This is a non-denominational, traditional Christian ceremony that you may modify or add too.
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 and to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love. Also to add our best wishes and blessings to the words that shall unite _______and_______ in holy matrimony.
Marriage is a most honorable estate created and instituted by God, signifying unto us the mystical union which also exists between Christ and the Church, so to may this marriage be adorned by true and abiding love.
Should there be anyone who has cause as to why this couple should not be united in marriage, they must speak now or forever hold their peace. (you may delete this if you wish)
If Bride is escorted to the front, you may want to include the following:
Who is it that brings this woman to this man? (if Father, he may answer "Her Mother and I do" or Father on behalf of the family "I do". He will place the bride's hand in the groom's and steps back and is seated)
_______ and ________, life is given to each of u as individuals and yet we must learn to live together. Love is given to us by our family and friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of life''s greatest challenges and is the shared goal of a married life.
But a husband and wife should not confuse love of worldly measures for even if worldly success is found, only love will maintain a marriage. Mankind did not create love, love is created by God. The measure of true love is a love both freely given and freely accepted just as God's love of us is unconditional and free.
Today truly is a glorious day the Lord hath made, as today both of you are blessed with God's greatest of all gifts, the gift of abiding love and devotion between a man and a woman. All present here today, and those here in heart wish both of you all the joy, happiness and and success and the world has to offer.
As you travel through life together, I caution you to remeber that the true measure of success the true avenue to joy and peace, is to be found within the love you hold in your hearts. I would ask that you hold the key to your heart very tightly.
Within the Bible nothing is of more importance than love. We are told the crystalline and beautiful truth: "God is Love". We are assured that "Love Conquers all". It is love which brings you here today, the union of two hearts and two spirits. As your lives continue to interweave as one pattern, remember that it was love that brought you here today, it is love that will make this a glorious union and it is love which will cause this union to endure.
You may insert any inclusion at this point, Unity Candle, Rose Ceremony, etc...
You may select any vow you wish to insert at this point, for the rings and declaration vows.
Would you please face each other and join hands.
Groom, do you take _______ to be your wife? Do you promise to love, honor cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her forever more? (I do)
Bride, do you take _______ to be your husband? Do you promise to love, honor cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him forever more? (I do)
A marriage ceremony represents one of life's greatest commitments, but also is a declaration of love. I wish to read to you what Paul wrote of love in a letter to the Corinthians a log time ago. I believe this is a true model of love and it is a model of love I would hope you both would pursue in your marriage.
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but do not have love, I am only sounding brass or tinkling cymbals. Though I have the gift of prophecy and understanding all mysteries and all knowledge and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned but do not have love it profits me nothing.
Love endures and is kind. Love is not envious or jealous. Love wants not itself, is not puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not its own, it is not easily provoked and thinks no evil. Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but in the truth.
The following can be used as a reading:
Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud. Love is never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable or touchy. Love does not hold grudges and will hardly notice when others do it wrong. Love is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to them no matter what the costs. You will always believe in them, always expect the best in them and will always stand your ground in defending them.
Prayer. You may insert this or replace it with another or completely omit it.
Heavenly Father, our hearts are filled with great happiness on this ______ and _______ wedding day, as they come before You pledging their hearts and lives to one another. Grant that they may ever be true and loving, living together in such a way as to never bring shame or heartbreak into their marriage. Temper their hearts with kindness and understanding, rid them of all pretense or jealousy. Help them to remember to be each others sweethearts, helpmate, best friend and guide so that together they may meet the cares and problems of life more bravely. And with the passage of time may they find great contentment in the rich joy of senior companionship. May the home they are creating today truly be a place of love and harmony, where your Spirit is always present. Bless this marriage we pray and walk beside ______ and _____ throughout all of their lives together. We ask these things in Jesus name, Amen.
_______ and _______, in so much as he two of you have agreed to live together in matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the giving of these rings and the joining of your hands, I now declare you to be husband and wife.
Benediction (may be omitted if you wish)
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance unto you and give you peace
________, you may kiss your wife!