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Welcome and please stand. (or other needed instruction, or music)
One of the great universals in human life across all boundaries and throughout the world is love. We see it in families, we see it among friends. From the time we are small children in our mothers arms we are taught to value love in others, at first for the benefit it brings us but later just for its' own sake. It sadden us when we see people who have not learned to value, honor, and respect love when they see it in others. Today the world is invited to celebrate a love between two people: The love that binds them together and makes them one. May all who see them, see love and be warmed by its' light.
The contract of marriage is one not to be entered into lightly, but thoughtfully and with a deep realization of the obligations and responsibilities it entails. The commitment of marriage is different from all others. It is a life long bond that joins two people for better or for worse. Remember that love, loyalty, and understanding are the foundation of a happy home. There are no human ties are more important or more tender than marriage.
We are gathered today in the presences of witnesses (and family and friends) for the joining in bond of matrimony (Name) and (Name).
Please face one another:
Do you (name) take this man/woman to be your lawfully wedded husband/wife?
And do you promise to keep him/her, love and comfort, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, for better or for worse and to be faithful until death do you part?
Repeat with other person.
Do you have rings?
(Name), I give you this ring , in token of my commitment and love.
Now that you have joined yourselves formally in matrimony, may you strive all of your lives to meet this contract with the same sense of love and commitment. Together may you dream, and may you stumble, may you restore each other, and share all things, serving each other and humanity. Cherish, respect, comfort and encourage each other as long as you both shall live.
It is now with great pleasure that I pronounce you spouses for life.
You may kiss.
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