Contemporary Ceremony II

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Contemporary Wedding Ceremony With A Flare 2

Processional: Who gives this woman to be married to this man? (Optional)
Introduction: On behalf of ______________, it is with great joy and pleasure we welcome you. We are gathered here this day in a spirit of festivity, togetherness and joy, to celebrate a great moment in the lives of ______________. We are here today, to witness and participate in a ceremony celebrating the public acknowledgment of the love which ______________ have for each other. Marriage is a supreme sharing of experience and an adventure in the most intimate of human relationships. It is the joyous union of two people whose friendship and mutual understanding have flowered into romance. Today they proclaim their love and commitment to the world, and we who are gathered here rejoice with them and for them in the new life they now undertaking together. Therefore today we give thanks for the true happiness of _____________. To love is to come together from the pathways of our past and then move forward…Hand in hand, along the uncharted roads of our future, ready to risk, to dream, and to dare…. And always ready to believe that all things are possible with faith and love in God, and in each other. Let this be a day of gladness, thanksgiving, possibility, and great good fortune for all of us, but especially for ______________, who are coming together to demonstrate the wonder of love through the celebration of their marriage. They come together not to mark the start of a relationship, but to acknowledge and strengthen a bond that already exists. This ceremony is a public affirmation of the bond that they share. It acknowledges their private pledge to continue to grow together in an ever- deepening love and mutual devotion. ______________ you hold in common similar interests and ideas. Living together in this way, you will deepen your love for each other. This relationship of oneness you are about to enter is based on love, respect, and a determination on the part of both husband and wife to adjust to each other’s temperaments and moods, in joy and sadness, ease and hardship or whatever may come. We honor you today, as you take a giant step of courage and commitment, one that will be full of your desire to love and understand each other and to grow together in your marriage relationship.
The Expression of Intent To Be Married: Do you _______; take _______ as your wife, promising to tenderly care for her, to respect her individuality, to cherish her as she is, and to faithfully love her continually? Do you _______ take _______ to be your husband, promising to tenderly care for him, to respect his individuality, to cherish him as he is, and to faithfully love him continually?
Exchange of vows: (Or you can say your own vows.) _______ please repeat after me. “I _______, take you _______ to be my wife, my partner & my one true love. I promise to laugh with you in times of happiness, And to strengthen you in times of need. Through the best and the worst, I will trust you, Honor you, and be faithful to you. Today I commit myself to you for the rest of my life.” _______ please repeat after me. “I _______, take you _______ to be my husband, my partner & my one true love. I promise to laugh with you in times of happiness, And to strengthen you in times of need. Through the best and the worst, I will trust you, Honor you, and be faithful to you. Today I commit myself to you for the rest of my life.”
The Wedding Ring Exchange: From the earliest times, the wedding rings have been symbols of eternity. The precious metal is symbolic of that which is pure and the diamonds are symbolic of what is permanent and incorruptible. These rings are made of precious metals, a symbol of the riches that reside in you both. As any metal is purified by the white heat of testing, so will your love be purified by the tests facing you through the many seasons of your life. Your rings are made precious by wearing them. May these rings be, from this day forward be one of your most treasured adornment, and may the love they symbolize, be your most precious possession. As you wear these rings, may they be constant reminders of these glad promises you are making today.
May we please have the rings_______ as you place this ring on _______ finger please repeat after me. Groom recites: _______ I give you this ring, as a symbol and a reminder of my commitment. As you receive this ring, receive my promise to love and cherish you always. And with this ring, I Thee Wed. _______ as you place this ring on _______ finger please repeat after me. Bride recites: _______ I give you this ring, as a symbol and a reminder of my commitment to you. As you receive this ring, receive my promise to love and cherish you always. And with this ring, I Thee Wed.
Optional: Unity Candle or Sand Pouring, Communion, Readings, Special Music, etc.
Closing Remarks: And now, before we get to the party, let me say a few words of encouragement. A wedding is a happy occasion, flawless in its joyful sense of well-being, but as you already know, your relationship has moods and seasons, high times as well as low times, and challenges that you never expected. The true art of a successful marriage is to adapt and change continually on behalf of each other. It is a mutual enrichment, a give and take between two personalities, a mingling of two endowments which diminishes neither but enhances both. Therefore, along with celebrating the marvelous feelings of today, remember, especially your vows to love and cherish each other always. Remember that when the storms of life come, they are temporary and not a reflection of your relationship as a whole. Above all, remember that love and your commitment to it is what really matters. Bride & Groom may you be fulfilled by each others love and friendship. May your desires be understood by each other. May you be honored and expanded by the promises you have made and the life together you will create.
(Optional) Wedding Prayer or Blessing: Pronouncement: And now as you enter the greatest journey of your life: In as much as you all have agreed to enter the marriage relationship, having exchanged vows with sincere and devoted hearts, you have given and received rings as tokens of your love, it is now my honor and privilege to pronounce you husband and wife.
YOU MAY NOW KISS YOUR BRIDE:
Presentation of Couple: Ladies and gentleman, I now present to you _____________________________________
 

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