Traditional Wedding Ceremony
Declaration of Consent
Who brings this woman to join with this man in marriage?
Greeting / Welcoming Words
On behalf of GROOM and BRIDE, I would like to welcome you here on this special day. This is a day of celebration, and GROOM and BRIDE are so happy to be able to share their most special day with their friends of family.
You have come here today, GROOM and BRIDE, because you believe that by being together your lives will be better and more productive than they would be apart.
As you travel through your life together, always remember that…
A good marriage must be created.
In marriage the little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say, ”I love you” at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is standing together and facing the world.
It is speaking words of appreciation, and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right person…
it is being the right partner.
The Charge / Question of Intention
BRIDE and GROOM, marriage is one of the most precious occasions in life when we are presented with a profound opportunity to enter the timeless dimension of love. It emphasizes and reminds us that our lives have meaning and purpose beyond the day-to-day affairs of worldly life and that Love is the strongest bond, the greatest joy and the sweetest nourishment we can ever experience.
Every experience you have ever had, everything you have ever done, and everything you have ever learned has brought you to this moment as you now stand before each other and your friends and family.
Believing that you understand something of the reason for marriage as it has been revealed to you, are you ready now to confirm your commitment to each other in marriage? (We are)
Before you express your words of love and commitment to each other, I will ask each of you your intent.
GROOM, do you take BRIDE to be your lawfully wedded wife; to have and to hold from this day forward, for richer for poorer, in prosperity or adversity, to love and to cherish, so long as you both may live? (I do)
BRIDE, do you take GROOM to be your lawfully wedded husband; to have and to hold from this day forward, for richer for poorer, in prosperity or adversity, to love and to cherish, so long as you both may live? (I do)
BRIDE and GROOM, as an expression that your hearts are joined together in love, please face each other and join hands.
GROOM, if it is your wish to become the husband of BRIDE, then repeat after me:
I, GROOM, take you, BRIDE, to be my wife. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish. With my earnest and complete devotion, I give you my love.
BRIDE, if it is your wish to become the wife of GROOM, then repeat after me:
I, BRIDE, take you, GROOM, to be my husband. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish. With my earnest and complete devotion, I give you my love.
Exchange of Wedding Rings
Do you have the rings?
The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. It is a seal of the vows that GROOM and BRIDE have made to one another today.
GROOM, place the ring on BRIDE ’s left hand and repeat after me:
BRIDE, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love.
With this ring, I thee wed.
BRIDE, place the ring on GROOM ’s left hand and repeat after me:
GROOM, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love.
With this ring, I thee wed.
Benediction / Closing Blessing
BRIDE and GROOM, remember to treat both yourself and each other with respect,
and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.
To make your relationship work will take love. This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today.
It will take trust, to know, that in your hearts, you truly want what is best for each other.
It will take dedication, to stay open to one another—and to learn and grow together.
It will take faith, to go forward together, without knowing exactly what the future brings.
And it will take commitment, to hold true to the journey you both have pledged to today.
Pronouncement as Husband and Wife
BRIDE and GROOM… In as much as you have each pledged to each other your lifelong commitment, love and devotion, by the authority vested in me by the State of California, I am delighted to now pronounce you husband and wife.
GROOM, you may kiss your Bride!
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my great honor and pleasure to present to you for the first time as a married couple, GROOM and BRIDE, husband and wife!