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Wedding Ceremonies

The following are outlines of sample scripts of possible ceremonies. Please note: these samples are incomplete, however, they can give you a sense of the particular type of ceremony. We hope you enjoy these samples. For the complete outlines, as well as alternative vows, readings and wedding traditions, please contact Officiant@TheWeddingPromise.net. Please click on the titles below for a sampling of the ceremony.

Short & Sweet I – Non-Religious

Welcome

We are here today to celebrate the miracle of love. (Groom’s full name) and (Bride’s full name) have found that miracle in each other and now desire to share their love all the days of the lives.

Consent

Q: Are both of you willing to give your hand to the one whose heart you hold?

A: Yes, we are.

Q: Who presents (Bride) to be married to (Groom)?

A: Her Mother and I, or I do, or We do, or Her family does or other.

Address & Readings

When a Man and a Woman Are in Love

His life lies within hers and her life lies within his.

Each lives as an individual, yet they also live for one another.

Each strives for independent goals, but they also work together to achieve their dreams.

They will give to one another what they need to survive and help fulfill each other’s wants.

They will turn one another’s disappointment into satisfaction.

They will be one another’s friend, guiding each other to the happiness that life holds.

They will be one another’s companion, facing together the challenges that life may present.

When a man and a woman are in love, his life lies within hers and her life lies within his.

Together they will love one another for the rest of their lives and forever.

(Groom) and (Bride), may this kind of love always help you keep the promises you are about to make here today.

Wedding Vows

Various personal vows, ring vows, readings and blessings are offered in the initial draft upon booking.

Symbolic Rituals

Various rituals including dove release, sand or unity candle ceremony, hand fasting, etc. are offered.

Short & Sweet II – Non-Religious

Introduction

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

Short & Sweet III – Religious

Introduction

A wedding is the celebration of the miracle of love. (Groom’s Name) and (Bride’s Name), today, in the presence of God, we celebrate this miracles in your lives.

Hear are some wonderful words that define the true meaning of love.

Love is patient and kind;
Love is not jealous or boastful;
Love is not arrogant or rude;
Love does not insist on its own way;
Love does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices with the right.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails.

Learning to love each other and to live together in harmony is one of the greatest challenges of marriage. Marriage is not to be entered into lightly, and we are to hold it in high honor at all times.

(Groom’s Name) and (Bride’s Name), I charge you both as you stand in the presence of God, to remember that love, trust, and loyalty are the foundation of a happy and enduring marriage. No vows are more sacred than those you are about to make. If these vows are kept unbroken, and as you endeavor to do the will of your Heavenly Father, your lives together will be full of joy and love.

Short & Sweet IV – Poetic

Welcome

We are here today to celebrate the miracle of love.  (Groom) and (Bride) have found that miracle in each other and now desire to share their love all the days of the lives.

Consent

Officiant: Are both of you willing to give your hand to the one whose heart you hold?

 

Both answer: Yes, we are.

 

Officiant: Who presents (Bride) to be married to (Groom)?

 

(Family member): 'Her Mother,' or 'I do,' or 'We do,' or 'Her family does' or 'other'.  

Readings

Officiant: As for the reading, the couple has chosen to open their ceremony with a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

 

Please select one poem:

“The Language of Birds” or “You Mould My Hopes.”   

The Language of Birds

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Do you ask what the birds say?
The Sparrow, the Dove,
The Linnet and Thrush say, 'I love and I love!'
In the winter they're silent – the wind is so strong;
What it says I don't know,
but it sings a loud song.
But green leaves, and blossoms,
and sunny warm weather,
And singing, and loving – all comes back together.
But the lark is so brimful of gladness and love,
The green fields below him, the blue sky above,
That he sings, and he sings; and forever sings he-
'I love my Love, and my Love loves me!'


 

You Mold My Hopes 

  by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

You mold my Hopes, you fashion me within;
And to the leading Love-throb in the Heart
Thro' all my Being, thro' my pulse's beat;
You lie in all my many Thoughts,
like Light, Like the fair light of Dawn, or summer Eve
On rippling Stream, or cloud-reflecting Lake.
And looking to the Heaven, that bends above you,
How oft! I bless the Lot that made me love you. 


 

(Groom) and (Bride), may this kind of love always help you keep the promises you are about to make here today.

Wedding Vows

Officiant: (Groom) can you please share your vows with (Bride).

 

(Groom): TO BE DECIDED

 

Officiant: (Bride) can you please share your vows with (Groom).

 

(Bride): TO BE DECIDED

 

As Brides and Grooms are usually interested in creating this part of their wedding ceremony, a variety of different types of Bride & Groom vows are offered.  You can choose from various sample scripts which you can read from and even make edits to personalize, or you can choose something like the traditional “I do” vows. 

 

Instructions on “How to Write Your Own Personal Vows” are also included.

Contemporary Civil

Welcome

Love is a miraculous gift, and a wedding is a celebration of that gift. We have come here today to celebrate this gift of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words that shall unite (Groom’s full name) and (Bride’s full name) in the bonds of marriage. What you promise to each other today must be renewed again tomorrow and every day that follows. At the end of this ceremony, legally you will be husband and wife.

Consent

Q: Groom and Bride, do you come here of your own free will, accompanied by your family’s blessings, to be united as husband and wife forevermore?

A: I do.

Q: Who presents (Bride) to be married to (Groom)?

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

Bride gives bouquet to Maid of Honor.

Address & Readings

Today you are taking into your care and trust the happiness of the one person in this world who you love with all your heart. And you are giving yourself, your life, and your love, into the hands of the one who loves you with all their heart. Always remember this, to the whole world, you are but one person, but to one person, you are the whole world.

However, true love goes far beyond the feelings of excitement and romance. It is caring more about the well-being and happiness of your marriage partner than your own needs and your own desires. And true love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction...

Wedding Vows

Various personal vows, ring vows, readings and blessings are offered in the initial draft upon booking.

Symbolic Rituals

(Various rituals including dove release, sand or unity candle ceremony, hand fasting, etc. are offered.)

Engagement / Commitment

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Vow Renewal

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Same Sex Short & Sweet

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Same Sex Civil

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