Weddings are a time to celebrate and support a happy couple. One way couples celebrate their marriage is through prayer. Whether you choose to be married in a church, or at the reception site, there are a number of prayers you can integrate into your ceremony. This post focuses on Christian wedding prayers.
5 Prayers for a Wedding Reception
Here are some of our favorite prayers for a wedding reception.
1. Wedding Reception Blessing Prayers
Your wedding day is a time to celebrate a future life together. Choosing a person to spend your life with is more than a commitment to another person, it is a commitment to work through the ups and the downs and work together through communication and the church. During your wedding reception, use the following prayers to send you on your way to a happy marriage.
Wedding Ring Blessing Prayer
God of love, bless the marriage of ____and ____. Surround their relationship and their home with ever-growing love. May they always be aware of Your presence and Your care in their lives. And now, ___and ___, may the grace of Christ attend you, the love of God surround you, and the Holy Spirit keep you. Amen.
Ring Blessing Prayer for Weddings
Officiant: To the Best Man or Ringbearer: May we have the rings? (Now the designated person should give the rings to the Officiant)
Officiant: This wedding ring is the outward sign of an inward and spiritual grace, signifying to everyone the uniting of ___ and ___ in holy matrimony. Let us pray. Bless, O Lord, the giving of these rings, so that they who wear them may abide in peace, and continue in thy favor. Amen.
2. Traditional Wedding Reception Prayers
For those who want to wrap tradition into their wedding, we have traditional wedding reception prayers for you.
Traditional Opening Wedding Reception Prayer
Lord God Almighty,
Creator of the heavens and earth.
Thank you for the gift of marriage
For all the joy and love that it brings us.
We thank you for ____ and ____.
Thank you that you have brought them together for this special day,
And that you hold them safely in Your hands.
We pray that you would richly bless them as they exchange their vows and their wedding rings, And from this day forward they would walk hand in hand into everything that you have destined them to be.
We give our hearts and beings to You now in adoration,
And welcome Your Holy Spirit amongst us.
Traditional Wedding Reception Prayer
Traditionally given after the vows and rings, but incorporate at any time.
Eternal God, creator and preserver of all life, author of salvation, and giver of all grace: Look with favor upon the world you have made, and for which your Son gave his life, and especially upon this man and this woman whom you make one flesh in Holy Matrimony.
Give them wisdom and devotion in the ordering of their common life, that each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in perplexity, a comfort in sorrow, and a companion in joy.
3.Prayer for Wedding Dinner
When you're planning what prayer to say before a wedding dinner, think about all the people in the room. You have gathered dozens (or hundreds) of people together for a meal to celebrate the happy couple. Every person in the room was carefully chosen to celebrate and support the couple, and to enjoy a wonderful meal. A few popular choices are:
Our Father Wedding Prayer
Dearly beloved, we are gathered together to witness the uniting of ________ and ____________, who present themselves before God, seeking the sacrament of Holy Marriage. We ask God together, to bless our meal.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Grace Wedding Dinner Prayer
Lord God, Creator of the universe we have gathered here around this dinner table to celebrate the love and commitment that have united ____ and ____, in a wonderful bond of marriage. Bless our wonderful meal, and bless the happy couple for a wonderful life together.
4. Wedding Rain Prayer
Irish prayers are known to bless dances and high spirits in weddings. Our favorite is Happy Is The Bride That Rain Falls On:
Happy is the bride that rain falls on
May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.
May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.
May the saddest day of your future
Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
And your hearts joined forever in love.
Your lives are very special,
God has touched you in many ways.
May his blessings rest upon you
And fill all your coming days.
We swear by peace and love to stand,
Heart to heart and hand to hand.
Hark, O Spirit, and hear us now,
Confirming this our Sacred Vow. From Lords Prayer Words.
5. Wedding Send-off Prayer
Before the couple goes on their way the perfect send-off is a prayer. Have guests raise their hands and say the following prayer together, or find a quiet place for the couples' families to get together to recite this prayer.
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.
Proven Wedding Reception Prayers
These wedding reception prayers are crafted to bring you a joyful and happy day. From morning until send-off you will be blessed with happy words and encouraging thoughts from these wonderful prayers.