Bringing of the Bride: Others would ask, at this time, who gives the bride in marriage, but, as a woman is not property to be bought and sold, given and taken, I ask simply: Who brings this woman to be married to this man?
FATHER: Her Mother and I
And who's blessings accompany her?
FATHER: She is accompanied by all her families blessings.
Welcome: Welcome family and friends. In the eyes of God and each other, we are here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to cherish the words that will unite Groom and Bride in marriage.
Opening: Groom and Bride, in the days ahead of you, there will be times of conflict and times of joy. Harmony will be your reward if you follow this advice:
Let your love be stronger than your anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break. Look for the best in your beloved rather than the worst. Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it. Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship. Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindness’ you bestow on your friends. Say "I love you" every day.
And I ask you to remember what Paul's First letter to the Corinthians Chapter 13 teaches us of love:
If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing.
If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don't have love, it profits me nothing.
Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud,
doesn't behave itself inappropriately, doesn't seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil;
doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with.
Where there are various languages, they will cease.
Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part;
But when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known.
But now faith, hope, and love remain -- these three. The greatest of these is love.
Vows: Groom and Bride, I remind you that marriage is a precious gift; a lifelong dedication to love and a daily challenge to love one another more fully and more freely.
With this understanding, do you Groom take Bride to be your beloved wife Do you promise to love her, honor her, cherish and keep her, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse and to be faithful only to her for as long as you both shall live?
With this understanding, do you Bride take Groom to be your beloved husband? Do you promise to love him, honor him, cherish and keep him, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse and to be faithful only to him for as long as you both shall live?
Rings: Groom and Bride have chosen rings as outward symbols of the commitment they make today. From earliest times, the ring has been a symbol of committed love. An unbroken and never-ending circle symbolizes a commitment to love that is also never ending. We ask that God bless these rings and this union of souls.
Groom, take the ring which you have selected, place it on Bride's finger, and say to her these words. With this ring / I thee wed / In the name of the Father / and of the Son / and of the Holy Spirit / Amen.
Bride, take the ring which you have selected, place it on Groom's finger, and say to him these words. With this ring / I thee wed / In the name of the Father / and of the Son / and of the Holy Spirit / Amen.
Groom and Bride, may the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ: and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always.
Prayer: Let us pray: God, bless this couple that you see before you this day. Give them the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love. Help them to continue building a relationship founded in respect and rich in caring. May Groom and Bride see each other as healer, protector, shelter and guide. We ask this in your name, Amen.
Pronouncement: Groom and Bride, having witnessed your vows for marriage, and by the authority vested in me by God and the Great State of Ohio, I announce that you are husband and wife.
Kiss: You may seal your vows with a kiss.
Presentation: Ladies and gentlemen, it is my GREAT honor to present to you for the first time as husband and wife: