You're getting married! Now, which ceremony is right for you?

There are so many kinds of nuptial rites to choose from. Do you want traditional? Multi-cultural? Or short and sweet?

BY: Rob Kerby

 

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A SUPER SHORT CEREMONY

Perhaps you’d like things to be quick and to the point. This ceremony fulfills all the legal requirements of most jurisdictions: 

Friends, we have gathered together today to witness the union of Bride and Groom. The legal requirements of this state having been fulfilled and the license for their marriage being present, I must ask of each party if they come of their own free will and accord.

Groom, do you come to this union of your free will and with the intention of being faithful in marriage to Bride as long as you shall live? (Groom answers “I do.”)

Bride, do you come to this union of your free will and with the intention of being faithful in Marriage to Bride and Groom as long as you shall live? (Bride answers “I do.”)

Who presents Bride to be married to Groom? (Bride‘s father (or representative) responds “I do.”)

Please repeat the following after me: I, Groom, do take you, Bride, to be my lawfully wedded wife. I promise from this day forward to be your faithful husband, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as I shall live. (Groom responds “I do.”)

Please repeat after me: I, Bride, do take you, Groom, to be my lawfully wedded husband. I promise from this day forward to be your faithful wife, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as I shall live. (Bride responds “I do.”)

The wedding ring seals the vows of marriage as a signature bears witness to a written covenant. As the ring is placed upon the finger, repeat these words: “In pledge of the vow of marriage made between us, I offer you this ring. Let it be to you and to me and to all the world, the symbol of the covenant of marriage we have accepted.”

We have come together in this place and have heard the willingness of Bride and Groom to be joined in marriage. They have come of their free will and in our hearing have made a covenant of faithfulness. They have given and received a ring as the seal of their promises.

Therefore, by the power vested in me by this state I pronounce that they are husband and wife. You may kiss the bride. (Kiss)


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