Together We Can Accomplish Anything

TOGETHER, WE CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING
(Non-religious #9)
(Copyright Andrew W. Schmidt 2004)

Ceremony:

Family and friends, we welcome you today to witness the marriage of [GROOM] and [BRIDE]. You have shared and contributed to their lives in the past, and by witnessing their marriage ceremony today, [GROOM] and [BRIDE] ask you to share in their future.

Marriage is a promise, made in the hearts of two people who love each other. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other’s lover, teacher, listener, critic, and best friend.

It is into this state of marriage that [GROOM] and [BRIDE] wish to enter.

[GROOM], do you take [BRIDE] to be your wife? Will you love, honor, and cherish her, in good times and in bad, and do you promise to stay true to her as long as you both shall live?

(By the Groom): I do

[BRIDE], do you take [GROOM] to be your husband? Will you love, honor, and cherish him, in good times and in bad, and do you promise to stay true to him as long as you both shall live?

(By the Bride): I do

[GROOM] and [BRIDE], may you pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage. To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate one another, to respect and cherish each other’s uniqueness, and to support, comfort, and strengthen each other through life’s joys and sorrows. May you promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as you build your lives together. May your lives be ever intertwined, your love keeping you together. May you build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect and honor for others and for each other. May your home be forever filled with peace, happiness, and love.

[GROOM] and [BRIDE], please face each other and hold hands. [GROOM], as you look at [BRIDE], please repeat these words after me:

(By the Groom) I, [GROOM], take you, [BRIDE], to be my wife. Together, we can accomplish anything. I pledge to honor, encourage, and support you. 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.

[BRIDE], as you look at [GROOM], please repeat these words after me:

(By the Bride) I [BRIDE], take you, [GROOM], to be my husband. Together, we can accomplish anything. I pledge to honor, encourage, and support you. 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.

The ring is a symbol of unity into which your two lives are now joined in an unbroken circle; in which, wherever you go, you will return to one another.

(By the Groom) [BRIDE], I offer you this ring as a symbol of my love and devotion. Let it always be a reminder of my love, and my vows to you.

(By the Bride) [GROOM], I offer you this ring as a symbol of my love and devotion. Let it always be reminder of my love, and my vows to you.

[GROOM] and [BRIDE], may your home be a haven of peace and your relationship be one of truth and understanding. May you enjoy length of days, fulfillment of hopes, and peace and content of mind as you, day-by-day, live and fulfill the terms of this covenant you have made with one another.

And now, for as much as you have made your vows, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving your rings, I pronounce that you are husband and wife. [GROOM], you may kiss your bride!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce to you Mr. and Mrs.