We are gathered here today in the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite Bride and Groom in holy matrimony.
Marriage is a most honorable estate, signifying unto us a mystical union, may this marriage be adorned by true and abiding love.
To this moment you bring the fullness
of your hearts as a treasure to share with one another.
You bring dreams which bind you together.
You bring your particular personalities and spirits
out of which will flow the reality of your lives together.
We rejoice with you now as you express the outward symbol
of your inward union of hearts.
It is a union that has already been created by friendship,
by respect and by love.
<BRIDE> and <GROOM> as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together – as from this day forward you shall be each other’s home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect for each other.
Just as two threads woven in opposite directions will form a most beautiful tapestry, so too can your two lives merged together make a beautiful marriage. To make your relationship work will take love. This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today. It will take trust, to know in your hearts that you truly want the best for each other. It will take dedication, to stay open to one another – and to learn and grow together. It will take faith, to go forward together without knowing exactly what the future brings. And it will take commitment; to hold true to the journey you both pledge today to share together.
<BRIDE> and <GROOM>, I would ask that you both remember to treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourself often of what brought you here today. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your marriage deserves. When frustration and difficulty assail your marriage, as they do to every relationship at one time or another.
Focus on what still seems right between you, not only the part that seems wrong.
This way, when clouds of trouble hide the sun in your lives and
you lose sight of it for a moment, you can remember
that the sun is still there. And if each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your lives together,
your marriage will be marked by abundance and delight.
<GROOM> do you again take <BRIDE> as your wife, will you continue to be faithful to her in tender love and honor, offering encouragement and companionship and will you continue to live with her and cherish her?
(Groom answers I do)
<BRIDE> do you again take <GROOM> as your husband, will you continue to be faithful to him in tender love and honor, offering encouragement and companionship and will you continue to live with him and cherish him?
(Bride answers I do)
The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond, which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. These circles are designed without an ending, so they speak of eternity. May the incorruptible substance of these rings represent a love glowing with increasing luster through the years and may all good and holy beings upon this Earth bless these rings which you give to each other as the sign of your love, trust, faithfulness, respect and devotion.
May your joys be sweet as spring flowers that grow
As bright as a fire when winter winds blow
As countless as leaves that float down in the fall
As serene as the Love that keeps watch over all.
I now pronounce that you have today reaffirmed your commitment to one another, go forth in love and friendship for the rest of the days of your lives.
I now Pronounce you husband and wife.