Civil Religious Wedding

These wedding vows refer to God but is mainly about your relationship and the commitment of marriage. Add the unity candle wedding vows or glass breaking ceremony to make your Florida wedding a very traditional wedding experience.
When God created man he saw that it was not good for him to live alone. So, he prepared a helpmate and companion to live with man and share his life. He took not the woman from mans head, lest she should rule over him. Nor from his feet, lest he should trample upon her. But from his side that she should be his equal, and from close to his heart that he should love, cherish, and honor her.

Love and relationships are what life is about. Today we come joyfully to acknowledge the decisions of these two people (Groom) and (Bride) to share their love in the relationship of marriage. Therefore…

Dearly Beloved, We are gathered together here in the sight of God and in the presence of these witnesses to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony, which is an honorable estate instituted by love. It is therefore not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly and in the eyes of God. Into this holy estate these two persons come now to joined. If any man can show just cause why they may not be joined together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.

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Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
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(Groom)

will you have (Bride) to be your lawful wedded wife to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, keeping only unto her so long as you both shall live?

(Bride)
will you have (Groom) to be your lawful wedded husband to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him so long as you both shall live?

Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited, it is never rude or selfish, it does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s faults, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope. It is always ready to endure whatever comes. True love does not come to an end.

I (Groom) take (Bride) to be my wedded wife. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better and for worse, for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part.

I (Bride) take (Groom) to be my wedded husband. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better and for worse, for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part.

* insert optional prayers, poems or ceremonies.*

You have chosen these rings as the symbol of your marriage covenant. They are made of gold, a metal that does not tarnish and is enduring. These rings represent the ties that bind you together as husband and wife. They are an endless circle representing your marriage union which shall be eternal and pure as these rings.

With this ring, I wed you (Bride) for today, for tomorrow, and for all the years to come. Please wear it as a sign of my love and a notice to all the world that you have chosen me to be your loyal husband.

With this ring, I wed you (Groom) for today, for tomorrow, and for all the years to come. Please wear it as a sign of my love and a notice to all the world that you have chosen me to be your devoted wife.

For as much as (Groom) and (Bride) have consented together in holy wedlock and have witnessed the same before this company and there to have pledged their faiths each to the other, and have declared the same by joining hands and by giving or receiving rings; And now by the authority vested in me, but most of all by the power of your own love, I pronounce you are married. You may now call yourself those cherished names: Husband and Wife.

You may now kiss your bride.

Non Christian Couples with Christian Families

This ceremony below was written for a non-Christian couples with Christian families. They wanted a civil ceremony that would be meaningful for their religious guests while staying true to their own feelings. This ceremony includes a unity candle. The mothers light the two tapers after they are escorted down the aisle. You can also substitute a sand ceremony instead of a candle ceremony – for outside and beach weddings. The wind does not always agree with a unity candle ceremony.

Family and friends, we welcome you today to witness the marriage of [groom] and [bride]. You have shared and contributed to their lives in the past, and by witnessing their marriage ceremony today, [bride and groom] ask you to share in their future.

Marriage is a promise, made in the hearts of two people who love each other, which takes a lifetime to fulfill. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each others lover, teacher, listener, critic, and best friend.

It is into this state that [bride and groom] wish to enter.

Who gives their blessings to this union? (parents and/or guests say “we do”.)

If anyone present can show just cause as to why this couple may not be legally joined together, you should now declare it, or hereafter hold your peace. (silence)

Officiant: ‘I, [partner’s name], take you to be my lawfully wedded [husband/wife]. Before these witnesses I vow to love you and care for you as long as both shall live. I take you with all your faults and your strengths as I offer myself to you with my faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and I will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.’

[groom], do you take [bride] to be your wife? Will you love, honour, and cherish her, in good times and in bad, and do you promise to stay true to her as long as you both shall live? (groom) I do.

[bride], do you take [groom] to be your husband? Will you love, honour, and cherish him, in good times and in bad, and do you promise to stay true to him as long as you both shall live?  (bride) I do.

[bride and groom], may you pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage. To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate one another; to respect and cherish each others uniqueness, and to support, comfort, and strengthen each other through life’s joys and sorrows. May you promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as you build your lives together. May your lives be ever intertwined, your love keeping you together. May you build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect and honor for others and each other. May your home be forever filled with peace, happiness, and love.
[bride and groom], please face each other and hold hands. [groom], as you look at [bride], repeat these words after me:

(groom) I [groom], take you [bride], to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forth, to love, honor, and cherish, to comfort and respect, in sorrow or in joy, in hardship or in plenty, so long as we both shall live.

[bride], as you look at [groom], repeat these words after me:

(bride) I [bride], take you [groom], to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forth, to love, honor, and cherish, to comfort and respect, in sorrow or in joy, in hardship or in plenty, so long as we both shall live.

The ring is a symbol of unity into which your two lives are now joined in an unbroken circle; in which, wherever you go, you will return to one another.

(groom) [bride], I offer this ring as a symbol of my love and devotion. Let it always be a reminder of my vows to you.

(bride) [groom], I offer this ring as a symbol of my love and devotion. Let it always be a reminder of my vows to you.

[bride] and [groom], the two separate candles symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. I ask that each of you take one of the lit candles and that together you light the centre candle.

The individual candles represent your lives before today. Lighting the centre candle represents that your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining of your two families and circles of friends into one.

[bride] and [groom], may your home be a haven of peace and your relationship be one of truth and understanding. May you enjoy length of days, fulfillment of hopes, and peace and content of mind as you, day by day, live and fulfill the terms of this covenant you have made with one another.

And now, for as much as you have made your vows, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving your rings, I pronounce that you are husband and wife. [groom], you may kiss your bride!

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