Standard

Standard Marriage Ceremony

Please note that a Spanish translation of this ceremony can be made available to you upon request

Welcome
Welcome! What a joy it is to come together today to celebrate the love of ________and___________, to share in this ceremony of their commitment to each other in marriage. They are grateful you could be here with them on this very special day.

Biunial Candles

Who gives this bride in marriage? optional

Prayer – optional
Let us begin by acknowledging the presence of God and the love that draws us all together with a time of prayer.

Dear God
In stillness and in trust we recognize your presence. We know that your love drew _______and ________ together so that they may live the adventure of life as one. We also know that your love drew each of us here today so that we might add our love and blessings to this marriage. We affirm that you are with us now as always guiding us, upholding us and blessing us with abundance of faith, love and fulfillment  Thank you God.   Amen

Thoughts on Marriage
We recognize that it is Divine love that has brought these two souls together in this adventure called life. May we each take this occasion to remember there are no categories of love. The love that is real is the love that lies at the heart of every relationship. This love does not change with form or circumstance. This relationship between _____________and__________ creates the place where love can be expressed and grow deeper and stronger through the years.

_________and ________ , you are reminded that the purpose of marriage is to respond in love. To offer gentleness, to forgive, to nurture, and to support and encourage each other. The commitment of sharing love with each other is an invitation to be a friend to each other. Friends share their secret hopes, their dreams and aspirations. Friends encourage each other to explore and enjoy life.

Vows
________ do you choose _________ as your wife? Do you pledge to share your life with her openly, to tell the truth to her in love? Do you promise to honor and tenderly care for her, to cherish and encourage her own fulfillment as an individual, and to love and respect her through all the changes of your lives?
If so, please answer, “I do.”

________, do you choose ________ as your husband? Do you pledge to share your life with him openly, to tell the truth to him in love? Do you promise to honor and tenderly care for him, to cherish and encourage his own fulfillment as an individual, and to love and respect him through all the changes of your lives?
If so, please answer, “I do.”

Blessing of the Rings –
You have chosen to exchange rings as a symbol of your love. These rings are in the shape of a circle – reminding you love is a continuous journey: there is no beginning and no end to love. The substance from which these rings are made symbolizes purity, the purity of your love for each other. Exchanging rings reminds you that you no longer live for your selves alone, but for each other as well.

Please repeat after me
I _______, join with you ________, in marriage. I choose you as my partner in life. I commit to be with you… as your support, and friend.. to love, respect and to cherish you throughout life’s journey. Wear this ring as a symbol of my love.

I _______, join with you ________, in marriage. I choose you as my partner in life. I commit to be with you… as your support, and friend.. to love, respect and to cherish you throughout life’s journey.  Wear this ring as a symbol of my love.

CLOSING PRAYER – OPTIONAL

Pronouncement

Kiss