Short Marriage Ceremony
(with several options)
We are assembled here in the presence (of God and) (of) 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?
Groom, 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?
Bride, 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, Groom and Bride, 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 Groom, take you Bride to be my wife, to love and cherish, from this day forward, and thereto pledge you my faith,
I, Bride, take you Groom, 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?
Groom, will you repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed. Let it ever be to us a symbol of our love.
Bride, 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, Groom, and you Bride, 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 , I now pronounce you HUSBAND AND WIFE!
YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE!
The vows exchanged by the couple, in front of witnesses, signify they take one another as husband and wife.
The exchange of vows represents the moment of covenant. The words which express the act of commitment are often considered to be the most significant in the ceremony. They are those which express: "I choose you, I accept your having chosen me. I commit myself to you." The vows may also include mutual hopes for and commitment to happiness together and an understanding that the commitment will be secure as it is tested through periods of sadness, times of difficult and seasons of disappointment. It is always a covenant "for better or for worse."
After carefully studying the wordings of the vows in the ceremonies offered here, and selecting one from among them, it may be that you will wish to translate the spirit of these expressions into a language that more nearly reflects your own understanding. You may also have additional thoughts to share with each other. We welcome your input.
No other human ties are more tender, no other vows are more sacred that those you are about to assume. You are entering into the holy estate of matrimony, which is the deepest mystery of experience, and which is the sacrament of divine love. Groom please repeat after me:
I Groom take you, Bride to be my wedded 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 to you I pledge my faithfulness.
I Groom/Bride take you Bride/Groom from this day forward as my husband/wife, partner and best friend. I promise to take you to my heart, as you are, and as you will become. I promise to walk by your side and support your dreams, and be more in love with you tomorrow than I am today.
From this day on I choose you, my beloved Groom/Bride to be my wife/husband.
To live with you and laugh with you;
to stand by your side, and sleep in your arms,
To bring out the best in you always and to be the most that I can.
I Groom/Bride take you, Bride/Groom as my adored and cherished wife/husband. I promise to be a loving and faithful husband/wife. May our sunshine be shared, our rains be gentle and our sweet love eternal. I pledge myself to you from this day forward and for all eternity.
I Groom/Bride will love you Bride/Groom
in good times and in bad.
enjoy you, console you, delight you,
astound you when I can,
give thanks for you always, and cherish you dearly,
until the end of our days.
Groom repeat after me:
I Groom take you Bride, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
Bride repeat after me:
I Bride take you Groom to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
You have declared your consent before this company. May the Lord in his goodness strengthen your consent and fill you both with his blessings. What God has joined, men must not divide. AMEN
Groom/Bride you, are my companion in life and my one true love. I will love you today, tomorrow and forever,
I will trust and honor you,
I will laugh and cry with you. With unfailing love,
I will stand by you through the best and the worst, through the difficult and the easy.
As I have given you my hand to hold, so I give you my life to keep.
Before our family and friends, on this wonderful day of gladness and good fortune, I Groom/Bride take you Bride/Groom as my wife/husband, in friendship and in love, in strength and in weakness, to share the good times and the misfortune, in achievement and in failure, to celebrate life with you forevermore.
I Groom/Bride take you Bride/Groom, to be no other than yourself. Loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not yet know - with respect for your integrity, and faith in your love for me, in all that life may bring us, I pledge my love and take you as my husband/wife.
Where there has been cold, you have brought me warmth. Where my life was dark,
you have brought light. Groom/Bride, I pledge from this day forward, before our
friends and family, to be your husband/wife. Let us make our two lives into one
life, and let us always cherish, honor
and love one another.