The sweetest story that’s ever been told
Lies in the slim circle of gold 

For ecstasy passes but it is replaced

Joining two people as husband and wife 
To share in the joys and the sorrows of life

For richer or poorer – in sickness and health
Your marriage can yield up a wonderful wealth

For ecstasy passes but it is replaced

Of memories to treasure and hopes to renew
All part of the promises made by you two
For ecstasy passes but it is replaced

With faith in each other and love as your guide
As long as for ever, you’ll walk side by side
And the shining reminder of how much you care
Will lie in the little gold band that you wear

Alice E Chase


Love is like magic, And it always will be, 
For love still remains, Life’s sweet mystery!

For ecstasy passes but it is replaced

Love works in ways, That are wondrous and strange,
And there’s nothing in life, That love cannot change!
Love can transform, The most commonplace,
Into beauty and splendour, And sweetness and grace!
Love is unselfish, Understanding and kind,
 For it sees with its heart,
And not with its mind!

For ecstasy passes but it is replaced

Love is the answer, That everyone seeks-
Love is the language that every heart speaks-
Love cant be bought, It is priceless and free,
Love like pure magic, Is a sweet mystery!

Helen Steiner Rice


The more you give, the more you get
The more you laugh, the less you fret
For ecstasy passes but it is replaced

The more you do unselfishly, the more you live Abundantly.

The more of everything you share
The more you’ll always have to spare
The more you love, the more you‘ll find, That life
 is good and friends are kind
For only what we give away, Enriches us from 
day to dayFor ecstasy passes but it is replaced

Helen Steiner Rice

A marriage makes of two fractional lives, a whole.
It gives to two purposeless lives a work, and doubles the strength of each to perform it.
For ecstasy passes but it is replaced

It gives to two questioning natures, a reason for living, and something to live for.

It will give a new gladness to the sunshine.
A new fragrance to the flowers,
A new beauty to the earth, 
And a new mystery to life

Mark Twain


When we’re together I forget the day’s concern,
And nothing seems to matter except being in your arms.
When we touch, I leave everything behind, and 
enter a world of dreams made only for us.
When we kiss, I lose myself completely in joy
I've discovered, in the wonder of you.
You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me,

And I know how very lucky I am to have you.

He to She

If all I give is all I have then what should I have left?
If I give of my love my shelter – then am I cold bereft?
What if I give you my relish, my zest – is my humour left stoic and dead?
And if I assured you by giving my faith would I be left hopeless instead?
If I was to vie my strength, my spirit would I lay weak and broken?

I think not!, when I raise my head, tenderly awoken.
The trust you give in your eyes; shines for all to see.
Then I know, the truth of giving is given back to me.
There is hope in your smile, love in your touch; spring faith anew.
And thus I know as I give all you give all to me, 2


The Both Of Us

A marriage between two
A joining of two hearts

 A joining of the future
A love that will never be apart

As you stand before us on this special day
We wish you all the love in the world
We wish you happiness for you both to share
May your dreams be fulfilled and life be without a care.

I now ask everyone gathered here
To show their appreciation for the love they share
I ask you all to give a cheer
To share their joy of being a pair.  




A good marriage must be created 
In marriage the little things are the big things 
It is never being too old to hold hands 
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day

 It is never going to sleep angry 
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives 
It is standing together to face the world
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family
It is speaking words of appreciation and 
demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways
It is having a capacity to forgive and forget
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which
Each can grow.


Marriage is a dynamic process of discovery.
Marriage is a journey, not an arrival.
In marriage, being the right person is as important as finding the right person.
Marriage is starting to love, over and over again
Marriage is a life’s work.  Marriage is an art….. and

Like any creative process, it requires active thought and effort.  
We have to learn how to share on many different levels.
We need to practice talking from the heart, and understanding attitudes as well as words.
Giving generously and receiving graciously are talents that are available to anyone.
But all these skills need to be developed, if the marriage
Pictures that we paint is to be anything
Approaching the masterpiece intended.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines.
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimm’d:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’stin his shade.
When in eternal lines to the time thou growst.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see.
So long lives this, and gives life to thee.




Marriage is the union of two people in love,
And love is sheer magic for it’s woven of
Gossamer dreams, enchantingly real,
That people in love are privileged to feel-
But the “exquisite ecstasy” that captures the heart
Of two people in love is just a small part
Of the beauty and wonder and miracle of 
The growth and fulfilment and evolvement of love
For only long years of living together
And sharing and caring in all kinds of weather
Both pleasure and pain, the glad and the sad,
Teardrops band laughter, the good and the bad,
Can add new dimensions and lift love above
The rapturous ecstasies of “falling in love”-
For ecstasy passes but it is replaced 
By something much greater that cannot be 
For what was “in part” has now “become whole”
For on the “wings of the flesh,” love entered the


May your marriage bring you all the exquisite 
excitements a marriage should bring, and may life 
grant you also patience, tolerance, and 

to fill your emptiness as to help you know your 
fullness.  A mountain needs a valley to be 
complete; the valley does not make the mountain 
less, but more; and the valley is more a valley 
because it has a mountain towering over it. 

So let it be with you and you

May you need one another but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one 
May you embrace one another, but not out 
encircle one another
May you succeed in all important ways with one 
another, and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say “I 
Love you!” and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart, may
both of you hope to have good sense enough to
take the first steps back.
May you enter into the mystery which is the 
awareness of one another’s presence - no more 
physical than spiritual, warm and near when you
are side by side and warm and near when you 
are in separate rooms or even distant cities.
May you have happiness, and may you find it
Making one another happy.
May you love, and may you find it loving one 


Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments.  Love is not love
Which alters when it alterations finds.
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no!  it is an ever fixed mark, That looks on
Tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come.
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks.
But bears it out even to the edge of doom:,
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved




‘Your marriage,’ he said, ‘should have been 
within it, a secret and a protected place, open to 
you alone.  Imagine it to be a walled garden, 
entered by a door to which you only hold the key

Within this garden you will cease to be a 
mother father, employee, homemaker or any 
other of the roles which you fulfil daily in life. 
Here you are yourselves two people who love 
each other.  Here you can concentrate on one 
another’s needs.’
So take my hand and let us go back to our 
garden.  This time we spend together is not 
wasted but invested.  Invested in our future and
the nature of our love.



Where there is love the heart is light,
Where there is love the day is bright,
Where there is love there is a song
To help when things are going wrong…..
Where there is love there is a smile
To make all things seem worthwhile,
Where there is love there is quiet peace,
A tranquil place where turmoil’s cease Love 
charges darkness into light
And makes the heart take “wingless flight”




If ever two where one, then surely we;
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare me, ye women, if you can.
I prize my love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor aught but love from thee give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay;
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live in love lets preserve
That when we live no more we may live ever.


I promise you my love…. Without any limits
 to accept the things you believe in 
and try always to understand you 
to be near you 
whenever you need my presence
 to trust in your love for me 
and pray that it grows stronger every day 
to watch our love grow together,
through the years.

I promise to soothe your mind and body
To plan with you, dream with you
To do my best to show you
how much I love you
for you have become my world, my heart,
my life
The future is ours…always.