Contemporary, With Repeated Vows

Good morning / afternoon / evening.  We gather here today, so _______ and _______ may promise their love and devotion to each other in marriage.  

May your life together be blessed with prosperity and good health.  May you always share open and honest communication between each other.  May you respect each other’s individual talents and gifts and give full support to each other’s professional and personal endeavors.

May you cherish the home and family you will create together.  May all the years to come be filled with moments that celebrate and renew your love.  May your love be a life-long source of excitement, contentment, affection, respect, and devotion for one another.

 

______, do you come here freely and without reservation to join _____ in the life-long commitment of marriage? 

Groom/Person2: I do.

 

______, do you come here freely and without reservation to join _____ in the life-long commitment of marriage? 

Bride/Person1: I do.

 

Having heard that it is your intention to be married, I will now ask you to face each other and hold hands.

 

_______, please repeat after me…

I, _____ take you, _____ to be my wife/husband/partner/spouse.

I will share my life with you,

and build our dreams together,

I promise to give you respect, love and loyalty,

and to renew this commitment every day of our lives.

 

______, please repeat after me…

I, _____, take you, _____, to be my husband/wife/partner/spouse.

I will share my life with you,

and build our dreams together,

I promise to give you respect, love and loyalty,

and to renew this commitment every day of our lives.

EXCHANGE OF RINGS (optional)

Your wedding rings are made of precious metal, but that metal is also made more precious by wearing them.  They are a visible symbol of the invisible bond that unites you.

Groom/Person2, place the ring on ______’s finger and repeat after me….

As this ring has no end,

My love is also forever.

 

Bride/Person1, place the ring on _____’s finger and repeat after me….

As this ring has no end,

My love is also forever.

May the wedding rings you exchanged today remind you always that you are surrounded by enduring love.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE

And now, by the power vested in me by the state of _________, it is my honor and privilege to pronounce you husband and wife /h&h/w&w/ married for life.  You may kiss your bride / your spouse!

Contemporary, with Handholding

In marriage you make the most beautiful commitment in life; to love each other forever. You will share work and play, happiness and sadness, goals and values, family and friends, excitement and boredom. You will build a life which is stronger because you are now part of a team, a team that will go through life holding hands, always rooting for each other. We have come together today, to celebrate this special union between ________ and ________.  

TO BRIDE/PERSON1:

_____, please face _____, and hold his/her/their hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you. These are the hands of your best friend, strong and unwavering. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.  These are the hands that will work alongside yours, together, as you build your future.  These hands will comfort you, care for you, and caress you through all the days of your lives. 

TO GROOM/PERSON2:  

_____, please hold _______’s hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you. These are the hands of your best friend, soft and tender with love.  These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times. These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, console you when you are sad, and clap for your success. These are the hands that will continue to work alongside yours, together, as you build your future.  And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

———————–option 1, couple recites their own vows——————

With open hearts, and the very best of intentions, these dedicated hands were used to write wedding vows.  Let us hear them now;

———————–option 2,  vows read by minister————————–

_____ and _____,  every day you wake up grateful to be in each other’s life.    You know one another’s heart, and dreams, and goals.  Today, let those hearts join as one as you move forward as a married couple.

(TO GROOM/PERSON2:)

   _____, Do you take _____ to be your wife/spouse, your best friend and partner?  To live together, play together and laugh together?  To fill her/his/their heart and feed her/his/their soul for the rest of your days?   

(GROOM/PERSON2 says, “I DO”)
(TO BRIDE/PERSON1:) 

 _____,  Do you take _____ to be your husband/spouse, your best friend and partner?  To live together, play together and laugh together?  To fill his/her/their heart and feed his/her/their soul for the rest of your days?   

(BRIDE/PERSON1 says, “I DO”)
———————–optional exchange of rings————————–

______, placing the ring on her/his/their left hand, please repeat after me, “_______, with this ring, I thee wed”  

(Groom/Person2 recites to the Bride/Person1)

______, placing the ring on his/her/their left hand, please repeat after me, “______, with this ring, I thee wed.”  

(BridePerson1 recites to the Groom/Person2)

By the power vested in me by the state of Massachusetts/_(or other)_, I now pronounce you husband and wife / married partners for life.  You may kiss (your bride/husband/spouse)!

Contemporary, Joyful

Welcome!

We are gathered here to join _____ and _____ in the sacred union of marriage.   Marriage is more than a proclamation of love.  It is more than a commitment of faithfulness.  It is an all encompassing eternity of life with another, and for this reason, your marriage must also be joyful.   

READING 

So we begin this wedding with a reading from Adam Sandler, in The Wedding Singer;

I wanna make you smile whenever you’re sad, carry you around when your arthritis is bad, all I wanna do is grow old with you. I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches, build you a fire if the furnace breaks, oh it could be so nice, growing old with you. I’ll miss you, kiss you, give you my coat when you are cold. Need you, feed you, even let you hold the remote control. So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink, put you to bed when you’ve had too much to drink, oh I could be the one who grows old with you, I wanna grow old with you.

VOWS

There are three words that are stronger than I love you. Today _____ and _____ stand together to say ‘I choose you’. Forsaking all others, I choose you to share happiness with. I choose you to grow with, and  to love forever.  I choose to remember that neither one of us is perfect, but strive to remind myself of the ways we are perfect for each other.  Through the pressures of the present and the uncertainties of the future, I choose to love, honor, respect and cherish you all the days of our lives.  

DECLARATION OF INTENT

 

Please face each other, and hold hands..

(to Groom/Person2:)   _____, Do you take _____ to be your wife/husband/spouse, your best friend and partner?  To live together, play together and laugh together?  To fill her/his/their heart and feed her/his/their soul for the rest of your days?

(Groom/Person1 says, “I DO”)

(to Bride/Person2:)  _____,  Do you take _____ to be your husband, your best friend and partner?  To live together, play together and laugh together?  To fill his/her/their heart and feed his/her/their soul for the rest of your days?

(Bride/Person1 says, “I DO”)

RING EXCHANGE (optional)

 

Rings are made of precious metal, but that same metal is also made precious by wearing them. Your wedding rings are special because they enhance who you already are. They are a sign of your long journey together. Your wedding ring is a circle, a symbol of love never ending, and a seal to the vows you have just taken.

____, placing the ring on her/his/their left hand, please repeat after me, “_____, with this ring, I thee wed”  

(Groom/Person2 recites to the Bride/Person1)

_____, placing the ring on his/her/their left hand, please repeat after me, “_____, with this ring, I thee wed.”  

(Bride.Person1 recites to the Groom/Person2)

PRONOUNCEMENT

By the power vested in me by the Universal Life Church and the State of _______,  I now pronounce you husband and wife / H&H / W&W / married partners for life. You may kiss your bride/husband/spouse/partner!

Spiritual with an Irish Blessing

Today,  _____ and _____ pledge their unconditional love, and dedicate themself to grow together throughout the seasons of life.  

You are twin flames who will surely challenge each other, and accept each other’s challenges.   In marriage, you are bound together.  Committed to supporting and respecting one another’s individual journey of growth and belief.  You will cherish your union and expand your love more with each passing day.  

VOWS

In the presence of God/The Creator/Mother Earth and these witnesses,  Do you, ________, take  ________ to be your wife/husband/spouse, your partner in life and your one true love, promising with Divine assistance to be a loving and faithful partner in return?

Groom/Person2 states, “I do.”

And do you, ________, take  ________ to be your husband/wife/spouse, your partner in life and your one true love, promising with Divine assistance to be a loving and faithful partner in return?   

Bride/Person1 states, “I do.”

RING EXCHANGE (optional)

Rings are made of precious metal, but that same metal is also made precious by wearing them. Your wedding rings are special because they enhance who you already are. They are a sign of your journey together. Your wedding ring is a circle, a symbol of love never ending, and a seal to the vows you have just taken.

________, placing the ring on her/his/their left hand, please repeat after me, “_______, with this ring, I thee wed”  

(Groom/Person2 recites to the Bride/Person1)

______, placing the ring on his/her/their left hand, please repeat after me, “______, with this ring, I thee wed.”  

(Bride/Person1 recites to the Groom/Person2)

IRISH BLESSING

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day;

May song birds serenade you every step along the way.

May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue,

And may happiness fill your heart each day, your whole life through.

PRONOUNCEMENT

By the power vested in me by the State of ___________,  I now pronounce you husband and wife /h&h/w&w/married partners for life. You may kiss your bride/husband/spouse!

Traditional, Religious

INTRO, With Prayer

We are gathered here today to unite _____ and _____ in holy matrimony. Marriage is an honorable estate, and is not to be entered into lightly, but reverently, advisedly, and with God’s blessing. Let us pray;

Heavenly Father, we gather to celebrate your gift of love, and its presence among us. We rejoice that these two people have chosen to commit themselves to a life of loving faithfulness to one another. We praise you, Lord, for the ways you have touched our lives with loving relationships. Renew within us an affectionate and loving spirit. Enrich our lives with the gracious gift of your love so that we may embrace others with that same light. In your loving arms we pray, Amen.

DEFINITION OF COMMITMENT (optional, can be omitted for a shorter ceremony)

Marriage is a joyous occasion. It is connected in our thoughts with the charm of love, the warmth of home, and with all that is pleasant, as being one of the most important events of our lives. Its sacredness and unity is the most significant and binding covenant known in human relations.

______ and _____, let me charge you both to remember that your future happiness is to be in mutual consideration, patience, kindness, confidence and affection. It is the duty of each of you to find your greatest joy in the company of the other; to remember that your love pledged today must remain undivided for a lifetime.

It is your duty, _____, to be to _____, a considerate, tender, faithful, and loving husband: to support, guide and cherish her in prosperity and trouble; to thoughtfully and carefully enlarge the place she holds in your life; to constantly show to her the tokens of your affection, to shelter her from danger, and to love her with an unchangeable love.

It is your duty, _____, to be to _____, a considerate, tender, faithful, and loving wife; to comfort, guide and cherish him in prosperity and trouble; to give to him the unfailing evidences of your affection; to continue making the place he holds in your heart, broader and deeper; to support him, value him and work with him to make your marriage the very best that it can be.

The vows you are about to take are not to be taken without careful thought, for in them you are committing yourselves exclusively to one another for as long as you both shall live.

WEDDING VOWS

It is now time to hold hands and pledge your love and your lives to each other.

_______, do you take ______ to be your wife/partner, 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, for as long as you both shall live?  (Groom/Person2 states, “I do.”) 

_______, do you take _______, to be your husband/partner, 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, for as long as you both shall live?  (Bride/Person1 states, “I do.”)

EXCHANGE OF RINGS (optional)

You will now exchange rings as a symbol of the lifelong commitment and abiding love which you have promised to each other.

________, please place the ring on _____’s finger, and repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness.

And _______, please place the ring on _____’s finger and repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE

_____ and _____, having witnessed your vows, by the authority vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife / married partners for life. You may now kiss (the bride)!