We are gathered here today to celebrate one of lifeís greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes to the words which shall unite ________________________ and __________________ in marriage.
Should there be anyone who has cause why this couple should not be united in marriage, they must speak now or forever hold their peace.
(If the bride is escorted forward)
Who is it that brings this woman to this man?
(The father, children, relative etc. may give the bride away. He/they answer "I do", "I do on behalf of the family", or "her mother and I". This person then steps back and the groom takes the brideís hand.)
___________________ and __________________, life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is given to use by our family or by our friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of the greatest challenges of life - and is the shared goal of a married life.
(Vows used unless other vows are wished. You may change the vows as you wish)
(Groom)______________________, do you take _____________________ to be your Wife? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her?
(Bride) I,_______________________, do you take _____________________ to be your Husband? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him?
(If ring/rings are exchanged each does so before repeating the following vows - unless you wish other vows or do not wish to repeat)
Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace and the unbroken circle of love, signifying to all the union of this man and this woman in marriage.
(Groom) I,___________________, take thee __________________, to be my Wife. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you. (With this ring, I thee wed.)
(Bride) I,____________________, take thee __________________, to be my Husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you.
(If there are children of the marriage sometimes couples will give a flower or small gift such as a necklace or ring to the child and say a short statement that they also are now part of the new family. I believe it very important to mention childrenís names in the ceremony. If you have minor children coming into the marriage, if you provide their names I will mention them as is appropriate.)
__________________________ and _________________________, as you this day renew your marriage vows which united you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together - as you shall remain each otherís home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect for each other.
(BIBLE VERSE - if desired. Non-religious reading from the following sheet or others may be used in itís place if wished)
A marriage ceremony represents one of lifeís greatest commitments. But it also is a declaration of love. I wish to read to you what Paul wrote of love in a letter to the Corinthians. I believe it is a true model of love and it is a model of love I hope you pursue in your marriage:
"Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud.
Love is never haughty or selfish or rude.
Love does not demand itís own way. Love is not irritable or touchy. Love does not hold grudges and will hardly notice when others do it wrong.
Love is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.
If you love someone, you will be loyal to them no matter what the costs. You will always believe in them, always expect the best in them, and will always stand your ground in defending them."
(PRAYER if desired. You may alter this or replace it with a non-religious or non-denominational reading if you wish.)
Dear Heavenly Father, (or "Oh Lord") our hearts are filled with great happiness as _________ and __________ renewal their marriage vows and today reaffirm their faith and love for one another. Grant that they may ever be true and loving, living together in such a way as to never bring shame or heartbreak into their marriage. Temper their hearts with kindness and understanding, rid them of all pretense or jealousy. Help them to remember to be each otherís sweetheart, helpmate, friend and guide, so that together they may meet the cares and problems of life more bravely. And with the passage of time, may they find great contentment in the rich joy of senior companionship. May the home they are reaffirming today truly be a place of love and harmony, where Your Spirit is always present. Bless this marriage we pray and walk beside _________ and ___________________ throughout all of their lives together.
We ask these things in Jesus name; Amen
(If unity candles are used/optional. If the Rose Ceremony is used, it is placed after the unity candle ceremony or in place of it.)
______________ and ___________________, the two separate candles symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. I ask that each of you take on of the lit candles and that together you light the center candle.
The individual candles represent
your lives before you first married. Lighting the center candle represents
that your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining
together of your two families and sets of friends to one.
(For couples who are adding music to the ceremony, it is usually placed either here or after the vows are repeated earlier.)
______________ and ____________________, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Holy Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the joining of your hands and the giving of these rings, I now declare you to be Husband and Wife.
Whom God hath joined together, let no one put asunder.
Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.
It is my honor to present to you Mr. & Mrs. _________________________
You make any changes you wish to the rose ceremony or any other ceremony to suit it to a Renewal Of Vows ceremony. GOOD LUCKWITH YOUR RENEWAL CEREMONY & KEEP THE ROMANCE IN YOUR MARRIAGE ALIVE!
Hon. Mark Ovard (972) 445-1329 (817) 247-1370 (214) 505-5640)