Welcome family, friends and loved ones. We are gathered here today surrounded by the beauty of creation of the sights and sounds of nature to celebrate the wedding of BRIDE and GROOM. You have come here from nearby and from far away to share in this commitment, to offer your love and support to their union, and to allow BRIDE and GROOM to start their married life together surrounded by the people dearest in their lives and those most important to them.
BRIDE and GROOM want to thank you for your presence here today. They ask for your blessings, encouragement, and lifelong support for their decision to be married. BRIDE and GROOM also remember other loved ones that they hold dear in their hearts who cannot be here to share this moment.
BRIDE and GROOM, marriage is the promise between two people who love each other, who trust that love, who honor one another as individuals in that togetherness, and who wish to spend the rest of their lives as one. It enables the two separate souls to share their desires, longings, dreams, memories, joys and sorrows and to help each other through all uncertainties of life. A strong marriage should nurture each of you as separate individuals and allows you to maintain your unique identity and grow in your own way through the years ahead. It is a safe haven for each of you to become your best self while together and you become better than ever could be alone.
BRIDE and GROOM, you are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of a deep trust. You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities and love. To make this relationship work takes more than love; it takes trust to know in your hearts that you want only the best for each other. It takes dedication to stay open to one another and to learn and grow even when it is difficult to do so. And it takes faith to go forward together without knowing what the future holds for you both.
~~~INSERT READING / SONG~~~
Bride and Groom sit or stand as they wish. (State something about friendship, how BRIDE and GROOM see friends as “chosen family” and the strength in lasting friendships and how they are
important to BRIDE and GROOM).
In that spirit their wedding today, a reading *SONG* will be done by GROOM’s childhood buddy, FRIEND 1 and FRIEND 2, a dear childhood friend of BRIDE.
A blessing for BRIDE and GROOM will be presented by CHOSEN PERSON
~~~ INTENT AND VOWS~~
BRIDE and GROOM, please join hands, look into each others’ eyes and remember this moment in time always…..
GROOM, please state your promise to BRIDE and repeat after me…
BRIDE, I take you as you are, I love who you are now and who you are yet to become. I promise from this day forward, to be grateful for our love and our life together. I will be generous with my time, my energy and my affection. I will be patient with you and with myself. I promise fill our life with adventure and our home with love and laughter. I will encourage you to grow as an individual and inspire you to do so. I will always love you completely. These things I pledge before you before our friends and our families.
BRIDE, please state your promise to GROOM and repeat after me…
GROOM, I take you as you are, I love who you are now and who you are yet to become. I promise from this day forward, to be grateful for our love and our life together. I will be generous with my time, my energy and my affection. I will be patient with you and with myself. I promise fill our life with adventure and our home with love and laughter. I will encourage you to grow as an individual and inspire you to do so. I will always love you completely. These things I pledge before you before our friends and our families.
GROOM, do you take BRIDE to be your wife? “I do.”
BRIDE, do you take GROOM to be your husband? “I do.”
~~~INSERT SONG / RITUAL~~~
~~~ GIVING OF RINGS~~~
Officiant: Please present the rings ….
Your wedding rings are a symbol of your promise to each another. The ring is an unbroken and never-ending circle, which is symbolizes your commitment and unending love.
GROOM, as you place this ring on BRIDE‘s heart finger, please repeat these words after me: This ring symbolizes my love for you, and the commitments I have made to you today.
BRIDE, as you place this ring on GROOM‘s heart finger, please repeat these words after me: This ring symbolizes my love for you, and the commitments I have made to you today.
~~~ INSERT FINAL BLESSING~~~
~~~CONCLUSION & PRONOUNCEMENT~~~
BRIDE and GROOM, you have come here today of your own free will and in the presence of family and friends, have declared your love and commitment to each other. You have given and received a ring as a symbol of your promises.
So…By the power of your love and commitment to each other and by the powers vested in me by the State of Florida, I now pronounce you husband and wife.
You may now seal your promises with your first kiss as husband and wife.
Congratulations! Friends and family, I now present to you the newly married couple…
Mr & Mrs GROOM NAME.