Wedding Ceremony Options

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 Once you have spoken to one of our wedding planning team members, complete this Contact Sheet for your options.

Ceremony Option 1

We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, The Joining of 2 hearts. In this ceremony today we will witness the joining BRIDE and GROOM in marriage.
If there is anyone present who has just cause why this couple should not be united….. Sussh!
Who gives this woman to this man (Father of the BRIDE or family member says). I Do
Today we have come together to witness the joining of these two lives. For them, out of the routine of ordinary life, the extraordinary has happened. They met each other, fell in love and are finalizing it with their wedding Today.
Romance is fun, but true love is something far more and it is their desire to love each other for life and that is what we are celebrating here today.
A good marriage must be created.
In marriage the “little” things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say, ”I love you” at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is standing together and facing the world.
It is speaking words of appreciation, and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right person — it is being the right partner

Vows

(face each other and hold hands)(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
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
GROOM & BRIDE I would ask that you always treat yourself and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together today.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your marriage deserves. When frustration and difficulty assail your marriage – as they do to every relationship at one time or another – focus on what still seems right between you, not only the part that seems wrong.
This way, when clouds of trouble hide the sun in your lives and you lose sight of it for a moment, you can remember that the sun is still there. And if each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and happiness.

I Do’s

GROOM, do you take BRIDE to be your Wife? (“I do”)
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her forevermore? (“I do”)
BRIDE, do you take GROOM to be your Husband? (“I do”)
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him forevermore? (“I do”)

Ring Exchange (who has the rings) (repeat after me)

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.

I GROOM, take thee, BRIDE to be my Wife- To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, in joy and sorrow, and I promise My love to you. And with this ring, I take you as my Wife, for as long as we both shall live.

I BRIDE, take thee GROOM, to be my Husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, in joy and sorrow, and I promise My love to you. And with this ring, I take you as my husband, for as long as we both shall live.

Closing

To make your relationship work will take love. This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today.
It will take trust, to know, that in your hearts, you truly want what is best for each other.
It will take dedication, to stay open to one another – and to learn and grow together.
It will take faith, to go forward together, without knowing exactly what the future brings.
And it will take commitment, to hold true to the journey you both have pledged to today.
Pronouncement of couple as Husband and Wife.
You may kiss your Bride.
I would Like to introduce Mr. and Mrs. BRIDE/GROOM

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Ceremony Option 2

Dear _____________ and _____________, today you are surrounded by your friends and family, all of whom are gathered to witness your marriage and to share in the joy of this occasion.

As you know, no minister, no priest, no rabbi, no public official can marry you. Only you can marry yourselves. By a mutual commitment to love each other, to work toward creating an atmosphere of care and consideration and respect, by a willingness to face the tensions and anxieties that underlie human life, you can make your wedded life come alive.

On this the day that begins your marriage, you stand somewhat apart from the rest of humanity. You stand within the charmed circle of your love: and this is as it should be

First of all, we wish for you a love that makes both of you better people, a love that continues to give you joy and zest for living, that provides you with energy to face the responsibilities of life.

We wish for you a home–not just a place of stone and wood, but an island of sanity and serenity in a frenzied world. We hope that this home is not only a place of private joy and retreat, but also serves as a temple wherein the values of your life are generated and upheld. We hope that your home will encompass the beauty of nature–that it will have within it the elements of simplicity, exuberance, silence, color, and a concordance with the rhythms of life. We wish for you a home with books and poetry, music and spirituality — a home with all the things that represent the highest strivings of men and women.
Please face each other and repeat after me

I, ___________________, take you, ________________, to be my wife from this time onward, to join with you and to share all that is to come, to give and to receive, to speak and to listen, to inspire and to respond, and in all of our life together to be loyal to you with all my being.

I, ___________________, take you, ________________, to be my husband from this time onward, to join with you and to share all that is to come, to give and to receive, to speak and to listen, to inspire and to respond, and in all of our life together to be loyal to you with all my being.

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 a giver and each is a receiver. May these rings remind you of these vows you have taken.

It is with great Joy I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may kiss the bride.

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Ceremony Option 3

Welcome to the wedding of _________________ and _______________.

My name is _______ and I am ordained minister, it is a pleasure to be part of this happy day.

We are gathered here today in the sight of God, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments. We are here to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words that will unite _____________and ____________ in holy matrimony.

Who presents  this woman to this man (Person giving bride away says says). I Do

_________________ and _______________, marriage is the most important of all earthly relationships. It should be entered into reverently, thoughtfully and with full understanding of its sacred nature. Your marriage must stand by the strength of your love and the power of faith in each other and in God. Just as two threads woven in opposite directions form a beautiful tapestry, so to your two lives when merged together will make a beautiful marriage.

Add prayer or poem here.

Please face each other and join hands now prepare to speak your vows.

_________________, please look at ___________ and repeat these words

I, ________ take you ________ 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.
I will love you faithfully
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.
So help me God.

I, _______ take you ______ 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.
I will love you faithfully
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
So help me God

John 4:7-12

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God—for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us.

__________ please place the ring on ___________ finger and repeat these words to her ______ with this ring, I take you as my wife, for as long as we both live __________ please place the ring on __________ finger and repeat these words ____________ with this ring, I take you as my husband for as long as we both shall live

In closing let us pray:

We thank you for this joyous day. We pray that your blessings will always rest upon this new family: that joy, peace and contentment would dwell within them as they live together in unity, and that will who enter their home may experience the strength of love.

Father help them to follow and serve you with an ever growing commitment because of their union. Guide them into greater love and sacrifice as they care for each others needs, knowing you will care for them. May they always be as keenly aware of your presence as we sense it today on their wedding day. And may their devotion in marriage be radiant reflection of your love for them and all of us here

In the name of Jesus, our savior we pray.

Amen

__________ and ____________ now that you have spoken your vows and exchanged rings, it is my honor and privilege to pronounce that you are now husband and wife _____ you may now kiss your wife.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you for the first time Mr and Mrs _______________

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Ceremony Option 4

Welcome to the Wedding of __________________ and ________________________.

My name is ____________________, it is a pleasure to be a part this happy day.

_______________and ______________,You have come here to this beautiful place to make a commitment to one another.A commitment of love and friendship, and a commitment to share yourlife together as husband and wife.Today, the vows you will take are beautiful words representing evenmore beautiful intentions. But you will find that as you live these vowsover the years, investing your time and your love and your commitment to one another, the happy times of your life will be twice as joyous, because there will be someone to share those joys with.

Marriage is an expression of love and respect between two people, and trust and faith in the future. But the union of husband and wife is also an alliance against the challenges and difficulties of life a promise that when life gets tough, it will only be half as bad, because there will be someone by your side to help carry the burden.

And when life grants you happiness, it will be more joyous because you have someone to share it with.

_______________and ____________, you stand before me having requested that I join you in marriage.

Do you both do this of your own free will? (We do)

(Scripture here if requested)

The vows you will now take are a solemn pledge of love and affirm your love for one another as you join in marriage. Please face each other and join hands.

_____________ if it is your wish to be the husband of _________________, then please repeat after me:

I, ___________, take you, _________ to be my wife
To have and to hold from this day forward,
for better or worse, for richer or poorer,
in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish.
With my earnest and complete devotion, I give you my love.

_________ , if it is your wish to be the wife of _________________, then please repeat after me:

I, ___________, take you, _________ to be my husband
To have and to hold from this day forward,
for better or worse, for richer or poorer,
in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish.
With my earnest and complete devotion, I give you my love.

_______________, and ______________ may your love be based on freedom. For though your hands touch, it is your hearts that hold. Love is not a wall; it is a bridge. Love does not confine; it sets you free. It leads, as a pathway, winding, to places unknown and mysterious. With love to light the way, you can meet any challenge together.

______________ and __________, you have shared promises amongst us here today, Do you have a symbol which you wish to exchange? (We do)

Your rings are precious because you wear them with love. They symbolize your commitment in marriage. They remind you of who you are, where you’ve been and where you are going. As you wear them through time, they will reflect not only who you are as individuals, but also who you are as a couple.

_______/_______, please give your ring to _______/________ and repeat these words:

__________, This ring I give you Is a symbol of my love I pledge to share with you my heart, My life and my love, from this day forward.

__________, this ring I give you Is a symbol of my love I pledge to share with you my heart, My life and my love, from this day forward.

______________ and __________, you have expressed your commitment to one another, and exchanged rings so that you never forget where you have been and where you are going. By these acts you have become husband and wife.

According to the laws of the state of Florida and the authority vested in me, I hereby pronounce that you are husband and wife.

You may seal your promise with a kiss. Congratulations,______________ and ___________!

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Vow Options

Option 1

Groom

In your eyes, I have found my home.
In your heart, I have found my love.
In your soul, I have found my mate.
With you, I am whole, full, alive.
You make me laugh. You let me cry.
You are my breath, my every heartbeat.
I am yours.
You are mine.
Of this we are certain.
You are lodged in my heart.
The small key is lost.
You must stay there forever.

Bride
You are my inspiration and my soul’s fire.
You are the magic of my days.
You help me laugh, you teach me love.
You provide a safe place for me, unlike I’ve ever known.
You free me to sing my own song.
You are more of an amazement to me, each day I rediscover you.
You are my greatest boon.
I am yours.
You are mine.
Of this we are certain.
You are lodged in my heart.
The small key is lost.
You must stay there forever. 

Option 2

Groom & Bride
On this day,
I give you my heart,
My promise,
That I will walk with you,
Hand in hand,
Wherever our journey leads us,
Living, learning, loving,
Together,
Forever.

Option 3

Groom

I promise to encourage your compassion,
Because that is what makes you unique and wonderful.
I promise to nurture your dreams,
Because through them your soul shines.
I promise to help shoulder our challenges,
For there is nothing we cannot face if we stand together.
I promise to be your partner in all things,
Not possessing you, but working with you as a part of the whole.
Lastly, I promise to you perfect love and perfect trust,
For one lifetime with you could never be enough.
This is my sacred vow to you, my equal in all things.

Bride
I promise to encourage your individuality,
Because that is what makes you unique and wonderful.
I promise to nurture your dreams,
Because through them your soul shines.
I promise to help shoulder our challenges,
Because through them we’ll emerge stronger.
I promise to be your partner in all things,
Not possessing you, but working with you as a part of the whole.
I promise to share with you the joys of life,
Because with you they will be that much sweeter.
Lastly, I promise to you perfect love and perfect trust,
For one lifetime with you could never be enough.
This is my sacred vow to you, my equal in all things.

Option 4

Groom and Bride

I (name), take you (name) 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.

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Prayer/Poem Options

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.
Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found.
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.
Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

John 4:16-19

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.
There is no fear in love.
But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us.

How Do I love Thee

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being an Ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old grief’s, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,–I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!– and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

When the one

When the one whose hand you’re holding
Is the one one who holds your heart
When the one whose eyes you gaze into
Gives your hopes and dreams their start,
When the one you think of first and last
Is the one who holds you tight,
And the things you plan together
Make the whole world seem just right,
When the one whom you believe in
puts their faith and trust in you,
You’ve found the one and only love
You’ll share your whole life through.

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Sand Ceremony Options

Sand Ceremony 1

“Your union will now be symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand. Each color represents you, (names of bride and groom), and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be before this union. As your individual sands come together it reminds us that “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord”. I ask now that you each take your sand and pour them into the one vase.” (the sand is now poured).

While the sand is being poured, the officiant says, (names of bride and groom), while it’s important that you both maintain your individuality, it is our hope that you will become as inseparable as these grains of sand, and always find yourselves to be one in love, commitment and joy.”

Sand Ceremony 2

(Names of bride and groom), each of these colored sands represent the different paths you have been traveling upon up to this day. As you now pour your them into this unity vase, may it symbolize the coming together of your individual lives, as well as a covenant to each other to never allow the other to walk the road of life alone again. And just as these individual sands become intertwined, So may your commitment be to one another, never to be divided.”

Sand Ceremony 3

(Names of bride and groom), I invite you each to take your vessels of sand – which symbolize your lives from birth to this day when you vowed to join your seperate and individual lives into one, in the covenant of marriage. Please pour your individual sand together into the center vase of unity, which represents the beginning of your lives together as husband and wife. And just as these grains of sand become inseparable, may your union be the same.”

Sand Ceremony 4

Today, (names of bride and groom), you are making a commitment of your eternal love for  one another as well as to your children [Name all Children of Bride and Groom]. As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one, as a family.

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