Good Afternoon. We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, the joining of two hearts in matrimony. In this ceremony, we will witness the joining of BRIDE/GROOM and GROOM/BRIDE in marriage.
If there is anyone present who has just cause why this couple should not be united in marriage, please speak now.
Who gives this WOMAN/MAN to be married to this MAN/WOMAN? * Someone will answer.
Today we will witness the joining of these two lives in marriage and partnership. For them, out of the routine of ordinary life, the extraordinary has happened. They met each other, fell in love and are finalizing it with their wedding today. Romance is fun, but true love is something far more and it is their desire to love each other for life and that is what we are celebrating now. A good marriage must be created. In marriage, it is the "little" things that become the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say, ”I love you" at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry or at least agreeing to table the discussion for a later agreed on time. It is standing together and facing the world no longer alone. It is speaking words of appreciation, and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways toward one another. It is having the capacity to be remorseful when a wrong has transpired, and to extend forgiveness and to forget when necessary. It is giving each other an environment in which each can grow without overshadowing the other by the insistence their own ways. It is a common search for the good and the beauty in all things. It is not only marrying the right person, but it is in being the right partner for the other person.
At this moment, BRIDE/GROOM and GROOM/BRIDE, I ask you to face each other and join hands…
GROOM/BRIDE, please look into BRIDE’s/GROOM’s eyes and repeat after me….
I, GROOM/BRIDE, take you, BRIDE/GROOM,
to be my lawful wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our friendship. I will love you today, tomorrow, and forever. I will trust you and honor you. I will laugh with you and I will cry with you. I will be beside you through the best of times and stand with you through the worst of times. I will be there throughout the difficult moments and celebrate with you the easy ones. Whatever may come, I will always be there together with you. As I have given you my hand to hold, so I also give you my life and my heart to keep always.
~~~~PROMISES (I Do’s) ~~~~~
I would ask that you always treat yourself and each other with respect, and to remind yourselves often of what brought you together today; to give the highest priority to the tenderness, the gentleness and the kindness that your marriage deserves; and when frustration and difficulties assail your marriage - as they do to every relationship at one time or another - focus on what still seems right between you two, not only the part that seems to be wrong. This way when clouds of trouble hide the sun from your lives, and you lose sight of it for a moment, you can remember that the sun is still there, just as is your love. And… if each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance, happiness and love.
So now I ask you, BRIDE/GROOM and GROOM/BRIDE, please turn again and join hands….
BRIDE/GROOM, do you take GROOM/BRIDE to be your wedded HUSBAND/WIFE? ("I do")
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect GROOM/BRIDE, denying all others and choosing only him as yours for life? (I do")
INSERTS FOR UNITY RITUALS HERE
Who has the rings? * Someone will answer. Officiant will take the rings.
The ring is a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love that is given freely, has no beginning and no end, no one giver and no one receiver, for each is the giver and each is the receiver. BRIDE/GROOM and GROOM/BRIDE, may these rings always remind you of the vows you have taken today and the love you share.
GROOM/BRIDE, please place this ring on BRIDE/GROOM's heart finger, speak your pledge to her by repeating after me….
I, GROOM/BRIDE, take you, BRIDE/GROOM,
to be my wedded WIFE/HUSBAND. To have and to hold,
for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health,
in joy and in sorrow, I promise my love to you.
I give this ring to you, and accept you as my WIFE/HUSBAND
for as long as we live.
BRIDE/GROOM and GROOM/BRIDE, to make your relationship work, will take love and understanding. This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today. It will take trust to know that in your hearts that what you truly want is what is best for each other. It will take dedication, to stay open in all ways to one another, and to learn and grow together. It will take faith to go forward together without knowing exactly what the future holds. And it will take a commitment to hold true to the journey that you both have pledged to take together today.
By the powers vested in me by the State of Florida, I now pronounce you married in the eyes of the world.
GROOM/BRIDE, you may kiss your BRIDE/GROOM!
Honored Guests, I would like to now introduce to you, for the first time,
this married couple: Mr. & Mrs. COUPLES NAME.