Sample Ceremonies


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To give you a better idea of the types of wedding ceremonies we can provided for you I’ve provided a list.

Brief Ceremonies

Even the briefest ceremony should be dignified and meaningful. There are many reasons to choose a brief
ceremony: if there is little time for planning, if a member of the wedding party is ill, if there are young children
involved, for couples who are eloping, or who just want to have a basic legal wedding without any fuss.

Here are some sample ceremonies to choose from.

A Very Brief Elopement Ceremony – Example 1  (less than 5 minutes)

___________ & __________, today you celebrate one of life’s greatest moments and give recognition to the worth
and beauty of love, as you join together in vows of marriage.

(Groom) ___________________, do you take ________________ to be your Wife? Do you promise to love, honor,
cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her?
(“I do”)
(Bride_____________________ , do you take __________________ to be your Husband? Do you promise to love,
honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him?
(“I do”)

Repeated Ring Vows… although rings are not required
(Groom),I _____________, take you, ________________ to be my Wife, and pledge my love to your forever.
(Bride), I _________________ , take you _______________, to be my husband, and pledge my love to you forever.

________________________ and _________________________, in so much as the two of you have agreed to
live together in Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, by the authority vested in me by
the State of New York I now declare you to be Husband and Wife. Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.

(Officiant and witnesses sign the state  marriage license).

A Short Ceremony – Example 2  (5 – 8 minutes)

Let us begin :

May the promises you make to one another be lived out to the end of your lives in an atmosphere of profoundest joy.

_____ and _____ welcome you, their family and friends. Each of you has given something of yourself into their lives.
It is fitting then that you share in this celebration of their commitment to each other and to their lives joined in
marriage.

(Groom)
Do you _____, choose to marry _____? To speak the words that will join you with her as your wife for the rest of the
days of your life?
Answer: I do.
(Bride)
Do you _____, choose to marry _____? To speak the words that will join you with him as your husband for the rest of
the days of your life?
Answer: I do.

(Groom)
_____ take _____ ‘s right hand and repeat after me.

_____, I choose you to be my wife.
I promise freely from this day forward
To be worthy of your trust and deserving of your confidence;
To be generous with my time, my energy and my love;
To be patient with you and with myself,
To trust you;
To be devoted to you and our life together.
These things I pledge before you, our friends, and our family.

(Bride)
_____ take _____ ‘s right hand and repeat after me.
_____, I choose you to be my husband.
I promise freely from this day forward
To be worthy of your trust and deserving of your confidence;
To be generous with my time, my energy and my love;
To be patient with you and with myself,
To trust you;
To be devoted to you and our life together.
These things I pledge before you, our friends, and our family.

What pledge do you offer in symbol of these vows?
Answer: “These rings”
“May these rings remind us well of our vows to each other.”

(Groom)
_____  ,place the ring on  _____ ‘s left  hand and repeat after me.

_____, I give you this ring to wear upon your hand as a symbol of our unity, love, respect and trust.

(Bride)
_____  ,place the ring on  _____ ‘s left  hand and repeat after me.

_____, I give you this ring to wear upon your hand as a symbol of our unity, love, respect and trust.

_____ and _____, you have exchanged vows and rings, and consented to marry in the presence of this company .
By the authority vested in me by the State of New York, I pronounce you husband and wife.

You may now kiss the bride.

Now that the ceremony is over and the experience of living day by day is about to begin, go and meet it gladly.

It is my great pleasure to present to you this newly united couple, ___________ and _______ May we all continue to
support and honor their union, I wish you all continued peace and joy.

A Romantic Ceremony; Example 5; (10 – 15 minutes)Let us begin.

(Opening Words)

We are gathered here today to take part in that most time-honored celebration of the human family, uniting a
woman and a man in marriage.
__________  and __________  have come to witness before us, telling of their love for each other. We remember
that theirs is a love whose source is the affection of those who loved them into being. We remind them that they are
performing an act of complete faith, each in the other; that the heart of their marriage will be the relationship they
create. In a world where faith often falls short of expectation, it is a tribute to these two who now join hands and
hearts in perfect faith.

______ and   _______ have chosen a poem to underline their love for each other.

“Sonnet from the Portuguese” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, – I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! – and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

(Declaration of Intent)

__________, will you receive __________ as your wife?
Will you pledge to her your love, faith and tenderness,
cherishing her with a husband’s loyalty and devotion?

(Answer): I will.

__________, will you receive __________ as your husband?
Will you pledge to him your love, faith and tenderness,
cherishing him with a wife’s loyalty and devotion?

(Answer): I will.

(Vows)
__________ and __________, receive each other from your fathers and mothers, who give you into each other’s
keeping, by saying now, each to the other, words which will tell of your love.
__________, please repeat after me:

I, __________, take you, __________,
to be no other than yourself,
in all the ways life may find us,
tending you in sickness
and rejoicing with you in health,
as long as we both shall live to love.

__________, please repeat after me:

I, __________, take you, __________,
to be no other than yourself,
in all the ways life may find us,
tending you in sickness
and rejoicing with you in health,
as long as we both shall live to love.

(Exchange of Rings)

Will you now give and receive a ring?
(Answer): We will.
May I have the rings please?

This circlet of precious metal is justly regarded as a fitting emblem of the purity and perpetuity of the Marriage
State. The ancients were reminded by the circle of eternity, as it is so fashioned as to have neither beginning nor
end; while gold is so incorruptible that it cannot be tarnished by use or time. So may the union, at this time
solemnized, be incorruptible in its purity and more lasting than time itself.

__________, please place this ring on __________’s left hand and repeat after me:

Wear this ring forever, __________,
as a symbol of love and peace
and of all that is unending.

__________, please place this ring on __________’s left hand and repeat after me:

Wear this ring forever, __________,
as a symbol of love and peace
and of all that is unending.

(Proclamation)

In the years which shall bring __________ and __________ into greater age and wisdom, we pray that their love
shall be ever young; that they shall be able always to recover, from moments of despair, the passionate ways of
youth. In this hope, may they keep the vows made on this day, in freedom, teaching each other who they are, what
they yet shall be, enabling them to know that in the fullness of being, they are more than themselves and more than
each other;
that they are all of us, and that together we share joyously the fruits of life.

Inasmuch as __________ and __________ have declared their love and devotion to each other before family and
friends, by the authority vested in me by the State of New York, I pronounce them to be a married couple.
I now greet them with you as husband and wife.

You may now kiss the bride!