SHORT MARRIAGE CEREMONY
Sample 27


Dearly beloved, we are assembled here in the presence of family and friends to celebrate the joining of this man and this woman in the unity of marriage. There are no obligations on earth sweeter or tender than those you are about to assume. There are no vows more solemn than those you are about to make. There is no human institution more sacred than that of the home you are about to form. True marriage is the holiest of all earthly relationships. The state of matrimony is based in this deep, invisible union of two souls who seek to find completion in one another. Do you understand this? (Respond by yes, nodding, etc.)


Giving away of the Bride: Who gives this woman in marriage?

Will you please face each other and join hands?

______, will you take this woman, whose hands you hold, choosing her alone to be your wedded wife? Will you live with her in the state of true matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, honor her at all times, and be faithful to her?

______, will you take this man, whose hands you hold, choosing him alone to be your wedded husband? Will you live with him in the state of true matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, honor him at all times, and be faithful to him?

As you take these preliminary vows, ______ and ______, I would have you remember:

To love is to come together from the pathways of our past and then move forward...Hand in hand, along the uncharted roads of our future, ready to risk, to dream, and to dare.... And always believe that all things are possible with faith and love in God, and in each other.



Will you repeat after me?

I ______, take you ______ to be my wife, to love and cherish, from this day forward, and thereto pledge you my faith,

I, ______, take you ______, to be my husband, to love and to cherish, from this day forward, and thereto pledge you my faith.

I understand you have brought rings as a token of your sincerity?

Bless O God these rings, that each gives, receives, and wears as a token of the covenant between them and God, and may they ever abide in thy peace, living together in unity, in love, and in happiness, and with good purpose do thy will. Amen.

______, will you repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed. Let it ever be to us a symbol of our love.

_______, will you repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed. Let it ever be to us a symbol of our love.

In as much as you, _____, and you ______, have consented together in the union of matrimony and you have pledged your faith each to the other in the presence of these witnesses, now by the authority vested in me by the State of Georgia, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife.

You may kiss the Bride.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I NOW PRESENT TO YOU MR. & MRS. ______________