Ceremony Texts

WEDDING CEREMONY SAMPLE 2

Opening
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.

Should there be anyone who has cause
why this couple should not be united in marriage,
they must speak now or forever hold their peace.

___________ and ______ ,
I would ask that you both remember
to treat yourself and each other with respect,
and remind yourself often of what brought you together today.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness
that your marriage deserves.
When frustration and difficulty assail your marriage
– as they do to every relationship at one time or another –
focus on what still seems right between you,
not only the part that seems wrong.
This way, when clouds of trouble hide the sun in your lives
and you lose sight of it for a moment,
you can remember that the sun is still there.
And if each of you will take responsibility
for the quality of your life together,
it will be marked by abundance and delight.

The Asking
(Groom ) ____________, do you take __________ to be your Wife?
(“I do”)
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her,
forsaking all others and holding only unto her forevermore?
(“I do”)

(Bride) ___________, do you take ____________ to be your Husband?
(“I do”)
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him,
forsaking all others and holding only unto him forevermore?
“(I do”)

Vows
(Groom) I __________, take thee, ___________ to be my Wife-
To have and to hold,
in sickness and in health,
for richer or for poorer,
in joy and sorrow
and I promise my love to you.

(Bride ) I _____________, take thee __________, to be my Husband.
To have and to hold,
in sickness and in health ,
for richer or for poorer,
in joy and sorrow,
and I promise My love to you.

The Exchange of Rings
Please repeat after the celebrant whilst placing the ring
Groom
“With this ring,
I take you as my wife,
for as long as we both shall live.”
Bride
“With this ring,
I take you as my husband,
for as long as we both shall live.”

The Pronouncement

_________ and ________ as the two of you come into this marriage
uniting you as husband and wife,
and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another,
I would ask that you always remember
to cherish each other as special and unique individuals,
that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another.

Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges,
and live each day that you may share together fully
Your marriage is strengthened
by your love and respect for each other.

Just as two threads woven in opposite directions
will form a most beautiful tapestry,
so too can your two lives merged together make a beautiful marriage.
To make your relationship work will take love.
This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today.
It will take trust , to know in your hearts
that you truly want the best for each other.
It will take dedication, to stay open to one another –
and to learn and grow together.
It will take faith, to go forward together
without knowing exactly what the future brings.
And it will take commitment,
to hold true to the journey you both pledge today to share together.

Presentation
____________ and ________,
in so much as the two of you have agreed
to live together in Matrimony,
have promised your love for each other by these vows,
the joining of your hands and the giving of these rings,
I now declare you to be Husband and Wife.
Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.

It is my privilege to present to you Mr. & Mrs. _______________________________

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