The Customized Ceremony
This ceremony allows you to either choose a different passage for each part of the ceremony or leave as is. You will receive this in a Google Doc form with links that take you to every list of samples.
Presentation of the Bride
Who has the honor of presenting this woman to be joined in marriage to this man?
Good afternoon family and friends. It is with great pleasure that we gather today ( in the presence of God)to witness the joining of two hands, and two hearts in the marriage of Bride and Groom.
Thanking the Guests
On behalf of the Bride and Groom, I thank you for being her today. Bride and Groom are so happy that you have come here to this beautiful place to share in the joy of their wedding day! Your presence here demonstrates your support of their decision to live their lives as husband and wife.
Message to the Couple
Bride, Groom, a good marriage is created by two people who are prepared to put their partner’s needs before their own. They complement each other as they work together for the good of their relationship. When a man and woman openly and sincerely declare their affection for one another, they are affirming the precious truth that love is the foundation of all life; between men and women, between parents and children, and between friends.
A good marriage has a strong foundation of unconditional support for each other; it is having someone to share your hopes, aspirations, and disappointments with. Marriage is being with someone who will be there for you always, through the ups and downs, joys, and sorrows of daily life.
Marriage is one of life’s (God’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 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 the 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.
Parents Tribute/ Roses to Mothers (Optional)
As Bride and Groom come before us to be married they wish to acknowledge and thank their Parents – for the endless love and support that they have given them throughout the years, and for all they have done in bringing them to this special moment.
So As a sign of their love for their families, Bride and Groom would like to offer these roses, to their Mothers, as symbols of their eternal love and gratitude.
Declaration of Intent
Bride and Groom, may I remind you that marriage is a precious gift; a lifelong dedication to love and a daily challenge to love one another more fully and more freely..
[Officiant To Groom:]
Groom , do you take Bride to be your wife, to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others to be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?
Groom Responds: I will.
[Officiant To Bride:]
Bride, do you take Groom to be your husband, to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others to be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?
Bride responds: I will.
The vows you will now 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.
Ceremony of the Rings
The wedding rings are made in the symbol of that which is eternal.
As you will notice when you look at your rings… they too have no beginning and no end.
and as you place these symbols on 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.
Bride/Groom I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness, I ask you to always wear this ring as a reminder of the vows we have spoken on this, our wedding day.
Bride and Groom have chosen to include a wine box ritual as part of their wedding ceremony.
The wooden box they have selected contains a bottle of wine and a love letter from each to the other.
The letters are sealed in separate envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written.
The letters describe the reasons they first fell in love and for choosing to marry each other today.
Bride and Groom, this box is to be opened on the occasion of your 5th wedding anniversary, the wine enjoyed together, your letters shared and read together.
Display this box in a prominent place in your home as a constant reminder of the vows you’ve taken today and your commitment to each other.
However, should you find your marriage enduring insurmountable hardships, then open this box together, drink the wine together and read the letters you wrote to one another when you were first united as a couple in marriage.
Bride and Groom, you may now seal the wine box
Officiant’s Blessing of Marriage
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 Groom at your wedding is only for a day but being a husband and wife is a commitment for life!
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.
Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
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.
So since you Groom and you Bride have promised to give yourselves to one another and to love each other through the exchange of your vows and the giving and receiving of these rings,
By the power vested in me by the state of California and by the power of your love…….
I now pronounce you…….
Husband and Wife!!!
You may kiss the bride!
Presentation of the Couple
Ladies and Gentlemen…..it is my proud pleasure to introduce to you for the first time in public... Mr. And Mrs. ______!!