Song: “Here Comes The Bride” (optional)
On this very special occasion we give thanks for all the rich experiences of life, which has brought__________________ and ______________________________ to this high point in their lives. We are grateful for the values instilled in them from those who have loved and nurtured them and pointed along life’s’ ways. We are grateful for the values they have found by their own strivings. Within them is a dream of a great love and the resources to use that love in creating a home, which shall endure. May their relationship grow and mature with each passing year. As they divide life’s’ sorrows and lighten each others burdens so too will they multiply life’s joys and heighten it’s blessing by sharing them in love. And so it is that we serve witness to a Promise and a Gift: the Promise – Faith; the Gift – Love.
We have assembled to join in marriage ________________________
and ______________________________. The bond of marriage is a binding covenant to be entered into only in the utmost of good faith and to endure for so long as you both shall live.
This union then is most serious, because it will bind you together in a relationship so close and so intimate that it will profoundly influence your future.
That future, with its successes and its failures, its pleasures and its pains, its joys and its sorrows — is hidden now from your eyes. And yet you know that these elements are mingled into every life and are to be expected in your own. And so, not knowing what is before you, you take each other for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health.
Truly then it is a beautiful tribute to your undoubted faith in each other; that recognizing the full import of your vows you are nevertheless, so willing and ready to pronounce them.
______________________________(Groom), Will you take this woman to be your wedded wife and to live with her in lawful state of wedlock?
______________________________(Bride), Will you take this man to be your wedded husband and to live with him in lawful state of wedlock?
Please Repeat After Me
I, __________________________(groom), take you ___________________________(bride), to be 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, for so long as we both shall live.
Please Join Hand And Repeat After Me
I, _________________________(bride), take you________________________(groom), to be 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, so long as we both shall live.
At This Point Have The Man Put The Ring On Her Finger:
(Groom): _____________________________, I offer you this ring, as a token of my love, to be yours for all eternity.
(Bride): ______________________________, I accept this ring and take you as my husband.
At This Point Have The Woman Put The Ring On His Finger
(Bride): ______________________________, I offer you this ring, as a token of my love, to be yours for all eternity.
(Groom): _____________________________, I accept this ring and take you as my wife.
Lighting of the Unity Candle (optional)
May (Summer,Fall, Winter, Spring)’s beauty remain in your marriage and in your home. May there be warmth and gentleness, love and kindness and song of life through all the days that lie ahead. You are two individuals who enrich your existence by having a single life and sharing that life together.
There is no limit to the beautiful facets your relationship will foster, for there awaits both of you all the joys of growing together in a life which you shall share for years to come.
Whereby _____________________ and _________________________ have consented to take each other In lawful wedlock and have witnessed the same before this company and have given and have pledged their faithfulness each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving tokens of their love, and by joining hands, now by virtue of the authority vested in me under the laws of The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, I hereby pronounce you husband and wife and declare that you have been lawfully married.