Kahlil Gibran, the great Lebanese writer and poet, says of marriage in his book The Prophet saying:
You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
The marriage ceremony is the public announcement of what the celebrants have said to each other privately. Marriage is the joining of two unique people—each with their own priorities, potentials, interests, and pursuits—who come together in a lasting and loving relationship to make themselves greater than the individual. A wedding is a time of great joy and happiness, a time of optimism, commitment, affirmation, and blessing. It is the time for two lovers, friends, and partners to make their commitment public.
Marriage is friendship, sharing, communication, partnership and most of all love, a love that grows with the years in deeper, meaningful, and dynamic ways that develop beyond the perception of the moment. As I say in my ceremony, “Marriage is being the right partner, a partner capable of giving, caring, sharing, and cooperating in a loving environment. It is being best friends, lovers, and confidants with a commitment to each other in good times and bad, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. Marriage is truly a very special promise, a potential made in the hearts of two people who love each other, which literally takes a lifetime to fulfill.”
A wedding is your inauguration into the unique partnership of marriage, in the greatest cooperative adventure of your lives. Serving you as your officiant on the day of your marriage is a great honor.. You allow me the privilege to become part of this profoundly special day and entrust me with a sacred duty. I will do my upmost to make my words reflect your lives in the present and into the future.