Justice of the Peace Montague, MA

Traditional Service

Traditional Service

 

Processional (Usually the song which takes the bride down the aisle)

 

Opening Statement (A general greeting to the guests from the wedding couple)

 

Charge to the Couple

 

Questions of Willingness

 

Presentation of the Bride

 

Exchange of Vows

 

Blessing and Presentation of Ring or Rings

 

Declaration of Marriage

 

Recessional

 

Readings/Prayers or Ceremonies (Unity Candle) May also be inserted into the ceremony as designated places.


Opening Statement

 

(a Prayer or statement written by the couple spoken to the family and friends gathered-optional)


Charge to the Couple

 

(1) ________________and ______________________ I call your attention the seriousness of the decision which you have made and the covenant you are about to declare before these guests. Be very clear that your marriage is dependent upon your willingness to be faithful to each other. Constant and continuous obedience to your vows will result in a marriage which will be blessed, a home which will be a place of peace, and a relationship in which you both grown in love.

 

Or

 

(2) ______________and_________________, I remind you, as you stand in the presence of your family and friends, that love and loyalty are the foundation of a happy and enduring home.

            During the days of your engagement you have given careful thought to the meaning of your marriage. You begin the joining of your lives--and we pray that you will continue to grow together throughout the time you share.

            The future is unknown to any of us. Yet your love for one another and trust will make possible the act of faith you now make in our midst.

            As you exchange your vows of faithfulness, we will be listening and supporting you with our love. As you make your promises to each other, we will be reminded of promises we have made and be moved to renew our own.


Questions of Willingness

 

(1) ________________Will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep you only unto her, as long as you both shall live.

Answer I Do or I Will.

 

________________Will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep you only unto him, as long as you both shall live.

Answer I Do or I Will.

Or

(2) (Man’s Christian Name) do you here, in the presence of God and these witnesses declare your commitment to (woman’s Christian name) and choose her as the one with whom you wish to spend your life? Do you give yourself to her and accept the gift of self which she gives to you? Do you pledge to endure all difficulties which life may offer, even as you look forward to sharing the joys of experienced together?

Answer I Do or I Will.

 

(Woman’s Christian Name) do you here, in the presence of God and these witnesses declare your commitment to (man’s Christian name) and choose him as the one with whom you wish to spend your life? Do you give yourself to him and accept the gift of self which he gives to you? Do you pledge to endure all difficulties which life may offer, even as you look forward to sharing the joys of experienced together?

Answer I Do or I Will.

Or

(3)        The covenant of marriage is one that can be entered into only by persons who are both legally and spiritually free to offer themselves to one another

 

            (Man’s Christian Name)Do you come of your own free will and with a conscious desire to be united in marriage with (Woman’s Christian Name)

            Answer I Do or I Will

            Will you promise to care for (Woman’s Christian Name) in the joys and sorrows of life, come what may, and to share the responsibility for growth and enrichment of your life together?

            Answer I Will or I Do.

 

            (Woman’s Christian Name)Do you come of your own free will and with a conscious desire to be united in marriage with (Man’s Christian Name)

            Answer I Do or I Will

            Will you promise to care for (Man’s Christian Name) in the joys and sorrows of life, come what may, and to share the responsibility for growth and enrichment of your life together?           Answer I Will or I Do.


Presentation of the Bride (May or May Not be used)

 

(1) Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

 

The person Who Gives the Woman I do or Her Mother and I do.

 

Or

 

(2) Will all of you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold these two persons in their marriage?

 

People Respond           We Will

 

Who Gives this woman to be married to this man?

 

The Father/Father and Mother/Friend   Response: I Do We Do

 

or

 

(3) Who stands with this woman to symbolize the traditions and family out of which she comes?

Father/Both Parents/Entire Family/or Friend (Standing in Place)

Respond: I Do / We Do.

 

Who stands with this man to symbolize the traditions and family out of which he comes?

Father/Both Parents/Entire Family/or Friend (standing in Place

Respond: I Do / We Do.

 

Or

 

(4)        The Union of _____________and ______________brings together two family traditions, two systems of roots, in the hope that a new family tree may become strong and fruitful. Theirs is a personal choice and a decision for which they are primarily responsible. Yet their whole life will be enriched by the support of the families from which each other comes.

            Will you (parents or family representatives) encourage ______________and___________

in their marriage?

            Answer: We Will.

            Do You Celebrate with them the decision they have made to chose each other?

Answer: We Do.

            Will you continue to stand beside them, yet not between them?

Answer: We Will


Exchange of Vows

 

(1)

(Groom’s Name) If It Your Desire to become the husband of (Bride’s Name) than repeat after me.

 

I______________take thee,________________to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance, I pledge thee my faith.

 

(Bride’s Name) If It Your Desire to become the wife of (Groom’s Name) than repeat after me.

 

            I______________take thee,________________to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance, I pledge thee my faith.

 

Or

 

(2)        _(Groom)_______________I Covenant with you to be your husband. I offer you my love and my support throughout all of our lives. I commit myself to years of growth and sharing as I encourage you to move in new directions. I will strive to achieve my potential as God’s creature and will celebrate your progress toward the same goal. I give myself as I am and as I will be, and to do it for all of life.

 

            _(Bride)_______________I Covenant with you to be your wife. I offer you my love and my support throughout all of our lives. I commit myself to years of growth and sharing as I encourage you to move in new directions. I will strive to achieve my potential as God’s creature and will celebrate your progress toward the same goal. I give myself as I am and as I will be, and to do it for all of life.

 

Or

 

(3) I, _____________, promise you________________to be your husband as long as I live. I promise to love you and support your growing towards full maturity. I promise to seek peace for ourselves. For our children, and for the world which encircles us. As I commit myself to care for you, I also offer myself into your loving care, now and throughout our lives.

 

I, _____________, promise you________________to be your wife  as long as I live. I promise to love you and support your growing towards full maturity. I promise to seek peace for ourselves. For our children, and for the world which encircles us. As I commit myself to care for you, I also offer myself into your loving care, now and throughout our lives.


Blessings and Presentation of Rings

 

(1)        The vows which have been exchanged by ______________and___________________

have been offered in our hearing. But words are fleeting and the sound of them is soon gone. Therefore, the wedding ring becomes an enduring symbol of the promises which have been made.

            May these rings be a reminder to ________________and___________________ of the vows they have shared today and a witness to all the world of their commitment in marriage.

            Man: As a symbol of my love for you and my commitment to you throughout our lives, I give you this ring.

            Woman: As a symbol of my love for you and my commitment to you throughout our lives, I give you this ring.

 

Or

 

(2)        The circle has long been a symbol of God. Without beginning or end and with no point of weakness, the circle is a reminder of the eternal quality of God and of unending strength. Thus, this ring (rings) serve(s) to remind us of the relationship which ____________and_____________

have with God as well as the relationship which they have with one another. The rings are symbols of covenant and should serve as reminders of our need to be faithful in all our relationships.

           

            Let us pray for God’s blessing upon those who give and receive this ring (these rings)

           

            Creator God, we seek a special blessing, upon___________and________________ as they give and receive this ring (these rings) Let them be ever conscious of your love and faithfulness as they are faithful to one another. Bless them by their love for one another and by your presence in their new family.

           

            Man:___________I give you this ring as a symbol of my love for you, my covenant to be your husband and to be faithful to you, and as a reminder of God’s presence in your life.

           

            Woman:___________I give you this ring as a symbol of my love for you, my covenant to be your wife and to be faithful to you, and as a reminder of God’s presence in your life.

 Or

(3)  The wedding ring is an outward sign of a deeper, personal bond which unites two hearts in endless love.  By its shape, it is a symbol of eternity and the never ending commitment you are about to enter.  May these rings remind you always of the love you share and the vows you have taken here today.

Groom, place Bride’s ring on her  finger

Groom, please repeat after me:

With this ring I give to you my promise

that from this day forward you shall not walk alone.

May my heart be your shelter and my arms be your home.

May we walk together through all things.

May you feel deeply loved, for indeed you are.

With this ring I give you my heart for I have no greater gift to give.

Bride, place Groom’s ring on his finger

Bride, please repeat after me:

With this ring I give to you my promise

that from this day forward you shall not walk alone.

May my heart be your shelter and my arms be your home.

May we walk together through all things.

May you feel deeply loved, for indeed you are.

With this ring I give you my heart for I have no greater gift to give.

Or

(4)        BEHOLD the symbol of wedlock. The perfect circle of love, the unbroken union of this man and this woman united here today. May you both remain faithful to this symbol of true love.

Please join hands and repeat after me (man first, while placing ring on proper fingers).

I, (Man’s Name), take (Woman’s Name) as my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

I, (Woman’s Name), take (Man’s Name) as my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.


Pronouncement or Declaration

 

            Because ______________and _________________ have exchanged their promises of faithful love, and because in our presence they have exchanged symbols which make their covenant visible,

By the authority vested in me by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

I pronounce this couple to be husband and wife

Civil Ceremony

Civil Ceremony

            We are here to participate in a wedding. By this act we unite _____________and ______________ as husband and wife. What we do today is done in conformity to the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in the tradition of men and women of all places and times

            _____________and ______________, you stand before me having requested I marry you. Do you both do this of your own free will, with no pressure upon you from other persons?

Man and Woman (Answer) We Do.

 

            Then let us continue. ________________, if it is your desire to become the husband of _______________, then repeat after me:

 

            I, _______________, take you, ________________, to be my wife. In this moment I promise before these witnesses to love you and care for you for all of our days. I accept you with your faults and your strengths, even as I offer myself with my faults and my strengths. I promise to support you when you need support and turn to you when I need support. I choose you as the one with whom I will spend my life.

 

            . ________________,if it is your desire to become the wife  of _______________, then repeat after me:

 

            I, _______________, take you, ________________, to be my husband. In this moment I promise before these witnesses to love you and care for you for all of our days. I accept you with your faults and your strengths, even as I offer myself with my faults and my strengths. I promise to support you when you need support and turn to you when I need support. I choose you as the one with whom I will spend my life.

 

            _____________and____________________, you have shared promises in our presence. Do you have a token or symbol which you wish to exchange?

 

            ________________, will you give your token to ______________ and repeat these words.

            I give you this ring as a constant reminder of the promises we exchanged today. As you receive this ring, receive my promise of faithfulness to you.

 

            ________________, will you give your token to ______________ and repeat these words.

            I give you this ring as a constant reminder of the promises we exchanged today. As you receive this ring, receive my promise of faithfulness to you.

 

________________and___________________, you have exchanged your promises and given and received tokens in my presence. By these acts you have become husband and wife. According to the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I hereby pronounce that you are husband and wife.

A Civil Wedding

A Civil Wedding

 

            Friends, we have come together today to witness the marriage of ___________ and __________________. The legal requirements of the state having been fulfilled, and the license for their marriage being present, I must ask of each party if they come of their own free will and accord.

            (To the Man) ________________, do you come to this union of your own free will, and with the intention of being faithful in marriage to ________________ as long as you both shall live? Answer: I Do

            (To the Woman) ________________, do you come to this union of your own free will, and with the intention of being faithful in marriage to ________________ as long as you both shall live? Answer: I Do

           

            (To the Man) Please repeat the following after me:

 

            I, _________________do take you ________________to be my lawfully wedded wife. I promise from this day forward to be your faithful husband, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as I shall live.

 

            (To the Woman) Please repeat the following after me:

 

            I, _________________do take you ________________to be my lawfully wedded husband. I promise from this day forward to be your faithful wife, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as I shall live.

 

            The wedding ring seals the vows of marriage as a signature bears witness to a written covenant. As the ring is placed upon the finger, will you repeat these words:

 

            (Man & Woman) In pledge of the vow of marriage made between us, I offer you this ring. Let it be to you and to me, and to all the world, the symbol of the covenant of marriage we have accepted.

 

            We who have come together in this place have heard the willingness of ____________ and________________ to be joined in marriage. They have come of their free will and in our hearing have made a covenant of faithfulness. They have given and received a ring as a seal of their promises.

 

            Therefore, by the power vested in me by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I pronounce that they are husband and wife.

Wedding Service

Wedding Service

 

Opening Statement

 

I would like to welcome you all to Bride’s & Groom’s wedding celebration, a time to simply rejoice about the love that they share. They are so pleased that everyone is able to be here on this happy, important and memorable day in their lives.

 

Those of you, who are gathered here as parents, family and friends, have been invited because of the special part each of you has played in Bride’s life, in Groom’s life, and in their lives together. It is fitting and appropriate that you bear witness to their marriage and share in the joy and happiness of this occasion.

 

 

Charge to the Couple

 

Bride and Groom, I call to your attention the seriousness of the decision which you have made and the significance of the covenant you are about to declare before these guests. Be very clear that your marriage is dependant upon your willingness to be faithful to each other. Constant and continuous respect of this vow will result in a marriage which will be blessed, a home which will be a place of peace, and a relationship in which you both grow in love.

 

Questions of Willingness

 

The covenant of marriage is one that can be entered into only by persons who are both legally and spiritually free to offer themselves to one another.

 

Groom, do you come of your own free will and with a conscious desire to be united in marriage with Bride?

 

            Groom: I do.

 

Will you promise to care for Bride’s in the joys and sorrows of life, come what may, and to share the responsibility for the growth and enrichment of your life together?

 

            Groom: I will.

 

Bride, do you come of your own free will and with a conscious desire to be united in marriage with Groom’s?

 

            Bride: I do.

 

Will you promise to care for Groom’s in the joys and sorrows of life, come what may, and to share the responsibility for the growth and enrichment of your life together?

 

            Bride:  I will.

 

 

Presentation of the Bride

 

Will all of you witnessing these promises do everything in your power to uphold these two persons in their marriage?

 

Guests respond: We will.

 

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

 

Person: I do.

 

 

Exchange of Vows

 

Groom if it is your desire to become the husband of Bride, please repeat
after me.

I, Groom in this moment

Promise to love you and care for you for all of our days.

I promise to seek peace for ourselves,

For our children, and for the world which encircles us.

I will continually offer you my love and my support

As we commit ourselves to years of growth and sharing,

Always encouraging each other to move in new directions.

I give myself as I am and as I will be,

And to do it for all of life.

Bride, if it is your desire to become the wife of Groom, please repeat
after me.

I, Bride In this moment

Promise to love you and care for you for all of our days.

I promise to seek peace for ourselves,

For our children, and for the world which encircles us.

I will continually offer you my love and my support

As we commit ourselves to years of growth and sharing,

Always encouraging each other to move in new directions.

I give myself as I am and as I will be,

And to do it for all of life.

 

Blessings and Presentation of Rings

 

The vows which have been exchanged by Bride’s and Groom’s have been offered in our hearing, although words are fleeting and the sound of them is gone too soon; therefore, the wedding ring becomes an enduring symbol of the promises which have been made.

 

May these rings be a reminder to Bride’s and Groom’s of the vows they have shared today and a witness to all the world of their commitment in marriage.

 

Groom’s: As a symbol of my love for you and my commitment to you throughout our lives, I give you this ring.

 

Bride’s: As a symbol of my love for you and my commitment to you throughout our lives, I give you this ring.

 

Declaration

 

            Because Bride and Groom have exchanged their promises of faithful love, and because in our presence they have exchanged symbols which make their covenant visible,

By the authority vested in me by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,

I pronounce this couple to be husband and wife.

 

 

 

Wedding Ceremony # 1

Wedding Ceremony # 1

 

CONVOCATION

 

(Bride) and (Groom) have asked us to share this day of their marriage with them. Their vows are the foundation from which their lives together will continue to open into ever-expanding vistas of happiness, love, health, and self-expression. Who now supports these two in marriage?

(Response by parents, best friends, etc.)

            Those of you who are already married, may want to silently renew your vows today; those of you who are contemplating marriage sometime in the future may want to silently speak the vows (just to see what it feels like); and those of you who aren’t interested in marriage at all may want to just look at what it means to be a friend, for marriage is, above all, based on friendship. A friend is one to whom you may pour out all the contents of your heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

            The purpose of their marriage is to create a loving support unit in which both (Bride) and (Groom) will be all they can be spiritually, mentally, and physically. Their first priority is their relationship with God, the second is their relationship with each other and the family they create together, and the third is their work and their unique destinies. Their marriage is to enhance who they are and what they have as a single people by uniting in a marriage where they are safe to express their feelings, emotions and thoughts.

           

READINGS (Optional)

Several of their friends and family also have feelings and thoughts to share today, so now we turn to them. (Introduce each reader)

 

ADDRESS

            Marriage can be a great adventure when it is the outward expression of a great love. Such a love is characterized by compassion, passion, and courage. In enables you to see through your partner’s essence, and to be in total support of your partner’s well being, goals, purpose, and spirit. Such a love requires that you be totally honest with yourself and your mate that you ask for what you want, take action even when you are afraid, share your deepest feelings, and, most importantly, listen to one another. Remember that being right, is less important than having your hearts in the right place and helping each other find the right way.

 

You came from different backgrounds and histories but you have arrived at this love together. Marriage is the form in which you have chosen to express and live your love relationship. To serve its purpose, your marriage must change as you change, but your unchanging commitment to love and to life will allow you both to experience and share magnificence unknown to you before.

            We accept for you, because we accept for ourselves, a love that brings out your magnificence, a love that gives you courage to stand apart as well as the willingness to stand together. We accept a home for you of private retreat.

Most of all, we want that, at the end of your lives upon this earth, you will look into each other’s eyes and be able to say: “Because you have loved me, you have given me faith in myself, and because I had faith in myself, I have been able to extend that love to my fellow human beings. My life with you has been complete.”

 

VOWS

            I will now ask you to state your intent.

 

Officiate (to Groom): Will you cause her pain?

Groom: I May

Officiate: Is that your intent?

Groom: No

Officiate: (To Bride) Will you cause him pain?

Bride: I May

Officiate: Is that your intent?

Bride: No

Officiate: (To both) Will you share each others pain and seek to ease it?

Bride and Groom: Yes

Officiate: And so the bond is begun. (Join your hands)

Officiate: (To Bride) Will you share his laughter?

Bride: Yes

Officiate: (To Groom) Will you share her laughter?

Groom: Yes

Officiate: (To Both) Will both of you look for the brightness in life and positive in each other?

Bride and Groom: Yes

Officiate: And so the bond is deepened. (I place my hand over your joined hands)

Officiate:  (To Bride) Will you burden him?

Bride: I May

Officiate:  Is this your intent?

Bride: No

Officiate: (To Groom) Will you burden her?

Groom: I May

Officiate:  Is this your intent?

Groom: No

Officiate: (To Both) Will you share the burdens of each other so that your spirits may grow in this union?

Bride and Groom: Yes

Officiate: And so the bond is deepened.

Officiate: (to Bride) Will you share his dreams?

Bride: Yes

Officiate: (To Groom) Will you share her dreams?

Groom: Yes

Officiate: (To Both) Will you dream together to create new realities and hopes?

Bride and Groom: Yes

Officiate: And so the Bond is deepened.

Officiate: (To Groom) Will you cause her anger?

Groom: I May

Officiate:  Is that your intent?

Groom: No

Officiate: (To Bride) Will you cause him anger?

Bride: I May

Officiate:  Is that your intent?

Bride: No.

Officiate:  (To Both) Will you take the heat of anger and use it to temper the strength of the union?

Bride and Groom: We Will.

Officiate: And So the bond if further deepened.

Officiate: (To Bride) Will you honor him?

Bride: I Will

Officiate: (To Groom) Will you honor her?

Groom: I will

Officiate: (To Both) Will you seek to never give cause to break that honor?

Bride and Groom: We shall never do so.

Officiate:  And so the bond is complete.

 

RINGS

 

            (Groom) what token do you give of your love for (Bride)? (Bearer hand ring to Groom)

            This ring is a symbol of the endless divine love that links you spirit to spirit. It encircles and embraces without confining to tightly.

            (Groom) Place this ring on (Bride’s) finger and repeat after me:

This ring is the symbol of my unconditional love and support

 

(Bride) what token do you give of your love for (Groom)? (Bearer hand ring to Bride)

            This ring is a symbol of the endless divine love that links you spirit to spirit. It encircles and embraces without confining to tightly.

            (Bride) Place this ring on (Groom’s) finger and repeat after me:

This ring is the symbol of my unconditional love and support

 


CIRCLE OF LOVE AND FINAL BLESSING

            As family and friends of (Groom) and (Bride), we are their church, their spiritual community, who witnesses their wedding. Now it is our turn to bless them in their marriage. Let us take a few moments of silence and reach into that space within ourselves where the divine resides and pour our blessings and love over (Groom) and (Bride)

(Moment of Silence)

            The final blessing is the Shawnee wedding prayer. Imagine the young couple standing out on a great plain, surrounded by the entire tribe, while the chief pronounces this blessing:

 

                        Now for you the North Wind does not blow

For you are shelter to one another

 

Now for you there is no hunger

For each brings what the other needs.

 

Now for you there is no darkness

For you have learned to see with the heart.

 

Now for you there is no loneliness

For two have become one

 

In so far as ((Groom) and (Bride) have spoken these vows, by the power vested in me, by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Wedding Ceremony # 2

Opening Words (Wedding Ceremony 2)

Family and Friends, on behalf of Bride and Groom, we welcome you here today.  By being here, you bestow upon them your support and love as they seek to unite their lives as one.  Your thoughts, your feelings and your deeds toward them, on this day and in the days to come, can help strengthen the vows they are here to make.

Readings

Marriage is a commitment to life, to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other.  It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal; a joining that is promised for a lifetime.  Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life's most important relationships.  A wife and a husband are each other's best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic.  Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life.  Happiness is fuller; memories are fresher; commitment is stronger; even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly.  Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid.  It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life.  When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words.  Marriage is a promise, a potential, made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfill.

We are here to thank God for bestowing upon them life’s greatest gift; another person to share with, care for, grow with, change with, be joyful with and to stand firm as one when trials and tribulations enter their lives.


Bride, please hold Groom’s hands palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you.


These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises to passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.


These are the hands that will work along side yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.


These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes: tears of sorrow and tears of joy.


These are the hands that will comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief engulfs your heart.


These are the hands that when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.


These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes: eyes that are filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you.


Groom, please hold Bride’s hands palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you.


These are the hands of your best friend, smooth and gentle, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as she promises to passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness. 


These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.


These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, or console you when you are grieving.


These are the hands that when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.


These are the hands that will give you support as she encourages you to chase down your dreams. Together as a team, everything you wish for can be realized.

As you hold each other’s hands in this promise, and eagerly look into the future in each other’s eyes, may your love and devotion take you to places where you’ve both only dreamed.  Where you’ll dwell for a lifetime of happiness, sheltered in the warmth of each other’s arms.


Vows

So now, in the presence of your families and closest friends, I ask you:

Groom, will you have this woman, Bride to be your wife? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, and pledge to be faithful to her for as long as you both shall live?

Response: I Will or I Do
 
Bride, will you have this man, Groom to be your husband? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, and pledge to be faithful to him for as long as you both shall live?

Response: I Will or I Do.


Exchange of Rings

The wedding ring is an outward sign of a deeper, personal bond which unites two hearts in endless love.  By its shape, it is a symbol of eternity and the never ending commitment you are about to enter.  May these rings remind you always of the love you share and the vows you have taken here today.  

Groom, place Bride’s ring on her  finger

Groom, please repeat after me:                                                                             

With this ring I give to you my promise

that from this day forward you shall not walk alone. 

May my heart be your shelter and my arms be your home.

May we walk together through all things. 

May you feel deeply loved, for indeed you are. 

With this ring I give you my heart for I have no greater gift to give.

I feel honored to call you my wife.


Bride, place Groom’s ring on his finger

Bride, please repeat after me:        

With this ring I give to you my promise

that from this day forward you shall not walk alone. 

May my heart be your shelter and my arms be your home.

May we walk together through all things. 

May you feel deeply loved, for indeed you are. 

With this ring I give you my heart for I have no greater gift to give.

I feel honored to call you my husband.


Pronouncement

We who have come together in this place have heard the willingness of Bride and Groom to be joined in marriage. They have come of their free will and in our hearing have made a covenant of faithfulness. They have given and received a ring as a seal of their promises.

 

          Therefore, by the power vested in me by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I pronounce that they are husband and wife.

 

Wedding Ceremony 3

 

 Wedding Ceremony Three III

 We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, The Joining of 2 hearts. In this ceremony today we will witness the joining BRIDE and GROOM in marriage.

 Today we have come together to witness the joining of these two lives. For them, out of the routine of ordinary life, the extraordinary has happened.

 They met each other, fell in love and are finalizing it with their wedding today.

 Romance is fun, but true love is something far more and it is their desire to love each other for life and that is what we are celebrating here today.

 A good marriage must be created.

 In marriage the “little” things are the big things.

 It is never being too old to hold hands.

 It is remembering to say, “I love you” at least once a day.

 It is never going to sleep angry.

 It is standing together and facing the world.

 It is speaking words of appreciation, and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

 It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

 It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

 It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

 It is not only marrying the right person — it is being the right partner

 Vows

(Face each other and hold hands)(Repeat after me)

 I, GROOM take you BRIDE to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love.

 I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.

 I will trust you and honor you.

 I will laugh with you and cry with you.

 Through the best and the worst,

 Through the difficult and the easy.

 Whatever may come I will always be there.

 As I have given you my hand to hold

 So I give you my life to keep

 I, BRIDE take you GROOM to be my Husband, my partner in life and my one true love.

 I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.

 I will trust you and honor you

 I will laugh with you and cry with you.

 Through the best and the worst,

 Through the difficult and the easy.

 Whatever may come I will always be there.

 As I have given you my hand to hold

 So I give you my life to keep

 GROOM & BRIDE I would ask that you always treat yourself and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together today.

 Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your marriage deserves.

 When frustration and difficulty assail your marriage – as they do to every relationship at one time or another – focus on what still seems right between you, not only the part that seems wrong.

 This way, when clouds of trouble hide the sun in your lives and you lose sight of it for a moment, you can remember that the sun is still there. And if each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and happiness.

 Ring Exchange (who has the rings) (repeat after me)

The ring is a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no giver and no receiver for each is the giver and each is the receiver. May these rings always remind you of the vows you have taken.

 GROOM, as you place the ring on the BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:

 With this ring, I marry you and bind my life to yours.

It is a symbol of my eternal love,

My everlasting friendship

And the promise of today, tomorrow and always

 BRIDE, as you place the ring on the GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:

 With this ring, I marry you and bind my life to yours.

It is a symbol of my eternal love,

My everlasting friendship

And the promise of today, tomorrow and always

 Closing

To make your relationship work will take love. This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today.

It will take trust, to know, that in your hearts, you truly want what is best for each other.

It will take dedication, to stay open to one another – and to learn and grow together.

It will take faith, to go forward together, without knowing exactly what the future brings.

And it will take commitment, to hold true to the journey you both have pledged to today.

 Pronouncement of couple as Husband and Wife.

 Bride and Groom, you have exchanged your promises and given and received tokens in my presence. By these acts you have become husband and wife. According to the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I hereby pronounce that you are husband and wife.

 You may kiss your Bride.

I would like to introduce Mr. and Mrs. BRIDE/GROOM