Groom, have you a token of your love for Bride.
Bride, have you a token of your love for Groom?

Traditionally, the marking of the passage to the status of husband and wife is marked by the exchange of rings. These rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end. Love freely given has no giver and no receiver – for each is the giver and each is the receiver. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have taken here today.

Groom place this ring on her finger and repeat after me:  “This ring, a gift for you, symbolizes my desire that you be my wife from this day forward.”

Bride place this ring on his finger and repeat after me: “This ring, a gift for you, symbolizes my wish that you be my husband from this day forward.”

Let these rings serve not as locks binding you together, but as keys, unlocking the secrets of your hearts for each other to know and thus bringing you closer together forever.

Eternal God, without your grace no promise is sure. Strengthen Bride and Groom with patience, kindness, gentleness and all the other gifts you so abundantly impart, that they may fulfill the vows they have made this day. Keep them faithful to each other and to you. Fill them with such love and joy that they may build a home of peace and welcome. And guide them by your word to serve you all their days. Amen,

I would like to take this opportunity to mention to you, the guests, that Bride and Groom will be spending a few moments alone together, immediately following the ceremony. This is a custom called Yichud, which means “union” in Hebrew. It gives the couple an opportunity to share, privately, the power and importance of this moment in their lives. They will return shortly to greet you.

Bride and Groom, having witnessed your vows for marriage with all who are assembled here and by the authority vested in me by this State, I announce with great joy that from this time on, you are husband and wife.

He then places two drinking glasses or goblets – something easily crushed underfoot – on the ground.

Stepping on this glass signifies remembering the past and moving to the future. You no longer belong to your parents’ houses, but to your own. As Bride and Groom break the glasses, I invite everyone to shout “Mazel Tov,” which means “Congratulations” and “Good Luck.”

As a sign of sealing your promises made to each here today, you may now kiss the Bride.

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