SHORT MARRIAGE CEREMONY
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
______, 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
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. ______________