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Traditional 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 in the sight of God to join this man and this woman in Holy matrimony.
Into this Holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined.

It is the intent of God that your marriage will be for life and that only death can separate you.
And the vows that you exchange today be kept without violation.
*If you seek always to know and do the will of God, then your lives will be blessed with His presence.

Minister: to the Groom: ________________________,
Will you have this woman to be your lawful wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the Holy 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 after God’s ordinance, in the Holy 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.
* According to God’s Holy ordinance, and thereto, do I give thee my pledge.

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.
* According to God’s Holy ordinance, and thereto do I give thee my pledge.

Minister: the Rings
Do you have rings to present as a symbolic confirmation of your promise to each other?
The couple:
These rings!

Minister:
Wedding rings serve as a fitting symbol of the vows you have just spoken.

Bless these rings O Lord that the one who gives it and the one who wears it may abide in Thy peace and continue in Thy favor until their life’s end, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Minister: to the Groom:
{Repeat after me}
__________________, with this ring, I thee wed, in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, may it ever be a symbol of the unbroken bond of our love. Amen.

Minister: to the Bride:
{Repeat after me}
____________________, with this ring, I thee wed, in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, may it ever be a symbol of the unbroken bond of our love. Amen.

Minister:
_________________________ and ______________________
have written their own special vows and words of love and reaffirmation.
At this time they shall recite them to one another..
{The groom goes first.}
{If applicable, this page can be inserted where the bride and groom deems appropriate.}

Minister:
For as much as _________________ and _________________
have consented together in Holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company,
by the power of your love and commitment,
and by the authority committed unto me as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I declare that
________________________ and _______________________
are now husband and wife, according to the ordinance of God, and the law of the State of ______________.
I pronounce you husband and wife ______________
You may now seal your promise with a kiss to your lovely bride.

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

* Denotes this portion is optional to the couples.