I mean, how do you even decide on the wording for your wedding?

They’re all the same.  They say some stuff about love.  They use lots of flowery words like “commitment”, “kindness”, “compassion” and end with “You may kiss the bride”.

Let’s face it, people will spend 8 hours at work looking at 1,000s of pictures of cake flowers.

And then spend 15 painful minutes finding a wedding ceremony script.

And you want to know the truth?  I wouldn’t want to spend more than 15 minutes looking either.

Wedding Ceremony Scripts

  1. Religious
  2. Non-religious/Secular/Civil
  3. Blended family

A Sweet, Secular Ceremony Script

From The Knot &  JulieLaudicina.com

(with minor changes from Island Mike!)

Good evening everyone!

From this location (here the officiant should describe something about your chosen ceremony venue/location, about the significance or beauty of the location).

In this place, we take ourselves out of the usual routines of daily living to witness a unique moment in the lives of Bride and Groom. Today they join their lives in the union of marriage.

To all their guests, they are happy to share this moment with you. They have known most of you

for many years. You watched them grow up, you went to school with them, or you worked

with them. Because you are the ones who have supported them and known them so well, it is

only fitting that you are the ones to share this once-in-a-lifetime moment with them.

Groom and Bride are pleased to have their parents in the front row…close to them for the

ceremony. Bride thanks her mother for providing her with every opportunity possible and being

the best mother anyone could ask for.

Groom appreciates all the love and support his parents gave him over the years.

A wedding day is often a day when couples miss family members no longer with them. For

Bride and Groom, there are family members whose memories they hold dear.

(Here you can insert references to loved ones that have passed away.  Or you can mention loved ones that couldn’t be present for other reasons.)

And so it is that Groom and Bride present themselves to be married today…surrounded by the

people they love the most.

Celebrant:

As ____________ and ___________ prepared for the ceremony part of this wedding celebration, they reflected

on what it is that they love about each other.  And this was was the easiest part of planning this wedding!

To the Groom:

__________ (Groom’s name), ____________ (Bride’s name) loves that you blend in so comfortably with her family. She is

pleased that _____________________(fill in the blank). She sees in you a funny, kind, and sweet

man. She loves that you think she is funny and that you always find a way to compliment her.

She loves that you always want to be close to her. You remember details of the stories she tells. You

want to be part of her family and circle of friends. You help her around the house. Most

importantly, you are so close that even when she is at her worst, you have never made her feel

like you want anything but to be closer to her.

____________ (Bride’s name), _____________(Groom’s name) loves that you ______________________(fill in the

blank). He loves your brain, your smile, and your beauty. He appreciates that

you are “low maintenance.” He likes that you can be really silly. He loves your emails and

texts. He loves your cooking. He loves your kisses. He just really loves you!

You both look to a shared future that includes raising a happy &  healthy family. That future also

includes a richly lived life together…going out to restaurants, hanging out with

family, relaxing at home in front of the TV, singing and dancing…Bride will do the singing, and

Groom will do the dancing.

The years will come and go…you won’t take each other for granted, you will laugh a lot, you

will be the best parents you can be, you will grow older and wiser together. It’s a good story,

and the ending is not in sight!

Reading

MARRIAGE VOWS

Celebrant:

We come now to the words Bride and Groom want to hear the most today…the words that take

them across the threshold from being engaged to being married.

A marriage, as most of us understand it, is a voluntary and full commitment. It is made in the

deepest sense to the exclusion of all others, and it is entered into with the desire and hope that it

will last for life.

Before you declare your vows to one another, I want to hear you confirm that it is indeed your

intention to be married today.

Bride, do you come here freely and without reservation to give yourself to Groom in

marriage? If so, answer “I do.”

Bride:

I do.

Celebrant:

Groom, do you come here freely and without reservation to give yourself to Bride in

marriage? If so, answer “I do.”

Groom:

I do.

Celebrant:

Groom and Bride, having heard that it is your intention to be married to each other, I now ask

you to declare your marriage vows.

Please face each other and hold hands.

Celebrant:

Bride, please repeat after me…

I, Bride take you, Groom

to be my husband.

I will share my life with yours,

Build our dreams together,

Support you through times of trouble,

and rejoice with you in times of happiness.

I promise to give you

respect, love and loyalty

through all the trials and triumphs

of our lives together.

This commitment is made in love,

kept in faith,

lived in hope,

and made new every day of our lives.

Celebrant:

Groom, please repeat after me…

I, Groom,

take you, Groom,

to be my wife.

I will share my life with yours,

Build our dreams together,

Support you through times of trouble,

and rejoice with you in times of happiness.

I promise to give you

respect, love and loyalty

through all the trials and triumphs

of our lives together.

This commitment is made in love,

kept in faith,

lived in hope,

and made new every day of our lives.

Exchange of Wedding Rings

Celebrant:

Your wedding ring are the outward and visible sign of the inward and invisible bond which

already unites you two hearts in love.

Groom, place the ring on Bride’s finger and repeat after me….

I give you this ring.

Wear it with love and joy.

As this ring has no end,

My love is also forever.

Bride, place the ring on Groom’s finger and repeat after me….

I give you this ring.

Wear it with love and joy.

As this ring has no end,

My love is also forever.

May the wedding rings you exchanged today remind you always that you are surrounded by

enduring love.

Celebrant:

Everyone has advice for newlyweds, especially on their wedding day.

Bride and Groom, I offer these good wishes to you on this special day.

  • May your life together be blessed with prosperity and good health.
  • May you always share open and honest communication between each other.
  • May you respect each other’s individual talents and gifts and give full support to each

other’s professional and personal pursuits.

  • May you cherish the home and family you will create together.
  • May all the years to come be filled with moments to celebrate and renew your love.
  • May your love be a life-long source of excitement, contentment, affection, respect, and

devotion for one another.

Declaration of Marriage

Celebrant:

And so now by the power vested in me by __________________, it is my honor and delight to declare

you husband and wife. You may seal this declaration with a kiss.

Celebrant:

I am pleased to present the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. ______________!

FROM MAX & ERIN’S WEDDING

Ceremony found on Erin’s Blog.

We are gathered together on this day to witness and celebrate the marriage of __________ & _________. We come together not to mark the start of a relationship, but to acknowledge and strengthen a bond that already exists. This ceremony is a public affirmation of that bond and as their dearest family and friends, it is our honor and privilege to stand witness to this event. This day is made possible not only because of your love for each other, but through the grace and support of your family and friends. It is our hope that your fulfillment and joy in each other will increase with each passing year.

Marriage is a commitment in life, where two people can find and bring out the very best in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal, a physical and emotional joining that has the promise of a lifetime.

OPENING PRAYER

Let us bow our heads in prayer. Lord, we thank you for gathering everyone here today. We ask that you help Max and Erin to remember the strong love that they share. To work that love into practical things so that nothing can divide them. May their love always inspire them to be kind in their words, considerate of the other’s feelings, and concerned for the other’s needs and wishes. Increase their faith and trust in You. Bless their marriage with peace and happiness and make their Love fruitful for Your glory and their joy, both here and in eternity. Amen.

While the commitment begins with the two of you, its effect radiates outward. It touches your family and friends and ultimately all of society. When this commitment is seriously made and continuously fulfilled, it leads to the richest and most rewarding of human relationships.

This is, I am sure, what you Max, want for Erin and it is also what you, Erin, want for Max. It is also what your family and friends who are gathered here want for the two of you. When a couple treats each other with kindness, love, and respect, the best of what marriage has to offer is the result.

Your relationship will take more than love. It will take trust, to know in your hearts that you want only the best for each other. Dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn and grow, even when it is difficult to do so. And faith, to go forward together without knowing what the future holds for you both.

While love is our natural state of being, these other qualities are not as easy to come by. They are not a destination, but a journey. Marriage is a give and take between two personalities, a mingling of two endowments which diminishes neither, but enhances both.

Your joining together today becomes all the more important to recognize the significance of a devoted and affectionate family life.

RECOGNITION OF THE PARENTS

You are both blessed to have come from truly loving families who recognize the importance of marriage and the fundamental nature of the marriage commitment. They want everyone to know that who they are today is the result of many years of support and sacrifice by their parents.

CHARGE TO THE COUPLE

Seeing that no moment is without meaning, we ask that you take this marriage as a beginning of your lives together. Today signifies the creation of a new home and a new family for you both. May you be fulfilled by each other’s love and friendship. May you be overjoyed by the promises you are about to make and the life together you will create.

Remember that in every marriage, there are good times and bad, times of joy and times of sorrow. Marriage is a journey – a time of adventure and excitement enhanced by the love, trust, dedication and faith you share in one another.

You are mature enough to know the difference between dreams and realities. You have youth and hope. You also know that good times are sweeter when shared and that difficult times are less harsh when borne by two. Continue to work to build a foundation that will support the lasting relationship that is marriage.

May the promises you make to one another today, be lived out to the end of your lives. Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys, but today is the day it all begins.

Max and Erin, do you, with your family and friends as your witnesses, present yourselves willingly and of your own accord to be joined in marriage?

[We do]

Will you promise to care for each other in the joys and sorrows of life, come what may, and to share the responsibility for growth and enrichment of your life together?

[We will]

VOWS

Max, please repeat after me.

I, Max, take you Erin, to be my wedded wife

I give to you in the presence of these witnesses

My promise to stay by your side,

In sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow,

As well as through the good times and the bad.

I promise to love you without reservation,

Comfort you in times of distress

Encourage you to achieve all of your goals,

Laugh with you and cry with you,

Grow with you in mind and spirit

Always be open and honest with you,

And cherish you for as long as we both shall live

Erin, please repeat after me

I, Erin, take you Max, to be my wedded husband

I give to you in the presence of these witnesses

My promise to stay by your side,

In sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow,

As well as through the good times and the bad.

I promise to love you without reservation,

Comfort you in times of distress

Encourage you to achieve all of your goals,

Laugh with you and cry with you,

Grow with you in mind and spirit

Always be open and honest with you,

And cherish you for as long as we both shall live

Max and Erin as you hold hands, may you see the gift that they are to you.

These are the hands that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will countless times wipe tears from your eyes, tears of joy and sorrow. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years. These are the hands that will help hold your family together as one as you overcome adversity. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future.

EXCHANGING OF THE RINGS

Having this love in your hearts, you have chosen to seal your vows by exchanging rings.

From the earliest times, the circle has been a sign of completeness. The rings that you have chosen to wear have neither beginning nor end, much like your love for one another. They are a symbol of the words that you speak today. May these rings be from this day forward, your most treasured adornment, and may the love they symbolize, be your most precious possession. As you wear these rings, may they be constant reminders of these glad promises you are making today.

Max, take this ring, place it on Erin’s left hand and repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you.

Erin, take this ring, place it on Max’s left hand and repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you.

Today you have pledged yourselves to a lifetime of caring for one another. May this be a commitment made in love, kept in faith, lived in hope and eternally renewed. As you stand before us, it is our hope that you will go through life loving, trusting, and caring for one another, completely and forever.

Max and Erin from this moment forward you will never be alone. You will carry with you the love of another person, giving you a completeness and renewed lightness. May your life together be immersed in love and excitement. May you strive to enrich each other in every possible way. And may you work to bring the peace you find to this world.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE

Having pledged their fidelity to one another, to love, honor and cherish one another in the presence of this gathering and by the authority vested in me by the constitution and the laws of this state, it is my honor to now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.

CONGRATULATIONS

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my honor to be the first to introduce you to: Mr. and Mrs. _____________.

A Civil Ceremony

I found this one on Snippet and Ink.

Officiant: Welcome, family, friends and loved ones. We are gathered here today,

surrounded by the beauty of creation and nurtured by the sights and sounds of nature to

celebrate the wedding of _____ and _____. You have come here from near and from far away

to share in this commitment now they make to one another, to offer your love and support to

their union, and to allow ______ and ______ to start their married life together surrounded by the

people dearest and most important to them.

________ and ________ thank you for your presence here today. They ask for your blessing,

encouragement, and lifelong support, for their marriage and life shared together. They also remember

other loved ones who cannot be here to share this moment.

__________ and __________, marriage is the promise between two people who love each other, who trust that love, who honor one another as individuals in that togetherness, and who wish to spend

the rest of their lives together. It enables the two separate souls to share their desires,

longings, dreams, and memories, their joys and sorrows, and to help each other through all

uncertainties of life. A strong marriage also nurtures each of you as separate individuals and

allows you to maintain your unique identity and grow in your own way through the years

ahead. It is a safe haven for each of you to become your best self.

You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship

and blessing of a deep trust. You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities and love. It takes more than love to make this relationship work. It takes trust, to know in your

hearts that you want only the best for each other. It takes dedication, to stay open to one

another, to learn and grow, even when it is difficult to do so. And it takes faith, to go forward

together without knowing what the future holds for you both.

READING

DECLARATION OF INTENT AND SHARING OF VOWS

_________ and _________, please join hands, look at one another now and remember this moment in

time.

Officiant: Groom, do you take Bride to be your wife? I do.

Officiant: Bride, do you take Groom to be your husband? I do.

Officiant: Groom, please take Bride’s hand and repeat after me.

________, 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 life 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

Officiant: Bride, please take Groom’s hand and repeat after me.

Lizzy, 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 life with adventure and our home with laughter/ To encourage you to grow as an individual / To love you completely/ These things I pledge to you

BLESSING AND GIVING OF RINGS

Officiant: Please present the rings

Your wedding ring is a symbol of your promise to one another. The ring, an unbroken, never ending circle, is a symbol of committed, unending love.

Groom, as you place this ring on Bride‘s finger, repeat these words after me: This ring symbolizes my love for you/ and the commitments we made today

Bride, as you place this ring on Groom‘s finger, repeat these words after me: This ring symbolizes my love for you/ and the commitments we made today

CONCLUSION & PRONOUNCEMENT

______ and _____, you have come here today of your own free will and in the presence of family and friends, have declared your love and commitment to each other. You have given and received a ring as a symbol of your promises. By the power of your love and commitment to each other, and by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may now share your first kiss as husband and wife.

Congratulations. Friends and family, I now present to you the newly married couple. Let’s hear it for ‘em!

A Religious Ceremony

Found on A Paper Proposal

Opening Prayer

We are gathered here in the presence of God, family and friends to unite Sarah and Dale in holy matrimony. Marriage is an honorable estate, and is therefore not to be entered into lightly, but reverently, advisedly, soberly and with God’s blessing. Today, they will receive God’s greatest gift; another person to share with, grow with, change with, be joyful with and to stand with as one when trials and tribulations enter their lives. It is fitting, therefore, that we should on this occasion begin by asking for God’s blessing on this marriage. Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we gather to celebrate your gift of love, and its presence among us. We rejoice that these two people have chosen to commit themselves to a life of loving faithfulness to one another. We praise you, Lord, for the ways you have touched our lives with loving relationships such as Dale and Sarah’s, and we give thanks for the special love and friendship you have put in their hearts. Renew within us an affectionate and loving spirit. Enrich our lives with the gracious gift of your love so that we may embrace others with that same love. May our participation in this celebration of love and commitment, give to us a new joy and responsiveness to the relationships that we cherish. In your loving arms we pray, Amen.

You may all be seated.

Definition of Commitment

Marriage is a joyous occasion. It is connected in our thoughts with the charm of love, the warmth of home, and with all that is pleasant, as being one of the most important events of our lives. Its sacredness and unity is the most significant and binding covenant known in human relations.

Dale and Sarah, let me charge you both to remember that your future happiness is to be in mutual consideration, patience, kindness, confidence and affection. It is the duty of each of you to find your greatest joy in the company of the other; to remember that your love pledged today must remain undivided for a lifetime.

It is your duty, Dale, to be to Sarah, a considerate, tender, faithful, and loving husband: to support, guide and cherish her in prosperity and trouble; to thoughtfully and carefully enlarge the place she holds in your life; to constantly show to her the tokens of your affection, to shelter her from danger, and to love her with an unchangeable love.

It is your duty, Sarah, to be to Dale, a considerate, tender, faithful, and loving wife; to comfort, guide and cherish him in prosperity and trouble; to give to him the unfailing evidences of your affection; to continue making the place he holds in your heart, broader and deeper; to support him, value him and work with him to make your marriage the very best that it can be.

I call your attention to the seriousness of the decision which you have made and the covenant you are about to declare before God. The vows you are about to take are not to be taken without careful thought, for in them you are committing yourselves exclusively to one another for as long as you both shall live.

Wedding Vows

If you are ready to assume the obligations and duties before God, as I have defined them, you will unite your hands and pledge your love and your lives to each other.

Dale, repeat after me.

I Dale, take you, Sarah, to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, for as long as we both shall live. This is my solemn vow.

Now Sarah, please repeat after me.

I Sarah, take you, Dale, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, for as long as we both shall live. This is my solemn vow.

Exchanging of the Rings

You will now exchange rings as a symbol of the lifelong commitment and abiding love which you as husband and wife have promised to each other.

Dale, please place the ring on Sarah’s finger, and repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness.

And Sarah, please place the ring on Dale’s finger and repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness.

A reading by Dale’s father

Closing Prayer

Eternal God, help Dale and Sarah to fulfill the promises they have made here today and to reflect your steadfast love in their commitment to each other. Give them kindness and patience, affection and understanding, happiness and contentment. May their family and friends continue to support them in difficult days, so that their love for each other may continue to grow as long as they both shall live.

Let us all pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

On Earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us,

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

And the power, and the glory,

Forever and ever.

Amen.

Blessing

As this couple has joined lives here today, it’s important to understand that everyone present has played a part in shaping the characters of Sarah & Dale, and will play a vital role in their continuing lives. And thus we are here not only to witness their vows to each other, but also to bestow upon them our blessing.

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.

Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there will be no more loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two bodies, but there is only one life before you.

May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead.

And may your days together be good and long upon the earth.

Declaration of Marriage

Sarah and Dale, having witnessed your vows for marriage before God and all who are assembled here, by the authority invested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride!

It is my pleasure to introduce to you for the first time…

Another Wedding

Found at Wedding Bee

Welcome! Good afternoon, family and friends.  We have come here today to celebrate the wedding

of _____________ and _____________.  On behalf of the bride and groom, thank you for joining us.

By your presence, you celebrate with them the love they have discovered in each other,

and you support their decision to commit themselves to a lifelong relationship.

Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable thought and reflection.  By making this commitment today, __________ and __________’s relationship will become stronger, better, and deeper.

Today, Kat and Justin demonstrate their devotion to each other by dedicating themselves to a life together and they show their respect for each other.  By setting forth to honor the vows they have created today, their lives, which began on separate paths, will be joined as one.

  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF FAMILY & FRIENDS

Today represents not only the joining of _________ and _________ but also the joining of their families and friends.

___________ and __________ would like to recognize their parents on this occasion.  They offer their profound gratitude for all the love and care their parents showed in raising them.  The unconditional gifts of love and support that you have continually offered have inspired them to become who they are today.  Without you, this day would not be possible.

III. REMEMBRANCES & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Kat and Justin have also asked that we take a moment to honor those loved ones who are not with us today

[Names of those acknowledged here]

  1. MARRIAGE ADDRESS

Deep abiding affection, the magical and compelling shared impulse that makes us seek each others company, is among the greatest gifts of the human experience.

Any of us who has been fortunate enough to find and express the kind of loving devotion that we are celebrating here today knows that it is an awesome and beautiful thing.

At this time, I would like to share 3 suggestions with the both of you:

My first suggestion is this:

Be constantly grateful for this precious person who has chosen to make a life with you.

My second suggestion is this:

Be generous with compliments.  Be attentive and helpful. The world can be a tough place

and any of us can be subject to rough handling.  Each of you can, by your tenderness toward each other,

kind words and thoughtful actions, make your marriage and your home an uplifting refuge.

Last, but perhaps most importantly:

Make truth the unfailing bedrock of your lives together. A happy, loving marriage is built on trust and respect. That trust and respect can only be sustained if you are both deeply committed to always being open and truthful in every exchange no matter how small.

My hope for you is this:

That you have many long years to delight in each other’s company, to feel gratitude for your great fortune in having found each other.

To a make home together that is at once sheltering and welcoming, to each do meaningful, productive work at home and in the world and to love and be loved by the friends and family who have come here today to support you

  1. MARRIAGE STATEMENT OF INTENT/CONSENT

____________ and __________, do you, present yourselves willingly and of your own accord to be joined in marriage?  We do.

Will you promise to care for each other in the joys and sorrows of life, come what may, and to share the responsibility for growth and enrichment of your life together? We do.

Then please turn to each other and share your vows.

VII. VOWS

Today I promise you/that though the world may change/

and though we may change with it/

I will always love you/always treasure you/and will share all that I am with you/

I am proud, from this day forward/to be called your wife/husband

VIII. RING EXCHANGE

For thousands of years, lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows.

Let these rings be a sign that love has a past, a present, and a future.

___________, take _________’s ring and place it on her finger and repeat after me:

I give you this ring as a sign that I choose you/

To be my lover/my partner/and my best friend/to the end of my days.

The love already shared by your hearts has been strengthened by the vows you have taken and the rings you have now exchanged.

  1. PRONOUNCEMENT

___________ and ___________, we have heard your promise to share your lives in marriage.

We recognize and respect the vows you have made here this day before all of us as your witnesses.

In the honesty and sincerity of what you have said and done here today,

And in accordance with the laws of the state of __________

It is my honor and delight to declare you henceforth

To be husband and wife

You may seal your vows with a kiss

A Traditional Christian Ceremony

From a Wedding Ceremony to Remember

We welcome all of you here today as we have gathered together in the presence of God and these witnesses to join ________________ and ________________ in holy matrimony.

Marriage is a gift from God, given to us so that we might experience the joys of unconditional love with a lifelong partner. God designed marriage to be an intimate relationship between a man and a woman.

_______________ and _______________, because your deep love for each other comes from God above, this is a sacred moment, and it is with great reverence that I now ask you to declare your intent.

CONSENT

_______________, do you take _______________ to be your wedded wife, to live together

after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony?

Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, remain faithful to her as long as you both shall live?

I do.

And _______________, do you take _______________ to be your wedded husband, to live

together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony?

Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, remain faithful to him as long as you both shall live?

I do.

Who gives _______________ to be married to _______________?

(The Escort shall say): Her Mother and I or I do or We do or Her family or other.

Today is the beginning of a new life together for you. It marks the commencement of new relationships to your families, your friends, and certainly to each other. You have invited these special guests to share in one of life’s greatest moments as they give recognition to the worth and beauty of your love and add their best wishes to the words that shall unite you today as husband and wife.

God knew your needs when He brought you together. He knew exactly what you needed to make you complete. And now, He wants you to commit yourselves to each other as the one He has chosen to complete you.

Through the ages, man has tried to define “love.” Poems, songs, and books all have been written trying to describe this little four letter word. But the best description I have found comes from God Himself, since He is the Author of love. In His Word in First Corinthians, Chapter 13.  It describes the kind of love that must characterize your lives if you are to live in joy and harmony and honor with each other, and also before God and your fellow man.

Listen to what it says:

Insert Scripture Reading Here

___________, I believe you are saying to all of us today that you are committing yourself to this

woman only, moving toward her in a more open and intimate way, giving yourself to care for her, and promising to love her as she needs to be loved.

And ___________, I believe you are saying to us that you are committing yourself to this man only, moving toward him with increasing openness, tenderness, and respect, giving yourself to him, and trusting him as the head of your home, and, through him, listening to God’s plan for your life together.

And so, (Groom) , if you will love (Bride) as Christ loves the church, and

(Bride), if you will respond to (Groom) as unto the Lord,

your companionship as husband and wife will blossom into a physical, emotional, and spiritual closeness beyond which nothing can compare.

WEDDING VOWS

I, ___________, take thee, ____________, / to be my wedded wife, / to have

and to hold / from this day forward, / for better, for worse, / for richer, for poorer, / in sickness and in

health, / to love and to cherish, / till death do us part. / This is my solemn vow.

I, _____________, take thee, ____________, / to be my wedded husband, / to have and to hold / from this day forward, / for better, for worse, / for richer, for poorer, / in sickness and in health, / to love and to cherish, / till death do us part. / This is my solemn vow.

EXPLANATION OF THE RINGS

The wedding ring serves as a symbol of the promises you have just spoken. It is the outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible love that binds your two hearts together. The wedding ring also is a symbol of what God is. He is without beginning and without end—He is eternal.

As you can see, the ring is without beginning and without end. So I believe this exchange of rings not only reminds us of the unending love you have for each other, but also reflects the eternal love God has for each of you.

Ring Exchange VOWS

May I have the token of (Groom’s) _______________ love for (Bride) _______________?

As Groom places ring on Bride’s finger, repeats:  This ring I give in token and pledge / as a sign of my love and devotion. / With this ring, I thee wed.

May I have the token of (Bride’s) _______________ love for (Groom) _______________?

As Bride places ring on Groom’s finger, repeats: This ring I give in token and pledge / as a sign of my love and devotion. / With this ring, I thee wed.

WEDDING PRAYER/BLESSING

Our Heavenly Father, we ask Your blessing upon these two lives and the home they are establishing today. May the love they have for each other grow deeper and stronger because of their love for You.

Lord, You guided them to each other, now guide them in this new journey as husband and wife. As they walk down this path, light their way so they may keep their eyes focused on Your will, their hands holding fast to Your truth, their feet firmly planted in Your Word, and their hearts bound together by Your love. This we pray in Your name. Amen.

PRONOUNCEMENT

(Groom) _______________ and (Bride) _______________, since you have consented together in holy

matrimony, and have pledged yourselves to each other by your solemn vows and by the giving of rings, and have declared your commitment of love before God and these witnesses, I now pronounce you husband and wife in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Those whom God hath joined together, let no man separate.

KISS

____________, you may kiss your Bride.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the very first time,

(Mr. and Mrs.) ______________________________.