Officiant: Welcome! Good afternoon family and friends! We have come here today to celebrate the wedding of Bride and Groom.
On behalf of Bride and Groom, I’d like to thank you for joining us. They are delighted that you have come to share in their joy during this special day. By your presence, you celebrate with them the love they have found in each other, and you support their decision to commit themselves to a lifelong relationship.
Officiant: Bride and Groom want also want to acknowledge their parents on this special day. [NAMES OF PARENTS], you have prepared your children for this day in countless ways. You have given Bride and Groom the tools to succeed as individuals but you have also shown them how to succeed in a loving relationship. Because of your guidance they can confidently and willingly take this step together.
Will you, [NAMES OF PARENTS] bless Bride and Groom in their marriage? Will you celebrate them in their times of joy, and support them and their marriage in times of hardship?
Parents: We will.
Officiant: Bride and Groom have asked (reader) to share a reading.
Reader: Read the reading - TBD
OFFICIANT TALKS ABOUT MARRIAGE
Officiant: Thank you, (reader).
As Bride and Groom prepared for the ceremony part of this wedding celebration, they reflected on what it is that they love about each other. And this was the easiest part of planning this wedding!
Groom… Bride loves…
Bride... Groom loves…
Marriage is the promise between two people who love each other, who trust that love, who honor each other another as individuals, and who wish to spend the rest of their lives together.
It is perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure of human relationships. No ceremony can create your marriage; only you can do that – through love and patience; dedication and perseverance; through talking and listening, helping and supporting and believing in each other; through silliness and laughter; through learning to forgive, learning to appreciate your differences, and by learning to make the important things matter, and to let go of the rest.
A successful marriage is not something that just happens. It takes work, it takes patience, and it takes time. It takes a commitment from both of you to do whatever it takes to make your relationship thrive and not just simply survive.
Groom will you take Bride to be your lawfully wedded wife and travel the rest of life’s road with her? Will you love her, laugh with her, comfort her, honor her, and be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?
Groom: I will.
Officiant: Bride will you take Groom to be your lawfully wedded husband and travel the rest of life’s road with him? Will you love him, laugh with him, comfort him, honor him, and be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?
Bride: I will.
Officiant: At this time I’d like to invite (reader) to share a reading.
Reader: Reads reading - TBD
EXCHANGE OF RINGS/VOWS
Officiant: Thank you. [ASK FOR RINGS] These rings symbolize the commitment Bride and Groom are making to each other, and will serve as a reminder of the promises they have made today and will keep for the rest of their lives.
Repeat after me (Groom goes first, then Bride, placing each other’s rings on their finger afterwards):
I take you as you are/
Loving who you are now and who you are yet to become/
I promise from this day forward/
To be grateful for our love and our life/
To be generous with my time, my energy and my affection/
To be patient with you and with myself/
To fill our life with adventure and our home with laughter/
To encourage you to grow as an individual and inspire you to do so/
To love you completely/
These things I pledge to you before our friends and family/
Officiant: Bride and Groom have chosen to do something unique and special today in tying a “fisherman’s knot”.
Also known as a true lovers knot, the fisherman’s knot is one of the simplest to tie, but also one of the sturdiest. Its bond will not break, but become even stronger under pressure.
Bride and Groom, please tie the knot.
Each of these ropes represent your past, your own individual and separate lives before today. As you intertwine your ropes, you are joining your two lives into one, representing the present. The completed knot represents your future, secure in the knowledge that your relationship will continue to be strong despite the inevitable changes life brings.
The goal of marriage is to achieve a blending of hearts and lives, but like the spaces between these cords formed by the knot, let there also be spaces in your new life together, so each may encourage and support the individual growth of the other.
I ask that you now pull on this rope to see it strengthen under pressure while still allowing us to see the individual cords – just as your support of each other as induvial strengthens your union. Let this knot indicate the strength of your relationship and be a symbol of your unity from this day forward.
CLOSING & DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE
Officiant: Bride and Groom, in the presence of your family and friends who have joined you to share this moment of joy in your lives, you have expressed your love and commitment to each other. Therefore, it is my joyful responsibility to pronounce you husband and wife. You may now seal your marriage with a kiss.
(woop woop we kiss!)
And now, introducing to you for the first time as a married couple, Bride and Groom!