(Bride), please face (Groom)t and hold his hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you. These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises to love you all the days of his life. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.
These are the hands that someday you will place with expectant joy against your stomach, until he too, feels the child stir within you. (remove in no children planned)
These are the hands that look so large and strong, yet will be so gentle as he holds your baby for the first time. (remove in no children planned)
These are the hands that will work long hours for your family.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will comfort you in illness and hold you when fear or grief wracks your mind. These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes; eyes that are filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you.
(Groom), please hold (Bride) hands, palms up, where you may see the gift that they are to you. These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young and carefree, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as she pledges her love and commitment to you all the days of her life.
These are the hands that will someday hold each child in tender love, soothing them through illness and hurt, supporting and encouraging them along the way, and knowing when it's time to let go. (remove in no children planned)
These are the hands that will massage tension from your neck and back in the evening if you've had a long hard day.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times. These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, and console you when you are grieving. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will hold you in joy, excitement and hope each time she tells you that you are to have another child, that together you have created a new life. (remove if no children planned)
These are the hands that will give you support as she encourages you to chase down your dreams. Together as a team, everything you wish can be realized.
Hand in hand you enter into marriage; hand in hand you step out in faith. The hand you give freely to each other will be at times the strongest and yet at other times the most tender part of your body.
In the years ahead you will need both strength and tenderness. Be firm in your commitment. Don't let your grip become weak. And yet, be flexible as you experience the twists and turns of life. Don't let your hands become calloused, but rather find patience and mercy as the Lord has been patient and merciful with you.
Strength and tenderness, firm commitment and flexibility, patience and mercy: of such is a marriage made, hand in hand.
Also remember that you don't walk this path alone. Don't be afraid to reach out to others when you face difficulty. Other hands are there: your faith, your family and your friends.
To accept an outreached hand is not admission of failure, but an act of faith. For behind us, underneath us, around us all, are the outstretched arms of the Lord. It is into His hand that, above all else, we commit this union of husband and wife.
I have grown very found of (Groom) and (Bride), and find there love is true and infectious to people who our fortunate enough to be touched by their love.
For as we have been allowed to share in these wonderful days and these incredible moments of the forever joining of these two hearts and as this infectious love has touched us all, we now have a duty to this relationship, to force them together during the raining days, and as clouds pass, to point out, to the both of them, the sun will shine brightly again. It is now all of our duty as this wonderful new marriage journey begins.