Summary: I had the honor of performing my daughter’s wedding. Thought I’d share the ceremony I wrote.
Let us pray. Lord Jesus, we thank You that we have before us today, two young people that have first received Your love through salvation and have dedicated their lives to You before they sought to love and dedicate themselves to each other. No one can truly love until they have known Your love. We ask You to be at this altar. We pray that you would solemnize the vows and make sacred the words we say. In Jesus’name. Amen.
Today, we are gathered to unite a couple in love, in holy matrimony. It is their day. They and their love are to be the focal point. They have asked you, their family and friends, to share their joy and witness
their vows of love and dedication.
Because of Michelle’s and Mark’s first commitment to Jesus Christ, we have before us a very rare situation. It is traditional for the Bride to wear white as a symbol of the bride’s purity. However, today that tradition is just that, tradition and white does not always bear testimony to the truth of the bride’s condition. Michelle, wants all to know that she has been waiting for the man God has chosen. Men normally wear black. Why, I am not sure, unless because it is representative sometimes of authority, although more often of mourning and that does not fit into a time of joy, such as this. Today, we have a man in white. A rare situation, indeed. A man coming to the altar symbolizing his purity to the one who would be his wife. Truly, in our society,this can only be the result of a life surrendered to Jesus Christ.
These two young people are to be praised for their resistance to the pressures of their society and their stand for their Lord. In fact, my daughter has a present for me today. When she kisses Mark, after the
vows, he will be the only man that she has kissed. She purposed to give me that gift many years ago of her own desire. Some would think that extreme, but if there is to be error, then let it be in trying too hard
to please God then trying to determine how far we can go and still be pure. Brethren, I think it fitting for a round of applause. God shall richly bless them. Two are stronger than one and if they are this
strong apart then their continued submission to God in their union will be a formidable threat to this evil age.
Mark, today you are to become a husband. This is no light thing. It comes with many privileges, but also many responsibilities. I know you to be a hard working man. I know you love my daughter deeply. It is never easy for a man to give his daughter to another man and no one loves his daughter more than I. While it is never easy, it helps to have the assurance that the man she marries loves her as much as him. I have that assurance with you. She will always be my daughter, but I transfer authority over her to you this day and charge you to always stay under the leadership of Jesus Christ and in His will and by this I know you will fulfill His will and mine for her life.
Michelle, my beloved daughter, this is the day that I know you have longed for. You are about to become a wife and a helpmeet to this man. This is not a light thing, either. Mark is not perfect and will