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Ceremony #1

This Couple Wrote Their Own Vows

WEDDING CELEBRATION


Name of Bride & Groom
Day & Date

Processional Music

Greeting


    We gather to unite __________, and _________, in marriage. This celebration is an outward sign of an inward union of hearts, minds, and spirits. God created us male and female and gave us marriage. In marriage, a husband and wife are called to a new way of life. They are called to live faithfully together in plenty and in want, in joy, and in sorrow, in sickness, and in health.

    True marriage is more than joining two people in the bonds of marriage. In its right relation, it is the uniting of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists between a man and a woman, it is fitting that an outer acknowledgement is made. This acknowledgement is the prime object of this gathering and this ceremony. We are here to witness the entry of these beloved friends who are already one in spirit into the closer relationship of husband and wife.

    You are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of the one person in the entire world whom you love best. You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of a deep trust as well. You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities, and to share love.

      Remember this: “You are to each other beautiful gifts from God.” In the beginning, God gave us our free will and our identity to walk this earth. Do not try to change each other, because if you do, you will lose exactly what you fell in love with. Therefore, each day try to find one more thing that is beautiful in your mate. And each day know that the next day will be more beautiful than the one before. As long as you are doing this, you will be seeking beauty, joy, and love in each other.

    Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage the littlest things become the big things. We are never 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 at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful in each other. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner; it is being the right partner.

Giving of Bride:

  "Who gives this woman to be married to this man?"

Poem:

Vows:

    ______, do you give yourself totally to loving ______, striving to do whatever you can to help her feel happy and secure, treating her with kindness, understanding and respect throughout your lives? “I Do”

Bill's Vows:

Anita,


Today in the company of family and
friends I make my promise to you.
I promise to always be faithful, honest,
understanding, and tolerant
Since I have met you I have grown to be a
much more happy and kinder person
And I truly have you to thank for this.
But most of all today I vow to relentlessly
stand by you in good times and in bad and
Will love you for the rest of my life.
(The above vows where written and spoken by Mr. Bill Tester
on Friday, June 29, 2001 and are used as an example only)

   ______, do you give yourself totally to loving ______, striving to do whatever you can to help him feel happy and secure, treating him with kindness, understanding and respect throughout your lives? “I Do”

Anita's Vows:

Bill,


Today in the company of family and friends,
I make my promise to you.
I promise to always be faithful,
honest, understanding, and tolerant.
You have brought into my life
an incredible warmth and stability.
In you I have found a love that
exceeds all my dreams and expectations.
In you I have found truth and happiness.
This has given me the confidence to be able to
vow to you today most of all,
to love you through both good times and bad,
and to stand by you with love, support,
and devotion
For as long as I am present on this earth.
(The above vows where written and spoken by Mrs. Anita Tester
on Friday, June 29, 2001 and are used as an example only)



Poet John Keats wrote: "The ring is a thing of beauty, but it is more than a joy forever to you. It is a symbol, a symbol of your love for one another and of the fact that you are united in holy matrimony."

Prayer

Bless O Lord these rings and grant that they who give it and they who shall wear it may remain faithful to each other and abide in Thy peace, and favor, and live together in love until their lives end.” Amen

Exchange of Rings

To The Groom
_______, please repeat after me: “With this ring, I now marry you.”

To The Bride
_______, please repeat after me: “With this ring, I now marry you.”

Lighting of the Unity Candle

Song

Blessing of the Marriage

“Our Father, we come today asking Your blessing upon these two lives and this home being established. You made us so that we are incomplete without the other so that we yearn for someone we can love and whose love we can receive. Grant _______, and _______, patience, gentleness, and understanding. We ask for health, long life, and for the fulfillment of every good dream. May their love continue through life and finally blend into eternal life.” Amen

Pronouncement

   _______, and _______, we have heard you promise to share your lives in marriage. We respect the covenant you have made. It is not a minister standing before you that makes your marriage real, but rather the honest and sincerity of your love for one another. Now, in the presence of these witnesses I acknowledge that you are husband and wife.

Kiss

To The Groom

"_______, you may now kiss your wife."

Recessional Music







Ceremony #2

A More Traditional Ceremony

WEDDING CELEBRATION


Uniting
Name of Bride & Groom
Day & Date

Prelude             Harpist
Processional            Harp
Greeting and Prayer


_______ and _______ welcome you here today to witness their vows and commitment to each other. Let's take a moment to humble ourselves before God and invite Him into this moment in time and our lives.

Prayer: We have come together today, to witness the marriage of _______ & _______. We do so solemnly, because their commitment is a serious one, and we do so with joy because the most cherished experiences in life are those that can grow with the intimacy of a good relationship. We ask now Your Divine blessing upon this ceremony in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord - Amen

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12 - 17 Wedding Message:

1. Learn to enjoy looking at life differently.
2. Build Some Memories.
3. Treat Each Other Like Winners.


Sacred Dance


Question

“Who gives this woman to be married to this man?”

Declaration of Intent


“_______ & _______, are you now ready to complete your vows?”

"_______ _______ _______, will you have this woman to be thy wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the state of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, keep yourself only for her as long as you both shall live?"

"_______ _______ _______, will you have this man to be your husband, to live together after God's ordinance in the state of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor, and keep him in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, keep yourself only for him as long as you both shall live?"

Exchange of Vows


"Please face each other and join hands." 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, according to God's Holy ordinance; and hereto I give you my love. 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, according to God's Holy ordinance; and hereto I give you my love.

Exchange of Rings


To The Groom
"_______, please repeat after me, with this ring I thee wed; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

To The Bride
"_______, please repeat after me, with this ring I thee wed; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Blessing of the Rings: Lord, I ask now that You will bless these rings. May these rings represent Your everlasting care, Your peace, and Your favor upon the lives of _______ and _______. Amen

Dove Release:

Duet:

Blessing of the Marriage:

“Father, I now bless _______ & _______ in the Name of Jesus Christ. It is written in Your Word that the Holy Ghost who is given to us sheds love abroad in our hearts. Because You are in us, we acknowledge that Your love reigns supreme. Believing that love is displayed in full expression by enfolding and knitting this couple together in truth, I ask that You will perform Your will in their lives. Make them perfect for every good work, and pleasing in Your sight.

May they live and conduct themselves honorably and becoming of Your Kingdom. May this union be esteemed precious, worthy, and of great price. May _______ & _______ commit themselves to live in mutual harmony and accord with one another, being of the same mind and united spirit.

Father, may their lives and their families' lives lovingly express truth in all things. May they live truly, speak truly, and deal truly. May this marriage grow stronger each day because it is founded on Your Word and Your kind love. We give You praise, in the Name of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.”


Declaration of Marriage:


"_______ & _______, your love has joined you together in a new life. May you always bring shelter, warmth, and gladness to each other inasmuch as each of you have thus pledged yourselves to the other in the presence of this company. By the authority vested in my by the laws of this nation and by the still higher authority of our Heavenly Father, I now pronounce you husband and wife. What God has joined together, let not man put asunder.

The Kiss

To The Groom
"_______, you may now kiss your wife.

Presentation of the Couple:

"_______ & _______ desire to greet each of you personally. Please remain seated until _______ & _______ dismisses your row.

It is now my pleasure to introduce to you for the very first time:

Mr. & Mrs. _______ _______ _______







Ceremony #3


Contemporary

WEDDING CELEBRATION


Uniting
Bride And Groom
Day & Date


Welcome

We are gathered today in the presence of God to give thanks for the gift of marriage, and to witness the joining together of __________&__________.

Marriage is a sign of our Creator's desire for completeness in all of creation. Out of chaos, God brings order. Marriage is a picture of His creative purpose is at work. The joining together of two persons into one unique, intimate, and creative family is therefore not only a symbol but also a demonstration of the power of God in the lives of men and women. Marriage is truly a celebration of God's work.

The uniting of two individuals from two separate families and backgrounds to establish a new family is an important and memorable event. The uniting of _________ to ________ & _______ to _______ in heart and body and mind, is an occasion of great significance. We are called here today celebrate the special bonds of love and affection of this couple.

Marriage is not a casual event, nor is it simply a private affair between two individuals. Although some ceremonies are performed in secret, the marriage is in full view of society. Therefore, marriage is to be entered into responsibly and prayerfully. Marriage brings together this day two individuals, two families, and two backgrounds of faith. A strong faith marriage is then, in the midst of a troubled and broken society, a sign of hope. It deserves and needs the support of the immediate family, extended family and the household of faith. Today is a time for family and friends to share in the commitment that _______ & _______ promise to each and by offering our continued support, love and prayers in their life together.


Prayer

Let us pray: O Lord our God, source of all blessing, in happiness and joy we thank you for the gift of marriage, which we celebrate today. May you give _______ & _________ the ability to rejoice always in their love. May you fulfill every worthy desire of their hearts. May you open their eyes to the beauty and the mystery of the love they hold for each other, every day as today. And may their life together embrace and nurture the promise of this moment, so that all who know them will call them truly blessed. Amen.

Musical Interlude

"Sunrise, Sunset" / J. Bock and S. Harnick

Vows

Minister: _______ & ________ please state your intent to enter into this union by expressing your vows to one another.

____________, please repeat after me: "I promise, _______, before family and friends to commit my love to you; to respect your individuality; to be with you through life's changes; and to nurture and strengthen the love between us, as long as we both shall live".

(Groom repeats vow, then same for the Bride)

Witnesses' Vow

Minister: (To the congregation) "Will all of you witnessing these vows do everything in your power to uphold ________ & _________ in their marriage? Congregation: "We Will."

Rings

Minister: The wedding ring is a symbol of unity, a circle unbroken, without beginning or end. And today ______ & _______ give and receive these rings as demonstrations of their vows to make their life one, to work at all times to create a love that is whole and unbroken, and to love each other without end.

  Groom, take this ring, and place it on your Bride's finger and state your pledge to her, repeating after me: "This ring I give you as a sign of our constant faith and abiding love."

(Groom repeats vow, and then same for the Bride.)

Blessing of the Rings

Eternal God, without your grace no promise is sure. Strengthen _____ & ______ with patience, kindness, gentleness, and all the other gifts you so abundantly impart, that they may fulfill the vows they have made this day. Keep them faithful to each other and to You. Fill them with such love and joy that they may build a home of peace and welcome. And guide them by your word to serve you all their days. Amen.

Pronouncement of Marriage

Before God and in your presence as witnesses, _______ & _______ have made their solemn vows to each other. They have confirmed their promises by joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings. Therefore I proclaim that _______ & _______ are husband and wife.

Blessing of the Couple

And now may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His countenance to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. May the, Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace this day and all your days. Amen.

Pronouncement

It is now my pleasure to introduce to you for the very first time Mr. & Mrs. _______ _______ _______.

To The Groom

"_______, you may now kiss your wife.

Recessional


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