The traditional wedding ceremony is the most common ceremony. It is non-denominational and is good for interfaith weddings. It makes a few references to God but is mostly about your love and relationship to each other.
When God created man
he saw that it was not good for him to live alone. So, he prepared a helpmate and companion to live with man and share his life. He took not the woman from man’s head, lest she should rule over him. Nor from his feet, lest he should trample upon her. But from his side that she should be his equal, and from close to his heart that he should love, cherish, and honor her. Love and relationships are what life is about.
(Today or Tonight) we come joyfully to acknowledge the decisions of these two people _______ and _______ to share their love in the relationship of marriage.
We are gathered together here in the sight of God and in the presence of these witnesses to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony, which is an honorable estate instituted by love. It is therefore not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly and in the eyes of God. Into this holy estate these two persons come now to joined. If any man can show just cause why they may not be joined together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.
Optional: Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
(Groom) will you have (Bride) 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, forsaking all others, keeping only unto her so long as you both shall live?
(Bride) will you have (Groom) 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, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him so long as you both shall live?
Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous or boastful it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way it is not irritable or resentful. Love does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, love never fails.
(Have couple face and look at each other and hold hands.)
(Groom) look into (Bride) eyes and into her heart and repeat after me:
I _______ take _______ to be my wedded wife. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better and for worse, for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part.
(Bride) look into (Groom) eyes and into his heart and repeat after me:
I_______ take _______ to be my wedded husband. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better and for worse, for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part.
You have chosen these rings
as the symbol of your marriage covenant. They are made of gold, a metal that does not tarnish and is enduring. These rings represent the ties that bind you together as husband and wife. They are an endless circle representing your marriage union which shall be eternal and pure as these rings.
(Ask the groom to place the ring on the bride’s left third finger.) The groom repeats after me:
With this ring, I wed you ______ for today, for tomorrow, and for all the years to come. Please wear it as a sign of my love and a notice to all the world that you have chosen me to be your husband.
(Ask the bride to place the ring on the groom’s left third finger.) The bride repeats after me:
With this ring, I wed you ______ for today, for tomorrow, and for all the years to come. Please wear it as a sign of my love and a notice to all the world that you have chosen me to be your wife.
(optional ceremonies inserted here)
For as much as _______ and _______ have consented together in holy wedlock and have witnessed the same before this company and there to have pledged their faiths each to the other, and have declared the same by joining hands and by giving or receiving rings; And now by the authority vested in me, but most of all by the power of your own love, I pronounce you are married.
You may now call yourself those cherished names:
Husband and Wife.
You may seal your promise with a kiss.