Love is the reason we are here. In marriage we not only say, “I love you today”, but also, “I promise to love you for all of our tomorrows.”
(Groom’s Name) and (Bride’s Name), in the days ahead of you, there will be stormy times and good times, times of conflict and times of joy. I ask you to remember this advice:
Never go to bed angry.
Let your love be stronger than your anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break.
Believe the best of your beloved rather than the worst.
Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.
Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindnesses you bestow on your friends.
Say “I love you” every day.
(Groom’s Name) and (Bride’s Name), 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.
Please join hands and look into each others eyes.
(Groom’s Name), with this understanding, do you take (Bride’s Name) 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?
Groom: “I do.”
(Bride’s Name), with this understanding, do you take (Groom’s Name) 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?
Bride: “I do.”
May I have the rings please?
The ring, an unbroken, never-ending circle, is a symbol of committed, unending love.
(Groom’s Name), as you place this ring on (Bride’s Name)’s finger, repeat these words after me:
This ring, a gift for you, symbolizes my desire that you be my wife from this day forward.
As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.
(Bride’s Name), as you place this ring on (Groom’s Name)’s finger, repeat these words after me:
This ring, a gift for you, symbolizes my desire that you be my husband, from this day forward. As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.
I carry your heart with me
by E. E. Cummings
I carry your heart with me (I carry it in
my heart)I am never without it (anywhere
I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) I want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
Here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)
Challenge to the Bride and Groom:
(Groom’s Name) and (Bride’s Name), in your journey of life together, remind yourselves often of the love that brought you together. Give the highest priority to your love. When challenges come, remember to focus on what is right between you. In this way, you can ride out the storms. And when clouds hide the sun in your lives – remember, even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is always there.
Apache Blessing: (optional)
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 for the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there are three lives before you; His life, Her life and Your life together.
(Groom’s Name) and (Bride’s Name), you have committed yourselves to each other in marriage by the exchanging of vows, and by the giving of rings. With the authority vested in me by the state of Connecticut, and with great joy, I now pronounce you husband and wife.
May you live together in blissful happiness from this day forward.
YOU MAY SEAL YOUR VOWS WITH A KISS!
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. ______________________!
ALL CEREMONIES MUST INCLUDE THE MANDATORY LEGAL WORDING, WHICH YOUR CELEBRANT WILL EXPLAIN.