Blessings that close the wedding ceremony offer a wonderful opportunity to honor the ethnic, religious, and cultural heritages of the bride and groom. While Irish blessings are, perhaps, the most familiar, every culture offers beautiful examples of words that send a couple on their way in marriage.
You are my friend.
And a friend is one to whom
One may pour out all the contents of one’s heart,
Chaff and grain together,
Knowing that the gentlest of hands
Will take and sift it,
Keep what is worth keeping
And, with the breath of kindness,
Blow the rest away.