We have come here today in celebration of the joining together of ____and____.
A marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable thought and reflection.
It is the most fragile of relationships and the strongest.
It's fragile because it requires exactly the right mix of freedom and interdependence,
of caring and sharing, of being together and of being alone.
As with any aspect of life, it has its cycles, its ups and downs, its trials and triumphs.
Remember that this marriage ceremony is only a symbol, a celebration, a public recognition
of what already exists in the silent places of your hearts.
This is your marriage, and not something created by the state or church--
it is your to define, yours to make real, yours to live.
Nothing I can say can make it anything more than what already exists in your hearts.
Your love came softly upon each other's hearts, just as flowers open softly before the sun,
and just as there will never be a morning without the sun's shining, may there never be a day without your love for each other.
Pledge yourselves to each other this day and promise to be as faithful, unchanging and dependable
as the seasons that visit this garden.
Just as the rain nourishes the earth and sustains life, may your constant love nourish and sustain each other until the end of time.
May you be not just lovers, but best friends as well.
For your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him in your hunger and you seek him for peace.
But when you part from your friend, you grieve not,
for that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
Let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone, though they quiver with the same music.
____,will you take____ as your wife, in happiness and with patience and understanding, through conflict and tranquility?
Do you ____, Knowing this woman's love for you and returning it, realizing her strengths, and learning from them, recognizing her weaknesses and helping her to overcome them, take ____ to be your lawfully wedded wife? (I Do)
____,will you take____as your husband, in happiness and with patience and understanding, through conflict and tranquility?
Do you____, Knowing this man's love for you and returning it, realizing his strengths and learning from them, recognizing his weaknesses and helping him to overcome them, take ____ to be your lawfully wedded husband? (I Do)
I,____take you____, to be my wife. I will love you with all that I am, with my honor, with my heart and with my loyalty.
The moment the sun rises, you are my first thought, and when the sun sets, it will be always you that fills my dreams.
I promise to always be a loving and faithful husband, to respect you as the proud and amazing person that you are, to encourage your dreams, and to support your hopes.
These promises are made with love, kept with faith and eternally made new.
I will be proud to be your husband.
I,____,take you____, to be my husband. I loved you before we ever met.
You were the hope that carried me, the vision that gave me strength.
The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you.
And now by some great miracle, you are here.
I promise to love you for all the days of my life, that you will be the one that I share my dreams with,
my hopes with, my heart with and my soul with.
We will build together, grow together, and laugh together.
I will be proud to be your wife.
The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual union.
The ring is a symbol of the commitment you are making to each other.
Your rings are sacred circles. A circle is the symbol of wholeness, peace and unity.
As circles, your rings have no beginning and no ending.
They are symbols of this growing relationship you have come to celebrate and confirm.
You wear them with the blessing that you have a partner in life, and that you are each other's life partner.
May the Lord bless these rings that you give as a sign of your love and devotion.
____,as a sign of your love and faithfulness, place the ring on ____'s finger and repeat after me:
"With this ring I wed thee, and with all that I am I honor thee.
With this ring I give you my heart, for I have no greater gift to give".
____and____, may this marriage be your sanctuary, your haven from worldly pain.
"Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now you will feel no loneliness, for each of you will be companionship to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life between you.
Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your life together."
(American Indian Prayer)
As the sea is eternal, so be your love.
As the wind is all encompassing, so be your love.
Go now in joy and live with gratitude as you create your future together.
May you always create a home together that puts in your hearts,
Love Generosity and Kindness.
In as much as ____and____ have declared their love to each other before witnesses,
I now greet them as husband and wife.
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sunshine be warm upon your faces,
and the rain fall softly upon your fields.
May the light of friendship guide your paths together.