Civil Wedding Ceremony

Invocation

Dear friends and family!

On behalf of this beautiful couple, I welcome you and thank you for coming.

_____& _____ wanted to have a very intimate and meaningful celebration of their love and they are very grateful to you – their beloved family members and close friends for joining them in this special ceremony and bearing witness to natural progression of their relationship, as they legally become husband and wife.

Your wonderful company is a special gift that they will promise never to forget. They appreciate your continued love, support and encouragement throughout their lives.

Marriage is a supreme sharing of experience and adventure in the most intimate of human relationships. Today ______ and _____ proclaim their love to the world. And we who gather here rejoice with them and for them in the new life they now undertake together. We are here to participate and witness the special ceremony of marriage, which is a means to establishing and continuing a home.

Silent Blessing (optional)

I would like to invite you to take a moment to bring to mind all the loved ones who couldn’t be with us today. Or:

Let us also take a moment to honor those who could not be here with us today.

[…5 second pause…]

The commitment you are making is a promise to live by the following principles. You both promise to be faithful partners, to be true, to encourage and inspire one another and to comfort one another in times of sorrow or struggle. You promise to love, honor, support and respect each other when life seems easy and when it seems hard, when your love is simple and when it’s an added crazy effort. These things you commit to today, now and forever.

READING BY A FAMILY MEMBER (optional)

VOWS:

______ & _____ Have written their own vows which they will now share with one another.

Or we can customize your “I do” Questions:

Do you, …, take … to be your lawfully wedded wife in times of adventure and fun as well as in times of piled up laundry and vegetarian dinners? Do you promise to love and cherish her more than any classic muscle car or shiny new sports car? And to treat her with respect, honesty, loyalty and appreciation for as long as you both shall live?

I DO.

Do you,…, take … to be your lawfully wedded husband in times of adventure and in fun as well as in times of toothpaste caps upside down on the countertops and steaks being cooked inside the house? Do you promise to love and cherish him more than any piano, camera, iphone, or new design program? And to treat him with respect, honesty, loyalty, and appreciation for as long as you shall live?

I DO.

Exchange of rings

Do you have the rings?

The wedding rings, which you are about to exchange, are unbroken circles that symbolize unending and everlasting love. Your rings are visible symbols that represent the inner commitment you have just made to each other in your hearts. As you wear your rings may your life together be filled with love, prosperity and happiness in all things.

The Groom places the Bride’s ring on her finger and says: “ I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and my love.”

The Bride places the Groom’s ring on his finger and says: “I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and my love.”

Pronouncement

_________ and _______, you have spoken the words and performed the rites which unite your lives. It is my legal right as a minister and my greatest joy and privilege to declare you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride.