Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and the presence of these witnesses, to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted by God Himself, and signifying unto us the union which exists between Christ and his Church; which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified by His presence at the wedding in Cana of Galilee, where he performed his first miracle. It is therefore not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, and with respect for almighty God. Into this holy estate BRIDE & GROOM come now to be joined.
Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
On behalf of BRIDE & GROOM I want to welcome all of you, I know they are elated that you could join us for their marriage celebration. We are here today to encourage, celebrate and support the covenant they now make. The marriage they are creating here has roots not only in themselves, but also in the love, friendship, and guidance each of you has offered them. They have asked you to be with them here today, because you are some of their closest loved ones and friends, and they wanted you to share in their union and the joy, beauty, and reverence of the following moments.
BRIDE & GROOM the rite of marriage is the first and oldest rite in the world, celebrated since the beginning of the human race. Long before man had developed ceremony or inaugurated priests, marriage was already being celebrated, with God himself being the first priest, witness and guest. Marriage is Gods institution for the comfort and convenience of mankind and is therefore enshrined with dignity and honor for all who enter into it lawfully and in true affection
I stand here today only to speak on behalf of God, it is God himself that shall join you together. A miracle is about to take place. Your spirits will be joined together, and you shall become one. You will not just be one in the eyes of the law. Something much more powerful is about happen. The Spirit of God is going to move upon you and the creative power of God is going to join you together and you will be as one. And so I require and charge you both, as you stand in the presence of Almighty God, before whom the secrets of all hearts are openly disclosed, that having duly considered the Holy covenant you are about to make, you do now declare before this company your pledge of faith, each to the other. Be well assured, if these vows are kept inviolate, as God’s Word demands, and if steadfastly you endeavor to do the will of your heavenly Father, God will bless your marriage, He will grant you fulfillment in it, and He will establish your home in peace.
DECLARATION OF INTENT (See File "Samples of Declaration of Intent" for more wording options)
GROOM, the woman who stands by your side is about to become your wife. She will look to you for comfort, support, understanding, encouragement, and protection. You must never take her for granted, and always consider her along with yourself.
GROOM, do you take BRIDE to be your wedded Wife, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others keep yourself only to her so long as you both shall live?
Groom: I do.
BRIDE, the man who stands by your side is about to become your husband. He will look to you for comfort, support, understanding, encouragement, and inspiration. You must never take him for granted, and always consider him along with yourself.
BRIDE, do you take GROOM to be your wedded husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others keep yourself only to him so long as you both shall live?
Bride: I do.
The vows in marriage are acts of our will, by which we pledge our faithfulness to each other for life. We are to love and care for each other in all circumstances, in times of sickness and trouble, sorrow and distress, as well as in times of joy and wholeness. We are to provide each other and our household not only with the things that make life possible but also those that add beauty and zest to it. We are to pray for and with each other, offering thanks to God for his love for us and the love that we share for each other in marriage. So now, having carefully and deliberately chosen each other as partners for life will you please face one another and join your hands?
EXCHANGE OF VOWS (See File "Samples of Vows" for more wording options)
GROOM, holding BRIDE by the hands, and looking into her eyes, repeat after me: I, GROOM, take thee, BRIDE, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall live, according to God’s holy law; and thereto, I give you my promise.
BRIDE, holding GROOM by the hands, and looking into his eyes, repeat after me: I, BRIDE, take thee, GROOM, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall live, according to God’s holy law; and thereto, I give you my promise
The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, signifying to all that you have been united as husband and wife in holy matrimony. The rings are made of precious metal; You must let your love become the most precious possession of your hearts. Each ring a circle, unbroken; and so to you must let your love, one for the other, be unbroken through all your earthly days.
May we have the brides ring please?
BRIDE, as a token and pledge that you will faithfully perform your vows, will you receive and wear this ring?
Bride: I will.
GROOM, indicating your responsibility to BRIDE to receive her into your care and keeping, place this ring on the ring finger of her left hand and while holding it there, repeat after me. In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
May we have the grooms ring please?
GROOM, as a token and pledge that you will faithfully perform your vows, will you receive and wear this ring?
Groom: I will.
BRIDE, indicating your responsibility to GROOM to receive him into your care and devotion, place this ring on the ring finger of his left hand and while holding it there, repeat after me. In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Shall we pray?
Dear Heavenly Father, our hearts are filled with great joy on BRIDE & GROOM’s wedding day, as they come before you pledging their hearts and lives to one another. Grant that they may ever be true and loving, living together in such a way as to never bring shame or heartbreak into their marriage. Temper their hearts with kindness and understanding, rid them of pretense or jealousy. Help them to remember to be each other's sweetheart, helpmate, best friend and guide, so that together they may meet the cares and problems of life more bravely. And with the passage of time, I ask that you grant them great contentment in the rich joy of their companionship. May the home they are creating today be a place of true love and harmony, where Your Spirit is always present. Bless this marriage we pray and watch over BRIDE & GROOM as they take this journey together. In Christ name I pray, Amen
BRIDE & GROOM, Forasmuch as you have consented together in holy wedlock, and have pledged your faith each to the other and have declared the same by joining hands and by the giving and receiving of rings, and have witnessed the same before God almighty and this company; By the authority vested in me as a minister of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and according to the laws of the State of (STATE), I now pronounce you are Husband and Wife. Those whom God has joined together, let not man put asunder.
GROOM, you may kiss your bride.
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my privilege to present GROOM & BRIDE for the very first time as husband and wife, Mr. and Mrs. LAST NAME