Wedding Officiant Duties

Saturday, April 7, 2012

This April I was asked to take off my planning hat and put on my best speaking voice. I was invited by a bride and groom to officiate their ceremony. I’m normally in the background during a wedding, so this was definitely outside of my scope but I said sure!

Eric + Khrystal were renewing their vows after 10 years of marriage and they asked me to serve as their officiant.  They had their own vows but asked that I share a few additional words for good measure!

Here is what I pulled together (I think I did pretty good for a first time officiator):

OPENING
Eric and Khrystal, when you first joined hands and hearts in marriage 10 years ago, you did not know where life would take you. You promised to love, honor and cherish one another through all things. Life has surely brought you both wonderful blessings and difficult challenges over the years. 
But here you are today, having fulfilled the vows to love, honor and cherish you each made on your wedding day.  And God is smiling!    

RENEWAL OF VOWS 
Eric, will you continue to have Khrystal as your wife and continue to live in this happy and loving marriage? 
Do you reaffirm your love for her, and will you love, honor and cherish her in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better for worse, and forsaking all others, being faithful to her for as long as you both shall live? 

Khrystal, will you continue to have Eric as your husband and continue to live in this happy and loving marriage? Do you reaffirm your love for him, and will you love, honor and cherish him in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better for worse, and forsaking all others, being faithful to him for as long as you both shall live?

Eric and Khrystal, on your wedding day you exchanged rings as a symbol of the never-ending circle that symbolizes the eternal quality of God, unending strength, and love! May you continue to always wear your rings as a reminder of your wedding vows to each other, and your commitment to continue to live in unity, love and happiness.

One of the great blessings of marriage is the joy and responsibility of raising a family. Khrystal and Eric have truly been blessed to be the parents of Kierra and Alexis.  As Khrystal and Eric renew their vows of marriage today, they also renew their commitment to be loving and caring parents, recognizing with gratefulness the happiness and fulfillment that their children have brought to their marriage and family life.  
  
PRONOUNCEMENT
Eric and Khrystal today you have renewed the promises and vows you made to each other on your wedding day 10 years ago.  The vows you exchanged forever bind you as husband and wife. Please celebrate with a sign of affection and devotion…Eric that means kiss your bride!!!

Congratulations Eric + Khrystal!!!




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