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These samples are a guideline to use to create your ceremony.  The you can pick passages from several samples to make one uniquely your own. You may also swap out the VOWS, RING EXCHANGE, etc. with ones from the selections on the pages marked The Vows, The Rings or from another ceremony on this page.  Feel free to write your own vows as well.  For Traditional Ceremonies, you may add selections from the pages marked Sand Ceremony, Unity Candle Ceremony, and/or Readings and Prayers to any of these samples.

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Sample A

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.


-------and------- , life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. 
Love is given to us by our family or by our friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together 
is one of the greatest challenges of life - and is the shared goal of a married life.



-------And-----desire to make a statement of affirmation and commitment to each other.

EXCHANGE VOWS WRITTEN BY COUPLE

Please face each other and join hands.
------, do you take -----to he your ------? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her? ("I do")
------, do you take----- to be your -------? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him? ("I do")


Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace and the unbroken 
circle of love, signifying to all the union of this man and this woman in marriage.
 I -----, take thee ,----- to be my --------and promise my love to you forevermore.
 I ----- , take thee -----, to be my -------and promise my love to you forevermore.


------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 it together - as from this day forward you shall be each other's home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect for each other. 


Whom God hath joined together, let no one put asunder. (Some couples add the benediction: "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance unto to you, and give you peace.") 
-------and-----, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Holy 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-------------. 



Sample B

Dearly beloved,We are gathered together here to unite                 andin marriage.
This contract is not to be entered into lightly, but thoughtfully and seriously with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities. Please remember that love, loyalty, and understanding are the foundations of a happy and enduring home.
Do youtake this ---------to be your lawfully wedded --------, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer keeping yourself unto her for as long as you both shall live?If so answer “I do”
Do you take this --------to be your lawfully wedded ---------, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer keeping yourself unto him for as long as you both shall live?
If so answer “I do”

The couple have chosen to make a statement to each other and will share it now.*********

I will ask nowthat you seal the vows which you have just made by the giving and receiving of rings. Let us remember , that the circle is the emblem of eternity,And it is our prayer that your love and happiness will be as unending as the rings you exchange. 
____________Place this ring on         finger and repeat after me: with this ring I thee wed,I give it as a token of our love.
             place this ring on ___________finger and repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed I give it as a token of our love
In as much as _____ and ______ have come togetherand pledged their vows to one another, and by the authority vested in me , I now pronounce that they are----------------.



Sample C
Dearly beloved,
We are gathered together here to unite-------  and -------in marriage.

This contract is not to be entered into lightly, but thoughtfully and seriously with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities. Please remember that love, loyalty, and understanding are the foundations of a happy and enduring home.

You have chosen to make a statement of love and commitment to each other, I ask that you now face each other and join hands.
  May the vows you speak today never grow bitter in your mouths, but be a reflection of the love and promise of a happy life together.

Do you, ----, take this --------,to be your lawfully wedded --------, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer keeping yourself unto her for as long as you both shall live?If so answer “I do”

Do you, -----, take this ------to be your lawfully wedded ---------, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer keeping yourself unto him for as long as you both shall live?
If so answer “I do”

I will ask now that you seal the vows which you have just made by the giving and receiving of rings. Let us remember , that the circle is the emblem of eternity,And it is our prayer that your love and happiness will be as unending as the rings you exchange. 
----, place this ring on  -----'s finger and repeat after me: 
With this ring, I thee wed, I give it as a token of our love.

  -----, place this ring on ----'s finger and repeat after me.
 With this ring, I thee wed, I give it as a token of our love.

In as much as ---- and ---- have come together in this place and pledged their vows to one another, it gives me great pleasure to pronounce that they are -----------------------.


Sample D

We are gathered here today, to share with ______and _____, a very important moment in their lives.  In the years they have been together, their love and understanding of each other has grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together as -------------.  

 Please join hands. These are the hands that will hold you in times of joy and comfort you in times of sorrow. These hands will provide for you and protect you.  These hands will lift you up and never hold you down.  Marvel in the blessings these hands hold. 

As we celebrate their wedding today, ______and ______ would like to remember those people who aren't here to celebrate with us.  Though they are absent physically, we will keep the memories of these special people in our hearts today and always.

_______ and ______, today you are promising your love to one another, but you are also pledging your love to your children as well, committing to them that you will create a family together. 

________, do you take _______, for your lawful -------, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, Keeping yourself only unto ------, until death alone shall part you?
I do.

_______, do you take _______, for your lawful --------, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, keeping yourself only unto ------,  until death alone shall part you? 
I do.

You have chosen rings for each other-rings are a visible symbol or your deep commitment and love for each other. 
______, place this ring on ______'s finger and say:I give you this ring as a symbol of my eternal love and commitment to you.
_______ place this ring on ______'s finger and say:I give you this ring as a symbol of my eternal love and commitment to you.

In as much as the wedding ceremony is the gateway to this journey, no one person alone can create a marriage.  Only the two of  you, together,  can do that- through love, patience, dedication and perseverance.  Through talking and listening, understanding and helping, supporting and believing in each other, through learning to forgive, learning to respect differences, and learning whats truly important while letting go of the rest. 
What this ceremony can do is witness and affirm the choice you have made to begin a new life today as husband and wife.
 
Having witness your vows before God and all those assembled here, It is my pleasure to pronounce you -----------. You may kiss the------!


Sample E

We are gathered here today, to share with ______and _____, a very important moment in their lives.  In the years they have been together, their love and understanding of each other has grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together as ------------.  

Who gives this-------- to be married to this ----------?

True marriage is more than the joining of two people, it is the union of two hearts.  It lives on the love you give each other and never grows old. It thrives on the joy of each new day.  It is connected in our thoughts with the charm of love, the warmth of home, and with all that is pleasant.  Its sacredness and unity is the most significant and binding covenant known in human relations.  I ask you to remember that your future happiness is to be in mutual consideration, patience, kindness , confidence and affection.  May you find your greatest joy in the company of each other, and remember that the love you  pledge today shall remain undivided for a lifetime. 

As we celebrate their wedding today, ______and ______ would like to remember those people who aren't here to celebrate with us.  Though they are absent physically, we will keep the memories of these special people in our hearts today and always.
_______ and ______, today you are promising your love to one another, but you are also pledging your love to your children as well, committing to them that you will create a family together. 
As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one family. 

You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the children and the bride and the groom into one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage and your family be.

No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take.  Both of you come to this day with the deep realization that the contract of marriage is sacred, as are all of its responsibilities.
Since it is your intention to enter into marriage, join your right hands, and declare your consent before God and this congregation.

________, do you take _______ for your lawful ------, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death alone shall part you?
 I do.
_______, do you take _______, for your lawful --------, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death alone shall part you?
 I do.

You have chosen rings for each other- symbols that love is the the most precious element in your life together.  The ring has no beginning and no end, just as your love will never cease.  You exchange these rings today as a visible sign of your love and commitment to each other.

______, place this ring on ______'s finger and say:I give you this ring as a symbol of my eternal love and commitment to you.
_______ place this ring on ______'s finger and say:I give you this ring as a symbol of my eternal love and commitment to you.

In as much as the wedding ceremony is the gateway to this journey, It does not create a marriage.  Only you can do that- through love, patience, dedication and perseverance.  What this ceremony can do is witness and affirm the choice you have made to begin a new life today as -------------.

The mother’s of the couple will now come forward as we honor them as mothers and to help us with the next part of the ceremony.
Both mother’s come forward and stand next to their child.
These mother’s lips were the first to kiss them and bring them into this world and today a mother’s love – together with their blessings – will be first to send them on their way to their new life together as husband and wife.
Mothers. . . please kiss the couple!

_______ and _______, Having witnessed your vows before God and all those assembled here, It is my pleasure to pronounce you ------------. You may kiss the -----------!



Sample F

Dearly beloved,We are gathered together here to unite________ and_________in marriage.

This contract is not to be entered into lightly, but thoughtfully and seriously with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities. Please remember that love, loyalty, and understanding are the foundations of a happy and enduring home.

Do youtake this--------to be your lawfully wedded ------, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer keeping yourself unto ------ for as long as you both shall live?
 “I do”
Do you take this ------to be your lawfully wedded ----------, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer keeping yourself unto ------ for as long as you both shall live?
 “I do”

In as much as _____ and ______ have come togetherand pledged their vows to one another, and by the authority vested in me , I now pronounce that they are ——————.


Sample G

We have gathered today in the love of friendship and family to celebrate the blending together of two lives.

 As (Name) and (Name) come before you here today as two, they will leave this place as one, united in marriage. As family and friends, each of you has played some part in bringing them to this moment and in various ways will continue to support and contribute to their relationship. We solemnize this unique time in their lives and make it meaningful by entering into it in an attitude of respect for their deep commitment to each other.

(Name) and (Name), you realize that in a greater sense no other person or officiant can truly marry you. Only you can marry yourselves. By your commitment to love each other, and to work with all your hearts toward creating an atmosphere of care and respect, and by your willingness to face together the fears and uncertainty that underlie human life, you marry yourselves more surely than any document we will put our signatures on today.

 Your love for one another and your willingness to accept each others strength and frailties with understanding and consideration will form the foundation for a life together that will last. Today you commit yourselves to honoring and protecting one another above your separate selves, and to valuing your union above your own interests. In so doing, you will find a wealth of love and peace not otherwise attainable. But with this joy comes a profound responsibility to protect the bond you share. For it is only with continual care that your love is truly secure in the face of life's inevitable tests.You must regard each other with the deepest respect. You must appreciate each other's talents, foster each other's dreams, and be ever mindful of the many gifts that the other offers you. You must inspire and encourage one another. 
For by strengthening your spouse, you strengthen your marriage. Bring out the very best in each other. Be sparing in criticism and generous in praise for things well done. In communication, be honest and open. For the heart that communicates truth without hesitation earns trust and builds a secure home. With truth comes respect, and with respect, love grows. So accept your marriage as a work-in-progress that will hereafter consume your attention, and yet never be completed. Because a lifelong love requires a lifetime of hard work. But it is a joyous labor, whose fruits are the very richest.A vast, unknown future stretches out before you. That future, with its hopes and disappointments, its joys and its sorrows, is hidden from your eyes. But it is a great tribute to your belief in each other that you are willing to face those uncertainties together. 

May the pure, simple love with which you join your hearts and hands today never fail, but grow only deeper and surer with every year you spend together.

I ( name) take you ( name) to be my wife/husband.
I promise to live in truth with you,
and I give you my hand and my heart
as a sanctuary of warmth and peace,
pledging you my love and devotion
as I join my life to yours. 

I ( name) take you ( name) to be my wife/husband.
I promise to live in truth with you,
and I give you my hand and my heart
as a sanctuary of warmth and peace,
pledging you my love and devotion
as I join my life to yours. 

For thousands of years lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows. These simple gold bands are not of great value in and of themselves, but they are made quite precious by your wearing of them. Let these rings be a sign that love has a past, a present and a future, and that, despite its occasional sorrows, love is a circle of joyous wonder, and delight.

(name) take (name)'s ring and place it on her finger and repeat after me:Just as this circle is without end, my love for you is never-ending.
With this ring, I take you to be my partner for life.

(name) take (name)'s ring and place it on her finger and repeat after me:Just as this circle is without end, my love for you is never-ending.
With this ring, I take you to be my partner for life.

Inasmuch as you have sealed your vows in the presence of those gathered here by the giving of these rings and have consented together to live in marriage, it gives me much pleasure to pronounce that you are now _____________.


Sample H

Welcome
Good evening, and welcome to the ceremony that will unite (name) and (name) in marriage.
Please be seated
We gather here today to celebrate their union, and to honor their commitment to not just gazing at one another, but to looking outward together in the same direction.

Today (name) and (name) proclaim their love to the world, and we rejoice with and for them. In marriage, we give ourselves freely and generously into the hands of the one we love, and in doing so, each of us receives the love and trust of the other as our most precious gift. But even as that gift is shared by two people who are in love, it also touches the friends and family members who in various ways support and contribute to the relationship.

 All of you are part of (name) and (name)'s community, and each of you has played some part in bringing them to this moment. This is why gathering as a community is such an important part of a wedding ceremony. Because (name and name)  are now taking a new form as a married couple, and in this form, they become part of their community in a new way.
Address:
(name and name), we are here to remember and rejoice with you and to recount with one another that it is love that guides us on our path, and to celebrate as you begin this journey together It is in this spirit that you have come here to today to exchange these vows. 
Please face each other and join hands

Vows: (Choose One)

Option 1: Your Own Vows

Option 2: I Do Vows:
(name) do you take (name) to be your _______, to live together in holy matrimony? To love, honor, and cherish ------, to keep ----- in sickness and in health, for as long as you both shall live?

(name), do you take name) to be your ------------, to live together in holy matrimony? To love, honor, and cherish ---, to keep ----- in sickness and in health, for as long as you both shall live?

Option 3: Repeat After Vows:
(name), repeat after me: I (name), take you (name) to be my -------, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.

(name), repeat after me: I (name), take you (name) to be my -----------, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.
Option 4:Choose vows from the selections on the page called The Vows

RINGS
For thousands of year’s lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows.
These simple gold bands are not of great value in themselves, but are made precious by our wearing of them.
Your rings say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bound together.
Let these rings also be a sign that love has substance as well as soul, a present as well as a past, and that, despite its occasional sorrows, love is a circle of happiness, wonder, and delight.

(name), take( name’s) ring and put it on his/herr finger, and repeat after me:
Just as this circle is without end, my love for you is eternal
 Just as it is made of indestructible substance, my commitment to you will never fail 
With this ring I take you to be my trusted confidante and partner for life.   

(name) put the ring on (name’s) finger and repeat after me:
Just as this circle is without end, my love for you is eternal 
Just as it is made of indestructible substance, my commitment to you will never fail 
With this ring I take you to be my trusted confidante and partner for life.

PRONOUNCEMENT
Inasmuch as you have consented together in this ceremony to live in wedlock and have sealed your vows in the presence of this assembly and by the giving of these rings, it gives me great pleasure to pronounce that you are ______________.
 

Sample I

Dearly beloved,
We are gathered together here to unite_____and______in marriage.
This contract is not to be entered into lightly, but thoughtfully and seriously with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities. 
Please remember that love, loyalty, and understanding are the foundations of a happy and enduring home.

[Declaration of Intent]
Do youtake this _______to be your lawfully wedded ______, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer keeping yourself unto ______ for as long as you both shall live?
“I do”


-Do youtake this _____to be your lawfully wedded _______, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer keeping yourself unto him for as long as you both shall live?
 “I do”
[Vows Exchange, Ring Exchange, Candlelighting, etc.]

[Pronouncement]

By the authority vested in me by the State of:I now pronounce you both husband and wife.


Sample J

We are gathered here today to share with ________and _______ ,  a very important moment in their lives. It is a union of two people founded upon mutual respect and affection. While what we do here today will make you ______and ______, it is what you do tomorrow and forever that will provide constant renewal of the promises and vows you take today. 

Life together will be sometimes playful and effortless,sometimes frustrating and difficult.  Each day your relationship will strengthen if you choose to treat each other with love, respect and honor.   
This celebration is the outward token of a sacred and inward union of the heart
A union created by loving purpose and kept by abiding will. It is in this spirit and for this purpose that you have come here to be joined together.
 __________Will you have this _______ to be your lawfully wedded ______,to live together in holy matrimony? Will you love , comfort, honor and keep ____, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, and forsaking all others, be faithful to ______ as long as you both shall live?
 I DO
__________,Will you have this ________ to be your lawfully wedded __________,to live together in holy matrimony?Will you love, comfort, honor and keep ______,In sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, and forsaking all others, be faithful to _____ as long as you both shall live? 
I DO

 I will ask nowthat you seal the vows which you have just made by the giving and receiving of rings.

 Let us remember , that the circle is the emblem of eternity, and it is our prayer that your love and happiness will be as unending as the rings you exchange. 
____________Place this ring on  ________’S finger and repeat after me: with this ring I thee wed,I give it as a token of our union as husband and wifeFor today, tomorrow and all the years to come.And as a reminder of our deep and abiding love.
 ________, place this ring on ___________finger and repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed I give it as a token of our union as husband and wife For today, tomorrow and all the years to come And as a reminder of our deep and abiding love.

 When you look at this ring in the future, may It remind you of the vows you’ve taken this day, and may you always feel encircled by your love for each otherJust as the band encircles your finger. 

WE  are witness to the union of two individuals who have chosen to commit themselves to a life together. It is OUR responsibility to provide them, as a couple,with our love, support and approval.

 In as much as _____ and ______ have come together and pledged their vows to one another, it gives me great pleasure to   declare that they are _____________.



Sample K
We are here on this beautiful day to celebrate with _____ and ____ as they affirm their commitment to one another. We are reminded that all good relationships continue to grow and change. More importantly, in marriage- to grow and change together.  Like fine wine, they get better with age.  As you stand here together, remember to keep alive forever, all of those qualities that drew you to each other in the beginning.   Remember the wonderful feeling of oneness you feel now as your eyes meet. No marriage is perfect.  And as you begin yours, you already know that it takes a lot of love,  hard work and dedication to make your  marriage a success.  As you begin your lives together I ask that you never forget this advice: Let your love be stronger than your anger.  Remember the wisdom of compromise, For it is far better to bend- than to break.  Always be honest and open with each other.  Be sparing in criticism and generous in praise.  Never take each other for granted.  For it is only through continual care that your love is truly secure in the face of lifes inevitable tests.  Always accept your marriage as a work in progress.  It requires your attention each and every day and yet is never completed. The strength of the Lord has lead you through many of lives challenges and is also with you today, as you pledge your faith to one another.
 _____, please take ____hands and repeat after me:
 I, ___, choose you ____As my best friend and partner in life.
When you need someone to encourage you, I want it to be me.
When you need a helping hand, I want it to be mine.
When you long for someone to smile at, smile at me.
When you have something to share, Share it with me.
I will be here for you through sorrow and joy, Through sunshine and rain.
I promise to give you my all.
And treat each morning, ass a new day to love you.
With every beat of my heart
I will love you.

_____, please take ____hands and repeat after me:
 I, ___, choose you ____As my best friend and partner in life.
When you need someone to encourage you, I want it to be me.
When you need a helping hand, I want it to be mine.
When you long for someone to smile at, smile at me.
When you have something to share, Share it with me.
I will be here for you through sorrow and joy, Through sunshine and rain.
I promise to give you my all.
And treat each morning, ass a new day to love you.
With every beat of my heart
I will love you.

 RINGS
 May I have your rings please.
 _____and_____, your wedding rings are most special.  Rings have a long and sometimes wild heritage.  For many centuries, rings have been part of wedding ceremonies. The ancient Egyptians were the first to use them.  Unending circles have no beginning or end - Just as your love has no end. Rings today are a symbol of fidelity and commitment.  They show the world that two people share a strong bond between them and yet, they still show what the ancients intended, love without end. 

____, please take_____’s ring and place it on his finger as you repeat after me
 I give you this ring as a token of my continued faith and abiding love 

_____, Please take ____s ring and place it on her finger and repeat after me
 I give you this ring as a token of my continued faith and abiding love   

May you always feel as close as you do today.  May your lives be graced with good health.  May you always find happiness in your home.  May your love grow stronger with each passing day.  And May your future be more wonderful than you ever dreamed possible. 
 You have expressed your love and commitment, through the vows you have taken and the rings you exchanged and the glorious journey you begin to travel together.   Therefore, What God hath joined together, Let no man put asunder.

Having witnessed your union before all those assembled here, 
It is my pleasure to  declare you to be_______and ________You may, kiss your ______ !



Family Ceremony Sample 

We are gathered here today, to share with ______and _____, a very important moment in their lives.  In the years they have been together, their love and understanding of each other has grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.  
Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
True marriage is more than the joining of two people, it is the union of two hearts.  It lives on the love you give each other and never grows old. It thrives on the joy of each new day.  It is connected in our thoughts with the charm of love, the warmth of home, and with all that is pleasant.  Its sacredness and unity is the most significant and binding covenant known in human relations.  I ask you to remember that your future happiness is to be in mutual consideration, patience, kindness , confidence and affection.  May you find your greatest joy in the company of each other, and remember that the love you  pledge today shall remain undivided for a lifetime. 

As we celebrate their wedding today, ______and ______ would like to remember those people who aren't here to celebrate with us.  Though they are absent physically, we will keep the memories of these special people in our hearts today and always.
_______ and ______, today you are promising your love to one another, but you are also pledging your love to your children as well, committing to them that you will create a family together. 
As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one family. 

You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the children and the bride and the groom into one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage and your family be.
No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take.  Both of you come to this day with the deep realization that the contract of marriage is sacred, as are all of its responsibilities.
Since it is your intention to enter into marriage, join your right hands, and declare your consent before God and this congregation.
________, do you take _______ for your lawful wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death alone shall part you?Groom: I do._______, do you take _______, for your lawful husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death alone shall part you?Bride: I do.You have chosen rings for each other- symbols that love is the the most precious element in your life together.  The ring has no beginning and no end, just as your love will never cease.  You exchange these rings today as a visible sign of your love and commitment to each other.
______, place this ring on ______'s finger and say:I give you this ring as a symbol of my eternal love and commitment to you.
_______ place this ring on ______'s finger and say:I give you this ring as a symbol of my eternal love and commitment to you.
In as much as the wedding ceremony is the gateway into this transformation, It does not create a marriage.  Only you can do that- through love, patience, dedication and perseverance.  What this ceremony can do is witness and affirm the choice you have made to begin a new life today as husband and wife.
 The mother’s of the bride and groom will now come forward as we honor them as mothers and to help us with the next part of the ceremony.Both mother’s come forward and stand next to their child.These mother’s lips were the first to kiss them and bring them into this world and today a mother’s love – together with their blessings – will be first to send them on their way to their new life together as husband and wife.Mothers. . . please kiss the Bride and Groom!
_______ and _______, Having witnessed your vows before God and all those assembled here, It is my pleasure to pronounce you Husband and Wife. You may kiss the bride!

Holiday Ceremony

This is the holiday season which is filled with love, hope and peace. Christmas weddings are romantic, magical and elegant. The family gathers at this time of year, lights twinkle and everything has a festive air. What a wonderful time for a wedding!   As the custom of the holiday season is to exchange gifts, We will witness (name and name) exchanging here today the gift of love, for love is the greatest gift of all. 
(Name and Name) wish these gifts of love, hope and peace for each other for life’s most beautiful things are not seen with the eyes, but felt within the heart. Love is the greatest gift we can offer one another, and that is what makes marriage so very special and such a cause of joy and celebration for all of us who have come here today to share in this event.


(Name and Name) I would like to share with you these wise words on marriage and I hope you will refer to them as throughout your life together:
Marriage Means Being In Love for the Rest of Your Life “by Chris Ardis
Marriage is love, walking hand in hand together.  It's laughing with each other about silly little things, and learning to discuss big things with care and tenderness. In marriage, love is trusting each other when you're apart.  It's getting over disappointments and hurts, knowing that these are present in all relationships.  It's the realization that there is no one else in this world that you’d rather be with than the one you're married to.  It's thinking of new things to do together; It's growing old together. Marriage is being in love for the rest of your life.


(Name and Name) are you ready to give each other the gift of love, peace, and hope? ((Both: I am) 
Please face each other and join hands
Vows:
With this understanding, do you (Name) take (Name) to be your beloved _______?
Do you promise to be a tender, faithful _________? Do you promise to love, honor, and cherish him/her, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse and to be faithful only to him/her for so long as you both shall live?
"I Do"

With this understanding, do you (Name)take (Name) to be your beloved________?
Do you promise to be a tender, faithful husband/wife? Do you promise to love, honor, and cherish him/her, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse and to be faithful only to him/her for as long as you both shall live? 
"I Do"

Rings: May I have the rings?
Ring Blessing:
The circle of a ring symbolizes unity and endless love. Such love has no beginning and no end. No giver and no receiver. You are the beginning and the ending, both the receiver and the giver. As you give these rings to each other, our prayer is that your love will continue in precious unity forever. Wear these rings as symbols of your love for one another and of what you have pledged this day.

(Name) take this ring and place it upon (Name’s) finger and say to her/him
I give this ring as my gift to you as a symbol of my love and of the vows I have spoken. May this ring forever be to you the symbol of my love.

(Name) take this ring and place it upon (Name’s) finger and say to her/him
I give this ring as my gift to you as a symbol of my love and of the vows I have spoken. May this ring forever be to you the symbol of my love

Optional: Unity Candle, Sand Ceremony, God’s Knot, Handfasting etc)


(Name and Name), May your love be as beautiful on each day you share as it is on this day of celebration, and may each day you share be as precious to you as the day you first fell in love. May you always see and encourage the best in each other. May the challenges that life brings your way make your marriage even stronger.. .and may you always be each other's best friend and greatest love.

(Name and Name), you have exchanged the most beautiful gift of love here today and promised each other the joy of all your days, by the virtue of the authority vested in me under the laws of the state of NC, it gives me great honor and pleasure to now pronounce you ______and _______

You may seal your vows with a kiss
Introduction:Family and Friends for the first time Mr/Mrs.. &  Mr/Mrs. __________


Handfasting Sample

We have gathered here today to witness  _______ & ________ join hands and be bound together by their love Marriage forms an eternal and sacred bond.  The promises made here today bind your lives forever. 

 Do you still seek to enter this covenant? 
I ask that you now join hands and form the sacred circle of infinity, symbolizing the never-ending, yet always adaptable ring with no beginning and no end.  Like the circle, true love is infinite.

______ please turn your palms upwards while ________holds your hands in her own. _______, these are the hands that will hold you in times of joy and comfort you in times of sorrow.  These hands may become calloused and rough as they work hard to provide for you and to protect you.  But know they will be tender and soft when they caress you and will be loving and gentle as they hold your tiny child for the first time. Marvel in the blessings that these hands hold.

_________, please turn your palms upward while Richard holds your hands in his.  _______, these are the hands that will reach for you to hold you close in celebration and in grief.  These hands may become swollen and tired while nurturing and creating your family, but they will become soft as velvet when lifting you up to praise you. These hands will be hard a stone when working beside you and will be soft as velvet when in your arms.  Marvel in the blessings these hands hold.


  May the vows you speak today never grow bitter in your mouths, but be a reflection of the love and promise of a happy life together.

_______ please make your vows to _______. 
**you will say the vows you have written*
Place his ring on his finger and say " with this ring I thee wed"


________ please make your vows to ________. 
** you will say the vows you have written**
Place her ring on her finger and say " with this ring I thee wed"

As this knot is tied, so will your lives be bound.  Woven into this cord are the very hopes and well wishes of your family and friends.May this cord draw your hands together in loveand never be used in anger.
_______ please take _________'s left hand into your right hand.  
Will you honor and respect one another and seek to never break that honor?
**Wrap the cord once
Will you share each other's pain and seek to ease it?
**wrap cord again
Will you remain a faithful partner for the rest of your lives?
**Wrap cord again
will you promise to stand together in times of joy and sorrow?
**Wrap cord again
WIll promise to dream together and create new realities and hopes for this union?
***wrap cord again
_________ and ________, as your hands are now bound together, so are your lives joined in a union of love and trust. The binding is not formed by these cords but by the vows made to each other. 
Either of you may drop these cords, just as you hold in your own hands the making or breaking of this union. May you have the strength  to hold on tightly during the storms of life. May these hands build a relationship of love, devotion and caring.
Only _______and  ________ can seal the promise of a marriage to each other and only they can truly bind it.  No authority granted to me can declare what only these two hearts, these two souls can make real.
And now in as much as _______and _______ have announced the truths already so deeply written into their hearts it gives me much pleasure to pronounce that they are husband and wife.


LITE RELIGIOUS CEREMONY

 We are gathered here today in the sight of God, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life's greatest moments. We are here to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words that will unite GROOM/BRIDE and GROOM/BRIDE in holy matrimony.
 
Who gives this man/woman to be married (Optional)
 
GROOM/BRIDE and GROOM/BRIDE, marriage is the most important of all earthly relationships. It should be entered into reverently, thoughtfully and with full understanding of its sacred nature. Your marriage must stand by the strength of your love and the power of faith in each other and in God. Just as two threads woven in opposite directions form a beautiful tapestry, so to your two lives when merged together will make a beautiful marriage.

A reading from St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians:
Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud. Love is never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand it's own way. Love is not irritable or touchy. Love does not hold grudges and will hardly notice when others do it wrong. Love is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to them no matter what the costs. You will always believe in them, always expect the best in them, and will always stand your ground in defending them.
 
VOWS (face each other and hold hands)(repeat after me)

I, GROOM/BRIDE take you GROOM/BRIDE to be my husband/wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our
friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.
I will trust you and honor you
I will laugh with you and cry with you.
I will love you faithfully
Through the best and the worst,
Through the difficult and the easy.
Whatever may come I will always be there.
As I have given you my hand to hold
So I give you my life to keep

 
I, GROOM/BRIDE take you GROOM/BRIDE to be my Husband/Wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.
I will trust you and honor you
I will laugh with you and cry with you.
I will love you faithfully
Through the best and the worst,
Through the difficult and the easy.
Whatever may come I will always be there.
As I have given you my hand to hold
So I give you my life to keep


 Reading by family/friendJohn 4:7-12

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God—for God is love.
God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us.
 

GROOM/BRIDE, do you take GROOM/BRIDE to be your Husband/Wife?  Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him/her, forsaking all others and holding only unto him/her forevermore? 
("I do") 

GROOM/BRIDE, do you take GROOM/BRIDE to be your Husband/Wife? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him/her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her/him forevermore? 
("I do")
 
The ring is a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no giver and no receiver for each is the giver and each is the receiver. May these rings always remind you of the vows you have taken.
 
Ring Exchange  (repeat after me)

 I GROOM/BRIDE, take thee, GROOM/BRIDE to be my Husband/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. And with this ring, I take you as my Husband/Wife, for as long as we both shall live.
 
 I GROOM/BRIDE, take thee GROOM/BRIDE, to be my Husband/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. And with this ring, I take you as my husband/wife, for as long as we both shall live.
 
Wedding Prayer
Bless their marriage, O God, as they begin their journey down the road of life together. We don't know what lies ahead for the road turns and bends. But help them to make the best of whatever comes their way. 
Help them to continue to enjoy each other as they did when they first met. Help them to realize that nothing nor no one is perfect and to look for the good in all things and all people including themselves.
 
Help them to respect each other's likes and dislikes, opinions and beliefs, hopes and dreams and fears even though they may not always understand them. 
Help them to learn from each other and to help each other to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
 
Help them to realize that no matter what happens to them they will hold on to each other and know that things have a way of working out for the good. 
Help them to create for their children a peaceful, stable home of love as a foundation on which they can build their lives.
 
But most of all, dear God, help them to keep lit the torch of love' that they now share so that by their loving example they may pass on the light of love to their children and to their children's children forever. Amen

Having witnessed your vows before God and all those assembled here, It gives me great pleasure to pronounce you. . . . . . .
You may kiss your Groom/Bride.



RELIGIOUS CEREMONY

We are gathered here today in the sight of God and angels, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite _____________and________________ in holy matrimony.

Marriage is a most honorable estate, created and Instituted by God, signifying unto us the mystical union, which also rests between Christ and the Church; so too may this marriage be adorned by true and abiding love.

Who gives this ______ to be married to this ______?

 __________and_________ life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is give to us by our family and friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of life’s greatest challenges and is the shared goal of a married life.
But a husband and wife should not confuse love of worldly measures for even if worldly success is found, only love will maintain a marriage.
 Mankind did not create love; love is created by God. The measure of true love is a love both freely given and freely accepted, just as God’s love of us is unconditional and free.
Today truly is a glorious day the Lord hath made – as today both of you are blessed with God’s greatest of all gifts – the gift of abiding love and devotion between two people.

 All present here today – and those here in heart – wish both of you all the joy, happiness and success and the world has to offer. As you travel through life together, I caution you to remember that the true measure of success, the true avenue to joy and peace, is to be found within the love you hold in your hearts.
 I would ask that you hold the key to your heart very tightly.  
Within the Bible, nothing is of more importance that love. We are told the crystalline and beautiful truth: “God is Love”. We are assured that “Love conquers all”. 
It is love, which brings you here today, the union of two hearts and two spirits. As your lives continue to interweave as one pattern, remember that it was love that brought you here today, it is love that will make this a glorious union, and it is love which will cause this union to endure.

Vows(You may select other vows or write your own)

Would you please face each other and join hands.
 ___________________do you take _________________to be your husband/wife? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him/her, forsaking all othersand holding only to her/him forevermore?
(“I do”)

________________do you take_________________ to be your Wife/Husband? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him/her, forsaking all othersand holding only to him/her forevermore?
(“I do”)

 Reading of your choice by family/friend.


 Vows To Be Repeated(you may change these vows or write your own)

 I,________________ take thee _________________, to be my husband/wife. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you forevermore.

I,___________________ take thee ________________ to be my Husband/Wife. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you forevermore.

Exchange Of Rings(rings are not required for a marriage ceremony) You may choose from our many samples.

(If a song is being sung, it is often added at this point)

Additional Reading of your choice.


______________________ and ___________________ as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as wife/husband and husband/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 it together – as from this day forward you shall be each other’s home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect.


____________________ 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 giving of these rings and the joining of your hands, I now declare you to be _______________
Benediction(may be deleted if you wish)

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance unto you, and give you peace.
Congratulations, you may kiss your _______.I present to you Mr/Mrs. and Mrs/Mr. ____________________________.



SIMPLE RELIGIOUS CEREMONY

We are gathered here today in the sight of God and angels, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite _____________and________________ in holy matrimony.
Marriage is a most honorable estate, created and Instituted by God, signifying unto us the mystical union, which also rests between Christ and the Church; so too may this marriage be adorned by true and abiding love.

Who is it that brings this woman/man to this man/woman? 

______________and____________________ life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is give to us by our family and friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of life’s greatest challenges and is the shared goal of a married life.

Today truly is a glorious day the Lord hath made – as today both of you are blessed with God’s greatest of all gifts – the gift of abiding love and devotion between a man and a woman. All present here today – and those here in heart – wish both of you all the joy, happiness and success and the world has to offer.

Would you please face each other and join hands.
 I,________________ take thee _________________, to be my wife/husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer,  until death alone shall part us. 
 I,___________________ take thee ________________ to be my husband/wife. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, until death alone shall part us. 

The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love.It is a seal of the vows you have made to one another.By the exchange of these tokens of your love, so are your lives joined forever. 
(name) place the ring on ----finger and repeat after me :With this ring I the wed
(Name) place the ring on ----finger and repeat after me:With this ring I thee wed. 
 ____________________ 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 giving of these rings and the joining of your hands, I now declare you to be __________and ________.

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