Partnership in Life Ceremony
Dear friends and families,
we are gathered here today to witness and to celebrate the marriage of John and Jane and to be with them as they pledge themselves to each other. Theirs is a partnership freely chosen and founded on love, friendship, trust and respect.
A partnership that encourages not only self expression, understanding and the development of wisdom through the sharing of knowledge, but also an enthusiasm for life and living. It must be done with respect, consideration and a deep and gentle caring for one another.
You are the people with whom they want to share their joy as they enter into marriage and they hope that, in the years ahead, your love will be a continuous source of strength for them. Let us celebrate this union of John and Jane, bless them and their bond of love.
Charge to the Couple
You are here today with your families and friends to publicly declare your love for one another. Do you pledge to treat each other with kindness, respect and compassion; to listen to each other, and to speak to each other with honesty always?
Your marriage is an act of faith, which must not be entered into lightly, nor must it be based on the vain hope of what the other will do or not do, might become, or not become. It must be based on the firm belief in your individual worth and in that of the other, remembering that the pledge you make today will only remain valid as long as you look upon it, not as a license to control, but as an expression of your devotion and freedom. Today you are dedicating yourselves to that most fragile of all endeavours; a human relationship. The words spoken in this ceremony will not validate your marriage unless your love and your commitment to one another are strong enough to sustain it.
John, will you have this woman as part of your life? Will you love her, care for her and respect her? Will you promise to cherish her in honesty, tenderness and faithfulness as long as you both shall live?
Jane, will you have this man as part of your life? Will you love him, care for him and respect him in honesty, tenderness and faithfulness, as long as you both shall live?
The Marriage Vows
(the couple face each other and join hands.)
Jane, I take you as my wife, to love, cherish and respect. I promise to share my life openly with you; I promise to tenderly care for you, I promise to encourage you in the fulfilment of your dreams and your individuality, throughout the changes in our lives.
John, I take you as my husband, to love, cherish and respect. I promise to share my life openly with you; I promise to encourage you in the fulfilment of your dreams and your individuality, throughout the changes in our lives.
The Exchanging of the Rings
The perfect circle of a ring symbolizes eternity. In the years to come these rings should remind you of the overwhelming joy of this special occasion when you were united in marriage.
John: with all my love I give you this ring, an everlasting symbol of the vows we have made to each other, and as a token of my love for you.
Jane: with all my love I give you this ring, an everlasting symbol of the vows we have made to each other, and as a token of my love for you.
The Declaration of Marriage
John and Jane, from this day on, may you always communicate openly and honestly with each other and live these days of joy. May you live in each other’s company in peace and trust and may your days be filled with the rewards of all that you have endured to bring you to this place. May you endlessly delight in each other and love and fulfill each other always.
Love is more than a feeling, it’s a commitment. It’s a commitment to work things out and to resolve the issues; to communicate when it’s hard to and to forgive each other and start fresh each day. Good marriages take time and effort to build. They don’t just happen.
John and Jane, you have chosen each other in love and freedom. You have declared your purpose before your family and friends gathered here today and you have made your pledges one to the other go now together as husband and wife.
The nuptial kiss.