Dear family and friends, we have gathered together here at this time to share in the joy and love of Bride and Groom. Each of you has given something of yourself to help them become what they are, and each of you will have opportunities to give more to them to nurture their new relationship. May the love and affection that has brought them to this point continue to be a blessing to them. Please join in the celebration of Welcome
this special event.
The marriage contract is the most cherished contract in our society because it forms the basis for our social structure. This solemn agreement between Bride and Groom has permanent legal standing, and we are serving as witnesses to it. By means of this ceremony, Bride and Groom will become united in a special new way. To this moment they bring the fullness of their hearts to share with one another; they bring the dreams which bind them together in spirit; they bring their individuality, which will be preserved, but out of which will emerge their life together.
Bride, will you have this man to be your husband; to live together with him in the covenant of marriage? 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
Groom, will you have this woman to be your wife; to live together with her in the covenant of marriage? 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
Exchange of Vows
I, Groom, take you, Bride, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.
I, Bride, take you, Groom, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.
Giving and Receiving of Rings
Each of you brings now a symbol of your love for each other.
These rings shall forevermore be a symbol of the love that you have declared and the vows that you have exchanged. The unbroken circles of these rings represent the special faithfulness that you have pledged to each other.
Groom, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you.
Bride, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you.
Now that Bride and Groom have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings, and with you as witnesses, I pronounce that they are husband and wife.
May all of us present today remember what we have seen and witnessed. May each of us do everything within our power to support and strengthen Bride and Groom as they journey together the road of life.