Sample Ceremonies

Sample Ceremonies

Most wedding ceremonies nowadays are about 15-25 minutes in length. Below are 2 very short sample wedding ceremonies about 7 minutes long.  The first is a traditional religious ceremony and the second is one that is non-religious with a more modern twist to it.

Ceremony 1

Opening Welcome

Welcome,

We are gathered here along the banks of the Cosumnes River in sight of God and in the presence of family and friends to join together this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony.  Marriage is not a private affair.  It is the union of two families; two systems of roots in the hope that a new family tree will be come strong and fruitful. It is a sacred bond between two people, pledged to love each other, trust each other, and face all of life together.  It is built of imponderable things of the spirit: things like loyalties, memories, imagination, sacrifices, joy, laughter and tears. There is no relationship which is stronger, yet more delicate, than this union to which Francis and Frank have now come to commit themselves. It is therefore, not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, soberly, and in the face of God.  It is fitting, therefore, that we should begin by seeking God’s blessing for this marriage service. Let us pray…

Dear Father, we pray that you will bless Francis & Frank as they begin this new journey together. In all the experiences of life, may they always stay close to You and to each other as they share the joys and blessings as well as the trials and heartaches. Help them to honor and keep the promises they make here today, and remind them daily of Your great love for them so they, in turn, may reach out in love to each other. Give them such love and devotion that each may be to the other a strength in need, a comfort in sorrow, a counselor in difficulty, and a companion in joy. In the power of Christ we pray, Amen.

Francis and Frank, the scriptures give us a very clear description of what love is to be; First Corinthians tells us that Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

Who Gives This Bride Away?

Francis' Dad replies “I Do”

Vows/Promises

Do you, Frank, take Francis to be your lawfully wedded wife? To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, honor, and cherish for all the days of your life, until death do you part?

Frank replies “I Do”

Do you, Francis, take Frank to be your lawfully wedded husband? To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, honor, and cherish for all the days of your life, until death do you part?

Francis replies “I Do”

The Rings  (Best Man hands Reverend Fred the rings)

Blessing of the rings: Lord, Bless these rings and the marriage they represent. Amen

 Frank, as you place your ring on Francis' finger repeat after me:

“With this ring I thee wed”

Francis, as you place your ring on Frank’s finger repeat after me.

“With this ring I thee wed”

This union touches each and every one of us. As witnesses we become part of this miracle. Today, we celebrate a new family that is being officially formed here. We celebrate the love that grew between the two of you, until finally you decided: This is it, we don’t want to live separate lives; we want to become one family. We are all glad for your willingness to make this permanent commitment to one another. What a great gift of love it is for you to give to one another; and also to John(Francis' son). For, as he sees you two caring about and for each other; as he sees you showing love in the way you treat each other in respect and consideration; and as you include him in that love and caring; he will be strengthened, along with you, by the love you are sharing.

Therefore; by the power vested in me by the State of California, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife.
 
Kiss--Kiss

Introduction

Friends and family; It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you:

“Mr. and Mrs. Smith”




Ceremony 2

Opening Welcome

Hello! Welcome!! Friends and family we have come here to celebrate the marriage and the intertwining of the destinies of Frank & Francis. But first, let’s take a moment to remember those loved one’s that are smiling down upon this marriage, including; Francis’ Great Grandmother and Frank’s Uncle. (short pause) This union brings together two family traditions, two systems of roots in the hope that a new family tree will become strong and fruitful. Today your families will be joined forever, in a bond between two lover’s hearts and hands.

Who stands with Frank & Francis to symbolize their families and the tradition of love out of which they come?

Do you support this joining and their love?

Will you honor their marriage and the bridge they make between you?

Parents (standing in place):  “We do!”           

Friends and family, you probably know that this is all done for you. It’s so easy these days to run off and get married in secret, far from friends and family. But these two stand before you to make public their private thoughts and commitments to each other, binding ties already spiritually forged. They open their hearts to you, whom they love so much. This is SO brave and beautiful! And we are all so lucky! By performing this marriage before us, they share with us a glimpse of themselves, of their hopes and dreams for their life together. They gift us with the preciousness of their love, for as wise lovers, they know that love grows as we give it to one another.

Promises/Vows

Do you Francis promise to love Frank and to live with him through this lifetime, to build with him a new home that is a place of love, joy, sharing and growing?  "I do."

Do you Frank promise to love Francis and to live with her through this lifetime, to build with her a new home that is a place of love, joy, sharing and growing?  "I do."

The Rings [Best Man Hands Reverend Fred the rings.]

These rings are precious circles; they have no beginning, no end. May you find joy and wonder in the losing of yourselves in one another. Through mutual love, honor and respect, may you each discover yourself anew.

Frank, as you place your ring on Francis’ finger, repeat after me:

I marry you with this ring,
with my heart,
with my body,
and with all my soul.

Francis, as you place your ring on Frank’s Finger, repeat after me:

I marry you with this ring,
with my heart,
with my body,
and with all my soul.

Affirmation of the Community: Vows of Support

This union touches every one of us. As witnesses, we become part of this miracle. Today a new family is established before our very eyes, each and every heart celebrates with Frank & Francis. Now is the time to raise your voices in a chorus of love and support for this couple and their path together.

Do you, friends and family, promise to encourage these two in their marriage? "We do."

Do you vow your support and love as they grow in their marriage? "We do."

Do promise to continue standing beside them, yet never come between them? "We do."

 Pronouncement

Very well then, friends and family, please repeat after me:

By the power of your own love,
we your friends and family, 
now pronounce you...... married!

KISS  --  KISS

Introduction

Gathered friends and family, it is with great pleasure that I now present:

Mr. & Mrs. Frank and Francis Smith