Traditional Christian Wedding Ceremony

(This is a non-denomination, traditional Christian Ceremony that you may modify or add to) We are gathered here today in the sight of God and angels, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life's greatest moments -- to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite _____________and____________ in holy matrimony.

Marriage is a most honorable estate, created and Instituted by God, signifying unto us the mystical union which also exists between Christ and the Church. So, too, may this marriage be adorned by true and abiding love.

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. (You may delete this if you wish.)

Who is it that brings this woman to this man? (If the father, he may answer "her mother and I", "her father on behalf of the family" or simply "I do." He will place the bride's hand with the groom's and steps back.)

_______________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 and friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of life's greatest challenges and is the shared goal of a married life.

But a husband and wife should not confuse love of worldly measures, for even if worldly success is found, only love will maintain a marriage. Mankind did not create love; love is created by God. The measure of true love is a love both freely given and freely accepted, just as God's love for us is unconditional and free.

Today truly is a glorious day the Lord hath made as today both of you are blessed with God's greatest of all gifts -- the gift of abiding love and devotion between a man and a woman. All present here today - and those here in heart - wish both of you all the joy, happiness and success and the world has to offer.

As you travel through life together, I caution you to remember that the true measure of success, the true avenue to joy and peace, is to be found within the love you hold in your hearts. I would ask that you hold the key to your heart very tightly.

Within the Bible, nothing is of more importance than love. We are told the crystalline and beautiful truth: "God is Love". We are assured that "Love conquers all". As your lives continue to interweave as one pattern, remember that it was love that brought you here today, it is love that will make this a glorious union, and it is love which will cause this union to endure.

VOWS (You may select other vows, pick from our different denomination vows, or write your own.)

Would you please face each other and join hands. (Groom) __________________, do you take _________________to be your wife? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only to her forevermore? ("I do.")

(Bride ) __________________, do you take_________________ to be your Husband? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only to him forevermore? ("I do.")

Reading from Corinthians A marriage ceremony represents one of life's greatest commitments, but also is a declaration of love. I wish to read to you what Paul wrote of love in a letter to the Corinthians a long time ago. I believe this is a true model of love, and it is a model of love I would hope you both would pursue in your marriage:

“Love endures and is kind. Love is not envious or jealous. Love wants not itself, is not puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not its own, it is not easily provoked, and thinks no evil. Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness - but in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails.”

(Vows to be repeated) (You may change these vows or write your own)

[Groom] I, ________________ take thee _________________, 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.

[Bride] I, __________________ take thee ________________ 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.

Exchange of Rings Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace, signifying to all the uniting of this man and this woman in marriage.

(Bride and Groom will repeat these vows as they place the ring on the other's finger.)

"With this ring, I thee wed. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

Charge to the Couple ______________ and ____________ as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you 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. From this day forward, you shall be each other's home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect.

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 may be ever loving and true, living together is 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 of jealousy. Help them to remember to be each other's sweetheart, helpmate, friend, and guide so that together they may meet the cares and problems of life more bravely. And with the passage of time, may the home they are creating today truly be a place of love and harmony where your spirit is ever present. We pray that you bless this union and walk beside _________________ and ________________ throughout all their lives together. We ask these things in Jesus name; AMEN

Pronouncement as Husband & Wife _______________ 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 giving of these rings and the joining of your hands, I now declare you to be husband and wife.

BENEDICTION: May the Lord bless 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 you and give you peace.

Congratulations, you may kiss your bride. I present to you Mr. and Mrs. ____________________________.