A Traditional Marriage Ceremony
The marriage ceremony is a time when love is made public. It is with extreme thoughtfulness and reverence that __________ and __________ have come now to share mutual promises and declare their intent to live together for their mutual joy and for the help and comfort to be given to one another in prosperity and adversity.
Lawful Intent (optional)
To Groom: I require and charge you, __________, to confess now if you know any reason why you may not be lawfully united in marriage.
Groom's response: I know of no reason.
To Bride: I require and charge you, __________, to confess now if you know any reason why you may not be lawfully united in marriage.
Bride's response: I know of no reason.
To Congregation: If any of you can show just cause why they may not be lawfully married, speak now; or else forever hold your peace.
As their friends and relatives, we are gathered here today to celebrate this union. We are charged with the responsibility to publicly join together in support of __________ and __________ and their marriage. We celebrate their joy, their love, and their expectations.
Being assured that your love and your choice of each other as lifelong companions have your families' blessings, I now ask:
Official: Who represents the Bride's family in support of this marriage?
Bride's Father response: Her Mother and I do.
Bride's Father sits down.
Official: Who represents the Groom's family in support of this marriage?
Groom's Father response: (Groom's Father may stand) His Mother and I do.
Declaration of Consent
To Groom: __________, will you have __________ to be your wife; to live with her, be faithful to her, and love her for as long as you both shall live?
Groom response: I will.
To Bride: __________, will you have __________ to be your husband; to live with him, be faithful to him, and love him for as long as you both shall live?
Bride response: I will.
Marriage VowBride hands bouquet to Maid-of-Honor.
Bride and Groom join hands
To Groom: Repeat after me:
To Bride: Repeat after me:
Presentation of Rings
Wedding rings are special because they say that even in your uniqueness, you have chosen to be bonded, to allow the presence of another human being to enhance who you are. They reflect not only the wearer but also the committment made with your vows.
To Best Man: What token does the Groom give that he will perform his vows?
Best Man response: This ring.
To Bride: __________, do you receive this ring with the full understanding of what it represents?
Bride response: I do.
--Groom places ring on Bride's finger
To Maid-of-Honor: What token does the Bride give that she will perform her vows?
Maid-of-Honor response: This ring.
To Groom: __________, do you receive this ring with the full understanding of what it represents?
Groom response: I do.
--Bride places ring on Groom's finger
Light Unity Candle
* Music (optional)
Maid-of-Honor hands bouquet back to Bride.
Since you, __________ and __________, have:
I now declare by the authority vested in me as an ordained minister of the ____________________ and according to the laws of the State of ________ that you are husband and wife.