This is a short and sweet very traditional ceremony with all the religious aspects removed from it. It's perfect for an Elopement.
Dearly Beloved, we are gathered together here in the presence of this company of witnesses to join together this couple in Marriage; which is an honorable estate, and therefore, not entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, discreetly, soberly and with joy. Into this Estate these two persons present come now to be joined.
Groom, will you have this woman to be your lawful wedded wife, to live together in the Estate of Matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others keep you only unto her as long as you both shall live?
Groom: I will
Bride, will you have this man to be your lawful wedded husband, to live together Estate of Matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others keep you only unto him as long as you both shall live?
Bride: I will
The marriage ring seals the vows of marriage and represents a promise for eternal and everlasting love.
Groom, please repeat after me:
I Groom ,take thee, Bride, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish forever, and thereto I give thee my pledge. Places the ring on the bride's finger.
Bride, please repeat after Me:
I Bride, take thee, Groom, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish forever, and thereto I give thee my pledge. Places the ring on the groom's finger.
Those whom have chosen to be joined together, let no one put asunder.
Forasmuch as Bride and Groom have consented together in Wedlock, and have witnessed the same before this company of witnesses, and there to have given their pledge, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a ring, and by joining hands; by the power vested in me by the State of Indiana, I now pronounce you husband and wife.
You may now kiss your bride.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I now present to you Mr And Mrs …..