These are the hands of your best friend. Young, strong, and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

These are the hands that will work along side yours, as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and that with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief wracks your mind These are the hands that will, countless times, wipe the tears from your eyes. Tears of sorrow and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch ~author unknown. This is a poem that many couples like to use at the ceremony. If you choose to use it, I can make you a nice copy as a keepsake.

The Art of Marriage

 The little things are the big things.
It is never being to old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once
a day.

It is never going to sleep angry
It is at no time taking the other for granted; the
courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it
should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the
whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude
of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and
demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or
the wife to have wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.