PROCESSIONAL:Who gives this woman to be married to this man? (Optional)
Introduction:We are gathered here today in the presence of family and friends, to give thanks for the the gift of marriage and to witness the joining together of _________________________________ The joining together of two persons into one unique, intimate and creative bond is truly a demonstration and a celebration of love’s good work in life. Today, two individuals, two separate families and backgrounds are coming together as one. Families are the heart of society and a blessed marriage is truly an occasion of which we can all celebrate here today. _______________________ you have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations you held while riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks. The vows you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “you know all those things we’ve promised, hoped and dreamed—well, I meant it all, every word”. All those common things, and more, are the real process of your wedding. _______________________ look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another—acquaintance, friend, companion, and even teacher. Now you shall say a few words that will take you across the threshold of life and things will never quite be the same between you. After these vows, you shall say to the world by your love, this is my husband, this is my wife.
Proclamation of Intention To Be Married: (I Do’s) 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.) __________, I pledge to you my love, faith and tenderness. I promise to cherish you with a husband’s loyalty and devotion. __________, I pledge to you my love, faith and tenderness. I promise to cherish you with a husband’s loyalty and devotion.
Wedding Ring Exchange: Today you begin your life with each other, knowing you have developed a trust and commitment that is strong enough to last through the good times and bad. The wedding ring is a token of your love and a symbol of eternity, the unbroken circle with no beginning or end. ___________, I offer you my hand, my heart, and my soul as I know they will be safe with you. ___________, I offer you my hand, my heart, and my soul as I know they will be safe with you.
Optional: Unity Candle or Sand Pouring, Communion, Readings, Special Music, etc. Closing Remarks: ____________________, Today is a day you will always remember –one of the greatest in your life. You started off this day two people in love and are ending it as husband and wife. This day is the start of a brand new journey, with many moments to cherish and treasure together. Although there will be many times you both disagree, these will surely be outweighed by the pleasure. So live happy forever as lovers and friends, it is the dawn of a brand new life for you, as you stand there together with love in your eyes from the moment you said “I do.” With faith, all your hopes and your dreams will be real. May success, health and true happiness find its way to you! Tomorrow can bring you some of your greatest joys, but today is the day it all starts.
(Optional) Wedding Prayer or Blessing: Congratulations: And Have A Great Life Together
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 _____________________________________
RECESSIONAL PROVIDED BY:“Your Name Here”