Carly and Paul's short and sweet wedding ceremony script is a perfect example of how you can take a reading or poem and use the words in your wedding ceremony and make it sound like a speech with meaning instead of a dry and lifeless "reading." This was a very private elopement. Carly and Paul (not their real names) got legally married with me and had a photographer on hand to take engagement photo's. They had a formal wedding ceremony 6 months later - a very common process. Carly and Paul are very private and shy individuals. This was a great opportunity for them to share their private vows with each other authentically in privacy.
Words About Love and Marriage
Carly and Paul, May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another - not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you. May you need one another, but not out of weakness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you entice one another, but not compel one another. May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another. May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces. May you look for things to praise, often say, "I love you!" and take no notice of small faults. If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back. May you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another's presence - no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities. May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.
Park shares his vows for Carly
Cara shares her vows for Paul
Declaration of Intents
Do you Paul, take Carly, to be your wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; until death do you part?
Do you Carly, take Park, to be your husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; until death do you part?
These rings are symbol of your marriage vows, the ties that bind you together as husband and wife.
As you place the rings on each others fingers say:
With this ring, I marry you.
The two of you have declared your love for each other and your intent to enter into marriage with the exchanging of vows and of rings. By the power vested in me by the state of Indiana I now pronounce you Husband and wife!
You may kiss the bride!
As a wedding officiant, I want every couple to the the wedding ceremony they want. Since I started giving couples tools to create their own ceremonies I haven't performed the same ceremony twice. Here are some of the ceremonies.
Rachel and Dominic's Traditional Wedding Ceremony Script with a Prayer from Grandpa. Valle Vista, Greenwood, IN
DaWonda and Dorothy's Same-Sex Christian Wedding Ceremony Script. Featuring a Unity Candle of Remembrance, Family Sand Ceremony and Jumping the Broom!
LaKieta And Josh's Wedding Ceremony Script. Wood Burning Unity Ceremony. Falls Park Gazebo, Pendleton, IN.