Welcome:

Welcome. In the eyes of God and each other, we are here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to cherish the words that will unite (Groom) and (Bride) in marriage.

Opening:

(Groom) and (Bride), in the days ahead of you, there will be times of conflict and times of joy. Harmony will be your reward if you follow this advice.


-Let your love be stronger than your anger.
-Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break.
-Look for the best in your beloved rather than the worst.
-Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
-Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.
-Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindnesses you bestow

on your friends.
-Say "I love you" every day.

And I ask you to remember what First Corinthians, Chapter 13, teaches us of love: Love is patient and kind; Love is not jealous or boastful; It is not arrogant or rude; Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; It does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love is never-ending.

Vows:

(Groom) and (Bride), I remind you that marriage is a precious gift; a lifelong dedication to love and a daily challenge to love one another more fully and more freely.

With this understanding, do you (Groom) take (Bride) to be your beloved wife? Do you promise to be a tender, faithful husband? Do you promise to love, honor, and cherish her, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse and to be faithful only to her for so long as you both shall live?

((Groom)) --"I Will" (or “I Do”)

With this understanding, do you (Bride) take (Groom) to be your beloved husband? Do you promise to be a tender, faithful wife? Do you promise to love, honor, and cherish him, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse and to be faithful only to him for so long as you both shall live?

((Bride)) --"I Will" (or “I Do”)

Rings:

(Groom) and (Bride) have chosen rings as outward symbols of the commitment they make today. From earliest times, the ring has been a symbol of committed love. An unbroken and never-ending circle symbolizes a commitment to love that is also never ending. We ask that God bless these rings and this union of souls.

(Groom), place the ring you have chosen on (Bride)'s finger and say to her these words:

-This ring/ A gift for you/ Symbolizes my desire/ That you be my wife/ From this day forward.

(Bride), place the ring you have chosen on (Groom)'s finger and say to him these words:

-This ring/ A gift for you/ Symbolizes my desire/ That you be my husband/ From this day forward.

(Groom) and (Bride), 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.

Consecration:

Let us pray. God, bless this couple that you see before you this day. Give them the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love. Help them to continue building a relationship founded in respect and rich in caring. May (Groom) and (Bride) see each other as healer, protector, shelter and guide. Amen.

Pronouncement:

(Groom) and (Bride), having witnessed your vows for marriage, and by the authority vested in me by God and the Great State of Ohio, I announce that you are husband and wife.

Closing:

May the sun bring you new energy by day. May the moon softly restore you by night. May the rain wash away your worries. And may you live the days of your lives in peace, love, and happiness.


Kiss: You may seal your vows with a kiss.