It’s a great gift and blessing from Heaven to find real love. Wedding unites people, unites their hearts and souls. According to wedding traditions, at the ceremony or reception, one of the guests says wedding blessings to a young couple.
Nowadays it’s not obligatory to be done by religious prayer, as we tend to think, but possibly just a wish for newlyweds’ happiness and prosperity. Here, we’ve picked up everything you need to know about wedding blessings.
You’ll be amazed!
A Tradition Of Wedding Blessings And Prayers
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Firstly, let’s answer the question “what exactly is a blessing?” A blessing is mercy, benefit, approval. In general, people used to say the blessing before or after a meal, or when they favored someone or something.
They mostly appeal to a High Power, asking for the guard, protection, health, and peace. Speaking about wedding blessings, they don’t differ much. We also ask for all the best, but precisely for the bride and groom, for their marriage, well-being and a bright future.
When It’s Time To Say Your Wedding Blessing
Traditionally, a blessing is given during the ceremony or at the reception before dinner. Depending on customs and the couple’s preferences, it’s said either by a religious leader or by a family member. Generally, it goes before the ceremony to grace all the guests, to invite holiness to the venue. But at the end, the blessing is to pray for God’s approval of the new marriage.
At the reception, you might say wedding blessings to a family member, like father’s pray to a son, sister’s blessing, etc.
However, they all vary in length, it could be long marriage quotes or just a short saying, but they all have care, kindness, and goodwill in common.
Religious Wedding Prayers
Religious wedding blessings are those which appeal to God. They could be taken from the Bible as a quote, or be simply directed to divine forces. For example, English traditional vows are usually written on the base of the Bible but don’t sound very pious.
Christian Wedding Blessings
“May God bless, keep and guide you the rest of your lives. Happy Wedding Day!”
“Rejoice in your love for each other! God bless you now and always.””
“God bless this marriage and may your love for each other continue to grow.”
“May God bless the two of you abundantly in love, joy, and happiness.”
“We are praying that God guides you in your new adventure. May God pour out blessings on you two.”
“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. Mark 10:9”
“Rejoice in your love for each other! God bless you now and always.”
“As you become one in Christ, we wish you more joy and blessings.”
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear. I John 4:18”
“We are praying that God guides you in your new adventure. May God pour out blessings on you two.”
Jewish Wedding Blessings
Jewish people take wedding ceremonies seriously. They pay a lot of attention to it and make efforts to keep and cherish their customs. One of them is ShevaB’rachot, Seven Blessings. Jewish wedding blessings are the pray for the bride’s and groom’s joy, companionship, love, and peace. Let’s have a look at some examples:
“A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust.”
“Here’s to health and prosperity, To you and all your posterity. And them that doesn’t drink with sincerity, That they may be damned for all eternity!”
“May all your hopes and dreams come true, and may the memory of this day become dearer with each passing year”
Catholic Wedding Blessing
There’s no time limit to when a Catholic Wedding Blessing can occur but it’s customary to perform a blessing shortly after the wedding ceremony, often on the same day and always by an ordained minister.
The wedding blessing is especially important to the Catholic faith and comes in quite handy when couples are of mixed religions. Non-denominational or non-traditional weddings are often not recognized by the Catholic church. Performing a blessing after the wedding ceremony will the render the marriage officially recognized by the church. This is important because marriage is one of the 7 sacraments which channels the grace of God.
“Lord bless this beautiful couple with love and hope we pray.
Keep alive forever more the vows they’ve pledged today.
May you bless their dreams and visions,
And keep them always safe.
May peace and joy be with them now
On this their wedding day.”
Pagan Wedding Blessing Examples
Paganism is defined as a Polytheist or, more loosely, someone who holds religious beliefs outside of the main world religions.
Because this type of belief system is so broad, it makes it hard to define what a Pagan wedding blessing is. Typically these religions carry a strong connection with Mother Nature. If the wedding blessing prayer doesn’t include Her directly, it will evoke the gods of love, courage, truth, honor, or a combination of these.
If you’re attending a Pagan wedding for the first time, don’t be nervous. You’ll find that the majority of the event is very familiar.
“Now you are bound one to the other
With a tie not easy to break.
Take the time of binding
Before the final vows are made
To learn what you need to know –
To grow in wisdom and love.
That your marriage will be strong
That your love will last
In this life and beyond.”
Papal Wedding Blessing
A Papal Wedding Blessing is a certificate complete with the Papal seal and current Pope’s photo. Receiving a Papal wedding blessing can only be granted to a practicing baptized Catholic and a member of a pastor’s parish. But, the process is rather simple.
All one has to do is fax or mailed to the Parchment Office in Vatican City with at least 2 months time for processing.
Some Catholics will go to the trouble to travel all the way to Rome for the honor of a Papal blessing. Either way, there is no more meaningful blessing than a Benediction Papalis.
Hindu Wedding Blessing Samples
A Hindu priest (pandit) often performs Hindu wedding blessings, but they can also be performed by interfaith priests. There are 7 fairly particular blessings involved in this religious wedding ceremony.
First, the God of fire (Agni) is summoned by igniting a sacred fire. The 7 blessings follow.
“May this couple be blessed with an abundance of resources and comforts, and be helpful to one another in all ways.
May this couple be strong and complement one another.
May this couple be blessed with prosperity and riches on all levels.
May this couple be eternally happy.
May this couple be blessed with a happy family life.
May this couple live in perfect harmony… true to their personal values and their joint promises.
May this couple always be the best of friends.”
Non-Religious Wedding Blessings
No doubt, there are families and young couples who are not really close to any religion. Some statistics say their number dominates. Still, people want to say something warm, cheerful and motivative to the newlyweds. Speaking of non-religious wedding blessing, they are similar to the religious ones, but you just won’t hear the name of God in it.
When you say wish or blessing, it’s crucial to be yourself, to feel at ease and speak from your heart. So, in case you are not a member of any confession, don’t feel uncomfortable and choose one of the following timeless wedding blessings:
“May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy.”
“May today be the beginning of a long, happy life together.”
“Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together.”
“Wishing you joy, love and happiness on your wedding day and as you begin your new life together.”
“Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.”
“Congratulations on the most important union of your life! May you two always find love and hope in the company of one another.”
“My best wishes to two very exceptional people. Nothing makes me prouder than to tell the world that both of you are my friends. Enjoy a happy, fulfilling married life!”
“Here’s to you two—wishing my two favorite lovebirds a lifetime of happiness and love. Congrats on a beautiful wedding!”
“Warmest wishes to a fantastic couple. Here’s to a lifetime of adventure, love, and happiness! Congratulations on your matrimony.”
“I hope that every day you two spend together is as blissful and love-filled as possible. Here’s to one of my all-time favorite couples! Congratulations.”
Wedding Dinner Blessing
In many religions, it’s common to perform a blessing before a meal begins. Diners will recognize how fortunate they are to be able to receive nourishment and will thank God(s) for the gift of life.
Wedding dinner blessings take things a step further by honoring the couple and asking for God to provide them with joy, strength, and fruitfulness.
Christian and Jewish dinners have specific phrases to be read. In Pagan ceremonies, it’s not unusual to hear wedding blessing poem or wedding blessing quotes.
Breaking bread has been part of rituals and ceremonies for thousands of years, and there’s still no better way to bless a marriage.
Here is a traditional religious wedding dinner blessing example:
“Thank you, Creator, for bringing (name) and (name) together in such a happy way. We ask the Universe to bless this couple and their future together. May happiness and joy be a hallmark of their relationship. As they explore their love for each other, establish a home, and build a life together, may they be strengthened by the love and encouragement of those gathered here today. If times get hard, may they remember the commitment they made today and the joy that brought them together. Help them to learn from one another and grow strong as both individuals and a couple. May the food we eat now bring strength to us, and may we all enjoy this time of celebration and friendship. Amen.”
More Blessings For You
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In fact, each culture is always interesting and charming when you find out its wedding traditions. It’s always quite intriguing to discover what rituals people carry out to unite their soles. By the way, the brightest wedding blessings are said in Ireland.
Look, they are awesome:
“Always remember to forget the things that made you sad. But never forget to remember the things that made you glad. Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue. But never forget to remember those that have stuck by you. Always remember to forget the troubles that passed away. But never forget to remember the blessings that come each day”
“May you have love that never ends,
lots of money, and lots of friends.
Health be yours, whatever you do,
and may God send many blessings to you!”
The other interesting wedding traditions are, in our opinion, from Japan. They have quite strict rituals before the day of the marriage and very meaningful bride’s accessories. Japanese wedding blessings are called Norito. Here’s one of them:
“Bless them as unmoving and eternal
May their lives flourish like luxuriant trees.
May they, bride and groom, together with heaven and earth, with the sun and the
moon, continue to give out light and radiance.
Thus we do reverently pray.”
Now you know a lot about wedding blessings. We hope you’ve found inspiration here and now feel confident to write your own, the very best wedding blessing.