This sample ceremony is a condensed version of the ceremonies most often performed.  Your ceremony will be written to reflect the two of you. 

On behalf of Michael and Alexandra, welcome!! We are here to celebrate the marriage of two very special friends.  More than a ceremony, this is a significant moment of celebration and personal commitment. The essence of this commitment is the taking of another person in their entirety, as a companion and as a friend. It is therefore a decision that is not entered into lightly, but with great consideration and respect.  From this day forward you will come closer than ever before.  You will promise to love one another in sickness and in health, for better and for worse, and at the same time your love for each other will give you the strength to stand apart and seek your unique destinies.

As is the custom on this occasion to give and receive gifts, Alexandra and Michael wish these gifts for each other:

Steadily deepening love that grows in mutual respect and unselfishness.

The ability to communicate so that they may be saved from hurtful words spoken in anger or grudges nurtured in silence.

A sense of humor that they may laugh at themselves and with others.

The strength and courage as they face life’s sorrows.

A sense of values to care more for people than possessions, for honor more than honors, and for a home rather than a house.

And a good memory that they may remember the path that led them to each other.

 

And so I ask:

Do you Michael take Alexandra to be your wife so that you may grow together in love?  Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in sadness and in joy, to cherish and continually bestow upon her your hearts deepest devotion, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her, for as long as you both shall live?

I DO!

 

Do you Alexandra take Michael to be your husband so that you may grow together in love?  Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in sadness and in joy, to cherish and continually bestow upon him your hearts deepest devotion, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him, for as long as you both shall live?

I DO!

 

Who presents this woman to be married to this man?

(Answer: “Her Mother and I”, or, “I Do”)

 

Would you please turn and take each other by the hands and repeat these vows after me.

 

I, Michael take you Alexandra, to be no other than yourself. Loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not yet know, with respect for your integrity and faith in your abiding love for me, through all our years, and in all that life may bring us.

 

I, Alexandra take you Michael, to be no other than yourself. Loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not yet know, with respect for your integrity and faith in your abiding love for me, through all our years, and in all that life may bring us.

 

There are wedding rings to be exchanged as a symbol of this union?

 

These rings are an outward sign of the commitment you have come here to confirm and to celebrate.

 

Michael, as you place the ring on Alexandra’s finger, please repeat after me.

Alexandra, I give you this ring as a part of me, to encircle not just your finger, but also your whole being. I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness. In doing this I take you as my wife.

Alexandra, as you place the ring on Michael’s finger, please repeat after me.

Michael, I give you this ring as a part of me, to encircle not just your finger, but also your whole being. I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness. In doing this I take you as my husband.

 

Alexandra and Michael, may your days be long upon this earth; may you dwell in love and peace and good health together; and may each of us find joy in the joy you find in each other.

And now, with the power vested in me by the State of Washington, I do hereby pronounce you Husband and Wife.

You may Kiss the Bride.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my delight to present to you Michael and Alexandra Smith!