As you may glean from the name of this blog, I dig the Big Lebowski.
Wit, dialogue, deeper meaning…it’s tough to beat The Dude.
In honor of The Dude and his Zen-like ways, I joined the fellowship of the Dudeist Priests many moons ago.
In addition to a few chuckles and reminders of classic Lebowski quotes, I became an ordained Dudeist Priest.
No cost and two minutes of my time, why not?
Ordained priest; check off that bucket list.
In the back of my mind, I contemplated making use of my ordained status…someday, but never dedicated too many brain synapses to the mental image.
A few years ago my cousin asked me to be the officiant at her wedding. But it was a long trip, kids in tow, blah didi blah blah. I declined. I figured my next bucket list check had passed me by.
Turns out my sister-in-law is also a poor judge of character and requested my ordained presence as well.
A beach vacation/beach wedding with the entire family. Hard to turn that request down.
It got really real, real quick.
So, a few weeks ago I performed my first (last?) wedding ceremony. And if I do say so myself, I think I may have rocked it.
Well, I didn’t fall down and I wasn’t booed off the beach. Rocked it? I’d say so.
Lessons for the first time officiant? Sure, how about a Top 10…
- Abide. Chill, Dude. I’m a Dudeist Priest…you should have expected that one.
- Search flow and scripts online (see below).
- Watch officiant videos on YouTube.
- Know the bride and groom. Talk about their wishes for the wedding, but more importantly, about themselves and their relationship.
- Take time to prep. The great Dude in the sky hooked me up with a 20 minute t-storm to give me added memorization time…much needed.
- Memorize, don’t read.
- Be comfortable in front of the crowd. Practice…use a mirror.
- Keep it short and sweet.
- Mix a hint of humor with a whole lotta love.
- Tell the bride she’s beautiful.
Marrying two human beings was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had. Bucket list, checked.
And afterwards, we danced our faces off to a kick-butt funk band, and watched Little Dude dominate the dance floor with his sweet break dancing skills.
Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Newlyweds.
Wedding Ceremony Script
Here’s my rad wedding ceremony script. Feel free to use, but use with caution…it’s pretty awesome.
Welcome everyone. Welcome on this gorgeous day to the celebration of the marriage of XYZ and ZYX.
On behalf of X and Y and their parents, Z and W, I’d like to thank you all for being here to celebrate this special day.
In the wise words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once and a while, you could miss it.”
It’s easy to get lost in the details of the day and lose focus on the big picture.
I encourage us all to stop and look around.
Relax, take a deep breath of the salty air, enjoy this lovely location, enjoy this special moment on this special day as we launch X and Y on their lifelong flight together. (Groom is a pilot, you like that, right?! )
Exchange of Vows
(Luckily, they wrote their own vows – not included)
X and Y, the words you are about to say to each other will change your lives forever. It’s an honor to be here to share this moment with you.
X, please share your vows with Y…
Y, please share your vows with X…
For X and Y these rings are a symbol of their commitment to each other. By exchanging these rings, X and Y declare their eternal love for each other.
X, repeat after me: “Y, take this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment to you.”
Y, repeat after me: “X, take this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment to you.”
X, do you take Y to be your wife?
Y, do you take X to be your husband?
This ceremony may have only lasted minutes, but your promises to each other will last a lifetime.
It is my great honor and privilege to now pronounce you husband and wife.
You may kiss your bride.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Mr. and Mrs. XYZ.
Yes, I did quote the great Ferris Bueller. Classic Dude.
Go forth and marry Dudeists!