Non-Christian Prayers for Weddings

An Ancient First Nations Blessing (Apache Wedding Prayer)

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there are three lives before you: his life, her life and your life together. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into your days together. And may all your days be good and long upon the Earth.

The Elements of Love

The Elements of Love

May your Love be like the earth

Rich, natural, and deeply rooted

Strong as rock yet soft as sand

Always growing and always patient

May your love be like fire

Passionate, intense and energetic

A flame that never dies

As radiant as the morning sun

And as warm as an evening embrace

May your love be like water

Moving, constantly changing

Never still, never stagnant

As vast as the ocean

And as fresh as a spring's rain

May your love be like air

The sharing of dreams, thoughts and emotions

Always fragrant, always carefree

Found in the breeze of a whisper

Or in the breath of a kiss

May your love be like all four elements

Physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually intertwined

To create the perfect balance

And to craft the perfect ribbon

For to bind these two hearts into one

Ojibwa Wedding Prayer

Spouse 1: Today we give thanks for our many blessings

Spouse 2: We give thanks for the sky above and the earth below

Spouse 1: We give thanks for the rising of the sun and the moon

Spouse 2: We give thanks for the beauty of our surroundings

Spouse 1: We give thanks for our parents who brought us into this world and taught us about life

Spouse 2: We give thanks for our brothers and sisters who shared our childhood with us

Spouse 1: We give thanks for our friends who have journeyed along life's path with us

Spouse 2: We give thanks for the laughter of the children

Together: And we give thanks for the love in our hearts

Another version of the Indian (Apache) Blessing

Now we feel no rain, for each of us will be shelter to the other. Now we feel no cold, for each of us will be warmth to the other. Now there is no loneliness, for each of us will be a companion to the other. We are two bodies, but there is one life before us and one home. When evening falls, I'll look up and there you will be. I'll take your hand; you'll take mine and we'll turn together To look at the road we traveled to reach this - the hour of our happiness. It stretches behind us, even as the future lies ahead. A long and winding road, whose every turn means discovery. Old hopes, new laughter, shared fears. The adventure has just begun.