Standard Christian Wedding Ceremony

Standard Christian Wedding Ceremony:

We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes to the words which shall unite ______________ and _______________ in marriage.

Should there be anyone who has cause why this couple should not be united in marriage, they must speak now or forever hold their peace. (Optional)

Who is it that brings this woman to this man? (Optional)

He /they answer: "I do.

_________________ and _________________ , life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is given to us by our family or by our friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of the greatest challenges of life - and is the shared goal of a married life.

VOWS (You may change the vows as you wish or write your own vows.)

(Groom) ____________, do you take ________________ to be your Wife? ("I do.") Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her? ("I do.")

(Bride) _____________, do you take ________________ to be your Husband? ("I do".) Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him? ("I do.")

Repeated Vows & Wedding Rings Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace and the unbroken circle of love, signifying to all the union of this man and this woman in marriage. As you place the ring on the other’s finger, please repeat after me:

(Groom) I _____________, take you, ________________ to be my Wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you forevermore. With this ring I thee wed.

(Bride) I _______________, take you, ________________ to be my Husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise My love to you forevermore.

Corinthians A marriage ceremony represents one of life's greatest commitments. But it also is a declaration of love. I wish to read to you what Paul wrote of love in a letter to the Corinthians. I believe it is a true model of love and it is a model of love I hope you pursue in your marriage: "Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud. Love is never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable or touchy. Love does not hold grudges and will hardly notice when others do it wrong. Love is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to them no matter what the cost. You will always believe in them, always expect the best in them, and will always stand your ground in defending them."

PRAYER (PRAYER if desired. You may alter this or replace it with another. Some couples will ask a family member to say a prayer.) Dear Heavenly Father, (or "Oh Lord") our hearts are filled with great happiness on ___________’s and _______________s wedding day as they come before You pledging their hearts and lives to one another. Grant that they be true and loving, living together in such a way as to never bring shame or heartbreak into their marriage. Temper their hearts with kindness and understanding. Rid them of all pretense or jealousy. Help them to remember to be each other's sweetheart, helpmate, best friend and guide, so that together they may meet the cares and problems of life more bravely. And with the passage of time, may they find great contentment in the rich joy of senior companionship. May the home they are creating today truly be a place of love and harmony, where Your Spirit is present. Bless this marriage we pray and walk beside ____________ and ________________ throughout all of their lives together. We ask these things in Jesus name. Amen.

(You may add the Rose Ceremony at this point if you wish)

_____________ and _____________, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Holy Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the joining of your hands and the giving of these rings, by the powers vested in me, I now declare you to be Husband and Wife.

Whom God hath joined together, let no one put asunder.

(Some couples add the benediction: "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance unto to you, and give you peace.")

Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.

It is my privilege to present to you Mr. & Mrs. __________________________