Raise Your Cups To Johnny and Laura: A Wedding Blessing

I have a tradition. Since my wedding in 2000, I take time to write a unique wedding blessing for each couple whose ceremony we attend. I usually write it in a card, and a few times I have even read the blessing at rehearsal dinners. Last weekend one of my best friends and college roommate John married his beautiful and dear fiance, Laura. As the best man, I had the good fortune of being the first to toast their marriage.

Here is the text of the blessing:

John and Laura,

May you be blessed before God and this company,
May you be blessed with the riches of your hands and wealth of your hearts,
May the discovery of one another be an exquisite lifelong pursuit,
May your plates be full, your cups overflowing, and fruits bountiful,

May the Doors of your home be the gateway to hospitality and tranquility,
May you spread joy like a familiar fragrance to those who meet you,
May your souls always entwine to keep a fresh sweet elixir,
May you see your children’s children,

May you be poor in doubt;
rich in faith;
weak in pride;
strong in grace

And when your feet have tired,
your hair blown heavy,
your face sun kissed,
And the work is done,
the bills are paid,
and the kids are on their own,
May you look one to another and know that the best is yet to come,

Now we raise our glass and toast to these blessings, this marriage,
and vow to speak blessings and not curses over you for the duration.

Before the wedding, John told me a story. Crowning the hill near his parents’ home, a nice house was built where a rather successful couple lived. After spending a lifetime collecting “stuff,” the man recently died and the woman moved into a nursing home. After their children picked through their stuff, they had a flat top dumpster delivered to their house to haul away all of that stuff. Their lifetime collection, scattered in the landfill. How apropos; of all of the “stuff” we collect in life, our words and stories endure.

Jeremy Floyd

Jeremy Floyd is the President at FUNYL Commerce. Formerly, he was the CEO and President of Lirio, Bluegill Creative, a marketing and communications firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to managing the digital strategies, Floyd was an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga MBA program teaching digital strategies and social media. Floyd blogs at jeremyfloyd.com and tweets under the name @jfloyd. Jeremy is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from MTSU in English and Philosophy.

  • You are a good example for all of usuns who aspire to write reading. If Jeremy can do it, ANYWON CAN IMPROVE BY DOING IT!
    Thanks brother

  • Lovin the new blog look.

    Loving this blessing tradition and your words are like chocolate. Seriously Jeremy, you missed your calling in life as a poet.

    So so tender. Just perfect. I love perfect words.

    I think you need to join our church and become a patriarch. Google it. You would be the bomb.

    What lucky friends they are. I thought that even before reading this when I saw a picture of you looking like you were talking at their rehearsal dinner. I knew you were entertaining, but I should have know that you were also inspiring. WOW!

  • @David – Thanks. I don’t practice nearly enough.

    @Alice – You are always SO kind and encouraging. thank you!

  • Dorry

    You; my husband are a blessing. Thank you for being aware of the weight of words and encouragement.

  • Good words.

  • Michelle Floyd Bickers

    Love the blessing – keep them coming. Hmmmm, might be a great tradition for niece and nephew’s birthdays!

    You have always had a poet’s soul – I actually found a poem you sent me when I was at Carson-Newman – you were 6 at the time:
    Toys are good. Toys are bad.
    It’s all in the mind.
    I think it’s rill (real) win (when) they play.
    I like to run and jup – that’s not playing.

  • Ginger Marshall

    Jeremy-Reminds me how life is but a vapor,and how our words can have great power spoken in due season.

  • chris


    I was unaware of John’s big day. When you speak to John next please pass my heart felt wishes of good times and congratulations to come in his new life together with his wife.

    I wish them the best and a happy life together.


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