We have come to celebrate the Wedding of Partner 1 and Partner 2.  


Since time immemorial, people have had wedding ceremonies to the transition, the change of status.  


Today we gather for that happiest of ceremonies, in this historic city hall  – to mark the the change of status from single individuals to a married couple. 


It is one of life’s richest surprises when the fateful meeting of two individuals leads them to proceed together along a common path. It is indeed one of life’s finest experiences when a chance relationship grows into a permanent bond of  
love. 


This meeting and this love are what bring us together today. The uniting of these two,  establishing  a new family,  is an important and memorable event.  
It brings together two separate individuals  and creates a  union that is a sign of hope and joy in the midst of our very turbulent world. 


In their love for each other, which they publicly express in this ceremony, 
Partner 1 and Partner 2  
demonstrate not only their joy in the present but their commitment to share the future together.  
This is a time of celebration.  
 (Declaration of Intent) 
It is your intention,  partner 1, to take partner 2, to by your lawfully wedded spouse/wife/husband? 
YES 


It is your intention,  partner 2, to take partner 1, to by your lawfully spouse/wife/husband? 


And now the wedding vows: 
Partner 1,  
Do  you take Partner 2, to be no other than him/herself. 
Loving what you know of him, trusting what you do not yet know, 
with respect his/her integrity and having faith in his abiding love for you, 
through all your years, and in all that life may bring you. 
I DO 


Partner 2,  
Do  you take Partner 1, to be no other than him/herself. 
Loving what you know of him, trusting what you do not yet know, 
with respect his/her integrity and having faith in his abiding love for you, 
through all your years, and in all that life may bring you. 
I DO 


The rings: 
Weddings rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of love.  
Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no giver and no receiver for  
each is the giver and each is the receiver. 


Partner 1, please place the ring on your beloved’s finger and repeat after me:  
With this ring I take you as my spouse/husband/wife. 
I offer you all that I am.  
Every day of our lives together, this ring will represent our vows as we are united here today

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Partner 2, please put the ring on your beloved’s finger and repeat after me: 
With this ring I take you as my spouse/husband/wife. 
I offer you all that I am.  
Every day of our lives together, this ring will represent our vows as we are united here today. 


Partner 1 and Partner 2:  
Above you are the stars, below you are the stones. 
As time passes, remember... 
Like a star should your love be constant, 
Like the earth should your love be firm. 
Possess one another, yet be understanding. 
Have patience with each other, 
For storms will come, and they will go quickly, 
Forced to dissipate in the light of your love. 
Be free in giving of affection and of warmth. 
Have no fear, and let not the ways or words of the unenlightened give you unease. 
My your love be with you, 
Now and always! 


Partner 1 and Partner 2 have declared before all of us that they will live together in marriage.  They have made special promises to each other. They have symbolized it by joining hands, saying vows, and exchanging rings.  Therefore, it is my joyful duty to pronounce that you are now and forever, legally  
married.. 


You may kiss each other! 


Signing 


Guests,  I present to you for the very first time, the newly married couple!

Option 3

Option 2

I have the privilege of performing this marriage ceremony today.  
 On behalf of  Partner 2 and Partner 1, welcome and thank you for being here. They are delighted that you are here today to share in their joy during this wonderful moment in their lives.  
 We are gathered here today 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 Partner 1 and Partner 2 in marriage.  


 There are many things to say about marriage. Much wisdom concerning the joining together of two souls has come our way, through all paths of belief and from many cultures. With each union, more knowledge is gained and more wisdom gathered.  
 It is this knowledge of love and its strengths, and the anticipation of the wisdom that comes with time that we wish for Partner 2 and Partner.

Reading
We’ll  reflects on love with these words: 
To find love, we must first take the chance of risking our heart to another. 
For it is only then, in the very act of offering ourselves, that true love is discovered. 
The path of love is never easy.  
Yet it's in the ups and downs, the times of trouble and need that together a bond is forged, strong enough to withstand whatever the road ahead may bring. 
Love is about knowing when it's time to lead and when it's time to follow, but mostly, it’s about two people walking through life side by side. 

 Expression of intent and consent 
I now have a question for each of you.  
First for you Partner 1: Partner 1, you have chosen Partner 2  to be your spouse/wife/husband. Will you love and respect him? Will you be honest with him always and will you stand by him/her through whatever may come? (Answer: 'I will') 
 
Partner 2, you have chosen Partner 1 to be your spouse/wife/husband. Will you love and respect her/him? Will you be honest with her/him always and will you stand by her through whatever may come?  
(Answer: 'I will') 
 
Partner 2 and Partner 1 , we now come to your vows.  

What you promise today must be renewed tomorrow and each day that stretches before you.  
 
Sarah, do you take Partner 2 to be your spouse/wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, to love and to cherish, and to be faithful to him alone?  I DO 
 
Now, Partner 2, your turn:  

Do you take Partner 1 to be your spouse/wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, to love and to cherish, and to be faithful to him alone?  I DO 
 
Partner 1, please put the ring you have chosen on Partner 2’s finger and say after me:  

With this ring, I marry you, and join my heart to yours. 

 Partner 2, please put the ring you have chosen on Partner 1’s finger and say after me:  

With this ring, I marry you, and join my heart to yours. 
 
Now may those who wear these rings live in love all their days. 
 
Affirmation of the Marriage 
Now may the love which has brought you together continue to grow and enrich your lives.   

May you meet with courage the problems which arise to challenge you and may your relationship always be one of love and trust.  


May the happiness you share today be with you always and may every word you have pledged here be a living truth in your lives.  
 
Declaration of Marriage 
Partner 2 and Partner 1, we have heard your promise to share your lives in marriage, we recognize and respect the covenant of marriage you have made here, before each one of us as witnesses.  
 
Therefore, in the honesty and sincerity of what you have said and done, it is my honour and a delight to now pronounce you MARRIED! You may seal your wedding vows with a kiss.


Signing
 
It’s my honour and pleasure to be the first one to introduce to you, the newly married couple! Please greet them warmly!

Option 1

 I have the privilege of performing this marriage ceremony today.  
 On behalf of Partner 1 and Partner 2, thank you to the witnesses for being here.  

We are here today to participate in a most joyous occasion, to celebrate the wedding of partner 1 and partner 2.   


This is a wonderful moment in their lives.  


They have discovered love in each other and have decided to commit themselves to one another for the rest of their lives. 


Today their relationship changes.  
All of us know it will grow, and become stronger and better. 
Indeed this day is a day of hope. A day in which Partner 1 and Partner 2 demonstrate their commitment, devotion, and mutual respect, as well as their faith and love in one another.


Marriage is a creative endeavor. 
In anything creative, there is an art. 
So too, in marriage. 
In the Art of Marriage: The little things are the big ones.  
It is never being too old to hold hands. 
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.  
It is never going to sleep angry.  
It is at no time taking the other for granted.  
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.  
It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.  
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.  
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.  
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.  
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. 
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.  
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. 


The expression of consent: 
Partner 1, you have chosen Partner 2 to be your spouse/wife/husband. Will you love and respect her/him? Will you be honest with her/him always and will you stand by her through whatever may come?  
(Answer: 'I will') 


Partner 2, you have chosen Partner 1 to be your spouse/wife/husband. Will you love and respect her/him? Will you be honest with her/him always and will you stand by her through whatever may come?  
(Answer: 'I will') 


And now, the wedding vows: 
Partner 1 and Partner 2, join hands please. 


Partner 1, do you take Partner 2 to be your lawful wedded husband/wife/spouse?  
Do you promise to love, honor, and protect him/her? Share the good times and achievements as well as the hard times and disappointments? Keep him/her in sickness and in sorrow and to be faithful to him/her forevermore?  (“I do”) 


Partner 2, do you take Spouse/wife/husband to be your lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse? Do you promise to love, honor, and protect her/him? Share the good times and achievements as well as the hard times and disappointments? Keep her in sickness and in sorrow and to be faithful to her/him forevermore? (“I do”) 


Partner 1, place the ring on your beloved’s  finger please. Do you, Partner 1,  give Partner 2 this ring in token and pledge it as a symbol of all that you share with your constant faith and abiding love? (I do) 


Partner 2, place the ring on your beloved’s  finger please. Do you, Partner 2,  give Partner 1 this ring in token and pledge it as a symbol of all that you share with your constant faith and abiding love? (I do) 


I’d like to offer an ancient blessing on your marriage.  
This is from our first nations people: 
Now you will feel no rain,  
for each of you will be shelter for the other. 
Now you will feel no cold,  
for each of you will be warmth to the other. 
Now there will be no loneliness,  
for each of you will be companion to the other. 
Now you are two persons,  
but there are three lives before you: each of your separate lives individually, and your life together. May your days together be good and long upon the Earth.  
Let’s have a kiss to seal the vows!  


Signing 


Introduction of the couple: 
It is my honour and delight to be the very first person to introduce to you, the newly married couple! 
Please greet them warmly!!

Each ceremony is about 5 minutes long



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