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(This non-denomination Christian ceremony takes about 9-17 minutes, depending upon whether you have unity candles, Rose ceremony etc. You may make changes if you wish.)

We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes to the words which shall unite _______________________ and ______________________ in marriage.

Should there be anyone who has cause why this couple should not be united in marriage, they must speak now or forever hold their peace.

(If the bride is escorted forward)

Who is it that brings this woman to this man?

(The father, children, relative etc. may give the bride away. He /they answer  "I do", "I do on behalf of her family and friends" etc. , This person then steps back and the groom takes the bride's hand.)

____________________ and _______________________ , life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is given to us by our family or by our friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of the greatest challenges of life - and is the shared goal of a married life.

VOWS

(Vows used unless other vows are wished. See  Alternative Vows. You may change the vows as you wish or write your own vows.)

(Groom ) ___________________, do you take ________________ to he your Wife? ("I do") Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her?  ("I do")

(Bride _____________________, do you take __________________ to be your Husband? ("I do") Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him?  ("I do")

(If rings are exchanged each does so before repeating the following vows - unless you wish other vows or do not wish to repeat)

Repeated Vows & Wedding Rings

"Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace and the unbroken circle of love, signifying to all the union of this man and this woman in marriage."

(Groom) I _____________, take thee , ________________ to be my Wife- 7o have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you forevermore.

(Bride)  I _________________ , take thee _______________, to be my Husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise My love to you forevermore.

(If there are children of either couple, sometimes couples will give a ring or small gift such as a necklace or ring to the child and say a short statement that they also are now part of the new family. I believe it very important to mention children's names in the ceremony, If you have minor children coming into the marriage, please provide their names so I will mention them as is appropriate.)

____________________________ and ___________________________ as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together - as from this day forward you shall be each other's home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect for each other.

Corinthians

"A marriage ceremony represents one of life's greatest commitments. But it also is a declaration of love. I wish to read to you what Paul wrote of love in a letter to the Corinthians. I believe it is a true model of love and it is a model of love I hope you pursue in your marriage:

"Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud.
Love is never haughty or selfish or rude.
Love does not demand it's own way. Love is not irritable or touchy. Love does not hold grudges and will hardly notice when others do it wrong.
Love is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.
If you love someone, you will be loyal to them no matter what the costs. You will always believe in them, always expect the best in them, and will always stand your ground in defending them."
 

(For more OLD& NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE VERSES RELATED TO WEDDINGS - click here)

PRAYER
(PRAYER if desired. You may alter this or replace it with another. Some couples will ask a family member to say a prayer.)

Dear Heavenly Father, (or "Oh Lord") our hearts are filled with great happiness on________________ and ____________________'s wedding day, as they come before You pledging their hearts and lives to one another. Grant that they may ever be true and loving, living together in such a way as to never bring shame or heartbreak into their marriage. Temper their hearts with kindness and understanding, rid them of all pretense or jealousy. Help them to remember to be each other's sweetheart, helpmate, best friend and guide, so that together they may meet the cares and problems of life more bravely. And with the passage of time, may they find great contentment in the rich joy of senior companionship. May the home they are creating today truly be a place of love and harmony, where Your Spirit is always present. Bless this marriage we pray and walk beside ____________ and ________________ throughout all of their lives together. We ask these things in Jesus name; Amen

UNITY CANDLES

(If unity candles are used - optional. If the Rose Ceremonyis used, it is placed after the unity candle ceremony or in place of it.)

____________________ and _____________________, the two separate candles symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. I ask that each of you take on of the lit candles and that together you light the center candle.

The individual candles represent your lives before today. Lighting the center candle represents that your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining together of your two families and sets of friends to one.
(You can also involve children in the unity candle ceremony - click here)

MUSIC
(For couples who are adding music to the ceremony, it is usually placed either here or after the vows are repeated earlier.)

ROSE CEREMONY : You may add the Rose Ceremony at this point if you wish)

________________________  and _________________________, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Holy Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the joining of your hands and the giving of these rings, I now declare you to be Husband and Wife.
Whom God hath joined together, let no one put asunder.
(Some couples add the benediction: "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance unto to you, and give you peace.")
Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.

It is my privilege to present to you Mr. & Mr. __________________________

Hon. Mark Ovard (972) 445-1329

Traditional Christian Ceremony

(This is a non-denomination, traditional Christian Ceremony that you may modify or add to. I conduct the ceremony in the legal capacity as an ordained Christian minister.)

We are gathered here today in the sight of God and angels, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite _____________and________________ in holy matrimony

Marriage is a most honorable estate, created and Instituted by God, signifying unto us the mystical union, which also exists between Christ and the Church; so too may this marriage be adorned by true and abiding love.

Should there be anyone who has cause why this couple should not be united in marriage, they must speak now or forever hold their peace. (You may delete this if you wish)

(If bride is escorted forward)

Who is it that brings this woman to this man? (If the father, he may answer  "her mother and I", "her father on behalf of the family"or simply "I do"He will place the  bride’s hand with the groom's and steps back.

______________and____________________ life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is give to us by our family and friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of life's greatest challenges and is the shared goal of  a married life.

But a husband and wife should not confuse love of worldly measures for even if worldly success is found, only love will maintain a marriage. Mankind did not create love; love is created by God. The measure of true love is a love both freely given and freely accepted, just as God's love of us is unconditional and free.

Today truly is a glorious day the Lord hath made - as today both of you are blessed with God's greatest of all gifts - the gift of abiding love and devotion between a man and a woman. All present here today - and those here in heart - wish both of you all the joy, happiness and success and the world has to offer.

As you travel through life together, I caution you to remember that the true measure of success, the true avenue to joy and peace, is to be found within the love you hold in your hearts. I would ask that you hold the key to your heart very tightly.

Within the Bible, nothing is of more importance that love. We are told the crystalline and beautiful truth: "God is Love". We are assured that "Love conquers all".  It is love, which brings you here today, the union of two hearts and two spirits. As your lives continue to interweave as one pattern, remember that it was love that brought you here today, it is love that will make this a glorious union, and it is love which will cause this union to endure.

VOWS

(You may selection other vows, pick for our different denomination vows, or write your own)

Would you please face each other and join hands.

(Groom ) ___________________do you take _________________to be your wife?

Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only to her forevermore? ("I do")

(Bride ) ________________do you take_________________ to be your Husband?

Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only to him forevermore? ("I do")

Reading from Corinthians

A marriage ceremony represents one of life's greatest commitments, but also is a declaration of love. I wish to read to you what Paul wrote of love in a letter to the Corinthians a long time ago. I believe this is a true model of love, and it is a model of love I would hope you both would pursue in your marriage:

" Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels - but do not have love, I am only sounding brass or tinkling cymbals. Though I have the gift of prophecy and understanding all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains – but do not have love, I am nothing. Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Love endures and is kind. Love is not envious or jealous. Love wants not itself, is not puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not its own, it is not easily provoked, and thinks no evil. Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness - but in the truth.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails.

Where there are prophecies, they shall fail, where there be tongues, they shall cease, where there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when that which is perfect is come, that which is part shall be done away with.

When I was a child I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child. When I became an adult, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly - as in a mirror - but then we shall see face to face. At present I know partially, then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain- these three- but the greatest of these is love.

(For more OLD& NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE VERSES RELATED TO WEDDINGS - click here)

(Vows to be repeated)

(you may change these vows or write your own)

[Groom] I,________________ take thee _________________, to be my wife. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you forevermore.

[Bride ] I,___________________ take thee ________________ to be my Husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you forevermore.

Exchange of Rings

(rings are not required for a marriage ceremony)

Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace, signifying to all the uniting of this man and this woman in marriage.

(Bride and Groom will repeat these vows as they place the ring on the other’s finger:)

"With this ring, I thee wed. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

             (If a song is being sung, it is often added at this point)
 

Reading from Ephesians (Some couples delete this passage from the ceremony)

In Ephesians, the relationship between husband and wife is compared to between Christ and the church:

" Submit yourselves one to another as the fear of God. Wives, show reverence for your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church and He is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own Husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wife, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word; that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkles or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own body; He that loves his wife loves himself.
For no man ever yet hateth his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
For this cause shall man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is a profound one and I am saying this as it refers to Christ and the Church; however, let husband love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respect her husband."

(For more OLD& NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE VERSES RELATED TO WEDDINGS - click here)

Charge to the Couple

______________________ and ___________________ as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together - as from this day forward you shall be each other's home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect.

PRAYER
(If there are minor children coming into the marriage, it is important they be mentioned in the prayer - See adding  children to the prayer. Please provide their names – write the names in the side margin.)

" Dear heavenly Father (or "Oh Lord"), our hearts are filled with great happiness on _____________ and _________________’s wedding day, as they come before You pledging their hearts and lives to one another. Grant that they may be ever true and loving, living together is such a way as to never bring shame or heartbreak into their marriage. Temper their hearts with kindness and understanding, rid them of all pretense of jealousy. Help them to remember to be each other's sweetheart, helpmate, friend and guide, so that together they may meet the cares and problems of life more bravely. And with the passage of time, may the home they are creating today, truly be a place of love and harmony, where your spirit is ever present.
Bless this union we pray, and walk beside _________________ and ________________ throughout all their lives together. We ask these things in Jesus name; AMEN

(Some couples will have the minister ask guests to join in the Lord’s Prayer or it may be sung or played in tape – CD. Other couples will ask someone else to read the prayer above or say their own prayer.)

UNITY CANDLES
(If unity candles are used – optional – it will be at this point in the ceremony)

"___________________ and ________________ the two lighted candies symbolize your separate lives, your separate families and your separate sets of friends. I ask that you each take one candle and that together you light the center candle.
The individual candies represent your individual lives before today. Lighting the center candle represents that your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining together of your two families and sets of friends to one."
(You can also involve children in the unity candle ceremony - click here)

Rose Ceremony may be added at this point
(The Rose Ceremony is a special addition found on in these materials. If it is used, it is added at this point in the ceremony.)

Pronouncement as Husband & Wife
____________________ and ___________________in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the giving of these rings and the joining of your hands, I now declare you to be husband and wife.

BENEDICTION (may be deleted if you wish:)
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance unto you, and give you peace.

Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.

I present to you Mr. and Mrs. ____________________________.
(After the couple have exited, I will thank everyone for coming on the Bride and Groom’ behalf and make any reception announcements you wish.

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BRIEF ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
(This it a brief elopement ceremony - shortest non religious ceremony - only about 5 minutes - but still more meaningful than an courthouse wedding.

 

You may add a PRAYER and/or Bibleverse however if you wish a brief Christian elopement ceremony- pick your own or from this material. Or the Apacheor Cherokee Blessing... or any other changed. You are welcome to make any changes, deletions or additions to this ceremony.)
 

___________ & __________, today you celebrate one of life's greatest moments and give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, as you join together in vows of marriage.

(Vows used unless other vows are wished. You may change the vows as you wish)

(Groom ___________________, do you take ________________ to he your Wife? ("I do") Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her? ("I do")

(Bride _____________________ , do you take __________________ to be your Husband? ("I do") Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him?  ("I do")
 

(If rings are exchanged each does so before repeating the following vows - unless you wish other vows or do not wish to repeat vows. It is not required to repeat vows.) Rings are NOT required)

(Groom) ,I _____________, take thee, ________________ to be my Wife- To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you. (With this ring, I thee wed.)

(Bride),  I _________________ , take thee _______________, to be my husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise My love to you. (With this ring, I thee wed.)

____________________________ and ___________________________, just as two very different threads woven in opposite directions can form a beautiful tapestry, so can your two lives merge together to form a very beautiful marriage. To make your marriage work will take love. Love should be the core of your marriage, love is the reason you are here. But it also will take trust - to know in your hearts you want the best for each other. It will take dedication - to stay open to one another; to learn and to grow together even when this is not always so easy to do. It will take faith - to always be willing to go forward to tomorrow, never really knowing what tomorrow will bring. And it will take commitment - to hold true to the journey you both now pledge to share together.

(Some couples will add the "Standard Christian Ceremony Prayer" to make this a Christian ceremony. This adds about 2 minutes. Others add their favorite song, reading or poem at this point. Others will add Unity Candles or the Rose Ceremony. )

________________________  and _________________________, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, I now declare you to be Husband and Wife.

Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.

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Civil Wedding Ceremony

(This ceremony takes 8-15 minutes, depending upon whether you have unity candles, Rose ceremony , other readings etc.

We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes to the words which shall unite_______________________ and ____________________________ in marriage.

Should there be anyone who has cause why this couple should not be united in marriage, they must speak now or forever hold their peace.

(If the bride is escorted forward)

Who is it that brings this woman to this man?

(The father, children, relative etc. may give the bride away. He /they answer  "I do", This person then steps back and the groom takes the bride's hand.)

____________________ and _______________________ , I would ask that you both remember to treat yourself and each other with respect, and remind yourself often of what brought you together today. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your marriage deserves. When frustration and difficulty assail your marriage - as they do to every relationship at one time or another - focus on what still seems right between you, not only the part that seems wrong. This way, when clouds of trouble hide the sun in your lives and you lose sight of it for a moment, you can remember that the sun is still there. And if each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.

VOWS

(Vows used unless other vows are wished. See Alternative vows. You may change the vows as you wish or write your own.)

(Groom ________________, do you take _______________ to he your Wife? ("I do") Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her forevermore?
("I do")

(Bride ________________, do you take __________________ to be your Husband? ("I do") Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him forevermore? "(I do")

REPEATED VOWS

(If rings are exchanged each does so before repeating the following vows - unless you wish other vows or do not wish to repeat vows. It is not required that a couple exchange rings.)

(Groom) I _____________, take thee, ________________ to be my Wife- To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, in joy and sorrow and I promise my love to you.

If Rings are exchanged - ("With this ring, I take you as my wife, for as long as we both shall live")

(Bride ) I _________________, take thee ______________, to be my Husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health , for richer or for poorer, in joy and sorrow, and I promise My love to you.

If Rings are exchanged - ("With this ring, I take you as my husband, for as long as we both shall live.")

(If there are children of either couple, sometimes couples will give a ring or small gift such as a necklace or ring to the child and say a short statement that they also are now part of the new family. I believe it very important to mention children's names in the ceremony, If you have minor children coming into the marriage, please provide their names so I will mention them as is appropriate.)

____________________________ and ___________________________ as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together - as from this day forward you shall be each other's home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect for each other.

Just as two threads woven in opposite directions will form a most beautiful tapestry, so too can your two lives merged together make a beautiful marriage. To make your relationship work will take love. This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today. It will take trust , to know in your hearts that you truly want the best for each other. It will take dedication, to stay open to one another - and to learn and grow together. It will take faith, to go forward together without knowing exactly what the future brings. And it will take commitment, to hold true to the journey you both pledge today to share together.

(If unity candles are used - optional. If the Rose Ceremony is used, it is placed after the unity candle ceremony or in place of it.)

UNITY CANDLE CEREMONY (this is not required)

____________________ and _____________________, the two separate candles symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. I ask that each of you take on of the lit candles and that together you light the center candle.

The individual candles represent your lives before today. Lighting the center candle represents that your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining together of your two families and sets of friends to one.

(You can also involve children in the unity candle ceremony - click here)

(For couples who are adding music to the ceremony, it is usually placed either here or after the vows are repeated earlier.)

(THE ROSE CEREMONY MAY BE ADDED AT THIS POINT IF YOU WISH. This beautiful addition is on this site.)

________________________  and _________________________, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the joining of your hands and the giving of these rings, I now declare you to be Husband and Wife.
Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.

It is my privilege to present to you Mr. & Mrs. _______________________________

(If a large gathering, after the wedding party has exited, I will thank all for coming on your behalf and make any reception announcements that you wish.)

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CONTEMPORARY NON RELIGIOUS CEREMONY

(This is a contemporary, non religious ceremony. You may change it anyway you wish or construct your own ceremony)

(Opening Words

Good afternoon (morning/evening)! We are gathered here today, not to witness the beginning of what will be, but rather what already is! We do not create this marriage, because we cannot. We can and do, however, celebrate with __________________ and ___________ and their friends and families the wondrous and joyful occurrence that has already taken place in their lives.

So let the ceremony begin!

(The Celebration Of Marriage)

Marriage is a supreme sharing of experience, and an adventure in the most intimate of human relationships. It is the joyous union of two people whose comradeship and mutual understanding have flowered in romance. Today ___________ and__________ proclaim their love and commitment to the world, and we gather here to rejoice, with and for them, in the new life they now undertake together.

The joy we feel now is a solemn joy, because the act of marriage has many consequences, both social and personal. Marriage requires "love," a word we often use with vagueness and sentimentality. We may assume that love is some rare and mystical event, when in fact it is our natural state of being.

So what do we mean by love? When we love, we see things other people do not see. We see beneath the surface, to the qualities which make our beloved special and unique. To see with loving eyes, is to know inner beauty . And to be loved is to be seen, and known, as we are known to no other. One who loves us, gives us a unique gift: a piece of ourselves, but a piece that only they could give us.

We who love, can look at each other's life and say, "I touched his life," or, "I touched her life," just as an artist might say, "I touched this canvas." "Those brushstrokes in the comer of this magnificent mural, those are mine. I was a part of this life, and it is a part of me." Marriage is to belong to each other through a unique and diverse collaboration, like two threads crossing in different directions, yet weaving one tapestry together.

The secret of love and marriage is similar to that of religion itself. It is the emergence of the larger self. It is the finding of one's life by losing it. Such is the privilege of husband and wife - to be each himself, herself and yet another; to face the world strong, with the courage of two.

To make this relationship work, therefore, 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, 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. While love is our natural state of being, these other qualities are not as easy to come by. They are not a destination, but a journey.

The true art of married life is in this an inner spiritual journey. It is a mutual enrichment, a give and take between two personalities, a mingling of two endowments which diminishes neither, but enhances both.

I would like to read to you a poem about this mingling, called "Married Love," which was written by a medieval poet about seven hundred years ago. In the English translation, it reads:

You and I
Have so much love,
That it burns like a fire,
In which we bake a lump of clay
Molded into a figure of you
And a figure of me.
Then we take both of them.
And break them into pieces,
And mix the pieces with water,
And mold again a figure of you And a figure of me.
I am in your clay.
You are in my clay.
In life we share a single quilt,
In death we will share one coffin.

As the poem shows us, mingling in marriage is a mutual dedication, a cooperative venture in every sense. It is a relationship based on love, respect, and a determination by both partners to adjust to each other and support one another, in health and in sickness, in joy and in sadness, in ease and in hardship.

(SOME COUPLES WILL REPLACE THE ABOVE "MARRIED LOVE" with " THE PROPHET " - see Special Readings Section)

Through this co-operation, we give ourselves, our lives and love. into the hands of the one we love. We do so trustingly and generously. And so, each of us receives a gift: the life and love of the other. We receive this gift, not only from the one we love, but also from the parents who brought us into the world, and from our friends and families as well.

And so as _______________ and _________________s friends and family, we are here to share with them this joy and hope, and to see them off on the path they will walk together. May it be a path of blessedness, bright with flowers of prosperity and spiritual awakening; a path of ever deepening, ever broadening love that they will travel, arm in arm. through out eternity.

                     (The Commitment)

_______________ and _______________ this celebration is the outward token of your sacred and inward union of hearts, which the church and temple may bless, and the state make legal, but which neither state nor church can create nor annul. It is a union created by your loving purpose and kept by your abiding will. It is in this spirit and for this purpose that you have come here to be joined together.

VOWS

                                               (You may pick other vows or write your own)

______________ (Groom) , will you have this woman to be thy wedded wife, to live together in marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, and honor her, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, so long as you both shall live?

I Will!

_______________  (Bride) you take this man to be thy wedded husband, to live together in marriage? Will you love him, comfort him. and honor him, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, so long as you both shall live?

I Will!

(Ceremony of the Rings)

Traditionally, the marking- of the passage to tile status of husband and wife is marked by the exchange of rings. These rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no giver and no receiver for each is the giver and each is the receiver. May these rings always remind you of the vows you have taken.

(Each places the ring on the other’s finger and repeats this simple vow:)

"With this ring, I thee wed."
Apache Blessing

We will close with an Apache Blessing:
(Alternatively, you could use the Cherokee Prayer - Click here)

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for each other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth for the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before.
Go now to your dwelling to enter into the days of your life together.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

________________ and _________________, remember to treat both yourself and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.

Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty or fear assail your relationship – as they threatened all relationships at one time or another – remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part that seems wrong.

In this way, you can ride out the times when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there.

And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your lives together, your life together will be marked by abundance and delight.

(The Unity Candle and/or The Rose Ceremony may be added at this point if you wish. Both are included on other sheets of the material sent to you. You also may add the Cherokee Wedding Prayer - from the "SPECIAL READINGS " section.

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PRONOUNCEMENT

Inasmuch as you have consented together in this ceremony to live in wedlock and have sealed your vows in the presence of this company and by the giving of these rings, it gives me great pleasure to pronounce that you are Husband and Wife.

Congratulations, you make kiss!

(Recessional)

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MARRIAGE CEREMONY
PREPARED BY REVEREND PAUL E. NICHOLS

We are assembled here in the presence of God and these witnesses to celebrate the joining of this man and this woman in the unity of marriage. There are no obligations on earth more sweet or tender than those you are about to assume. There are no vows more solemn than those you are about to make. There is no human institution more sacred than that of the home you are about to form. True marriage is the holiest of all earthly relationships. It should be entered into reverently, thoughtfully, and with full understanding of it’s sacred nature. Marriage to be complete must first be spiritual. From this inner state of conscious unity in FAITH, LOVE, THOUGHT, PURPOSE, PLAN AND ACTION, there comes the outer state corresponding to it, making the outer, like the inner, peaceful and harmonious. The state of matrimony is true marriage only when based on this deep, invisible union of two souls who seek to find completion in one another. Do you understand this?

Today your separate lives with their individual memories, desires, and hopes merge into one. Will you bring to this new life each for the sake of the other, the best that you have in you, seeking to express your life together, each at the highest level of his own understanding?

***** OPTIONAL Who gives this woman in marriage?

Will you please face each other and join hands? G______, will you take this woman, whose hands you hold, choosing her alone to be your wedded wife? Will you live with her in the state of true matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor her at all times, and be faithful to her? B______, will you take this man, whose hands you hold, to be your wedded husband? Will you live with him, comfort him, honor him at all times, and be faithful to him?

As you take these preliminary vows, G______ and B______, I would have you remember: To love is to enter a whole New World, a world of togetherness, a world of sharing.... All that is dearest and deepest within your hearts.

To love is to remember and keep alive forever all those unique qualities that drew you to one another in the beginning.... Those first halting phrase...the thrill of discovery.... That wonderful feeling of oneness when your eyes met.

To love is to constantly search for new ways to bring each other to happiness, to make the most of every moment you share together, and marvel at how your feelings for one another keep rising to new dimensions.

To love is to create an oasis of tranquility for one another and a quiet place, apart from others, where you need not pretend...where you can be yourselves.... And know within your hearts, you will be accepted by one another. To love is to greet each day with anticipation...Always eager for another opportunity to share new adventures...And gather up new memories TOGETHER!

To love is to follow the rainbow through the rain, to be able to laugh at yourselves and be willing to say...."I was wrong, I'm sorry"...To forgive, and more importantly, to FORGET, and to always believe and trust in one another.

To love is to watch with wonder all the miracles of creation, to find beauty in all the simple things of life, and to find, within ourselves, a deeper appreciation and a new awareness of how wonderful it is to be alive...To be happy...To be…TOGETHER.

To love is to come together from the pathways of our past and then move forward...Hand in hand, along the uncharted roads of our future, ready to risk, to dream, and to dare.... And always believe that all things are possible with faith and love.

***** OPTIONAL: THE PROPHET (SEE BELOW)

Will you repeat after me: .I G______, take you B______ to be my wife, to love and cherish, from this day forward, and thereto pledge you my faith, I, B______, take you G______, to be my husband, to love and to cherish, from this day forward, and thereto pledge you my faith.

I understand you have brought rings as a token of your sincerity?

***** OPTIONAL (Ask guests to join in the blessing – each in his own way)

Bless O God, this ring, that he who gives it and she who wears it may ever abide in thy peace, living together in unity, in love, and in happiness, and with good purpose do thy will. Amen.

This ring is a symbol of the unbroken unity of truth now to be symbolized in your married life.

G______, will you repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed. Let it ever be to us a symbol of our love. 1.

Bless O God, this ring, that she who gives it and he who wears it may ever abide in thy peace, LIVING together in unity, in love and happiness, and with good purpose do thy will. Amen.

This ring again is a symbol of the unbroken unity of truth now to be symbolized in your married life.

B_______, will you repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed. Let it ever be to us a symbol of our love.

.***** OPTIONAL The lighting of the Unity Candle is symbolic of the two separate Souls coming together as One and of the two families supporting this new couple. (This is a good place for a SPECIAL SONG to be played)

***** CHILDREN’S VOWS (SEE BELOW)

And now I'll share these closing thoughts: That you love each other with an encompassing spectrum of love...That there be expressions of love in words and actions as well as in comforting silence...That there be interest in nurturing concern for each other's happiness and well being…. That your love be broad enough to accept the family and friends of each other and that they accept your love... That you be mindful of each other's needs with honest effort of fulfillment...to TALK when the other needs to hear...to LISTEN when the other needs to be heard...to TOUCH when the other needs touching...to HOLD when the other needs to be held. To understand solitude when the other needs to be alone. And that you may make living space for each other's humanness, with both its strengths and frailties...That you have tenderness in your strength and yet find strength in tenderness itself...That you open yourselves to that Divine Love which has woven the tapestry of your union, and that you honor the Infinite Weaver with FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE, these three, knowing that the greatest of these is LOVE. Will you accept this challenge?

***** OPTIONAL (I have some advice for you to remember. The way to have a long happy marriage: When you're wrong promptly admit it! When you're right, Please God, JUST forget it!)

Let us all join together in prayer. Eternal Spirit, Life, Truth, and Substance of All, with whom to be in conscious union is joy, and from whom to feel separated is darkness, (OPTIONAL start here - Heavenly Father) may this man and this woman, who have entered into this spiritual union, always be conscious of Thy indwelling presence. May they be one with each other as they are even now with thee? May they rejoice in perfect love and peace together, and live always in accord with the true law of their Divine Being. Amen.

*****(Optional benediction) APACHE PRAYER OF BENEDICTION

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no loneliness for you now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place, to enter into the days of your togetherness, and may your days be good and long together. Amen.

In as much as you, G_____, and you B______, have consented together in the union of matrimony and you have pledged your faith each to the other in the presence of God and this company, now by the authority vested in me as a minister, I now pronounce you HUSBAND AND WIFE!

YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE!

***** OPTIONAL (Rose Service –SEE BELOW)

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I NOW PRESENT TO YOU

MR. & MRS. ______________

THIS COMPLETE SERVICE TAKES NO MORE THAN 15 MINUTES and can be shortened depending on how many attendants and how much music you have. The shortened version would be about 10 minutes.

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SHORT MARRIAGE CEREMONY
By Rev. Paul E. Nichols

Dearly beloved, we are assembled here in the presence of God and these witnesses to celebrate the joining of this man and this woman in the unity of marriage. There are no obligations on earth sweeter or tender than those you are about to assume. There are no vows more solemn than those you are about to make. There is no human institution more sacred than that of the home you are about to form. True marriage is the holiest of all earthly relationships. The state of matrimony is based this deep, invisible union of two souls who seek to find completion in one another. Do you understand this? (Respond by yes, nodding, etc.)

***** OPTIONAL Who gives this woman in marriage?

Will you please face each other and join hands?

G______, will you take this woman, whose hands you hold, choosing her alone to be your wedded wife? Will you live with her in the state of true matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, honor her at all times, and be faithful to her?

B______, will you take this man, whose hands you hold, choosing him alone to be your wedded husband? Will you live with him in the state of true matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, honor him at all times, and be faithful to him?

As you take these preliminary vows, G______ and B______, I would have you remember:

To love is to come together from the pathways of our past and then move forward...Hand in hand, along the uncharted roads of our future, ready to risk, to dream, and to dare.... And always believe that all things are possible with faith and love in God, and in each other.

*****OPTIONAL (Continuation, if you wish to recite to each other, otherwise leave out)

Will you repeat after me?

I G______, take you B______ to be my wife, to love and cherish, from this day forward, and thereto pledge you my faith,

I, B______, take you G______, to be my husband, to love and to cherish, from this day forward, and thereto pledge you my faith.

I understand you have brought rings as a token of your sincerity?

*****OPTIONAL Blessing of rings:( May be omitted if desired)

Bless O God these rings, that each gives, receives, and wears as a token of the covenant between them and God, and may they ever abide in thy peace, living together in unity, in love, and in happiness, and with good purpose do thy will. Amen.

G______, will you repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed. Let it ever be to us a symbol of our love.

B_______, will you repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed. Let it ever be to us a symbol of our love.

In as much as you, G_____, and you B______, have consented together in the union of matrimony and you have pledged your faith each to the other in the presence of God and this company, now by the authority vested in me as a minister, I now pronounce you HUSBAND AND WIFE!

YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE!

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I NOW PRESENT TO YOU MR. & MRS. ______________

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Jewish Marriage Ceremony

(This is a full Jewish ceremony rich in the traditional spirituality of a Jewish marriage ceremony combined with consistent romantic language. The Benedictions or other spiritual language is in strict accordance with the guildelines of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. However, the wording of the ceremony does not imply officiation by a Rabbi or Jewish officiant. This ceremony should not be used to replace officiation by a Rabbi - but instead it is an emergency fill-in ceremony or when a Rabbi is impossible to obtain due to date and time.
There are subtle language choice changes allowing attendance by non-Jewish guests without hypocracy. The ceremony uncompromisingly declares the Bride and Groom ascribe to the faith of Israel and that the ceremony is fully in reverence to the Jewish faith. However, it does not declare all attending are of the Jewish faith to allow comfortable attendance and participation by all.
The language also is altered without change to spiritual substance to allow it to be more understandable to younger guests - such as lessening usage of "eth" endings to words.
Also added are popular rituals found in most weddings such as the giving away of the bride, presenting the bride and groom as "Mr." and "Mrs". and other popular marriage ceremony rites not contradicting to a formal and otherwise traditional Jewish marriage ceremony. Further down this page you can find the 'breaking of the bottle".
Note, in a Jewish ceremony, the bride stands on the man's Right side and rings are worn on the right hand traditionally.

Editing and comment by the Hon. Mark Ovard

THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY

(Officiant motions guests to stand as the bride enters if there is a processional)

We are gathered here today to celebrate on of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes to the words which shall unite ________________ and _____________ in marriage.

(If bride is escorted forward)

Who is it that brings this woman forward to this man?
("Her mother and I", "I do", "Her father". or "I do on behalf of the family".)

_______________  and ___________, life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is given to us by our family and friends - we learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of the greatest challenges of life; and it is the shared goal of a married life.

But we also must remember that it is not mankind which created love, but God who created love.
Blessed art thou, O Lord God, creator of all things.

(Ist marriage vows)

(Groom) Do you ____________, take _______ to be your wife? ("I do"). Do you promise to love, cherish and protect her, whether in good fortune or in adversity, and to seek with her a life hallowed by the faith of Israel? ("I do")

(Bride) Do you ____________, take _______ to be your husband? ("I do"). Do you promise to love, cherish and protect him, whether in good fortune or in adversity, and to seek with him a life hallowed by the faith of Israel? ("I do")

(The Benediction)

May the bride and groom now recieve the benediction -

"Blessed art Thou O Lord God, Ruler of the Universe, Creator of Man.

"Blessed art Thou O Lord God, Ruler of the Universe, Who hast fashioned us in Thine own image and who established marriage for the fullfillment and perpetuation of life in accordance with Thy holy purpose. "Blessed art Thou O Lord God, Creator of man.

"Blessed art Thou O Lord God, Ruler of the Universe, Who art the source of all gladness and joy. Through Thy grace we attaoin affection, companionship, love and peace. Grant that the love which unites this man and woman my grow in abiding happiness. May their family be ennobled through their devotion to the faith of Israel. May there be peace in their home, quietness and confidence in their hearts. May they be sustained by Thy comforting presense in the midst of our people and Thy promise of salvation of all mankind.

"Blessed art Thou O Lord God, Ruler of the Universe, Who dost unite this man and this woman in the holy joy of martrimony.
          Amen"

JEWISH CEREMONY WINE RITUAL

(If wine is presented to the Bridegroom and his Bride..)

"As you have shared the wine from this cup, so may you, under God's guidance, draw contentment, confort and strength from the cup of life. May you find life's joys heightened, it's bitterness sweetened, and all things hallowed by true companionship and love."

(Exchange of rings)

(Groom) __________ , as you place this ring upon the finger of __________, speak to her these vows:
" With this ring/ be thou consecrated unto me/ as my wife/ according to the law of God / and the faith of Israel."
 

(Bride) __________ , as you place this ring upon the finger of __________, speak to her these vows:
" With this ring/ be thou consecrated unto me/ as my wife/ according to the law of God / and the faith of Israel."

Charge to the Couple

____________________________ and ___________________________ as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together - as from this day forward you shall be each other's home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect for each other.
 

(If a mixed marriage using acceptable components from multiple ceremonies, this may be an appropriate charge to stress that strength of faith of both - not surrender of faith by both - is where true oneness and respect is found - for which this is an ALTERNATIVE CHARGE TO COUPLES:

Just as two threads woven in opposite directions will form a most beautiful tapestry, so too can your two lives merged together make a beautiful marriage. To make your relationship work will take love. This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today. It will take trust , to know in your hearts that you truly want the best for each other. It will take dedication, to stay open to one another - and to learn and grow together. It will take faith, to go forward together without knowing exactly what the future brings. And it will take commitment, to hold true to the journey you both pledge today to share together.

    "Blessed out Thou O Lord God, who sanctifiest Thy people Israel by the covenant of marriage.
    In the presence of this company as witness, you have spoken the words and preformed the rites which unit your loves. I therefore declare __________ and _________ married not in accordances with the laws of the State of ___________, but also married publicly and before this company according to the rich traitions of the Jewish faith.

Special Request for Bless

    "Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
    O God, supremely blessed, supreme in might and glory, guide and bless this bridegroom and bride.
     Unto thee, O God and Father, we lift our souls in praise.
    All of creation declares Thy glory; through man, fashioned in Thine image, Thou hast revealed Thy majesty. Winthin the heart of all people, Thou hast implanted the ennobling influences of love and devotion. Thou Who art the Source of life and of joy, bless this marriage and covenant which ________ and ___________ have sealed in Thy name.
    Be with them in this sacred hour, in all things of their marriage, and in all the days to come.
            Amen"

Silent Prayer

    I ask you and all your dear ones to bow your heads in reverence. Silently pray that God will bless the home of ______________ and _____________ and that they each, and together, may achieve their highest hopes.

(After short pause)

"May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance unto to you, and give you peace.
            Amen")

Congratulations, you may kiss your bride!

(If the bottle is to be broken, it is done at this point - just before kissing the bride. The best man places the bottle (usually I light bulb well wrapped in a white cloth at the groom's feet. It is appropriate for guests to applaud upon the breaking of the bottle.)

It is my privilege to be the first to present Mr. _______________ and Mrs. _________________

(After the bridal party has exited, I will thank all in attendance on behalf of the bride, groom and their families, make any reception announces you wish, and then release the guests).

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The Rose Ceremony
The Rose Ceremony may be added to any other ceremony

In the Rose Ceremony, the Bride and Groom give each other a Rose. Two roses are all that is necessary. If you have children coming into the ceremony, you may have a rose for each of them too - see " Ways to Involve Children" Section. The Rose Ceremony is placed at the end of the ceremony just before being pronounced husband and wife.

<>In more elegant days, flowers were used as a means of communication. Each Flower had a special meaning. In the old language of flowers, a single red rose always meant "I love you". The Rose ceremony gives recognition to the new and most honorable title of "Husband and Wife".
This ceremony originates in a classic rose ceremony from a lost and elegant age. Though the words of the classic Rose ceremony long ago lost, this ceremony was rewritten by the Hon. Mark Ovard explaining the true meaning of the ceremony - and in ways that can endure through your married life together - this is a unique and meaningful addition to any marriage ceremony - that also inspires your guests too.  

Words of the Rose Ceremony:
"Your gift to each other for your wedding today has been your wedding rings - which shall always be an outward demonstration of your vows of love and respect; and a public showing of your commitment to each other.
You now have what remains the most honorable title which may exist between a man and a woman - the title of "husband" and "wife." For your first gift as husband and wife, that gift will be a single rose.
In the past, the rose was considered a symbol of love and a single rose always meant only one thing - it meant the words "I love you." So it is appropriate that for your first gift - as husband and wife - that gift would be a single rose.
Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife.
(Sometimes a couple will play a special song at this point).
In some ways it seems like you have not done anything at all. Just a moment ago you were holding one small rose - and now you are holding one small rose. In some ways, a marriage ceremony is like this. In some ways, tomorrow is going to seem no different than yesterday. But in fact today, just now, you both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life - one I hope you always remember - the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage. 
_________ and _____________, I would ask that where ever you make your home in the future - whether it be a large and elegant home - or a small and graceful one - that you both pick one very special location for roses; so that on each anniversary of this truly wonderful occasion you both may take a rose to that spot both as a recommitment to your marriage - and a recommitment that THIS will be a marriage based upon love. 
In every marriage there are times where it is difficult to find the right words. 
It is easiest to hurt who we most love. It is easiest to be most hurt by who we most love. 
It might be difficult some time to words to say "I am sorry" or "I forgive you"; "I need you" or "I am hurting". If this should happen, if you simply can not find these words, leave a rose at that spot which both of you have selected - for that rose than says what matters most of all and should overpower all other things and all other words. 
That rose says the words: "I still love you." 
The other should accept this rose for the words which can not be found, and remember the love and hope that you both share today. 
__________ and ________, if there is anything you remember of this marriage ceremony, it is that it was love that brought you here today, it is only love which can make it a glorious union, and it is by love which your marriage shall endure." 

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You may write any vows that you wish , use one of those below, or the one in the ceremony you picked. Sometimes a couple will write a short statement to say to each other in the ceremony. Remember, a marriage is a promise that you make to each other so the vows should reflect the commitment and promise you are making to each other.  You do not have to write your own vows if you do not wish to and may simply use the vows already in the ceremony.

Below are the traditional vows of various denominations. The subtle distinction between them are insightful and reflect the flavor of each denomination.)


BAPTIST VOWS:

"Will you, _______, have _____ to be your wife/husband? Will you love her/him, comfort and keep her/him, and forsaking all other remain true to him/her as long as you both shall live?" ("I will")

(Repeat) "I, ________, take thee ______, to be my wife/husband, and before God and these witnesses I promise to be a faithful and true wife/husband."

(Rings) "With this ring I thee wed, and all my worldly goods I thee endow. In sickness and in health, in poverty or in wealth, 'til death do us part."

CATHOLIC VOWS:

" _______, will you take _____ here present, for your lawful wife/husband according to the rite of our Holy Mother, the Catholic Church?" ("I will")

(Repeat) "I, ________, take you ______, for my wife/husband, to have an d to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part."

(Rings) "With this ring I thee wed, and pledge thee my troth.."

LUTHERAN VOWS:

"_________, wilt thou have this woman/man to be thy wedded wife/husband to live together after God’s ordinance in the Holy Estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her/him, comfort her/him, honor and keep her/him as long as ye both shall live?" ("I will")

(Repeat) "I, ________, take thee ______, to be my wife/husband, and pledge thee my troth, so long as ye both shall live?"

(Rings) "Receive this ring as a token of wedded love and faith."

METHODIST VOWS:

"_________, wilt thou have this woman/man to be thy wedded wife/husband to live together after God’s ordinance in the Holy Estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her/him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others keep thee only unto her/him, so long as ye both shall live? ("I will")

(Repeat) "I, ________, take thee ______, to be my wife/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, till death do us part, and thereto I pledge thee my faith."

(Rings) "In token and pledge of the vow between us made, with this ring I thee wed; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

PRESBYTERIAN VOWS:

"_______, wilt thou have this woman/man to be thy wife/husband, and wilt thou pledge thy faith to her/him, in all love and honor, in all duty and service, in all faith and tenderness, to live with her/hi, and cherish her/him, according to the ordinance of God, in the holy bond of marriage?" ("I will")

(Repeat) "I, ________, take thee ______, to be my wedded wife/husband, and I do promise and covenant, before God and these witnesses, to be thy loving and faithful wife/husband; in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live."

(Rings) "This ring I give thee, in token and pledge, of our constant faith and abiding love."

EPISCOPAL VOWS:

"_______, wilt thou have this woman/man to be thy wedded wife/husband to live together after God’s ordinance in the Holy Estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her/him? Comfort her/him, honor and keep her/her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others keep thee only unto him/her as long as you both shall live? " ("I will")

(Repeat) "I, ________, take thee ______, to be my wedding wife/husband, to have an to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, 'til death do us part, according to God’s ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my troth."

(Rings) ",With this ring I thee wed; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."

JEWISH VOWS:

(Groom) Do you ____________, take _______ to be your wife? ("I do"). Do you promise to love, cherish and protect her, whether in good fortune or in adversity, and to seek with her a life hallowed by the faith of Israel? ("I do")
(Bride) Do you ____________, take _______ to be your husband? ("I do"). Do you promise to love, cherish and protect him, whether in good fortune or in adversity, and to seek with him a life hallowed by the faith of Israel? ("I do")

(Groom) __________ , as you place this ring upon the finger of __________, speak to her these vows:
" With this ring/ be thou consecrated unto me/ as my wife/ according to the law of God / and the faith of Israel."
(Bride) __________ , as you place this ring upon the finger of __________, speak to her these vows:
" With this ring/ be thou consecrated unto me/ as my wife/ according to the law of God / and the faith of Israel."



NON-DENOMINATIONAL VOW SELECTIONS:

Traditional:

"Do you, _______, take _______ to be your wife/husband? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her/him, forsaking all others and holding only unto her/him?" ("I do")

(Repeat) "I ________, take thee ________, to be my wife/husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you.."

(Ring) With this ring, I thee wed; all my love, I do thee give."

Contemporary:

"_______, do you come here freely and without reservation? ("I do")

(Repeat) "I _______, take you _______, to be my wife/husband. To share the good times and hard times side by side as husband and wife. I humbly give you my hand and my heart as a sanctuary of warmth and peace, and pledge my faith and love to you."

(Rings)  "Just as this circle is without end, my love for you is eternal. Just as it is made of incorruptible substance, my commitment to you will never fail. With this ring, I thee wed."

Festive Alternative:

(Repeat)  "Before our friends and those so special to us here, on this wonderful day of gladness and good fortune, I ______ take you _______ as my wife/husband, in friendship and in love, in strength and weakness, to share the good times and misfortune, in achievement and failure, to celebrate life with you forevermore

( Ring) With this ring, I thee wed."
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Optional Readings & Poems

(You are invited to select passages and poems that best suit your hopes and goals. If you wish, you may also write your own or have a family member or friend make a special statement)

(Of shared love in marriage and one best way to show love - by Victor Hugo )
 

" You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves."

(Love reflects love in return:The Divine Comedy by Dante)

" The love of God, Unutterable and perfect, flows into a pure soul the way light rushes into a transparent object. The more love we receive, the more love we shine forth; so that, as we grow clear and open, the more complete the joy of loving is. And the more souls who resonate together, the greater the intensity of their love for, mirror like, each soul reflects the other."

Classic Reading from"The Prophet"
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" Love one another, but make not a bond of that love. Let it rather be like a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
And stand together, and yet not too near together. For even the pillars of the temple must stand apart; and the oak tree and the cypress will not grow in each other’s shadow.
Remember that love gives nothing but from itself. Love possesses not, nor would it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love.
And think not that you can direct the course of love. For love, if it finds you worthy, will direct your course."

( Love as a challenge – causing advancement, personal evolution and a shared life quest byRainer Rilke)

" For one human being to love another human being; this is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us – the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation. Loving at first does not mean merger, surrender and uniting with another person.
Love is a high inducement for the individual to ripen, to become something in ourselves, to become world in ourselves for the sake of another person. Love is a great, demanding claim on us, something that chooses us and calls us to vast distances."

(As you travel through life together, you may find you lose your sense of priority. This is one of life’s most important of all priorities – love. By L Brownlow)

" We all need love. With all our complexities, we are not easy creatures to satisfy. We can not meet the conditions of a satisfied life by gorging ourselves, lying down on the grass and staring at the clouds.
We have deeper needs and deepest need of all is love.
Too often we think in terms of receiving love instead of giving it. It is gratifying to receive. But there is much for fulfillment in having a heart so filled with love that it is more a joy in giving love than in receiving.
The need for love is born within us, and is as universal as the human race itself. Where ever we walk, on every shore and in every land, the need for love walks by our side. This implanted knowledge is proof that we are akin to Go, for "God is Love".
In is not trite, therefore, to say that love is necessary for life, no more than to say that food sustains life. Without food, we will die. Without love, we die a death worse than physical death. Do not depreciate loves value. Preserve the value of love and live as exhalted creatures on the high summit of tender affections that many will never obtain. Never forget the true value and the true need for love."

"APACHE BLESSING":

This is often called the "Apache Blessing". If used, it is near the end of the ceremony:

"Now you will fell no rain, for each of you will the shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling, to enter into the days of your life together, and may your days be good and long upon the earth."

(This is often added:)  "Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficult and fear assail your relationship - as they threaten all relationships at one time or another - remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives - remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight."

CHEROKEE PRAYER:
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"God in heaven above please protect the ones we love.
We honour all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives together.
We honour mother-earth - and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons;
We honour fire - and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts;
We honour wind - and ask we sail though life safe and calm as in our father's arms;
We honour water - to clean and soothe our relationship - that it may never thirsts for love;
With all the forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony and true happiness as we forever grow young together. Amen."

Jewish  Traditional Breaking of the Bottle...

Below is one explanation I offer of the breaking of the bottle in a wedding ceremony, which is placed immediately before declaring the couple to be husband and wife:

"The breaking of the glass at the end of a wedding ceremony serves to remind of two very important aspects of a marriage.
The bride and groom - and everyone - should consider these marriage vows as an IRREVOCABLE ACT - just as permanent and final as the breaking of this glass is unchangeable.
But the breaking of the glass also is a warning of the FRAILTY of a marriage. That sometimes a single thoughtless act, breech of trust, or infidelity can damage a marriage in ways that are very difficult to undo - just as it would be so difficult to undo the breaking of this glass.
Knowing that this marriage is permanent, the bride and groom should strive to show each other the love and respect befitting their spouse and love of their life."

(The bottle is usually a light bulb wrapped in a white towel. The best man will place the bottle before the groom. However, it is not broken at this point. Instead, the officiant continues to declare the bride and groom to be "husband and wife". With " congratulations, you may kiss your bride !" the groom then smashes the bottle with his foot and kisses the bride. Applauding is appropriate in most ceremonies with the breaking of the bottle.)

Kahlil Gibran on Marriage

From Kahlil Gibran's  The Prophet
Then Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage, Master?

And he answered saying:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.


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OTHER CEREMONY IDEAS :

PRAYER INCLUDING CHILDREN:

(This is added to the Prayer in the Ceremony)

"Oh Lord, today we not only celebrate this marriage, but we also celebrate the formation and affirmation of a family with - (child or children's names) -

We pray that you guide _______ and ________ as parents to raise and teach (child/children’s names) with love and respect; and that you protect this new family and keep them always in your care..."

ADDING CHILDREN TO THE ROSE CEREMONY:

(This is added to the Rose Ceremony - the  Rose Ceremonyis a beautiful addition)
" Not only are __________ and ____________ creating a marriage today, but they also are forming a family with (Child or Children's names). Just as it is appropriate for _______________ and _______________ to begin their marriage by affirming their love fore each other by exchanging Roses, they also wish to show their love for (Child/Children’s names) with a gift of a Rose."
The Bride and Groom then hand the child or each of the children a rose, give a hug and whisper  "I love you".

INVOLVING CHILDREN IN THE LIGHTING OF THE UNITY CANDLE

(This is added to the Unity Candle lighting. There is an additional smaller candle for each child. The Bride and Groom light these candles, and then all together light the center Unity Candle. This is added to the Unity Candle ceremony:)

"The lighting of the center candle represents not only the union of ____________ and ___________ in marriage, but the unity formed in this new family in which your lives will now shine as one family."

INVOLVING THE MOTHERS OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM:

Sometimes couples which a special recognition to their mothers - such as giving them a rose each on the exit. They also may read something special, light the unity candles at the beginning - or at the time of the unity candles (lighting the other candle - see below). In some ceremonies with step-parents this may not be appropriate.

UNITY CANDLES - Mothers of Bride and Groom:

If the outer unity candles are first lit by the mother of the Bride and of the Groom (when each is first escorted forward), it may be appropriate to add:

"The outer candles represent the light of your separate lives before today. It is appropriate that the mother of the Bride and the mother of the Groom each lit these candles as it is from these from which the light of your life first shown forth..."

ROSE CEREMONY - Roses for the mothers:

If adding the Rose ceremony to the marriage ceremony, couples will often stop on their exit and hand the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom each their Rose, whispering "I love you" before proceeding with their exit.
 

           Involving children in the ceremony
                                                                                 by the Hon. Mark Ovard

If children are coming into the marriage, there are many different ways to involve the children in the wedding ceremony itself. I believe it is very important that if children are coming into the marriage that they be recognized or participate in some aspect of the wedding ceremony itself. Children often can not express fears or doubts they have.

As I have 6 children myself, I am very aware as to how much children will be an influence in the couple's life together. Involving children in the ceremony help them to transition to the new relationship they are now a part of.

MENTIONING THE CHILDREN:

I think it is much more important that children hear their names mentioned in the ceremony, than it is that they play any major part of the ceremony. Mentioning their name during the wedding assures that they are an important part of the occasion and have special status which guests and other family members attending do not. Children need to feel important to their parents.

If children are coming into the marriage, it is appropriate to mention in the ceremony that not only is a marriage being formed, but also a family - and then name each child. If a prayer is in the ceremony, each child's name will be stated in the prayer.

WHEN CHILDREN TEND TO FEEL "LEFT OUT" IN A WEDDING:

Most couples are careful to take time to talk to the children about the marriage before the wedding day and involve children in some aspect of the ceremony. Where children tend to be left out is immediately after the ceremony. The bride and groom walk away and are crowded by "big people" - with the children left out of the immediate post ceremony celebration.

When children tend to feel most left out is immediately after the ceremony. Children tend to see the world as revolving around themselves - and the wedding ceremony as also their day. They feel very left out if all the adults celebrate and they are ignored at the end. They also do not know what they are supposed to do after the ceremony ends.

This is easily avoided. The couple should simply take a moment to hug their child/children, thank them for helping in the ceremony, and then telling them they are free to play. This 30 seconds of recognition is very important.

NON CEREMONY ROLES FOR CHILDREN:

With many weddings, a good way to involve children (except very young) is to give each their own one-time use camera and have them take pictures they think are important. It will be interesting to see what pictures they take and the photos could be theirs later when developed.

EXCESSIVE INVOLVEMENT OF CHILDREN IN THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY:

Generally, children will not share your sense of excitement about the wedding. Rather, to them it seems more a party occasion. Usually, giving children major roles in the ceremony quickly becomes chores. It is generally best to give a child only one active role and also to be mentioned in the ceremony, rather than to actively involve a child at many different points throughout the ceremony.
With teenagers, some care should be taken not to give them roles they may feel silly doing. Care should be given in asking a teenager to give the bride away or state agreement with the marriage - as the child may not really feel fully comfortable with the marriage, yet does not want to say so.
Finally, remember that while your children and children coming into a marriage are very important to consider, the wedding foremost is for the couple.

ADVISE ME OF THE CHILD/CHILDREN'S NAMES:

Simply write the name(s) in the margin of the ceremony and I will mention their names at the appropriate place.

PARTICIPATION IN THE CEREMONY:

For younger children, usually the simple task of holding the rings or bouquet is enough to accomplish a sense of participation. For teenagers, the role may be as simple as standing up with the couple, playing the CD or tape of wedding music, or even just taking pictures of the ceremony.

WALKING THE BRIDE FORWARD:

If the bride's children, sometimes the children will walk forward with the bride. When asked "who brings this woman to this man?" they answer  "We do" or  "We do for the family".

VOWS FOR CHILDREN:

Occasionally, a couple will have the children asked, "Do you accept this family and the marriage?" Care should be taken in this decision, as sometimes the child is not completely comfortable with the marriage.

THE ROSE CEREMONY:

If a couple is adding the "Rose Ceremony ", often they will have a rose for each of the children. After exchanging roses, the couple will then give each child a rose, a hug, and whisper  "I love you." I will add to the Rose Ceremony (which is a separate sheet sent to you) -  "Not only are ______ and ______ creating a marriage today, but they also are forming a family with (child/children's name). Just as it is appropriate for ______ and ______ to declare their love for each other in the gift of a rose, they also wish to show you (to the children) how much they love you with the gift of a rose."

GIFT FOR THE CHILDREN AFTER THE EXCHANGE OF RINGS:

Typically, couples give children a gift right after they exchange their own rings and vows - usually a necklace or ring - along with a hug and an "I love you."

UNITY CANDLES:

Children tend to be fascinated with candles and involving them in the Unity Candles is an excellent involvement means. This can be done many ways. Usually, the bride and groom light small candles for the children - and then all light the center candle together. While doing so, I will point out that the center candle not only represents the marriage, but also the light and unity of the new family.

ALSO READ THE SECTION ON "SPECIAL READINGS " FOR OTHER IDEAS CONCERNING CHILDREN, FRIENDS AND GUESTS.

 

INVOLVING GUESTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS

Asking for acceptance by guests and family members:

(Some couples wish to involve guests and family members in an active and positive sense in the ceremony itself. This is one popular way and text. You may write your own or alter the wording. The officiant steps to the side and addresses those in attendance.)

"As the family and friends of ________________ and ___________________, you are here to express your love, hope and joy for this occasion. If you truly love _________________ and __________________, you will never do anything to hinder their marriage, never speak against either spouse, and support the marriage through the good times and the hard times. Will your accept and support this marriage? If so, answer "WE WILL".

New Parent's vow to children:

If the marriage ceremony involves minor children coming into the family, sometimes the new parent will state a vow also the child(ren). He/she will address the child(ren) by name and then state a short vow accepting the child(ren) as their own and making a commitment to them. A new parent's vow to the children is NOT required and you may change the wording if you decide to make such a vow.)

"(State child(ren) name(s),  "___________, I promise to accept and love you as my own child(ren) and to protect and love you all of my life. I promise to do my best to guide and support you - and to respect you enough to allow you to see the world through your own eyes."

Involving others in ceremony itself:

Having family members and friends participate in the marriage ceremony adds much to personalize the ceremony and bring it to life. You are welcome to have friends or family member step forward for any reading, a poem, to read a bible verse or say a prayer or blessing.

Selecting other materials:

You are invited to add any materials to the ceremony. This may be a favorite poem, something you have written yourself, or a reading you wish to add. The ceremonies suggest locations for additional materials - or call us if you wish to discuss ideas. You also may add a special song during the ceremony as well.

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SPANISH CEREMONY

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(Few weddings have only Spanish speaking guests. Typically, ceremonies when there are Spanish speaking guests is done in both Spanish AND English. The officiant conducts the ceremony in English - one paragraph at a time - and the couple select someone to read the same paragraph in Spanish… In this way everyone understands the ceremony and the overall effect is quite nice.)

ESTAMOS REUNIDOS HOYAQUI PARA CELEBRAR UNO DE LOS MOMENTOS MAS GRANDES DE LA UNDA, PARA DAR RECONOCIMIENTO A LO VALIOSO Y BELLO DEL AMOR Y AGREGAR CON ESTAS PALABRAS NUESTROS MEJORES DESEOS UNIENDO ASI__________________ y ____________________EN MATRIMONIO.

HAY ALGUNA PERSONA PRESENTE QUE POR ALGUNA CAUSA, MOTIVO 0 RAZON NO ESTA DE ACUERDO CON EL MATRIMONIO DE ESTA PAREJA DEBE HABLAR AHORA 0 QUEDAR EN PAZ PARA SIEMPRE.

CADA UNO DE NOSOTROS SE NOS HA SIDO DADA VIDA INDIVIDUAL/POR LO TANTO DEBEMOS APRENDER A VIVIR JUNTOS/ SE NOS ES DADO AMOR POR MEDIO DE LA FAMILIA Y TAMBIEN POR NUESTROS AMIGOS/APRENDEMOS AMAR CUANDO SOMOS AMADOS. APRENDIENDO ASI AMAR A NUESTRA PAREJA Y A VIVIR JUNTOS/SIENDO ESTE UNO DE LOS RETOS MAS GRANDES EN LA VIDA, COMO LOS SON COMPARTIR METAS DENTRO DE LA VIDA MATRIMONIAL.

FRENTE A FRENTE. MANO A MANO.

(NOVIO) _________________, TOMAS TU A (NOVIA)_________________, COMO TU ESPOSA, PROMETES AMAR LA, RESPETARLA, PROTEJERLA ABANDONANDO A TODO Y DEDICANDOTE SOLO A ELLA?

(NOVIA) _________________, COMO TO ESPOSO, PROMETES AMARLO, RESPETARLO, PROTEJERLO ABANDONANDO A TODO V DEDICANDOTE SOLO A EL?

(ASK FOR RINGS)

LOS ANILLOS DE BODA SON UN SIGNO VISIBLE DE ESPIRITUALIDAD V GRACIA, SIGNIFICANDO ASI PARA TODOS LA UNION DE ESTE HOMBRE Y ESTA MUJER EN MATRIMONIO.

(REPITA CONMIGO, WHILE PUTTING ON RING)

YO (NOVIO)________________/TOMO A (NOVIA)______________ /COMO MI ESPOSA, PARA COMPARTIR/Y CUIDAR DE ELLA/ EN ENFERMEDAD COMO EN SALUD,/EN LA RIQUEZA 0 POBREZA,/ Y TE PROMETO/TODO MI AMOR/ ASI A TI.

(RING)

YO (NOVIA)_______________/TOMO A (NOVIO)_______________ /COMO MI ESPOSO/PARA COMPARTIR/ Y CUIDAR DE EL/EN ENFERMEDAD COMO EN SALUD,/ EN LA RIQUEZA 0 POSREZA,/Y PROMETO TODO MI AMOR /ASI A TI.

LA ORACION

DE LA MANO

(NOMBRE)________________ y __________________YA QUE EN ACUERDO MUTUO/ HAN DESIDIDO UNIR SUS VIDAS EN SANTO MATRIMONIO/ Y SE HAN PROMETIDO AMOR MUTUO, Y HAN INTERCAMBIADO ANILLOS/Y UNIENDO SUS MANOS LOS DECLARO MARIDO Y MUJER,/ LO QUE DIOS A UNIDO ESTE DIA QUE NADIE LOS SEPARE.

FELICITACIONES, PUEDE BESAR LA NOVIA.

LES PRESENTE AL SENOR Y SENORA________________________.

ORACION FINAL

NUESTRO QUERIDO Y ETERNO PADRE CELESTIAL HOY EN ESTE DIA TAN ESPECIAL COMO LO ES EL MATRIMONIO DE __________________ Y ___________________. NOS HEMOS REUNIDO CON GRAN ALEGRIA EN NUESTROS CORAZONES YA QUE ELLOS HAN VENIDO ANTE TI CON LA PROMESA DE AMARSE, Y VIVIR JUNTOS DE UNA MANERA CORRECTA.

TE PEDIMOS LLENES SUS CORAZONES DE BONDAD/ ENTENDIMIENTO/ Y QUE ABANDONANDO TODO TIPO DE CELOS QUE PEUDAN INTERFERIR EN SU RELACION. QUE SIEMPRE SE VEAN COMO ENAMORADOS, SIENDO SIEMPRE BUENOS AMIGOS, Y QUE JUNTOS VENSAN TODOS LOS CONTRATIEMPOS. QUE EL HOGAR QUE HAN FORMADO HOY, SEA UN LUGAR LLENO DE AMOR Y.

CEREMONIA MATRIMONIAL

SON UNOS DE LOS GRANDES MANDAMIENTOS DE LA VIDA/ME GUSTARIA LEERLES LO QUE PABLO/ESCRISIO SOBRE EL AMOR/EN LA CARTA A LOS CORINTIOS/HACE MUCHO TIEMPO ATRAS. SIENDO ESTA UN VERDADERO MODELO DE AMOR/LO CUAL YO ESPERO/USTEDES PUEDAN USARLA COMO MODELO DE AMOR DENTRO DEL MATRIMONIO.

PABLO A LOS CORINTIOS

EL AMOR ES MUY PACIENTE Y BONDADOSO/ NO TIENE CELO/ NI ENVIDIA/ EL AMOR NO ES JACTANSIOSO/ NO SE ENVANESE/ NO HACE NADA INDEVIDO/ NO BUSCA LO SUYO/ NO SE IRRITA/ NO GUARDA RENCOR. EL AMOR NO SE GOZA DE LA INJUSTICIA/ MAS SE GOZA EN LA VERDAD/ TODO LO SUFRE, TODO LO CREE, TODO LO ESPERA, TODO LO SOPORTA. SI TU AMAS A TU PAREJA/ SIEMPRE SERAS FIEL, NO IMPORTANDO EL COSTO/ SIEMPRE LO DEFENDERAS, DANDO SIEMPRE LO MEJOR DE TI/ Y ESPERANDO LO MEJOR DE EL.

_________________ y ______________________YA QUE USTEDES DOS/ HAN ENTRADO EN MATRIMONIO/ Y SE HAN UNIDO COMO MARIDO Y MUJER/ ASI AFIRMANDO HOY SU AMOR Y FE MUTUO. HOY QUISIERA PEDIRLES QUE RECUERDEN SIEMPRE DE CUIDAR DEL UNO DEL OTRO/ COMO PERSONAS ESPECIALES QUE SON, Y SIEMPRE RESPETANDO LOS PENSAMIENTOS, IDEAS, SUGERENCIAS, DEL UNO DEL OTRO/ Y PODER PERDONAR/ NO GUARDANDO ENOJO CADA DIA DE SUS VIDAS/ LA CUAL COMPARTIRAN JUNTOS.

DESDE HOY EN ADELANTE/ QUE CADA UNO DE USTEDES/ RESPETEN SU HOGAR, SU REFUJIO/ENCONTRANDO CONSUELO Y FORTALESA/ Y SOBRE TODO EL RESPETO Y EL AMOR. QUE TODO ESTO LOS LLEVARA AL EXITO DEL MATRIMONIO.

LA VELA DE LA UNION
(Optional)

ESTAS DOS VELAS SIMBOLIZAN/CADA UNA DE SUS VIDAS POR SEPARADO/COMO CADA UNA DE SUS FAMILIAS/Y CADA GRUPO DE AMIGOS. LES PIDO A CADA UNO TOMEN UNA VELA Y JUNTOS ILUMINEN LA VELA DEL CENTRO. LAS VELAS INDIVIDUALES REPRESENTAN CADA VIDA DE USTEDES HOY./ ILLUMINANDO LA VELA DEL CENTRO/ REPRESENTA LA UNION DE SUS VIDAS COMO UNA/ COMO TAMBIEN REPRESENTA LA UNION DE LAS DOS FAMILIAS/ COMO EL GRUPO DE SUS AMIGOS ES UNO.

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