Hello, I am Reverend REVERANDNAME.
We're about to start the ceremony: as we wait for the wedding party
to line up and come in, I'd like to invite you to join me in the
mystical ritual of making sure the cell phone is quiet. [grin]
[bridal party enters]
Welcome! Thank you for coming to this celebration!
We are gathered together here in the presence of friends
and family to celebrate the love which ______ and
______ have for each other;
to give social recognition to their decision to commit their lives
and accept each other completely; to learn how to help and understand
each other; and together, to travel through life and share their love of hockey.
So what’s hockey got to do with this? Well,
hockey and marriage aren’t all that different!
Both require a lot of hard work, a lot of running,
and a lot of learning and analyzing mistakes and starting over,
every morning is a new day, a chance to make it better –
as long as you are committed to make it better. A good game, and
a good marriage – don’t just happen. It takes love to
get started, and sheer determination to make it through. And in spite
of all the knocking of heads, and checking, and clashing about goals,
activities, kids, toys and other equipment, it is a wonderful experience
with which we grow and in which we fulfill an important part of who we are
and who we become.
Before we continue, if any of you has anything to say that
might change their minds, they don't want to hear it. However,
they do want to hear from you that you are their village, that you
will always be their friends, and that you will always support and
encourage them as they build the skills and work up the commitment
and dedication needed to make marriage work. You are here as fans, coaches
and team members. I realize each of you comes from one side, so I would encourage
you to embrace both of them and support them in their journey.