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A Simple But Lovely Ceremony (You can cut & paste elements from this ceremony into other ceremonies)

WELCOME

Minister:

We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments --- and to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love.

We are also here to add our best wishes to the words --- which shall unite GROOM and BRIDE in marriage.

Should there be anyone here who has cause why this couple should not be united in marriage ---

they must speak now or forever hold their peace.

OPENING STATEMENT
Minister:

GROOM and BRIDE --- before you say your marriage vows ---


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.


In this way --- when clouds of trouble hide the sun of joy in your lives --- and you lose sight of it for a moment--- you can remember that the sun is still there.


And also remember --- that if each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your life together ---


your marriage will be one filled with abundance and delight.

VOW EXCHANGE
Minister:

With that said...
GROOM, do you take BRIDE to he your wife---

Do you promise to love --- honor --- cherish and protect her---

forsaking all others --- and holding only unto her for as long as you both shall live?
BRIDE, do you take GROOM to be your husband---

Do you promise to love --- honor --- cherish and protect him ---

forsaking all others --- and holding only unto him for as long as you both shall live?

RING EXCHANGE:
Minister:

And now GROOM, as you place a ring on BRIDE's finger --- please say to her the following words:


  • With this ring, I GROOM,

     

  • take thee, BRIDE 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.

     

And now BRIDE, as you take a ring and place it on GROOM'S finger, say to GROOM the following words:


  • With this ring, I BRIDE

     

  • take you GROOM 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.

CLOSING EXHORTATION:
Minister:

GROOM and BRIDE --- as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife---


and as you this day have affirmed your faith and love for one another ---


I would ask that you always remember --- to cherish each other as special --- and unique individuals


I would ask that you respect the thoughts --- ideas and suggestions of one another.


Strive to forgive each other --- don't hold grudges-- and live each day that you may share it together---


With your marriage strengthened by your love and respect for each other ---


from this day forward --- you shall be each other's home --- each other's comfort and each other's refuge,


So hold true to the journey you both pledge today.


PRONOUNCEMENT
Minister:

GROOM and BRIDE --- in so much as the two of you --- have agreed to live together in matrimony---


and since you have promised your love for each other --- by the vows you've exchanged and the giving of these rings…


By the authority vested in me by the State (Insert State Name) --- I now declare you to be husband and wife.

Congratulations, GROOM may kiss your BRIDE.

Please turn to face your friends and family.


It is my privilege to present to you Mr. & Mrs. GROOM FIRST NAME & BRIDE FIRST NAME + GROOM SURNAME