Ceremony Sample Two

STATEMENT OF MARRIAGE / WITNESS AFFIRMATION

 Marriage is the joyous uniting of those whose friendship and understanding have flowered into love It is the promise of these two people to love, respect, and honour each other as individuals, and to unite their lives and share the future together

 Today, Groom and Bride are here to make a public declaration of the private commitment they have already made to each other, and to legally and formally marry We who have gathered here rejoice with them, and for them, and wish them happiness in all the days and years of their lives to come

 I invite all those gathered here today to always remember their commitment to each other and to assist them in times of difficulty, encouraging them to hold fast together as a couple, supporting them equally in their marriage

 READING:

 “True marriage begins well before the wedding day, and the efforts of marriage continue well beyond the ceremony’s end A brief moment in time and the stroke of the pen are all that is required to create the legal bond of marriage, but it takes a lifetime of love, commitment, and compromise to make marriage durable and everlasting Today you declare your commitment to each other before family and friends, your yesterdays were the path to this moment, and your journey to a future of togetherness becomes a little clearer with each new day”

 INTENTION TO MARRY

 Bride & Groom, do you now declare your willingness to enter into this marriage with each other?

 [I do]

 VOWS

 Will you please join your hands

 Groom, do you now take Bride as your wife, accepting her for all the risings and settings of the sun in all the days of your lives to come?  And do you pledge your faithful love and support as long as time is yours? 

 [I do]

 I, Groom, take you, Bride, to be my partner in life 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 the worst, through the difficult and the easy Whatever may come, I will always be in there for you As I have given you my hand to hold, so I give you my life,

 Bride, do you now take Groom as your husband accepting him for all the risings and settings of the sun in all the days of your lives to come?  And do you pledge your faithful love and support as long as time is yours?

 [I do]

 I, Bride, take you, Groom, to be my partner in life 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 the worst, through the difficult and the easy Whatever may come, I will always be in there for you As I have given you my hand to hold, so I give you my life,

 RING CEREMONY

 May I have the rings, please

 (Holding the rings in the air)

 These rings symbolize the circle of love that Bride and Groom have forged today  They represent the unending, encircling and intertwining of their lives together in marriage

 (Present Bride’s ring to Groom, who places it on Bride’s finger)

 Groom:  I place this ring on your finger / as a symbol of my love for you, / and take you into my heart / as my wife

 (Bride places ring on Groom’s finger)

 Bride:  I will wear this ring / for the rest of my life, / and I take you into my heart / as my husband; / and I offer you this ring / as a symbol / of my undying love for you

 (couple hold hands)

May these rings serve, not as links in a chain, binding you together but rather as magnets – drawing you closer and closer to each other every day of your lives from this day forward

 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

 We know not what the future may bring into your lives as a couple 
But together, may you be equal to the needs of your tomorrows 
May you have patience in time of strain – Strength in time of weakness 
Courage in time of doubt – And above all, a growing love to sustain you

 READING:

 The Key to Love,

 The key to love is understanding as it is the little things that say so much by themselves The key to love is forgiveness to accept each other’s faults and pardon mistakes, The key to love is sharing Sharing and acing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together ;both conquering problems, forever searching for ways to intensify your happiness The key to love is giving …Giving without thought of return, but with the hope of just a simple smile, and by giving in but never giving up The key to love is respect …Respect realizing that you are two separate people, with different ideas; that you don’t belong to each other ,that you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond The key to love is inside us all It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients that will take you to its threshold; it is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work …but the rewards are more than worth the effort and that is the key to love

 DECLARATION

 Groom and Bride,

 You have spoken your promises to each other – and you have exchanged rings as signs of your commitment to each other

 And now, by the authority vested in me by the Province of Ontario, I do now declare that you have married one another in the presence of these witnesses, and that you are now … husband and wife

 You may share your first kiss as a married couple!

 Presentation of legally married couple

 Ladies and Gentlemen, Family and Friends, please welcome … Newly Married

Mr & Mrs Groom & Bride