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Here you will find some samples of ceremonies and ceremony elements which I have personally used. This list is in the process of being organized and expanded into book form for the use of couples and Officiants who are looking to put together their own ceremony but who need some help along the way. For now, we deeply apologize for the lack of structure and hope that we will soon be able to offer a complete guide to help you discover your perfect ceremony. Thank you.

SIMPLE CEREMONY 1

Processional

Greeting
OFFICIANT: Good Evening. 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.

Presentation of the bride (optional)
Who is it that brings this woman to this man?

FOB (or POB): I do or her mother and I do (or we do). FOB kisses BRIDE, gives her hand to GROOM, takes his seat.

Declaration of Consent
OFFICIANT: Groom, do you take this woman to be your wife, to live together in the state of matrimony? Do you vow to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her from this day forth?

GROOM: I do.

OFFICIANT: Bride, do you take this man to be your husband, to live together in the state of matrimony? Do you vow to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him from this day forth?

BRIDE: I do.

Welcome to Witnesses
OFFICIANT: I want to welcome all of you and thank you on behalf of Groom and Bride for being here to witness their marriage and the vows they make to each other.

Address
(To Groom and Bride) These vows you are about to take are not meant to be chains that bind you together; they are instead the promise of a willing partnership to help you through life together. You both know that life is not easy, and neither is marriage, and these vows you make today are your pledge to each other that you, GROOM, will always be there to love and support BRIDE, and that you, BRIDE, will always be there to love and support GROOM.

Exchange of Vows
OFFICIANT: Would you please join hands? Groom, please repeat after me.

I, Groom, take you, Bride, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish for as long as we both shall live, and thereto I pledge you my faith.

Bride, please repeat after me: I, Bride, take you, Groom, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish for as long as we both shall live, and thereto I pledge you my faith.

Exchange of Rings
OFFICIANT: May I have the rings? Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of the love of this man and this woman and of their unity in marriage.

Groom, please repeat after me: In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed.

GROOM puts ring on BRIDE's finger.

Bride, please repeat after me: In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed.

BRIDE puts ring on GROOM's finger.

Pronouncement of Marriage
OFFICIANT: For as much as Groom and Bride have consented together in marriage, and they have witnessed the same before these witnesses and thereto have pledged their faith, each to the other, and they have declared the same by the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings, I now pronounce them to be husband and wife.

You may now kiss your bride.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great honor to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife: Mr. and Mrs. Groom and Bride!

Recessional


SIMPLE TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS CEREMONY
(Processional)

Minister: (Greeting and Introduction)
Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God and in the presence of these witnesses to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony. It is an honorable estate that has been instituted of God and it signifies that mystical union which exists between Christ and his church. That holy estate Jesus Christ himself adorned and beautified by his presence in Cana of Galilee at a marriage feast some two thousand years ago. And because of our Lord's presence there, weddings ever since have become special. They're not to be entered into unadvisedly but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God. And so, into this holy estate, these two people come now to be joined.

If anyone can show just cause why they may not be lawfully joined together, I ask you now to speak or forever hold your peace.

I require and charge you both as you stand in the presence of God, before whom the secrets of all hearts are laid bare, that having duly considered the covenant you are about to make, you declare before this company your pledge of faith, each to the other. Be well assured that if these solemn vows are kept inviolate as God's Word demands, and you steadfastly endeavor to do the will of your Heavenly Father, then God will bless your marriage, He will grant you fulfillment in it, and most of all, He will establish your home as a haven of peace.

(Declaration of Consent)
Groom, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?

(Groom: I will.)

Bride, will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?

(Bride: I will.)

Minister: (Presentation of the Bride)
Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

(Father: I do OR Her mother and I do) OR (Parents: We do.)

Minister: (Address)
There is a much greater motivation in solemnizing a relationship in marriage than spoken words. For marriage will bind the two of you in the sight of God together in life in a relationship so close and so intimate that it will change your entire lives. "Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried." Ruth spoke these words to Naomi, the mother of her husband, but they can also be used by each of you to the other. As God has chosen you for each other, He is saying to you that with faith, love, and consideration and respect for one another, you will be blessed and your marriage and your home together will endure, and be strong, and be a place of peace.

(Vows)

(To Groom and Bride)
Will you please join hands?

(To Groom)
I, Groom, take you, Bride, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish for as long as we both shall live, according to God's holy ordinance, and thereto I pledge you my faith.

(Groom repeats vow.)

(To Bride)
I, Bride, take you, Groom, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish for as long as we both shall live, according to God's holy ordinance, and thereto I pledge you my faith.

(Bride repeats vow.)

(Exchange of Rings)
Minister: May I have the rings, please?
Wedding rings are an outward and visible symbol of an inward and spiritual grace. They signify to all who see them the uniting of this man and this woman in the church of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Let us pray. Bless, O Lord, the giving of these rings that they who wear them may abide always in your peace and continue always in your favor, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

(Groom puts ring on Bride's finger and continues holding her hand.)

Minister:
Repeat after me. In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring, I thee wed.

(Groom repeats vow.)

(Bride puts ring on Groom's finger and continues holding his hand.)

Minister:
Repeat after me. In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring, I thee wed.

(Bride repeats vow.)

(Sand Ceremony, Unity Candle, or Rose Ceremony)

Minister:
Let us pray. O gracious Lord, you who are the creator and preserver of all mankind and the giver of all spiritual graces, the author of everlasting life, send your blessing this day upon this man and woman, that they might keep the vow and the covenant that they have made between them and that they may ever remain in perfect love and peace and live always according to your laws. Look graciously upon them that they might love, honor, and cherish each other, and so live together in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home might indeed become a place of blessing and of peace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

(Pronouncement of Marriage, Groom and Bride holding hands)
For as much as Groom and Bride have consented together in holy wedlock, and they have witnessed the Same before God and this company and thereto have pledged their faith, each to the other, and they declared the Same by the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings, I now pronounce them to be husband and wife. May those whom God hath joined together, let no one put asunder.

You may kiss your bride.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife: Mr. and Mrs. Groom and Bride!


INFORMAL RELIGIOUS CEREMONY (CHRISTIAN "LITE")
MINISTER: Good afternoon. We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and add our best wishes to the words which shall unite GROOM and BRIDE in marriage.

Presentation of the Bride
MINISTER: Who is it that brings this woman to this man?

FOB (or POB): I do or her mother and I do (or we do). FOB kisses BRIDE, gives her hand to GROOM, takes his seat.

MINISTER: GROOM and BRIDE, 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 live together is one of the greatest challenges of life - and it is the shared goal of a married life.

Declaration of Intent
MINISTER: GROOM, do you take this woman to be your wife, to live together in the state of matrimony? Do you vow to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her from this day forth?

GROOM: I do.

MINISTER: BRIDE, do you take this man to be your husband, to live together in the state of matrimony? Do you vow to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him from this day forth?

BRIDE: I do.

Charge to the Couple
MINISTER: There is a much greater motivation in solemnizing a relationship in marriage than spoken words. For marriage will bind the two of you in the sight of God together in life in a relationship so close and so intimate that it will change your entire lives.

"Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried."

Ruth spoke these words to Naomi, the mother of her husband, but they can also be used by each of you to the other. As God has chosen you for each other, He is saying to you that with faith, love, and consideration and respect for one another, you will be blessed and your marriage and your home together will endure, and be strong, and be a place of peace.

Exchange of Vows
MINISTER: Will you please each other's hands?

Please repeat after me:
I, GROOM, take you, BRIDE, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish for as long as we both shall live.

Please repeat after me:
I, BRIDE, take you, GROOM, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish for as long as we both shall live.

Exchange of Rings
MINISTER: May I have the rings, please?
Wedding rings are an outward and visible symbol of an inward and spiritual grace. They signify to all who see them the uniting of this man and this woman in marriage.

GROOM, please repeat after me. In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring, I thee wed.

BRIDE, please repeat after me. In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring, I thee wed.

Pronouncement of Marriage
MINISTER: For as much as GROOM and BRIDE have consented together in holy wedlock, and they have witnessed the same before God and this company and thereto have pledged their faith, each to the other, and they declared the same by the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings, I now pronounce them to be husband and wife.

You may kiss your bride.

It is now my very great honor to present to you as husband and wife: Mr. and Mrs. GROOM and BRIDE LAST NAME.


QUICK ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

OFFICIANT: Bride and Groom, we are here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments and to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, as you are joined together in the vows of matrimony.

Groom, do you take Bride to be your wife, to live together in the state of matrimony? Do you vow to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her from this day forth?

GROOM: I do.

OFFICIANT: Bride, do you take Groom to be your husband, to live together in the state of matrimony? Do you vow to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him from this day forth?

BRIDE: I do.

OFFICIANT: Would you please join hands? Groom, repeat after me.
I, Groom, take you, Bride, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish for as long as we both shall live.

Bride, please repeat after me: I, Bride, take you, Groom, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish for as long as we both shall live.

OFFICIANT: May I have the rings? Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of the love of the love you have for each other and of your unity in marriage.

Groom, please repeat after me: In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed.

GROOM puts ring on BRIDE's finger.

Bride, please repeat after me: In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed.

BRIDE puts ring on GROOM's finger.

OFFICIANT: For as much as you have consented together in marriage and have pledged your faith, each to the other, and you have declared the same by the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings, I now pronounce you to be husband and wife. You may kiss your bride.


SIMPLE CEREMONY 2 (SPIRITUAL)

OFFICIANT: 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 cherish the words which shall unite Groom and Bride in marriage.

Groom and Bride, in the days ahead of you, there will be times of conflict and times of joy. Harmony will be your reward if you follow this advice: Let your love be stronger than your anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break.
Look for the best in your beloved rather than the worst.
Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.
Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindnesses you bestow on your friends.
Say "I love you" every day.
Groom and Bride, I remind you that marriage is a precious gift; a lifelong dedication to love and a daily challenge to love one another more fully and more freely.

With this understanding, do you Groom, take Bride to be your beloved wife?
Do you promise to be a tender, faithful husband?
Do you promise to love and cherish her, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and keep yourself only unto her?

With this understanding, do you Bride, take Groom to be your beloved husband?
Do you promise to be a tender, faithful wife?
Do you promise to love and cherish him, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and keep yourself only unto him?

Groom and Bride have chosen rings as outward symbols of the commitment they make today. From earliest times, the ring has been a symbol of wedded love, an unbroken and never-ending circle which symbolizes a commitment to love that is also never ending.

Groom, take the ring which you have selected, place it on Bride's finger, and say to her these words.
This ring, a gift for you, symbolizes my desire that you be my wife from this day forward.

Bride, take the ring which you have selected, place it on Groom's finger, and say to him these words.
This ring, a gift for you, symbolizes my desire that you be my wife from this day forward.

Let these rings serve not as locks binding you together, but as keys, unlocking the secrets of your hearts for each other to know, and thus bringing you closer together forever.

May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries.
And may you live the days of your lives in peace, love, and happiness.

Groom and Bride, having witnessed your vows for marriage with all who are assembled here, and by the authority vested in me, I announce with great joy that you are husband and wife.

You may seal your vows with a kiss.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife: Mr. and Mrs. Groom and Bride!


SIMPLE CEREMONY 3 (Repeated vows as part of exchanging rings)

OFFICIANT: Good afternoon. 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.

OFFICIANT: I want to welcome all of you and thank you on behalf of GROOM and BRIDE for being here to witness their marriage and the vows they make to each other.

(To GROOM and BRIDE) These vows you are about to take are not meant to be chains that bind you together; they are instead the promise of a willing partnership to help you through life together. You both know that life is not easy, and neither is marriage, and these vows you make today are your pledge to each other that you, GROOM, will always be there to love and support BRIDE, and that you, BRIDE, will always be there to love and support GROOM.

GROOM, do you take BRIDE to be your wife, to live together in the state of matrimony? Do you vow to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, and forsaking all others, keep only unto her for as long as you both shall live?

GROOM: I do.

OFFICIANT: BRIDE, do you take GROOM to be your husband, to live together in the state of matrimony? Do you vow to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, and forsaking all others, keep only unto him for as long as you both shall live?

BRIDE: I do.

OFFICIANT: GROOM, what token do you give of the vows you have made?

GROOM: A ring.

OFFICIANT: GROOM, please repeat after me:
I, GROOM, take you BRIDE, to be my wife, my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live. With this ring, I thee wed.

BRIDE, what token do you give of the vows you have made?

BRIDE: A ring.

BRIDE, please repeat after me:
I, BRIDE, take you GROOM, to be my husband, my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live. With this ring, I thee wed.

OFFICIANT: For as much as GROOM and BRIDE have consented together in marriage, and they have witnessed the same before these witnesses and thereto have pledged their faith, each to the other, and they have declared the same by the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings, I now pronounce them to be husband and wife.

You may now kiss your bride.

It is now my great honor to present to this company Mr. and Mrs. GROOM and BRIDE LAST NAME.


ROSE CEREMONIES

The Rose Gift is usually placed near the beginning of the ceremony, just after the Officiant's welcoming statements and introduction to the ceremony.

Officiant: This wedding is also a celebration of family. It is the blending of two families, separate up to this moment, but united from this day forward -- blending their different traditions, strengthening the family tree. Parents plant so that their children may harvest. Mothers cry when their children hurt, and welcome pain and burden to give their sons and daughters the gift of life.

Groom and Bride wish to honor this blending of the families by presenting a rose to their mothers -- to thank their parents for the many selfless sacrifices they have made and for their unconditional love so freely given to their children.

Couple exchanges hug with her parents and present a rose to her mother.

Couple exchanges hug with his parents and present a rose to his mother.

This Rose Ceremony is usually placed near the end of the ceremony, just before you are pronounced husband and wife.

Officiant: Your gift to each other for your wedding today has been your wedding rings - which shall always be an outward demonstration of your vows of love and respect; and a public showing of your commitment to each other.

Now I want you to give each other a gift only for yourselves. The rose has always been a symbol of love and a single rose always meant only one thing - it meant the words "I love you." So it is appropriate that your first gift as husband and wife would be a single rose.

Please exchange your roses. In some ways it seems like you have done nothing at all. You were holding a rose, and now you are still holding a rose. In many ways, a marriage ceremony is much like this. Tomorrow won't seem much different from yesterday. But in fact today, you both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life - one I hope you will always remember - the gift of true and abiding love.

GROOM and BRIDE, I would ask that, wherever you make your home in the future, that you both pick one very special location for roses; so that on each anniversary of this occasion, you both may take a rose to that spot as a recommitment to your marriage and to your love for each other.

In every relationship there are times where it is difficult to find the right words, the two hardest being, "I'm sorry". If this should happen, if you simply can not find these words, leave a rose at that spot which both of you have selected - for that rose says what matters most of all and should overpower all other things and all other words.

That rose says: "I still love you." It should be accepted in place of the words which can not be found and it should help in remembrance of the love and hope that you both share today.

Of all the things you may bring from this ceremony, the most important is that it was love that brought you here today, and it is only by love that your marriage shall endure.


SAND CEREMONY

Civil
GROOM and BRIDE have chosen to seal their marriage vows with a symbol of their unity. Each member of this new family is represented by a different color of sand. As you each pour the sand into the center vase, you are symbolizing the joining of your separate lives, and the filled vase will represent the unity formed with this new family. Just as these grains of sand can no longer be separated again into individual containers, so will you and your family be forever entwined.

OR

Religious
Each of the smaller vases contains a different color of sand, representing the lives of these two people to this moment. They are two distinct and separate containers, each capable of going their separate ways. To bring bliss and happiness to their home there must be the merging of these two into one. This is what God meant when He said: 'On this account, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall be one flesh.' From now on their thoughts shall be for each other rather than for their individual selves. Their plans shall be mutual, their joys and sorrows shall be shared alike. As they each take their sand and together pour them into the center vase, the small vases will be emptied, thus letting the center vase symbolize the union of our lives into one flesh. As this sand cannot be divided, neither shall their lives be divided. May the presence of this vase in their home from this day forward be a witness of their unity in Christ.

SAND CEREMONY WITH CHILD(REN)

Today, GROOM and BRIDE are creating not only a new marriage, but a whole new family, and they have chosen to symbolize this in a Sand Ceremony. GROOM, BRIDE, and CHILD #1 are here each represented by a different color of sand. (To the family) Today your separate lives are joined together. The bottles of sand symbolize your separate lives, separate families, and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you will ever be as individuals and your entire lives before today. As these containers of sand are poured together into the large vase, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. And just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will the three of you be forever united.


UNITY CANDLE

Officiant:

Civil
The Unity Candle is a symbol of the coming together of two individuals, two separate souls who have now been made one. As the individual flames are not blown out, their individuality is not lost or destroyed; instead, it is that very individuality that will enable them to provide love and support for each other for the rest of their lives. OR

Religious

The two outside candles of the candelabra have been lighted to represent their lives to this moment. They are two distinct lights, each capable of going their separate ways. To bring bliss and happiness to their home there must be the merging of these two lights into one light. This is what God meant when He said: 'On this account, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall be one flesh.' From now on their thoughts shall be for each other rather than for their individual selves. Their plans shall be mutual, their joys and sorrows shall be shared alike. As they each take a candle and together light the center candle, they will extinguish their own candles, thus letting the center candle symbolize the union of our lives into one flesh. As this one light cannot be divided, neither shall their lives be divided. May the radiance of this one light be a witness of their unity in Christ.


Vow Renewal (or Remarriage to the same person)

When you first joined hands and hearts __ years ago, you had no idea where life would take you. You promised to love, honor and cherish one another through all things. Life has surely brought many things your way; there have been triumphs and there have been losses. But nothing says more about how you feel for one another than choosing to come here today in front of your friends and family and recommit yourselves to each other.

Therefore, GROOM, I ask you now, do you promise to take this woman to be your wife? Do you vow to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, be loving, faithful, and true to her from this day forward?

(GROOM: I do.)

BRIDE, do you promise to take this man to be your husband? Do you vow to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, be loving, faithful, and true to him from this day forward?

(BRIDE: I do.)


FOR MY WEDDING

For my wedding, I will dress in black
And never again will I look back
From my dark angels I must part
For I've made a sanctuary of my heart

To want what I have
To take what I'm given with grace
For this I pray
On my wedding day

For my wedding, I don't want violins
Or sentimental songs about thick and thin.
I want a moment of silence and a moment of prayer
For the love we'll need to make it in the world out there

I dream, and my dreams are all glory and light
That's what I've wanted for my life
And if it hasn't always been that way
Well, I can hope and I can pray
On my wedding day

So what makes us any different from all the others
Who have tried and failed before us?
Maybe nothing, maybe nothing at all;
But I know we'll be the lucky ones; we will never fall.

For our wedding, you will dress in white
And tell the world that you are my bride.
You will help me to remember forever
This: our wedding day prayer.

To want what we have
To take what we're given with grace
For these things I pray
On our wedding day.


Why Marriage? (Anonymous)

Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person,
With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body...

Because I need a forever friend to trust with the intimacies of me,
Who won't hold them against me,
Who loves me when I'm unlikable,
Who sees the small child in me, and
Who looks for the divine potential of me...

Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night
With someone who thanks God for me,
With someone I feel blessed to hold...

Because marriage means opportunity
To grow in love in friendship...

Because marriage is a discipline
To be added to a list of achievements...

Because marriages do not fail, people fail
When they enter into marriage
Expecting another to make them whole...

Because, knowing this,
I promise myself to take full responsibility
For my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness
I create me, I take half of the responsibility for my marriage
Together we create our marriage...

Because of this understanding
The possibilities are limitless.


IRISH WEDDING BLESSING

May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.
May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.
Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
And your hearts joined forever in love.

Your lives are very special;
God has touched you in many ways.
May his blessings rest upon you
And fill all your coming days.


Blended Family Ceremony #1

Officiant: It is the desire of _________ and _________ to extend their commitments to each other by making some promises to the children of this family. As you all join hands to form a new circle of love, we will seal this union with spoken promises like the rings this bride and groom have exchanged.

Officiant to the Bride/Groom: Do you _________ and _________, promise to be faithful, loving, tender and nurturing parents, always there for _________ (child/children's name), not only providing their/her/his physical needs, but their/her/his emotional needs as well, always a good listener, a loving counselor and a friend?

Bride & Groom: We do.

Officiant to the Mother/Father (Speaking to the Child/Children): (Repeat after me). _________, I want you to know that I love your mother/father very much. I will not and cannot replace a mother/father loved by you, however I can promise you that I will love you and care for you as if you were my own. I promise to be a committed listener. I promise you my trust, to be fair, my support, what knowledge I can share, to be your friend, and to provide a shoulder to cry on. I promise to be available to you as I am to your mother/father.

Bride/Groom to Child/Children: _________, I give you this _________ (gift) as a sign of my loving promises made this day.

Officiant to Child/Children: Do you accept the promises made by _________?

Child/Children: I do or We do.

Officiant: May a kind God now bless you all as family, and bless this marriage and this home, wherever you may be. And so it is.

Blended Family Ceremony #2

Officiant: There are children who will share in this marriage. The gathering of this new family will have a deep influence upon them. It will both complicate and enrich their lives. They will also have much to contribute to this new family. We realize that in order for the home to be a happy one, it is essential that there be love and understanding between the children and the adults being married.

Officiant to Bride and Groom: Is your love for each other broad enough to include _________ (name the child/children) and deep enough to honor their/her/his presence in this marriage, and do you pledge yourselves to love and care for them/her/him?

Bride and Groom: We do.

Officiant to Child/Children: You are a vital part of this new marriage. _________ and _________ give you their unconditional love and honor your presence in their lives. _________, you will have a share in this union, for your life/lives will be touched by the covenant being made here today. Your participation is requested to help develop the bonds of a new family.

As _________ and _________ have exchanged their pledges in holy union, we ask from you also a pledge, that you will join together to weave a fabric of mutual help and comfort, of challenge and support, and that you will help create a home and a way of life in which all of you may grow into the fullness of the best people you can be. Do you now pledge to do your best to help make a happy and successful home for all of you by your love and cooperation?

Child/Children: I do or we do.

BLENDED FAMILY CEREMONY #3

Minister: Many people think of a marriage ceremony as a celebration of the union of two people, but it really is so much more. It is the coming together of two separate families, and the creation of a new family. GROOM and BRIDE today bring not only themselves into this family but also their children and they wanted to be able to share this moment with them. GROOM and BRIDE would therefore like to present CHILD #1, CHILD #2, etc. with tokens to symbolize their love and their relationship to the family as a whole.


ALTERNATIVE VOWS

Before our family & friends who have given us the gift of love, I__________, join with you, ____________, in the covenant of marriage. I promise to give my faithful, life-giving love to you, and to share my life with you as long as we shall live. May this community witness our love for each other for the rest of our lives.

Before these witnesses I, _____________, vow to love you, __________, and care for you as long as we both shall live. I take you, with all your faults and your strengths, as I offer myself to you with my faults and my strengths. I will help you when you need help, and will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.

I affirm/pledge/declare my love for you as I invite you to share/continue to share my life. To this end, I call upon my family and friends here present to witness that I, _________, take you ________, to be my lawful, wedded wife/husband/partner.

On this day, I ___________ thee wed you _________, the woman/man I have chosen to be my wife/husband/partner for the rest of my life, and promise to give you all the love, courtesy, respect, thoughtfulness, and effort that a good union demands as well as dedicate myself in mind, body, heart and soul to make you as happy, economically stable, and fulfilled as I can provide.

You, ______, are the love of my life, my reason for living, the inspiration I have always sought and, as such, pledge my undying dedication to you for the rest of my life. I love you with all of my heart and soul and know that as long as you are next to me I will be willing to give my life to you, if necessary, to ensure your happiness and well being.

I, _____, take your hand and hold you to be, from this day on, an integral part of me, like it was my own flesh, and promise to look upon you forever as I would look upon myself, with dedication, understanding, and unconditional love.

I love you ______ with all my heart and soul, as you are everything that I could ever hope to find in a woman/man. You are loving, thoughtful, caring, smart, and beautiful/handsome in my eyes and your love always makes me feel like the happiest and luckiest man/woman alive. I am proud to have you as my life's partner and I promise that I will always be at your side, through good and bad, and give you everything that is in my power to grant to assure your health and happiness for as long as I live. I am yours forever.

(Partner's name) as we stand here among our peers and under God, I, ___________want to pledge, in front of all, my undying love and dedication to you and let you know that I have found in you the woman/man I wish to spend the rest of my life with. You are the one person who, with your love, laughter, caring, thoughtfulness, attention, positive outlook, and devotion to me, has rekindled the hope of a future full happiness and sharing and this hope, which was once almost gone, has grown within me anew and has brought the certainty that with you by my side my life will be full of love, caring, happiness, purpose, and joy. So with these words I take you ____________as my wife/husband/partner and vow, unto you, to give all that is within my heart, body, and soul, to give for as long as I am alive.

I love you. You are my best friend. Today I, ____________, commit myself to you. I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you, and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, when life seems easy and when it seems hard. When our love is simple, and when it is an effort. I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in highest regard. These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.

We pledge to each other to be loving friends and committed partners: 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. We promise to share hopes, thoughts and dreams as we build our lives together. May our lives be ever intertwined, our love keeping us together. We will build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect and honor for others and each other. May our home be forever filled with peace, happiness, and love.

Today I will marry my friend, the one I will live with, dream with, and love. I ____________ take you to be my husband/wife/partner. From this day forward I will cherish you, I will look with joy down the path of our tomorrows knowing we will walk it together side by side, hand in hand and heart to heart.

I promise to love you above all others and to value your friendship as a precious gift. I look forward to raising our family and building our relationship. I _____________ promise to stand beside you in sickness or health, in times of prosper and decline, in peace and in turmoil, as long as we both shall live.

Let us be grateful for the capacity to see, feel, hear, and understand. Let us be grateful for this incredible gift of life. Let us be especially grateful for the ties of love which bind us together, giving dignity, meaning, worth and joy to all our days. This is indeed a beautiful day. Let us rejoice in it and be glad, and let us count our many blessings.

I ___________take you ____________to be my husband/wife/partner To have and to hold from this day forward. I give to you my unending love and devotion. I promise to be true to you, to cherish you, and to share my thoughts, hopes, and dreams with you. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you, my best friend. I will love you forever.

I ____________ take you ___________ to be my partner. To have and to hold from this day forward. I give to you my unending love and devotion. I promise to be true to you, to cherish you, and to share my thoughts, hopes, and dreams with you. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you my best friend. I will love you forever.

I promise to be there when you need me, to fill your days with sunshine, to comfort you and encourage you, to help you reach your goals, to be your best friend ever and to love you all my life with all my heart.

I ____________ take you___________, to be my husband/wife/partner. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, I will love and honor you all the days of my life.

In the presence of our families and friends, I, ________, take you, ______________, to be may husband/wife/partner. I offer my friendship and trust in you, promising to be faithful and understanding as long as we both shall live.


Two other links for ceremonies that we recommend are:

http://getmarriedohio.com - The Marryin' Man, an Ohio Wedding Officiant

and

http://dfwx.com - The Dallas/Ft. Worth Wedding Exchange

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