Words of blessing spoken at the end of a wedding ceremony

Traditionally, the first part of the wedding ceremony is about where you have come from, the middle part is about the commitments you are making today, and the closing part is future oriented, about receiving the blessings and well wishes of your community.
I often use these words, taken from a traditional Irish blessing, in the closing segment of the ceremony.  But you may prefer to choose another reading or prayer to use here – to be read by the celebrant or by another person of your choice.

“As you go forth from this place to continue your lives together,
may your joys be as bright as the morning,
your years of happiness as numerous as the stars in the heavens,
and your troubles but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love.

May your home be filled with laughter and the warm embrace of a summer day.

May you find peacefulness and beauty, challenge and satisfaction,
healing and renewal, love and wisdom as in a quiet heart.

May you always feel that what you have is enough.”

Benediction – Words of Blessing
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