Bringing of the Bride: Others would ask at this time; Who gives this Bride in marriage? But as a Bride is not property to be bought, sold, given or traded, I ask simply, who brings this woman to be married to this man?
I do her Brother/Father/Uncle/Grandfather/Son/Daughter.
Welcome: Welcome family and friends, we are gathered 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 which shall 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.
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, honor and cherish her, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and to be faithful only to her for so long as you both shall live? “I do.”
With this understanding, do you Bride, take Groom to be your beloved husband? Do you promise to love, honor and cherish him, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and to be faithful only to him for so long as you both shall live? “I do.” (The family rose ceremony or a reading or poem could go here)
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 wedded love. An unbroken and never-ending circle symbolizes a commitment to love that is also never ending.
Groom, take the ring which you have selected, place it on Bride's finger, and say to her these words. This ring, a gift for you / symbolizes my desire / that you be my wife / from this day forward.
Bride, take the ring which you have selected, place it on Groom's finger, and say to him these words. This ring, a gift for you / symbolizes my desire / that you be my husband / from this day forward.
Groom and Bride, let these rings serve not as locks binding you together, but as keys, unlocking the secrets of your hearts for each other to know, and thus bringing you closer together forever.
Challenge to the Bride and Groom: Groom and Bride, May the sun bring you new energy by day. May the moon softly restore you by night. May the rain wash away your worries. May you live the days of your lives in peace, love, and happiness 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 grateful 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.
Pronouncement: Groom and Bride, having witnessed your vows for marriage with all who are assembled here, and by the authority vested in me by the Great State of Ohio, I announce with great joy that you are husband and wife.
Kiss: You may seal your vows with a kiss.
Presentation: Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife: