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Civil Ceremony Script

Minister:
Please stand in respect of the bride!

You may be seated.

(Ask (bride) and (groom) if ready)

I wish to thank all the family and friends for being present to witness the marriage between (bride) and (groom).

Welcome to this happy celebration.

Let us begin.

Minister:
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here together to join this man and this woman in matrimony. Into this estate these two persons present, come now, to be joined.
It is the intent that your marriage will be for life and that only death can separate you. And that the vows you exchange today be kept without violation.

Minister: to the Groom: _________________
Will you have this woman to be your lawful wedded wife, to live together in the estate of matrimony?
will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others,
and keeping yourself only unto her, so long as you both shall live?

Groom:
I will.

Minister: to the Bride: ________________________
Will you have this man to be your lawful wedded husband, to live together, in the estate of matrimony?
will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others,
and keeping yourself only unto him, so long as you both shall live?

Bride:
I will.

Minister:
Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

Bride’s father or friend:
I do.

{If applicable, this page can be inserted where the bride and groom deems appropriate.}

Minister: to the Groom:
{Repeat after me:}

I, __________, take you, ____________, to be my lawful wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, for the rest of my days.

Minister: to the Bride:
{Repeat after me:}

I, _______________, take you, _________________, to be my lawful wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, for the rest of my days.

Minister

Do you have rings to present as a symbolic confirmation of your promise to each other?

Couples:
These rings!

Minister:
Wedding rings serve as a fitting symbol of the vows you have just spoken. May these rings bring peace and prosperity to the one who gives it, and to the one who wears it until their life’s end.

Minister: to the Groom:
{Repeat after me:}
__________________, with this ring, I thee wed, may it ever be a symbol of the unbroken bond of our love.

Minister: to the Bride:
{Repeat after me:}
____________________, with this ring, I thee wed, may it ever be a symbol of the unbroken bond of our love.

Minister: _________________________ and _________________________
have written their own special vows and words of love and reaffirmation.
At this time they shall recite them to one another.

{Groom goes first}

{If applicable}
Minister:
For as much as _________________ and _________________
have consented together in wedlock, and have witnessed the same before this company,

by the authority committed unto me, I declare that
________________________ and _______________________
are now husband and wife, according to the law of the State of ___________________________.

I pronounce you husband and wife.

(to the groom) You may now seal your promise with a kiss to your lovely bride.

And now I present unto you Mr. and Mrs. ______________