Welcome. We are gathered here today to join______________and_______________________on the first day of their married lives together, to share their love and happiness on such and important day in their lives.
May their relationship grow and mature with each passing year. As they receive life’s sorrows and lighten each other’s burdens, so too will they multiply life’s joys and enhance its blessings by sharing them in love. And so it is that we serve witness to a promise and a gift: the promise Faith and the gift Love.
A Reading from the Old Testament, The Songs of Solomon, Chapter 2
A Reading from the New Testament of 1 Corinthians Chapter
The bond of marriage is a binding covenant to be entered into only with the utmost of good faith and is to endure for so long as you both shall live.
Truly then, it is a beautiful tribute to your undoubted faith in one another; that recognizing the full import of your vows you are so ready and willing to pronounce them.
__________________ Will you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife, to live with her in lawful state of wedlock, to love, comfort, honor and respect. Protect her and keep her in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live?
__________________Will you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to live with him in lawful state of wedlock, to love, comfort, honor and respect. Protect him and keep him in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live?
I _______________ take you ________________ to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better of 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.
I _______________ take you ________________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, for so long as we both shall live.
__________________, I offer you this ring, as a token of my love, to be yours for all eternity.
________________, I offer you this ring, as a token of my love, to be yours for all eternity.
_______________ And ____________________ may (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring)’s beauty remain in your marriage and in your home. May there be love and care and songs 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. And there is no limit to the beautiful facets that your relationship shall 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 pledged their faithfulness to each 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 them husband and wife and declare that they have been lawfully married,_______________ you may kiss your bride.