Standard Wedding Ceremony
A wedding ceremony can take pretty much any format you like. Long2Wed suggests a simple ceremony as follows which you can embellish as needed. For a private wedding where only the couple is present, sometimes there are no readings at all:
• Entry of the couple
• Initial comments and charge by the officiant
• Initial declarations by the couple
• (First Optional Reading)
• (Second Optional Reading)
• (Optional Ring Exchange)
• (Third Optional Reading)
• Final declaration by the couple
• Declaration by officiant
For reference, here is the basic ceremony which we use:
Long2Wed Simple Ceremony
(Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for being here to share this joyous occasion. ) We are gathered here (in the presence of these witnesses) for the purpose of uniting in marriage:
_________________________ and ______________________________________
________ and ________, love and marriage should be treasured and taken seriously. The contract of marriage is most solemn and not to be entered into lightly, but with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities. By honoring the vows you take today, you promise to love and protect each other forever.
Questions: (twice) _________, do you take ________ to be your lawfully wedded spouse/husband/wife?
__________ and _________, do you each promise to love one another unconditionally? To support each others’ dreams and ambitions? To comfort one another, honor and keep one another, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and adversity, and forsaking all others, be faithful to each other for as long as you both shall live?
The ring(s) you give today will forever symbolize your unending love. As you place the ring(s) on your partner’s finger, you are telling them that you are totally committed to them.
(Twice) Repeat after me: ____________, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my heart I honor you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you.
Please take each others’ hands and look into each others’ eyes. Repeat after me:
I, _____________ take you, ___________, to be my spouse/wife/husband
Declaration by Officiant
Having properly made your vows (in the presence of family, friends, and witness) and by virtue of the Authority vested in me by the State of California, I now declare you (married / husband and wife).