Wedding

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I take pride on making your special day, ONE TO REMEMBER!

When Love Beckons

Minister: 
We are gathered here today to witness the coming together of two people, ____________ and ____________, whose hearts and spirits are entwined as one. They now desire to profess before all the world their intention henceforth to walk the road of life together.

To these two young people, this marriage signifies the birth of a new spirit, a spirit which is a part of each of us, yet not of any one of us alone. This "birth of spirit" reminds us of spring, the season when all life is reborn and looms again. It is appropriate, therefore, that this wedding of ____________ and ____________ be in the spring, and that it be under the open sky, where we are close to the earth and to the unity of life, the totality of living things of which we are part.

The beliefs and thoughts about love which motivate these two people are perhaps best expressed in the words of poet Kahlil Gibran:

"You were born to be together, and together you shall be forevermore. 
You shall be together when the wings of death scatter your days. 
Ay, you shall be together even in your silent memory. 
But let there be spaces in your togetherness, 
And let the winds of the heaven dance between you. 
Love one another, but make not a bondage of love. 
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. 
Fill each other's cup, but drink not from one cup. 
Give one another of your bread, but eat not of the same loaf. 
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, 
Even as the strings of a lute are alone, though they quiver with the same music. 
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping, 
For only the hand of life can contain your hearts. 
And stand together, yet not too near together, 
For the pillars of the temple stand apart, 
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in shadow."

Minister to Bride: 
Do you ____________, knowing this man's love for you and returning it, realizing his strengths and learning from them, recognizing his weaknesses and helping him to overcome them, take ____________ to be your lawfully wedded husband?

Bride: 
I do.

Minister: 
Place the ring on his finger.

Minister to Groom: 
Do you ____________, knowing this woman's love for you and returning it, realizing her strengths and learning form them, recognizing her weaknesses and helping her to overcome them, take ____________ to be your lawfully wedded wife?

Groom: 
I do.

Minister: 
Place the ring on her finger. Let these rings serve as locks–not binding you together–but as keys, unlocking the secrets of your hearts for each other to know, and thus bringing you closer together forever.

And now ____________ and ____________, seeking the fulfillment of love and marriage, find again that the poet Gibran speaks for them:

"Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. 
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks to another day of loving. 
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy; 
To return home eventide with gratitude, and then sleep with a prayer 
For the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips."

I now pronounce you husband and wife.

 

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May This Day Shine Eternally

 

Minister: 
____________ and ____________, in presenting yourselves here today to be joined in marriage, you perform an act of faith. This faith can grow and develop and last, but only if you both decide to make it so. A lasting and growing love is not guaranteed by any ritual.

If you would have the foundation of your marriage be the devotion you have for one another, not just at this moment, but for all the days to come, then treasure the hopes and dreams that you bring here today. Establish that your love will never be blotted out by the common nor obscured by the ordinary in life. Faults will surface where now you find comfort, and admiration can be shattered by the routine of daily life.

Dedication, love, and joy can grow only when you nourish them together. Stand fast in that hope and confidence, having faith in your shared destiny just as strongly as you have faith in yourselves and in one another today. Only with this spirit can you forge a union that will strengthen and endure all the days of your lives.

Groom: 
I, ____________, take you, ____________, as my friend and love, beside me and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, asking that you be no other than yourself, loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not know yet, in all the ways that life may find us.

The Groom places the Bride's ring on her finger and says: 
____________, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you, in the name of God.

Bride: 
I, ____________, take you, ____________, as my friend and love, beside me and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, asking that you be no other than yourself, loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not know yet, in all the ways that life may find us.

The Bride places the Groom's ring on his finger and says: 
____________ , I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you, in the name of God.

Minister: 
With this statement made of love and trust, which we have just heard, I now wish you to greet ____________ and ____________ as husband and wife.

May this day shine eternally in your lives. 
May it add brilliance to every achievement and cast a divine light over any misfortune. 
May you care for each other in all sadness. 
May you give cheer to each other. 
May you give vitality to each other in all undertakings. 
May all that is virtuous, beautiful and honest, remain with you always.

 

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Welcome to the Celebration!

Minister: 
We, who have gathered in this circle, are now privileged to witness and to 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, together, are loved by many others. We have come to surround them as they stand before us in this center, where now ____________ and ____________ in essence say, "Welcome to our marriage! Welcome to the Celebration!"

Marriage is too for children! For them it is, or can be, more than just witnessing. There is an opportunity for them to bring themselves into the new family and in a symbolic sense to give themselves to this new venture as they bring a "Gift of love" which they will present now to ____________ and ___________.

The children come bearing flowers, which are given to the Bride and Groom.

Minister: 
When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. That is impossible. It is even a disservice to pretend it is possible. Yet that is what most of us demand. We have such little faith in the ebb and flow of life and of love and of relationships.

We leap forward at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb, for we are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanence, on duration, on continuity. But the only continuity possible in life, as in love, is in growth, in fluidity and in freedom, as dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in creating the same pattern.

I speak now to ____________ and ____________ of love, in which, the trust and freedom of the other person becomes as significant as the trust and freedom of one's self. I speak to them of generosity, which gathers the beauty of earth for riches and the kindness which turns away the wrath of foolish men and women. I speak of all our hopes for their continued growth through patience, one for the other. May ____________ and ____________ keep the vows made on this day, in freedom, teaching each other who they are, what they yet shall be, enabling them to know that, in the fullness of being, they are more than themselves and more than each other, that they are all of us and that together we share joyously the fruits of life on this Earth, our home.

Ring Ceremony:

Groom places ring on Bride's finger: 
May this ring forever be to you the symbol of my growing love.

Bride places ring on Groom's finger: 
May this ring forever be to you the symbol of my growing love.

Minister: 
May these two find happiness in their union. May they live faithfully together, executing the vows they have made between them; and may they ever remain compassionate and encouraging, that their years may be rich with the joys of life, and their days be long upon the Earth.

I now pronounce you husband and wife.

 

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Witness and Share the Joy

Minister: 
Welcome to the marriage of ____________ and ____________.

You have been asked to gather here to witness and share in the joy of this union.

Groom: 
There was darkness for a long time and then there was light, and that light was you. Your love has given me wings, and our journey begins today. I pledge before this assembled company to be your husband from this day forward. Let us make of our two lives one life. I want you for today, tomorrow, and forever.

Bride: 
I have dreamed my whole life of having someone as wonderful as you love me the way you do. I give myself to you as your wife, and I promise here to treasure for all of my days the love we celebrate today. Let us bring together our lives and find ourselves anew each day.

Minister to Bride: 
____________, will you take ____________ as your husband, in happiness and with patience and understanding, through conflict and tranquility?

Bride: 
I will.

Ring is placed on Groom's finger.

Minister to Groom: 
____________, will you take ____________ as your wife, in happiness and with patience and understanding, through conflict and tranquility?

Groom: 
I will.

Ring is placed on Bride's finger.

Minister: 
In the years which shall bring ____________ and ____________ into greater age and wisdom, we hope that their love shall be ever young; that they shall be able to always recover from moments of despair. In this hope, may they keep the vows made on this day, in freedom, teaching each other who they are, what they yet shall be, enabling them to know that, in the fullness of being, they are more than themselves and more than each other, that they are all of us, and that together we share joyously the fruits of life on this earth, our home.

Inasmuch as ____________ and ____________ have declared their love to each other before family and friends, I now greet them with you as husband and wife.

You may kiss.

 

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Enter Days of Togetherness

Minister: 
We are gathered here today to take part in the most time-honored celebration of the human family, uniting a woman and a man in marriage. ____________ and ____________ have come to witness before us, telling of their love for each other. We remember, theirs is a love whose source is the affection of those who loved them into being.

We remind them that they are performing an act of complete faith, each in the other; that the heart of their marriage will be the relationship they create. In a world where faith often falls short of expectation, it is a tribute to these two who now join hands and hearts in perfect faith.

Minister to Groom: 
____________, will you receive ____________ as your wife? Will you pledge to her your love, faith and tenderness, cherishing her with a husband's loyalty and devotion?

Groom: 
I will.

Minister to Bride: 
____________, will you receive ____________ as your husband? Will you pledge to him your love, faith and tenderness, cherishing him with a wife's loyalty and devotion?

Bride: 
I will.

Minister: 
_____________ and _____________, receive each other from your fathers and mothers, who give you into each other's keeping, by saying now, each to the other, words which will tell of your love.

Groom: 
I, ____________, take you, ____________ to be no other than yourself, in all the ways life may find us, tending you in sickness and rejoicing with you in health, as long as we both shall live to love.

Bride: 
I, ____________, take you, ____________ to be no other than yourself, in all the ways life may find us, tending you in sickness and rejoicing with you in health, as long as we both shall live to love.

Minister: 
Will you now give and receive a ring?

Bride and Groom: 
We will.

Minister: 
This circlet of precious metal is justly regarded as a fitting emblem of the purity and perpetuity of the Marriage State . The ancients were reminded by the circle of eternity, as it is so fashioned as to have neither beginning nor end; while gold is so incorruptible that it cannot be tarnished by use or time. So may the union, at this time solemnized, be incorruptible in its purity and more lasting that time itself.

Minister hands the ring to the Groom, who places it on the Bride's finger: 
Wear this ring forever, ____________, as a symbol of love and peace and of all that is unending.

Minister hands the ring to the Bride, who places it on the Groom's finger: 
Wear this ring forever, ____________, as a symbol of love and peace and of all that is unending.

Minister: 
We speak to ____________ and ____________ of love, in which the trust and freedom of the other person becomes as significant as the trust and freedom of one's self. We speak to them of generosity, which gathers the beauty of earth for riches, and the kindness which turns away the wrath of foolish men and women. We speak of each of our hopes for their continued growth through patience, one for the other. We speak of our confidence that new levels of understanding, discovered by them in experiences of sorrow and tribulation, shall bring ever new surprises of strength and fortitude they do not now know.

In the years which shall bring ____________ and ____________ into greater age and wisdom, we pray that their love shall be ever young; that they shall be able always to recover from moments of despair, the lithesome ways of buoyant youth. In this hope may they keep the vows made on this day, in freedom, teaching each other who they are, what they yet shall be, enabling them to know that in the fullness of being, they are more than themselves and more than each other; that they are all of us, and that together we share joyously the fruits of life.

Inasmuch as ____________ and ____________ have declared their love and devotion to each other before family and friends, I now greet them with you as husband and wife.

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be sanctuary to the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no isolation for you. Now there is no more loneliness. Now you are two, but there is only one life in front of you.

Go now and enter into the days of your togetherness.

 

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Simple Wedding Ceremony

The step which you are about to take is the most important into which human beings can come. 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.

 __(Groom)___________, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, and forsaking all others, keep you only unto her, for so long as you both shall live? 

_ (Bride)____________, will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, and forsaking all others, keep you only unto him, so long as you both shall live?

Take hands and repeat after me: I, __(Groom)___________, take you, __(Bride)___________, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, to love and to cherish, from this day forward.

 I, ___(Bride)________, take you, _(Groom)__________, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, to love and to cherish, from this day forward.

 Do you have a ring for the bride?   Please place the ring on the bride's finger and say: With this ring, I thee wed. 

Is there a ring for the groom? Please place the ring on the groom's finger and say: With this ring I thee wed. 

Let these rings be given and received as a token of your affection, sincerity and fidelity to one another.

In as much as _____________ and _____________ have consented together in wedlock and have witnessed the same before this company, and pledged their vows to each other, by the authority vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife. (You may now kiss .)

 

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Modern Civil Ceremony:

Welcome to family and friends:


You are here to witness a wedding. Today we unite __________ and __________ as husband and wife. What we do today is done in conformity to the laws of  Louisiana and in the historical Western tradition of the act of marriage.

__________ and __________, you have requested that I marry you. Do you both do this of your own desire and free will?

Groom & Bride answer "We do."

Do any of the witnesses know of any reason why we may not legally continue with this wedding?

Witnesses answer "We do not." 

Vows: 
Then let us continue. __________, if it is your desire to become the husband of __________, then repeat after me.

I, __________, take you, __________, to be my wife. In this moment I promise before these witnesses to love you and care for you all of our days. I accept you with your faults and your strengths, even as I offer myself with my faults and strengths. I promise to support you when you need support and to turn to you when I need support. I choose you as the one with whom I will spend my life.

I, __________, take you, __________, to be my husband. In this moment I promise before these witnesses to love you and care for you all of our days. I accept you with your faults and your strengths, even as I offer myself with my faults and strengths. I promise to support you when you need support and to turn to you when I need support. I choose you as the one with whom I will spend my life.

__________ and __________, you have shared promises in our presence. Do you have a rings that you wish to exchange? 

Couple replies "We do." 

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__________, will you give your ring to __________ and repeat these words:

I give you this ring as a  reminder of the promises we exchanged today. 

__________, will you give your ring to __________ and repeat these words:

I give you this ring as a  reminder of the promises we exchanged today. 

__________ and __________, you have exchanged your promises and given and received rings in my presence. By these acts you have become husband and wife. According to the laws of the state of Louisiana , I hereby pronounce you are husband and wife. You may now kiss.

 

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FORMAL WEDDING CEREMONY

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: 
FRIENDS AND RELATIVES, WE HAVE COME HERE TODAY AT THE INVITATION 
OF G__________ AND B__________ TO SHARE IN THE JOY OF THEIR WEDDING. 
THIS OUTWARD CELEBRATION THAT WE SHALL SEE AND HEAR, I BELIEVE, IS 
AN EXPRESSION OF THE INNER LOVE AND DEVOTION THEY HAVE IN THEIR 
HEARTS TOWARD ONE ANOTHER. I BELIEVE MARRIAGE 
IS OF GOD AND B__________ AND G__________.

COME TODAY DESIRING TO BE UNITED IN THIS 
SACRED RELATIONSHIP OF MARRIAGE.

WHO IS GIVING THIS WOMAN TO BE MARRIED TO THIS MAN? 
(FATHER) HER MOTHER AND I DO!

TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM: 
THE CEREMONY OF MARRIAGE IN WHICH YOU COME TO BE UNITED IS ONE OF 
THE FIRST AND OLDEST CEREMONIES IN ALL THE WORLD, CELEBRATED IN THE 
BEGINNING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD HIMSELF. MARRIAGE IS A GIFT IN 
THAT WE GIVE OURSELVES TOTALLY TO ONE ANOTHER. I BELIEVE THAT 
MARRIAGE IS A GIFT GIVEN TO COMFORT THE SORROWS OF LIFE AND TO 
MAGNIFY LIFE'S JOYS.

MARRIAGE IS THE CLASPING OF HANDS, THE BLENDING OF TWO HEARTS, THE 
UNION OF TWO LIVES INTO ONE AND YOUR MARRIAGE MUST STAND, NOT BY 
THE AUTHORITY OF THE STATE, NOR BY THE SEAL ON YOUR WEDDING 
CERTIFICATE, BUT BY THE STRENGTH AND POWER OF THE FAITH AND LOVE 
YOU HAVE IN ONE ANOTHER.

NOW, WILL YOU PLEASE PASS YOUR FLOWERS, TURN AND FACE ONE ANOTHER 
AND JOIN HANDS TO EXPRESS YOUR VOWS OF LOVE AND DEVOTION EACH TO 
THE OTHER.

(GROOM) WILL YOU PLEASE REPEAT THIS VOW TO B_________, SAYING AFTER ME: 
I, G__________, TAKE YOU B_________ TO BE MY WIFE, TO HAVE AND TO 
HOLD, FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, FOR RICHER, OR 
FOR POORER, IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, I PROMISE TO LOVE AND 
CHERISH YOU.

(BRIDE) WILL YOU PLEASE REPEAT THIS VOW TO G_________ SAYING AFTER ME: 
I, B__________, TAKE YOU G_________ TO BE MY HUSBAND, TO HAVE AND TO 
HOLD, FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, FOR RICHER OR 
FOR POORER, IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, I PROMISE TO LOVE AND 
CHERISH YOU.

THE WORD OF GOD TELLS US WHAT LOVE IS LIKE AND WHAT LOVE DOES: 
"LOVE IS PATIENT, LOVE IS KIND, LOVE IS NOT JEALOUS; 
LOVE DOES NOT BRAG AND IS NOT ARROGANT, IT DOES NOT ACT 
UNBECOMINGLY; IT DOES NOT SEEK ITS OWN, IT IS NOT PROVOKED, AND IT 
DOES NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT A WRONG SUFFERED, IT DOES NOT REJOICE IN 
UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, BUT REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH; FOR LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS, 
BELIEVES ALL THINGS, HOPES ALL THINGS, AND ENDURES ALL 
THINGS, BUT ABOVE ALL, LOVE NEVER FAILS."

HAVING THIS KIND OF LOVE IN YOUR HEARTS FOR ONE ANOTHER, YOU HAVE 
CHOSEN TO EXCHANGE RINGS AS THE SIGN AND SEAL OF THE PROMISES YOU 
ARE MAKING TO ONE ANOTHER TODAY. TO (GROOM): DO YOU HAVE A RING 
FOR B__________? MAY I HAVE THE RING? TO BRIDE: 
DO YOU HAVE A RING FOR G________? MAY I HAVE THE RING?

RINGS ARE VERY LARGE IN THEIR SIGNIFICANCE. THEY ARE MADE OF A 
PRECIOUS METAL AND PRECIOUS STONE AND THAT REMINDS US THAT LOVE IS 
NOT CHEAP NOR COMMON; BUT INDEED LOVE IS VERY COSTLY AND DEAR TO 
US. THESE RINGS ARE ALSO MADE IN A CIRCLE AND THEIR DESIGN TELLS 
US THAT WE MUST KEEP LOVE CONTINUOUS THROUGHOUT OUR WHOLE LIVES 
EVEN AS THE CIRCLE OF THE RING IS CONTINUOUS. AS YOU WEAR THESE 
RINGS, WHETHER YOU ARE TOGETHER OR APART FOR EVEN JUST A MOMENT, 
MAY THESE RINGS BE A CONSTANT REMINDER OF THE PROMISES YOU ARE 
MAKING TO ONE ANOTHER THIS DAY.

TO GROOM: G__________ WILL YOU PLEASE TAKE THIS RING AND PLACE IT 
UPON THE THIRD FINGER OF B_________ 'S LEFT HAND, AND HOLDING HER 
HAND IN YOURS, PLEASE REPEAT THIS PROMISE TO B_________, SAYING 
AFTER ME: 
WITH THIS RING, I SEAL MY PROMISE, TO BE YOUR FAITHFUL AND LOVING HUSBAND, 
AS GOD IS MY WITNESS.

TO BRIDE: B__________ WILL YOU PLEASE TAKE THIS RING AND PLACE IT 
UPON THE THIRD FINGER OF G__________ 'S LEFT HAND, AND HOLDING HIS 
HAND IN YOURS PLEASE REPEAT THIS PROMISE TO G________ AFTER ME TO HIM, SAYING: 
WITH THIS RING, I SEAL MY PROMISE, TO BE YOUR FAITHFUL AND LOVING WIFE, AS GOD IS MY WITNESS.

CANDLE LIGHTING OPTIONAL.

PRAYER FOR BRIDE AND GROOM AND PERSONAL WORDS BY THE MINISTER.

POEMS - OPTIONAL OR HAVE YOUR OWN .

INDIAN WEDDING PRAYER

NOW YOU WILL FEEL NO RAIN, 
FOR EACH OF YOU WILL BE THE SHELTER TO THE OTHER. 
NOW YOU WILL FEEL NO COLD, 
FOR EACH OF YOU WILL BE THE WARMTH TO THE OTHER. 
NOW THERE IS NO MORE LONELINESS FOR YOU, 
BECAUSE NOW YOU ARE NO LONGER LONELY. 
NOW YOU ARE TWO BODIES, 
YET THERE IS ONLY ONE LIFE SET BEFORE YOU. 
GO THEREFORE INTO YOUR DWELLING PLACE , 
TO ENTER INTO THE DAYS OF YOUR TOGETHERNESS. 
THAT YOUR DAYS MAY BE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL AND LONG UPON THIS EARTH.

TRUE LOVE

TRUE LOVE GIVES NOTHING OF ITSELF 
AND TAKES NOTHING BUT FROM ITSELF 
LOVE DOES NOT POSSESS, NOR WOULD IT BE POSSESSED 
FOR LOVE IS SUFFICIENT UNTO LOVE. 
LOVE HAS NO OTHER DESIRE BUT TO FULFILL ITSELF 
TO AWAKE AT DAWN WITH A WINGED HEART AND TO GIVE 
THANKS FOR ANOTHER DAY OF LOVING. 
TO REST AT NOON AND MEDITATE UPON LOVE'S ECSTASY, 
TO RETURN HOME AT EVENING WITH GRATITUDE 
AND THEN TO SLEEP WITH A PRAYER FOR YOUR BELOVED 
IN YOUR HEART AND A SONG OF PRAISE UPON YOUR LIPS.

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE

B__________ AND G__________, YOU HAVE COME HERE TODAY 
BEFORE US AND BEFORE GOD AND HAVE EXPRESSED YOUR DESIRE TO BECOME 
HUSBAND AND WIFE. YOU HAVE SHOWN YOUR LOVE AND AFFECTION BY JOINING 
HANDS, AND HAVE MADE PROMISES OF FAITH AND DEVOTION, EACH TO THE 
OTHER, AND HAVE SEALED THESE PROMISES BY THE GIVING AND THE 
RECEIVING OF THE RINGS. 
THEREFORE, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE AS A MINISTER AND BY THE 
AUTHORITY GIVEN TO ME BY THE 
THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA , I NOW PRONOUNCE 
THAT YOU ARE HUSBAND AND WIFE. 
G___________ YOU MAY KISS YOUR WIFE.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU FOR 
THE FIRST TIME MR. AND MRS. __________________.

 

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Nonreligious Wedding Ceremony

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 will unite ______ in marriage.

Let this be a day of gladness, thanksgiving, possibility, and great good fortune for ______, who are coming together to demonstrate the wonder of love through their wedding celebration.

We who are witnessing your marriage, hope that despite the stresses inevitable in any life, your love and respect for each other, and your trust and understanding of each other, will increase your contentment and increase your joy in living.

Marriage is a very special place, the sheltered environment in which we can learn and grow as individuals, with the support, love and companionship of that other very special person who has made the commitment and promise to share life's journey.

We are here today, not only to witness your commitment to each other, ______, but also to wish you every happiness in your future life as a couple. Within its framework of commitment and loyalty, marriage enables the establishment of a home, where through trust, patience and respect, the love and affection that you have for each other may continue to develop and deepen in the years to come.

We have come here today to be with ______ as they take the next step in their journey together. In one sense they are not beginning a new life, but are continuing and strengthening the bond that is already there. For ______, the spirit of marriage is already alive in their hearts and minds.

Exchange of Vows - see Wedding Vow Samples page

Exchange of Rings

May I please have the bride's ring? (Groom), you may place the ring on (Bride's) finger. 
Will you (Bride) take this ring from (Groom), as a token of his love for you and will you wear it as an expression of your love for him?
I will.
May I have the groom's ring please? (Bride), you may place the ring on (Groom's) finger.
Will you (Groom) take this ring from (Bride), as a token of her love for you and will you wear it as an expression of your love for her?
I will.

Blessing of Marriage
It is my hope that from this day forward the two of you will take with you into your married life all the joy, good wishes and blessings that your friends and families are extending to you on this happy day.

(sample of blessing, many options available)
May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries
And the breeze blow new strength into your being,
And all the days of your life may you walk
Gently through the world and know its beauty.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you ____, husband and wife. You may kiss your bride.

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Candle Light Ceremony


(we add this to the vows you choose, all we need , are 3 candles, 2 taper candles, with holders, and 1 large candle for the unity)
______ & ______, Together as you light this candle of unity, you symbolize the flame of your own individual selves joining to ignite the partnership of marriage.

You also bring the warmth, strength and wisdom of your family's fire as kindling for your own.

As _____ & _____, your flames are seperate, yet they feed the same fire.

From this day onward, may you bask inthe beauty of the light of your love, may its light shine bright and sterady upon your path together and may its heat keep you warm through the days of your lives and beyond.

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Wine Ceremony


( We need 2 glasses of wine of your choice and add this cermonony to the one you choose)

Wine, like the life-blodd that pulses through our veins, is a symbol of life. It is created through the work of hands and minds.
Love, a feeling, is constant motion like the sea, lies in the soul alone. Just as wine stimulates teh body, love stimulates our souls to welcome the spirit of God.
As you share this glass today, may you be joined in love as fluid as teh drink itself, yet as solid as the hands which made it.

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Our Favorite Vows

This is one of Mine and My Wifes FAVORITE vows, we can subsitute this with traditional in the ones you pick. Please let us know.

(Please turn to your spouse and repeat after me)
From this day onward, I choose you ________ to be my Wife/Husband.
To live together and laugh together;
To work by your side and dream in your arms;
To fill your heart and feed your soul;
To always seek out the best in you;
To play with you whenever I can, as we grow old, even let you hold the remote control;
Always loving you with all my heart, until the end of our forever.

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Welcoming


Good afternoon. We gather here today to witness and celebrate an act of deep love. Bride & Groom, in their devotion, respect, and love for each other wish to unite in the bond of marriage, and to dedicate themselves to each other's happiness and well being as life mates and partners. On behalf of them, I welcome you all.

Foundation 
Marriage is an opportunity to feel the joy of taking care of someone who takes care of you, to be challenged towards growth yet gently nurtured, to love deeply and receive it in return. Marriage is the beginning of a new life, a chance at fulfilling long held dreams, and an opportunity for great personal and spiritual growth. It is about trust, friendship and having a partner to share all life has to offer. It is a commitment to participate in a process of mutual evolution, understanding and forgiveness. It is indeed a sacred union to be treasured. 
No ceremony can create your marriage. Only you can do that through love, patience, dedication, perseverance through talking and listening and trying to understand through helping and supporting and believing in each other through learning to forgive, learning to respect and appreciate your differences, and learning to make the important things matter and to let go of the rest. What this ceremony can do is to witness and affirm the choice you have made to begin a new life today as husband and wife.


Parental Honoring
Bride & Groom want to acknowledge their parents on this occasion. Insert Parents names

Bride & Groom offer their profound gratitude to their parents for all the love and care they showed in raising them. The unconditional gifts of love and support that you have continually offered have inspired them to become who they are today, and they thank you, from the bottom of their hearts, for guiding them to this celebration of love here today. Without you, this day would not be possible.


The Hands Ceremony 
Bride & Groom, Please face each other and take each other's hands, so that you may see the gift that they are to you.
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever. 
These are the hands that will work along side yours as together you build your future. 
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief temporarily comes your way. 
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.
These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you.

The Questions
Bride & Groom, If you are ready to step into the holy circle of matrimony, assuming all its rights, obligations and abundant joys, please so indicate by joining hands.

Do you, Bride take this man, Groom as your husband, to love him and to honor him, to nurture, serve and support him, in times of joy and in times of difficulty? Do you promise to remain by his side regardless of what trouble befalls you, and in the presence of temptation to forsake this love, do you promise to remain steadfast and true? Do you promise with all your heart and soul to honor this vow till death do you part? If so, answer now, "I do."
(Bride answers, "I do")

Do you, Groom take this woman, Bride as your wife, to love her and to honor her, to nurture, serve and support her, in times of joy and in times of difficulty? Do you promise to remain by her side regardless of what trouble befalls you, and in the presence of temptation to forsake this love, do you promise to remain steadfast and true? Do you promise with all your heart and soul to honor this vow till death do you part? If so answer now, "I do."
(Groom answers, "I do")


VOWS: Bride & Groom have chosen to write their own vows and will now read them to each other.

Ring Ceremony 
And so we come to the presentation of rings by which you symbolize and bind your love. The circle has long been a symbol of spirit and the power of God. The sky and the earth are round. The wind in its greatest power whirls. The sun and moon, both round, come forth and go down again in a circle. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were. Without beginning or end and with no point of weakness. Let the seamless circle of these rings become the symbol of your endless love and unending faithfulness. Your wedding rings are most special because they say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bonded, to allow the presence of another human being to enhance who you are. Your rings carry a potent double message: We are individuals and yet we belong; we are not alone. As you wear them through time, they will reflect not only who you are but also the glorious union that you are now creating. 
Bride, place the ring on Groom's finger and repeat after me: "With this ring, I pledge my love and faithfulness to you." 
Groom, place the ring on Bride's finger and repeat after me: "With this ring, I pledge my love and faithfulness to you." 
Wear these rings as the enclosing bond of reverence and trust. Fulfill the circle of love that now makes you one.

Ceremony For Honoring Children During The Wedding 
Often marriage is viewed as the union of two individuals. In reality, however, marriage is much broader. We also recognize the merging of families taking place and the additional love and responsibility that family and friends bring to this relationship. Today, we recognize Childs Name and the significant role he plays in this marriage. 
(Child may be brought forward)
(Presentation of gift): 
(Minister addresses Child): 
"Groom and Bride present to you this gift which is created as a symbol for new family relationship and in recognition of the hope and joy made visible through this marriage. Childs Name, in the placing of this gift, Groom & Bride pledge to you their continuing love as they surround you now with their arms of support and protection.
(Child returns to their seat).

SAND CEREMONY: …… (the officiant explains the meaning of the sand ceremony):
The meaning of the sand ceremony represents leaving your two separate lives and joining to make one life together. 
Love is the eternal force of life.
Love is the force that allows us to face fear and uncertainty with courage.
But although you will be sharing one life, never forget you are two separate people. Cherish and affirm your differences. Love each other.
Keep your commitment primary.
Together you will laugh and cry, be sick and well, be happy and angry, share and grow. Grow sometimes together, sometimes separately."
"To symbolize the importance of the individuals within the marriage and the joining of two lives, the sand will now be layered into a base."

(Bride is handed a clear jar of RED sand, Groom is handed a clear jar of WHITE sand, The minister has one small clear jar filled with a NEUTRAL color sand and a large empty jar).

The Minister speaks again:
"We begin with a layer of Neutral Sand which symbolizes that the marriage is grounded." (The Minister pours a little of the Neutral Sand into the large jar)

"Then we layer the individual colors. This symbolizes that the marriage is based on the strength of the individuals."

(Groom pours a little of the white sand in first) (Bride then adds little of the red sand) 
"And now we combine the colors, which symbolizes two lives joined as one together forever."
(Groom and Bride simultaneously pour their remaining sand into the large jar until their jars are empty). 
(Minister Pours the rest of his sand into Jar to top it off)
Pronouncement:
Bride & Groom, in the presence of your family and friends today, you have spoken the words and performed the rites which unite your lives. It is my legal right as a minister and my greatest joy and privilege to declare you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride.

Conclusion: 
And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Bride & Groom

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