Ceremony Sample three
Longer with traditional Aspects
We are gathered here today in the face of this company, to join together ________________ and _____________________ in matrimony. Into this estate these two persons present come now to be joined.
If anyone can show just cause why they may not be lawfully joined together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.
Who gives this woman / man to be married to this woman / man?
Parents of Party 1/Party 2: “We do”
________________, do you take ________________ for your lawful wedded husband / wife / spouse, to live in the sacred estate of matrimony? Will you love, honour, comfort, and cherish them from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him/her/them for as long as you both shall live?
Party 1/Party 2: “I do”
"I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)
I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet), I want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
And it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you
Here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)" - by E. E. Cummings
I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law.
Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
Party 1 & Party 2 (mandatory vows): "I ask everyone here to witness that I, ________________, take you, ________________, to be my lawful wedded wife / husband / spouse / partner in marriage."
Party 1 & Party 2 (optional/personalised vows): "I take you to to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health. Before these witnesses I vow to love you and care for you as long as we both shall live. I take you with all your faults and your strengths as I offer myself to you with my faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and I will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life."
Exchange of rings
May this ring be blessed so he / she who gives it and he / she who wears it may abide in peace, and continue in love until life's end.
Party 1/Party 2: “________________, with this ring I thee wed. This ring I give to you as a token of my love and devotion to you. I pledge to you all that I am and all that I will ever be as your husband / wife. With this ring, I gladly marry you and join my life to yours.”
May this couple be prepared to continue to give, be able to forgive and experience more and more joy with each passing day, with each passing year.
______ and ______, are now beginning their married life together, we hope that they may have loving assistance from their family, the constant support of friends, and a long life with good health and everlasting love.
______ and ______ have consented to live forever together, and have vowed the same before this company. I pronounce that they are now married / husband and wife / wife and wife / husband and husband.
You may now seal the promises you have made to each other with a kiss.
Signing of the register
We will now take a moment to sign the wedding register.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the loving couple Mr and Mrs / Mrs And Mrs / Mr and Mr _____________.
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