Welcome Family and Friends:
There are many things to say about marriage. Much wisdom concerning the joining together of two souls, has come our way through all paths of belief, and from many cultures. With each union, more knowledge is gained and more wisdom gathered. Though we are unable to give all this knowledge to these two, who stand before us, we can hope to wisdom gathered. Though we are unable to give all this knowledge to these two, who stand before us, we can hope to leave with them the knowledge of love and its strengths and the anticipation of the wisdom that comes with time. The law of life is love unto all beings. Without love, life is nothing, without love, death has no redemption.
The law of life is love unto all beings. Without love, life is nothing, without love, death has no redemption.

Bringing of the Bride:
Others would ask, at this time, who gives the bride in marriage, but, as a woman is not property to be bought and sold, given or taken, I ask simply if she comes of her own will and if she has her family's blessing.

(Bride), is it true that you come of your own free will and accord? Bride:

“Yes, it is true.”

With whom do you come and whose blessings accompany you. Father/Brother/Son, etc:

“She comes with me, her {Father/Brother/Son, etc}, and is accompanied by all of her family's blessings.”

Opening:
If we learn no more in life, let it be this: Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable thought and reflection. As with any aspect of life, it has its cycles, its ups and its downs, its trials and its triumphs. With full understanding of this, (Bride) and (Groom) have come here today to be joined as one in marriage.

Please join hands with your betrothed and listen to that which I am about to say: Above you are the stars, below you are the stones, as time doth pass, remember... Like a stone should your love be firm like a star should your love be constant. Let the powers of the mind and of the intellect guide you in your marriage, let the strength of your wills bind you together, let the power of love and desire make you happy, and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable. Be close, but not too close. Possess one another, yet be understanding. Have patience with one another, for storms will come, but they will pass quickly. Be free in giving affection and warmth. Have no fear and let not the ways of the unenlightened give you unease, for God is with you always.

(You may wish to add a reading or song here)

Rings:

(Groom), I have not the right to bind thee to (Bride), only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time and place your ring in her hand. GROOM: “It is my wish.”

(Bride), if it be your wish for (Groom) to be bound to you, place the ring on his finger. (places ring on Groom's left ring finger)

(Bride), I have not the right to bind thee to (Groom) only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time and place your ring in his hand. BRIDE: “It is my wish.”

(Groom), if it be your wish for (Bride) to be bound to you, place the ring on her finger (places ring on Bride's left ring finger)

Vows:
(Groom), repeat after me:
I, (Groom) / in the name of the spirit of God / that resides within us all / by the life that courses within my blood / and the love that resides within my heart / take thee (Bride) / to my hand / my heart / and my spirit / to be my chosen one / to desire thee / and be desired by thee / to possess thee / and be possessed by thee / without sin or shame / for naught can exist / in the purity of my love for thee / I promise to love thee wholly / and completely / without restraint / in sickness and in health / in plenty and in poverty / in life and beyond / where we shall meet, remember and love again / I shall not seek to change thee in any way / I shall respect thee / thy beliefs / thy people / and thy ways / as I respect myself.

(Bride), repeat after me:
I, (Bride) / in the name of the spirit of God / that resides within us all / by the life that courses within my blood / and the love that resides within my heart / take thee (Groom) / to my hand / my heart / and my spirit / to be my chosen one / to desire thee / and be desired by thee / to possess thee / and be possessed by thee / without sin or shame / for naught can exist / in the purity of my love for thee / I promise to love thee wholly / and completely / without restraint / in sickness and in health / in plenty and in poverty / in life and beyond / where we shall meet, remember and love again / I shall not seek to change thee in any way / I shall respect thee / thy beliefs / thy people / and thy ways / as I respect myself.

(You may wish to add a reading or song here)

Closing:

--Officiant takes the chalice from the table and holds it out to the Bride and Groom, saying:


-"May you drink your fill from the cup of love."

Being held by both, the Bride sips from the cup, then the Groom. The chalice is then handed back to the Officiant, who sets it on the table.

Pronouncement:
By the power vested in me by God and the State, I now pronounce you husband and wife.
May your love so endure that its flame remains a guiding light unto you.

Kiss:
You may now seal your vows with a kiss.

Presentation:
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife:

(Groom) and (Bride)