Prayers For Grace At A Wedding Reception
26 Beautiful Wedding Blessings And Prayers
It’s a great gift and blessing from Heaven to find real love. Wedding unites people, unites their hearts and souls. According to wedding traditions, at the ceremony or reception, one of the guests says wedding blessings to a young couple.
Nowadays it’s not obligatory to be done by religious prayer, as we tend to think, but possibly just a wish for newlyweds’ happiness and prosperity. Here, we’ve picked up everything you need to know about wedding blessings.
You’ll be amazed!
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Firstly, let’s answer the question “what exactly is a blessing?” A blessing is mercy, benefit, approval. In general, people used to say the blessing before or after a meal, or when they favored someone or something.
They mostly appeal to a High Power, asking for the guard, protection, health, and peace. Speaking about wedding blessings, they don’t differ much. We also ask for all the best, but precisely for the bride and groom, for their marriage, well-being and a bright future.
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Traditionally, a blessing is given during the ceremony or at the reception before dinner. Depending on customs and couple’s preferences, it’s said either by a religious leader or by a family member. Generally, it goes before the ceremony to grace all the guests, to invite holiness to the venue. But at the end, the blessing is to pray for God’s approval of the new marriage.
At the reception, you might say wedding blessings to a family member, father’s pray to son, sister’s blessing, etc.
However, they all vary in length, it could be long marriage quotes or just a short saying, but they all have care, kindness, and goodwill in common.
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Religious wedding blessings are those which appeal to God. They could be taken from the Bible as a quote, or be simply directed to divine forces. For example, English traditional vows are usually written on the base of the Bible but don’t sound very pious.
Thus, we picked up the best examples of Christian wedding blessings:
May God bless, keep and guide you the rest of your lives. Happy Wedding Day!
Rejoice in your love for each other! God bless you now and always.
God bless this marriage and may your love for each other continue to grow.
May God bless the two of you abundantly in love, joy, and happiness.
We are praying that God guides you in your new adventure. May God pour out blessings on you two.
Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. Mark 10:9
Rejoice in your love for each other! God bless you now and always.
As you become one in Christ, we wish you more joy and blessings.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear. I John 4:18
We are praying that God guides you in your new adventure. May God pour out blessings on you two.Jewish people take wedding ceremonies seriously. They pay a lot of attention to it and make efforts to keep and cherish their customs. One of them is ShevaB’rachot, Seven Blessings. Jewish wedding blessings are the pray for the bride’s and groom’s joy, companionship, love, and peace. Let’s have a look at some examples:
A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust.
Here’s to health and prosperity, To you and all your posterity. And them that doesn’t drink with sincerity, That they may be damned for all eternity!
May all your hopes and dreams come true, and may the memory of this day become dearer with each passing year
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No doubt, there are families and young couples who are not really close to any religion. Some statistics say their number dominates. Still, people want to say something warm, cheerful and motivative to the newlyweds. Speaking of non-religious wedding blessing, they are similar to the religious ones, but you just won’t hear the name of God in it.
When you say wish or blessing, it’s crucial to be yourself, to feel at ease and speak from your heart. So, in case you are not a member of any confession, don’t feel uncomfortable and choose one of the following timeless wedding blessings:
“May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy.”
“May today be the beginning of a long, happy life together.”
“Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together.”
“Wishing you joy, love and happiness on your wedding day and as you begin your new life together.”
“Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.”
“Congratulations on the most important union of your life! May you two always find love and hope in the company of one another.
“My best wishes to two very exceptional people. Nothing makes me prouder than to tell the world that both of you are my friends. Enjoy a happy, fulfilling married life!”
“Here’s to you two—wishing my two favorite lovebirds a lifetime of happiness and love. Congrats on a beautiful wedding!”
“Warmest wishes to a fantastic couple. Here’s to a lifetime of adventure, love, and happiness! Congratulations on your matrimony.”
” I hope that every day you two spend together is as blissful and love-filled as possible. Here’s to one of my all-time favorite couples! Congratulations.”
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In fact, each culture is always interesting and charming when you find out its wedding traditions. It’s always quite intriguing to discover what rituals people carry out to unite their soles. By the way, the brightest wedding blessings are said in Ireland.
Look, they are awesome:
“Always remember to forget the things that made you sad. But never forget to remember the things that made you glad. Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue. But never forget to remember those that have stuck by you. Always remember to forget the troubles that passed away. But never forget to remember the blessings that come each day”
“May you have love that never ends,lots of money, and lots of friends.Health be yours, whatever you do,
and may God send many blessings to you!”
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.
You can find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com.
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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Wedding Master of Ceremonies Guide – Emcee Sample Script
Above all, rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. You should know weeks in advance about the venue, the order of events, the speech-makers. It is advisable to give them a few pointers on what to speak about.
Wedding Emcee Sample Script
Bear in mind, this sample emcee script template below is only a guide. I have followed the general wedding reception order of events with thanks and acknowledgments to the wedding party.
It is neither mandatory, nor desirable for the Emcee to quote verbatim from the script (unless both the MC and the script are brilliant). Some things look good in a script but sound stiff and stilted when spoken.
A guide is just there to ensure nothing is overlooked or left to chance.
It is recommended the reception program and script is prepared weeks in advance so the Emcee can familiarize himself with the flow of events. There are basic instructions to give a broader view on how to present each part.There! Now you have some of the basics. Before you can develop your emcee sample script, you will need your order of wedding reception timeline. This is the framework around which you will craft your master of ceremonies wedding reception script.
Here is a master ceremonies guide I’ve put together to help spur your imagination.
'Good evening ladies and gentleman, friends and loved ones, welcome to Winona and Derek's Nuptial Dinner Reception. My name is Robert, and I have been asked by our lovely bride, the former Miss Walker, now Mrs Winona McGregor & her husband Derek, to be your Emcee tonight and they would to extend their thanks for attending their nuptial celebrations tonight.'
'Dinner will commence very soon, so we ask that everyone make their way to their seats and make your selves comfortable as we begin our celebration with a wedding prayer.'
|A WEDDING PRAYERLord, 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.Amen|
Parents of the Bride
`Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen. Please be on your feet as we welcome the bridal party. Put your hands together for our hosts, the mother and father of the bride.
As you all know, the day your little girl gets married is the happiest day of the century for every doting parent and don’t they look radiant? Thank you Brian & Lily Walker, we can see where the bride got her good looks from.
I’m not saying which, you both look wonderful tonight.’ (wide applause)
Parents of the Groom
`And now, here come the parents of the groom, looking happy and proud. Please welcome Michael & Maria McGregor. Derek’s parents just got back from trekking in Nepal to be here for their son’s wedding. A big hand for Michael & Maria McGregor, Parents of the Groom.’
Matron of Honor
`And now we come to the Matron of Honor, Meagan McGregor. It’s been said that Meagan is chosen for her ability to outthink, outrun and generally outwrestle anything with up to eight legs that stands in the way of a smooth-running wedding. In Meagan’s case, she’s also the Bride’s Auntie. A tremendous grip on the woman as well! Let’s hear it for Auntie Meagan.’ (wide applause)
`Now we come to our Best Man, Ladies and Gentlemen, Orlando Jones by name. The Best Man isn’t just there to pass the ring to the groom. He’s there to put his body on the line for his best friend. Greater love hath no man, they say. He also assures us, he really is the best man. We can’t wait for his speech and wise counsel. Let’s hear it for Orlando.’ (wide applause)
(The Bridesmaids and Groomsmen)
`Now we come to the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. They are the understudies for the Bride and Groom. If the Bride and Groom chickened out, it’d be two of you tying the knot in their place! There’s a sobering thought.’
`So without further ado and just a little nepotism, we have Winona’s younger sister Emmeline Walker our first bridesmaid. Gentlemen, Emmeline is single and taking a break from her career as a ballerina to concentrate on bringing home a gold medal at the next Olympics for gymnastics. Let’s hear it for wee Emmeline!’ (wide applause)
`Our second bridesmaid, Mary Jo Zimakowski has known Winona since they were in high school together and as usual, Mary Jo says she has Winona’s back. Let’s hear it for Mary Jo.’ (more applause)
`Our last bridesmaid has watched `Twenty Seven Dresses’ five times. This is her twelfth time as a bridesmaid and she’s running wardrobe space. Let’s hear it for Daniela Pavelic. Hope you catch the bouquet Daniela.’ (wide applause)
`Our first groomsman is Michael McGregor Junior. Michael, or Junior as big brother Derek calls him, is seventeen. He’s single, six foot four and 250 pounds. His interests are rap music and wrestling. Don’t anyone let him near a microphone tonight, folks. Let’s hear it for Junior. ‘ (wide applause)
`Our next groomsman is Jim Mellor. Our Jimmy’s a hairdresser who specializes in some of the more exotic punk rock styles you might see in the music industry. Imagine a cross between Salvador Dali and Edward Scissorhands. Jimmy also did our bride’s hair tonight. Nice job, by the way. A big hand for our second Groomsman! ‘ (applause)
`Our last groomsman, Alan Peterson has known our Groom, Derek ever since they got arrested for brawling at a football match over ten years ago. It’s amazing the things that bring people together. Let’s have a big hand for Alan our third groomsman.’
Entrance of the Bride and Groom
`And now the big moment, Ladies and Gentleman, our bride and groom Winona and Derek! Doesn’t she look beautiful? She’s been practising her bouquet-throwing and hopes to give a good account of herself when the moment comes. As for the groom, look at him! He scrubs well for a guy who gets into football brawls, doesn’t he? Ladies and Gentleman, a big hand for Winona and Derek!’. (wide applause)
Father of the Bride’s Speech and a Prayer of Grace
`Ladies and Gentlemen, please take your seats as we hear a few words a prayer of thanks for God’s grace from our host, the Father of the Bride – Brian Walker!’
Cutting of the Wedding Cake
`Gentlemen and gentlewomen! Could we have your attention for a moment for the cutting of the cake. For those unfortunate souls who are on a diet, tonight’s not your night.
The cake was baked by or Matron of Honor Meagan McGregor with her own fair and surprisingly strong hand and she’ll be round your tables to make sure you all have your share.
Friends please be up and standing for the cutting of the cake.
Now all of those taking pictures, be sure you’re ready for the photo-opportunity. Derek make sure you have a firm hand on the cake with your beloved bride. ‘ (the cake is cut)
`Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen.’
Best Man's Toast to the Bride and the Groom
`Ladies and Gentlemen, a moment’s pause for the best man Orlando Jones. As you all know, it is customary for the best man to reveal rare insights into the make-up of the groom, to share with us, the inklings and foibles that make our beloved groom Derek, the man he is. In other words, an exposè! Ladies and Gentlemen, the best man!’
Bridal Waltz – First Dance
`Ladies and Gentlemen, we now come to that very special part of every wedding party, steeped in symbolism. The Bridal Waltz. This is the moment when the groom walks his bride to the dance floor and they begin a dance that will last the rest of their lives. Put your hands together for Winona and Derek as they begin their special waltz as husband and wife.’
`Ok now it’s time for a little fun, because it’s time for the traditional throwing of the Bouquet. For those of you who’ve seen the running of the bulls at Pamplona, it’s a little similar.
There’s always a little risk for the lasses determined to get the bouquet in their clutches. It’s also the real reason you see so many high heels shoes tonight.
As you know, traditionally the young lady who successfully catches the bouquet in mid-flight is a certainty to make her own way down the aisle.
I’d to request all the single ladies to step forward for the bouquet throw. The married ladies who’ve sneaked on, don’t be greedy. This is for single women only. Our lovely and charming bride Winona has been practising this throw all summer, so give yourselves some elbow room.’
(to the bride) `Winona, if you’d be so kind…..’
(INSTRUCTIONS: Emcee bravely motions all the
single ladies forward)
`Ladies take your place behind the bride and be prepared to jump high. Fortune favors the brave! At the count of three, the bride will throw her bouquet. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s all count together.
Are you ready Ladies? Would you just look at the concentration. There’s some determined women out there. The countdown! One, Two, Three! What a throw, ladies and gentlemen.’
(Bride throws the bouquet and it is caught)
We have a winner! We’ll have the Best Man cleaned and brought to your table later.
Ladies and Gentlemen, here’s where things get serious. It’s time for the Garter toss. I understand some of the guys jumping for the garter have been in training for months.
Underneath those tuxedos, we’re talking washboard abs, bulging biceps, nerves of steel. We’ve got Olympic gymnasts, high-jumpers, Morris dancers. These guys are ripped and ready to rumble! Remember gentlemen this is serious business.
The guy who catches the garter is destined for the altar next!
Now while the groom retrieves the garter, don’t let any of those garter jumpers melt into the crowd.
We have the garter. Get ready gentlemen.(Groom throws the garter and it is caught)
We have another winner! We have the next groom. I hope that preacher hasn’t left the room. Let’s hear it for our winners. (wide applause)
Message of Thanks from the Newlyweds – Groom
Ladies and Gentlemen, please stand by for a few words of thanks from our new Groom, Derek McGregor.
Well I guess that’s about everything ladies and gentlemen we have finally come to the end of our program. It has been a great day and a wonderful evening with you all. Again thank you all for your presence. God bless and Goodnight to each and everyone.
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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