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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, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes to the words which shall unite (GROOM) and (BRIDE) 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.

(If the bride is escorted forward) Who is it that brings this woman to this man?
(Response from the escort: I do)


OPENING
Minister:

(GROOM) and (BRIDE), 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.

(If desired, a reading or poem can be inserted here)

VOWS
Minister:

(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?

RINGS
Minister:

Repeat after me. 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.

With this ring, I (BRIDE), take thee (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.

(If desired, the Unity Candle Ceremony can be inserted here)

(GROOM) and (BRIDE), 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. 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, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the joining of your hands and the giving of these rings… By the power given to me by the State of (Insert State Name), 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. GROOM Frist Name + Surname