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Sample Civil Ceremonies:




OFFICIANT: WE ARE GATHERED HERE TODAY TO JOIN TOGETHER ** GROOM ** AND ** BRIDE ** IN HOLY MATRIMONY; WHICH IS AN HONORABLE ESTATE, NOT TO BE ENTERED INTO UNADVISEDLY OR LIGHTLY, BUT REVERENTLY AND SOBERLY.

(Addressing the groom): ** GROOM ** , DO YOU TAKE ** BRIDE ** FOR YOUR LAWFUL WEDDED WIFE? WILL YOU LOVE, HONOR, COMFORT, AND CHERISH HER FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, FORSAKING ALL OTHERS, KEEPING ONLY UNTO HER FOR AS LONG AS YOU BOTH SHALL LIVE?

GROOM: I DO.

MINISTER (Addressing the bride): ** BRIDE ** , DO YOU TAKE ** GROOM ** FOR YOUR LAWFUL WEDDED HUSBAND? WILL YOU LOVE, HONOR, COMFORT, AND CHERISH HIM FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, FORSAKING ALL OTHERS, KEEPING ONLY UNTO HIM FOR AS LONG AS YOU BOTH SHALL LIVE?

BRIDE: I DO.

MINISTER (Addressing the groom who repeats the marriage vows): I ** GROOM ** TAKE THEE ** BRIDE ** TO BE 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, HONOR, AND CHERISH, 'TIL DEATH DO US PART.

(Then to the bride): I ** BRIDE ** TAKE THEE ** GROOM ** TO BE 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, HONOR, AND CHERISH, 'TIL DEATH DO US PART.

GROOM (Placing ring on bride's finger): WITH THIS RING I THEE WED.

BRIDE (Placing ring on groom's finger): WITH THIS RING I THEE WED.

MINISTER:

MAY YOU ALWAYS SHARE WITH EACH OTHER THE GIFTS OF LOVE, BE ONE IN HEART, AND ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL OF MIND. MAY YOU ALWAYS CREATE A HOME TOGETHER THAT PUTS IN YOUR HEARTS LOVE, GENEROSITY, AND KINDNESS.

IN SO MUCH AS ** GROOM ** AND ** BRIDE ** HAVE CONSENTED TOGETHER IN HOLY MATRIMONY, AND HAVE WITNESSED THE SAME IN THE PRESENCE OF THIS COMPANY, HAVING GIVEN AND PLEDGED THEIR TROTH, EACH TO THE OTHER,

AND HAVING DECLARED SAME BY THE GIVING AND RECEIVING OF A RING,

I PRONOUNCE THAT THEY ARE HUSBAND AND WIFE.

(To the couple): I ASK YOU NOW TO SEAL THE PROMISES YOU HAVE MADE WITH EACH OTHER THIS DAY WITH A KISS. (The couple kisses.)

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I PRESENT TO YOU MR. AND MRS. ** LASTNAME ** .

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