Non-Denominational Minister for Non-Traditional Wedding Ceremonies
 
SAMPLE WEDDING VOWS
 
We are gathered together on this beautiful afternoon to share with BRIDE and GROOM as they prepare to be joined by the sacred bonds of marriage.

If any one can show just cause why they may not be lawfully joined together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.

[HAVE BRIDE AND GROOM FACE EACH OTHER.]

As BRIDE and GROOM take their vows today, we are privileged to witness the joyous beginning of a new family -- a family that will be nourished and nurtured through the devotion of two separate individuals growing together through the common bonds of love.

May their marriage bring them the peace, joy, comfort and contentment that is known in the hearts of all God's children. And may GROOM and BRIDE both look forward to each new season of their marriage --- just as the world looks forward to each new season of the year. For all seasons bring with them their own special moments and memories.

Our purpose for being here today is the joyous result of a long search by both BRIDE and GROOM. Finding that ONE person in all of the world with whom you wish to share your life commands many days of patience and faith --- a faith that must not waiver in the face of the trials and tribulations life may bring.

Had BRIDE and GROOM'S quest for their spiritual partner not been fulfilled, we would not be here now rejoicing with them on this most memorable, most special of days. And surely this momentous occasion is the tangible proof of the power of faith --- a faith that can conquer all obstacles.

An essential requirement of a good marriage is a strong bond of real friendship and trust. BRIDE and GROOM, your love for each other will grow deeper with every passing day, but it's important to remember that your love stands on a foundation of genuine, mutual affection and respect for each other. To truly LOVE another person is to be willing to accept both their strong points, and their weak points, with equal measures of understanding and respect.

The vows you are about to exchange, will serve as a verbal representation of the non-verbal emotions that are as real as any thing that can be seen, heard or touched.

For it is not the words that you will speak today that will bond you together as one --- but the strength of the love and commitment found deep within your souls.

AT THIS TIME, I’LL ASK YOU, GROOM, AND YOU, BRIDE, TO FACE EACH OTHER AND TAKE EACH OTHER’S HANDS.

GROOM, will you take BRIDE to be your wife, your partner in life and your one true love? Will you cherish her friendship and love her today, tomorrow and forever? Will you trust and honor her, laugh with her and cry with her? Will you be faithful through good times and bad, in sickness and in health as long as you both shall live?

[ANSWER: I WILL]

BRIDE, will you take GROOM to be your husband, your partner in life and your one true love? Will you cherish his friendship and love him today, tomorrow and forever? Will you trust and honor him, laugh with him and cry with him? Will you be faithful through good times and bad, in sickness and in health as long as you both shall live?

[ANSWER: I WILL]

The ring has long been the visible symbol of vows taken in marriage. A circle, with no beginning, and no ending, represents that love, which is everlasting, which begins in trust, grows through companionship, and deepens with understanding. Have you brought such symbols to seal your vows?

[RINGBEARER PRESENTS RINGS TO OFFICIANT]

While these rings are beautiful in their own right, it is the bond of love they represent that truly makes them priceless. Rings are worn as a symbol of your love and devotion to each other --- a symbol for all the world to see.

The symbolism of these rings, however, becomes meaningless if it isn't supported by a strong inner conviction and a loving, lasting commitment.

GROOM, as you place this ring on BRIDE’S finger, please repeat after me:

BRIDE -- with this ring -- I wed you -- and pledge my faithful love.

BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’ finger, please repeat after me:

GROOM -- with this ring -- I wed you -- and pledge my faithful love.

For my final words to you as two individual spirits, I would like to leave you with this thought:

Everything you do affects the lives of others --- not just your own. When you're married, it is only proper to consider beforehand what effect your individual actions will have on your mate. If both of you can acquire a conscious sense of empathy, kindness and consideration --- then your marriage will truly become a union of lasting love and fulfillment.

May the blessings of God be with you always.

Under the authority vested in me by Almighty God and the State of New Jersey,
I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may now kiss the bride.

Ladies and gentlemen, friends and family, with great pleasure, I now present to you for the first time, MR. and MRS. GROOM.

 

 

SAMPLE VOWS
©2004 Rev. Camille Thomas