Non-religious simple, multicultural ceremony

Welcome

We are here today to witness the joining of these two lives in marriage. For [name] and [name], this miracle of their love is made complete with the lifelong commitment to each other today.

Their lives together will always be filled with romance , but in marriage they promise to stick with each other through all the romance and the hopeful times and even when struggles and pain come around. Today, they share with us their desire to love each other for life and that is what we are here to celebrate.

Sharing Intentions

[name] and [name], you have brought us all here to make a lifelong commitment to each other in marriage. So before all these witnesses, do you affirm your desire and intention to be married? If so say: I do.

Promises of Those Gathered

In every culture, in every land, people come together as a couple and make commitments to be with and for each other for a lifetime. We call this marriage. In marriages everywhere, two individuals leave the families that raised them, to begin a new family. Friendships change, too, as they make a commitment that makes this new relationship the first priority. At this time, we ask you all to bless this marriage and to support it as you learn to be friends and family in a new way.

If you’ve been part of the “growing up” years of these two people, if you’ve been with them since they were born, seen them through childhood and school, this is your promise to them:   Do you who have lovingly raised and nurtured these two, offer your blessing for their marriage, promising to support them, understand them, and encourage them in their marriage now and in the years ahead? If you agree, please say, “We do.”

And to the friends here today, who have spent time hanging out with them, who know them as individuals, I ask the same question. Do you offer your blessing for their marriage, promising to support them, understand them, and encourage them in their marriage now and in the years ahead? If you agree, please say, “We do.”

Vows

(Depends on couple)

Exchange of Rings

Do you [name], accept [name] — joining with him/her today in marriage — offering your friendship and loving care — honoring his/her growth and freedom as well as your own — cherishing and respecting him/her, loving and embracing him/her in times of trouble and times of joy? If so, say, “I do.”

Please repeat after me:

I offer you this ring as a sign of my everlasting and unconditional love. With all that I am and all that I have from this day forward I give myself to you.

The wedding ring is a symbol, in visible form, of the unbroken circle of your love, so that wherever you go, you may always remember that you belong together and return to your shared life together. May these rings always call to mind the power of your love.

Pronouncement

[name] and [name], in the presence of your family and friends who have joined you to share this moment of joy, you have declared your deep love for each other. You have stated your wish to live together, to growing deeper in friendship and partnership. You have formed your own union, based on respect and honor. Therefore, it is my joyful responsibility to officially pronounce you married. You may now seal your marriage with a kiss.

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