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Here is a small sampling of the services i have. I can show you over 15 different Marriage services from Elopement to the top of the line Full Service Wedding ceremony with Roses Communion Wine Candle Service  and Arrival at your wedding in a Horse and carriage.



Traditional Christian Wedding Ceremony



Welcome Family and Friends




We are gathered here today in the sight of God and angels, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite _____________and________________ in holy matrimony.



Marriage is a most honorable estate, created and Instituted by God, signifying unto us the mystical union, which also rests between Christ and the Church; so too may this marriage be adorned by true and abiding love.



Should there be anyone who has cause why this couple should not be united in marriage, they must speak now or forever hold their peace.

(If bride is escorted forward)



Who is it that brings this woman to this man? (If the father, he may answer “her mother and I”, “her father on behalf of the family” or simply “I do” . He will place the bride’s hand with the groom’s and steps back.



______________and____________________ life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is give to us by our family and friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of life’s greatest challenges and is the shared goal of a married life.




But a husband and wife should not confuse love of worldly measures for even if worldly success is found, only love will maintain a marriage. Mankind did not create love; love is created by God.

The measure of true love is a love both freely given and freely accepted, just as God’s love of us is unconditional and free.



Today truly is a glorious day the Lord hath made – as today both of you are blessed with God’s greatest of all gifts – the gift of abiding love and devotion between a man and a woman   



 All present here today – and those here in heart – wish both of you all the joy, happiness and success and the world has to offer.

As you travel through life together, I caution you to remember that the true measure of success, the true avenue to joy and peace, is to be found within the love you hold in your hearts. I would ask that you hold the key to your heart very tightly.



Within the Bible, nothing is of more importance that love. We are told the crystalline and beautiful truth: “God is Love”. We are assured that “Love conquers all”. It is love, which brings you here today, the union of two hearts and two spirits.

honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others

and holding only to him forevermore?
(“I do”)




As your lives continue to interweave as one pattern, remember that it was love that brought you here today, it is love that will make this a glorious union, and it is love which will cause this union to endure.




Vows


(You may selection other vows, pick for our different denomination vows, or write your own)




Would you please face each other and join hands.

(Groom) ___________________do you take _________________to be your wife?



Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others



and holding only to her forevermore?
(“I do”)





(Bride) ________________do you take_________________ to be your Husband?


Do you promise to love,





Vows to be repeated  (you may change these vows or write your own)




(Groom) I,________________ take thee _________________, to be my wife.
 To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer.
 I promise my love to you forevermore.




(Bride) I,___________________ take thee ________________ to be my Husband.
 To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer.
  I promise my love to you forevermore.



Exchange of Rings
(rings are not required for a marriage ceremony)



(If a song is being sung, it is often added at this point)



Additional Reading – often from “Ephesians”

(Some couples delete this passage from the ceremony)



In Ephesians, the relationship between husband and wife is compared to between Christ and the church:


______________________ and ___________________ as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another.



 Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together – as from this day forward you shall be each other’s home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect.



Prayer if desired. Your choice use or not .




If there are minor children coming into the marriage, it is important they be mentioned in the prayer.
" Please provide their names when filling out the Questionnaire"




Some couples will have the minister ask guests to join in the Lord’s Prayer or it may be sung or played in tape – CD. Other couples will ask someone else to read the prayer or say their own prayer.



Unity Candles

(If unity candles are used – optional – it will be at this point in the ceremony.)

 “___________________ and ________________ the two lighted candies symbolize your separate lives, your separate families and your separate sets of friends. I ask that you each take one candle and that together you light the center candle.




The individual candies represent your individual lives before today. Lighting the center candle represents that your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining together of your two families and sets of friends to one.

”(You can also involve children in the unity candle ceremony )

 




Pronouncement as Husband & Wife






____________________ and ___________________in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Matrimony, have promised your love

for each other by these vows, the giving of these rings and the joining of your hands,

I now declare you to be husband and wife.





Benediction  (may be deleted if you wish)




May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance unto you, and give you peace. By the Authority of the State of New York I now Announce that you are officially  Husband and Wife.


Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.





I present to you Mr. and Mrs. ____________________________. You may now kiss your Bride .






(After the couple have exited, I will thank everyone for coming on the Bride and Groom behalf and make any reception announcements you wish.)






 




                                                                                                          Simple Civil Wedding Service No Fluff






Welcome to family and friends  of the bride and Groom today



Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of friends and family to witness and bless the joining together of this man and this woman in holy matrimony.




The union of husband and wife in heart, body and mind is intended for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity therefore, marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but solemnly, deliberately and joyfully. Into this union now come to be

 _______________ and _____________  asked to be joined in marriage today.





____________ will you have this woman to be your wife; to live together in the bonds of marriage?



Will you love her, comfort her, honor her, and keep her in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you shall live?


I WILL








_____________ will you have this man to be your husband; to live together I the covenant of marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you shall live?


I WILL





Vows:




Groom Repeat after me:




I ___________         take you             _________



 To be my wedded wife.  To have and    to hold From this day forward, For better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness And in health To love and to cherish For as long as we both shall live, this is my solemn vow.





Bride_____________     Repeat after me:






I ___________        take you           _________  



To be my wedded husband. To have and to hold From this day forward,




For better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness And in health .




To love and to cherish For as long as we both shall live, this is my solemn vow.





Rings:
May I have the rings please.




From the earliest of times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of love that is never ending. As often as either of you look at this symbol, be reminded of the commitment to love each other.




They exchange rings place on each others finger and speak  the sentence below






______________I give you this ring as a symbol of my love.





_____________ I give you this ring as a symbol of my love.





_______ and ___________ you have now affirmed before your family and friends your love and care for each other.






May the challenges of your life together be met with courage and optimism. May you learn from your failures and grow in your achievements.





 May your life together bless you with family and friends who love and support you




May you face troublesome times with a stout, but light heart. May you share with others the radiance of your seasons of joy and pleasure.






May you always remember that a sense of humor and saying “I’m sorry” are both magical and healing.




May the spirit of love be ever a part of your lives. So that the union we here celebrate this day be worthy of continued celebration tomorrow, tomorrow and tomorrow.




Before this gathering __________- and _________- have promised each other their love and have given each other rings to wear as a sign of their deep commitment.




Therefore, by the power vested in my by the State of New York ........     I Minister Ladabouch do here by proclaim… that you are husband and wife.





You may kiss as Husband and Wife







                                                                          Officiant: Welcome, family, friends and loved ones.




We are gathered here today,

surrounded by the beauty of creation and nurtured by the sights and sounds of nature to
celebrate the wedding of ______ and ______.


You have come here from nearby and from far away to share in this commitment now they make to one another, to offer your love and support to their union, and to allow ____ and  _____ to start their married life together surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them.



______ and _____ thank you for your presence here today. They ask for your blessing,
encouragement, and lifelong support, for their decision to be married.



They also remember other loved ones who cannot be here to share this moment with them today. Those people too, they hold dear in their hearts.


 If  you want to add in a Mothers Rose Ceremony it goes here. Mothers Rose is where both Mothers are presented with a Red Rose Baby's Breath  as a gift from the children. I read a passage of how much your children love you and how hard you worked to bring them to this special day today. I go on to Thank you for the wonderful job you have done your children will pass on  and remember all the ways your taught them and use them with their families upbringing.




I explain to the audience,  It is now time for the  BRIDE and GROOM or Matron of honor and Best man  to   now present their mothers of Bride and Groom  with flowers, as symbols of eternal gratitude for their unconditional love, their unyielding strengths in times of hardship, and for all the selfless sacrifices they have made for their children from their children.


I read this out while roses are given to the Mothers


"Marriage is a coming together of two lives, and a celebration of the love of two people.
But it is more.
The love that you feel for one another is the flowering of a seed your mothers planted in your hearts many years ago.
When you were first born, you were a bundle of diapers and tears, and your mothers lost sleep caring for you.
Their love for you has brought them great happiness and great challenges, and their love did not diminish as they met these challenges.

That is the great lesson you can bring into your marriage.
As you embrace one another in your love, so too do you embrace the families that have been brought together on this happy occasion.
As a token of your gratitude for your families, I would like to ask you to offer these symbols of eternal love

These Roses are a promise that no matter how far away you are that you are not forgotten and that you are always in their hearts.
This wedding is also a celebration of family.
It is the blending of two families, separate up to this moment, but united from this day forward.

Parents plant so that their children may harvest.
Mothers cry when their children hurt, and welcome pain and burden to given their sons and daughters the gift of life.

They would also like to acknowledge the love and sacrifice that each mother has made to make her children who they are today – – a man and woman who are ready to be in a committed, loving marriage of their own.
It is only out of families that new families emerge.
They thank you for everything you have instilled in them".



Now I proceed


_____ and _______, marriage is the promise between two people who love each other, who trust
that love, who honor one another as individuals in that togetherness, and who wish to spend
the rest of their lives together.




 It enables the two separate souls to share their desires,
longings, dreams, and memories, their joys and sorrows, and to help each other through all
uncertainties of life.



A strong marriage also nurtures each of you as separate individuals and
allows you to maintain your unique identity and grow in your own way through the years
ahead. It is a safe haven for each of you to become your best self while together you become
better than ever could be alone.


You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship
and blessing of a deep trust. You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities and love. To
make this relationship work, therefore, takes more than love.




 It takes trust, to know in your hearts that you want only the best for each other. It takes dedication, to stay open to one
another, to learn and grow, even when it is difficult to do so. And it takes faith, to go forward
together without knowing what the future holds for you both.




DECLARATION OF INTENT AND SHARING OF VOWS




_______ and ________, please join hands, look at one another now and remember this moment in
time.



Officiant   to    Groom : _______, please take ______ hand and repeat after me.




Brides Name _______, I take you as you are/ loving who you are now and who you are yet to become/ I promise from this day forward/ To be grateful for our love and our life/ To be generous with my time, my energy and my affection/ To be patient with you and with myself/ To fill our life with adventure and our home with laughter/ To encourage you to grow as an individual, and inspire you to do so/ To love you completely/ These things I pledge before you, our friends and our family





Officiant: Bride _____, please take Grooms _______ hand and repeat after me.



Groom _____, I take you as you are,/ loving who you are now and who you are yet to become./ I promise from this day forward/ To be grateful for our love and our life/ To be generous with my time, my energy and my affection/ To be patient with you and with myself/ To fill our life with adventure and our home with laughter/ To encourage you to grow as an individual, and inspire you to do so/ To love you completely/ These things I pledge before you, our friends and our family




Officiant: Groom_______  do you take Bride ______ to be your wife?

Grooms Reply  : I do.




Officiant: Bride _______, do you take  Groom _____ to be your husband?

 Brides reply  ________: I do.




 
BLESSING AND GIVING OF RINGS

Officiant: Please present the rings
Your wedding ring is a symbol of your promise to one another. The ring, an unbroken, never ending circle, is a symbol of committed, unending love.

Groom ______, as you place this ring on Brides______ finger, repeat these words after me:

This ring symbolizes my love for you/ and the commitments we made today

Bride_______, as you place this ring on Grooms _______ finger, repeat these words after me:

 This ring symbolizes my love for you/ and the commitments we made today


 
CONCLUSION & PRONOUNCEMENT


Bride _____ and  Groom ______, you have come here today of your own free will and in the presence of family and friends, have declared your love and commitment to each other. You have given and received a ring as a symbol of your promises.



 By the power of your love and commitment to each other, and by the power vested in me by the state of New York , I Minister Ladabouch  now pronounce you husband and wife.



 You may now share your first kiss as husband and wife.



Congratulations. Friends and family, I now present to you the newly married couple.

Let’s hear it for them  !