I, Groom’s name, take thee, Bride’s name, as my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.
I, Groom’s name, take you, Bride’s name, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad times, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
We gather here today to celebrate and dedicate the joy and deep meaning of the union of __________ and ___________ in this sacred commitment. The essence of this covenant is the acceptance of each other as Lover, Companion and Friend. It is therefore a decision which is not entered into lightly, but rather undertaken with great consideration and respect for ourselves and each other. This ceremony can set the tone for your entire life together. It is the visible symbol of the ongoing wedding process in which the two of you grow in love and union. It represents the welding of two souls as one. It is also a demonstration of the bonding which will strengthen and free you to each grow in your unique way but yet still together.
(Optional) LET US PRAY:
We give thanks for the coming together of __________ and ___________ for the many blessings they enjoy and for their happiness. We know that as we reach out to another being, as we pledge ourselves to give and share, that we allow ourselves to accept more of the gifts of life. We ask the Spirit of Our Heavenly Creator to join us as we commence this ceremony. In this bonding of __________ and __________ we open our hearts, minds and spirits to that of our Creator. We focus our thoughts and unite all those present, and all those loved ones (friends and family) who could not be with us today, but are in our thoughts in this union of love. Amen
PLEASE FACE EACH OTHER AND JOIN HANDS. Please repeat after me:
I, _________ receive you, ________ as my partner and love beside me and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in sickness and in health, in conflict and serenity, asking that you be no other than yourself, loving what I know of you and trusting what I do not know, in all the ways that life may bring.
You have vowed your love to each other. Are you now ready to confirm that love in the responsibilities of marriage? If So answer, “WE ARE”
BLESSING AND RING EXCHANGE - May I please have your rings?
Your rings, by their very shape, are symbols of eternal unity,without beginning or end. They are the emblem of the love that exists between you and characterize your devotion to one another. Let them always remind you of the commitments you make today.
__________, with this ring I promise to grow with you to build our love, to speak openly and honestly to listen to you, and to love and cherish you for all the days ahead. From this day forward you shall not walk alone. My heart will be your shelter and my arms will be your home. With this ring I thee wed.
Single Ring Ceremony
Today we are here to join you in marriage and to share in the joy of this occasion, which should be one of the most memorable and happy days of your life.
On this day of your marriage, you stand somewhat apart from all other human beings. You stand within the charmed circle of your love; and this is as it should be. But love is not meant to be the possession of two people alone. Rather it would serve as a source of common energy, as a form in which you find strength to live your lives with courage. From this day onward you must come closer together than ever before, you must love one another in sickness and in health, for better and for worse, but at the same time your love should give you the strength to stand apart, to seek out your unique destinies, to make your special contribution to the world which is always part of us and more than us.
Being assured that you are aware of the meaning of this ceremony, I will now ask you to repeat the marriage vows.
Do you, Groom’s Name, take this woman, Bride’s Name, to be your lawful wedded wife, to love, honor and cherish her through sickness and in health, through times of happiness and travail, until death do you part?
(Place this ring upon her finger and repeat after me.)
With this ring, I thee wed, and forever pledge my devotion.
Do you, Bride’s Name, take this man, Groom’s Name, to be your lawfully wedded husband, to love, honor and cherish her through sickness and in health, through times of happiness and travail, until death do you part?
(The parties are now directed to join hands)
“By the act of joining hands you take to yourself the relation of husband and wife and solemnly promise to love, honor, comfort, and cherish each other so long as you both shall live. Therefore, in accordance with the law of
Congratulations,you may kiss your bride!
CLOSE OF CEREMONY
“You came to me as two single people and you will now leave as a married couple, united to each other by the binding contract you have just entered. Your cares, your worries, your pleasures and your joys, you must share with each other. The best of good fortune to both of you.”
Ladies & Gentleman, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the first time:
Mr. & Mrs. Groom’s Last Name.