Beach Wedding Ceremony

 

Declaration of Consent

Who is it that brings this woman to join with this man on their wedding day?

 
Greeting / Welcoming Words

Welcome. We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments… the uniting of GROOM and BRIDE in the enduring bonds of marriage.

 

In marriage, we give ourselves freely into the hands of the one we love, and in doing so, each of us receives the love and trust of the other as our most precious gift. But even as the two people who are in love share that gift, it also touches the friends and family members who in various ways support and contribute to the relationship.

 

GROOM and BRIDE have asked all of you to be with them today because each of you has played some role in bringing them to this special day. As you have up until this moment, please continue to support and encourage them, as they begin their new life together. Your friendship and love will always be appreciated and they thank you for sharing this important day with them.

 

This day is a celebration. It is a celebration of the love that GROOM and BRIDE have for one another, and it is a celebration of the start of their journey as husband and wife.

 

Blessing of the Sea

BRIDE and GROOM, as we stand by the ocean, may your love always be as constant and unchanging as these never-ending waves that break before us, flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea. Your love came softly upon each other’s hearts, just as the sea foam lies softly before us, and just as there will never be a morning without the ocean’s flow, may there never be a day without your love for each other.

 

As the tides ebb and flow so to, do the fortunes of life. Footprints in the sand are washed away, driftwood moves on its endless quest for a peaceful harbor. Only a deep and abiding love can withstand the tides of change in two lives.

Pledge yourselves to each other this day, and promise to be as faithful and dependable as the tide. Just as these waters nourish the earth and sustain life, may your constant love nourish and sustain each other until the end of time.

 

The Charge / Question of Intent

Before we come to the exchange of vows, I will ask each of you your intent.

 

GROOM, do you take BRIDE to be your wedded wife? 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 GROOM to be your wedded husband? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him forevermore? (I do)

 

Wedding Vows

The vows you will now take are an everlasting solemn pledge of love and symbolize the unbroken perpetuity of your commitment to one another. Please face each other and join hands.

 

GROOM, if it is your desire to be the husband of BRIDE, then please repeat after me:

 

I pledge to you, BRIDE, that my love and my loyalty will weather the storms of life.
I will always seek counsel when I make life decisions, and will respect your needs and concerns.
No matter what course we set, we will do it together.
Today, I proudly take you as my wife, for as long as we both shall live.

 

BRIDE, if it is your desire to be the wife of GROOM, then please repeat after me:

 

I pledge to you, GROOM, that my love and my loyalty will weather the storms of life.
I will always seek counsel when I make life decisions, and will respect your needs and concerns.
No matter what course we set, we will do it together.
Today, I proudly take you as my husband, for as long as we both shall live.

 

Exchange of Wedding Rings

May I have the rings, please?

 

A circle is the symbol of the sun and the earth and the universe. In these rings it is the symbol of unity, in which your lives are now joined in one unbroken circle, in which, wherever you go, you will always return to one another and to your togetherness.

May they remind you always of the vows you have taken today and of the promises that have been made.

 

GROOM, please place the ring on BRIDE’s left hand and repeat after me:

 

I give you this ring
As a symbol of my love and friendship.
With this ring, I marry you, and I am honored to call you my wife.

 

BRIDE, please place the ring on GROOM’s left hand and repeat after me:

 

I give you this ring
As a symbol of my love and friendship.
With this ring, I marry you and I am honored to call you my husband.

 

Benediction

Dearest BRIDE and GROOM… take a moment to look at your rings, and then look at all of these people who have gathered here for you. Take a good look around—you only get one chance; it goes by very fast. These people believe in you and in your marriage. Here are the people you can share your joys with and lean on in hard times.

 

May all that you are, always be in love; may all that is love, always be in you.

May your love be as beautiful on each day you share as it is on this day of celebration,

and may each day you share be as precious to you as the day you first fell in love.

May you always see and encourage the best in each other.

May the challenges that life brings your way make your marriage even stronger,

and may you always be each other’s best friend and greatest love.

 

Pronouncement as Husband and Wife

And now in as much as you, GROOM and BRIDE, commit to one another and have signified this by the exchanging of vows, and the giving and receiving of rings, we recognize, congratulate and celebrate your marriage.

 

I am pleased to say that, in keeping with the laws of the state of California and the eyes of all those who are here as witnesses, the two of you are officially married.

 

Your lives as husband and wife have begun—you may start your journey with a kiss!

 

I am very happy to introduce, for the first time as a married couple, GROOM AND BRIDE, husband and wife!

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