Sample Wedding Ceremony
MINISTER: Scott and Ann have asked you here this evening because each of you has touched their lives in some special way. They hold you, their family and friends, as a valued part of who they are as individuals, and who they will become as a married couple. Your presence is a gift of support and caring, and they appreciate your sharing this very special occasion.
Just as we stand beside these waters, may this couple’s love always be as constant and unchanging as these never- ending waves that wash upon these shores.
May their love come softly upon their hearts, just as the foam comes softly upon this sand.
And just as there will never be a morning without the water’s flow, may there never be a day that this couple is without their love for each other.
May their faith in each other be as unchanging and dependable as these tides.
Just as these waters nourish the earth and sustain life, may their constant love nourish and sustain each other until the end of time.
DECLARATION OF INTENTION
Scott and Ann, I ask that you each make the following promises to each other silently, as I say these passages:
I promise to give you the best of myself
And to ask of you no more than you can give.
I promise to respect you as your own person
And to realize that your interests, desires and needs
Are no less important than mine.
I promise to share with you my time and my attention
And to bring joy, strength and imagination to our relationship.
I promise to keep myself open to you
To let your see through the window of my world into my innermost fears
Feelings, secrets and dreams.
I promise to grow along with you
To be willing to face changes in order
To keep our relationship alive and exciting
I promise to love you in good times and in bad
With all I have to give and
All I feel inside, in the only way I know
Completely and forever.
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.
MINISTER: Do you, Scott and Ann, commit to nurture mutual love and trust; to aid each other in developing your physical, mental, and spiritual lives; to raise the 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 Ann: “We do.”
CEREMONY OF THE RINGS
Scott, as you place the ring on Ann’s hand please say, “with this ring, I thee wed.”
Ann, as you place the ring on Scott’s hand please say, “with this ring, I thee wed.”
As this water is eternal, so shall be your love: as the wind is all encompassing, so shall be your love; as the earth is solid beneath us on this shore, so shall be your love.
May today there be peace within you, May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
Scott and Ann, may you both remember and honor all of these promises you have made to each other today and may your love never end. I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may seal your promises with a kiss!
Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Ann Wilson!