The official says: 

We meet today by the sea to have Groom and Bride become one by the border of this constant and unlimited force.

And as these waters, Bride and Groom, may your love be limitless, flowing and ever-changing . May your love forever redefine itself. May your love hold within it the essence of life.

In pledging your lives and love to one another for all the days that remain to you, Groom and Bride, we acknowledge the changes in your existence and celebrate your commitment to a strong, loving relationship. May your love touch and enrich all those with whom you come in contact, as these waters touch and nourish the many shores of the earth.

Love came softly upon your hearts, Bride and Groom, just as the foam comes softly upon the sand and just as there will never be a morning without the ocean’s flow, so there will never be a day without your love for each other.

Groom, in placing this ring on Bride’s finger, repeat after me:

Bride, this ring I give you, my personal gift and my personal promise, of love and trust for all the days of our lives.

Bride, in placing this ring on Groom’s finger, repeat after me:

Groom, this ring I give you, my personal gift and my personal promise of love and trust for all the days of our lives.

As we stand here in the ocean tide, may your love always be as constant and unchanging as these never ending waves that pour beneath our feet, flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea.

Since Groom  and Bride have pledged their love and commitment to each other before these witnesses, I declare that they are husband and wife.

As these waters nourish the earth and sustain life, may your constant love nourish and sustain you both until the end of time.

Congratulations! You may kiss each other, Bride and Groom!

The Civil Ceremony in the Judge's Office
A Longer Longer Civil Ceremony  
A Basic Christian Ceremony
A Longer Christian Ceremony
A Wine Ceremony
The Seven Steps 
Beach Wedding
Interfaith Ceremony 
Super Short Ceremony


This ceremony was written for a couple that consisted of a Christian girl and a Jewish man who wished that their families’ important traditions be included. Not all clergy will cooperate. Some will.

In this ceremony, the couple and the clergyman stand under a canopy which can be fancy or plain, held up by four poles born by four witnesses. The clergyman or other official says:

We are gathered here today in the presence of God to give thanks for the gift of marriage and to witness the joining together of Bride and Groom. In the Jewish and Christian traditions, marriage is a sign of our Creator’s intention for wholeness in all creation. Out of the chaos, God brought order. That creative purpose is still at work. The joining together of two persons into one unique, intimate and creative unity in marriage is therefore not only a symbol but also a demonstration of the well-being, the shalom, the purpose of human society. And so marriage is truly a celebration of God’s good work in creation.