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WEDDING CEREMONY MANUSCRIPTS

PIA & CHRIS WARNER
Malibu, CA

Welcome


Good afternoon and welcome to this joyous celebration! We are here today to celebrate love, family and friendship and to support Pia and Chris as they're united in marriage.

Giving of the Bride

I have a very important question to ask, "Who gives this woman to be married to this man?" (The father responds then sits down). Pastor Dave seats the guests.

Introduction

Family and friends, we have come today at the invitation of Pia and Chris to share in the joy of their wedding. This outward celebration we shall see and hear is an expression of the inner love and devotion they have in their hearts for one another. They have decided to share this joyous moment with you, a moment that represents the beginning of a lifetime of love and sharing.

My name is Pastor Dave Page and it is my privilege to be able to serve today as the Wedding Officiant.

Marriage is a celebration! A fitting quote for today comes from the Psalmist who said in Psalm 118, "This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24).

Marriage is a bond not to be entered into lightly; only after considerable thought and reflection. By making this commitment today, Pia and Chris relationship will become stronger, better, and deeper.

Today, Pia and Chris demonstrate their devotion to each other by dedicating themselves to a life together. And they show their respect for each other by setting forth to honor the vows they will recite. Today, their lives, which began on separate paths, will be joined as one.

Today represents not only the joining of Pia and Chris, but also the joining of their families and friends, without whose support, friendship and encouragement, they would not be here today.

Pia and Chris would like to recognize their parents on this occasion. They want to offer their profound gratitude and appreciation for all the love and care you have shown in raising them. Parents, the unconditional gifts of love and support that you have continually offered have inspired them to become who they are today, and they thank you from the bottom of their hearts. Without you, this day would not be possible.

Pia and Chris would also like to thank you, their friends, for making the long journey here and for the support you have provided over the years, in good times and in bad. During this special day, by your presence, you celebrate with them the love they have discovered with each other, and you support their decision to commit themselves to a lifelong relationship.

Praye
r

Heavenly Father, we are grateful for this gathering and for the love that surrounds and unites us all; for guiding our paths and giving meaning to our lives; for the peace granted us this day; for the hope with which we expect tomorrow, and especially for the special love between Pia and Chris that brings us here at this moment!

We ask for your blessing upon Pia and Chris and this new home being established. We pray that your love will be a shield for Pia and Chris. When joy comes, may they share it together. When sorrow threatens, may they bear it together. In gladness or in tears, in sunshine or rain may they ever draw closer to each other and nearer to you. In your name we pray, amen.

Read
ing #1: The Velveteen Rabbit (Excerpt) by Margery Williams

"Wh
at is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

Weddi
ng Homily

The incredible journey of the butterflies is an analogy of the incredible journey of Pia and Chris. The monarch butterfly migrates over 2000 miles each year from Canada through the United States and ultimately to Mexico. Chris and Pia experienced this migration first hand as they visited the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove. In a similar way, Chris migrated over 2000 miles when he traveled from Michigan to California to find his true love, Pia.

Id like to highlight 3 symbolisms from the butterfly and apply them today to your marriage: Love, Soul and Transformation.

1. Love

In Chinese culture two butterflies flying together are a symbol of love. Love is the foundation of any marriage. Love is not just a feeling. The idiom, I have butterflies in my stomach speaks of nervousness but true love is not just a quiver in the liver but is a commitment that is demonstrated through ones actions. Love is a verb. Love is patient, love is kind. It is not self-seeking but seeks what is best for the other person. The more we give of self, the richer we become in soul; the more we go beyond ourselves in love, the more we become our true selves and our spiritual beauty is more fully revealed. In marriage we are seeking to bring one another into fuller life. Commit yourselves to the way of generous love.

2. Soul

In many cultures, including the Japanese and Mexican cultures, the butterfly is associated with the soul. The Ancient Greek word for "butterfly" is psyche, which literally means soul. In Greek myth, Psyche is represented in the form of a butterfly. Befittingly, Psyche is forever linked with love as she and Eros (the Greek god of love, also known in Roman myth as Cupid) shared an endlessly passionate bond together both hopelessly in love with the other.

Pia and Chris, may you become soul mates. May you drink deep from the well of friendship and become great friends. Its been said, Its easy to leave a spouse but its hard to leave a friend.

3. Transformation

Overwhelmingly, cultural myth and lore honor the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis. Transformed from a caterpillar who sheds its skin, to a chrysalis stage, and then to a butterfly. Imagine youre crawling around as a worm and then take a nap and now you have wings and can fly! The butterfly is a new creature. All traces of the caterpillar are gone. The old is gone, the new has come. In its place is now a butterfly with wings that can FLY!

Pia and Chris, your marriage is a transformation from your two lives into one. May you sore to higher levels together than you ever could alone.

Pastor Dave's Tips for a Healthy and Happy Marriage:


1. Never go to bed angry "Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry." Shakespeare said, "To err is human, to forgive divine."
Forgive each other as God has forgiven you.

2. Keep a good sense of humor A cheerful heart is good medicine.

3. Be Kind to one another - Love is patient, love is kind. Make each other the recipient of daily kindness. Be generous with compliments. Each of you can, by your tenderness toward each other, kind words and thoughtful actions, make your marriage and your home an uplifting refuge.

4. Communicate, communicate, communicate!!! Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

5. Continue to build your relationship Chris, date your wife! It's been said, "If there was more courting in marriages there would be fewer marriages in court!" I really believe that's true so love and respect one another and have fun together!

3 Things I Love About You

3 Things Chris Loves About Pia:


1. HER TRUSTWORTHINESS - Pia is everyone's best friend. She is loyal and devoted to friendship. She always has my back and looks out for me. I trust her with my happiness.

2. HER NAME - I love her name. MARIA PIA ALTAVILLA. It's rhythmic!

3. HER INTELLECT - Pia is an intellectual equivalent. She's constantly improving. We sharpen each other like iron sharpens iron!

Pia's nickname is the "Black Mamba" from the movie Kill Bill. She is Chris' equal.

3 Things Pia Loves About Chris:


1. HIS PASSION - Chris is very passionate.

2. HIS LOYALTY - Chris is very loyal.

3. HIS PERONALITY - Chris has a strong personality. I love his guns! His arms!

Reading #2: The Art of Marriage by Wilferd A. Peterson

A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage the little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating
gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of
humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

Wine Ceremony

Chris and Pia: To symbolize and celebrate the blending of your two lives into one, I invite you to perform the Wine Ceremony.

The couple proceeds to the table and each takes an individual carafe and pours some wine into the larger carafe. The Groom then takes the larger filled carafe with the combined wine and pours some in a glass for the Bride. The Bride then takes the larger carafe with the combined wines and pours some into a glass for the Groom. He may now toast his Bride with, To our lives together and drinks from the glass. The Bride then toasts the Groom with the same.The couple places the wine glasses back and turn back to the officiant, who states:

This ceremony represents your two individual lives, combined like the two wines into one single life. The drinking of the combined wine signifies the commitment you now make to live your lives as one family. May you remember this day of commitment you have sealed with drinking of the new wine joining your lives as one.

Exchange of Vows

Chris: "I Chris, take you Pia, to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, in good times and in bad, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish from this day forward till death do us part."

Pia: "I Pia, take you Chris, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, in good times and in bad, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish from this day forward till death do us part."

Exchange of Rings

Pia and Chris will now exchange their rings.

Chris: "With this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving
husband, as God is my witness."

Pia: "With this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving wife, as God is my witness."

Pronouncement

Pia and Chris, you have come before your family and friends and shared your vows of love and devotion and sealed those vows through the giving and receiving of rings.

It is now my privilege and pleasure as a minister of the gospel and as one so authorized by the State of California, to pronounce you husband and wife.What God has joined together, let no man or woman put asunder.

Kiss

Chris, you may now kiss your bride.

Butterfly Release

According to an American Indian Legend ... If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it. Since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly cannot reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all.

In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the Great Spirit always grants the wish. So, according to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted. We have gathered to grant this couple all our best wishes and are about to set these butterflies free in trust that all these wishes will be granted.

Announcement/Presentation


Family and friends, I now present to you for the first time, "Mr. and Mrs. Chris and Pia Warner."

Recessional

The End

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FELICITY & JEFFREY CHAPPELL

Huntington Beach, CA

Introduction

Good evening and welcome to this joyous wedding celebration! We have come here today to celebrate love, family and friendship and to support Felicity and Jeffrey as they are joined together as husband and wife.

Felicity, you are a beautiful bride and together you are one blessed couple! This is a special ceremony that brings together a very unique couple.

Giving of the Bride


Now, I have a very important question to ask: Who gives this woman to be married to this man? (Aunt Patsy and other). Pastor Dave seats the congregation.

Welcome

Family and friends, we have come today at the invitation of Felicity and Jeffrey to share in the joy of their wedding. This outward celebration we shall see and hear is but an expression of the inner love and devotion they have in their hearts for one another.

They've decided to share this joyous moment with you, a moment that represents the beginning of a lifetime of love together.

My name is Pastor Dave Page and it is my privilege to be able to serve today as the Wedding Officiant.

Felicity and Jeffrey would also like to thank you, their family and friends, for making the journey here today and for the support you have provided over the years, in good times and in bad.

As the French writer Marcel Proust said, Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

You are the people who make the souls of Felicity and Jeffrey blossom. They acknowledge and thank all of you for your support and participation today.

At this gorgeous venue, Felicity and Jeffrey will demonstrate their love and devotion by reciting vows to one another and sealing those vows through the giving and receiving of rings. Today, their lives, which began on separate paths, will be joined as one.

Tribute to the Mothers

Today represents not only the joining of Felicity and Jeffrey, but also the joining of their families and friends, without whose support, friendship and encouragement they would not be here today.

This wedding celebration is a joining of two unique families who stood separate until today. Today we unite these families by the marriage of Felicity and Jeffrey. They would each like to honor the separateness of their families and now the togetherness with the giving of a rose to their mothers.

They would also like to acknowledge the love and sacrifice that their respective families have made to mold Felicity and Jeffrey into who they are today - a man and woman who are ready to be in a committed, loving marriage of their own.

Felicity and Jeffrey together, present presents to each couple.

Poem

Read by Felicitys brother George Patrick C Cray (Sicre)
With You
With your heart in my hands, I will embrace love and life
With your arms around me, I am safe and comforted.
With the comfort of your words, I can hear your laughter.
With your laughter in my ears, My smile will be eternal.
With you smiling at me, Your eyes sing a love song
With your eyes adoring me, I can understand devotion.
With your understanding nature, I can be myself beside you.
With you by my side, I can face any hardship.
With your face in front of me, I can see our future.
With our future wide open, I can imagine forever.
With eternity ahead, We will walk hand-in-hand.
With your hand in mine, Our hearts become one.

Wedding Homily

A Definition of Compatibility: "Capable of existing together in harmony ... Designed to work with another device or system without medication ... like computer software ... We say it is Mac compatible."

Compatibility are two things that go well together ...
"Like Ham and eggs" "Like Bees and honey" "Like Salt and pepper"
"Like Cheese and crackers" Peanut Butter and Honey

Just to name a few.

But nothing goes together like Felicity and Jeffrey! You wouldn't have one without the other.

Jerry Maguire, played by Tom Cruise, said it another way to Dorothy Boyd, played by Rene Zellweger, when he said, I love you. You complete me. And her famous response to his moving speech, You had me at hello.

Felicity and Jeffreys bond is deep because they are independently complete. Yet, they voluntarily come together to become one. And
in so doing they create a third entity if you will. Its organic, its vital, its what some call becoming one flesh.

In a nutshell, Felicity and Jeffrey complete each other!

Felicity and Jeffrey, love is the foundation of any great marriage. Love is much more than just a feeling. True love is a commitment that is demonstrated through ones actions. Love is a verb. Its patient, its kind, and its not self-seeking but seeks what is best for the other person. True love sacrifices for the other person, in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad.

The more we give of self, the richer we become in soul; the more we go beyond ourselves in love, the more we become our true selves and our spiritual beauty is more fully revealed. I believe that is the goal of marriage - to bring one another into fuller life.

In his book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman, a MFC, identifies 5 ways to meet each others needs.

1. WORDS of affirmation 2. Quality TIME 3. Receiving GIFTS 4. Acts of SERVICE 5. Physical TOUCH

The key is to discover your spouses love language and then speak their language often.

3 Things I Love About You

Jeffrey > Felicity:
Considerate
Genuine
Happy
Loyal
Open-minded

Felicity > Jeffrey:
Considerat
Genuine
Trustworthy Patient Kind-Hearted Charming Generous

Also,Compatibility Togetherness Humorous Entertaining Exciting Connected Intelligent Comforting Protective Compassionate.

Tips for a Happy and Healthy Marriage:

1. Never go to be angry Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Work it out. Forgive each other as God has forgiven you.

2. Keep a good sense of humor A cheerful heart is good medicine.

3. Be Kind to one another - Make each other the recipient of daily kindness. Be generous with compliments. Make your marriage and your home an uplifting refuge.

4. Communicate, communicate, communicate!!! Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

5. Continue to build your relationship Jeffrey date your wife! Its been said, If there was more courting in marriages there would be fewer marriages in court! Love and respect one another and have fun together!

Lastly, remember the spiritual dimension to marriage which is essential for a fulfilling marriage. It begins with a vertical relationship with God who is love and extends to a horizontal relationship with one another.

Felicity and Jeffrey, my hope is that you have many long years to delight in each others company, to feel gratitude for your good fortune in having found each other, to make a home together that is sheltering and welcoming, for each of you to do meaningful and productive work in the world and to love and be loved by God, and by your family and friends who have come here today to support you.

Blessing of the Hands (Ceremony)

Felicity and Jeffrey, please face each other and hold hands.
Felicity, please face Jeffrey, and hold his hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you.
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises to love you all the days of his life.
These are the hands that will work along side yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.
These are the hands you will place with expectant joy against your stomach, until he too, feels his child stir within you.
These are the hands that look so large and strong, yet will be so gentle as he holds your baby for the first time.
These are the hands that will work long hours for you and your new family.
These are that hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes: tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief wracked your mind.
These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes: eyes that are filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you.

Jeffrey, please hold Felicity's hands, palms up, where you may see the gift that they are to you.
These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young and carefree, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as she pledges her love and commitment to you all the days of her life.
These are the hands that will hold each child in tender love, soothing them through illness and hurt, supporting and encouraging them along the way, and knowing when it is time to let go.
These are the hands that will massage tension from your neck and back in the evenings after you've both had a long hard day.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.
These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, or console you when you are grieving.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will hold you in joy and excitement and hope, each time she tells you that you are to have another child, that together you have created a new life. These are the hands that will give you support as she encourages you to chase down your dreams.
Together as a team, everything you wish for can be realized.

Dear God,
Bless these hands that you see before you this day. May they always be held by one another. Give them the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love. Help these hands to continue building a relationship founded in grace, rich in caring, and devoted in reaching for your perfection.

May Felicity and Jeff see their four hands as healer, protector,
shelter and guide.

Exchange of Vows

Jeffrey: First, WOW, you look stunning. You are my best friend, companion, and the one I will live this life with. I promise to value every moment that we have together. I will look forward to all the times we will share and remember the ones that have past. I promise to enjoy the moment that we are in. Especially this one. And the next one. And the one after that. Some people fear growing old. I cant wait to see what is ahead for us - Births, anniversaries, and children growing up. I want to be there with you. As long as you are with me, the years going by will be a wonderful thing. I promise to support you in your times of strength and your times of need - without exception or compromise. I will remain true to you as the person you can love and rely upon without question. You are the most important part of my life and I vow to always treat you that way. I will always remember the feeling of honor when you became my wife today. I will remember that you came here to start a beautiful marriage and family. I will remember that you chose me. I will live my life so that our love for each other never dims and only becomes greater from this point forward.

I, Jeffrey, take you Felicity, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward as long as we both shall live.

Felicity:
Jeffrey, I knew that I liked you when I saw that you drove a Jeep. And when you sold that Jeep, and I still liked you, I knew it must be love, I dont know what it was that I did to deserve you in my life, but it must have been something right, and I promise to always work hard to honor our commitment, support, encourage, and love you immensely no matter what surprises come our way.

I love life with you in it. You are my everything, and my every day. You make every thing and every day special. You bring out the best in me and make me want to be the best me possible. You are the most amazing thing that has happened to me, and I will spend eternity showing you how special you are. I will always greet you with kisses and a smile, set your toothbrush out for you, make the best out of every car show and climb up long hills on my bike. I love you with all my heart. Thank you for choosing me and making me happier than I ever dreamed possible.

I, Felicity, take you Jeffrey, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward as long as we both shall live.

Exchange of Rings

Jeffrey: Felicity, I give you this ring in remembrance of this moment. As a reminder that I will love, honor, and cherish you, In all times, in all places, and in all ways, forever.

Felicity:Jeffrey, I give you this ring in remembrance of this moment. As a reminder that I will love, honor, and cherish you,
In all times, in all places, and in all ways, forever.

Thank You!

Thank you to Say I Do Ocean Views 100,000 Giveaway, Wedding Jeanie, The Huntington Beach Hilton, and all the vendors who have worked so hard to make this a wedding to remember for a lifetime.

Pro
nouncement

Felicity and Jeffrey, you have come before family and friends and shared your vows of love and devotion and sealed those vows through the giving and receiving of rings. It is now my privilege as a minister of the gospel and as one so authorized by the State of California, do hereby pronounce you husband and wife. What God has joined together, let no man or woman put asunder.

Kiss

Jeffrey, you may now kiss your bride!

Announcement/Presentation

Family and friends, it is my privilege and pleasure to now present to you for the very first time, MR. AND MRS. JEFFREY AND FELICITY SHAPPEL. (CHAPPELL).

The End

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