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Sample Wedding Service #1

Opening

Minister:     Welcome! I would like to take a moment to celebrate the friends and family of _____________ and ______________ who are gathered to honor the joining of these two in Holy Matrimony.

Implied blessing for the marriage by the parent or parents of the Bride.

Who gives this bride in marriage? (Question usually asked of the father but in modern times it can be asked of anyone designated by the Bride)

Opening Prayer -

Minister:     

Dear God In stillness and in trust we recognize Your presence. We know that Your hand is upon this marriage bestowing Your love and grace as only You can. We know Your love drew these two together that they may live the adventure of life as one. We also know that Your love brought all of us here today so that we might add our love and blessings to this marriage. We affirm that You are with this couple now as always guiding them, upholding them and blessing them with abundance of health, success and faith. In Jesus name, Amen.

Minister:     Thoughts on Marriage

_______________________, ____________________ - - - True marriage is more than joining in the bonds of matrimony of two persons. In its right relation it is the uniting of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists it is proper that an outer acknowledgement be made. This acknowledgement is the prime object of this gathering and this ceremony. We are her to bear witness to the entry into closer relationship of husband and wife of you two friends who are already one in spirit. It ia a precious moment in life when two persons who were once strangers to each other are drawn together by an irresistible attraction. When a man sees in a single woman that dream of purity and sweetness which has ever haunted his soul and when, in a single man the woman finds the rest and satisfaction her heart has been seeking it makes all things new. _______________________, ______________________ - - - If you wish for your marriage to be touched with everlasting beauty, cherish the memories of the person you first met and with whom you ultimately fell in love. Never forget the vision you once saw. You saw it once. It still exists. It is the final truth.

Vows

Minister:     GROOM - - - Do you take BRIDE to be your wedded wife, to love her, to protect her, to provide for her and to be unto her a dutiful husband?

GROOM REPLIES

Minister:     BRIDE - - - Do you take GROOM to be your wedded husband, to love him, to inspire him with courage and true thoughts and always be unto him a dutiful wife?

BRIDE REPLIES

Blessing of the Rings -

Minister:     

May I have the rings please?

You have chosen to exchange rings as a symbol of your love. These rings come in the shape of a circle - reminding you love is a continuous journey: there is no beginning and no end to love. The substance from which these rings are made of symbolized purity - this is a new beginning in your with one another. Exchanging rings reminds you that you no longer live for your self-alone, but for each other as well.

Minister:     GROOM - - - Place this ring on BRIDE third finger of her left hand and repeat after me - - With this ring I thee wed - - - and with it I bestow upon thee - - - all of the treasures - - - of my mind - - - my heart - - - and my hands.

Minister:     BRIDE - - - Place this ring on GROOM third finger of his left hand and repeat after me. With this ring I thee wed - - - and with it I bestow upon thee - - - all of the treasures - - - of my mind - - - my heart - - - and my hands.

Minister:     Closing Prayer Lord we ask You to bless these two wonderful people as they continue their lives as husband and wife. You ask that Your hand is always upon them in all they think, say and do. As You bless them help them be a blessing to all around them. In Jesus name. Amen.

Pronouncement

Minister:     By the powers vested in me by the State of _______________ and the blessings of the Holy Spirit - - - I now pronounce you husband and wife.

To the Groom:     You may kiss the Bride.

Minister:     

Ladies and gentlemen I present to you _____________________________________ - - - husband and wife.

Presented by Rev. Charles Smith - Kansas Weddings -


Sample Wedding Service #2

Welcome
Welcome! What a joy it is to come together today to celebrate the love of ________and___________, to share in this ceremony of their commitment to each other in marriage. They are grateful you could be here with them on this very special day.

Who gives this bride in marriage? optional

Prayer - optional
Let us begin by acknowledging the presence of God and the love that draws us all together with a time of prayer.

Dear God
In stillness and in trust we recognize your presence. We know your love drew these two together, _______and_________ that they may live the adventure of life as one. We also know that your love drew each of us together so that we might add our love and blessings to this marriage. We affirm that you are with us now as always guiding us, upholding us and blessing us with abundance of health, success and faith. Amen

Thoughts on Marriage
It is Divine love that has brought these two souls together in this adventure called life. ____________and____________are entering into this commitment fully aware of the purpose of marriage.

May we each take this occasion to remember there are no categories of love. The love that is real is the love that lies at the heart of every relationship. This love does not change with form nor circumstance. This relationship between _____________and__________ creates the stage where love can be expressed.

And to you _________and ________ you are reminded that the purpose of marriage reminds you to respond in love. To offer gentleness, to forgive, to nurture, and to support and encourage each other. The commitment of sharing love with each other is an invitation to knowing you are a friend to each other. Friends share their secret hopes, their dreams and aspirations. Friends encourage each other to explore and enjoy life.

Vows
_________and_________ would like to publicly share a vow of commitment with each other in your presence.

________ do you choose _________ as your wife? Do you pledge to share your life with her openly, to tell the truth to her in love? Do you promise to honor and tenderly care for her, to cherish and encourage her own fulfillment as an individual, and to love and respect her through all the changes of your lives?
If so, please answer, "I do."

________, do you choose ________ as your husband? Do you pledge to share your life with him openly, to tell the truth to him in love? Do you promise to honor and tenderly care for him, to cherish and encourage his own fulfillment as an individual, and to love and respect him through all the changes of your lives?
If so, please answer, "I do."

Blessing of the Rings -
You have chosen to exchange rings as a symbol of your love. These rings come in the shape of a circle - reminding you love is a continuous journey: there is no beginning and no end to love. The substance from which these rings are made of symbolized purity - this is a new beginning in your with one another. Exchanging rings reminds you that you no longer live for your self-alone, but for each other as well.

Please repeat after me
I _______, join with you ________, in marriage, as my partner in life. I commit to be with you... as your support, and friend.. to love, respect and to cherish you throughout life's journey Wear this ring as a symbol of my love.

I _______, join with you ________, in marriage, as my partner in life. I commit to be with you... as your support, and friend.. to love, respect and to cherish you throughout life's journey Wear this ring as a symbol of my love.

CLOSING PRAYER - OPTIONAL

Pronouncement

Kiss


Contributed by Rev. Joseph Wolpert of Greater Buffalo Weddings

Sample Wedding Service #3

Civil Ceremony

We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes to the words that shall unite _________and _________in marriage.

______________and ____________, I would ask that you both remember to treat each other with respect, and remind yourself 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 in every relationship at one time or the other - focus on what still seems right between you and not only on the part that seems wrong. This way, when clouds of trouble hide the sun in your lives and you loose sight of it for the 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 with abundance and delight.

________, do you, take_______ to be your wife? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only onto her?

________, do you, take_______ to be your husband? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only onto him?

Ring symbolism

I _________, take you ____________as my wife. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer, in joy and in sorrow. I promise my love to you.

I ________,take you ____________as my husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer, in joy and in sorrow. I promise my love to you.

Pronouncement

Kiss

Contributed by Rev. Joseph Wolpert of Greater Buffalo Weddings