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Sample Ceremony 1 Commencement My friends, we are gathered here to celebrate your happiness as you exchange your wedding vows. The ceremony itself is just a symbol of the true marriage. The true marriage is invisible, a sacred union of hearts and lives bound together by the strongest and yet the most tender of all ties. It is a union created out of friendship, out of respect, and out of love. Two lives, two hearts joined in friendship and love. We are all rejoicing with you, that you two have found each other, that you can share the deeper meaning of the human experience with each other. But, even now, your future with all its hopes and disappointments, its successes and sorrows, is still hidden from your eyes. But love can make it easy and perfect love will make it a joy! Dedication A wedding is a celebration of the commencement of a new chapter in your journey together, and marriage is a formal expression of that life-long commitment, friendship, and love. Marriage is what you make of it. Your future is a mystery, but whatever it holds, whatever you undertake together will bring you inestimable joy. In presenting yourselves here today to be joined in marriage, you perform an act of faith. If you can recognize each other’s needs and compromise, together you will find a sense of personal freedom, as well as personal responsibility. Working together, you will find in each other companionship and love, understanding and compassion, challenge and agreement. Individually, neither of you are perfect. Perfection lies in the two of you loving and working together, as equal partners. To be loved is to know happiness and contentment. To give love is to know the joy of sharing oneself. It is through the miracle of love that we discover the fullness of life. Bride and Groom, in presenting yourselves here today to be joined in marriage, you perform an act of faith. This faith can grow and develop and last, but only if you both decide to make it so. A lasting and growing love is not guaranteed by any ritual. If you would have the foundation of your marriage be the devotion you have for one another, not just at this moment, but for all the days to come, then treasure the hopes and dreams that you bring here today. Establish that your love will never be blotted out by the common, nor obscured by the ordinary in life. Faults will surface where now you find comfort, and admiration can be shattered by the routine of daily life. Dedication, love, and joy can grow only when you nourish them together. Stand fast in that hope and confidence, having faith in your shared destiny just as strongly as you have faith in yourselves and in one another today. Only with this spirit can you forge a union that will strengthen and endure all the days of your lives. Vows Today you choose to marry; to take one another forever into your hearts, and loving each other fully, you will promise that you shall be steadfast always in your love. You are choosing to take this journey with one another, wherever it leads, whatever the outcome, no matter what may befall


you, through all the days of your lives. Are you ready to make the pledges to which you commit yourselves to each other in sacred matrimony? Both: Yes! repeat Bride: I, Bride, take you, Groom, to be no other than yourself; loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not yet know; with respect for your integrity and faith in your love for me through all our years and in all that life may bring us. Groom: I, Groom, take you, Bride, to be no other than yourself; loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not yet know; with respect for your integrity and faith in your love for me through all our years and in all that life may bring us. Blessing and Exchanging of Rings May we please have the rings? A circle is the symbol of the sun and the earth, and of the universe. It is a symbol of wholeness, and perfection, and of peace. The rings you give and receive this day, then, are symbols of the circle of shared love into which you enter together as husband and wife. May these rings remind you always of the love you share on this day. Bride: I give you this ring as a symbol that I am part of your journey, and you are a part of mine. With this ring I thee wed, and share my life, and pledge my love. Groom: I give you this ring as a symbol that I am part of your journey, and you are a part of mine. With this ring I thee wed, and share my life, and pledge my love. Blessing May your love and your understanding grow with the years. May you seek each other's happiness and recognize each other's needs. May your shared adventure always be rich with moments of both serenity and excitement. Life's problems will test you, and life's successes will lift you up. Together you will find a sense of personal freedom, as well as personal responsibility. May you find in each other companionship and love, understanding and compassion, challenge and agreement. May you find peace in your place in the universe and in our midst. May you feel the love of each other always. Go in peace. Pronouncement Bride and Groom, your vows have been witnessed by those who love you and you have exchanged symbols of your everlasting commitment. I, therefore, have the great joy and honor to declare that you are now, and forever, husband and wife. You may seal your marriage with a kiss!

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