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wedding reception prayer

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Featured on this page are several good prayers and blessings for saying at your wedding reception, with a simple wedding dinner prayer, a short opening prayer, and a traditional Irish blessing for toasting the bride and groom with. There is also a grace prayer for the meal, and several inspiring blessings from the bible:-

Wedding Reception Prayer

Dear Lord,

How wonderful it is to celebrate the love, friendship and union of this lovely couple.
We pray that they would know your love, your protection and your blessing in their lives.
Bless this food to our bodies as we eat now.
Come fill our hearts with thanks for your goodness, provision and kindness.


Irish Blessing
("May The Road Rise Up To Meet You" is a beautiful traditional Irish blessing)

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields 
and until we meet again, 
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

The following music video is a contemporary song interpretation of "May The Road Rise Up To Meet You" :-

Short opening prayer for wedding reception

Father, as we celebrate now the marriage of our loved ones
May we all be blessed by the love displayed on this special day.


"We pray that they would know your love"

Dinner prayer
(a food blessing suitable for a family occassion)

Thank you for family and friends
Thank you for times like these
Where we can gather together,
Share in food, drink and relax.

Please bless this meal, and all that it means.
May the food nourish us,
And the fellowship enrich our lives.
Most of all, may we always invite you into our homes,
And into our hearts.


bible quote on thanks to God with yellow flowers in background

blessings from the bible

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”

(Numbers 6:24-26, NIV)

"I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for."

(Jeremiah 29:11, GNT)

"I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope."

(Romans 15:13, CEV)