OPENING STATEMENT

We are here today, so that you ________ and you, _ _ _ _ _ _, may become husband and wife. Marriage is the promise of hope between two people who love each other sincerely, who honor each other as individuals, and who wish to unite their lives and share the future together.

STATEMENT OF INTENT

_ _ _ _ _ _, are you ready to enter into the vows of matrimony?

         (GROOM): I am

                

________, are you ready to enter into the vows of matrimony?

BRIDE: I am

VOWS

Now, will you please turn and face one another and join hands to express your vows

_ _ _ _ _ _, please repeat after me:

I, _ _ _ _ _ _, take you, ________, to be my 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; until death do us part.

________, please repeat after me:

I, ________, take you, _ _ _ _ _ _, to be my husband 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; until death do us part.

RINGS

At this time will you take out the rings you have for each other?

Rings are very large in their significance.  They are made of precious metal, which symbolizes that your love is the most precious element in each other’s life. The ring has no beginning and no ending, which symbolizes that the love between the two of you will never cease.

_ _ _ _ _ _, place the ring on ________’s finger and repeat after me.

With this ring I thee wed.”  

________, place the ring on _ _ _ _ _ _’s finger and repeat after me.

“With this ring I thee wed.”

BLESSING

May your marriage enrich your lives.

May you work together to build a relationship of substance and quality.

May the honesty of your communication build a foundation of understanding, connection, and trust.

May your sense of humor and playful spirit continue to enliven your relationship.

May you be “best friends”, better together than either of you are apart

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE

_ _ _ _ _ _ and ________ you have come here today and have expressed your desire to become husband and wife. You have shown your love and affection by joining of hands, and have made promises of faith and devotion to each to the other, and have sealed these promises by giving and the receiving of the rings.

By the authority given to me by the state of California, I now pronounce that you Husband and Wife.

You may kiss the bride