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A Wedding Prayer: What Special Memories Do You Hold From Your Wedding Day?

Wedding Day PrayerEditor’s Note:  I often think back to all of those that helped make our wedding day special, and I remember all of the good wishes and blessings that were bestowed upon us on that crazy, incredible day. 

Looking back, I can really appreciate the Scripture readings, the Homily and all the many prayers for goodwill that have since been realized in our lives.

When Nadene Woelfel generously shared with me a special wedding prayer that she prepared several years ago, I was moved by the words and reminded once again of all the God-given blessings that marriage provides.  I asked Nadene if I could share her prayer here for your enjoyment, and she generously agreed and provided a bit of background about the honor of being asked to provide such a cool gift to a newly married couple.  Enjoy!

A few years ago I was asked to say the prayer for my Cousin’s wedding.  I thought, “Wow, what an honor and how wonderful to be asked.”

Then, I started to write and it was not easy. I wanted to portray to my cousin and her new husband my wishes for them in the future, and of course I wanted it to be perfect.

So, for all of you who may be struggling with a similar duty honor I want to share my prayer.

A Wedding Prayer

for Teresa and Shawn

Lord, we have gathered here today

To celebrate the love and commitment

That has united Terri and Shawn,

In a wonderful bond of marriage.

We ask that you bless this food that

We are about to receive with grateful hearts.

May your blessings descend also upon

These newly married spouses,

Their families and friends

Who join us here today.

We sincerely pray that you bless

Terri and Shawn

With a love to last forever.

In sickness and in health may they find your strength

In doubts and troubles may they see your light

May their love continue to grow with each new challenge

May they always find strength in each other

May they be blessed with children to keep their days and nights busy

And when the children sleep

And they look into each others eyes,

May they always feel what they feel today.

May they live each moment of each day for each other.

– Amen

When I finished saying this prayer at the Wedding Reception, my cousin was moved and asked me for a copy of it.

Not only did I give her a copy of it, but I framed it in a shadow box with flowers from the bouquet that I carried in her wedding.  She now has my prayer preserved as a keepsake for years to come.

What special memories or keepsakes do you hold sacred from your wedding day?  If you’re not yet married, what family traditions or cool plans do you look forward to on that special day?

Nadene is a Sales Representative for Krepe-Kraft Invitations & More, a division of Mod-Pac. Krepe-Kraft Invitations & More has provided personalized products for Weddings and other Party Events, such as invitations, boxes, bags, glassware and more for over 35 years.  For more information, please visit them at www.krepekraftonline.com

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  1. There is so much that I remember about our wedding day – too many to name, but the best was just having all of our family and friends there to be our witnesses to the vows we made to each other. One of my favorite keepsakes is the ring bearer pillow my aunt made for the wedding. It is a satin pillow filled with lavendar (one of my favorite scents). I keep it on my nightstand and my rings rest there every night while I sleep. So, every night as I put my rings on it, it reminds me of that wonderful day 3 1/2 years ago.

  2. This is a second marriage for both my Dear Hubby and I, so we were uniting not just our two hearts, but our families as well, so we wanted to have our children very involved in the wedding…and altogether we have seven children!

    My special memory is that our oldest son and his wife were stationed in Germany at the time, and several times my Dear Hubby would say how much he wished our oldest could be with us. Little did he know that oldest son’s wife and I were in cahoots! We planned for them to sneak into the country the night before the wedding and “show up” at the rehearsal dinner. Sure enough, our big party was milling about and just as we were all being seated at the restaurant, oldest son and his wife walked in and waved (like they had never been away). Dear Hubby looked up and said, “Oh hi, Son”and then his face went PALE and he about fell off his chair! “IS IT REALLY YOU?” Oh he was sooooooo happy!

    My dear hubby’s special memory is that, as I mentioned, we had our children involved in the wedding with us, so that some stood up with us as witnesses, best man and matron of honor, and so on. We had decided to have our second youngest, a son, be our “ring-bearer” in that he held the rings for us and got to wear a cool wedding outfit. Our second youngest is a very quiet, introverted video-gaming kind of lad with a GREAT sense of humor. So the time came to exchange the rings, and since it was a smallish chapel, he had to walk up the aisle with the rings. On the way up, you guessed it–he tripped, dropped the rings, and everything went flying (arms, legs, rings). Well you could hear a pin drop, yet without missing a beat he stood up, picked up the rings, and said (just loud enough for everyone to hear): “SKILLZ”. Needless to say, everyone broke out laughing and the lightheartedness of the wedding continued.

    • SKILLZ. Now that is funny!

      Thank you for sharing some awesome memories, Cindy! Your story reminded me of one of my own unique and special memories. In a “story for another day,” my Mom and Dad were actually divorced and then remarried each other during my first year of college. On their second wedding day, my girlfriend (now wife) and I were their witnesses before the Justice of the Peace!

      It’s cool because my signature and my wife’s signature (with her maiden name) are on my parent’s wedding license! I bet there aren’t too many folks out there who can say the same. :)

  3. My favorite parts of my wedding day was having everyone there–our parents (who are divorced & remarried) in the same place, peacefully co-existing–that was a miracle! The wedding ceremony itself was truly some of the best 15 minutes of my life! I thought I’d be scared and nervous, I wasn’t. It was the most natural thing in the world to me and feeling the love that radiated from my guy and our family & friends sitting and witnessing our vows, that was truly absolutely awesome! Our first dance was wonderful too, we just felt so happy that we finally did it, we made it to this day, this moment and it was just the best feeling! My other favorite part was walking down the aisle….I was nervous at first, but when I turned the corner and saw ALL of my nearest and dearest family and friends–oh, it was honestly one of the best moments of my entire life. Not because I was the center of attention at that moment, but because I was humbled to my core. I could literally FEEL their love, support and pride radiating towards me, and then of course, seeing my then fiance standing up there looking so incredibly handsome in his tux–wow! It was just the most fantastic moment ever! Realizing that everyone was there for us, they took time our of their lives, their schedules and their pocket books (we had a destination wedding). And that I’d found the man I would spend the rest of my life with–that he accepted me and I accepted him, it was just amazing! Those were my favorite parts of my wedding day. It was truly the best day of my entire life! Great question, by the way, thanks for asking!

    Many Blessings,
    -Sarah Liz :)

  4. My husband and I were married ten years ago at my childhood church, where my parents and some of my aunts and uncles had also been married. It was simple, but perfect. The church was beautiful. My mother made my gown and veil, a lovely memory in itself. My childhood minister, who had retired, came to do the service.

    My favorite memory from our wedding was having my cousin’s daughter, our flower girl, stop halfway up the aisle at her aunt’s pew, and ask, “Why do I gots to do this?!?” She was four. A close second was my husband’s minister, who drove in from out of town to do the scripture readings… He had misread the invitation and called half way in. He was on the parkway, speeding, and hoping to make it on time. Our pianist had answered the call and asked what he would do if he was pulled over. “Beg for mercy,” he answered. He made it through the doors just as I was getting ready to walk down the aisle.

    -Kristy

    • Wow, that’s quite a story, Kristy! My wife’s brother got married this summer, and both of our kids were in the wedding. Our 4 year old ring bearer was holding his 2 year old sister’s hand all the way down the aisle and trying to hurry her along. He was definitely the big brother that day!

  5. We’ve been married for 14 weeks now, so not too long, and the memories are still all fresh. We only invited a small amount of people for our wedding reception but we opened up the ceremony to our own church communities, by putting a notice in our church bulletins. So many people showed up that i never expected to see. The old ladies from church, people i used to work with, the new refugee family, a guy i had a crush on when i was 8. So many people were excited to be there just to witness it and were so grateful to have been encouraged to come.
    Our priest was awesome and he was so happy to be doing a wedding for a couple he actually knew, rather than a couple who he had only met because they liked the look of the church. His homily was so beautiful.

    Another great memory is a surprise that had been organised by everyone to bring up one of my friends for the wedding. We used to be very close, but hadn’t seen each other in years due to the hecticness of his work and the distance between towns. I’d sent the invite, but didn’t expect him to show up. Little did i know is that he had contacted my sister, and they worked together for him to get up here. When i got a text from him that morning, i had no idea he was on a plane up to see me. My family knew, my bridal party knew, my now-husband knew, even the caterers knew. They all thought i suspected something, but i had no idea. He showed up during the pre-wedding photos, and i got such a shock. He was such a help for the rest of the night. I’m so glad he made it. I’m so glad that he and my husband finally got to meet.
    Just found your blog and i’m loving it. sorry about the really long comment

    • Thank you becoming part of our community here, Mary! And don’t worry, I love really long comments…it just means you have a lot of great stuff to share. I think it’s awesome that the community came out to support you on your wedding day. That’s really what it’s supposed to be about in the Church’s eyes. And your surprise guest sounds like made the day extra special for you guys.

      I look forward to interacting with you much more in the future!

  6. My favorite moment was when I got to the alter for our wedding mass and my husband took me by the hand and whispered “You look absolutely beautiful” in a voice I’d never heard him use before and a happy look on his face that was beyond any other face I’d ever seen on him. It was the best moment! One of the only moments I have of that day that aren’t a complete blur! :D

    • Very nice, Kathryn! I actually got a little emotional and tongue-tied during our vows. When I said “Holy Spirit” it sounded like I had peanut butter stuck to the roof of my mouth. We still laugh about that! But you are right, so much of the wedding day is a blur.

  7. Skeemer118 says:

    I’m a few months late commenting on this post as I’m a new reader, but I have 2 extremely special memories of my wedding to my husband. When I walked down the aisle to him the look on his face was amazing. He was SO PROUD to see me walk to him, his smile was so huge. After we were married we walked into a room alone & he hugged me, kissed me, & said, “You’re my wife.” It has truly been bliss for 2 years & counting. :)

    • I’m glad you found this post, Skeemer! I LOVE your story and really appreciate you sharing it with the Engaged Marriage community. Welcome!

  8. hi great post. I really enjoyed your post. i was looking for wedding planner and ended up here. thanks again Bob

  9. This is so sweet. I still remember during my church wedding 10 years ago, my x-girlfriend showed up and cried infront of everybody. Our wedding ceremony was delayed for about half an hour. This is not a special moment but this is something that I will never forget.

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