Sample Wedding Ceremony
MINISTER: With great joy, we come together to join this man, Scott and this woman, Anne, as husband and wife. We are here, not only to witness their commitment to each other, but also to wish them every happiness in their future life together.
Scott and Anne within its framework of commitment and loyalty, marriage enables the establishment of a home, where through trust, patience and respect, the love and affection, which you have for each other, may develop into a deep and lasting relationship. We, who are witnessing this marriage, hope that despite the stresses inevitable in any life, your Love, and Respect for each other, your trust and understanding of each other, will increase your contentment and heighten your joy in living.
The Art of a Good Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created.
In marriage the little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow old.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner; it is being the right partner.
MINISTER: Do you, Scott, knowing this woman’s love for you and returning it, realizing her strengths and learning from them, recognizing her weaknesses and helping her to overcome them, take Anne to be your lawfully wedded wife? Will you honor and keep her in sickness and in health and forsaking all others keep only unto her so long as you both shall live?
Scott: I will
MINISTER:Do you, Anne, knowing this man’s love for you and returning it, realizing his strengths and learning from them, recognizing his weaknesses and helping him to overcome them, take Scott to be your lawfully wedded husband? Will you honor and keep him in sickness and in health and forsaking all others keep only unto him so long as you both shall live?
Anne: I will.
EXCHANGING OF RINGS
MINISTER: Scott, as you place the ring on Anne’s hand, please repeat after me:
SCOTT: This ring I give you, my personal gift and my personal promise of love and trust, and pride that you are my wife.
MINISTER: Anne, as you place this ring on Scott’s hand, please repeat after me:
ANNE: This ring I give you, my personal gift and my personal promise of love and trust, and pride that you are my husband.
MINISTER: These rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no giver and no receiver, for each is the giver and each is the receiver. May these rings always remind you of the vows you have taken.
Scott and Anne, inasmuch as you have accepted the vows which bind you together in your love, and by the giving and receiving of rings have pledged yourselves to each other, under the authority vested in my by the State of North Carolina, it gives me great pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife!
Congratulations, you may share a kiss!
Presenting Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wilson!