We have gathered today in the love of friendship and family to celebrate
the blending together of two lives. As [Name] and [Name] come before
you here today as two, they will leave this place as one, united in
marriage. As family and friends, each of you has played some part in
bringing them to this moment and in various ways will continue to
support and contribute to their relationship. We solemnize this unique
time in their lives and make it meaningful by entering into it in an
attitude of respect for their deep commitment to each other.
[Name] and [Name], you realize that in a greater sense no other person or officiant can truly marry you. Only you can marry yourselves. By your commitment to love each other, to work with all your hearts toward creating an atmosphere of care and respect, and by your willingness to face together the fears and uncertainty that underlie human life, you marry yourselves more surely than any words or any document ever can. Your love for one another and your willingness to accept each other’s strength and frailties with understanding and consideration will cement the foundation for a life together that will last.
Today you commit yourselves to honoring and protecting one another above your separate selves, and to valuing your union above your own interests. In so doing, you will find a wealth of love and peace not otherwise attainable. But with this joy comes a profound responsibility to protect the bond you share. For it is only with continual care that your love is truly secure in the face of life’s inevitable tests.
You must regard each other with the deepest respect. You must appreciate each other’s talents, foster each other’s dreams, and be ever mindful of the many gifts the other offers you. You must inspire and encourage one another. For by strengthening your partner, you strengthen your marriage. Bring out the very best in each other. Be sparing in criticism and generous in praise for things well done.
In communication, be honest and open. For the heart that communicates truth without hesitation earns trust and builds a secure home. Without truth there is no respect, and without respect there is no love. Accept your marriage as a work-in-progress that will hereafter consume your attention, yet never be completed. Because a lifelong love requires a lifetime of hard work. But it is a joyous labor, whose fruits are the very richest.
A vast, unknown future stretches out before you. That future, with its hopes and its disappointments, its joys and its sorrows, is hidden from your eyes. But it is a great tribute to your belief in each other that you are willing to face those uncertainties together. May the pure, simple love with which you join hearts and hands today never fail, but grow deeper and surer with every year you spend together.
I [Name] take you [Name] to be my wife/husband.
I promise to live in truth with you,
and I give you my hand and my heart as a sanctuary of warmth and peace,
pledging you my love and devotion as I join my life to yours.
(repeat for other partner)
Presentation of Rings
For thousands of years lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their
vows. These simple gold bands are not of great value in themselves, but
are made precious by our wearing of them. Let these rings be a sign that
love has a past, a present and a future, and that, despite its
occasional sorrows, love is a circle of joyous wonder, and delight.
[Name] take [Name]’s ring and place it on his/her finger and repeat after me:
Just as this circle is without end, my love for you is never-ending.
With this ring, I take you to be my partner for life.
(repeat for other partner)
Inasmuch as you have sealed your vows in the presence of those gathered here by the giving of these rings and have consented together to live in marriage, it gives me much pleasure to pronounce that you are now [husband/wife/married/life partners/legally married/etc].