Lasso and Coin Ceremony Lasso Ceremony
(Person 1 and 2 bring up two chairs Groom/Bride and Groom/Bride be seated on two chairs)
GROOM/BRIDE and GROOM/BRIDE, I invite person 1 and 2 to place a cord over you. This cord symbolizes an infinite bond of love you share that keeps your relationship strong in the face of adversity, as well as that you both are no longer two, but one in marriage. May this cord remind you to face your life together courageously and to be mutual in support of each other in carrying out your duties and responsibilities as a couple and, may your love grow stronger and bind you closer together through the years.
Person 1 and 2, please step forward and remove the Lasso. Thank you.
(The Lasso is removed)
GROOM/BRIDE and GROOM,/BRIDE please rise.
(Person 1 and 2 remove the chairs)
GROOM/BRIDE AND GROOM/BRIDE I would ask that you always treat yourself and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together today.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your marriage deserves. When frustration and difficulty assail your marriage - as they do to every relationship at one time or another - focus on what still seems right between you, not only the part that seems wrong.
This way, when clouds of trouble hide the sun in your lives and you lose sight of it for a moment, you can remember that the sun is still there. And if each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and happiness.
GROOM/BRIDE and GROOM/BRIDE you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and this is a pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives.
Now let us do an exchange of the Aras, coins.
Originally, there was an understanding of husband as "bread winner" and wife as "home maker" so the coins were given and received not in a spirit of reciprocity but in a give/take relationship. Nowadays the coins are a reminder of good stewardship for all couples; that they will mutually support each other, their children and the world around them. May God bless these coins that symbolizes mutual support and responsibility.
(As the couple exchange the coins repeat after me):
(GROOM/BRIDE Repeats) GROOM/BRIDE , I give you these coins as a pledge of my dedication to you, the care of our home, and the welfare of our children.
GROOM/BRIDE, I gratefully accept them and make this same pledge to you.