Our Favorite Wedding Ceremony

 Our Favorite Wedding CeremonyOur Favorite Wedding Ceremony

This is our most popular choice for a nice touching non-religious start for a wedding celebration.  This living document is the best parts from the many ceremonies Spouses for Life has performed over the years.  It’s a lovely blend of Romantic and Class with freshness and charm.  If you would like to add a prayer or other extra to the end, we have many suggestions for you in our Blessings, Extras and Prayers section.

Our Favorite Wedding Ceremony

We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, The Joining of two hearts.  In this ceremony today we will witness the joining Spouse1 and Spouse2 in marriage.

(optional) If there is anyone present who has just cause why this couple should not be united let them speak now or forever hold their peace.

(optional) Who gives this woman to this man (Father of the bride or family member says). I Do

Or (optional) asking the family to stand, and then asking if they support this marriage with a response of ‘We Do”

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 sealing 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, make a new family together, and that is what we are celebrate and honor today.

A reading of “A Good Marriage” by Wilferd Arlan Peterson

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens,
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 at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow old.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

VOWS (face each other, hold hands and repeat after me)

I, (SPOUSE1) take you (SPOUSE2) to be my 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.
I will love you faithfully
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

(Repeat for the other spouse)

(SPOUSE1) AND (SPOUSE2) I would ask that you always treat yourself and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together today.

“Love Is Friendship Caught Fire” by Laura Hendricks

Love is friendship caught fire; it is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It is the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you do not have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough.

I Do’s

(Spouse1), do you take (Spouse2) to be your Husband/Wife? (“I do”)
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him/her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her forevermore? (“I do”)

(Repeat for the other spouse)

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

The ring is a circle, thus 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.  Just like an unending circle, may their love for each other never end and may these rings always remind you of the vows you are taking.

I (SPOUSE1), take thee, (SPOUSE2) to be my (HUSBAND/WIFE/SPOUSE) – To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, in joy and sorrow, and I promise My love to you. And with this ring, I take you as my (HUSBAND/WIFE/SPOUSE), for as long as we both shall live.

I (SPOUSE2), take thee, (SPOUSE1) to be my (HUSBAND/WIFE/SPOUSE) – To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, in joy and sorrow, and I promise My love to you. And with this ring, I take you as my (HUSBAND/WIFE/SPOUSE), for as long as we both shall live.

(This is where other readings and extras are often added.)

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/Wife and Spouses for Life,
You may kiss your (Husband/Wife/Spouse).
I would like to introduce Mr. and/or Mrs.

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