Sweet' n Simple Ceremony Sample 2
This is a Romantic English Ceremony with optional Spanish translation of parts that are directed to the guests.
Ceremony is approximately 15-20 minutes.
Presentation of the Bride
(Officiant to Brides Parent(s) or escort: (English or Spanish)
“Who has the honor of presenting this woman to be joined in marriage to this man?”
It is with great pleasure that we gather today to witness the joining of two hands and two hearts in the marriage of (Bride) and (Groom).
On behalf of the couple, I thank you for being here today.
Bride and Groom have invited you because of their special relationship with you. You have each touched their lives in your own unique and special way, and by your presence, you demonstrate that you support their decision to live their lives as husband and wife.
Marriage is one of life’s most precious gifts.
It is an intimate union and equal partnership between two people in love.
It is never too old to hold hands and deepest and sweetest understanding.
It is learning how to compromise and together create solutions to conflict
And it’s not just solving problems together but learning how to manage them.
It is growing together and building a future that is secure and purposeful.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
It is a way of life in which two people may provide each other companionship, comfort, and most of all love.
Love is given to us by our family or by our friends.
We learn to love by being loved.
Love is listening, understanding, and supporting each other.
Love is being completely honest with each other,
It is not trying to hurt or deceive them.
It is loyalty through good and bad.
Love is quiet, trusting, and forgiving.
Love is unselfish and kind,
For it sees with its heart, and not with its mind.
Bride... Groom, the vows you will take are beautiful words representing even more beautiful intentions.
But you will find that as you live these vows over the years, investing your time and your love and your commitment to one another, the happy times of your life will be twice as joyous because there will be someone to share those joys with.
And when life gets tough, it will only be half as bad, because there will be someone by your side to help carry the burden.
You may now say your vows to one another. (or you may choose to Repeat After Me)
Repeat after Me Vows
(Bride and Groom take turns repeating after the Officiant.)
Bride/Groom, I take you as you are loving who you are I promise from this day forward To be grateful for our love and our life.
To be generous with my time, my energy, and my affection/ To be patient with you and with myself.
To fill our lives with adventure and our home with laughter. To inspire you to grow as an individual.
To love you completely. These things I pledge to you
Declaration Of Intent
Officiant: I remind you that marriage is a precious gift, a lifelong commitment, and a challenge to love one another more completely each and every day.
Groom, with this understanding, do you take Bride to be your wedded wife to live together in marriage? Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others and to be faithful only to her, so long as you both shall live? Please answer, I do- Groom: “I do.”
Bride, with this understanding, do you take Groom to be your wedded husband, to live together in marriage? Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others and to be faithful only to him, so long as you both shall live? Please answer, I do- Bride: “I do.”
Exchanging Of Rings
The wedding rings are made in the symbol of the promises you are making today.
They are also a symbol of eternity.
When you look at your rings you will notice that they have no beginning and no end.
And as you place these symbols upon each other’s finger, it signifies that there shall be no end to your marriage and
no end to the happiness that you will both share together.
Officiant: Groom/Bride please look into the eyes of each other and while you place the ring on his/her finger repeat after me.
“I give you this ring. Wear it with love and joy. As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.
I choose you to be my (wife/husband) this day and forevermore.”
As you begin in your marriage, here are a few words you can take with you on your journey together….
Remember being a Bride and a Groom is only for a day but being
a husband and wife is a lifetime commitment….
Let your love be stronger than your anger…..
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break…
A marriage without compromise is guaranteed conflict…
Focus on your spouse's strengths rather than their weaknesses.
Encourage rather than criticize.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting Relationship
Don't forget to say "I love you" every day
May life grant you patience, tolerance, and understanding…….
Conclusion and Pronouncement
Bride and Groom, since you have come here today of your own free will to declare your love and commitment to each other in the presence of family and friends...By the power of your love and commitment to each other, and by the power vested in me by the state of California,
I now pronounce you husband and wife!
You may now share your first kiss as husband and wife.
Friends and family, I now present to you the newly married couple! Mr. and Mrs. _________!