Sample Wedding Script 6

Introduction



On this wonderful summer afternoon we solemnize the commitment of lifelong love that you, [Name] and [Name], have vowed to each other, a commitment to which you both brought a great deal of thought and reflection. The ease with which you relate to each other expresses more eloquently than any words the depth of your mutual commitment, a pledge that brings great happiness to both you and your families and one that you will celebrate with them on this glorious day.

A wedding is a magic moment creating a unique partnership, but is also an illusion, for it is the relationship itself that must be self-sustaining, based on mutual love and respect, on an ongoing basis sharing the joys of everyday life together. It doesn't matter if you have a big wedding or you elope; it doesn't matter if the ceremony is performed by a rabbi, a priest, a judge, or a humanist officiant; it doesn't matter if your family or friends are there or not.

What matters is the commitment you make to each other. And you have both made that commitment already. Today’s ceremony is just the icing on the cake.

Will the two of you please join hands?

Vows


No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take. Both of you come to this day with the deep realization that the contract of marriage is sacred as are all of its obligations and responsibilities.

Partner 1:


[Name], today I take you to be no other than who you are, the wo/man I fell in love with,

and now you give me the honor of being able to call you my spouse/husband/wife.

For that honor I promise to always be there to love you and make you smile, or to comfort and protect you.

And I promise, that no matter what lies in our path it will be our path, and I will stay the person you fell in love with.

I give you this ring as a token that I shall love you, in all times, in all places, and in all ways, forever.

Partner 2:


Today I choose to make a deeper commitment to you.

It is my way of telling you that our experiences together have been so good that I want them to continue for the rest of my life.

I loved you before the ceremony and I love you more because of it. You are everything I ever hoped to find in a partner.

I want to spend the rest of my life with you.

I give you this ring as a token that I shall love you, in all times, in all places, and in all ways, forever.

Presentation of Rings


Do you, [Name], take this woman/man, [Name], to be your lawful wedded spouse/partner/wife/husband?

Do you promise to love and comfort her/him, to honor her/him and keep her/him in sickness and in health, in prosperity and adversity, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her/him so long as you both shall live?

(Repeat for Partner 2)

[Name], place the ring on the ring finger of [Name]’s left hand and repeat after me:

This ring I thee give, as a symbol and pledge of my constant faith and lasting love. With this ring, I thee wed.

(Repeat for Partner 2)

Pronouncement


May you strive all the rest of your lives to meet this commitment to each other with the same love and devotion that you now possess. And now, according to the laws of the state of Idaho, you are husband/wife/married/life partners/legally married/etc.

Sample wedding scripts are based, in whole or in part, on a sample ceremonies from the Humanist Society and are used with permission.