding day, may every word spoken and every precious token remind them of the One who holds all things together and who makes all things good. Together as this couple stands side by side, and hand in hand, hold them tightly and never let them go. Fill their hearts with unceasing gratitude. Be their vision, their strength, and their constant companion.
In Jesus’s name,
A Wedding Ceremony Prayer
Father in Heaven, thank You for this husband, ______, and wife, _______, and their commitment to Christian marriage. As we look ahead, we pray that their future will never lack the convictions that make a marriage strong.
Bless this husband, ______. Bless him as provider and protector. Sustain him in all the pressures that come with the task of stewarding a family. May his strength be his wife’s boast and pride, and may he so live that his wife may find in him the haven for which the heart of a woman truly longs.
Bless this wife, ______. Give her a tenderness that makes her great, a deep sense of understanding, and a strong faith in You. Give her that inner beauty of a soul that never fades, that eternal youth that is found in holding fast to the things that never age. May she so live that her husband may be pleased to reverence her in the shrine of his heart.Teach them that marriage is not living for each other. It is two people uniting and joining hands to serve You. Give them a great spiritual purpose in life. May they seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, knowing that You will sustain them through all of life’s challenges.
May they minimize each other’s weaknesses and be swift to praise and magnify each other’s strengths so that they might view each other through a lover’s kind and patient eyes. Help them every day to be kind and gentle, more You. Give them a little something to forgive each day, that their love might learn to be long-suffering.
Bless them and develop their characters as they walk together with You. Give them enough hurts to keep them humane, enough failures to keep their hands clenched tightly in Yours, and enough of success to make them sure they walk with You throughout all of their life.
May they never take each other’s love for granted but always experience that breathless wonder that exclaims, ” all this world, you have chosen me.” Then, when life is done and the sun is setting, may they be found then as now, still hand in hand, still very proud, still thanking You for each other.
May they travel together as friends and lovers, brother and sister, husband and wife, father and mother, and as servants of Christ until He shall return or until that day when one shall lay the other into the arms of God. This we ask through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, the Great Lover of our souls. Amen.
excerpt by Lysa Terkeurst
Rebecca Barlow Jordan is an inspirational author, speaker, and passionate follower of Jesus who loves to encourage others heart to heart.
She has written 11 books and over 1700 other articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Her daily devotional Daily in Your Presence is available for delivery through Crosswalk.com.
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Publication date: June 30, 2017
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21 Wedding Invitation Wording Examples to Make Your Own
Now that you've picked out your stationary, it's time to take on wedding invitation wording — whether you want to keep the wording classic and traditional or creative and whimsical is up to you, but whatever route you choose, there are still basic elements that should be included no matter what.
The good news is that wedding invitation etiquette rules aren't that complicated, after all. The rules are actually much simpler and straightforward than you think. And no matter the case, they're there to serve as a guidelines.
The most important rule of all is that you create a beautiful wedding invitation that represents you, your love and the big day to come (and communicates the vital details of the wedding) – so feel absolutely free to riff off these wedding invitation wording rules to create your own.
To help guide you, we're breaking down what each line means and what it typically includes.
All wedding invitations should include the following elements:
- Who's hosting
- The request to come to the wedding
- The names of the bride and groom
- The date and time
- The location
- Reception information
- Dress code
- Separate RSVP card
The Host Line: Who's Hosting
Traditionally, the bride's parents are the hosts of the wedding, and are named at the top of the invitation, even for very formal affairs. However, including the names of both sets of parents as hosts is a gracious option no matter who foots the bill. Also, more and more couples these days are hosting their own weddings, or do so together with their parents.
If it's a collaborative affair hosted and paid for by the bride, groom and both sets of parents, you can also use “Together with their parents, Emma and Jax request the pleasure of your company …”
What If Any Parents are Deceased?
If you want to include the name of a parent who is deceased, you'll need to rearrange things a bit, as someone whose passed can't actually serve as a host. An alternate way, then, to include a deceased parent just means rearranging the wording a bit. Try this, for example:
Julia French, daughter of Mr. Adam French and the late Iris French,
Austin Mahoney, son of Mr. Camden and Elizabeth Mahoney,
request the honor of your presence
at their wedding
on the fifth of May, two thousand seventeen
at one o'clock in the afternoon
The Reagan Library
Simi Valley, California
Dinner & dancing to follow
Black tie required
What to Do If Any Parents are Divorced and/or Remarried
If the bride or groom's parents are divorced and you want to include both as hosts, you can include them all, just keep your each parent on a separate line.
If you're going to include the name of stepparent, keep it on the same line. It might seem complex at first, but all it requires is a few more lines.This is an example of a bride with divorced (and remarried) parents' wedding invitation wording:
Dr. Vance and Elizabeth Gregory
and Mr. James Abner and Lydia Abner
and Mr. Harold and Jane Hyland
invite you the wedding of their children
Amy Abner and Charles Hyland01.06.18 | 4 p.m.
Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church
Reception immediately after
The Request Line: Please Come!
There are many ways to ask for the pleasure of your guests' company. Here are few options:
- “the pleasure of your company”
- “at the marriage of their children”
- “would love for you to join them”
- “invite you to celebrate with them”
- “honour of your presence”
(Note: The British spelling of “honour” traditionally indicates the ceremony will be held in a church or another house of worship.)
The Names of Bride and Groom
If there names haven't been included in the host line, they should still take center stage a few lines down.
No one would forget to add this to a wedding invitation, of course, but you might be wondering whose name should go first on a wedding invitation? Traditionally the name of the bride always precedes the groom's name.
Formal invitations issued by the bride's parents refer to her by her first and middle names, the groom by his full name and title; if the couple is hosting by themselves, their titles are optional.
For a same-sex marriage, of course, the traditional rule of woman first and man second isn't applicable. You can choose to go in alphabetical order or choose what sounds better. Whether it's “Emily and Zara” or “Zara and Emily,” it's going to be lovely either way.
The Date and Time
For formal weddings, everything is written out in full (no numerals). The year is optional (the assumption being your wedding is on the nearest such date). Time of day is spelled out using “o'clock” or “half after five o'clock.” The use of a.m. or p.m. is optional. For casual weddings, numerals are fine.
The street address of a venue is not usually needed, unless omitting it would lead to confusion or your wedding is taking place at the host's home. The city and state should be written out in full in either case.
Very formal invitations include this information on a separate card.
Otherwise, it can be printed on the wedding invitation itself if there is room; if the ceremony and reception are held in the same location, you may print “and afterward at the reception” or “reception immediately following.
” When the reception is elsewhere, the location goes on a different line. Include the time if the wedding reception is not immediately following the ceremony.
Wedding invitation etiquette dictates that the dress code, if it's to be included on the invitation, is is the lower right hand corner of the invitation.
If you don't include a note on attire, the invitation will indicate the dress code.
For example, if the invitation is very fancy, guests will ly anticipating a formal, black-tie affair, or conversely, if the invitation on the simpler side, that indicates a more casual dress code.
Separate RSVP Card
Most couples choose to include a separate response card for guests to fill out and return in the mail. You also have the option of having people RSVP via your wedding website. If that's the case, include the website address on a separate card, just as you would with an RSVP card, and indicate that guests can let you know if they can come directly on the site.
1. Stacey and Peter
With great pleasure
invite you to join them
at the celebration of their marriage
Saturday, July 9, 2016
at two thirty in the afternoon
Santa Barbara Courthouse – Mural Room
Santa Barbara, California
Dinner and dancing to follow at Casa de la Guerra
2. Patricia and Caleb
Courtesy of Fine Day Press
Please join us for the wedding of
Patricia Ahn & Caleb Wright
The 4th of December, 2013
at half past seven in the evening
Long Island, New York
reception to follow
3. Julia and David
Courtesy of Quill & Fox
Jerry & Georgian Sadowski
and Gary & Georgia Byrne
invite you to celebrate with their children,
Julia & David
on their wedding day
Friday | 07 Sep 12 | 3:30 p.m.
Cortelyou Commons, DePaul University: Ceremony
Peggy Norbert Nature Museum: Reception 6 p.m.
4. Grace and Russell
Courtesy of Minted
Grace and Russell Fitzpatrick
are gettin' hitched!
August 4th 2016
Join us at 5 o'clock
The West Palm
825 Oceanside Ave
Merriment to follow
5. Naomi and Harrison
Courtesy of Bella Figura
Naomi and Harrison
Dr. and Mrs. Donnor Salvatore Quette
and Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Boalt
Invite you to celebrate the marriage of their children
Naomi Grace Quette and Harrison Luke Boalt
Saturday, the fifth of November, two thousand and sixteen
Six o'clock in the evening | The Inn at Serenbe | Palmetto, Georgia
followed by dinner & dancing
6. Rachel and Zach
Rachel & Zach
are getting married
October 19th 2013
Four o'clock in the evening
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Drinks Dancing Shenanigans to follow
7. Marin and Joseph
Levi Stolove Photography LLC
Doctor and Mrs. Ronald Kaleya
Mr. and Mrs.
invite you to share in their joy
at the marriage of their children
Marin Sami and Joseph Benjamin
Saturday, the twenty-ninth of September
Two thousand twelve
at six o'clock in the evening
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
Dinner and dancing to follow
Black tie invited
8. Rachel and Mark
Courtesy of Claremont Collection
Mr. and Mrs. Lucas Darby
Request the pleasure of your company
at the wedding of their daughter
Mark Sebastian Catalano
Saturday, the twenty-fourth of September
Two thousand and eleven
at half after five o'clock
Ubud Hanging Gardens
Reception to follow
9. Stephanie and Taylor
Courtesy of Fine Day Press
Together with their families
Stephanie May Mattersen
Taylor Grant Kealey
Request the honor of your presence as they
Tie the knot
Friday May Twelfth, Two Thousand Fifteen
At two o'clock in the afternoon
New York, New York
10. Katie and Jacob
Courtesy of Summer Raine
Katie & Jacob
would love your presence in celebrating their marriage
May 23rd 2013 | 3 o'clock in the afternoon
2701 Hodges Blvd., Jacksonvill FL 32296
Reception to follow
11. Chloe and Matthew
Courtesy of Invitations by Dawn
Love is in the air
Chloe Marie Sinclair & Matthew James Denton
Have the honour of announcing
on Saturday, the tweny-fifth of August
Two thousand eighteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon
Glochester Catholic Church
C + M
12. Ben and Pilar
We're getting married!
Ben & Pilar
Please join us
at 5:30 p.m.
13. Philip and Heath
Courtesy of Bella Figura
Together with their families
Invite you to join them as they say “I Do!”
Saturday, the twenty-first of August | two thousand eighteen
Six o'clock in the evening | New Orleans, Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans New Louisiana
Dinner, dancing & drinks to follow | Black-tie optional
14. Emily and Michael
Yasu + Junko
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baker
Request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Michael Chase Walker
Saturday, December 15, 2012
at five o'clock in the evening
The Union Club
Dinner and dancing to follow
15. Felicia and Kellis
Courtesy of Felicia Yoder
Felicia Beth Yoder and
Kellis Curry Cunningham
as they tie the knot
October 4th 2014
four o'clock in the afternoon
Gulf Beach Resort Motel
16. Nicole and Cameron
Mr. and Mrs. William Edward Manning
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Nicole Manning to Cameron West
09.10.2015 at 4pm
Gramercy Park Hotel | New York City
Cocktails, dinner & dancing to follow
17. Amelia and Jake
Courtesy of Minted
Amelia Bell + Jake Bradley
Request the honor of your presence
on their wedding day
Saturday, the eleventh of June
Two thousand and sixteen
at half past six o'clock in the evening
the First Congregational Church of Wells
18. Rachael and Ryne
Please join us
for our wedding
2800 E. Observatory Rd.*Dinner to follow at *
Blue Palms Brewhouse 6124 Hollywood Blvd
19. Dierdre and Peter
The wedding of
Dierdre Watters Norman
and Peter Francis Carr
St. Luke Roman Catholic Church
River Forest, Illinois
November 21, 2009
20. Lindsay and Eric
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dombi
Invite you to join in the
of the marriage of their daughter
Lindsay Marie to
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Tkacz
Saturday, May 11
Two thousand thirteen
at one thirty in the afternoon
St. Mary's Star of the Sea
145 Main St. // Unionville, CT
Adult reception to follow at 4:30 p.m. // Farmington Gardens
21. Sara and Christopher
you to attend
25th 2013 at 6 pm
St. Regis Resort
There you have it: Everything you need to know about wedding invitation wording etiquette, complete with twenty-two example of how brides handled their own wording. Hopefully these real invites will help guide you as you create your own. No matter what you choose, keep it true to your own tastes and you'll come up with a wedding invitation you'll treasure forever!
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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
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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.
Make the planning the wedding fun so you can focus on the more mundane stuff how to change last name after the wedding.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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!
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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!