Bringing of the Bride: Others would ask at this time who gives the Bride in marriage, but as a woman is not a possession to be given I ask simply:
Bride is it true that you come of you own free will and accord:
Bride: “Yes it is true
Welcome: Welcome family and friends, we have 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 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 kindnesses 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 be a tender, faithful husband? Do you promise to love, honor, and cherish her, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, from this day forward?
With this understanding, do you Bride, take Groom to be your beloved husband? Do you promise to be a tender, faithful wife? Do you promise to love, honor, and cherish him, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, from this day forward?
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. We ask that God bless these rings and this union of souls.
Groom, place the ring you have chosen 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 / as this ring / has no end / neither shall my love for you.
Bride, place the ring you have chosen 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 / as this ring / has no end / neither shall my love for you.
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.
Blessing: Let us all bless this couple that you see before you this day. Wish them the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. Wish them the ability to stay tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love. Wish for them a relationship founded in respect and rich in caring.
May the sun bring them new energy by day. May the moon softly restore them by night. May the rain wash away their worries. May they live the days of your lives in peace, love, and happiness May Groom and Bride see each other as healer, protector, shelter and guide.
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, it is my great honor to announce 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: