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Beatific Ceremonies scheduled from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily including weekends and holidays.  Contact Reverend Georgia A. Martin. Office Phone: (301)-237-4341. 
E-mail: 
gmartinjd@gmartinjd.com  

Whether your ceremony is Budget, Traditional, Christian, Spiritual, Native American, Celtic, Pagan, Wicca, or something else, the following vows and ceremonies may be used to design vibrant memorable weddings and other ceremonies that are filled with fun, joy, love, peace, and healing, and that will be cherished by you and your loved ones forever. 

Spiritual Wedding Ceremonies
Spiritual Ceremony # 1
Spiritual Ceremony # 2
Spiritual Ceremony # 3
Spiritual Short Ceremony # 4
Spiritual Fast Ceremony # 5
Celtic Anam Cara & Pebble Ceremony

Religious Wedding Ceremonies
Religious Wedding Ceremony #1
Religious Wedding Ceremony #2 
Religious Wedding Ceremony #3
Religious Fast Ceremony # 4

Same Sex Wedding Ceremonies
Spiritual Wedding Ceremony # 3
Spiritual Fast Wedding Ceremony # 5
Celtic Anam Cara Wedding Ceremony
Buddhist Wedding Ceremony
Celtic Handfasting Wedding Ceremony - Six Cords
Celtic Anam Cara & Pebble Wedding Ceremony

Commitment Ceremonies
Commitment Ceremony # 1
Commitment Ceremony # 3
 Commitment Ceremony # 4
 
Commitment Ceremony # 6

Vow Renewal Ceremonies
Vow Renewal Ceremony - Short # 1
Vow Renewal Ceremony - Long# 4

Celtic Handfasting Ceremonies
Celtic Handfasting Ceremony-4 Cords
Celtic Handfasting Ceremony-6 Cords

Spanish Wedding Ceremonies
Spanish Ceremony # 1
Spanish Ceremony # 2

Native American Wedding  and Smudging Ceremonies
       The Rite of Seven Steps Ceremony 
Native American Hand-binding Ceremony
Native American Smudging Ceremony #1
Native American Smudging Ceremony #2

Buddhist Wedding Ceremony

 

SPIRITUAL CEREMONIES
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Spiritual Wedding Ceremony # 1

 

WELCOME
Love is a miraculous gift, and a wedding is a celebration of that gift.
We have come here today to celebrate this gift of love, and
to add our best wishes and blessings to the words that shall
____________ and _____________ in the bonds of marriage.

What you promise to each other today
must be renewed again tomorrow and every day that follows.
At the end of this ceremony, legally you will be husband and wife.
Still, you must decide each and every day to commit yourselves to one another.
Make such a decision, and keep on making it,
for the most important thing in life is to love and to be loved.

CONSENT
____________ and _____________

do you come here of your own free will,
accompanied by your family’s blessings,
to be united as husband and wife forevermore?

Who presents ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________to be married to ____________?

ADDRESS AND READINGS
Today you are taking into your care and trust
the happiness of the one person in this world whom you love with all your heart.
You are giving yourself, your life, and your love,
into the hands of the one who loves you with all their heart. 
Remember that, to the whole world, you are but one person,
but to one person, you are the whole world.

However, true love goes far beyond the feelings of excitement and romance.
It is caring more about the well-being and happiness of your marriage partner
than your own needs and your own desires.
True love is not total absorption in each other,
but rather, it is looking outward in the same direction together.
Love makes burdens lighter because you divide them.
It makes joys more intense because you share them.
Love makes you stronger so you can become involved in life
 in ways you dare not risk alone.
True love says the two of you are just better together than when you are apart.

When you enter into marriage, you enter into life’s most important relationship.
It is a gift given to bring comfort when there is sorrow,
peace when there is unrest,
laughter when there is happiness,
and love when it is shared. 

A successful marriage is not something that just happens.
It takes work, it takes understanding, and it takes time.
More importantly, it takes a commitment from both of you—
a commitment to do whatever it takes
to make your relationship thrive and not just simply survive.
A good marriage must be nurtured.

Listen to these “words of wisdom” on how to create a successful marriage
from a little book entitled The Art of Marriage.

The Art of Marriage
The little things are thebig 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 all the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives;
it is facing the world together.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in 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 expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating 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.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is the common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is the establishing of a relationship in which the independence is equal, the dependence is mutual, and the obligation is reciprocal.
And finally, it is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

WEDDING VOWS
Officiant says:  (Groom) _______, please repeat after me.

I, (Groom) __________, take you, (Bride) _________,
to
be my partner in life.
I
promise to walk by your side forever,
to love, help, and encourage
you in
all that you do.
I will
take time to talk with you,
to listen to you, and to care for
you.
I will share your laughter and
your tears
as your partner, lover, and best friend.
Everything I
am and everything I have is yours
now and forevermore.

Officiant says: (Bride) ______________, please repeat after me.

I, (Bride) ____________, give myself to you (Groom) _________,
on this our wedding day.
I will cherish our friendship,
and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.
I will trust you and
honor
you.
I will love
you faithfully through the best
and the worst,
through the difficult and the easy.
Whatever comes our way,
I will be there always.
As I have given you my hand to hold,
so I give you my life to keep.

EXPLANATION OF THE RINGS

Officiant says:  May I have the rings.
The wedding ring is a circle that has no end,.
It symbolizes the never-ending love that exists between you.
The ring is made from precious metals
purified by the heat of testing, and
it is a symbol of the purity of your love for one another.
The ring is made of rare gems that radiate brilliance
and a quality unlike other ordinary stones.
It represents the riches that reside in each of you.
May these rings always reflect the light of your love throughout your life together.

RING EXCHANGE VOWS
Officiant says: (Groom) _________, please repeat after me.
I, ________ give you (Bride) _______, this ring.
Wear it with love and joy. 
As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. 
I choose you to be my wife this day and forevermore.

Officiant says: (Bride) ____________, please repeat after me.
I, (Bride) ___________, give you (Groom) __________, this ring
in token of my love and devotion, 
with my heart, I pledge to you all that I am.
With this ring, I marry you and join my life to yours.

 

OPTIONAL RITUALS (You may omit or choose one ritual)
Lighting Of The Unity Candle
Jumping The Broom
Blending of Sand (Hawaiian Tradition)
Celtic Blessing Stones (Wishing Stones
Celtic Handfasting

 

APACHE WEDDING BLESSING
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be a shelter for the other.

Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be a companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place to enter the days of your togetherness.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.
May happiness be your companion,
and may your days together be good and long upon the earth.


PRONOUNCEMENT

(Groom) __________, and (Bride) _________,
because you have committed yourselves to each other in marriage,
and demonstrated this by exchanging your vows and giving each other rings,
By the power invested in me by the State of Maryland,

I pronounce you husband and wife.

KISS
Officiant says: (Groom) ____________, you may kiss your Bride.

PRESENTATION
Officiant says: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the very first time, Mr. and Ms (Groom) _________,

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Dove Release Ceremonies

Spiritual Wedding Ceremony #2

WELCOME
We are here today to celebrate the miracle of love.
(Groom) ______________ and (Bride) ______________
have found that miracle in each other,
and now desire to share their love
all the days of their lives.

CONSENT
Are both of you willing to give your hand
to the one whose heart you hold?
(Both answers): Yes, we arc.
Who presents (Bride) _____________ to be married to (Groom) _________.

ADDRESS AND READINGS
Today you are giving yourselves
to one another to love and to live.
Your lives are being woven together,
and in time, they will intertwine
in such a way that you truly
will become one in heart, mind, and soul.
Listen to these words that reflect this kind of love.

Reading:
When a Manand a Woman are in Love
When a man and a woman are in love,
His life lies within hers and her life lies within his.
Each lives as an individual,
yet they also live for one another.
Each strives for independent goals,
but they also work together to achieve their dreams.
When a man and a woman are in love,
they will give to one another
What they need to survive
and help fulfill each others
wants.
They will turn one another’s disappointmentinto satisfaction.
They will turn one another’s
frustration into contentment.
They will be one another’s friend,
guiding each other to the happiness that life holds.
They will be one another’s companion,
facing together the challenges that life may present.
They will work as a mirror,
reflecting to each other their strengths and weaknesses.
They will work together
to alleviate  the emotional walls that may separate them.
They will work together
to build a better understanding of one another.
They will learn to lean on each other,
but not so much as to a burden on the other.
They will learn to reach out to one another
but not so much as to suffocate the other.
They will learn when it is time to speak
and when it is time to listen.
They will be there to comfort each other in times of sorrow.
They will be there to celebrate together in times of happiness.
When a man and a woman are in love,
his life lies within hers and her life lies within his.
Together they will love one another
for the rest of their lives and forever.

Officiant says: (Groom) ______________ and (Bride) _____________,
may this kind of love always help you
keep the promises you are about to make here today.

WEDDING VOWS

Officiant says:  (Groom) _______, please repeat after me.

_________________, my promise to you is but a simple one.
I will love you today and everyday
that follows until the end of time.
With the passing of
every
minute,
my love grows stronger
and my devotion grows deeper.
I will love and cherish you
until my eyes can no longer see your beauty,
my ears can no longer hear your loving words,
and my hands can no longer feel your tender caress.
From this moment until my dying breath,
 you are my love—you are my life.

Officiant says:  (Bride) _______, please repeat after me.
_________________,
my promise to you is but a simple one.
I will love you today and everyday that follows
until the end of time.
With the passing of
every
minute,
my love grows stronger and my devotion grows deeper.
I will love and cherish you
until my eyes can no longer see your beauty,
my ears can no longer hear your loving words,
and my hands can no longer feel your tender caress.
From this moment until my dying breath,
you are my love—you are my life.

EXPLANATION OF THE RINGS
Officiant says:  May I have the rings.
The wedding ring is a symbol of the outward and visible sign
of an inward and spiritual
bond
that unites two loyal hearts in endless love.
May these rings always remind you
that it was love that brought you together,
and it is love that will keep you together
through all the seasons of your lives.

RING EXCHANGE

Officiant says: (Groom) __________________, please repeat after me.
(Bride)
________________, this ring is the token of my love.
I
marry you
with this ring,
with all that I have and all that I am.

Officiant says: (Bride) __________________, please respond by repeating after me.
(Groom) ________________,
I will forever wear this ring
as the sign of my commitment and the desire of my heart.

Officiant says: (Bride) ___________, please repeat after me.
(Groom) _____________, this ring is the token of my love.
I marry you with this
ring,
with all that I have and
all that I am.

Officiant says: (Groom) _________ please respond by repeating after me.
(Bride) _______, I will forever wear this
ring
as the
sign of my commitment and the desire of my heart.

OPTIONAL RITUALS (You may omit or choose one ritual)
Lighting Of The Unity Candle
Jumping The Broom
Blending of Sand (Hawaiian Tradition)
Celtic Blessing Stones (Wishing Stones
Celtic Handfasting

WEDDING PRAYER/BLESSING
May God bl
ess you
with Hope enough to keep sunshine in your love,
with Fear enough to keep you holding hands in the
dark;
Unity enough to keep your roots entwined,
and Separation enough to keep you reaching for each other;
Harmony enough to keep romance in your song,
and Discord enough to keep you tuning your love
so it becomes sweet music to all who may hear it.

PRONOUNCEMENT
(Groom) __________________ and (Bride) __________________,
now that you have shared with each other
these words of love and commitment,
and we have witnessed the expression of your love
as you have given each other these rings,
and you have joined your hands and hearts
before your family and
friends,
it is with great
joy that I pronounce you husband and wife.

KISS
Officiant says: (Groom) _________ , you may kiss your Bride.
(Bride and Groom kiss.)
(Bride receives bouquet from Maid of
Honor.)

PRESENTATION
Officiant says: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the very first time, Mr. and Mrs. _______________ 

 

Spiritual Wedding Ceremony #3

WELCOME

Friends and family of the bride and groom,
what a joy it is to welcome you here,

to celebrate and witness the union of ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
_____________ and ____________

CONSENT

Some say that marriage is the oldest ritual in the world.
As such, it should not be entered into thoughtlessly or lightly,
for your future happiness and prosperity depends
on what you put into this relationship.

Do you _____________ and ____________
come here of your own free will,
accompanied by your families’ blessings,
to be united as husband and wife?

ADDRESS

Today in marriage, you are taking into your care and trust,

the happiness of the one person in this world whom you love with all your heart.

You have invited us to share in the celebration of your love,

a very special love that culminates
in your union as husband and wife.

Every experience you ever had,
everything you have ever done,
everything you have ever learned,
has brought you to this moment.

New experiences lie before you
with opportunities to grow deeper in love with each other.

As you walk hand in hand into the future,

cherish each moment as a gift to strengthen the bond between you.

READING

A successful marriage is not something that just happens.
It must be nurtured. It takes work, it takes understanding, and it takes time.
More importantly, it takes a commitment from both of you
—a commitment to do whatever it takes
to make your relationship thrive and not just simply survive.
And finally,it is not only marrying the right partner,
it is being the right partner.

VOWS

To Groom: Repeat after me.

I ____________ take you ____________

to be my partner in life.

I promise to walk by your side forever,

To love, help and encourage you in all that you do.

I will take time to talk with you, listen to you, and to care for you.

I will share your laughter and your tears

as your partner, lover, and best friend.

Everything I am and everything I have

is yours now and forever.

To Bride: Repeat after me.

I ____________, take you ____________
to be my partner in life.

I promise to walk by your side forever,

To love, help and encourage you in all that you do.

I will take time to talk with you, listen to you, and to care for you.

I will share your laughter and your tears

as your partner, lover, and best friend.

Everything I am and everything I have

is yours now and forever.

RINGS

To Ring Holder: May I have the rings

The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign

of an inward and invisible bond which unites two loyal hearts.

The ring is a never ending circle that represents never ending love.

EXCHANGE VOWS

To Groom: please repeat after me:

I give you this ring.

Wear it with love and joy.

As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.

I choose you to be my wife this day and forever.

To Bride: please repeat after me.

I give you this ring.

Wear it with love and joy.

As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.

I choose you to be my husband this day and forever.

OPTIONAL RITUALS (You may omit or choose one ritual)
Lighting Of The Unity Candle
Jumping The Broom
Blending of Sand (Hawaiian Tradition)
Celtic Blessing Stones (Wishing Stones
Celtic Handfasting

MARRIAGE BLESSING

Today you have formed a partnership,
we hope that your relationship will continue to grow;
we hope that you will always be honest and true to each other;
we hope that you will be flexible and accepting of the changes that life presents.
But most of all, we wish you happiness and prosperity.

PRONOUNCEMENT

_____________ and ____________
because you have committed yourselves to each other in marriage,
and have demonstrated this by exchanging your vows
and giving each other rings,
By the Authority invested in me by the State of ________,
I pronounce you Husband and Wife!

KISS

To Groom: You may kiss your bride.

PRESENTATION

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you
for the very first time, ____________

Siritual Wedding Ceremony # 4

WELCOME

To Assembly:
Welcome to the wedding ceremony in which ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­________ and _________
will proclaim their love to the world,
and be joined in holy matrimony.
We gather here today to honor their commitment
and to witness and celebrate their union.

To Bride and Groom:

Some say that marriage is the oldest ritual in the world.
As such, it should not be entered into thoughtlessly or lightly,
for your future happiness and prosperity depends
on what you put into this relationship.

 

CONSENT
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­________ and _________,
do you come here of your own free will,
accompanied by your families’ blessings,
to be united as husband and wife?

 

WEDDING VOWS

To Groom: Repeat after me:
I, __________ take you, (Bride) ____________

to be my wedded wife,
I promise before these witnesses,
to be your loving and faithful husband
in plenty and want, in joy and in sorrow,
in sickness and health
as long as we both shall live.

To Bride: Repeat after me:
I, _________ take you, _____________
to be my wedded husband,
I promise before these witnesses,
to be thy loving and faithful wife
in plenty and want, in joy and sorrow,
in sickness and health
as long as we both shall live.

RING EXPLANATION & EXCHANGE
For Two Ring Ceremony, Say To Bride and Groom:

These wedding rings are continuous;
they have no beginning and no end.
They are a symbol of everlasting faith and love.
May your rings ever remind you of the covenant
you are entering into today and of its everlasting nature.


Hand ring to groom & say r
epeat after me:
In token and pledge,
of our constant faith and abiding love,
with this ring I thee wed.


Hand ring to bride & say r
epeat after me:
In token and pledge,
of our constant faith and abiding love,
with this ring I thee wed.

WEDDING BLESSING
Today you have formed a partnership,
we hope that you and your relationship
will continue to grow and to deepen;
we hope that you will always be honest and true to each other;
we hope that you will be flexible
and accepting of the changes that life presents.
But most of all, we wish you happiness and prosperity.

PRONUNCEMENT

By the powers vested in me by the State of _________,
I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss.

PRESENTATION

May I be the first to introduce Mr. and Mrs. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________

 

Spiritual Wedding Ceremony # 5

WELCOME

Some say that marriage is the oldest ritual in the world.

As such, it should not be entered into thoughtlessly or lightly,

for your future happiness and prosperity depends on what you put into this relationship.

CONSENT

Do you come here of your own free will, accompanied by your families’ blessings, to be united as husband and wife?

VOWS

To Groom: Do you take __________ to be your wedded wife,

to be a loving and faithful husband in plenty and want,

 in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and health as long as you both shall live. Groom says, "I do."

To Bride: Do you take __________ to be your wedded husband,

to be a loving and faithful wife in plenty and want, in joy and in sorrow,

in sickness and health as long as you both shall live. Bride says, "I do."

Hand ring to groom & say repeat after me:

In token and pledge, of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed.

Hand ring to bride & say eat after me:
In token and pledge, of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed.

WEDDING BLESSING
Today you have formed a partnership,

we hope that you and your relationship will continue to grow and to deepen;

we hope that you will always be honest and true to each other;

we hope that you will be flexible and accepting of the changes that life presents.

But most of all, we wish you happiness and prosperity.

PRONOUNCEMENT

By the powers vested in me by the State of _________, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss.

 

Religious Wedding Ceremonies

 

Religious Wedding Ceremony #1

WELCOME

We welcome all of you here today
as we gather in the presence of God and these witnesses
to join Bride _________ Groom __________ in holy matrimony.

We gather here today to honor their commitment
and to witness and celebrate their union.
Today Bride _________ Groom __________
will proclaim their love to the world.

We should rejoice to be in the presence of true love, such as theirs.
In marriage, two become one
by giving themselves up to each other in holy wedlock
– and, by so doing, receive in turn the gift of love and trust.
But that gift is shared, not just by the two being joined today,
but by all they touch – their friends, family,
and all that are present here today.

To Bride and Groom:

Marriage is a gift from God,
given to us so that we might experience
the joys of love with a life-long partner.

God intended for marriage
to be an intimate holy relationship
between a man and a woman
- mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. 

As such, it should not be entered into thoughtlessly or lightly,
for your future happiness and prosperity
depends much on what you put into this relationship.

Groom ______________ and Bride __________,
because your deep love for each other comes from God,
this is a sacred time and place,
and it is with great reverence that I now ask you to declare your intent.

CONSENT
Groom ___________________,
do you take Bride ______________
to be your lawful wedded wife,
to live together after God’s ordinance
in the holy estate of matrimony?
Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her,
in sickness and in health,
and forsaking all others,
remain faithful to her as long as you both shall live?
If so, please answer “I do”.

Bride _______________,
do you take Groom __________________
to be your lawful wedded husband,
to live together after God’s ordinance
in the holy estate of matrimony?
Do you promise to love him,
comfort him, honor and keep him,
in sickness and in health,
and forsaking all others,
remain faithful to him
as long as you both shall live?
If so, please answer “I do”.

Ask:  Who gives Bride _______________ to Groom _____________________?

Someone says: I do/we do/or family does. 

ADDRESS
Today is the beginning of a new life together for you. 
God knew exactly what you needed
to make you complete when He brought you together. 
And now, He wants you to commit yourselves
to accept each other as the one He has chosen to complete you. 
God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. 
I will make a helper suitable for him.”

READINGS:
The Creation of Woman from the Rib of Man
Genesis 2: 21-23
The Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep;
And while he was sleeping, He took one of the man’s ribs,
And then closed up the place with clash,
Then the Lord God formed a woman
From the rib He had taken out of the man,
And brought her to him.
The man said, “This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman, for she was taken out of Man.

Women was made of a rib out of the side of Man.
She was not created from Man’s head to rule over him,
Nor from his feet to be trampled upon by him.
Instead, Woman was taken from his side, to be equal with him;
Under his arm, to be protected;
and near his heart to be loved.

Optional reading 2
Groom __________________,
God’s Word tells us what kind of husband a man should be for his wife.
“And you husbands show the same kind of love to your wives
as Christ showed to the church when He died for her. 
That is how husbands should be toward their wives,
loving them in the same kind of way. 
For since a man and his wife are now one,
a man is really doing himself a favor
and loving himself when he loves his wife! 
No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it
just as Christ cares for His body, the church,
of which we are all parts. 
Husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way,
giving them respect, and treating them with honor
since they are heirs together with you in the grace of life”

Bride _______________, the qualities that make a woman truly beautiful
have been written in the book of Proverbs:
“If you can find a truly good wife,
she is worth more than precious gems! 
Her husband can trust her,
and she will richly satisfy his needs. 
She will not hinder him, but help him all her life. 
She is a woman of strength and dignity,
and has no fear of old age. 
When she speaks, her words are wise,
and kindness is the rule of everything she says. 
She watches carefully
all that goes on throughout her household
and she s never lazy. 
Her children stand and bless her; so does her husband. 
He praises her with these words:
“There are many fine women in the world,
but you are the best of them all!” 
Charm can be deceptive and beauty doesn’t last,
but a woman who fears and reverences God
shall be greatly praised.”

Optional Reading #3
LOVE VERSE 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient and kind;

Love is not jealous or boastful;

It is not arrogant or rude.

Love bears all things,

believes all things,

hopes all things,

endures all things.

Love never fails.

So faith, hope, and love abide, these three;

but the greatest of these is love

True love goes far beyond the feelings of excitement and romance.
It
is caring more about the well-being and happiness
of your marriage partner
than your own needs and your own desires.

True love is not total absorption in each other,
but rather, it is looking outward in the same direction together.
Love makes burdens lighter
because you divide them.
It
makes joys more intense
because you share them.
Love makes you stronger
so you can become involved in life
in ways you dare not risk alone.
True love says the two of you
are just better together than when you are apart.

WEDDING VOWS
Groom _______, Repeat after me:
I, Groom ________, take thee, Bride ___­­­­_____,
to be my wedded wife,
to have and to hold,
from this day forward,
for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
till death do us part. 
This is my solemn vow.

Bride _________, Repeat after me:
I, Bride __________, take you,
Groom _________
to be my wedded husband,
to have and to hold,
from this day forward,
for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
till death do us part. 
This is my solemn vow.

EXPLANATION OF THE RINGS

Officiant says:  May I have the rings
The wedding serves as a symbol
of the promise you have just spoken. 
It is the outward and visible sign
of an inward and invisible love
that binds your hearts together. 
It is a circle that has no end,
and symbolizes the never-ending love that exists between you. 
The wedding ring is a symbol of what God is. 
He is without beginning and without end—He is eternal.

RING EXCHANGE VOWS
Officiant says: Groom _________, please repeat after me:
This ring I give in token and pledge,
as a sign of abiding love and devotion.
With this ring, I thee wed.

Officiant says: Bride _________, please repeat after me:

This ring I give in token and pledge,
as a sign of abiding love and devotion.
With this ring, I thee wed.

Officiant says:
These wedding rings are continuous;
they have no beginning and no end.
The ring is a symbol of everlasting faith and love.
May your ring ever remind you of the covenant
you are entering into today and of its everlasting nature.

LIGHTING OF THE UNITY CANDLE
(Optional can be included, exchanged or deleted)

The lighting of the Unity Candle symbolizes the union

that exists between a man and a woman
who enter the holy estate of matrimony. 
The Holy Bible says, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother,
and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

The two smaller candles represent
the individual lives of Bride ______ and Groom ______. 
The center candle represents the new life and home
they are establishing today
with Christ as the heart of that home. 
As Bride _________ and Groom _________
joint together in lighting this Unity Candle,
may we all reflect on the union made here this day
between God, this woman, and this man. 
From this moment on, the light of your love burns jointly
as you walk down life’s pathway together.
May the path of life
become brighter
as
the flame of your love grows stronger.

WEDDING PRAYER/BLESSING

May God bless you with Hope
enough to keep sunshine in your love,
and Fear enough to keep you holding hands in the
dark;
Unity enough to keep your roots entwined,
and Separation enough to keep you reaching for each other;
Harmony enough to keep romance in your song,
and Discord enough to keep you tuning your love
so it becomes sweet music to all who may hear it.

PRONOUNCEMENT
Groom ___________ and Bride ____________,
since you have consented together in holy matrimony,
and have pledged yourselves to each other
by your solemn vows, by the giving of rings,
and declared your love and commitment to each other
before God
and these witnesses,
by the power invested in me by God and the State of Maryland,
it is with great
joy that I pronounce you husband and wife
in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 
Those whom God hath joined together,
let no man put asunder.

KISS
Officiant says: Groom __________, you may kiss your Bride.

PRESENTATION
Officiant says: Ladies and Gentlemen,
it is my privilege to introduce to you
for the very first time, Mr. and Mrs. __________

 

 

Religious Wedding Ceremony #2

 

WELCOME
We are here today to celebrate the miracle of love.
(Groom) ______________ and (Bride) ______________
have found that miracle in each other,
and now desire to share their love
all the days of their lives.

CONSENT
Are both of you willing to give your hand
to the one whose heart you hold?
(Both answers): Yes, we arc.
Who presents (Bride) _____________ to be married to (Groom) _________.

ADDRESS AND READINGS
Today you are giving yourselves
to one another to love and to live.
Your lives are being woven together,
and in time, they will intertwine
in such a way that you truly
will become one in heart, mind, and soul.
Listen to these words that reflect this kind of love.

Reading:
When a Manand a Woman are in Love
When a man and a woman are in love,
His life lies within hers and her life lies within his.
Each lives as an individual,
yet they also live for one another.
Each strives for independent goals,
but they also work together to achieve their dreams.
When a man and a woman are in love,
they will give to one another
What they need to survive
and help fulfill each others
wants.
They will turn one another’s disappointmentinto satisfaction.
They will turn one another’s
frustration into contentment.
They will be one another’s friend,
guiding each other to the happiness that life holds.
They will be one another’s companion,
facing together the challenges that life may present.
They will work as a mirror,
reflecting to each other their strengths and weaknesses.
They will work together
to alleviate  the emotional walls that may separate them.
They will work together
to build a better understanding of one another.
They will learn to lean on each other,
but not so much as to a burden on the other.
They will learn to reach out to one another
but not so much as to suffocate the other.
They will learn when it is time to speak
and when it is time to listen.
They will be there to comfort each other in times of sorrow.
They will be there to celebrate together in times of happiness.
When a man and a woman are in love,
his life lies within hers and her life lies within his.
Together they will love one another
for the rest of their lives and forever.

Officiant says: (Groom) ______________ and (Bride) _____________,
may this kind of love always help you
keep the promises you are about to make here today.

WEDDING VOWS

Officiant says:  (Groom) _______, please repeat after me.

_________________, my promise to you is but a simple one.
I will love you today and everyday
that follows until the end of time.
With the passing of
every
minute,
my love grows stronger
and my devotion grows deeper.
I will love and cherish you
until my eyes can no longer see your beauty,
my ears can no longer hear your loving words,
and my hands can no longer feel your tender caress.
From this moment until my dying breath,
 you are my love—you are my life.

Officiant says:  (Bride) _______, please repeat after me.
_________________,
my promise to you is but a simple one.
I will love you today and everyday that follows
until the end of time.
With the passing of
every
minute,
my love grows stronger and my devotion grows deeper.
I will love and cherish you
until my eyes can no longer see your beauty,
my ears can no longer hear your loving words,
and my hands can no longer feel your tender caress.
From this moment until my dying breath,
you are my love—you are my life.

EXPLANATION OF THE RINGS
Officiant says:  May I have the rings.
The wedding ring is a symbol of the outward and visible sign
of an inward and spiritual
bond
that unites two loyal hearts in endless love.
May these rings always remind you
that it was love that brought you together,
and it is love that will keep you together
through all the seasons of your lives.

RING EXCHANGE

Officiant says: (Groom) __________________, please repeat after me.
(Bride)
________________, this ring is the token of my love.
I
marry you
with this ring,
with all that I have and all that I am.

 

Officiant says: (Bride) __________________, please respond by repeating after me.
(Groom) ________________,
I will forever wear this ring
as the sign of my commitment and the desire of my heart.

 

Officiant says: (Bride) ___________,please repeat after me.
(Groom) _____________, this ringis the token of my love.
I marry you with this
ring,
with all that I have and
all that I am.

 

Officiant says: (Groom) _________ please respondby repeating after me.
(Bride) _______   , I will forever wear this
ring
as the
sign of my commitment andthe desire of my heart.

OPTIONAL RITUALS (You may omit or choose one ritual)
Lighting Of The Unity Candle

Jumping The Broom
Blending of Sand (Hawaiian Tradition)
Celtic Blessing Stones (Wishing Stones
Celtic Handfasting

WEDDING PRAYER/BLESSING
May God bl
ess you
with Hope enough to keep sunshine in your love,
with Fear enough to keep you holding hands in the
dark;
Unity enough to keep your roots entwined,
and Separation enough to keep you reaching for each other;
Harmony enough to keep romance in your song,
and Discord enough to keep you tuning your love
so it becomes sweet music to all who may hear it.

PRONOUNCEMENT
(Groom) __________________ and (Bride) __________________,
now that you have shared with each other
these words of love and commitment,
and we have witnessed the expression of your love
as you have given each other these rings,
and you have joined your hands and hearts
before your family and
friends,
it is with great
joy that I pronounce you husband and wife.

KISS
Officiant says: (Groom) _________ , you may kiss your Bride.
(Bride and Groom kiss.)
(Bride receives bouquet from Maid of
Honor.)

PRESENTATION
Officiant says: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the very first time, Mr. and Mrs. _______________

 

Religious Wedding Ceremony #3

 

WELCOME

We welcome all of you here today
as we gather in the presence of God and these witnesses
to join ­­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________  and ______________ in holy matrimony.

To Bride and Groom:

Marriage is a gift from God,
given to us so that we might experience
the joys of love with a life-long partner.
As such, it should not be entered into thoughtlessly or lightly.
I now ask you to declare your intent.

CONSENT
Because your deep love for each other comes from God,
this is a sacred time and place and it is with great reverence
that I now ask you to declare your intent.

Do you _____________  and ______________ come here of your own free will,
accompanied by your families’ blessings, to be united in holy wedlock?

ADDRESS AND READINGS
God knew exactly what you needed
to make you complete when He brought you together. 
He wants you to commit yourselves to accept each other
as the one He has chosen to complete you. 

LOVE VERSE 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient and kind;

Love is not jealous or boastful;

It is not arrogant or rude.

Love bears all things,

believes all things,

hopes all things,

endures all things.

Love never fails.

So faith, hope, and love abide, these three;

but the greatest of these is love

 

WEDDING VOWS
Groom
Repeat after me:
I, _____________  , take thee, Bride _____________,
to be my wedded wife,
to have and to hold,
from this day forward,
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
till death do us part. 
This is my solemn vow.

Bride _____________, Repeat after me:
I, Bride _____________, take you, Groom_____________

to be my wedded husband,
to have and to hold,
from this day forward,
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
till death do us part. 
This is my solemn vow.

EXPLANATION OF THE RINGS

Officiant says:  May I have the rings
The wedding ring serves as a symbol
of the promise you have just spoken. 
It is a circle that has no end,
and symbolizes the never-ending love
that exists between you. 
The wedding ring is a symbol of what God is. He is without beginning and without end— He is eternal.

RING EXCHANGE VOWS
Officiant says: Groom ___________, Place ring on ________ finger and please repeat after me:
This ring I give in token and pledge,
as a sign of abiding love and devotion.
With this ring, I thee wed.

Officiant says: Bride _____________, Place ring on ________ finger and please repeat after me:

This ring I give
in token and pledge,
as a sign of abiding love and devotion.
With this ring, I thee wed.

These wedding rings are continuous;
they have no beginning and no end.
The ring is a symbol of everlasting faith and love. 
May your ring ever remind you
of the covenant you are entering into today
and of its everlasting nature.


WEDDING PRAYER/BLESSING
Dearest God, I ask that you bless and sanctify this union of these souls,
As they live in your love,
While awake and asleep,
At work and at play.
As they seek your wisdom and understanding,
Let them find all of those secret joys You have especially for them. Amen

PRONOUNCEMENT
Groom _____________ and Bride _____________,
by the power invested in me by the State of ________,
it is with great
joy that I pronounce you husband and wife. 

KISS
Officiant says
: You may kiss your Bride.
(Bride and Groom kiss.) (Bride receives bouquet from Maid of
Honor.)

PRESENTATION
Officiant says: Officiant says: Will you please turn and face your family and friends.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the very first time, Mr. and Mrs. _____________

 

 

Religious Wedding Ceremony #4

Marriage is a gift from God,
As such, it should not be entered into thoughtlessly or lightly.

CONSENT
Do you _____________ and ______________ come here of your own free will,
accompanied by your families’ blessings, to be united in holy wedlock?

WEDDING VOWS
To Groom: Do you take __________
to be your wedded wife,
to be a loving and faithful husband
in plenty and want, in joy and in sorrow,
in sickness and health
as long as you both shall live.

To Bride: Do you take __________
to be your wedded husband,
to be a loving and faithful wife
in plenty and want, in joy and in sorrow,
in sickness and health
as long as you both shall live.

Hand ring to groom & say repeat after me:
In token and pledge,
of our constant faith and abiding love,
with this ring I thee wed.

Hand ring to bride & say repeat after me:
In token and pledge,
of our constant faith and abiding love,
with this ring I thee wed.

WEDDING PRAYER/BLESSING
Dearest God, I ask that you bless and sanctify this union of these souls,
As they live in your love, While awake and asleep,
At work and at play.
As they seek your wisdom and understanding,
Let them find all of those secret joys You have especially for them. Amen

PRONOUNCEMENT
B
y the power invested in me by God and the State of __________,
I
pronounce you husband and wife.  You may kiss your Bride.

 

 

Celtic Anam Cara and Pebble Wedding Ceremony

As the guests arrive, they are each given a small pebble during the Celtic Wedding Ceremony. 

Officiant says:
On this wedding day we celebrate the Celtic spirit of anam cara.
Anam cara is translated from the Gaelic as “soul friend”.
By entering in a partnership with your anam cara,
you are joined in an ancient and eternal way.

To the ancients, the four elements to be respected and celebrated
were earth, water, wind and fire.

FIRE
(___________ and ___________, are invited to light a candle)
Your lives have burned as individual flames.
Let them now burn together as one.
"From every human being, there rises a light
that reaches straight to heaven.
And when two souls that are destined
to be together find each other,
their streams of light flow together, and a single
brighter light goes forth from their united being."

WATER
Before there was life, there was water.
Water is life. It sustains us, nourishes us,
cleanses us, refreshes us…we are made of it.
And so, drink. Drink to your love
you’ve shared in the past, celebrate in your present,
and look to in your future.

The couple take turns drinking from the loving cup filled with water poured from a pitcher filled with water.

WIND
The wind is the soul, the spirit, the very breath of life.
Until you die few things will ever be more intimate
than that subtle infusion of air and the touch of lips when you kiss.
You have the memory of many kisses between you
– and there will be many more!

EARTH
We must not forget the rock from which we are hewn,
the very earth on which we live.
However fickle and variable the ways of humankind,
there lies within us all something solid,
unshakeable, and unmovable – like a rock.
Take in your hand the pebble you were given,
find within yourself that piece of sure foundation
that you would share with ___________ and ___________,
and for a moment close your eyes.
Focus on that inner strength as though
you could bundle it up in a stone.
Visualize the future you wish for this couple
and engrave it in stone.

A moment of silence
This is your gift to this couple.
this is the Celtic Pebble Tradition.
Please come forward, quietly.
Bring these pebbles,
made special by your love,
and place them here in this bowl.

Music plays while the guests each come forward with their pebbles.

__________ and ___________, please cover these rocks with water of life... The Bride and Groom pour water over the pebbles.

The number of pebbles in this dish
is the exact number of people here today
to bless you on your way.
They will be an unending testimony
to the fact that they were here,
that they esteem you as husband and wife,
 and they wish the best for you that the earth can give.

Celtic Tradition
The officiant hold
s the cord and says to the couple: 
Please hold each other’s hands (palms up and her hands resting in his).

 ____________ and _______________
this cord is a symbol of the life
you have chosen to live together.
Until this moment you have been separate in thought, word, and deed.
But as this cord is tied together,
so shall your lives become intertwined.
With this cord, I bind you to the vows
that you have made to one another.
With this knot, I tie you heart to heart, together as one.

The Officiant wraps the cord loosely around the Bride’s and Groom’s wrists to tie a “love knot”

Officiant says: the knot of this binding
is not bound by the cord, but rather,
by your own vows of love.
For, as always, you have in your own hands
the making or breaking of this union.

May this “love knot” always be a reminder
of the binding together of two hands, two hearts, and two souls into one.
And so are you bound, each to the other,
for all the days of your lives. 

Cord may then be removed and placed on the altar. Many couples choose to keep the “love knot” as a memento of their new union created that day.

IRISH BLESSING

May the road rise to meet you. 
May the wind be always at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
the rains fall soft upon the fields. 
May the Light of friendship guide your paths together. 
May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.  
May the joy of living for one another
trip a smile from your lips, a twinkle from your eye. 
And when eternity beckons
at the end of a life heaped high with love,
may the good lord embrace you
with the arms that have nurtured you
the whole length of your joy-filled days. 
May the gracious God hold you both in the palm of his hands. 
And, today, may the Spirit of Love
find a dwelling place in your hearts. Amen

PRONOUNCEMENT:_____________ and ____________
because you have committed yourselves to each other in marriage,
and have demonstrated this by exchanging your vows and giving each other rings,
By the Authority invested in me by the State of ___________,
I pronounce you Husband and Wife!

KISS To Groom: You may kiss your bride.

PRESENTATION:  Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you
for the very first time, Mr. and Mrs. ________________


SAME SEX MARRIAGE CEREMONIES

Spiritual Ceremony #3 
WELCOME
Friends and family of the brides/grooms,
what a joy it is to welcome you here,
to celebrate and witness the union of
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ _____________ and ____________

CONSENT
Some say that marriage is the oldest ritual in the world.
As such, it should not be entered into thoughtlessly or lightly,
for your future happiness and prosperity depends
on what you put into this relationship.

Do you _____________ and ____________ come here of your own free will,
accompanied by your families’ blessings, to be united as husbands/wives?

ADDRESS
Today in marriage, you are taking into your care and trust,
the happiness of the one person in this world whom you love with all your heart.
You have invited us to share in the celebration of your love,
a very special love that culminates
in your union as husbands/wives.

Every experience you ever had,
everything you have ever done,
everything you have ever learned,
has brought you to this moment.
New experiences lie before you
with opportunities to grow deeper in love with each other.
As you walk hand in hand into the future,
cherish each moment as a gift to strengthen the bond between you.

READING
A successful marriage is not something that just happens.
It must be nurtured. It takes work, it takes understanding, and it takes time.
More importantly, it takes a commitment from both of you
—a commitment to do whatever it takes
to make your relationship thrive and not just simply survive.
And finally,it is not only marrying the right partner,
it is being the right partner.

VOWS
To Groom/Bride #1: ___________, please repeat after me.
I _________ take you __________
to be my partner in life.
I promise to walk by your side forever,
To love, help and encourage you in all that you do.
I will take time to talk with you, listen to you, and to care for you.
I will share your laughter and your tears
as your partner, lover, and best friend.
Everything I am and everything I have
is yours now and forever.

To Groom/Bride #2: ___________, please repeat after me.
I _________ take you __________
to be my partner in life.
I promise to walk by your side forever,
To love, help and encourage you in all that you do.
I will take time to talk with you, listen to you, and to care for you.
I will share your laughter and your tears
as your partner, lover, and best friend.
Everything I am and everything I have
is yours now and forever.

RINGS
The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign

of an inward and invisible bond which unites two loyal hearts. 

The ring is a never ending circle that represents never ending love.

EXCHANGE VOWS
May I have the rings.

To Groom/Bride #1: ­­­­­­­­­_______, please repeat after me:
_________, I give you this ring. 
Wear it with love and joy.
As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.
I choose you to be my husband/wife this day and forever.

To Groom/Bride #2: _________, please repeat after me.
_________, I give you this ring.
Wear it with love and joy.
As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.
I choose you to be my husband/wife this day and forever.

MARRIAGE BLESSING
Today you have formed a partnership,
we hope that your relationship will continue to grow;
we hope that you will always be honest and true to each other;
we hope that you will be flexible and accepting of the changes that life presents.
But most of all, we wish you happiness and prosperity.

PRONOUNCEMENT
__________ and _________ because you have committed yourselves to each other in marriage,
and have demonstrated this by exchanging your vows and giving each other rings,
By the Authority invested in me by the District of Columbia, I pronounce you Husbands/Wives!

KISS: You may kiss.

PRESENTATION:
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the very first time,
____________ and _____________ as a married couple.


Fast Spiritual Ceremony #5

Some say that marriage is the oldest ritual in the world.
As such, it should not be entered into thoughtlessly or lightly,
for your future happiness and prosperity depends
on what you put into this relationship.
Do you come here of your own free will,
accompanied by your families’ blessings,
to be united as husbands/wives?

To Groom/Bride #1: ________ do you take _________
to be your wedded husband/wife,
to be a loving and faithful husband/wife
in plenty and want, in joy and in sorrow,
in sickness and health
as long as you both shall live.

To Groom/Bride #2: ________ do you take _________
to be your wedded husband/wife,
to be a loving and faithful husband/wife
in plenty and want, in joy and in sorrow,
in sickness and health
as long as you both shall live.

Hand ring to Groom/Bride #1 & say repeat after me:
In token and pledge,
of our constant faith and abiding love,
with this ring I thee wed.

Hand ring to bride Groom/Bride #2 & say repeat after me:
In token and pledge,
of our constant faith and abiding love,
with this ring I thee wed.

WEDDING BLESSING
Today you have formed a partnership,
we hope that you and your relationship
will continue to grow and to deepen;
we hope that you will always be honest and true to each other;
we hope that you will be flexible
and accepting of the changes that life presents.
But most of all, we wish you happiness and prosperity.

PRONOUNCEMENT
By the Authority invested in me by the District of Columbia, you are now and forever, legally married!
You may now kiss.

PRESENTMENT: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the very first time,
__________ and ___________ as a married couple


Buddhist Wedding

Welcome

Friends and family, what a joy it is to welcome you here,
to celebrate and witness the Buddhist Wedding of
____________ and _____________

 

Buddhist Wedding Prayer by Lama Thubten Yeshe. December 1979
Today we promise to dedicate ourselves completely to each other,
with body, speech, and mind.
In this life, in every situation, in wealth or poverty,
in health or sickness, in happiness or difficulty,
we will work to help each other perfectly.
The purpose of our relationship
will be to attain enlightenment
by perfecting our kindness and compassion
toward all sentient beings.

 

Vows
____________ and _____________

are happy today
not only because they can share the joy of their love
for each other with friends and family,
but also because they have the opportunity
to express their aspirations for the future.

____________ and _____________

do you pledge to help each other
to develop your hearts and minds,
cultivating compassion, generosity, ethics,
patience, enthusiasm, concentration and wisdom
as you age and undergo the various ups and downs of life
and to transform them into the path
of love, compassion, joy and equanimity?
“We do”

Recognizing that the external conditions in life
will not always be smooth and
that internally your own minds and emotions
will sometimes get stuck in negativity.

Do you pledge to see all these circumstances
as a challenge to help you grow, to open your hearts,
to accept yourselves and each other;
and to generate compassion for others who are suffering?
“We do”

 

Do you pledge to avoid
becoming narrow, closed or opinionated,
and to help each other
to see various sides of situations?
“We do”

Understanding that just as we are a mystery to ourselves,
each other person is also a mystery to us.

Do you pledge to seek to understand yourselves,
each other, and all living beings,
to examine your own minds continually
and to regard all the mysteries of life
with curiosity and joy?
“We do”

 

Do you pledge to preserve and enrich
your affection for each other,
and to share it with all beings?
To take the loving feelings you have for one another
and your vision of each other's potential and inner beauty
as an example and rather than spiraling inwards
and becoming self absorbed,
to radiate this love outwards to all beings?
“We do”

When it comes time to part,
do you pledge to look back at your time together with joy
--joy that you met and shared what you have—
and acceptance that we cannot hold on to anything forever?
“We do”

 

Do you pledge to remember
the disadvantages of ignorance, anger and clinging attachment,
to apply antidotes when these arise in your minds,
and to remember the kindness of all other beings
and your connection to them?
“We do”

Do you pledge to work for the welfare of others,
with all of your compassion, wisdom and skill?
“We do”

Do you pledge to work to develop the wisdom
understanding the relative functioning nature of things
and the wisdom knowing their deeper way of existence

that they are empty of inherent existence?
And to remember the laws of cause and effect?
‘We do”

Do you pledge day to day,
to be patient with yourselves and others,
knowing that change comes slowly and gradually,
and to seek inspiration from your teachers
and not to become discouraged?
“We do”

Do you pledge to continuously strive
to remember your own nature,
as well as the nature of all living beings?
To maintain the awareness that all things are temporary,
and to remain optimistic that you can achieve
your greatest potential and lasting happiness.
“We do”

Exchanging of Rings

“The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign
of an inward and spiritual bond
which unites two loyal hearts in partnership.”

Pronouncement

_________ and _________,
you have chosen to enter into the promise of marriage
with each other by pledging your love and devotion
with your vows and sealing those vows
with the exchange of the rings.
Therefore, with the power vested in me by the District of Columbia,
I now pronounce you married. You may kiss.

Presenting and Congratulating the Couple

“Ladies and Gentlemen please join me in congratulating the happy married couple.”

 

Celtic Handfasting Ceremony – Six Cord

Welcome
Friends and family of the grooms,
what a joy it is to welcome you here,
to celebrate and witness the union of
_______ and _______.


Know that before you go further,
since your lives have crossed in this life,
you have formed ties between each other.
As you seek to enter into this state of matrimony,
you should strive to make real the ideals
which give meaning to both this ceremony and the institution of marriage.

With full awareness, know that within this circle,
you are not only declaring your intent to be hand fasted before your friends and family,
but that you speak that intent also to your higher powers. 

The promises made today, and the ties that are bound here,
greatly strengthen your union;
they will cross the years and lives of each soul's growth.

Consent

Do you still seek to enter into this ceremony?"yes we seek to enter"

Hand Fasting
I bid you look into each others eyes.
________ will you cause him/her pain? "I may".
Is that your intent? "No".
________ will you cause him/her pain? "I may".
Is that your intent? "No".
(to both) Will you share each other's pain and seek to ease it? "Yes".
And so the binding is made. Please join hands.
*First cord is draped across Grooms’ or Brides’ hands.*

________ will you share his/her laughter? "Yes".
________ will you share his/her laughter? "Yes".
(to both) Will you both look for the brightness in life
and the positive in each other? "Yes".
And so the binding is made. *Second cord is draped.


________ will you burden him/her? "I may".
Is that your intent? "No".
________ will you burden him/her? "I may".
Is that your intent? "No".
(to both) Will you share the burdens of each
so that your spirits may grow in this union? "Yes".
And so, the binding is made. (Third cord is draped).

________ will you share his/her dreams? "Yes".
________ will you share his/her dreams? "Yes".
(to both) Will you dream together
to create new realities and hopes? "Yes".
And so this binding is made (fourth cord is draped).


________ will you cause his/her anger? "I may".
 
Is that your intent? "No".
________ will you cause his/her anger? "I may".
Is that your intent?" No".
(to both) Will you take the heat of anger
and use it to temper the strength of this union? "We will".
And so this binding is made (fifth cord is draped).


________ will you honor him/her? "I will".
________ will you honor him/her? "I will".
(to both) Will you seek never to give cause
to break that honor? "We shall never do so".
And so this binding is made (drape sixth cord). (Cords are tied with three knots)
"The knots of this binding are not formed by these cords
but instead by your vows.
Either of you may drop the cords,
for, as always, you hold in your own hands
the making or breaking of this union".

Exchange Vows

________ please repeat after me: 
"I ________ take you ________ to be my husband/wife.
 my partner in life and my one true love.
I will cherish our friendship
and love you today, tomorrow and forever.
I will trust and honor you.
I will laugh with you and cry with you.
I will love you faithfully through the best and the worst,
through the difficult and the easy.
No matter what may come,
I will always be there for you.
As I have given you my hand to hold,
so I give you my life to keep, so help me God".

________ please repeat after me: 
"I ________ take you ________ to be my husband/wife,
my partner in life and my one true love.
I will cherish our friendship
and love you today, tomorrow and forever.
I will trust and honor you.
I will laugh with you and cry with you.
I will love you faithfully through the best and the worst,
 through the difficult and the easy.
No matter what may come, I will always be there for you.
As I have given you my hand to hold,
so I give you my life to keep, so help me God".

RINGS
May I have the rings?
________ take the ring that you have selected for ________
and place it on his/her finger and repeat after me:

"________, I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows,
and with all that I am and all that I have,
I honor you. With this ring, I thee wed".

________, take the ring that you have selected for ________
and place it on his/her finger and repeat after me.
"________, I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows,
and with all that I am and all that I have,
I honor you. With this ring, I thee wed".

IRISH WEDDING BLESSING
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sunshine be warm upon your faces,
and the rains fall softly upon your fields.
May the light of friendship guide your path together.
May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.
And when eternity beckons, at the end of a life heaped high with love,
may God embrace you with the arms
 that have nurtured you the whole length of your joy-filled days.
May God hold you both in the palm of his hands.
And today and all tomorrows, may the spirit of love
find a place in your hearts. Amen.

PRONOUNCEMENT:
In as much as you have pledged to the other
your life long commitment, love and devotion,
by the powers vested in me by the
District of Columbia,
I now pronounce you Husbands/Wives.

KISS: You may kiss.

PRESENTATION  
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the very first time, ____________ and _____________ as a married couple.

 

Anam Cara & Pebble Wedding Ceremony

As the guests arrive, they are each given a small pebble to hold during the Celtic Wedding Ceremony. 

WELCOME

Friends and family, what a joy it is to welcome you here,

to celebrate and witness the union of ­­­­­­­­­­ ________ and _________


CONSENT

Some say that marriage is the oldest ritual in the world.
As such, it should not be entered into thoughtlessly or lightly,
for your future happiness and prosperity depends
on what you put into this relationship.

Do you ________ and _________ come here of your own free will,
accompanied by your families’ blessings, to be united in marriage?

ADDRESS
On this wedding day we celebrate the Celtic spirit of anam cara.
Anam cara is translated from the Gaelic as “soul friend”.
By solidifying your partnership with your anam cara,
you are joined in an ancient and eternal way.
To the ancients, the four elements to be respected and celebrated
were earth, water, wind, and fire.

FIRE
The couple lights a candle.
Let your lives continue to burn together as one.
"From every human being,
there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven.
And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other,
their streams of light flow together,
and a single brighter light goes forth
from their united being."

WATER

Before there was life, there was water.
Water is life.
It sustains us, nourishes us, cleanses us, refreshes us…
we are made of it.
And so, drink.
Drink to your love you’ve shared in the past,
celebrate in your present,
and look to in your future.
The couple take turns to drink from the loving cup, filled with water poured from a pitcher filled with water.


WIND
The wind is the soul, the spirit, the very breath of life.
Until you die few things will ever be
 more intimate than that subtle infusion of air
and the touch of lips when you kiss.
You have the memory of many kisses between you
– and there will be many more!


EARTH
We must not forget the rock from which we are hewn,
the very earth on which we live.
However fickle and variable the ways of humankind,
there lies within us all something solid,
unshakeable, and unmovable – like a rock.
The couple holds a small rock in their hands.

Take in your hands the stone and find within yourself
that piece of sure foundation that you would share with each other,
and for a moment close your eyes.
Focus on that inner strength
as though you could bundle it up in a stone.
Visualize the future you wish for yourselves
and engrave it in stone. A moment of silence.

To the guest say: You were given a pebble when you came in.
This is your gift to this couple.
this is the Celtic Pebble Tradition.
Please come forward, quietly.
Bring these pebbles made special by your love,
and place them here in this bowl while thinking of a blessing or good wish for them.

Music plays while the guests each come forward with their pebbles and place them in a bowl.

___________ and ___________, please cover these rocks with water of life.
The couple pours water over the pebbles.

The number of pebbles in this dish
is the exact number of people here today
to bless you on your way.
They will be an unending testimony to the fact that they were here,
that they esteem you as husbands/wives,
and they wish the best for you that the earth can give.

VOWS
Officiant says:  __________, please repeat after me.
I, ____________, take you, ____________, to be my partner in life.
I promise to walk by your side forever,
and to love, help, and encourage
you in all that you do.
I will take time to talk with you,
to listen to you, and to care for
you. 
I will share your laughter and your tears.
As your partner, lover, and best friend,
Everything I
am and everything I have
is
yours now and forevermore.

Officiant says:  __________, please repeat after me.
I __________, take you, ___________, to be my partner in life.
I promise to walk by your side forever,
and to love, help, and encourage
you in all that you do.
I will take time to talk with you,
to listen to you, and to care for
you. 
I will share your laughter and your tears.
As your partner, lover, and best friend,
Everything I
am and everything I have
is
yours now and forevermore.

EXPLANATION OF THE RINGS
The wedding ring is a circle that has no end,.
It symbolizes the never-ending love that exists between you.
The ring is made from precious metals
purified by the heat of testing, and
it is a symbol of the purity of your love for one another.
The ring is made of rare gems that radiate brilliance
and a quality unlike other ordinary stones.
It represents the riches that reside in each of you.
May these rings always reflect the light of your love
throughout your life together.

you have chosen to enter into the promise of marriage
with each other by pledging your love and devotion
with your vows and sealing those vows
with the exchange of the rings.
Therefore, with the power vested in me by the District of Columbia,
I now pronounce you legally married. You may kiss.

 

Presenting and Congratulating the Couple

“Ladies and Gentlemen please join me in congratulating the happy married couple.”

 

 

COMMITMENT CEREMONIES

 

 

Commitment Ceremony 1

 

Welcome

We are here today because _______ and _______

have asked us to share and witness their love,

acknowledge and respect their love.

 

_______and _______, on this day you take a giant step of courage. 

With a commitment this strong, the force of that commitment,

of that love, of that courage, reaches out around you,

so that our lives are changed. 

We share a part of your small pond;

the ripple of the love from this celebration stands and grows in each of us.

 

_______ and _______, you are now taking into your care and keeping,

the one in the entire world in the love most. 

You are adding to your life the companionship and blessing of a deep trust. 

You are to each other strength, responsibility and love.

 

In human history, we have not discovered a better way of life

 than sharing love in a lasting and responsible way. 

You have found the one to share your love,

companionship, hopes, joys and dreams of life.

 

Real love is something beyond the warmth and romance that you are feeling today. 

It is caring as much about the welfare of your partner as of your own. 

Real love is not total absorption into each other,

but rather the sharing of two hearts, two minds, and two bodies. 

Love makes burdens lighter because you have someone with whom to share them. 

Love makes you stronger in many ways and able to face life in ways you dare not face alone.

 

Vows

_______ (Repeat after me) I ________ offer myself to you

as companion, lover, and friend and I promise to love you forever.

 

_________ (Repeat after me) I ___________ offer myself to you

as companion, lover, and friend and I promise to love you forever.

 

Rings

What token of love to you choose to bind this union?

(We have rings)

 

________ place the ring on _______'s finger and repeat after me:

I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment to you!

 

________ place the ring on _______'s finger and repeat after me:

I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment to you!

 

Commitment Blessing

_______ and _______, May your lives together be joyful and content.

May your love it is bright as the stars

and serve as a beacon for us, your friends.

May your love be as warm as the sun,

as wild as the oceans, and enduring as the mountains.

 

Pronouncement

Officiantsays: Ladies and Gentlemen,

it is my privilege to present to you for the very first time,

__________ and ________ as life partners.

Kiss. You may kiss your partner.