HomeFull Wedding Or Elopement?Elope Video & Photos 4-UFrequently Asked QuestionsReligious Wedding CeremoniesNon-Religious Civil CeremoniesFees & Deposit: Full WeddingsFees & Deposit: Elopement WeddingsMarriage License InfoElope To Peterborough, New HampshirePhoto GalleryLinks To ResourcesContact Information

Includes Your Personal Statements Of Love (You can cut & paste elements from this ceremony into other ceremonies)

WELCOME:

Minister:

Friends, I call upon everyone present here today --- to be a fellow witness with me --- in this marriage between GROOM and BRIDE.


We are here not only to witness their commitment to each other --- but also to wish them well --- and every happiness for their life together.


GIVING OF THE BRIDE:

Minister:

And now I would ask --- who gives this woman to be marrried to this man?

(Giver answers appropriately) 


OPENING STATEMENT:

Minister:

GROOM and BRIDE  believe marriage is founded --- on the sort of sincerity and understanding --- Which leads to tolerance -- confidence and trust.


They feel it involves respect for each other's individuality ---


and that most difficult of tasks --- the acceptance of each other's weaknesses, prejudices and faults.


They also believe that those qualities --- which have attracted them to each other ---


and brought them here today --- can be best developed during a life spent together.


They both know that a happy marriage --- will enable them to establish a home --- where there will be love and stability---


where you, their family and also their friends --- will find welcome, peace, harmony and support


a home from which they hope that they can extend---


the influence of their shared and strenghtend life together --- as husband and wife.


MINISTER'S EXHORTATION:

Minister:

Now I, an ordained minister --- am duly authorized by the statutes of this state --- to solem-nize this, your marriage ---


But before you are joined together in matrimony --- in my presence and in the presence of these --- your family and friends ---


I am bound, to remind you publicly --- of the solemn, the serious and the binding nature ----


of the relationship into which you both are now about to enter.


Marriage --- as most of us understand --- is the voluntary and full commitment of a man to a woman and a woman to a man ---


it is made in the deepest sense --- to the exclusion of all others ---


and is entered into with the desire --- the hope and the firm intention --- that it will last for life.

PERSONAL STATEMENTS OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT:

Minister:

Today's celebration --- is the outward sign of a sacred and inward commitment ---


A commitment which religious societies may consecrate --- and states my legalize --- but which neither can create nor annul.


Such a union can only be created by loving purpose


It can only be maintained by abiding will --- and be renewed by human feelings and intentions.


In this spirit --- these two persons stand before us---


and we are gathered here merely to acknowledge --- the true marriage which already dwells within them.

So now --- before they say their formal marriage vows ---


GROOM and BRIDE --- would like to share with each other --- their own heartfelt words of the love---

for for the one they are about to marry.


GROOM:


BRIDE:

EXCHANGE OF VOWS:

Minister:

GROOM, do you promise to encourage BRIDE,--- to stand by her side---


to share laughter during the good times --- and to stand strong with her through the bad.


Do you promise to dry her tears when necessary ---

and to offer a kind word when needed


Do you promise to share all you have to offer---


And do you come with love and without reservation- -- to join together with this woman in marriage?


GROOM:

I do.


Minister:

BRIDE, do you promise to encourage GROOM--- to stand by his side---


to share laughter during the good times --- and to stand strong through the bad.


Do you promise to comfort him when necessary --- and to offer a kind word when needed


Do you promoise to share all you have to offer ---


And do you come with love and without reservation --- to join together with this man in marriage?


BRIDE:

I do.

RING EXCHANGE (Option 1 of 2 options)

Minister:

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

(Best Man hands ring to GROOM)


  • BRIDE, you are my life, my love and my best friend.

     

  • May this ring be a reminder

     

  • of my love and of the commitment

     

  • we have made here today.

     

  • With this ring I thee wed.


Minister:

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

(Maid of Honor hands ring to BRIDE)


  • GROOM, you are my life, my love and my best friend.

     

  • May this be a reminder

     

  • of my love and of the commitment

     

  • we have made here today.

     

  • With this ring I thee wed.


RING EXCHANGE (Option 2 of 2 options)

Minister:

The wedding ring is a simple but pure and treasured symbol.


It will remind you --- that you have pledged you love --- your devotion and undying commitment --- to another, very special human being.


The wedding ring encircles the finger in an unbroken band --- and in so doing caresses the body of the wearer.


Thus it will remind you --- that that you are cradled in the love --- the care --- and the thoughts --- of your life partner --- your lover and your best friend.


Your ring will tell all who see it --- that the vows it symbolizes --- are are a sacred part of your very soul.


And finally --- your ring's polished surface or brilliant glimmer --- shines as brightly as your love for each other --- on this your wedding day --- and every day hereafter.


GROOM, do you have a wedding ring for BRIDE?

(GROOM answers, "Yes I do") (Best Man hands ring to GROOM)


Then as you place the ring on BRIDE's  finger, please repeat these words to her after me:


  • BRIDE, I love you more than words can express---

  • so I give you this ring to touch your finger---

  • just as thoughts of you always touch my mind.

  • I give you this ring to warm your heart---

  • because my love for you fills my heart.

  • I give you this ring to caress your hand---

  • because I cherish you more than you can ever know.

  • I give you this ring because you are my best friend.

  • You are the song in my soul and the joy in my spirit.

  • And, you are the priceless love of my life.


BRIDE, do you have a wedding ring for GROOM?

(Bride answers, "Yes I do") (Maid of Honor hands ring to Bride)


Then as you place the ring on GROOM's finger please repeat these words to him after me:


  • GROOM, I love you more than words can express---

  • so I give you this ring to touch your finger---

  • just as thoughts of you always touch my mind.

  • I give you this ring to warm your heart---

  • because my love for you fills my heart.

  • I give you this ring to caress your hand---

  • because I cherish you more than you can ever know.

  • I give you this ring because you are my best friend.

  • You are the song in my soul and the joy in my spirit.

  • And, you are the priceless love of my life.


PRONOUNCEMENT

Minister:

GROOM and BRIDE ---Today, you have both declared to each other --- your allegiance in the form of a wedding ceremony.


You have said vows to each other --- and also have exchanged rings --- as a reminder of your vows to each other ---


and also as a symbol, to yourself and to others, --- of the commitment you have made here today.


Therefore --- By the authority vested in me as an ordained minister residing in the State Of New Hampshire ----


I pronounce you to be Husband & Wife together.


It now remains that you seal you marriage with an embrace and a kiss.



PRESENTATION

Minister:

Please turn and face your Family and friends.


 

It is now my great honor and privilege to present to you for the very first time as husband and wife, Mr. & Mrs. ....