Civil 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.

(Optional) 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?

(The father, children, relative etc. may give the bride away. He /they answer "I do". This person then steps back and the groom takes the bride's hand.)

________________ and _____________, I would ask that you both remember to treat yourself and each other with respect, and to remind yourself often of what brought you together today. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your marriage deserves. When frustration and difficulty assail your marriage, focus on what still seems right between you, not only the part that seems wrong. When clouds of trouble hide the sun in your lives and you lose sight of it for a moment, you can remember that the sun is still there. And if each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.

VOWS (Vows used unless other vows are wished. You may change the vows as you wish or write your own.)

(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 forevermore? ("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 forevermore? "(I do.")

REPEATED VOWS Please present the rings. (Note: rings are optional.)

(Groom) I _____________, take thee, ________________ to be my Wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, in joy and sorrow and I promise my love to you. With this ring, I take you as my wife, for as long as we both shall live."

(Bride) I _________________, take thee ______________, to be my Husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, in joy and sorrow, and I promise my love to you. With this ring, I take you as my husband, for as long as we both shall live."

________________ and _____________ as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals. Respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together, as from this day forward, you shall be each other's home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect for each other.

Just as two threads woven in opposite directions will form a most beautiful tapestry, so, too, can your two lives merged together make a beautiful marriage. To make your relationship work will take love. This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today. It will take trust to know in your hearts that you truly want the best for each other. It will take dedication to stay open to one another and to learn and grow together. It will take faith to go forward together without knowing exactly what the future brings. And it will take commitment to hold true to the journey you both have pledged today to share together.

______________ and ______________, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the joining of your hands and the giving of these rings, I now declare you to be Husband and Wife. Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.

It is my privilege to present to you Mr. and Mrs. ________________________.