Wedding Vows


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Wedding Vows and Ceremonials

You may choose from some of our more popular wedding vows below, or tell our Minister about yourself and your wedding dreams and we will find vows perfect for the two of you. And of course, you are welcome to bring your own wedding vows and ceremonial requests for the Minister on your sacred day.

Non-Denominational Vows

We are gathered her today to witness the coming together of two people, (bride’s name) and (groom’s name) whose hearts and spirits are entwined as one. They now desire to profess before all the world their intention henceforth to walk the road of life together.

Beautiful Skies at Logan ShoalsJust as two different threads woven in opposite directions can form a beautiful tapestry, so can your two lives merge together to form a beautiful marriage.

This marriage is an event in the lifetime of a love. 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 lies but delights in the truth, it is always read to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes. Above all, love never fails.

Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, and commitment is stronger, and even anger is felt more strongly, but passes away more quickly. You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of a deep trust as well. You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities, and to share love. What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life, to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain?

Neither I, nor all society, can join you two today. Only you can do what you have chosen. You are joining yourselves, each to the other. As you find union with one another, you proclaim that union today and pledge its future. We, by our participation in this celebration, do but recognize and honor their intention to live together as husband and wife.

Please repeat after me..

GROOM: I_______________take you__________________ to be my wedded wife, from this day forth. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer. I promise my love to you.

BRIDE: “I _____________take you __________________ to be my wedded husband, from this day forth. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer. I promise my love to you.

The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. These rings symbolize your new life together, for they are never ending and always beginning. They stand as a seal of the vows that _______________and________________ have made to one another. Bless o god these rings, which these two, who give them and who wear them, may ever abide in thy peace. Living in unity, love and happiness.

Please repeat after me; Groom_______________ I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows, our love, with all that I am And all that I have I honor you, with this ring I thee wed.

(place the ring her finger please)

Please repeat after me;

Bride______________ I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows, our love, with all that I am and all that I have I honor you with this ring I thee wed.

(place the ring on his finger please)

I would like now, to add at this moment, a blessing from our native Indians, who named this very special place Tahoe, lake of the sky: 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 each other. Now you will feel no loneliness, for you will be a companion to the other. Now you are two bodies, but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place, to enter the days of your life together. And may your days be good, and long upon the earth.

Because they have so affirmed, in love and knowledge of the other, and with the power vested in me by the state of California, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife.

You may now kiss the bride.

 

Christian Wedding Vows

We are gathered her today to witness the coming together of two people, (bride’s name) and (groom’s name) whose hearts and spirits are entwined as one.  They now desire to profess before all the world their intention henceforth to walk the road of life together.

Beautiful Shores at Camp Richardson

This marriage is an event in the lifetime of a love.  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 sins but delights in the truth; it is always read to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.  Love does not come to an end.

The happiness of the one person in all the world whom you love best.  You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of a deep trust as well.  You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities, and to share love.  What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life, to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain?

We are gathered here , in the presence of god and of this company, so that ________ and ________ may be united in Holy Matrimony, we are here to celebrate and share in the glorious act that God is about to perform – the act by which He converts their love for one another into the holy and sacred estate of marriage.

This relationship is an honorable and sacred one, established by our creator and for the welfare and happiness of mankind, and approved by the apostle Paul as honorable among all men. It is designed to unite two sympathies and hopes into one, and it rests upon the mutual confidence and devotion of husband and wife.

May it be in extreme thoughtfulness and reverence, and in dependence upon divine guidance, that you enter into this holy and sacred estate of marriage.

Please repeat after me……

GROOM:  “I___________take you ____________to be my wedded wife, from this day forth. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer. I promise my love to you.”

BRIDE:  “,I ____________take you_____________ to be my wedded husband, from this day forth. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, I promise my love to you.”

The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love.  It is a seal of the vows (bride’s name) and (groom’s name) have made to one another.  Bless O god these rings that (bride’s name) and(groom’s name) who give them, and who wear them, may ever abide in thy peace.  Living together in unity, love and happiness for the rest of their lives.

Please repeat after me……

GROOM: “Bride’s name, I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you.  With this ring I thee wed”

BRIDE: “Groom’s name, I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you.  With this ring I thee wed”

Ladies and gentleman, let us bow our heads in prayer.

Our father, we come here today asking your blessing upon these two lives and this home being established. WE are thankful for the love we see here and even more for the love we feel from you. May we never take this love for granted.

We pray that your love will be a shield and stay for _______  and _______. When joy comes may they share it together, when sorrow threatens, may they beat it together. In gladness or in tears, in sunshine or in shadows, may they draw ever closer to each other and to you.

Grant them patience, gentleness, forbearance and understanding, and protect their home from those forces that would break it apart. We ask for health, long life , for the fulfillment of every good dream. May their love continue through life and finally be blended into eternal life. Give them such fulfillment and mutual affection that they may reach out in love and concern for others, and grant that all married persons who have witnessed these vows find their lives strengthened and their loyalties confirmed.

In Jesus’s name we pray,

Amen.

Because they have so affirmed in love and knowledge of the other, and in Jesus’s name I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may kiss the bride.

 

Renewal of Vows

Christmas Valley

We are gathered here today to celebrate with _________ and ________ as they renew the vows of holy matrimony. Today is a special day – it is a day of love.

Love – love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous, love is never rude or selfish, it does not take offense, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s lies but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.   __________ and ___________ you are proof that love does not come to an end.

Marriage is a commitment to life—to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other.

___________ and ____________ cherish each other. The finest of human emotions, both protective and compassionate.

You have experienced the sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal. A physical and emotional joining that has been promised for a lifetime. Within the circle of its love marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships.

Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, commitment is stronger, even anger is felt more strongly and passes away more quickly.

You have added to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of a deep trust as well. You have agreed to share strength, responsibilities and to share love.

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life, to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain?

Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences and new ways of expressing love throughout the seasons of life. When you pledged to love and care for each other in marriage, you created a spirit unique to yourselves and this binds you closer than any spoken words.

Marriage is a promise made in the hearts of two people, which takes a lifetime to fulfill.

No marriage is perfect. As you continue in this union you already know that it will continue to take a lot of love and work to keep your relationship an ongoing success.        ______________and______________

as you continue your journey together, I ask you to remember this advice:

let your love be stronger than your anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break. Believe the best of your beloved rather than the worst. Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it. Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship. Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindnesses you bestow on your friends. And say “I love you” every day.

A Quiet Stream at Christmas Valley

Groom and bride have rings as the outward symbols of your ongoing commitment to each other. From earliest times, the ring has been a symbol of wedded love. An unbroken and never-ending circle symbolizes a commitment to love that is also never ending.

___________hold______________”s hand, touch her (his) ring, symbolically giving it to her again. Please repeat after me: From this day on I recommit myself to you, and this ring is a symbol of my pledge.

(repeat)

Now let us renew your vows – please join hands.

___________ please repeat after me-

I choose you _____________ to be my wife (husband) and I commit myself to stand by you in sickness and health, through adversity and prosperity, I promise you all my love now and forever.

(repeat)

___________and_____________, on behalf of those present (family and friends) I pronounce you once again husband and wife.

You may kiss your bride.


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