INTRODUCTION / WELCOME (OPTIONAL)
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to welcome each of you, the friends and family of (Groom and Bride), here to this __________ (WRITE IN DESIRED WORDING), to celebrate their love and witness their marriage!
Who giveth this woman to be married to this man? (Dad says "her mother and I" or "I do".)
(Groom and Bride), You are here to pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage. To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate one another; to respect and cherish each other's uniqueness; and to support, comfort, and strengthen each other through life's joys and sorrows. You must promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as you build your lives together. May your lives be ever intertwined, your love keeping you together. You will build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect and honor for others and each other. May your home be forever filled with peace, happiness, and love.
LET US PRAY:
In joining your lives may God grant you both...
LOVE...to afford each other a special quality of time together.
JOY...in the accomplishments of one another.
UNDERSTANDING...that your interests and desires will not always be the same.
FRIENDSHIP...based on mutual trust.
COURAGE...to speak of a misunderstanding, and to work on a solution before the setting of the sun.
COMPASSION...to comfort each other in pain and sorrow.
FORESIGHT...to realize rainbows follow rainy days.
IMAGINATION...to keep with you part of the child you used to be.
MIRTH...from your sense of humor.
AWARENESS...to live each day with the knowledge that there is no promise of tomorrow.
May God Bless You and Keep You in the palm of His Hand. AMEN!
(Groom and Bride), will you now face each other and join both hands?
Do you (Groom), take (Bride), as your lawfully wedded wife, 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 you part? (Response: "I Do")
Do you (Bride), take (Groom), as your lawfully 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 you part? (Response: "I Do")
(Groom and Bride), please receive your rings! As the rings have no end, so your love should have no end. They are a perfect circle, representing the eternal nature of God!
GROOM REPEATS AFTER MINISTER: From this day forward, You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter, and my arms will be your home. With this ring, I thee wed.
BRIDE REPEATS AFTER MINISTER: I promise to love you, in good times and bad, with all I have to give, and all I feel inside, in the only way I know how, completely and forever. With this ring, I thee wed.
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be a companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.
May happiness be your companion, and your days together be good and long upon the earth.
Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness, and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulties, and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at one time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives-remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if both of you take responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.
The greatest pleasure of life is love! God has joined you together-let no one tear you apart! "May the Lord Bless You and Keep You; May His Face Shine Upon You; May He Be Gracious to You and give you Peace, Forever!" By the authority vested in me, according to the laws of the __________ of __________, I now pronounce you husband and wife! YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE!
Ladies and Gentlemen, before God we have all witnessed __________ and __________ pledge their love for each other; it is my honor to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife: Mr. and Mrs. (GROOM'S FULL NAME)