sample ceremonies

Finding just the “right words” to express the feelings you share with your partner requires careful thought and introspection. Your ceremony should amuse, delight, and inspire you – as well as your guests. Poignant, coordinated vows that flow seamlessly from one section to the next will hold your guests attention and, in turn, their shared energy during the ceremony will lift the entire experience. Here are three examples of vows, Simple and Joyful, Traditional, and Spur of the Moment/Elopement.   Click on the links to see examples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couple embracing
Jessica Wong Photography

simple and joyful

 

Kristen and Matt decided to marry shortly after their engagement. They were deeply in love and eager to start their life together. A date was set for 2 weeks! In that short time, Marshall Garden at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall was set for the venue, vows written, music playlist created, and a reception dinner booked at one of the nearby restaurants. The wedding ceremony was simple yet meaningful, tailored to their wishes. Following the ceremony family and friends hugged and laughed while Kristen and her father danced while twirling among the flowers. Then the wedding party walked to the reception. Their wedding was perfect -- spontaneous and joyous. A ceremony similar to this was used.

 

Opening Words
Welcome!
Today we gather in love, with heartfelt joy, to witness the joining of Groom and Bride. Your presence is a testimony to whom Groom and Bride have grown to be; your friendship and support have helped to shape them through the years. Today, family and friends, Groom and Bride begin a new life, knowing that, with God, and with all of you, all things are possible; that their hopes and dreams will be lifted by your love, your prayers, and your best wishes as they begin their married life.
Marriage is the blending of two lives, two loves, and two hearts.
It's the magical beginning of a beautiful love story.
Marriage is caring from the moment you say "I do".
It's the sharing of life's troubles and of life's happiness.
Marriage is respect for each other; a bond made in heaven.
Marriage is the discovery of a new world - its laughter.....its joy......its love.
Mark Twain once said, "A marriage makes two fractional lives a whole. It gives to two questioning natures a reason for living. It brings a new gladness to the sunshine, and a new fragrance to the flowers, new beauty to the earth, a new mystery to life."

Prayer (optional)
Let us pray…………………….
Let us be grateful for the capacity to see, feel, hear, and understand.
Let us be grateful for this incredible gift of life.
Let us be especially grateful for the ties of love that bind us together,
giving dignity, meaning, worth, and joy to all our days.
This is indeed a day which the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice in it and be glad, and let us count our many blessings.

(please be seated and check your phones)

Giving Away of Bride and or Groom. (optional)
Who gives this woman to be married to this man? (Parents: “We do”)
Who gives this man to be married to the woman? (Parents: "We do")

Statement of Intent
Bride and Groom … you are placing yourself -- your life and your love -- into the hands of the one who loves you with all their heart.  To the whole world you are but one person, but to each other you are the whole world.

Bride and Groom, are you willing to give your hand to the one whose heart you hold? (“We Are”)

Special Reading
Poem -The Promise by Heather Berry
Within this blessed union of souls, where two hearts intertwine to become one, there lies a promise. Perfectly born, divinely created, and intimately shared, it is a place where the hope and majesty of beginnings reside. Where all things are made possible by the astounding love shared by two spirits. As you hold each other’s hands in this promise, and eagerly look into the future in each other’s eyes, may your unconditional love and devotion take you to places of which you’ve both only dreamed; places where you’ll dwell for a lifetime of happiness, sheltered in the warmth of each other’s arms.

Blessing of the Hands (optional)
(To Groom and Bride): Please join hands.
Bride and Groom you are holding the hands of your best friend,
young and strong, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow,
and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build
your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you
through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no
other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.
These are the hands that will wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of
sorrow, and, as in today, tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children, the hands that will
hold your family as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength.
These are the hands that will reach for yours over the years, with the same
unspoken tenderness you feel on this, your wedding day.

Wedding Vows
Groom, please repeat after me:
I Groom, take you Bride, to be my wedded wife. I promise before God and these witnesses to be faithful and true, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health. I will love you and cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

Bride, please repeat after me:
I Bride, take you Groom, to be my wedded husband. I promise before God and these witnesses to be faithful and true, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health. I will love you and cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

Blessing of the Rings
These circles of gold are symbols of the sun; the earth; the universe;
symbols of faith, hope, and love; infinite in their form, with no beginning and no end – no giver and no receiver. May these rings be a reminder of the promises you have made here, today, to the one you love with all your heart.

Ring Exchange
Groom, please place Bride's ring on her finger, and repeat after me:
Bride I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness, and as I place it on your finger, I commit my heart and soul to you. Wear this ring as a reminder of the vows we have spoken on this, our wedding day. With this ring, I thee wed.
Bride, please place Groom's ring on his finger, and repeat after me:
Groom I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness, and as I place it on your finger, I commit my heart and soul to you. Wear this ring as a reminder of the vows we have spoken on this, our wedding day. With this ring, I thee wed.

Blessing/Pronouncement

Hand in hand, heart to heart, soul with soul, the two of you will walk through life. In a look, a smile, a feeling, a tender touch, you will feel your loving connection. It is said that the only thing that truly matters in life is to LOVE and to BE LOVED. Let your love lead the way, and may your hearts always find their way home. Groom, Bride, … it gives me great joy to pronounce you husband and wife.
Kiss and Presentation
Groom, you may kiss your Bride!
Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present Mr. and Mrs. ……..
(or presentation of choice)

 

Myron at Phoenix Country Club
DeEtte Photography

traditional

 

Ashley and Ryan hosted their big day at a ranch outside of Prescott -- a beautiful wedding with an expansive view of the countryside surrounded by their family and friends. Childhood sweethearts - the young couple wanted to remember loved ones that had passed in a ceremony that also drew upon their spiritual traditions.

 

Opening Words
Welcome!!
We are here today celebrating the gift of love; adding our best wishes and blessings to the words that shall unite Groom and Bride (full names). Each one of you is here today because of the special feelings you have for Groom and Bride, either as a family member or a friend. Your presence is a statement about who Groom and Bride have grown to be. Your love has helped make this moment possible.
This is a day the Lord has made; May we rejoice and be glad in it.
-Let us pray---
Eternal God, behold our family and friends here assembled.
We thank you for the peace and joy accorded us this day;
for the love that unites us, and for the love that forever binds us with those who are with us today in spirit; … {include names of loved ones that have passed (if wished)}

We pray, Heavenly Father, that you grant Bride and Groom
wisdom and devotion, as they shape their life together.
By your grace, may their wills be joined, so that they grow in love and peace with You, and with one another, all the days of their lives. Amen
(please be seated and check your phones)

Giving Away of Bride and or Groom (optional)
Who presents this woman to be married to this man?
Parents say ("we do")

Statement of Intent
Bride and Groom : "first love, one love, true love" …
Shakespeare's words were written for you:
No sooner met ------- but they looked;
No sooner looked --- but they loved;
No sooner loved ----- but they sighed;
No sooner sighed --- but they asked one another the reason;
No sooner knew the reason – and they sought the remedy!

Special Reading
Bride and Groom, as you come into this marriage affirming your faith and love, remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals; to respect one another’s thoughts and ideals. A good marriage evolves when two people walk through life knowing that only from shadow, can they know light; and from fear, they can know love. Together, embracing the light and dark in one another with confidence and commitment to their future, they come to truly know each other's heart.
Most of all, Bride and Groom, remember that the greatest gift that you can give each other…is love.

In his first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul writes about this “greatest gift” -- saying:
Love suffers long, and is kind;
Love does not envy; does not boast, is not proud;
Love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked;
Love thinks no evil.
Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth;
Love bears all things;
Love believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things;  
Love … never fails.
So now I tell you, (says Paul):
Abide in faith, ...abide in hope, …abide in love.
But of these three, -- faith, hope, and love,
remember always … that the greatest is love,

 

Blessing of the Hands may be added

 

Wedding Vows
(groom repeats after celebrant)
I Groom--- take thee, Bride 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 do us part. This is my solemn vow.

(bride repeats after celebrant)

I Bride--- take thee, Groom 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 do us part. This is my solemn vow.

Blessing of the Rings
Bless, Oh Lord, the giving and receiving of these rings. May Groom and Bride and abide in thy peace and grow in the knowledge of your presence through their loving union.
May the seamless circle of these rings become the symbol of their endless love and serve to remind them of the covenant they have entered into today, to be faithful, loving, and kind to each other. May they abide in your grace and be forever true to this union.

Ring Exchange
Groom, may the ring you hold be blessed,
so that he who gives it , and she who wears it
abide in peace and love until life's end.

Groom, place your ring on Brides finger…
Groom , please repeat after me:
With this ring I thee wed.
Wear it as a symbol of our love and commitment.
I marry you with this ring, with all that I have, and all that I am.

Bride, may the ring you hold be blessed,
so that she who gives it , and he who wears it
abide in peace and love until life's end.

Bride, place your ring on Grooms finger…
Bride, please repeat after me:
With this ring I thee wed.
Wear it as a symbol of our love and commitment.
I marry you with this ring, with all that I have, and all that I am.

Wedding Blessing
When one man loves one woman and one woman loves one man, the angels desert heaven; sit in that hour; and sing … for joy!
May the light of God surround you,
the love of God enfold you,
the power of God protect you,
and the presence of God watch over you.

Pronouncement
Bride and Groom, today as you exchanged vows with one another;
you trusted the miracle of faith. As you gave and received these rings, you shared the miracle of hope. And as you seal this commitment with a kiss, you will feel the miracle of love. In the joy of these three miracles, it gives me great pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife.

Kiss and Presentation

Groom you may kiss the Bride! Ladies and Gentlemen I am proud to present Mr. and Mrs………………..

 

 

 

Myron and Cindy
Alba Elena Photography

spur of the moment/elopement

My wife and I, having eloped ourselves, have a special fondness for a well-written elopement ceremony. While any of the above ceremonies are perfect for "last minute planning", this last ceremony focuses on the "madly in-love couple" running off into the night to get married -- just the two of you.

 

Opening Words
Groom and Bride, today you celebrate one of life's greatest moments.  This is the day that you pledge your love, joining your lives in marriage.

Dr. Seuss  said, "You know that you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

When two people pledge their love for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique unto themselves which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential born in the hearts of two people who love each other -- it takes work, it takes understanding, and it takes a lifetime to fulfill this promise.

(Please be seated and check your phones)

 

Statement of Intent
Groom, do you take Bride, to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in heath, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself solely unto her for as long as you both shall live?
(Groom): " I DO."
Bride, do you take Groom, to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and in heath, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself solely unto him for as long as you both shall live?
(Bride): " I DO."

 

Special Reading
True love goes far beyond the feelings of excitement and romance. True love is placing the well being and happiness of your partner above your own needs and your own desires.
Love makes burdens lighter, because they are divided.
Love makes joys more intense, because they are shared.
Love makes you stronger, so that you can become involved with life in
ways you dare not risk alone.
True love says the two of you are just better together than when you are
apart.

 

Wedding Vows
Groom repeat after me;
From this day forward you shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter and my arms will be your home.
My promise to you is but a simple one:
I will love you today and everyday that follows until the end of time.

Bride repeat after me;
From this day forward you shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter and my arms will be your home.
My promise to you is but a simple one:
I will love you today and everyday that follows until the end of time.

Explanation of Rings
From earliest times, the circle, the ring, has been a symbol of unity;
of an unbroken and never ending commitment to love.
When you look at this symbol, be reminded of your love for each other,
and the promises, that you have made today.

Ring Exchange
(Groom/Bride repeat after celebrant)

Bride, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness.
I marry you with this ring, with all that I have, and all that I am.

Groom, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness.
I marry you with this ring, with all that I have, and all that I am.

Wedding Blessing
May the significance of this moment, and the vows and rings you have exchanged, ever remain in the heart of each of you.
May you have perfect love and peace together.
The way is long - go together.
The way is difficult - help each other.
The way is joyful - share your bliss.
The way is yours – go in love.
The way grows before you - let the journey begin!

Pronouncement and Kiss
I now pronounce you husband and wife.
Groom you may kiss the bride