Sample Ceremonies: Non denominal - Traditional - Renewals - Commitment Ceremony

All my ceremonies are customized to each couple, making them as unique as the couples themselves.
I have performed handfasting rituals, sand ceremonies, unity candle ceremonies as well as blended family ceremonies. Your perfect wedding ceremony is only bound by our imagination and creativity.

Here you can find a few different ceremonies that I can perform for your big day. Of course you can customize these or have something completely different. After all, this is your day.


Wedding Samples



These are just a few building blocks to start building your perfect ceremony, Once we talk I will begin composing a ceremony that I think will fit what you are looking for and I will keep working on it until you say it is absolutely perfect.


OPENING BLESSINGS


OPTION 1


Father in heaven. You ordained marriage for your children, and you gave us love. As ________ and _______, come this day to be married, may the covenant of love they make, be blessed with true devotion and spiritual commitment. We ask that you, will give them the ability to keep the covenant they have made. When selfishness shows itself, grant generosity; when mistrust is a temptation, give moral strength; when there is misunderstanding, give patience and gentleness; if suffering becomes a part of their lives, give them a strong faith and an abiding love. In Jesus name we pray Amen.


Option 2



Our Father in heaven, Creator, Savior, and Designer of marriage, we turn to you this afternoon, asking that you be glorified by what takes place. That this ceremony would honor you, and reflect the seriousness of the vows to be spoken. Might this service be a reminder to us who have spoken similar vows to our spouses in the past. Might it be instructive to those yet considering such a commitment in their future. Might this ceremony be a fitting beginning for _____ and ______as they commit themselves before this company to pursue a life together. We ask this in Jesus' name, Amen



INTRO CEREMONY


OPTION 1


We are gathered here today in the the presence of friends and family to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes to the words which shall unite Jaramiah and Leanna in marriage. It is an amazing event when two people find each other and know in their hearts that they were destined to share one life. And It is one of life's finest moments when a casual relationship grows into a permanent bond of love. It is this meeting and growth which brings us here today.


OPTION 2

Welcome friends and family. We are here today to celebrate the wedding of ________ and ________. We are here to share in their commitment to one another, to offer our love and support to this union, and to allow ________ and _______ to start their married life together surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them.




VOWS



Option 1


___  place the ring on ____ ’s finger and repeat after me: I, ____, take you, ____, as my friend and love, beside me and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, asking that you be no other than yourself, loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not yet know, in all the ways that life may find us.

 


 Option 2


____ and ____ please place the ring on ____'s finger and repeat after me. I Ryan take you ____ to be my wife; I join my life with yours. I promise to love and to honor you; to treasure you and to respect you; to walk with you side-by-side in joy and sorrow. I vow to be honest, caring, and truthful; to love you as you are, and not as I want you to be; and to grow old by your side as your love and best friend. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward. 


 Option 3


___ and ____ please place the ring on _____'s finger and repeat after me. I, Ryan, give you ____  this ring as a symbol of my love. As I place it on your finger, I commit the whole of my heart and soul to you. I promise to cherish you for the rest

of my days. I give you all that I am, and accept all that you are.


 Option 4


____ and ____ please place the ring on ______'s finger and repeat after me. I Ryan take you ______ to be my wife, my constant friend, my faithful partner, and my love, from this day forward. In the presence of our family, and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be a faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and bad, in joy as well as in sorrow, to love and to cherish until death do us part.

 



 

OPTIONAL SCRIPTURE SAMPLE or non religious version which excludes scripture title.


As Paul spoke in 1st Corinthians: Love is Patient, Love is Kind, Love is not jealous boastful, proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance

C LOSING
with and without mention of God

______and _______, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in 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. And what God hath joined together, let no man nor woman put asunder. Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.

Ladies and Gentlemen It is my privilege to present to you the new Mr. & Mrs.
OPTIONAL ADDONS

Blending the Sands Ceremony #1 - Bride and Groom



_________ and _________, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other.

Your relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand; each representing all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be.

Each container of sand holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without the need of anything else. When the two are blended together they represent an entirely new and extraordinary love and relationship. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination.

Please pick up your container of sand, As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one.

You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the bride and groom into one.

The life that each of you have experienced until now, individually, will hereafter be inseparably united, for the two shall become one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.


Blending the Sands Ceremony #1 - Bride and Groom With Children


_________ and _________, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other and honor your children as well. family relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand; each representing all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be and another container for each child.

There are children who will share in this marriage. _________ will now come forward to help us with the Blending of the Sands. The gathering of this new family will have a deep influence upon them. We realize that in order for the home to be a happy one, it is essential that there be love and understanding between the children and the adults being married.

As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one family.

You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the children and bride and groom into one.

Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage and your family be.


Unity Candle Ceremony #1 - Bride and Groom

You will observe that there are three candles on the Unity table. Through the love and illumination of God, your paths have come together, and in this symbolic ceremony, you will each take a lighted candle, representing your previous separate pathways, and together you will light the Unity candle, symbolizing your willingness to walk life's pathways together as one.

You may now proceed in the lighting of the candle.
Please light the center candle.

May a kind God forever bless this marriage. And so it is.


Unity Candle Ceremony #2 - Bride, Groom and Children

You will observe that there are _______ candles on the Unity table. Through the love and illumination of God, your paths have come together, and in this symbolic ceremony, you will each take a lighted candle, representing your previous separate pathways, and together you will light the Unity candle, symbolizing your willingness to walk life's pathways together as one family.

_______ (# of Children) children will share in this marriage.

Minister to the Children:  _______ and _______ will you please come forward.

The gathering of this new family will have a deep influence upon the children. We realize that in order for the home to be a happy one, it is essential that there be love and understanding between the children and the adults being married.

Minister to Bride and Groom:  _______ and _______, is your love for each other broad enough to include _______ and _______ and deep enough to honor their presence in this marriage and to pledge yourselves to love and care for them?

Bride and Groom:  We will.

Minister to the Groom (or Bride):  _______, please light the taper candles for the children.

Minister:  You may all now proceed in the lighting of the Unity candle.

Bride, Groom and children all light the Unity Candle.

Minister:  May a kind God bless you all as family, and bless this marriage and this home, wherever you may be. And so it is. 

In addition to these add-ons, I have also had couples include a unity painting and wood burning ceremony. Your ceremony is only limited by your imagination.