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
Bride to be married to Groom?   

Father:  I do her Father

And who’s blessings accompany her?  

Father: She is accompanied by all her families blessings.

Opening:
Welcome family and friends,
this is a day for celebration. We have gathered here today to witness the
marriage of
Groom and Bride and as they share their special day with you, they ask for your blessings.

Groom and Bride have come before me today, because they have reached that point in their
relationship where they desire a greater commitment. Today they are ready to pledge their love to
one another in this union we call marriage.  

Groom and Bride, think for a moment of the caterpillar. He begins life as a lowly, uninteresting little
creature. Yet he is one day transformed by an extraordinary metamorphosis into the most exquisite
and fragile butterfly. In a similar way, your relationship is changing today. You will no longer be just
two good friends. Today you are being transformed by marriage, into one.

This is where the FAMILY ROSE CEREMONY would go

Why Do You Love?:
Groom and Bride,
have you ever thought about why you want to get married? Take a moment, and
gaze into each other’s eyes. What is it that you see there that has captured your soul? What spark,
what love, what beauty have you found in those eyes that has made you into a better person?  Do you
remember when you first met?  When you first kissed? Can each of you recall the moment when the
other turned your life and your heart upside down?

Now, today, you have come here to turn all of these emotions into something more. Today you stand
before these witnesses and desire to make a commitment that will produce a lifetime of fulfillment.

Love is a verb. Although it can describe a state of being, love really is an ACTION verb. Over time,
feelings can change. But if you keep performing acts of love for each other, cultivate the great art of
forgiving and expect the best from your lover, your feelings will stay fresh & alive and you can
transform your home into a castle where love thrives.

This is AWESOME when read by a special person

Poet Carl Sandburg captured the essence of a love which can stand the test of time when he wrote:

“I love you. I love you for what you are, but I love you yet more for what you are going to be. I love
you not so much for your realities as for your ideals. I pray for your desires, that they may be great,
rather than for your satisfactions, which may be so hazardously little.  “A satisfied flower is one
whose petals are about to fall. But the most beautiful rose is one, hardly more than a bud, wherein the
pangs and ecstasies of desire are working for larger and finer growth. Not always shall you be what
you are right now. You are going forward toward something great. I am on the way with you and . . I
love you.”

Vows:
Groom
, 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 wife? Will you love and cherish her,
giving her assistance in all of life’s labors? Will you be true to her both in sickness and health, when
things are going well and when there are difficulties? And will you be faithful to her as long as you
both shall live?

If so, you may answer,
I WILL.

Bride
, 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,
Bride, take Groom, to be your husband? Will you love and cherish
him, giving him assistance in all of life’s labors? Will you be true to him both in sickness and health,
both when things are going well and when there are difficulties? And will you be faithful to him as
long as you both shall live?

If so, you may answer,
I WILL.

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.

Groom, do you have the ring that is the lasting symbol of your vows to Bride?

The ring is a circle. A circle has no end, so it symbolizes an enduring love. Let this ring remind you of
the lifetime commitment you are making to
Bride.

Place the ring on the third finger of
Bride’s left hand and repeat after me as you make these vows to
her:

“From this day on/I
Groom, take you Bride/to be my wife/I will love you/I will cherish you/I will be
true to you/no matter what comes into our lives/if we are rich or poor/if there is sickness or
health/my heart belongs to you/so long as we both shall live.

Bride, do you have the ring that is the lasting symbol of your vows to Groom?

The ring is a circle. A circle has no end so it symbolizes an enduring love. Let this ring remind you of
the lifetime commitment you are making to
Groom.

Place the ring on the third finger of
Groom’s left hand and repeat after me as you make these vows to
him:

“From this day on/I
Bride, take you Groom/to be my husband/I will love you/I will cherish you/I
will be true to you/no matter what comes into our lives/if we are rich or poor/if there is sickness or
health/my heart belongs to you/so long as we both shall live.

Charge to the Couple:
Groom and Bride
, may you never take each other's love for granted, but always experience that
wonder that exclaims "WOW! out of all in the entire world, you chose me!" and when life is done, may
you be found then as now, hand in hand, still thanking God that you found each other. Never forget
to treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you
together in the first place.  Although I'm officiating here today, it is not truly in my power to sanctify,
legitimize or bless your relationship in any way, the two of you have already done that in your hearts.

And NOW, you are Husband and Wife.

YOU MAY SEAL YOUR VOWS WITH A KISS

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great privilege to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife:

Groom and Bride Smith!
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