Christian General Ceremony

This is the time which you have chosen to become husband and wife. We are here not only to witness your commitment to each other, but also to wish you every happiness in your future life together.

Within its framework of loyalty and commitment, marriage enables the establishment of a home, where through tolerance, patience and respect, the love and affection that you have for each other may develop into a deep and lasting relationship.

READING: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind; it is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited, never rude or selfish, does not take offence, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s faults, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, and to hope. It is always ready to endure whatever comes. True love does not come to an end. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of your family, friends and witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and firm nature of the relationship into which you both are about to enter.

MARRIAGE VOWS Please repeat after me:

I, (Groom's Name), affirm my love to you, (Bride's Name) as I invite you to share my life. I promise always to respect your needs. I will endeavor through kindness, unselfishness and trust to achieve the warm rich life we now look forward to. To this end, I call upon all present to witness that I take you to be my lawfully wedded wife.

I, (Bride's Name), affirm my love to you, (Groom's Name) as I invite you to share my life. I promise always to respect your needs. I will endeavor through kindness, unselfishness and trust to achieve the warm rich life we now look forward to. To this end, I call upon all present to witness that I take you to be my lawfully wedded husband.

RING VOWS Please present the rings and repeat after me:

(Bride's Name), with this ring, a token and pledge of the vow made between us, I thee wed.

(Groom's Name), with this ring, a token and pledge of the vow made between us, I thee wed.

As you have consented together in lawful marriage in the presence of your family, friends and witnesses, by the giving and receiving of rings, and by the authority vested in me, I now pronounce you to be Husband and Wife.

Congratulations. You may kiss your bride.