Non-Religious and Simple

WEDDING VOW #6
MARRIAGE CEREMONY # 6
(Non-religious and Simple)

Friends, we are gathered here at this hour to witness and celebrate the drawing together of two separate lives.

We have come to that this man, ________ and this woman, _________ may be joined in marriage. It is not to be entered into lightly, but with certainty, mutual respect and a sense of reverence, which does not preclude beauty, humor or happiness.

Both ___________and ____________ wish to make a public statement regarding their relationship. Inasmuch as they have given a great deal of thought as to whether they have sufficient maturity and commitment to share their lives in marriage, what they say and do here in our presence reflects the honesty and integrity of that decision and the genuine love they bring to it.

Love can be one of the highest experiences that comes to humankind. At its best, it reduces our selfishness, deepens our personalities and makes life far more meaningful. The day-to-day companionship, the pleasure in doing things together, or in doing separate things but in delighting to exchange experiences, is a continuous and central part of what a man and a woman who love each other can share.

Matrimony symbolizes the ultimate intimacy between a man and a woman; this closeness does not diminish but rather strengthens the individuality of each partner. Today’s celebration is therefore an outward sign of sacred and inward commitment. Such union can only be created by loving purpose, maintained by will power and renewed by human feelings and intentions. Marriage is the noblest bond of human life and the true basis of human progress.

VOWS

______________, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife? Will you love her, comfort her and honor her and forsaking all others, keep you only unto her as long as you both shall live? If so, please answer “I WILL”

______________, will you have this man to be your wedded husband? Will you love him, comfort him and honor him and forsaking all others, keep you only unto him as long as you both shall live? If so, please answer “I WILL”

DECLARATION

Please join hands and face each other and repeat after me:

(TO THE GROOM) I __________, take you, _____________, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, ‘till death do us part.

(TO THE BRIDE) I __________, take you, _____________, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, ‘till death do us part.

EXCHANGE OF RINGS

(TO THE GROOM): Placing the ring on her finger repeat after me:

This ring I give you

As a symbol of my love, devotion and respect.

(After rings are exchanged the couple should hold hands, either facing each other or officiant)

The exchange of rings is not an idle ceremony but has a deep significance. The rings are formed of a noble metal to indicate a noble and pure affection and esteem for each other. The form is round to indicate your mutual love shall never come to an end. They are a sign you can see every day to remind yourselves of the obligations you have assumed toward each other, today, here in our presence.

CONCLUDING REMARKS

May these two people, now married, fulfill this covenant they have made. May they openly give and take from each other, encouraging each other in whatever trials befall them, sharing in each other’s joys, helping each other as each occasion requires. Having grown to trust themselves and each other may they be unafraid to trust and welcome life’s experiences.

Inasmuch as __________ and ______________ have consented together to be marries, have witnessed the same before this company, [and declared the same by the giving and receiving of rings] I now pronounce them husband and wife.

You may kiss the bride!