MarryMeOK - Rev. Joy Huber

Sample Traditonal Ceremony
(Note: This traditional and romantic, non-denominational Christian ceremony is perfect for your formal wedding. 

Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here this evening in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; an honorable estate, instituted by God, and therefore is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons come now to be joined.

If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or forever hold his peace.

God, for the joy of this occasion we thank you. For the significance of this wedding day we thank you. For this important moment in an ever-growing relationship we thank you. For your presence here and now and for your presence at all times, we thank you. In Christ’s holy name we pray. Amen.

1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-8a - 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, and endures all things. Love never ends.

(Groom) and (Bride), today you enter as individuals, but you will leave here as husband and wife, blending your lives, expanding your family ties, and embarking upon the grandest adventure of life. The story of your life together is still yours to write.

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.

(Groom) and (Bride) do you come before me as free persons – is it your desire to live the rest of your days as husband and wife – if so say it is.

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.  A good marriage must be created.  In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things.  It is never being too old to hold hands.  It is remembering to say, “I love you”. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years.  It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.  It is standing together facing the world.  It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the family.  It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.  It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.  It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.  It is not looking for perfection in each other.  It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.  It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.  It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.  It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

(Groom), wilt thou have this woman to be thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

(Bride), wilt thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honor, and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?

“Love builds up the broken wall and straightens the crooked path.
Love keeps the stars in the firmament and imposes rhythm on the ocean tides.
Each of us is created of it and I suspect each of us was created for it”
- Maya Angelou

As an expression that your hearts are joined together in love will you please face each other and hold hands, so you may feel the gift that you are to one another. These are the hands of your best friend, strong and full of love for you that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will help you to hold your unit as one. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
 
Please repeat after me.

I (Groom) take thee (Bride) to my 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, till death us do part.

I (Bride) take thee (Groom) to my 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, till death us do part.

Wedding rings are made precious by our wearing them. Your rings say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bound together. Let these rings also be a sign that love has substance as well as a soul, a present as well as a past, and that, despite its occasional sorrows, love is a circle of happiness, wonder, and delight. The wedding ring has no beginning and no ending, which symbolizes that the love between you will never cease. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have taken here today.

Lord, bless these rings. We pray that those who give and receive them may abide in peace, and continue in your favor until their life's end. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

(Groom), please place your ring on (Bride)’s finger and repeat after me.
Through this ring, I accept you as my wife, now and for all time.
(Bride), please place your ring on (Groom)’s finger and repeat after me.
Through this ring, I accept you as my husband, now and for all time.

Let us pray.

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory, forever.
Amen.

May you establish a home of warmth and understanding; may your lives be filled with peace and beauty; may you always exhibit to one another truth, sympathy and love, and may the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you; may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace this day and forever more.

Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.
 
FORASMUCH as (Groom) and (Bride) have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a ring, and by joining hands; I pronounce that they are Man and Wife.

(Groom), you may kiss your bride.
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