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.

What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. Forasmuch as Groom and Bride have consented together in holy matrimony and have witnessed the same before God and this company and have pledged their love and loyalty to each other and have declared the same by the joining and the giving of rings, I, therefore, by the authority of the state, pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Groom may kiss the Bride. I now present to you Mr and Mrs _____ .

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


Most clergy in churches that don’t have formal liturgies that have to be followed to the letter will be flexible to a point. Even so, don’t expect most pastors to agree to include anything Muslim or Buddhist unless all references to non-Christian gods are removed.

In this ceremony, the preacher says:

Dearly beloved: We have come together in the presence of God to witness and bless the joining together of this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony. The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation and our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church and Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all people.

The union of husband and wife in heart, body and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is God’s will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord. Therefore marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.”