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Contemporary Wedding Ceremony 1:

PROCESSIONAL:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man? (Optional)

Introduction:

We are here today, to witness and participate in a ceremony celebrating the public acknowledgment of a love which ________________________________ have for each other.

Knowing that by our presence here, with them, we are saying that they are loved by many . This celebration is for the union of these two hearts and minds. It is a celebration of the joining of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists between a man and a woman, it is fitting that an outer acknowledgment be made. We are here to bear witness to their entry into the covenant relationship of husband and wife, of these beloved friends, who are already one in spirit.

This day you take a giant step of courage and commitment to love, understand and grow. When a commitment this strong is made by two people, it reaches out and touches all of us around you. Like a stone dropped in a still pond, the ripples of your love, from this celebration extend and change the world we live in.

You are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of the one person in the entire world whom you love most. You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the love and companionship for someone with whom you can share in an intimate and trusting way, all the hopes, joys, and dreams of life. Real love, is laying down your life for each other. It is the expression of your thoughts, feelings and desires as one. Love makes burdens lighter because you divide them. It makes joys more intense because you share them. It makes you stronger, so you can be involved with life in ways you dare not risk alone.

We honor and rejoice with you now as we witness your vows to love each other and to come together as one into the blessed estate of marriage.

Proclamation of Intention To Be Married:

Do you ________; take this woman, to live together in marriage; will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others, to be faithful to her, so long as you shall live?? I DO

Do you ________; take this man, to live together in marriage; will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others, to be faithful to him, so long as you shall live?? I DO

Exchange of vows: (Or you can say your own vows.)

__________ and _________ will now exchange their vows:
Bride/Groom Repeat:

I promise to always stand by your side as your partner, your love and your best friend. I give you all my trust and all my tomorrows. I promise I will always cherish you and I promise my love for you is forever.

The Wedding Ring Exchange:

The wedding rings (the unbroken circle) are symbols of eternity. The gold is symbolic of that which is pure and the diamonds are symbolic of what is permanent and incorruptible. Today you have chosen to exchange rings, as a sign of the love you have for each other and a seal of the promises you are making this day.

May we please have the rings?

___________ as you place this ring on her finger repeat after me. Groom recites: May this ring forever be a symbol of my growing love for you. Please wear it as a sign to the world that you are my wife. With this ring I thee wed.

___________ As you place this ring on his finger repeat after me. Bride recites: May this ring forever be a symbol of my growing love for you. Please wear it as a sign to the world that you are my husband. With this ring I thee wed.

Optional: Unity Candle or Sand Pouring, Communion, Readings, Special Music, etc.

Closing Remarks:

As you begin your marriage, here are a few words to encourage:

Remember being a Bride and Groom is for a day; but being a husband & wife is a lifetime commitment.
Let your love be stronger than your anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break.
Believe the best of your beloved rather than the worst.
Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting Relationship.
Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindness you bestow On your friends.
Don't forget to say "I love you" every day.
May life grant you patience, tolerance and understanding.

(Optional) Wedding Prayer or Blessing:

Congratulations:
And Have A Wonderful Life Together:

Pronouncement:

And now as you enter the greatest journey of your life: In as much as you all have agreed to enter the marriage relationship, having exchanged vows with sincere and devoted hearts, and have given and received rings as tokens of your love, it is now my honor and privilege to pronounce you husband and wife.

YOU MAY NOW KISS YOUR BRIDE:

Presentation of Couple:

Ladies and gentleman, I now present to you _____________________________________

RECESSIONAL:


Contemporary Wedding Ceremony 2:

Processional:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man? (Optional)

Introduction:

On behalf of ______________, it is with great joy and pleasure we welcome you. We are gathered here this day in a spirit of festivity, togetherness and joy, to celebrate a great moment in the lives of ______________.

We are here today, to witness and participate in a ceremony celebrating the public acknowledgment of the love which ______________ have for each other.

Marriage is a supreme sharing of experience and an adventure in the most intimate of human relationships. It is the joyous union of two people whose friendship and mutual understanding have flowered into romance. Today they proclaim their love and commitment to the world, and we who are gathered here rejoice with them and for them in the new life they now undertaking together. Therefore today we give thanks for the true happiness of _____________.

To love is to come together from the pathways of our past and then move forward...Hand in hand, along the uncharted roads of our future, ready to risk, to dream, and to dare.... And always ready to believe that all things are possible with faith and love in God, and in each other. Let this be a day of gladness, thanksgiving, possibility, and great good fortune for all of us, but especially for ______________, who are coming together to demonstrate the wonder of love through the celebration of their marriage. They come together not to mark the start of a relationship, but to acknowledge and strengthen a bond that already exists. This ceremony is a public affirmation of the bond that they share. It acknowledges their private pledge to continue to grow together in an ever- deepening love and mutual devotion.

______________ you hold in common similar interests and ideas. Living together in this way, you will deepen your love for each other. This relationship of oneness you are about to enter is based on love, respect, and a determination on the part of both husband and wife to adjust to each other’s temperaments and moods, in joy and sadness, ease and hardship or whatever may come. We honor you today, as you take a giant step of courage and commitment, one that will be full of your desire to love and understand each other and to grow together in your marriage relationship.

The Expression of Intent To Be Married:

Do you _______; take _______ as your wife, promising to tenderly care for her, to respect her individuality, to cherish her as she is, and to faithfully love her continually?

Do you _______ take _______ to be your husband, promising to tenderly care for him, to respect his individuality, to cherish him as he is, and to faithfully love him continually?

Exchange of vows: (Or you can say your own vows.)

_______ please repeat after me. “I _______, take you _______ to be my wife, my partner & my one true love. I promise to laugh with you in times of happiness, And to strengthen you in times of need. Through the best and the worst, I will trust you, Honor you, and be faithful to you. Today I commit myself to you for the rest of my life.”

_______ please repeat after me. “I _______, take you _______ to be my husband, my partner & my one true love. I promise to laugh with you in times of happiness, And to strengthen you in times of need. Through the best and the worst, I will trust you, Honor you, and be faithful to you. Today I commit myself to you for the rest of my life.”

The Wedding Ring Exchange:

From the earliest times, the wedding rings have been symbols of eternity. The precious metal is symbolic of that which is pure and the diamonds are symbolic of what is permanent and incorruptible.

These rings are made of precious metals, a symbol of the riches that reside in you both. As any metal is purified by the white heat of testing, so will your love be purified by the tests facing you through the many seasons of your life.
Your rings are made precious by wearing them. May these rings be, from this day forward be one of your most treasured adornment, and may the love they symbolize, be your most precious possession. As you wear these rings, may they be constant reminders of these glad promises you are making today.

May we please have the rings

_______ as you place this ring on _______ finger please repeat after me. Groom recites:

_______ I give you this ring, as a symbol and a reminder of my commitment.
As you receive this ring, receive my promise to love and cherish you always.
And with this ring, I Thee Wed.

_______ as you place this ring on _______ finger please repeat after me. Bride recites:

_______ I give you this ring, as a symbol and a reminder of my commitment to you.
As you receive this ring, receive my promise to love and cherish you always.
And with this ring, I Thee Wed.

Optional: Unity Candle or Sand Pouring, Communion, Readings, Special Music, etc.

Closing Remarks:

And now, before we get to the party, let me say a few words of encouragement. A wedding is a happy occasion, flawless in its joyful sense of well-being, but as you already know, your relationship has moods and seasons, high times as well as low times, and challenges that you never expected. The true art of a successful marriage is to adapt and change continually on behalf of each other. It is a mutual enrichment, a give and take between two personalities, a mingling of two endowments which diminishes neither but enhances both.

Therefore, along with celebrating the marvelous feelings of today, remember, especially your vows to love and cherish each other always. Remember that when the storms of life come, they are temporary and not a reflection of your relationship as a whole.

Above all, remember that love and your commitment to it is what really matters. Bride & Groom may you be fulfilled by each others love and friendship. May your desires be understood by each other. May you be honored and expanded by the promises you have made and the life together you will create.

(Optional) Wedding Prayer or Blessing:

Pronouncement:

And now as you enter the greatest journey of your life: In as much as you all have agreed to enter the marriage relationship, having exchanged vows with sincere and devoted hearts, you have given and received rings as tokens of your love, it is now my honor and privilege to pronounce you husband and wife.

YOU MAY NOW KISS YOUR BRIDE:

Presentation of Couple:

Ladies and gentleman, I now present to you _____________________________________

RECESSIONAL:



Contemporary Wedding Ceremony 3:

PROCESSIONAL:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man? (Optional)

Introduction:

We are gathered here today in the presence of family and friends, to give thanks for the the gift of marriage and to witness the joining together of _________________________________

The joining together of two persons into one unique, intimate and creative bond is truly a demonstration and a celebration of love’s good work in life. Today, two individuals, two separate families and backgrounds are coming together as one. Families are the heart of society and a blessed marriage is truly an occasion of which we can all celebrate here today.

_______________________ you have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations you held while riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks. The vows you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “you know all those things we’ve promised, hoped and dreamed—well, I meant it all, every word”. All those common things, and more, are the real process of your wedding.

_______________________ look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another—acquaintance, friend, companion, and even teacher. Now you shall say a few words that will take you across the threshold of life and things will never quite be the same between you. After these vows, you shall say to the world by your love, this is my husband, this is my wife.

Proclamation of Intention To Be Married: (I Do’s)

Do you _______; take _______ as your wife, promising to tenderly care for her, to respect her individuality, to cherish her as she is, and to faithfully love her continually?

Do you _______ take _______ to be your husband, promising to tenderly care for him, to respect his individuality, to cherish him as he is, and to faithfully love him continually?

Exchange of vows: (Or you can say your own vows.)

__________, I pledge to you my love, faith and tenderness. I promise to cherish you with a husband’s loyalty and devotion.

__________, I pledge to you my love, faith and tenderness. I promise to cherish you with a husband’s loyalty and devotion.

Wedding Ring Exchange:

Today you begin your life with each other, knowing you have developed a trust and commitment that is strong enough to last through the good times and bad. The wedding ring is a token of your love and a symbol of eternity, the unbroken circle with no beginning or end.

___________, I offer you my hand, my heart, and my soul as I know they will be
safe with you.

___________, I offer you my hand, my heart, and my soul as I know they will be safe with you.

Optional: Unity Candle or Sand Pouring, Communion, Readings, Special Music, etc.

Closing Remarks:

____________________, Today is a day you will always remember --one of the greatest in your life. You started off this day two people in love and are ending it as husband and wife. This day is the start of a brand new journey, with many moments to cherish and treasure together. Although there will be many times you both disagree, these will surely be outweighed by the pleasure.

So live happy forever as lovers and friends, it is the dawn of a brand new life for you, as you stand there together with love in your eyes from the moment you said “I do.” With faith, all your hopes and your dreams will be real. May success, health and true happiness find its way to you! Tomorrow can bring you some of your greatest joys, but today is the day it all starts.

(Optional) Wedding Prayer or Blessing:

Congratulations:
And Have A Great Life Together

Pronouncement:

And now as you enter the greatest journey of your life: In as much as you all have agreed to enter the marriage relationship, having exchanged vows with sincere and devoted hearts, you have given and received rings as tokens of your love, it is now my honor and privilege to pronounce you husband and wife.

YOU MAY NOW KISS YOUR BRIDE:

Presentation of Couple:

Ladies and gentleman, I now present to you _____________________________________

RECESSIONAL:



Non Denominational Ceremony 1 (more scriptures can be added)

Procession:

Who gives this woman to be married? (Optional)

Opening Prayer: (Optional)

Dearly Beloved, we are assembled here in the presence
of God and this company of loved ones and friends, to join

___________________________________________________

in the bonds of holy matrimony.

The scriptures clearly challenges us with the sacredness of the
marriage relationship. This is set forth with the example of deepest
devotion, Christ's love for His Church. The Master himself shared the
joys of the marriage feast in Galilee, where He also performed His
first miracle, changing water into wine. Marriage is a way of life,
given by God, so that the husband and wife may provide each other
companionship, help, comfort, joy and most of all love. I Cor 13 is
the love chapter in God’s word and it very beautifully guides us how
we can express our love to each other.

Love is patient and kind;
Love is not jealous or boastful;
Love is not arrogant or rude;
Love does not insist on its own way;
It does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices when right is done.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, Endures all things.
This love is designed by God for your marriage to never fail.

___________________ learning to love each other and living together will
be one of your greatest challenges of marriage. Marriage, therefore, is not
to be entered into lightly, and the Lord said we are to hold it in high honor
at all times.

Genesis 2: Says, God created man and said it is not good that he live
alone. So God created woman from mans rib and brought her to him. The
man said, this is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. She shall be
called woman for she was taken out of man. For this reason a man shall
leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they shall
become one flesh.

Vow Exchange:

Proclaiming Your Intention To Be Married:

Do you ________ take ________ to be your wife, to live together in
marriage; will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in health
and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others,
to be faithful to her, so long as you both shall live??

Do you _________ take _______ to be your husband, to live together in
marriage; will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in health
and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others,
to be faithful to her, so long as you both shall live??

__________ and _________ will now exchange their vows:

I promise to always stand by your side as your partner, your
love and your best friend. I give you all my trust and all my
tomorrows. I will always cherish you and I promise my love
for you is forever

The Wedding Ring Exchange:

The wedding rings (the unbroken circle) are symbols of eternity.
The gold is symbolic of that which is pure and the diamonds are
symbolic of what is permanent and incorruptible.

_____________________these rings represent your commitment to love
each other continually. Marriage is the greatest covenant relationship
we can have besides our relationship to the lord. “I encourage you today
let your home be your castle. ___________ you have found your queen,
_____________ you have found your king, now live well, laugh often and love much.

Today you have chosen to exchange rings, as a sign of the love you have for
each other and to seal all these wonderful promises you are making here today.

____________ as you place this ring on her finger repeat after me.
May this ring forever be a symbol of my growing love for you.
Please wear it as a sign to the world that you are my wife.
With this ring I thee wed.

____________ as you place this ring on his finger repeat after me.
May this ring forever be a symbol of my growing love for you.
Please wear it as a sign to the world that you are my husband.
With this ring I thee wed.

In Closing:

Ephesians 5:22-28 Speaks of Gods order for marriage. Husbands
are to love their wives as Christ loves His Church and gave himself
for it; so should men love their wives as their own bodies. He that
loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh;
but nourishes and cherishes it even as the Lord His Church. Wives
should learn to yield and adapt themselves to their husband,
as unto the Lord.

Prayer For Marital Blessing: (Optional)

Congratulations:
Have A Great Honeymoon
And Have A Wonderful Life Together

Pronouncement:

And now as you enter the greatest journey of your life: In as much as you all have agreed to enter the marriage relationship, having exchanged vows with sincere and devoted hearts, and have given and received rings as tokens of your love, it is now my honor and privilege to pronounce you husband and wife.

YOU MAY NOW KISS YOUR BRIDE

Ladies and gentleman, I now present to you

Mr. And Mrs. ___________________________________

Recession:



Non Denominational Ceremony 2 ( More scriptures can be added)

PROCESSIONAL:

Who gives this bride to be married? (Optional)

Opening Prayer: (Optional)

Introduction:

Dearly Beloved, we are assembled here in the presence of God and this company of loved ones and friends, to join ___________________________________ in the bonds of holy matrimony. The Scriptures clearly challenges us with the sacredness of the marriage relationship. This is set forth with the example of deepest devotion, Christ's love for His Church. The Master himself shared the joys of the marriage feast in Galilee, where he also performed his first miracle, changing water into wine. Marriage is a way of life, given by God, so that the husband and wife may provide each other companionship, help, comfort, joy and most of all love. The great Apostle Paul very beautifully guides us in the underlying meaning of love in 1 Cor 13:4-8.

Love is patient and kind;
Love is not jealous or boastful;
Love is not arrogant or rude;
Love does not insist on its own way;
Love does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices with the right.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, Endures all things.
Love never fails.

Learning to love each other and living together will be one of your greatest challenges of marriage. Marriage, therefore, is not to be entered into lightly, and the Lord said we are to hold it in high honor at all times.

Exchange of vows: (Or you can say your own vows.)

__________ and _________ will now exchange their vows:
Bride/Groom Repeat:

I promise to always stand by your side as your partner, your love and your best friend. I give you all my trust and all my tomorrows. I promise I will always cherish you and I promise my love for you is forever.

Do you ________; take this woman, to live together in marriage; will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others, to be faithful to her, so long as you shall live?? I DO

Do you ________; take this man, to live together in marriage; will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others, to be faithful to him, so long as you shall live?? I DO

The Wedding Ring Exchange:

The wedding rings (the unbroken circle) are symbols of eternity. The gold is symbolic of that which is pure and the diamonds are symbolic of what is permanent and incorruptible.

These rings are a tokens of your commitment to love each other, continually. Marriage is the greatest covenant relationship we can have besides our relationship to the Lord. "I exhort you today" before God, your family, and friends. Let your home be one of the greatest places on earth for your love, joy, and peace to be revealed.

Today you have chosen to exchange rings, as a sign of the love you have for each other and a seal of the promises you are making this day.

May we please have the rings?

___________ as you place this ring on her finger repeat after me. Groom recites: May this ring forever be a symbol of my growing love for you. Please wear it as a sign to the world that you are my wife. With this ring I thee wed.

___________ As you place this ring on his finger repeat after me. Bride recites: May this ring forever be a symbol of my growing love for you. Please wear it as a sign to the world that you are my husband. With this ring I thee wed.

Optional: Unity Candle or Sand Pouring, Communion, Readings, Special Music, etc.

Closing Remarks:

As you begin in your marriage, here are a few words you can take with you on your journey together:

Remember being a bride and groom is only for a day but being a husband and wife is a life time commitment
Let your love be stronger than your anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break. A marriage without compromise is guaranteed conflict.
Believe the best of your beloved rather than the worst.
Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting Relationship.
Don't forget to say "I love you" every day.
May life grant you patience, tolerance and understanding

Wedding Prayer Or Blessing: (Optional)

Pronouncement:

And now as you enter the greatest journey of your life: In as much as you all have agreed to enter the marriage relationship, having exchanged vows with sincere and devoted hearts, and have given and received rings as tokens of your love, it is now my honor and privilege to pronounce you husband and wife.

YOU MAY NOW KISS YOUR BRIDE

Presentation of Couple:

Ladies and gentleman, I now present to you _____________________________________

RECESSIONAL:



Non Denominational Ceremony 3: (Scriptures Can Be Added)

PROCESSIONAL:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man? (Optional)

Introduction:

We are gathered here today in the presence of God, family and friends, to give thanks for the the gift of marriage and to witness the joining together of _________________________________

The joining together of two persons into one unique, intimate and creative bond is truly a demonstration and a celebration of God’s good work in creation. Today, two individuals, two separate families and backgrounds are coming together as one. Families are the heart of society and a blessed marriage is truly an occasion of which we can all celebrate here today.

_______________________ you have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations you held while riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks. The vows you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “you know all those things we’ve promised, hoped and dreamed—well, I meant it all, every word”. All those common things, and more, are the real process of your wedding.

_______________________ look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another—acquaintance, friend, companion, and even teacher. Now you shall say a few words that will take you across the threshold of life and things will never quite be the same between you. After these vows, you shall say to the world by your love, this is my husband, this is my wife.

Proclamation of Intention To Be Married: (I Do’s)

Do you _______; take _______ as your wife, promising to tenderly care for her, to respect her individuality, to cherish her as she is, and to faithfully love her continually?

Do you _______ take _______ to be your husband, promising to tenderly care for him, to respect his individuality, to cherish him as he is, and to faithfully love him continually?

Exchange of vows: (Or you can say your own vows.)

__________, I pledge to you my love, faith and tenderness. I promise to cherish you with a husband’s loyalty and devotion.

__________, I pledge to you my love, faith and tenderness. I promise to cherish you with a husband’s loyalty and devotion.

Wedding Ring Exchange:

Today you begin your life with each other, knowing you have developed a trust and commitment that is strong enough to last through the good times and bad. The wedding ring is a token of your love and a symbol of eternity, the unbroken circle with no beginning or end.

___________, I offer you my hand, my heart, and my soul as I know they will be safe with you.

___________, I offer you my hand, my heart, and my soul as I know they will be safe with you.

Optional: Unity Candle or Sand Pouring, Communion, Readings, Special Music, etc.

Closing Remarks:

____________________, Today is a day you will always remember --one of the greatest in your life. You started off this day two people in love and are ending it as husband and wife. This day is the start of a brand new journey, with many moments to cherish and treasure together. Although there will be many times you both disagree, these will surely be outweighed by the pleasure.

So live happy forever as lovers and friends, it is the dawn of a brand new life for you, as you stand there together with love in your eyes from the moment you said “I do.” With faith, all your hopes and your dreams will be real. May success, health and true happiness find its way to you! Tomorrow can bring you some of your greatest joys, but today is the day it all starts.

(Optional) Wedding Prayer or Blessing:

Congratulations:
And Have A Great Life Together

Pronouncement:

And now as you enter the greatest journey of your life: In as much as you all have agreed to enter the marriage relationship, having exchanged vows with sincere and devoted hearts, you have given and received rings as tokens of your love, it is now my honor and privilege to pronounce you husband and wife.

YOU MAY NOW KISS YOUR BRIDE:

Presentation of Couple:
Ladies and gentleman, I now present to you _____________________________________

RECESSIONAL:

Short And Simple Ceremony:

PROCESSIONAL:

Who gives this bride to be married? (Optional)

Introduction:

Family & Friends, we have gathered here today with _____________________________ to give thanks for the gift of marriage and to share in the joy of their wedding, Marriage is a way of life, given by God, so that the husband and wife may provide each other companionship, help, comfort, joy and most of all love. Here are some wonderful words that truly defines the true meaning of love.

Love is patient and kind; Love is not jealous or boastful;
Love is not arrogant or rude; Love does not insist on its own way;
Love does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices with the right.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, Endures all things.
Love never fails.

_____________________we honor and rejoice with you now as we witness your vows to love each other and to come together as one into the blessed estate of marriage.

The Expression of intent:

Do you _______; take _______ as your wife, promising to tenderly care for her, to respect her individuality, to cherish her as she is, and to faithfully love her continually?

Do you _______ take _______ to be your husband, promising to tenderly care for him, to respect his individuality, to cherish him as he is, and to faithfully love him continually?

Exchange of vows: (Or you can say your own vows.)

I _______, take you _______ to be my wife, my partner & my one true love. I promise to laugh with you in times of happiness, And to strengthen you in times of need. Through the best and the worst, I will trust you, Honor you, and be faithful to you. Today I commit myself to you for the rest of my life.

I _______, take you _______ to be my husband, my partner & my one true love. I promise to laugh with you in times of happiness, And to strengthen you in times of need. Through the best and the worst, I will trust you, Honor you, and be faithful to you. Today I commit myself to you for the rest of my life.

The Wedding Ring Exchange:

These rings are a symbols of eternity and the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no giver and no receiver for each is the giver and each is the receiver. Today you have chosen to exchange rings, as a sign of your love for each other and a seal of the promises you make this day.

May we please have the rings?

___________ as you place this ring on her finger repeat after me. Groom recites: May this ring forever be a symbol of my growing love for you. Please wear it as a sign to the world that you are my wife. With this ring I thee wed.

___________ As you place this ring on his finger repeat after me. Bride recites: May this ring forever be a symbol of my growing love for you. Please wear it as a sign to the world that you are my husband. With this ring I thee wed.

Optional: Unity Candle, Reading, Special Music, etc.

Closing Remarks:

As you begin your marriage, here are a few words to encourage you:

Remember being a bride and groom is only for a day but being a husband and wife is a life time commitment.
Let your love be stronger than your anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break. A marriage without compromise is guaranteed conflict.
Believe the best of your beloved rather than the worst.
Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting Relationship.
Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindness you bestow On your friends.
Don't forget to say "I love you" every day.
May life grant you patience, tolerance and understanding.

Wedding Prayer / Blessing Optional:

Pronouncement:

And now as you enter the greatest journey of your life: In as much as you all have agreed to enter the marriage relationship, having exchanged vows with sincere and devoted hearts, and have given and received rings as tokens of your love, it is now my honor and privilege to pronounce you husband and wife.

YOU MAY NOW KISS YOUR BRIDE

Presentation of Couple:

Ladies and gentleman, I now present to you _____________________________________

RECESSIONAL:



Introduction:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man? (Optional)

Family & Friends, we have gathered here today with ______ and ______ to give thanks for the gift of marriage and to share in the joy of their wedding. We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes to the words which shall unite ______ and ______ in marriage.

To love is to enter a whole New World, a world of togetherness, a world of sharing.... All that is dearest and deepest within your hearts.
To love is to remember and keep alive forever all those unique qualities that drew you to one another in the beginning.... the thrill of discovery.... That wonderful feeling of oneness when your eyes met.
To love is to constantly search for new ways to bring each other to happiness, to make the most of every moment you share together, and marvel at how your feelings for one another keep rising to new dimensions.
To love is to create an oasis of tranquility for one another and a quiet place, apart from others, where you need not pretend...where you can be yourselves.... And know within your hearts, you will be accepted by one another.
To love is to greet each day with anticipation...Always eager for another opportunity to share new adventures...And gather up new memories together.
To love is to follow the rainbow through the rain, to be able to laugh at yourselves and be willing to say...."I was wrong, I'm sorry"...To forgive, and more importantly, to FORGET, and to always believe and trust in one another.
To love is to watch with wonder all the miracles of creation, to find beauty in all the simple things of life, and to find, within ourselves, a deeper appreciation and a new awareness of how wonderful it is to be alive, To be happy, To be together.
To love is to come together from the pathways of our past and then move forward... Hand in hand, along the uncharted roads of our future, ready to risk, to dream, and to dare....
And always believe that all things are possible with faith and love.

Exchange of vows: (Or you can say your own vows.)

__________ and _________ will now exchange their vows:
Bride/Groom Repeat:

I promise to always stand by your side as your partner, your love and your best friend. I give you all my trust and all my tomorrows.I promise I will always cherish you and I promise my love for you is forever.

Do you ________; take this woman, to live together in marriage; will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others, to be faithful to her, so long as you shall live?? I DO

Do you ________; take this man, to live together in marriage; will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others, to be faithful to him, so long as you shall live?? I DO

The Wedding Ring Exchange:

The wedding rings (the unbroken circle) are symbols of eternity. The gold is symbolic of that which is pure and the diamonds are symbolic of what is permanent and incorruptible. Today you have chosen to exchange rings, as a sign of the love you have for each other and a seal of the promises you are making this day.

May we please have the rings?

___________ as you place this ring on her finger repeat after me. Groom recites: May this ring forever be a symbol of my growing love for you. Please wear it as a sign to the world that you are my wife. With this ring I thee wed.

___________ As you place this ring on his finger repeat after me. Bride recites: May this ring forever be a symbol of my growing love for you. Please wear it as a sign to the world that you are my husband. With this ring I thee wed.

Optional: Unity Candle or Sand Pouring, Readings, Special Music, etc.

In Closing:

As you begin your marriage, here are a few words to encourage:

Remember being a Bride and Groom is for a day; but being a husband & wife is a lifetime commitment.
Let your love be stronger than your anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break. Marriage without compromise is guaranteed conflict.
Believe the best of your partner rather than the worst.
Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting Relationship. If you would give your spouse the same courtesies and kindness you bestow on your friends, you definitely will have a marriage that will last forever.
And don’t forget to say “I love you” every day.
May life grant you a whole lot of patience, wisdom and understanding in your marriage.

Congratulations
Have a wonderful Life Together

Pronouncement:

And now as you enter the greatest journey of your life: In as much as you all have agreed to enter the marriage relationship, having exchanged vows, and have given and received rings as tokens of your love. I, now by the authority committed unto me, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

YOU MAY NOW KISS YOUR BRIDE:

Presentation of Couple:

Ladies and gentleman, I now present to you___________________________________

RECESSIONAL:



HandFasting Ceremony:

Processional

Who gives this woman to be Married? (optional)

We are here today, to witness and participate in a ceremony celebrating the public acknowledgment of a love which ________ and ________ have for each other. Knowing that by our presence here, with them, we are saying that they are loved by many. This celebration is for the union of these two hearts and minds. It is a celebration of the joining of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists between a man and a woman, it is fitting that an outer acknowledgement be made.

We are here to bear witness to their entry into the covenant relationship of husband and wife, of these beloved friends, who are already one in spirit.

Since your lives have crossed you have formed ties between each other. The promises you make today and the ties that are bound here will cross the years and greatly strengthen your union. With full awareness, know that you declare your intent to be married before your friends and families.

I bid you to join hands and look into one another's eyes.

______ will you honor him?
______ will you honor her?

Will you seek to never give cause to break that honor?

And so the bond is made. (First cord is draped across hands)

______ will you share his dreams?
______ will you share her dreams?

Will you dream together to create new realities and hopes?

And so the bond is made. (Second cord is draped across hands)

______ will you share his laughter?
______ will you share her laughter?

Will both of you look for the brightness in life and the positive in each other?

And so the bond is made. (Third cord is draped across hands)

______might you ever burden him?
Is that your intent?
______might you ever burden her?
Is that your intent?

Will you share the burdens of each other so that your spirits may grow in this union?

And so the bond is made. (Fourth cord is draped across hands)

______ might you ever cause him pain?
Is that your intent?
______ might you ever cause her pain?
Is that your intent?

Will you share each other’s pain and seek to ease it?

And so the bond is made. (Fifth cord is draped across hands)

______ might you ever cause him anger?
Is that your intent?
______ might you ever cause her anger?
Is that your intent?

Will you together take the heat of anger and use it to temper the strength of this union?

And so the bond is made. (Sixth cord is draped across hands)

This bond is not formed by these cords, but rather by your vows. For always, you hold in your own hands the making or breaking of this union.
(the cords are removed and placed on the stand.)

Expression of Intent the I Do’s: / Vows

Do you ______ take ______ to be your Wife, to live together in marriage; will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others, to be faithful to her, until death do you part?

Do you ______ take ______ to be your Husband, to live together in marriage; will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and in adversity; and forsaking all others, to be faithful to him, until death do you part?

______ I promise to always stand by your side as your partner, your love and your best friend. I give you all my trust and all my tomorrows. I will always cherish you and I promise my love for you is forever.

______ I promise to always stand by your side as your partner, your love and your best friend. I give you all my trust and all my tomorrows. I will always cherish you and I promise my love for you is forever.

Ring Ceremony - May we please have the rings

The wedding rings (the unbroken circle) are symbols of eternity. The gold is symbolic of that which is pure and the diamonds are symbolic of what is permanent and incorruptible.

Today you have chosen to exchange rings, as a sign of the love you have for each other and a seal of the promises you are making this day.
______ I give you this ring, as a symbol and a reminder of my commitment to you. As you receive this ring, receive my promise to love and cherish you always. And with this ring, I thee wed.

______ I give you this ring, as a symbol and a reminder of my commitment to you. As you receive this ring, receive my promise to love and cherish you always. And with this ring, I thee wed.

Signing of the marriage license /witnesses (optional)

You are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of the one person in the entire world whom you love most. You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the love and companionship of someone with whom you can share in an intimate and trusting way all the hopes, joys, and dreams of life. Real love is laying down your lives for each other. It is the expression that your thoughts, feelings and desires are one. It makes you stronger, so you can be involved with life in ways you dare not risk alone.

Closing Poem:

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking one another for granted. The courtship should not end with the honeymoon. It should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is being friends and respecting each other's individual personality. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding, and a big sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is finding room for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is in being the right partner.

Prayer of Blessing On Your Marriage (optional)

Congratulations:
Have A great Honeymoon:
And have A Wonderful Life Together:

(Pronouncement)

And now as you enter the greatest journey of your life:
In as much as you both have agreed to enter the marriage relationship, having said your vows with devoted hearts, you have given and received rings as tokens of your love, it is now my honor and privilege, with full authority, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may now Kiss Your Bride

Ladies and gentlemen, I now present to you Mr. and Mrs. ___________________________________.