Ceremony Sample One

INTRODUCTION

We are here to celebrate the miracle of love. Groom and Bride have found that miracle in each other and now desire to share their love all the days of their lives. Groom and Bride are here today, with their family and friends, to declare publicly their love for one another, and to be joined in marriage.

This is much more than a social and civil occasion because it is the declaration of their hearts, built upon experience, and enriched by their love. With love it is possible to live a life together, each seeking and encouraging the joy, the comfort, the health, and the enrichment of the other, all of which will divide sorrow and multiply satisfactions.

Groom and Bride Are both of you willing to give your hand to the one whose heart you hold?

Both answer) yes, we are.

Marriage is a commitment to life, to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal, it is promised for a lifetime. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships.

A wife and a husband are each other’s best friend, teacher, listener and critic. Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, commitment is stronger, even anger is felt more strongly and passes away more quickly.

Marriage understands and forgives mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences and new ways of expressing love through the season of life.

When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfill.

Life together will sometimes be playful and effortless; sometimes frustrating and difficult. Each day your relationship will strengthen if you choose to continue to love and honor one another.

The step, which you are about to take, is the most important into which human beings can come into. It is a union of two people founded upon mutual respect and affection. Your lives will change; your responsibilities will increase but your joy will be multiplied if you are sincere and earnest with your pledge to one another. If you truly love you will always be loyal to one another.

No matter what the cost always believe in one another; always expect the best of one another and above all else; always support one another in everyday living.

Family and friends you are witnesses to the union of two individuals who choose to commit to a life together. Your responsibility as their friends and witnesses is to provide them as a couple with your love; support and approval.

Groom and Bride by this ceremony you will become husband and wife; but the soul of your marriage depends on the constant renewal of the choices and promises out of love for one another you make today.

VOWS

Will you Groom take Bride to be your wedded wife to love her; comfort her; honor and keep her and forsaking all others for long as you both shall live?

Will you Bride take Groom to be your wedded husband to love him; comfort him; honor and keep him and forsaking all others for long as you both shall live?

I Groom take you Bride to be my partner in life. I promise to walk by your side forever and to love, help, and encourage you in all that you do. I will take time to talk with you, to listen to you and to care for you. I will share your laughter and your tears as your partner, lover and best friend. Everything I am and everything I have is yours, now and forever more.

I Bride give my self to you, Groom on this our wedding day. I will cherish our friendship, and love you today, tomorrow and forever. I will trust you and honor you. I will love you faithfully through the best and worst, through the difficult and easy. Whatever comes our way I will be there always.

EXPLANATION OF RINGS

The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond that unites two loyal hearts in endless love. May these rings always remind you that it was love that brought you together and it is love that will keep you together through all the seasons of your lives.

RING VOW EXCHANGE

Alex: May I have the token of Groom’s love for Bride

Groom: Bride this ring is the token of my love. I will marry you with this ring , with all that I have and all that I am.

Alex: Bride please repeat after me.

Bride: Groom I will forever wear this ring as the sign of my commitment and the desire of my heart.

Alex: May I have the token of Brides love for Groom.

Alex: Bride please repeat after me.

Bride: Groom, this ring is the token of my love. I marry you with this ring, with all that I have and all that I am.

Alex: Groom please repeat after me.

Groom: Bride I will forever wear this ring as the sign of my commitment and the desire of my heart.

PRONOUNCEMENT

Groom and Bride, now that you have shared with each other these words of love and commitment, and we have witnessed the expression of your love as you have given each other these rings, and you have joined your hands and hearts before your family and friends, it is with great joy that I pronounce you husband and wife.

Groom you may kiss your Bride.