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?

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Then, the preacher will likely pause, then continue:

It is a Christian custom to exchange rings as a symbol of love. As the rings have no end so your love should have no end. As the rings are made of gold symbolizing purity, so should your marriage have purity. As often as either of you see them, you will be reminded of this moment and the endless love you promised.

Groom, what token to you give that you will perform your vows?” (Minister receives ring and says to Bride.)

Bride, do you receive this ring in token of the same?” (“I do.”) (Groom places ring on Bride‘s finger and says: “Bride, this ring I give to you in token and pledge of my constant faith and abiding love.”)

Then the preacher will say:

Bride, what token to you give that you will perform your vows?” (Minister receives ring and says to Groom.)

Groom, do you receive this ring in token of the same?” (“I do.”) (Bride places ring on Groom‘s finger and says: “Groom, this ring I give to you in token and pledge of my constant faith and abiding love.”)

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The candle represents the joining together of two individuals to live together as one in spirit. Bride and Groom, the candle yet to be lit, represents the new family which is being created today. Groom and Bride are leaving their families to make a new life together. (Bride and Groom light candle)

Then the preacher will say:

Let us pray: O thou eternal God, who art our Father and our Friend, as you have heard these words of promise just spoken, may the Holy Spirit deepen in the mind of this man and this woman the sense of the sacred and binding power of their vows. And as in Thy Name these words were spoken to make these lives one, may your rich blessing be added. Give them Your grace and guidance that they may loyally fulfill the vows they have taken. May Your joy abide with them always, that thus they may be a blessing to each other and to those about them, finding in the blessedness of the home life on earth a sample of the happiness of Thine eternal home – through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Rob Kerby
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