NGA Wedding Officiant Services

Inspiration Packet

Standard Ceremony Outline
Opening Statement
Opening Prayer
Reading (optional)
Presentation of the Bride (giving away)
Declaration of Intent - I Do’s
Biblical Definition of Love
Exchange of Vows
Exchange of Rings
Unity Ceremony (optional)
Pronouncement
Presentation of the Couple

Note: In the state of Georgia, the only required portion of the ceremony is the I DO portion.
The rest may be customized or omitted as desired.

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OPENING STATEMENT
Dear friends and family, we are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the union of GROOM and
BRIDE in marriage. In the years they have been together, their love and understanding of each other has
grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.

Dear friends and family, we are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the union of GROOM and
BRIDE in marriage. Through their time together, they have come to realize that their personal dreams,
hopes, and goals are more attainable and more meaningful through the combined effort and mutual
support provided in love, commitment, and family; and so they have decided to live together as
husband and wife.

To all present I say, we are gathered here, not to witness the beginning of what will be, but rather what
already is! We did not create this marriage, because we cannot. We can and do, however, celebrate with
GROOM and BRIDE the wondrous and joyful occurrence that has already taken place in their lives, and
the commitment they make today.

Ladies and gentlemen, family and friends, we are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the
joining of GROOM and BRIDE in marriage. With love and commitment, they have decided to live their
lives together as husband and wife.

Welcome everyone. GROOM and BRIDE have chosen you, those special and important to them, to
witness and celebrate the beginning of their life together. Today, as we create this marriage, we also
create a new bond and new sense of family - one that will undoubtedly include all who are present here
today.

We are here today to join GROOM and BRIDE in a life of mutual commitment. It is fitting and
appropriate that you, the family and friends of GROOM and BRIDE, be here to witness and to participate
in their union. For the ideals, the understanding, and the mutual respect which they bring to their life
together had their roots in the love and friendship and guidance you have given them. The union of two
people makes us aware of the changes wrought by time. But the new relationship will continue to draw
much of its beauty and meaning from the intimate associations of their past.

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GROOM and BRIDE, today you are surrounded by your friends and family, all of whom have gathered
here to witness your marriage and to share in the joy of this special occasion. Today, as you join
yourselves in marriage, there is a vast and unknown future stretching out before you. The possibilities
and potentials of your married life are great; and now falls upon your shoulders the task of choosing
your values and making real your dreams. Through your commitment to each other, may you grow and
nurture a love that makes both of you better people, a love that continues to give you great joy, and
also a passion for living that provides you with energy and patience to face the responsibilities of life.

GROOM and BRIDE, today you enter as individuals, but you will leave here as husband and wife,
blending your lives, expanding your family ties, and embarking upon the grandest adventure of human
interaction. The story of your life together is still yours to write. All those present have come to witness
and celebrate your love and commitment this day - eager to a part of the story not yet told.

Love is a miraculous gift, and a wedding is a celebration of that magic, and that is why we are here
today. We are gathered together to be overjoyed for, and with, GROOM and BRIDE, who are so
wonderfully suited to one another that it is a pure delight for the rest of us to see how happy two
people can be. They are the example of the love that in its light-heartedness dissolves the notion of love
as hard work. They are the promise of possibility, the expectation of joyful surprise. We are here to
celebrate, witness, honor, dance, laugh, sing, eat, and be glad because these two have found each other.

Divine light that illuminated our hearts and gives life to each cell of our being, we give thanks for the
love that has gathered us together in this place, and especially for the beautiful, heartwarming love that
GROOM and BRIDE have chosen this day to consecrate in marriage. For all the beauty that you have
bestowed upon them we give great thanks, for their open hearts and loving spirits, for their wisdom in
choosing to love, for their willingness to walk on the path of true love, with all its joys and burdens and
lessons. Bless them now with your joyful abundant radiance, so that the words they say, the feelings
that beautifully transform them in these moments, and the dreams that they dare to dream can be lived
out in their marriage.
Marriage is a special place, the sheltered environment in which we can endlessly explore ourselves in
the presence of another and in which we can offer the possibility of true reflection of another.
As the writer Richard Bach has so beautifully stated, “A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our
keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out
and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who
we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around
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us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soul mate is someone who shares our
deepest longings, our sense of direction… Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life.”
Marriage is the incubator of love, the protected environment in which a love that is personal and
touching and real can grow and, as a consequence of that growth, develop in us our highest capabilities
as loving human beings. We are each still and always growing, and when we marry, we promise not only
our own growth, but also our willingness to witness and withstand the ongoing growth of another
human being. That is because in marrying we promise to love not only as we feel right now, but also as
we intend to feel. In marriage we say not only, “I love you today,” but also, “I promise to love you
tomorrow, the next day, and always.”
Enfolded in joy, inhabited by hope, bathed in the infinite spectrum of light that is love, may you always
be infused with it and beautifully illuminated by it. May every desire you have for your love be fulfilled,
and may you be given the vision with which to clearly behold one another, the listening with which to
perceive one another most genuinely, and the endless generosity of spirit with which to nourish one
another’s soul and sweetly keep the promises you make here today.
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.

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OPENING PRAYER
Our Father, love has been Your richest and greatest gift to the world. In your eternal Word, it tells us
that you are love. Love between a man and woman which matures into marriage is one of Your most
beautiful types of loves. Today we celebrate that love. May Your blessing be on this wedding service.
Protect, guide, and bless GROOM and BRIDE in their marriage. Surround them and us with Your love
now and always, Father. In the name of Christ Jesus, Amen.

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PRESENTATION OF THE BRIDE
Officiant Requesting Affirmation
Who supports this couple in their marriage?
Who supports this woman in her marriage to this man?
Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
Who presents this woman to be married to this man?
Does BRIDE have her family's blessing to marry GROOM?
Does this couple have the blessings of their family for this marriage?
(Asked of each family) PARENTS’ NAMES, do you support your child's decision to join together in holy
matrimony with GROOM/BRIDE, and do you vow to receive him/her as a member of your family from
this day on?
Does this couple have the blessings of their family for this marriage?
Today, as we join GROOM and BRIDE in marriage, we celebrate them as they begin a new family
together. Yet we also know that this new branch of the family tree will be strengthened and enriched by
the love, traditions, and knowledge of their family roots. Will you (parents' names) bless (couple's
names) in their marriage? Will you celebrate them in their times of joy, and bolster them and their
marriage in times of hardship?
This beautiful couple didn't get here all by themselves. They have been loved and cared for by you, their
families, depending on you for sustenance, knowledge, guidance, and love. Without you, this day would
not be possible. From this day forward, they will likely need your support in different ways, but they will
still depend on that support. With this in mind, I ask (parent's names), as representatives of your family:
will you take this (man/woman), (name), into your family and into your hearts?
Marriage is in itself a blessing. But doubly blessed is the couple who comes to the marriage altar with the
approval and love of their families and friends. Who has the honor of presenting this woman to be
married to this man?
Answer Alternatives
1. I do.
2. Her mother and I do.
3. Her family and I do.
4. (in unison) We do.
5. With love in our hearts for both (bride's name) and (groom's name), we joyfully do.
6. She gives herself, but with her family's blessing.
7. On behalf of her loving family and friends, I (we) do.
8. On behalf of all that have gathered here, and of all those not able to be with us today, I do.
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DECLARATION OF INTENT - I DO
Do you GROOM/BRIDE, take GROOM/BRIDE, to be your beloved spouse, knowing in your heart that you
will be a faithful friend, and a loving companion? On this special day, in the presence of family and
friends as witnesses, do you give your sacred vow that you will always be with GROOM/BRIDE and
support him/her, in times of sickness and in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow? Do
you promise to love him/her completely, to console and comfort him/her during difficult times, to laugh
with him/her and to grieve with him/her, to share with him/her life’s simplest but most enduring
pleasures, to be truthful and honest with him/her, and to cherish him/her, for as long as you both shall
live?

Do you GROOM/BRIDE, take GROOM/BRIDE to be your lawfully wedded husband/wife, promising to
love and cherish, through joy and sorrow, sickness and health, and whatever challenges you may face,
for as long as you both shall live?

Do you GROOM/BRIDE, take GROOM/BRIDE, to be your partner in life and sharing your path; equal in
love, a mirror for your true self, promising to honor and cherish, through good times and bad, until
death do you part?

Do you GROOM/BRIDE, take GROOM/BRIDE to be your husband/wife, to have and to hold from this day
forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish;
from this day forward until death do you part?

Do you GROOM/BRIDE choose GROOM/BRIDE to be your partner in life, to support and respect him/her
in his/her successes and as well his/her failures, to care for him/her in sickness and in health, to nurture
him/her, and to grow with him/her throughout the seasons of your life together?

Do you GROOM/BRIDE, knowing this man's/woman’s love for you and returning it, realizing his/her
strengths and learning from them, recognizing his/her weaknesses and helping him/her to overcome
them, take GROOM/BRIDE to be your lawfully wedded husband/wife?

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Do you GROOM/BRIDE, accept GROOM/BRIDE as your husband/wife and one true love, promising to
share in all that life offers and suffers, to be there for him/her in times of need, to soothe him/her in
times of pain, and to support him/her in all endeavors, big and small.

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/BRIDE, take GROOM/BRIDE to be your beloved husband/wife?
Do you promise to be a tender, faithful husband/wife? Do you promise to love and cherish him/her, in
sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and keep yourself only unto him/her?

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BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF LOVE
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I Corinthians 13 - - -

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It

does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

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Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes,
always perseveres.

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Love never fails.

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VOWS
The vows are not to be confused with the “I Do” portion that is required by law. The vows can
be very personal to each other. The couple is welcome to write their own vows.
Options for how the Vows are to be spoken:
1. Echo. Officiant says, “Please repeat after me,” then reads the vow one line at a time, with groom
and bride repeating each line one line at a time until the vow is complete.
2. Recital of custom vows. More personal vows spoken from memory or read while looking directly
into the partner's eyes without prompt by officiant.
Note: The Bride and Groom are not required to state identical vows. These are simply examples as the
vows may be customized.
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I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride, as my best friend for life. I am so in love with you that I want to
promise to stand beside you through thick and thin, through good and bad, through joy and sorrow. I
want to spend the rest of my life hearing your thoughts and seeing your dreams. I promise to do my best
to make our lives better and better from this day on because I am so amazed by you. This is my solemn
vow.

I, Groom/Bride take you Groom/Bride 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 you and honor you. I
will laugh with you and cry with you. Through the best and the worst. Through the difficult and the easy.
Whatever may come I will always be there. As I have given you my hand to hold; so I give you my life to
keep.

I commit my life to our partnership in marriage. I promise to comfort you and to encourage you in all
walks of life. I promise to express my thoughts and emotions to you and to listen to you in times of joy
and in times of sorrow. Groom/Bride, I love you, and you are my closest friend. Will you let me share my
life and all that I am with you? Response: “I will.”

Before our friends and those so special to us here on this wonderful day of gladness and good fortune, I,
Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride, as my wife/husband, in friendship and in love, in strength and
weakness, to share the good times and misfortune, in achievement and failure, to celebrate life with you
forevermore.
I promise you Groom/Bride, that I will be your loving and loyal husband/wife from now on and I will
share with you all of life's joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, until death parts us.
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I, Groom/Bride, take you Groom/Bride, to be my husband/wife, to have and to hold from this day
forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish,
and I promise to be faithful to you until death parts us.
From this moment, I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride, as my best friend for life. I pledge to honor,
encourage, and support you through our walk together. When our way becomes difficult, I promise to
stand by you and uplift you, so that through our union we can accomplish more than we could alone. I
promise to work at our love and always make you a priority in my life. With every beat of my heart, I will
love you. This is my solemn vow.
You are my only love, my first and my last. I have loved you since the first moment we met and will love
you until my last breath. You are all that I desire in a partner, faithful, true, loving, and supportive. I will
be these to you. I will never deceive or intentionally hurt you. I promise to be the best partner than I can
be so that our marriage can be one of trust and love with overwhelming happiness.
Groom/Bride, you have been my friend since my heart began to beat. I have loved you since you entered
into my conscious thought. I promise to care for you and protect you forever. I wish to be your guiding
light and be near you this day until I draw my last breath. I promise to cherish you daily and walk through
the trials of life by your side. I am taking your hand to testify my love to you and others here, that we
may be united in truth and honesty.
Groom/Bride, my heart skipped a beat the first moment I saw you. I have come to know you and respect
you. I wish to care for you and enjoy life with you. I will be your shelter in your time of sorrow and pain. I
will be your friend and guide in time of worry. I will be yours and yours only through the good and bad. I
am taking your hand to testify my love to you and others here, that we may be united in truth and
honesty.
On this day I choose you my beautiful Groom/Bride to be my husband/wife. To laugh with you and care
for you. To share everything life has to offer us and sleep in your embrace. To reflect the love in your
heart. To lift you up above all others. And to be the ember that burns brightly in your heart.
My promise to you today, is to laugh in time of trouble, to honor you always, and to care for you in
sickness and health. Therefore, I take you to be my husband/wife.
I Groom/Bride, take you Groom/Bride, to be my cherished husband/wife. To laugh with you and serve
you with my strength, love, and heart. To hold you tight in time of night, and let you soar to new heights.
To stand by you near your side and care for you until I die. I will always love you.
Before our family and friends, I vow to care for you and love you as long as I have breath. I take you with
joy and happiness this day. I will help you overcome the hurdles in your life and respect your choices.
Today I have found my perfect partner. I accept your faults and strengths, from this day forward. This is
my solemn vow.

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I pledge my love to you today in front of our friends and families. I will honor and cherish you as long as
we live. I want you to be my companion throughout the journey of life. Marry me today, and I will be the
happiest husband/wife in the world.
Groom/Bride, you are my dream come true. I am so excited to be standing with you here today. You are
precious to me, and I plan to cherish you forever. I promise today and for all of our tomorrows to be the
best husband/wife that I can be. To take care of you in times of sickness and in health, to be your support
system during the good and the bad that we know we will face in this lifetime. I give you my love and
faithfulness from this day on.
Groom/Bride, I am yours. To be here with you on our wedding day is my dream come true. I also promise
to take care of you in sickness and during the bad times we may face, and I pledge to be a joy in your life
and cheer you on during your struggles. I look forward to the good times we will share in the future as I
looked forward to today. I give you my love and faithfulness from this day on.
Groom/Bride, you fill me with a sense of peace. I take comfort from you becoming my husband/wife. I
know that you will support me and take care of me during any time of need or want. I pledge to do the
same for you as your loving, faithful husband/wife.
Groom/Bride, I take you to be my lawfully wedded husband/wife. Before these witnesses, I vow to love
you and care for you as long as we both shall live. I choose you as the love of my life with whom I will
spend all the days of my life.
I Groom/Bride, accept you Groom/Bride, as my companion and my husband/wife. I promise to care for
you, honor you, and cherish you, for as long as we both shall love.
I take you Groom/Bride to be my spouse, in equal love, as a mirror for my true self, as a partner on my
path, to honor and to cherish, in sorrow and in joy, till death do us part.
I take you Groom/Bride as my wedded husband/wife, to share my life with you, and pledge that I will
love, honor, and care for you in tenderness and affection in all the varying circumstances of our lives.
I acknowledge my love and respect for you and invite you to share my life as I hope to share yours. I
promise always to recognize you as an equal individual and always to be conscious of your development
as well as my own. I shall seek through kindness and understanding to achieve with you the life we have
envisioned.
I promise to always be there for you, to shelter and hold your love as the most precious gift in my life. I
will be truthful and honor you. I will care for you always and stand by you in times of sorrow and joy.
I, Groom/Bride, promise you, Groom/Bride, that I will be your husband/wife from this day forward, to be
faithful and honest in every way, to honor the faith and trust you place in me, to love and respect you in
your successes and in your failures, to make you laugh and to be there when you cry, to care for you in
sickness and in health, to softly kiss you when you are hurting, and to be your companion and your
friend, on this journey that we make together.

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I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride, to be my husband/wife, my constant friend, my faithful partner,
and my love from this day forward.
I pledge to you endless strength that you can count on when you are weak. I'll be your music when you
can't hear, your sunshine when you can't see, or your perfume when you can't smell. You'll never need
to look further than me. I'll be your days and nights when you need them filled, your spark of life in the
darkness, your hope when you're down and out.
I Groom/Bride, take you Groom/Bride to be my husband/wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I
will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect
you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the
obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as
long as we both shall live.
I, Groom/Bride, choose you Groom/Bride to be my husband/wife, to respect you in your successes and in
your failures, to care for you in sickness and in health, to nurture you, and to grow with you throughout
the seasons of life.
I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride, to be my partner, loving what I know of you, and trusting what I
do not yet know. I eagerly anticipate the chance to grow together, getting to know the (man/woman)
you will become, and falling in love a little more each day. I promise to love and cherish you through
whatever life may bring us.
In the presence of our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in
sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you
unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with
you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride to be no other than yourself, in all the ways life may find us,
tending you in sickness and rejoicing with you in health, as long as we both shall live to love.
I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride whom I hold by the hand, to be my husband/wife, the
companion of my life, the partner of my joys and sorrows, the sharer of my dreams and the supporter of
yours. It shall be my desire to make your heart glad from this day forth. And I dedicate myself to the
fulfillment of the life we share with all that encompasses.
I, Groom/Bride, promise to love you, Groom/Bride, and only you, with all that encompasses, for as long
as we both shall live.
Groom/Bride, I take you as my friend and husband/wife. I pledge to share my life openly with you, to
respect and love you, to speak the truth to you in love; I promise to honor and tenderly care for you, to
cherish and encourage your own fulfillment as an individual and our fulfillment as a couple through all
the changes of our lives.
I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride, to be my husband/wife. To have and to hold from this day
forward. I will love and cherish you. I will honor and respect you. I give you my loyalty and my trust.
As my lover and my best friend, I choose you always.
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I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride, to be my husband/wife. I to commit myself to you through all
experiences of life; a commitment made in love, kept in faith, lived in hope and eternally made new. I
pledge to treasure you as my dearest friend and life companion. I give you my trust and respect and
promise to be worthy of yours. I will take your dreams, make them mine, and help you to fulfill them.
Groom/Bride, I bring my love to you with open hands. With nothing but this, I pledge to you my loyalty,
my deepest devotion and to share my entire life with you.
Groom/Bride, I join you today, before our family and friends, to pledge my commitment to making the
utmost of our lives together as husband and wife. I promise to work with you to build our love and
friendship, and to maintain the love and respect that have grown between us. I promise to speak
openly and honestly, and to welcome your cares and worries. I offer you forgiveness and acceptance,
kindness, and flexibility. May we love with constancy and support each other through the trials and
triumphs to come.
I take your hand in mine. It is a symbolic gesture, fraught with meaning throughout centuries of time.
It symbolizes friendship, and I promise now to be a true and loyal friend to you. It symbolizes union, and
I promise to keep our union uppermost in my life. It symbolizes help and caring, and I promise to be
here to help you whenever and however you need me. Most of all, it symbolizes love; joyous love, total
and complete. Such a love is what I feel for you. I take your hand in mine---for this hour, for this day, for
this lifetime.
I, Groom/Bride choose you, Groom/Bride to be my husband/wife, my friend, my love, the mother/father
of our children. I join you today to pledge before our family and friends, our commitment to make the
utmost of our life together. As husband and wife, I promise to work with you to build our love and
friendship, to speak openly and honestly, to welcome your cares and worries and maintain the love and
respect that have grown between us. I offer acceptance and flexibility, loyalty and trust, may we love
and support each other through the trials and triumphs of our life together.
As your faithful lover, I promise always to treat you with sensitivity and respect, to trust you and uphold
your trust of me, and to be your harbor for romance. As your devoted partner, I promise to always work
with you in pursuing the best life has to offer, to be your comrade in adventure, and your ally in conflict
and to love you sharing my entire life with you, forevermore.
Dear Groom/Bride, I, Groom/Bride, have chosen you to be my husband/wife, dear friend, devoted lover,
and partner of my life.
I promise to join with you and share all that is to come. I promise to give and to receive with a joyful and
open heart, to speak in love and listen with respect, to inspire and respond with laughter and delight,
and to tenderly care for you, supporting your growth as woman/man and as spirit. I offer you my
loyalty, receptivity and trust and will honor yours. To our union I bring my…
(groom) talents of leading, initiating & the wise use of power.
(bride) graces of healing, nurturing, compassion and intuition.
I hear your needs. I see your beauty. I cherish you, now and always.

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Groom/Bride, I love you.
I promise you my love, my faithfulness, my trust, and my friendship
throughout my life. I commit myself fully to our relationship and to whatever life holds for us as
husband and wife. Our marriage is precious to me, and I'll always be there for you. I want to make
every day feel as wonderful as our wedding day. I welcome you as my wife/husband.
I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride, to be my husband/wife, and in doing so, commit my life to you,
encompassing all sorrows and joys, all hardships and triumphs, all the experiences of life; a commitment
made in love, kept in faith, lived in hope and eternally made new. I will love you, honor you and be
faithful unto you only for all the days of my life.
Groom/Bride, I join you today before our family and friends and all who may witness, to pledge my
commitment to making the utmost of our lives together as husband and wife. I promise to share my
life openly with you and to maintain the love and respect that has grown between us. I promise to
honor, to cherish and to care for you in both sickness and in health, and in both adversity and in
prosperity. I promise to be loyal and true in all that may occur throughout our lives together.
Groom/Bride, today, in the presence of our families and friends, I pledge my devotion of deep love for
you. I choose you, Groom/Bride to be my husband/wife, my best friend, and most importantly, my
partner in life.
I promise to cherish and care for you in sickness and in health, in prosperity and
adversity as long as we both shall live. I promise to love you for both your strengths and weaknesses. I
promise to make our marriage and our relationship one of faith and honesty, and one of deep trust.
I, Groom/Bride, have chosen you, my precious and dearly beloved Groom/Bride, to be my
husband/wife, my lover, and my life’s companion. I pledge to share my life openly with you, to speak
truthfully and lovingly to you. I promise to accept you completely just as you are and delight in who you
are becoming. I promise to always respect your uniqueness, to encourage your fulfillment, and
compassionately support you through all the changes that will occur during our coming years together.
I promise to always love you, honor you, respect you and cherish you. I promise to always be faithful to
you. I will trust you with my heart and with my life. I promise I will never give up on you and will always
be there for you no matter what life brings our way. I promise to accept you just as you are. I promise
to always support you and encourage you. I will always believe in you. Thank you for choosing to share
you life with me as my husband/wife. I give you my heart, and it's yours to keep for the rest of my life.
I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride , to be my husband/wife. Thank you for choosing to share your
life with me. You have filled my heart with love, my home with joy, and my life with happiness. I feel
truly blessed being your love, your friend, and your companion.
I promise you my faithfulness, my trust, my friendship, and most of all, my love. Throughout my life, I'll
be by your side to share all the joys and sorrows that that life presents to us. I love you now and will love
you forever.

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I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride, to be my husband/wife. Thank you Groom/Bride for being my
friend, my love, the companion of my life, and the sharer of my dreams. Most of all, thank you for
choosing to share your life with me. I’ll be by your side to share all the joys and sorrows that life
presents to us as husband and wife. Please take my hand; with it comes my heart. Because the world is
ours, I cherish everything it brings, beginning and ending with you. I love you now, and will love you
forever.
Today, Groom/Bride, I see you as if for the first time. For as much as I know you so well, you are new to
me. Today, you become my husband/wife and I become your husband/wife. We start over and at the
same time, we continue something wonderful. Today, I pledge myself to you as my life’s partner. I
promise to be faithful always, to listen to your needs and to speak up for my own, to feed the flame of
our love with my passion, truth and commitment. My love and loyalty will endure, no matter what, for
as long as I live.

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RING EXCHANGE
Opening Statement Options about Ring Symbolism
For thousands of years lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows. These simple gold bands are
not of great value in and of themselves, but they are made quite precious by your wearing of them. Let
these rings be a sign that love has a past, a present and a future, and that, despite its occasional sorrows,
love is a circle of joyous wonder, and delight.
This circlet of precious metal is justly regarded as a fitting emblem of the purity and perpetuity of the
Marriage State. The ancients were reminded by the circle of eternity, as it is so fashioned as to have
neither beginning nor end; while gold is so incorruptible that it cannot be tarnished by use or time. So
may the union, at this time solemnized, be incorruptible in its purity and more lasting than time itself.
Traditionally, the passage to the status of husband and wife is marked by the exchange of rings. These
rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no
giver and no receiver for each is the giver and each is the receiver. May these rings always remind you of
the vows you have taken.
From the Egyptians came the custom of placing the wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand.
They believed that from this finger, a 'vein of love' went directly to the heart. Your rings that circle
themselves are natural symbols of unending love.
The ring is a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no
giver and no receiver for each is the giver and each is the receiver. May these rings always remind you of
the vows you have taken.
Wedding rings are made precious by our wearing them. Your rings say that even in your uniqueness you
have chosen to be bound together. Let these rings also be a sign that love has substance as well as soul, a
present as well as a past, and that, despite its occasional sorrows, love is a circle of happiness, wonder,
and delight. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have taken here today."

You have for each other a golden ring. This most precious of metals symbolizes that love is the most
precious element in your life together. The ring has no beginning and no ending, which symbolizes that
the love between you will never cease. You place these rings upon each others fingers as a visible sign of
the vows which, this day, have made you husband and wife.

Alternate for non-gold rings: You have for each other special rings – symbols that love is the most
precious element in your life together. The ring has no beginning and no ending, which symbolizes that
the love between you will never cease. You place these rings upon each others fingers as a visible sign of
your vows this day, which will make you husband and wife.
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GROOM and BRIDE’s rings are an external and visible sign of the internal and spiritual bond of love
which unites their two hearts. May they serve as a seal of the vows GROOM and BRIDE have made to
one another. Bless these rings, symbols of eternity, beauty and strength. Bless the couple who give them
and wear them—may they ever live in harmony, unity, love, and happiness from this day forward.

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.

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.

Pledge at the giving of the ring:
(GROOM/BRIDE take GROOM/BRIDE’s ring and place it on his/her finger and repeat after me:)

Just as this circle is without end, my love for you is never-ending. With this ring, I take you to be my
partner for life.

I Groom/Bride give you Groom/Bride this ring as an eternal symbol of my love and commitment to you.

With this ring, I thee wed.

Through this ring, I accept you as my husband/wife, now and for all time.

I give you this ring, as I give to you all that I am, and accept from you, all that you are.

With this ring, I thee wed, and with it, I bestow upon thee all the treasures of my mind, heart, and
hands.

I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness. As I place it on your finger, I commit my heart
and soul to you. I ask you to wear this ring as a reminder of the vows we have spoken today, our wedding
day.

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This ring is a token of my love. I marry you with this ring, with all that I have and all that I am.

I give you this ring as a visible and constant symbol of my promise to be with you, for as long as I live.

I give you this ring as a symbol of my love for you. Let it be a reminder that I am always by your side and
that I will always be a faithful partner to you.

I have for you a golden ring. The most precious metal symbolizes that your love is the most precious
element in my life. The ring has no beginning and no ending, which symbolizes that the love between us
will never cease. I place it on your finger as a visible sign of the vows which have made us husband and
wife.

Groom/Bride, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love. As it encircles your finger, may it remind you
always that you are surrounded by my enduring love.

With this ring, I thee wed
With my body, I thee worship
With my heart, I thee cherish
Would all that I am, I give unto you
Would all that I have, I share with you
From this day until forever done."

Optional Responses:
I will forever wear this ring as a sign of my commitment and the desire of my heart.

I will wear it gladly. Whenever I look at it, I will remember this joyous day and the vows and
commitments that we have made.

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UNITY CEREMONY (Optional)
Since a majority of our ceremonies are performed outside, we recommend a sand ceremony
for safety. Often unity candles are blown out by the wind.

Variations
1. Include children or other family members of the bride and groom each having a different colored
sand and taking part in the unity ceremony.
2. Bride’s family fills one glass with different colored sands, and groom's family fills a second. Then
bride and groom take their respective mixes to alternately fill the large container.

Version 1
GROOM and BRIDE you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and this is
a pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout
their lives.
Today, this relationship is also symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of
sand. One, representing you, GROOM and one representing you, BRIDE and all that you were, all that
you are, and all that you will ever be.
As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will
no longer exist, but will be joined together as one.
Just as these grains of sand can never be separated, our prayer for you today is that your lives together
would be blended like the seven seas and may your love swirl around each other like the changing tides.

Version 2
GROOM and BRIDE, even though you come to this ceremony as unique individuals, today you blend
yourselves in spirit and personality to bond and strengthen the future that you will build together.
It is to symbolize this blending that you now take these containers of sand to mingle them together -- as
though pouring your separate selves inseparably into each other and becoming one.
As you now pour your sand together, your lives also are this vividly joined as one. And just as each grain
of this sand maintains its own space, never losing itself and yet ever losing itself amid the goodness of
the whole sand -- so will your marriage and your family be.

Version 3
Life's moments are as grains of sands, forever moving and shifting with the winds of time. Today,
GROOM and BRIDE, you are making your eternal commitment to one another, blending the sands of
your lives together. The separate vessels of sand you each hold represents your lives up to this moment.
And from this moment on, as with the sands you now blend together, you shall become one; a family
created.

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PRONOUNCEMENT
And now, GROOM and BRIDE have declared before all of us that they will live together in marriage. They
have made special promises to each other. They have symbolized it by joining hands, taking vows, and
exchanging rings. By the authority vested in me by the State of Georgia, I now pronounce you to be
husband and wife. You may kiss your Bride!

PRESENTATION OF COUPLE
It is my honor to present to you the newly wedded couple, Mr. and Mrs. [LAST NAME].

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SAMPLE CEREMONY #1
OPENING STATEMENT
GROOM and BRIDE, today you are surrounded by your friends and family, all of whom have gathered
here to witness your marriage and to share in the joy of this special occasion. Today, as you join
yourselves in marriage, there is a vast and unknown future stretching out before you. The possibilities
and potentials of your married life are great; and now falls upon your shoulders the task of choosing
your values and making real your dreams. Through your commitment to each other, may you grow and
nurture a love that makes both of you better people, a love that continues to give you great joy, and
also a passion for living that provides you with energy and patience to face the responsibilities of life.

BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF LOVE
4

5

I Corinthians 13 - - - Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

hopes, always perseveres.

8

7

It always protects, always trusts, always

Love never fails.

PRESENTATION OF BRIDE
Who gives this woman to be married to his man?
Brides’s father responds: “Her mother and I do.”
READING
“Union” by Robert Fulghum
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At
some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have
been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held
riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks — all those sentences that began with “When we’re
married” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” — those late night talks that
included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” — and all those promises that are unspoken
matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.
The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those
things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed — well, I meant it all, every word.”
Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many
things to one another — acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher,
for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words
that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after
these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife.

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DECLARATION OF INTENT – I DO
Before GROOM and BRIDE, are joined together in marriage in my presence and in the presence of
your family, friends, and community, I am bound to remind you publicly of the solemn, the serious
and the permanent nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter.
Do you GROOM, take BRIDE, to be your beloved spouse, knowing in your heart that you will be a
faithful friend, and a loving companion? On this special day, in the presence of family and friends as
witnesses, do you give your sacred vow that you will always be with BRIDE and support her, in times of
sickness and in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow? Do you promise to love her
completely, to console and comfort her in difficult times, to laugh with her and to grieve with her, to
share with her life's simplest but most enduring pleasures, to be truthful and honest with her, and to
cherish her, for as long as you both shall live? GROOM responds: “I do”
Do you BRIDE, take GROOM, to be your beloved spouse, knowing in your heart that you will be a
faithful friend, and a loving companion? On this special day, in the presence of family and friends as
witnesses, do you give your sacred vow that you will always be with GROOM and support him, in
times of sickness and in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow? Do you promise to love
him completely, to console and comfort him in difficult times, to laugh with him and to grieve with
him, to share with his life's simplest but most enduring pleasures, to be truthful and honest with him,
and to cherish him, for as long as you both shall live? BRIDE responds: “I do”
GROOM and BRIDE, remember that your future happiness is to be in mutual consideration, patience,
kindness, confidence and affection. It is the duty of each of you to find your greatest joy in the
company of the other; to remember that your love pledged today must remain undivided for a lifetime.
It is your duty each other to be a considerate, tender, faithful, and loving spouse: to support, guide and
cherish each other in prosperity and trouble; to thoughtfully and carefully enlarge the place both of you
hold in your lives; to constantly show to each other tokens of your affection, to shelter each other from
danger, and to love each other with an unchangeable love.

EXCHANGE OF VOWS
We've come to the point of your ceremony where you're going to say your vows to one another. But
before you do that, I ask you to remember that love – which is rooted in faith, trust, and acceptance will be the foundation of an abiding and deepening relationship. No other ties are more tender, no
other vows more sacred than those you now assume. If you are able to keep the vows you take here
today, not because of any religious or civic law, but out of a desire to love and be loved by another
person fully, without limitation, then your life will have joy and the home you establish will be a place in
which you both will find the direction of your growth, your freedom, and your responsibility.
GROOM, please repeat after me.
I, GROOM, take you, BRIDE, to be my 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 you and honor you. I will laugh with
you and cry with you. Through the best and the worst. Through the difficult and the easy. Whatever
may come I will always be there. As I have given you my hand to hold; so I give you my life to keep. My
promise to you today, is to laugh in time of trouble and to honor and care for you always.
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BRIDE, please repeat after me.
I, BRIDE, take you, GROOM, to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our
friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever. I will trust you and honor you. I will laugh with
you and cry with you. Through the best and the worst. Through the difficult and the easy. Whatever
may come I will always be there. As I have given you my hand to hold; so I give you my life to keep. My
promise to you today, is to laugh in time of trouble and to honor and care for you always.
EXCHANGE OF RINGS
You have for each other special rings - symbols that love is the most precious element in your life
together. The ring has no beginning and no ending, which symbolizes that the love between you will
never cease. You place these rings upon each other’s fingers as a visible sign of your vows this day,
which will make you husband and wife.
GROOM and BRIDE, please place the rings on each other’s finger and repeat after me.
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love for you. Let it be a reminder that I am always by your side and
that I will always be a faithful partner to you.

PROCLAMATION
And now, GROOM and BRIDE have declared before all of us that they will live together in marriage.
They have made special promises to each other. They have symbolized it by joining hands, taking vows,
and exchanging rings. By the authority vested in me by the State of Georgia, I now pronounce you to be
husband and wife.
You may kiss your bride!
PRESENTATION
It is my honor to present to you the newly wedded couple, GROOM and BRIDE [LAST NAME].

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SAMPLE CEREMONY #2
OPENING STATEMENT
Divine light that illuminated our hearts and gives life to each cell of our being, we give thanks for the
love that has gathered us together in this place, and especially for the beautiful, heartwarming love that
GROOM and BRIDE have chosen this day to consecrate in marriage. For all the beauty that you have
bestowed upon them we give great thanks, for their open hearts and loving spirits, for their wisdom in
choosing to love, for their willingness to walk on the path of true love, with all its joys and burdens and
lessons. Bless them now with your joyful abundant radiance, so that the words they say, the feelings
that beautifully transform them in these moments, and the dreams that they dare to dream can be lived
out in their marriage. Marriage is a special place, the sheltered environment in which we can endlessly
explore ourselves in the presence of another and in which we can offer the possibility of true reflection
of another.
As the writer Richard Bach has so beautifully stated, “A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our
keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out
and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who
we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around
us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soul mate is someone who shares our
deepest longings, our sense of direction... Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life.”
Marriage is the incubator of love, the protected environment in which a love that is personal and
touching and real can grow and, as a consequence of that growth, develop in us our highest capabilities
as loving human beings. We are each still and always growing, and when we marry, we promise not only
our own growth, but also our willingness to witness and withstand the ongoing growth of another
human being. That is because in marrying we promise to love not only as we feel right now, but also as
we intend to feel. In marriage we say not only, “I love you today,” but also, “I promise to love you
tomorrow, the next day, and always.”
Enfolded in joy, inhabited by hope, bathed in the infinite spectrum of light that is love, may you always
be infused with it and beautifully illuminated by it. May every desire you have for your love be fulfilled,
and may you be given the vision with which to clearly behold one another, the listening with which to
perceive one another most genuinely, and the endless generosity of spirit with which to nourish one
another’s soul and sweetly keep the promises you make here today.
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.
OPENING PRAYER
Our Father, love has been Your richest and greatest gift to the world. In your eternal Word, it tells us
that you are love. Love between a man and woman which matures into marriage is one of Your most
beautiful types of loves. Today we celebrate that love. May Your blessing be on this wedding service.
Protect, guide, and bless GROOM and BRIDE in their marriage. Surround them and us with Your love
now and always, Father. In the name of Christ Jesus, Amen.

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PRESENTING THE BRIDE
Who supports this couple in their marriage?
Entire family will respond “We Do”
DECLARATION OF INTENT - I DOs
Do you GROOM, take BRIDE, to be your beloved spouse, knowing in your heart that you will be a faithful
friend, and a loving companion? On this special day, in the presence of family and friends as witnesses,
do you give your sacred vow that you will always be with BRIDE and support her, in times of sickness and
in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow? Do you promise to love her completely, to
console and comfort her during difficult times, to laugh with her and to grieve with her, to share with
her life’s simplest but most enduring pleasures, to be truthful and honest with her, and to cherish her,
for as long as you both shall live?
Do you BRIDE, take GROOM, to be your beloved spouse, knowing in your heart that you will be a faithful
friend, and a loving companion? On this special day, in the presence of family and friends as witnesses,
do you give your sacred vow that you will always be with GROOM and support him, in times of sickness
and in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow? Do you promise to love him completely,
to console and comfort him during difficult times, to laugh with him and to grieve with him, to share
with him life’s simplest but most enduring pleasures, to be truthful and honest with him, and to cherish
him, for as long as you both shall live?
BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF LOVE
I Corinthians 13 - - -

4

5

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It

does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

6

7

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes,
always perseveres.

8

Love never fails.

VOWS
In the presence of our family and friends, to you My Best Friend I offer my solemn vow to be your
faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I
promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh
with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
In the presence of our family and friends, to you My Best Friend I offer my solemn vow to be your
faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I
promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh
with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
RING EXCHANGE
GROOM’s and BRIDE’s rings are an external and visible sign of the internal and spiritual bond of love
which unites their two hearts. May they serve as a seal of the vows GROOM and BRIDE have made to
one another. Bless these rings, symbols of eternity, beauty and strength. Bless the couple who give them
and wear them—may they ever live in harmony, unity, love, and happiness from this day forward.

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GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love for you. Let it be a reminder that I am always by your side and
that I will always be a faithful partner to you.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love for you. Let it be a reminder that I am always by your side and
that I will always be a faithful partner to you.
SAND CEREMONY with Kids
GROOM and BRIDE you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and this is
a pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout
their lives.
Today, this relationship is also symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of
sand. One, representing you, GROOM and one representing you, BRIDE and all that you were, all that
you are, and all that you will ever be.
As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand
will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one.
Just as these grains of sand can never be separated, our prayer for you today is that your lives together
would be blended like the seven seas and may your love swirl around each other like the changing tides.
PROCLAMATION
And now, GROOM and BRIDE have declared before all of us that they will live together in marriage.
They have made special promises to each other. They have symbolized it by joining hands, taking vows,
and exchanging rings. By the authority vested in me by the State of Georgia, I now pronounce you to be
husband and wife. You may kiss your bride!
PRESENTATION
It is my honor to present to you the newly wedded couple, Mr. and Mrs. [LAST NAME].

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SAMPLE CEREMONY #3

OPENING STATEMENT
GROOM and BRIDE, today you are surrounded by your friends and family, all of whom have gathered
here to witness your marriage and to share in the joy of this special occasion. Today, as you join
yourselves in marriage, there is a vast and unknown future stretching out before you. The possibilities
and potentials of your married life are great; and now falls upon your shoulders the task of
choosing your values and making real your dreams. Through your commitment to each other, may you
grow and nurture a love that makes both of you better people, a love that continues to give you great
joy, and also a passion for living that provides you with energy and patience to face the responsibilities
of life.
OPENING PRAYER
Our Father, love has been Your richest and greatest gift to the world. In your eternal Word, it tells us
that you are love. Love between a man and woman which matures into marriage is one of Your most
beautiful types of loves. Today we celebrate that love. May Your blessing be on this wedding service.
Protect, guide, and bless GROOM and BRIDE in their marriage. Surround them and us with Your love
now and always, Father. In the name of Christ Jesus, Amen.
DECLARATION OF INTENT - I DO’s
Do you GROOM, take BRIDE, to be your lawfully wedded wife, promising to love and cherish, through
joy and sorrow, sickness and health, and whatever challenges you may face, for as long as you both shall
live? GROOM responds: “I do.”
Do you BRIDE, take GROOM, to be your lawfully wedded husband, promising to love and cherish,
through joy and sorrow, sickness and health, and whatever challenges you may face, for as long as you
both shall live? BRIDE responds: “I do.”
BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF LOVE
4

I Corinthians 13 - - -

5

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It

does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

6

7

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes,
always perseveres.

8

Love never fails.

VOWS
Couple has opted to say their own vows.
RING EXCHANGE
GROOM and BRIDE’s rings are an external and visible sign of the internal and spiritual bond of love
which unites their two hearts. May they serve as a seal of the vows GROOM and BRIDE have made to
one another. Bless these rings, symbols of eternity, beauty and strength. Bless the couple who give them
and wear them—may they ever live in harmony, unity, love, and happiness from this day forward.
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:

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With this ring, I thee wed
With my body, I thee worship
With my heart, I thee cherish
With all that I am, I give unto you
With all that I have, I share with you
From this day until forever done.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
With this ring, I thee wed
With my body, I thee worship
With my heart, I thee cherish
With all that I am, I give unto you
With all that I have, I share with you
From this day until forever done.
PROCLAMATION
And now, GROOM and BRIDE have declared before all of us that they will live together in marriage. They
have made special promises to each other. They have symbolized it by joining hands, taking vows, and
exchanging rings. By the authority vested in me by the State of Georgia, I now pronounce you to be
husband and wife. You may kiss your Bride!
PRESENTATION
It is my honor to present to you the newly wedded couple, Mr. and Mrs. [LAST NAME].

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