Sample Wedding Ceremony
MINISTER: Good evening! We are gathered here today, not to witness the beginning of what will be, but rather what already is! We do not create this marriage, because we cannot. We can and do, however, celebrate with Scott and Anne the wondrous and joyful occurrence that has already taken place in their lives.
Marriage is a supreme sharing of experience and an adventure in the most intimate of human relationships. It is a joyous union of two people whose friendship and mutual understanding have flowered into romance. Today, Scott and Anne proclaim their love and commitment to each other and these witnesses. We gather to rejoice, with, and for them, in the new life they now begin together.
I pray that you bring into this union the strengths that have carried you to this day. I pray that you expect from one another not perfection, but a willingness to learn. I wish for you the courage to change when old ways do not lead where you want this marriage to go. The wisdom to listen when it would be so much easier to speak. The humility to say, “I’m sorry.” And the graciousness to let all wrongs live in their own time.
Love one another. Hold fast when winds of trouble come your way. Let your marriage be a source of encouragement, a house of nurture and temple of hope. When you are angry, remember why it is you love. When you feel loving, always take an extra step to let it show.
Choose to risk your significance, for it is in weaving the deep connection of marriage, that you will each become the greater self you have it in you to be. Commit fully, and graceful blessings will companion you together throughout your days.
Through this union, we give ourselves, our lives and love into the hands of the one we love. We do so trustingly and generously. And so, each of us receives a gift: the life and love of the other.
So, we witnesses are here to share with Scott and Anne this hope and joy, and to see them off on the path they will walk together. May it be a path that they travel, hand in hand, and one that is blessed with prosperity, spiritual awakening and an ever-deepening love.
MINISTER: Scott and Anne, this celebration is the outward token of your sacred and inward union of hearts. It is a union created by your loving purpose and kept by abiding will. It is in this spirit and for this purpose that you have come here to be joined together.
Marriage will be a long and fruitful journey. To keep it fresh and vibrant, look for ways to continually renew your commitment and to acknowledge the sacred promises you will make here today. As time goes on, you will both grow and change and your married life will evolve. Yet these vows that you make on your wedding day remain the starting point and the foundation of married life.
Dear God, Please make of this relationship a great and holy adventure. May their joining be a sacred space. May the two of them find rest here, a haven for their souls. Remove from them any temptation to judge themselves or each other or to direct each other. May they surrender to You their conflicts and their burdens. We know You are their Answer and their rock. Help them not forget. Bring them together in heart and mind as well as body and guide them in the ways of holiness. May this relationship be a burst of light. May it be a fountain of love and wisdom for them, for their family, for their community, and for their world. May this bond be a channel for Your love and healing, a vehicle of Your grace and power. As lessons come and challenges grow, let them not be tempted to forsake each other. May they remain young in this relationship. May they grow wise in this relationship. Bring them what You desire for them. And show them how you would have them be. Thank You, dear God. Amen
MINISTER: Will you, Scott, accept this woman as your wife, joining with her today in spirit; offering your friendship and loving-kindness; honoring her growth and freedom as well as your own; cherishing and respecting her, loving and embracing her in times of adversity as well as times of joy?
Scott: I will
MINISTER:Will you, Anne, accept this man as your husband, joining with him today in spirit; offering your friendship and loving-kindness; honoring his growth and freedom as well as your own; cherishing and respecting him, loving and embracing him in times of adversity as well as times of joy?
Anne: I will.
MINISTER: Do you, Scott and Anne, commit to nurture mutual love and trust; to aid each other in developing your physical, mental, and spiritual lives; to raise any children you have with mindfulness and respect for the grave responsibility required; and to be faithful to each other, forsaking all others, and to be true companions and lifelong partners?
SCOTT and ANNE: “We do.”
MINISTER: Rings are made precious by our wearing them. They carry our meaning; they say who we are, where we have been, and where we are going. They become us; they reflect us; they are a symbol of our truest essence.
Your wedding rings are most special because they say that even in your uniqueness, you have chosen to be together, to allow the presence of another human being to enhance who you are. Your rings carry the powerful double message: We are individuals and yet we belong; we are not alone. As you wear them through time, they will reflect not only who you are but also the union you are making.
Scott, having pronounced your intent to love Anne forever, you may now place the ring on her finger.
Anne, having pronounced your intent to love Scott forever, may now place the ring on his finger.
Your rings are in a circle with no beginning and no end. The circle is the symbol of the sun and the earth and the universe. It is the symbol of wholeness and of perfection and of peace. It is a symbol of unity into which your two lives are now joined in an unbroken circle, in which wherever you go, you will return unto one another./p>
Let us pray:
God gives love. God renews love. God is love. May the flow of your love help brighten the face of the earth. Go now, and may the God of love, joy and peace be with you this day and always.
This moment is made sacred by your courage. This ritual is blessed by your love. The time for ceremony has ended. The time for living your commitment has begun. Therefore, Scott and Anne, it is with great joy that I proclaim that you are husband and wife!
Congratulations! You may now kiss the bride!