Ceremony Texts

WEDDING CEREMONY SAMPLE 3

OPENING

We are joyfully gathered today to witness and to celebrate the joining of two lives in marriage,

Let us rejoice with each other in the making of this important covenant.

The essence of this covenant is the taking of each other in entirety, as an everlasting lover, friend and companion.

It is, therefore, a decision which has not been entered into lightly but rather undertaken with great consideration

and respect for one another.

We have come together in the hope that the love which has brought you both to this union

may go out beyond itself into the lives of others.

Thus, we ask that your promises and hopes be realized.

We ask that you both be granted the patience to listen,

the capacity to understand,

the compassion to give comfort

and the joy to laugh and just to be together..

Most importantly, let your marriage make a home

where neither person is a stranger,

and, remember, it is just as important

to be the right partner as it is

to choose the right partner.

Let your marriage offer illumination and growth.

Bask in the joy of shared discoveries.

Let your union be strong enough to endure the darkness of all things.

May silence and despair never separate you;

may you always return to each other.

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The Vows

Groom, please face your bride and repeat after me…

I will share my life openly with you.
I will walk hand in hand with you.
I will grow with you,

not away from you,

in each of our discoveries.
I will support your strengths

with love and honesty

and protect you,
as we go forth together into this world

as two yet one.

I ____G__, take you _B_,

to be my wedded wife.

To have and to hold,

from this day forward,

for better, for worse,

for richer, for poorer,

in sickness or in health,

to love and to cherish

’till death do us part.

And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.

Bride, please repeat after me

I will share my life openly with you.
I will walk hand in hand with you.
I will grow with you,

not away from you,

in each of our discoveries.
I will support your strengths

with love and honesty

and protect you,
as we go forth together into this world

as two yet one.

I, _B_, take you _G__,

to be my wedded husband.

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.

And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.

Ring Exchange Inroduction
In the first letter to the Corinthians it tells us what love is like

and what love does:

“Love is patient, love is kind,

and is not jealous;

Love does not brag and is not arrogant,

does not act unbecomingly;

it does not seek its own,

is not provoked,

does not take into account a wrong suffered,

does not rejoice in unrighteousness,

but rejoices with the truth;

bears all things,

believes all things,

hopes all things

endures all things.

Love… Never… Fails

Having this kind of love in your hearts,

you have chosen to share rings

as the sign and seal of the vows you are making today.

Your rings are circles which have no beginning and no ending.

They are tokens of this growing relationship

you have come here today to celebrate and confirm,

emblems of eternity which can never be tarnished,

and which are without end.

Ring Exchange
G, as a symbol of your faithfulness,

place the ring on B’s finger and repeat after me.

With this ring, I thee wed.

I accept you B,

as my partner,

as my friend,

and as my wife,

through all of the experiences life holds for us,

in abiding faith and love.

B, as a symbol of your faithfulness,

place the ring on G’s finger and repeat after me.

With this ring, I thee wed.

I accept you G,

as my partner,

as my friend,

and as my wife,

through all of the experiences life holds for us,

in abiding faith and love.

Closing Words
Now, Allow me to share this wedding blessing with you…

Be together in harmony

and let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Empower each other and allow your relationship

to grow to its highest purpose.

Nourish each others possibilities

and lift up each others spirits.

Care for one another,

share your love openly

and let it be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Sing and dance together and be joyful.

Share your lives with each other and unite your love with our Creator.

May your union last through all of your moments together,

so that in the triumphs and the trials that lie ahead,

you will feel just as you do now

– happy to be in love and married to one another.

Go then, in peace, and live more and more in the present,

which is beautiful and stretches away

beyond the limits of the past

and towards the horizons of the future.

Having witnessed the vows you have just made to each other,

surrounded by your love,

I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Mr. and Mrs. ______, you may now seal your love with a kiss.

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