04/28/2009
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Saying grace

We will be having my cousin say grace prior to dinner at our reception. Although neither of us is particularly religious, we would like to give thanks for the day, the meal, and the friends and family who will share it with us.

I'm really not up for writing something myself, nor do I want to leave it in the hands of my cousin. I am looking for something short and simple, that will include guests all of all religious beliefs (or those who do not have any).

I'd love to know what those who are including grace before their dinner are doing - or if anyone has good resources to find something pre-written.

Also...is anything about the couple mentioned in this? Or is it a blessing of the meal? The more I read, the more confused I become.....

I should clarify, as I read this back....I'm not totally lazy. I know I probably won't find an example that is exactly what I want, so I am fine with improvising and adding to it myself. I just don't want to write it myself without an understanding of what I'm supposed to be saying. I'd like to find a guideline, use that, and personalize it just a bit.
mshymanroth's White wedding
 |  Almont, MI, USA  |  04/28/2009  | 
Hmm, I would actually love to do this, but since I am inviting my the MSGR who is performing our wedding, from our church, I think I will ask him to prepare something!
littlelady7688's Purple wedding
 |  Twin lakes, WI, USA  |  04/28/2009  | 
On my dads side of the family it is tradition to say a little prayer by the hosts family before a meal.. I definitely want to do this but I'm not sure yet who I'll have say it.
tiggre99's Red wedding
 |  Herndon, VA, USA  |  04/28/2009  | 
Found this---you can tweak it anyway you want.

May God bless all our family and friends who are gathered here today.

We are grateful for the ties of love which bind us together, giving dignity, meaning, worth and joy to all our days.

We thank you for the peace accorded us this day, and for the hope of a bright future for all gathered here.

As _______ and _______ are joined in marriage tomorrow (or: Now that _______ and _______ have been joined together in marriage), may their life always be a shared adventure, marked by a sense of personal freedom, as well as mutual responsibility.

May they find in each other companionship as well as love;

understanding as well as compassion;

challenge as well as agreement.

May the home they share be an island where the pressures of the world can be sorted out and brought into focus;

where tensions can be released and understood;

where personal needs do not tower over concern for others and

where the warmth of humor and love puts crisis into perspective.

And above all, may they find an ever richer joy in loving and learning together.

Dear God, we are grateful for good health, our life's work and the food presented to us this day.

This is indeed a day which the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice in it and be glad, and let us always remember to count our many blessings.

And so it is.
joyfulsong's Red wedding
 |  Saint john's, NL, Canada  |  04/28/2009  | 
This one is always nice:

"For food in a world where many walk in hunger
For friends in a world where many walk alone
For faith in a world where many walk in fear
We give you thanks, O Lord. Amen"

As for your other question, I don't think it matters.  If you want to just simply have the food blessed, I think that's ok.  There will probably be a prayer over you guys or something at the reception.
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