Short Secular Marriage Ceremony I
Bride is escorted in
Officiant: We are assembled here in the presence of these witnesses to celebrate the joining of this man and this woman in the unity of marriage. There are no obligations on earth sweeter or tender than those you are about to assume. There are no vows more solemn than those you are about to make.
There is no human institution more sacred than that of the home you are about to form. True marriage is the dearest of all earthly relationships. The state of matrimony is based a deep, invisible union of two souls, who seek to find completion in one another.
Do you understand this?
Recognition of those not present
Officiant: Specifically name parents, grandparents or siblings that have either passed or were physically unable to attend.
Presentation of the Couple
Officiant: Who gives this couple in marriage?
Parents or Sponsors: We do.
Officiant: Will you please face each other and join hands?
Groom, will you take this woman, whose hands you hold, choosing her alone to be your wedded wife? Will you live with her in the state of true matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, honor her at all times, and be faithful to her?
Officiant: Bride, will you take this man, whose hands you hold, choosing him alone to be your wedded husband? Will you live with him in the state of true matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, honor him at all times, and be faithful to him?
Blessing of the Rings
I understand you have brought rings as a token of your sincerity?
Who has those rings?
Ring Bearer: I do.
Blessing of the Rings
Bless these rings, that each gives, receives, and wears as a token of the covenant between them and God, and may they ever abide in thy peace, living together in unity, in love, and in happiness, and with good purpose do thy will. Amen.
Exchange of Vows and Rings
As you take these I would have you remember that to love is to come together from the pathways of your past and move forward...Hand in hand, along the uncharted roads of your future, ready to risk, to dream, and to dare.... And always believe that all things are possible with faith and love in each other.
Couple places the ring of the other half way on the finger and repeats after Officiant:
I Groom, choose you Bride to be my wife,
to love and cherish, from this day forward,
and thereto pledge you my faith.
And with this ring, I thee wed,
Let it ever be to us a symbol of our love.
I Bride, choose you Groom, to be my husband,
to love and to cherish, from this day forward,
and thereto pledge you my faith.
With this ring, I thee wed.
Let it ever be to us a symbol of our love.
Officiant: Let no man or woman tear asunder what fate, God, and Love hath joined this day.
Declaration of Marriage
Officiant: In as much as you, Groom, and you Bride, have consented together to this union of marriage, and you have pledged your faith to each other here in my presence, and the presence of this company, now by the authority vested in me as a minister for the state of State, I now announce that you are Husband and Wife!
You may kiss!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I now present Mrs. Bride First Name and Mr. Groom Full Name.
Guests are now dismissed.
Short Religious Ceremony
We are gathered here today in presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite HEIDI and ROBERT in holy matrimony.
HEIDI and ROBERT, although life is a gift given to each of us as individuals, we also learn to live together in harmony. Love is a gift to us from our family and friends. Through these gifts of love we learn to ourselves to gift it back. Learning to love and live together is one of life's greatest challenges and is the shared goal of a married life.
Today is truly a glorious day which the Lord hath made - as today both of you are blessed with God's greatest of all gifts - the gift of abiding love and devotion between a man and a woman. All present here today - and those here in heart - wish both of you all the joy, happiness and success and the world has to offer.
"ROBERT, do you take HEIDI to be your wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in holy matrimony? Do you promise to love her, to honor and cherish her, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, and to be to her in all things a good and faithful husband as long as you both shall live?"
"HEIDI, do you take ROBERT to be your wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in holy matrimony? Do you promise to love her, to honor and cherish her, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, and to be to her in all things a good and faithful husband as long as you both shall live?"
ROBERT, please repeat after me:
I ROBERT take you HEIDI to be my wife, my constant friend and companion to share my love from this day forward.
In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness, in health, in good times and bad, also in Joy as well as Sorrow.
I promise to love you unconditionally, to support, honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you.
I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before.
I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.
Christian (short version)
Friends, we have been invited here to share with Lisa and Putu in a most important time in their lives. In the time they have been together, their love for and understanding of each other has grown and matured. Now they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.
Would you bow with me as recite the Our Father together?
The Lord’s Prayer
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
Thank you. You may be seated.
Giving Away of Lisa
Officiant -- Who is giving this woman to be joined to this man?
Father of Lisa -- Her mother and I
Our God of love has established marriage as the symbol of Christ's perfect relationship to His Body, the Church. We have come to bring you as one before Him.
Officiant to Couple -- Christian marriage is not living merely for each other; it is two persons, uniting and joining hands to serve God. Seek His kingdom first, and His righteousness, and He will add all other things to you. Do not expect perfection from each other--that belongs solely to God. You need not minimize each other's weaknesses, but always be swift to praise and magnify each other's points of comeliness and strength, and see each other through kind and patient eyes.
God will lead you into such situations as will bless you, and those which will develop your character as you walk together. That's another way of saying there will be difficult times you share as well. As you look to Him, He will give you enough tears to keep you tender, enough hurts to keep you compassionate, enough of failure to keep your hands clenched tightly in His, and enough of success to make you certain that you do walk with Him.
May He remain the central figure in your relationship together. May you never take each other's love for granted, but always experience that wonder that exclaims "Out of all in this world, you have chosen me!" When life is done, may you be found, then as now, hand in hand, still thanking God for each other. May you ever serve Him happily, faithfully, together, until Christ returns in Glory, or until at last one shall lay the other to rest in the arms of the Savior. And all this, through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
You both stand before us as children of God, redeemed by Jesus Christ through your trust in Him, and His substitutionary death for your sin. Is it your purpose to establish a home that is truly Christ-centered, where the Word of God is read and obeyed; a home that is welded together by prayer, in which the Holy Spirit is your constant Guide?
Lisa and Putu -- It is.
Will you please, as an expression that your hearts are joined together in love, now please join your hands.
Officiant to Putu -- Putu, this woman whom you hold by the hand is to be your wife. She has given you one of the most sacred things under heaven: a woman's life, and a woman's love. You may bring her great joy or cause her deep sorrow. It is not what you bring her in a material way that will make true happiness--riches without love are nothing. The gift without the giver is bare. The practice of those virtues as husband that you have shown as lover, will keep her heart won to your heart.
Do you vow here, as you have promised Lisa, that you will be true and loyal, patient in sickness, comforting in sorrow, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her, so long as you both shall live?
Putu -- I do.
Officiant to Lisa -- Lisa, this man whom you hold by the hand is to be your husband. Upon your life, your love, and your devotion he will lean for strength and inspiration. He is going to look to you for encouragement, for cheerfulness, and for confidence. No matter what the world may say or think, people may forget him, lose confidence in him, or turn their backs upon him, but you must not. May your life and love be the inspiration that will constantly lead him to greater dependence upon our Lord. Do you vow here, as you have promised Putu, that you will be loyal in adversity, ministering to him in affliction, comforting him in sorrow, and forsaking all others, keeping yourself only unto him so long as you both shall live?
Lisa -- I do.
Officiant to Putu
-- Would you repeat after me:
I, Putu, take you Lisa, to be my wife, before God who brought us together, to love and cherish you, even as Christ loved the Church, and gave Himself for it, to lead you, and share all of life's experiences with you, by following God through them. That through His grace we might grow together into the likeness of Jesus, our Savior and Lord.
Officiant to Lisa Lisa, would you repeat after me:
I, Lisa, take you, Putu, to be my wedded husband, before God who brought us together, to love you and to cherish you, to submit myself to you in all things, and to follow you through all of life's experiences as you follow God, that through His grace we might grow together into the likeness of Jesus, our Savior and Lord.
Who holds the rings?
A ring is a fitting symbol to represent the covenant you are making today. Not only are these made out of the finest of metals, reminding you of the purity of your relationship. but they are also a circle, a line unending, reminding you that your love, devotion, and commitment to one another are to be unending.
As you place the ring on Lisa’s ring finger please repeat: With this ring I thee wed.
Officiant to Lisa --
As you place the ring on Putu’s ring finger please repeat: With this ring I thee wed.
In as much as you have each pledged to the other your lifelong commitment, love, and devotion, by the authority committed to me as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and according to the laws of the State of Alabama, I now declare you to be husband and wife, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
And what God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to be the first to introduce to you, Mr. and Mrs. _____________.
Short, basic secular ceremony
The step which you are about to take is the most important into which human beings can come. It is a union of two people founded upon mutual respect and affection.
George, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, and forsaking all others, keep you only unto her, for so long as you both shall live?
Cindy, will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, and forsaking all others, keep you only unto him, so long as you both shall live?
Take hands and repeat after me: I, George, take you, Cindy, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, to love and to cherish, from this day forward.
I, Cindy, take you, George, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, to love and to cherish, from this day forward.
Do you have a ring for the Cindy? Please place the ring on the Cindy's finger and say: With this ring, I thee wed.
Is there a ring for the George? Please place the ring on the George's finger and say: With this ring I thee wed.
Let these rings be given and received as a token of your affection, sincerity and fidelity to one another.
In as much as you have consented together in wedlock and pledged your vows to each other, by the authority vested in me by the State of Alabama, I now pronounce you husband and wife. (You may now kiss .)