Ceremony #2

Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today to celebrate the wedding of BRIDE and GROOM.


Marriage is the promise of hope between two people who love each other sincerely, who honor each other as individuals, and who wish to unite their lives and share the future together. In this ceremony, BRIDE and GROOM dedicate themselves to the happiness and well-being of each other. We come to marriage as separate persons, who, through love and affection, agree to unite our lives in common purpose. Marriage, like life, challenges us to find the best in each other, in times of joy, and in times of sorrow, to learn from each other, and to deepen our love, our compassion and our understanding of each other.

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?


Family, friends and loved ones, We gather here today to celebrate the wedding of BRIDE and GROOM. You have come here to share in this formal commitment they make to one another, to offer your love and support to this union, and to allow BRIDE and GROOM to start their married life together surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them. So welcome to one and all, who have traveled from near and far. BRIDE and GROOM thank you for your presence here today and now ask for your blessing, encouragement, and lifelong support, for their decision to be married.

DECLARATION OF INTENT   (See File "Samples of Declaration of Intent" for more wording options)


GROOM, are you ready to enter into this marriage with BRIDE, believing the love you share and your faith in each other will endure all things?


Groom: I am.


BRIDE, are you ready to enter into this marriage with GROOM, believing the love you share and your faith in each other will endure all things?


Bride: I am.

No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take. I am sure that both of you come to this day with the deep realization that the contract of marriage is sacred as are all of its obligations and responsibilities.


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 you BRIDE to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.”


BRIDE, holding GROOM by the hands and looking into his eyes, repeat after me. “I BRIDE, take you GROOM to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.”

RING CEREMONY


It is a customary to exchange rings as a symbol of love and remembrance of the promises you have just made. The wedding ring is am outward and visible sign, signifying to all that you have been united as husband and wife. 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; so to, your love, one for the other, must remain unbroken through all your earthly days.


Who presents the ring for BRIDE?


BRIDE, in honor of the vows you have made will you receive and wear this ring?


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. “BRIDE, I give you this ring, in pledge of my love and devotion.”


Who presents the ring for GROOM?


GROOM, in honor of the vows you have made will you receive and wear this ring?


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. “GROOM, I give you this ring, in pledge of my love and devotion.”

Forasmuch as BRIDE and GROOM have consented together to join their lives in the bonds of matrimony, and have pledged their loyalty 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 this company of family and friends; 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 they are Husband and Wife.


GROOM, you may kiss your bride.


Ladies and Gentlemen, I now have the great pleasure to present GROOM & BRIDE for the very first time as husband and wife, Mr. And Mrs. LAST NAME.

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