I performed my “romantic” wedding ceremony for Cassandra Nelson and Marshall Grace at 4 p.m. at Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia, Peoria, AZ on Saturday, November 7, 2009.
Their wedding was a “fun” wedding with a little humor to lighten things up. When the Groom took his place next to the Bride I looked at him and said, “Marshall, you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say in this marriage can – and probably will – be held against you!” The guests burst into laughter. I guess the guests didn’t expect the Minister to have a sense of humor.
When I said, “If any of you can show just cause why this couple should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace” all eight of the Groomsmen produced signs that said, “Quiet Please!” and the eight Bridesmaids in unison all said, “Shusss” as if to say, “Quiet!
Another lighthearted moment came when I said, “You may now kiss the bride!” The Bride turned from the Groom while the Maiden of Honor came over to touch up her lipstick and fluff her hair while the Groom turned from the Bride and the Best Man offered him some breath freshener. At that point, the Maiden of Honor lifted a sign that said, “Applause!” Everyone applauded and laughed and then the Bride and Groom kissed.
Instead of doing the Blending of the Sands ceremony, we did a Water Ceremony. Two containers were filled with water and in the main vase there were 3 drops of blue and 3 drops of red cake coloring. When the two containers of clear water were poured into the main vase, the color of the water magically changed to a pale shade of purple to match the dresses of the Bridesmaids.
All eight Bridesmaids were barefoot with flowers on their right ankle color coordinated to match their dresses.
We also signed the Marriage License during the ceremony near the end. I do this quite regularly so the guests can watch as the Bride, Groom and two witness sign the license. That way I don’t have to try to get everyone together again immediately after the ceremony to sign the license. Often the witnesses are in a hurry to get their “social lubricant” at the bar and rounding them up again delays starting the photos.
At the very end of the ceremony I ask the guests to offer their congratulations at the reception and invite the parents to go before me so they can be with the bridal party to offer their private congratulations and be together so that pictures of the wedding party can stay on schedule.
For me, it was a refreshing change with brief bits of humor for which the guests indicated their approval and appreciation to me after the ceremony at the reception.
I thought this was a terrific idea for all the guests at Cassandra and Marshall’s wedding. A very nice fan (the weather was warm) was left on each chair before the wedding ceremony began. The photo shows one side of the fan that featured the names of the entire wedding party, and the flip side showed the bride and grooms names and the date of their wedding.
Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Marshall Grace!
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