Ceremonies

YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY OPTIONS Below you will find four distinct and complete ceremonies:

  1. Non denominational — brief
  2. Non denominational — expanded
  3. Christian contemporary
  4. Christian traditional

Choose one that suits you. If you wish to use one of these ceremonies intact indicate your choice on the My Wedding Ceremony Planner tool. Want to have one of our officiants create your ceremony? Contact us today.

If you want to change any one of these four ceremonies you may do so by incorporating selections chosen from any of the other Ceremony Resources linked at the bottom of this page. You can collect all of the ceremony elements you want to use by blocking, copying and pasting them into a Word document. Save that information and forward to DeArruda Weddings by email attachment contact.dw.com@gmail.com 

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1. NON DENOMINATIONAL CEREMONY — brief

Approx. 10 minutes

PROCESSION OF THE BRIDAL PARTY If this is a simple wedding with little or no wedding party other than bride and groom the couple come forward to stand in front of the minister.

GREETING Minister welcomes guests. If they stood at the bride’s entrance they are invited to be seated.

OPENING WORDS

Minister: Friends,  we are gathered here today to share with (Name) and (Name) a very important moment in their lives. In the time they have been together, their love and understanding of each other has grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife. Our prayer for (Name) and (Name) is that they enjoy the fruits of marriage, sharing an abundance of happiness. We further pray that whatever difficulties they may encounter will be overcome by their faith in each other and the love they share.

WEDDING VOWS You may also select from any of the options found on the Wedding Vows page.

Minister: (Name) and (Name), have you come here freely and without reservations to give yourselves to each other in marriage?

Groom and Bride: We have.

Minister: (Name) and (Name), since it is your intention to enter into marriage, join your right hands and repeat after me.

Groom says: I, (Name) take you, (Name) to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

Bride says: I, (Name) take you, (Name) to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

EXCHANGE OF RINGS  The minister asks the couple if they have rings (or other items) to give each other as symbols of these vows. If they do, the rings (or other items) are presented to the minister. The significance of the symbols is indicated by the minister who presents them for groom and bride to give to one another. You may also select what you will say to each other from any of the options found on the Exchange of Rings page.

Groom says: (Name), I give you this ring as an eternal symbol of my love and commitment to you.

Bride says: (Name), I give you this ring as an eternal symbol of my love and commitment to you.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE

Minister: I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride.

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2. NON DENOMINATIONAL CEREMONY — expanded

Approx. 15 min

PROCESSION The bridal party (parents, grandparents, groomsmen, bridesmaids, groom and bride) enter the area designated for the wedding ceremony.

GREETING Minister welcomes guests. If they stood at the bride’s entrance they are invited to be seated.

OPENING WORDS

Option 1. Minister: Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today in the presence of these witnesses, to join (Name) and (Name) in (marriage/matrimony), which is commended by God to be honored among all people; and therefore,  is not by any,  to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly – but reverently, discreetly, advisedly and solemnly. Into this special union of relationship (Name) and (Name) now come to be joined.  

Option 2. Minister: Friends, we have been invited here today to share with (Name) and (Name) a very important moment in their lives. In the years they have been together, their love and understanding of each other has grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together committed as husband and wife.

THE PRESENTATION OF THE BRIDE or THE GIVING IN MARRIAGE Optional If the couple wishes the minister may ask one of the following:

Option 1.  Minister: Who gives this woman to be wedded to this man?

Option 2.  Minister: Who brings this woman to be married to this man?

Option 3.  Minister:  Who supports this couple in their marriage?

Option 4.  Minister: Who supports this woman in her marriage to this man?

The person presenting the bride may say one of the following:

Bride’s Escort: I do. or  Her mother and I.

OPENING PRAYER or READING  You may select from any of the options found on the Readings page.This will generally set the tone of your wedding. It could be serious, light-hearted, sentimental, elegant or profound. Typically, it says something about love, relationships, and the nature of marriage.

WEDDING MESSAGE Here the minister says some words about marriage. He or she will speak about the purpose and joys of marriage, the seriousness of the solemn vow you are about to make, and the new life you are creating together.

WEDDING VOWS  Please select from the options found on the Wedding Vows page.

SECOND READING or SONG Optional See Readings page.

EXCHANGE OF RINGS or EXCHANGE OF GIFTS See Exchange of Rings page.

MARRIAGE SYMBOL Optional Sand Ceremony, Unity Candle, Handfasting-Cord of Three Strands, Wine Box, or other symbol that enhances your pledge to each other. See Marriage Symbols page for details.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE 

Minister: You have come here today to profess your love for each other, to declare your intent to live together as husband and wife.  You have offered yourselves freely to each other and have sealed your vows by the giving and receiving of the rings you now wear.  Therefore, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

THE KISS The first kiss of the newly married couple.

Option 1. Minister: You may now kiss the bride.

Option 2. Minister: You may now kiss each other.

INTRODUCTION The minister may use your new, formal married name or simply your first names. If music is used in the ceremony it is played at the moment the officiant says the couple’s name.

Option 1. Minister: I present to you Mr. and Mrs. (Name).

Option 2. Minister: I present to you (Name) and (Name).

RECESSION The guests applaud as the couple leads the Bridal party from the ceremony to the next scheduled activity, either a cocktail hour, reception or a photographic session. The minister concludes the ceremony by instructing guests about where to proceed to greet the bride and groom. 

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3. CHRISTIAN CONTEMPORARY CEREMONY

Approx. 18 minutes

PROCESSIONAL The bridal party (parents, grandparents, groomsmen, bridesmaids, groom and bride) enter the area designated for the wedding ceremony.

GREETING                                                                                                                                  Minister welcomes guests. If they stood at the bride’s entrance they are invited to be seated.

OPENING WORDS or STATEMENT ON THE GIFT OF MARRIAGE

Minister to Guests: Dear friends, we gather here at this hour to witness and to celebrate the drawing together of two separate lives. We have come so that this man, (Name), and this woman, (Name), may be joined in marriage. Two people in love do not live in isolation from the rest of the world. To achieve love is not to be removed our connection to the wider community. So it is that the institution of marriage is ordained as a public recognition of the private experience of love. This ceremony is the act in which (Name) and (Name) set themselves apart from all others, only for each other, in the sacred bond of marriage in order that they may enjoy its great purposes. At the same time it represents their desire to share their joy in each other with you, their family and their friends.  

Minister to Bride and Groom: Love is the most profound experience that can come to anyone. At its best it reduces our selfishness, deepens our personalities, and makes life far more meaningful. Its very nature is to want to give to each other, and to witness the joy of each other. Love will call forth the best qualities in each of you.

Marriage is a state of being in relationship with each other that is to embody, nurture and protect all the warm and precious values that grow in human companionship and love. Marriage symbolizes the ultimate intimacy between a man and a woman. Therefore, it is not to be entered into lightly, but with certainty, with mutual respect, and with a sense of reverence for all that is beautiful, right and good.

Choose one of the paragraphs below. 

Option 1. Jesus said, “He who made them from the beginning made them male and female, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” Matthew 19

Option 2. How ought a man and woman conduct themselves with each other in order to honor their marriage? The new testament says, “Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church; let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Ephesians 5

Option 3A marriage that is to last will be continually growing. Yet the closeness which it assumes should not diminish but strengthen the individuality of each partner. The poet Rilke has written that, “Marriage is not a matter of creating a quick community of spirit by tearing down and destroying all boundaries, but rather a good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.”

Option 4. Khalil Gibran echoed these sentiments in The Prophet, when he wrote, “Let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls… it is out of the resonance between individuality and union, that love, whose incredible strength is equal only to its incredible fragility, is born and reborn.

Today’s celebration of human affection is the outward sign of a sacred and inward commitment, which religious societies may consecrate and states may legalize, but which neither can create nor annul. This union can only be created by your loving purpose, be maintained by your abiding will, and be renewed by your feelings and intentions. Just as the breath of life, and the freedom to pursue the enjoyment of its bounty are God-given gifts, so your marriage is an expression of God’s desire for you to be blessed by the intimate knowing of each other. It is in this spirit that these two come now to be wed.

DECLARATION OF INTENT Here the minister formally asks the man and woman if it is their intent to be married to each other and treat each other in accordance with the meaning and purpose of marriage.

Minister to Groom: (Name),  do you take (Name) as your wife, promising to tenderly care for her, to respect her individuality, to cherish her as she is, to love her with fidelity?

Groom’s response: I do.

Minister to Bride: (Name),  do you take (Name), to be your husband, promising to tenderly care for him, to respect his individuality, to cherish him as he is, to love him with fidelity?

Bride’s response: I do.

THE PRESENTATION OF THE BRIDE or THE GIVING IN MARRIAGE Optional                                   If the couple wishes, the minister may ask one of the following:

Option 1.  Minister: Who gives this woman to be wedded to this man?

Option 2.  Minister: Who brings this woman to be married to this man? 

Option 3.  Minister: Who supports this couple in their marriage?

Option 4.  Minister: Who supports this woman in her marriage to this man?

The person presenting the bride may say one of the following:

Escort: I do. or  Her mother and I.

SUPPORT OF THE WITNESSES Optional  The minister addresses those who have gathered to witness the marriage.

Minister: Will each one of you here do all that is in your power to support and encourage (Name)and (Name) in fulfilling the promises they make here today? If so, please respond by saying, ‘We will.’

The guests respond: We will.

A READING Optional  You may select from any of the options found on the Readings page.This will set the tone of your wedding. It could be serious, light-hearted, sentimental, elegant or profound. Typically, it says something about love, relationships, and the nature of marriage.

WEDDING MESSAGE  Here the minister says some words about purpose and joys of marriage, the significance of the solemn vow you are about to make, and the new life you are creating together.

EXCHANGE OF VOWS  You may also select from any of the options found on the Wedding Vows page.

Option 1. Minister: The vows through which you accept each other as husband and wife contain no hidden power within themselves. It is to the extent that they express in words your intention and commitment that they have meaning. Since it is your intention to enter into the covenant of marriage I ask that you join your hands and (bind/pledge/unite) yourselves to one another with these words.

Option 2. Minister: (Name), will you have this (woman/man) to be your (wife/husband), and will you pledge your faith to (her/him), in all love and honor, in all duty and service, in all faith and tenderness, to live with (her/him), and cherish (her/him), according to the ordinance of God, in the holy bond of marriage?

Groom shall repeat after the minister: I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my wife from this time onward, to join with you and to share all that is to come, to give and to receive, to speak and to listen, to inspire and to respond, and in all our life together to be loyal to you with all my being.

Bride shall repeat after the minister: I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my husband from this time onward, to join with you and to share all that is to come, to give and to receive, to speak and to listen, to inspire and to respond; and in all our life together to be loyal to you with all my being.

EXCHANGE OF RINGS 

Minister: Do you have rings to give each other as symbols of these vows?

Groom and Bride: Yes.

Minister retrieves rings from the person holding them prior to this moment. When the rings are presented, the minister may say something about the significance of the rings.

The bride and groom exchange rings using the text below, or one of the selections found on the Exchange of Rings page.   

Bride & Groom alternately repeat:  (Name), I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow and with all that I have and all that I am, I honor you and love you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

MARRIAGE SYMBOL Optional  You may incorporate a symbolic gesture to further illustrate your marriage union. If you do, go to the Marriage Symbols page and select one of these: Sand Ceremony, Unity Candle, Handfasting-Cord of Three Strands, Wine Box, or other symbol that enhances your pledge to each other. See the Marriage Symbols page for details.

WEDDING PRAYER 

Minister: Let us pray. O God, give your blessings now to what we have done here. Make this moment fruitful to (Name) and (Name) through an added devotion to one another, through new inner strength, and through a new sense of the sacredness of all life. Though we pray that together they always flourish in love, we do not ask that they be kept from sorrow and trial, but that they may learn from these and be stronger because of them. We do not ask that all life be easy and profitable to them, but that they find life good and worth celebrating. May all their tasks in life, especially the calling to be your children, be easier because they approach these tasks together. Make them each quick to forgive, quick to laugh, quick to enjoy. Let each so treasure the personality of the other that neither of them will try to change each other.  And let them, in the measure of time that is theirs together, find much joy in small things. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER Optional  The minister invites all to join in prayer. 

Minister: Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses (or debts), as we forgive those who trespass against us (or, our debtors); and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE 

Minister: Since as you (Name),and you (Name), have consented together in marriage, and have pledged yourselves to each other in the presence of God and this gathering of family and friends, it is my privilege, as a minister of the gospel to pronounce you husband and wife. May everyone honor your decision and respect the threshold of your home.

THE KISS  The first kiss of the newly married couple.

Option 1.  Minister: You may now kiss the bride.

Option 2.  Minister: You may now kiss each other.

INTRODUCTION The minister may use your new, formal married name or simply your first names. If music is used in the ceremony it is played at the moment the minister says the couple’s name.

 Option 1.  Minister: I present to you Mr. and Mrs. (Name).

Option 2.  Minister: I present to you (Name) and (Name).

RECESSION The guests applaud as the couple leads the Bridal party from the ceremony to the next scheduled activity, either a cocktail hour, reception or a photographic session. The officiant concludes the ceremony by instructing guests about where to proceed to greet the bride and groom.  

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4. CHRISTIAN TRADITIONAL  CEREMONY

Approx. 20 minutes

PROCESSION Optional music  As the people gather, music appropriate to the praise of God may be offered.  At the appointed time the bride, groom, and other members of the wedding party enter and come to stand before the minister.

SENTENCES OF SCRIPTURE The minister calls the people to worship, either before or after the entrance, using one of the following, or another appropriate verse from scripture.

Option 1. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.  (1 Jn 4:16)

Option 2. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  (Ps. 118:24) 

Option 3. O give thanks, for the Lord is good. God’s love endures forever.  (Ps. 106:1)

GREETING Officiant welcomes guests. If they stood at the bride’s entrance they are invited to be seated.

STATEMENT ON THE GIFT OF MARRIAGE The minister says one of the following about the meaning of marriage. Choose one.

Today, we are gathered in the presence of God to give thanks for the gift of marriage, and especially to witness the joining together of (Name) and (Name), to surround them with our prayers, and to ask God’s blessing upon them, so that they may be strengthened for their life together and nurtured in their love for God.

God created us male and female, and gave us marriage so that husband and wife may help and comfort each other, living faithfully together throughout all their days.

God gave us marriage for the full expression of the love between a man and a woman.  In marriage a woman and a man not only belong with each other, but to each other as well. With affection and tenderness they freely give themselves to each other which often yields in the conception of new life and the nurture of children.

God gave us marriage as a sign of the holy mystery.  Just as a man and a woman are joined together, and become one, God has joined himself to us in Christ. In marriage, husband and wife are called to an entirely new way of life, for the two are no longer separate but become one sharing the depth and breadth of what it means to be human.

Option 1. conclusion of statement. This way of life must not be entered into carelessly, or from selfish motives, but responsibly, and prayerfully. We rejoice that marriage is given by God, blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ, and sustained by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, let marriage be held in honor by all.

Option 2. conclusion of statement. Today, it is good for us to be filled with joy as we witness once more the miracle and promise of God’s love for us in this most sacred gift.

PRAYER

Minister: Let us pray: Gracious God, you are always faithful in your love for us. Look mercifully upon (Name) and (Name), who have come seeking your blessing. Let your Holy Spirit rest upon them so that with steadfast love they may honor the promises they make this day, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

DECLARATION OF INTENT The minister addresses the groom and bride individually, using either of of the options below:

Option 1.  Minister: (Name), understanding that God has created, ordered, and blessed the covenant of marriage, do you affirm your desire and intention to enter this covenant?

Groom and Bride answer individually:  I do.

Option 2. If both are baptized, the following may be used. Minister: (Name), in your baptism you have been called to union with Christ and the church.  Do you intend to honor this calling through the covenant of marriage?

Groom and Bride answer individually:  I do.

AFFIRMATION OF THE FAMILIES Optional The minister may address the families of the bride and groom: 

Minister: (Names of family members), do you give your blessing to (Name) and (Name), and promise to do everything in your power to uphold them in their marriage? If so, say, ‘We do.’

The families of the bride and groom answer:  We do.

AFFIRMATION OF THE CONGREGATION Optional The minister may address the wedding guests, saying: 

Minister: Will all of you witnessing these vows do everything in your power to uphold (Name) and (Name) in their marriage? If so, say, ‘We will.’

All guests answer: We will.

A psalm, hymn, spiritual, or anthem may be read or sung.

READING FROM SCRIPTURE The minister offers a prayer for illumination.

Minister: God of mercy, your faithfulness to your covenant frees us to live together in the security of your powerful love.  Amid all the changing words of our generation, speak your eternal Word that does not change.  Then may we respond to your gracious promises by living in faith and obedience; through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

One or more scripture passages may be read. See the Readings page.

WEDDING MESSAGE or HOMILY The minister offers some brief remarks encouraging the couple about the new life that they are entering into through their decision to choose one another in marriage.

EXCHANGE OF VOWS  You may also select from any of the options found on the Wedding Vows page.

Option 1. Minister: The vows through which you accept each other as husband and wife contain no hidden power within themselves. It is to the extent that they express in words your intention and commitment that they have meaning. Since it is your intention to enter into marriage I ask that you join your hands and (bind/pledge/unite) yourselves to one another with these words.

Option 2. Minister: (Name), will you have this (woman/man) to be your (wife/husband), and will you pledge your faith to (her/him), in all love and honor, in all duty and service, in all faith and tenderness, to live with (her/him), and cherish (her/him), according to the ordinance of God, in the holy bond of marriage?

Option 3. Minister: (Name) and (Name), since it is your intention to marry, join your right hands, and with your promises bind yourselves to each other as husband and wife.

The bride and groom face each other and join hands. They in turn make their vows to each other, using one of the options below, or you may choose from the selections found on the Wedding Vows page.  

Option 1. Groom: I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my wife; and I promise, before God and these witnesses, to be your loving and faithful husband; in plenty and want; in joy and sorrow; in sickness and health; as long as we both shall live.

Bride: I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my husband; and I promise, before God and these witnesses, to be your loving and faithful wife; in plenty and want; in joy and sorrow; in sickness and health; as long as we both shall live.

Option 2. Groom: Before God and these witnesses, I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my wife, and I promise to love you, and to be faithful to you, as long as we both shall live.

Bride: Before God and these witnesses I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my husband, and I promise to love you, and to be faithful to you, as long as we both shall live.  

EXCHANGE OF RINGS  

Minister: Do you have rings to give to each other as a sign of your promise?

When the rings are presented, the minister may say the following prayer. 

Minister: By your blessing, O God, may these rings be to (Name) and (Name) symbols of unending love and faithfulness, reminding them of the covenant they have made this day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The bride and groom exchange rings using one of the options below, or a selection found on the Exchange of Rings page.   

The one giving the ring says: (Name), I give you this ring as a sign of our covenant, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

MARRIAGE SYMBOL Optional  You may incorporate a symbolic gesture to further illustrate your marriage union. If you do, go to the Marriage Symbols page and select one of these: Sand Ceremony, Unity Candle, Hand fasting-Cord of Three Strands, Wine Box, or some other symbol that enhances your pledge to each other. See the Marriage Symbols page for details.

WEDDING PRAYER The couple may stand or kneel.  Choose one of these prayers.

Option 1.  Minister: Let us pray.Eternal God, Creator and preserver of all life, author of salvation, and giver of all grace: look with favor upon the world you have made and redeemed, and especially upon (Name) and (Name).  Give them wisdom and devotion in their common life, that each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in perplexity, a comfort in sorrow, and a companion in joy. 

Grant that their wills may be so knit together in your will, and their spirits in your Spirit, that they may grow in love and peace with you and each other all the days of their life. 

Give them the grace, when they hurt each other, to recognize and confess their fault, and to seek each other’s forgiveness and yours. Make their life together a sign of Christ’s love to this sinful and broken world, that unity may overcome estrangement, forgiveness heal guilt, and joy conquer despair. 

Give them such fulfillment of their mutual love that they may reach out in concern for others.  

Give to them, if it is your will, the gift of children, and the wisdom to bring them up to know you, to love you, and to serve you. 

Grant that all who have witnessed these vows today may find their lives strengthened, and that all who are married may depart with their own promises renewed. Enrich with your grace all husbands and wives, parents and children, that, loving and supporting one another, they may serve those in need and be a sign of your kingdom. 

Grant that the bonds by which all your children are united to one another may be so transformed by your Spirit that your peace and justice may fill the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Option 2.  Minister: Let us pray. Eternal God, without your grace no promise is sure. Strengthen (Name) and (Name) with patience, kindness, gentleness, and all other gifts of your Spirit, so that they may fulfill the vows they have made.  Keep them faithful to each other and to you. Fill them with such love and joy that they may build a home of peace and welcome.  Guide them by your Word to serve you all their days. Help us all, O God, to do your will in each of our homes and lives.  Enrich us with your grace so that, supporting one another, we may serve those in need and hasten the coming of peace, love, and justice on earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER Optional  The minister invites all present to say the Lord’s Prayer. 

Option 1. Minister: As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say:  Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.

Option 2. Minister: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE  The minister addresses all who have gathered for the wedding.

Minister: Before God and in the presence of this congregation, (Name) and (Name) have made their solemn vows to each other.  They have confirmed their promises by the joining of hands [and by the giving and receiving of rings].  Therefore, I proclaim that they are now husband and wife.  Blessed be the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit now and forever. The minister joins the couple’s hands and says, Those whom God has joined together let no one separate.

CHARGE  The minister addresses the couple, using one of the following:

Option 1. Minister: As God’s own, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, and patience, forgiving each other as the Lord has forgiven you, and crown all these things with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  (See Col. 3:12-14) 

Option 2. Minister: Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through him.  (Col. 3:17)

BLESSING The minister gives God’s blessing to the couple and the congregation, using one of the following:

Option 1. Minister: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord be kind and gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace that you may faithfully live together in this life and in the age to come have life everlasting.  (Num. 6:24-26)

Option 2. Minister: Amen The grace of Christ attend you, the love of God surround you, the Holy Spirit keep you, that you may live in faith, abound in hope, and grow in love, both now and forevermore. Amen.

THE KISS The first kiss of the newly married couple. The minister may say “You may now kiss the bride”  or  “You may now kiss each other.”

INTRODUCTION OF THE NEWLYWEDS The minister may use your new, formal married name or simply your first names. I present to you Mr. and Mrs. (Name).”  or “I present to you (Name) and (Name).”

RECESSIONAL The guests applaud, as the couple leads the Bridal party from the ceremony to the next scheduled activity, either a cocktail hour, reception or a photographic session. The minister concludes the ceremony by instructing guests about where to proceed to greet the bride and groom.

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