When I officiate a wedding I usually start with a moment of silence. I guide everyone to become present in the moment, to offer their Presence as a gift to the couple. We acknowledge those who are not able to be there, those who have passed on, etc.
Next I like to address the couple, with a reading or quote and a bit of my own perspective on love and relationships. It’s a lite version, appropriate, sweet… hopefully hopeful and uplifting.
If I could have an Ally McBeal moment (in case you’re too young, that show would feature way-out scenes in the midst of the action showing Ally’s real thoughts or what she really wanted to say and then snap back to the ordinary conversation)… Here’s what I would say:Look into the eyes of your beloved. Think of all that you love about them. Many of those things are in your mind, a figment of your imagination and expectations. This person will disappoint you by not acting according to those expectations and just being themselves. It’s not personal against you. They are just being perfectly who they are. You’ll have to forgive yourself for having illusions of what was going to happen and how your spouse was going to behave. Forgive yourself especially for any thoughts that he or she would change, with your help. You can thank your beloved at that point for guiding you back to the real purpose of the relationship – for you to discover the infinite well of Love within you. When he or she is unable or unwilling to give love or comfort, when he is exhausted and has only snide comments or silence for you, when she is in self doubt and coming at you with neediness disguised as accusations, you will be nudged toward the realization that your partner is not the source of love in your life. They are not there to give you love. When they have nothing emotionally to give, you will have the opportunity to be the one to bring love to the situation, to give love to yourself and to be loving to your partner. Then you will experience Love… and the Truth that, like Dorothy found, you had it all along. You might get divorced. You can love someone and not want to be married to them. Your growth in this relationship may come to an end. One of you might get lost and go down a road the other chooses not to travel on. Any of that is Ok. It’s not a failure. It will not be for naught if someone learns something from it. That is success. You may have been initially attracted to each other due to unconscious beliefs about yourself or unresolved issues with your parents. If so, you’ll be horrified in a few years when you realize how much your partner acts like your mother or father. Don’t fret. Part of you was hoping to recreate that dynamic and this time “win” the person’s love or attention. Your task will be to let go of your need for that replay. And to realize, again, that you are Love. If you believe (even unknowingly) that people leave you, or that you deserve to be mistreated or abused, your partner will play his or her part in fulfilling that prophecy for you – unless you bring those dark thoughts into the light where they can dissolve… into Love. You will have chances to practice being with annoyance, anger, sadness, and worry. You can learn acceptance, surrender, and how to remember your sense of humor. You can experience the heights of joy and passion if you are vulnerable enough to go to the depths of heartache. And so I ask you both, are you ready to enter into this contract…
freely and without reservation?