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    Below are three civil wedding ceremony scripts to help inspire you in writing your own civil wedding ceremony. You can also use these scripts with minor modifications or make substantial edits to meet your ceremony requirements.

    CIVIL WEDDING CEREMONY WITH WORDS OF COMMITMENTTOP

    PROCESSIONAL

    Beginning of the wedding ceremony. Guests are Seated.

    INVOCATION

    and , today you enter as individuals, but you will leave here as husband and wife, blending your lives, expanding your family ties, and embarking upon the grandest adventure of human interaction. The story of your life together is still yours to write. All those present have come to witness and celebrate your love and commitment this day - eager to a part of the story not yet told.

    and , remember to treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Take responsibility for making the other feel safe, and give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.

    When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at some time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not just the part that seems wrong. In this way, you can survive the times when clouds drift across the face of the sun in your lives, remembering that, just because you may lose sight of it for a moment, it does not mean the sun has gone away. And, if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.

    WEDDING VOWS

    (To The Groom)

    Repeat after me:
    I , take you to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.

    (To The Bride)

    Repeat after me:
    I , take you to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.

    RING EXCHANGE

    Wedding rings are made precious by our wearing them. Your rings say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bound together. Let these rings also be a sign that love has substance as well as soul, a present as well as a past, and that, despite its occasional sorrows, love is a circle of happiness, wonder, and delight. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have taken here today.

    (Groom To The Bride)

    "I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness. As I place it on your finger, I commit my heart and soul to you."

    (Bride To The Groom)

    "I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness. As I place it on your finger, I commit my heart and soul to you."

    (Officiant to the Couple)

    Today you enter as individuals, but you will leave here as husband and wife, blending your lives, expanding your family ties, and embarking upon the grandest adventure of human interaction. The story of your life together is still yours to write. All those present have come to witness and celebrate your love and commitment this day - eager to a part of the story not yet told.

    WORDS OF COMMITMENT

    and , remember to treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Take responsibility for making the other feel safe, and give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at some time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not just the part that seems wrong.

    In this way, you can survive the times when clouds drift across the face of the sun in your lives, remembering that, just because you may lose sight of it for a moment, does not mean the sun has gone away. And, if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.

    DECLARATION OF INTENT

    (To The Groom)

    Repeat after me:
    "I , take you to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.

    (To The Bride)

    Repeat after me:
    "I , take you to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.

    RING EXCHANGE

    Wedding rings are made precious by our wearing them. Your rings say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bound together. Let these rings also be a sign that love has substance as well as soul, a present as well as a past, and that, despite its occasional sorrows, love is a circle of happiness, wonder, and delight. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have taken here today.

    (Officiant to the Groom)

    , as you place this ring on finger, please repeat after me:

    With this ring, I thee wed, and pledge you my love, now and forever.
    (Groom Repeats)

    (Officiant to the Bride)

    , as you place this ring on finger, please repeat after me:

    With this ring, I thee wed, and pledge you my love, now and forever.
    (Bride Repeats)

    PRONOUNCEMENT

    (Officiant to the Gathering)

    By the authority vested in my by the State of , I now pronounce you Husband and Wife. You may now kiss the bride!

    RECESSIONAL

    End of the Wedding Ceremony.





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    CIVIL WEDDING CEREMONY WITH THESIS OF NATURAL COMMUNITYTOP

    PROCESSIONAL

    Beginning of the wedding ceremony. Guests are Seated.

    INVOCATION

    Welcome. A wedding is such a wonderful occasion, filled with hopes, dreams, and excitement. We are here today to celebrate the love that Bride and Groom have for each other, and to recognize and witness their decision to journey forward in their lives as husband and wife. Being married is like trying to keep your balance in a three-legged race. You are walking side by side in a forward momentum, yet each of you is making choices, moment by moment, that will either help you maintain balance together or cause you to lose your rhythm, your balance, or your way.

    While you are two separate individuals, you walk along one path together. Your every gesture, word, expression, and action, and those you withhold or omit, will determine the quality of your experience together. It is through loving, kindness, caring, and sharing that a successful marriage journey is created. A good marriage takes patience, dedication, humor, and forgiveness. You keep your love alive through the choices you make moment by moment, day after day, and year after year. Through practice, you learn how to love yourselves and each other with devotion and freedom.

    THESIS OF NATURAL COMMUNITY

    Spiders build webs, birds build nests, and we build safe and comfortable havens through our loving. Bride and Groom, through your marriage, and through your love, may you give the gifts of tenderness, comfort, joy, and peace to each other to nurture you throughout the years. Bride and Groom have brought us together here for an occasion of great joy and a cause for great celebration. Having found each other, they have built the kind of relationship that will serve them well as the foundation for their marriage.

    They have chosen each and every one of us to be here with them to witness their Wedding Vows as they join together as husband and wife. Each of us knows that a marriage is not created by a law or a ceremony; rather it occurs in the hearts of two human beings. It grows out of loving, caring, and sharing ourselves with another. And so it is that Bride and Groom have connected their hearts and souls, one to the other, drawing upon the depths of their being, into the deep well of human need the need to live united, loving, and complete.

    So, in witnessing this ceremony today, we are observing only an outward sign of an inward union that already exists between Bride and Groom. Today, they have come before us to publicly affirm their love; to promise to nurture themselves, each other, and this union; and to acknowledge its centrality in their lives. They do so knowing that marriage is at once the most tender, yet challenging, of all relations in life.

    And so, we have gathered here together as family and friends to witness and to celebrate the coming together of Bride and Groom as they enter into the sacred and joyous covenant of marriage. For those of us blessed by a true partnership of love, we feel safe in the presence of our loved one. There is no need to hide any part of ourselves for fear of being judged or rejected. We can just be together from moment to moment, believing that those moments will thread together into eternity.

    There is a gentleness to the presence of love that softens life’s rough edges. It makes us somehow braver to go forth into the world knowing that the shelter of someone’s love awaits us at day end. We are most vulnerable when we love. We place our trust in another to honor us and to care for us, to treasure us and to receive our love.

    In love, we trust that the other will provide a safe haven in which we can experience and share the fullness of our being with one another. And in so doing, we trust that our lives will be far richer than had we chosen separate journeys through this world. We trust that our love will fill us full and make us wiser and more beautiful beings. We find that our union graces our lives with balance, a sweetness beyond any we have ever tasted, and a treasure beyond any measure of value we have ever known.

    DECLARATION OF INTENT

    (Officiant to the Groom)

    Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer keeping yourself unto her for as long as you both shall live? If so answer “I do”.

    (Groom To the Bride)

    "I do."

    (Officiant to the Bride)

    Do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer keeping yourself unto him for as long as you both shall live? f so answer I do.

    (Bride To the Groom)

    "I do."

    PRONOUNCEMENT

    If there is anyone present who may show just and lawful cause why this couple may not be legally wed, let them speak now or forever hold their peace. By the authority vested in me by the State of

    I now pronounce you both husband and wife.

    RECESSIONAL

    End of the Wedding Ceremony.





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    CIVIL WEDDING CEREMONY WITH CHARGE TO COUPLE AND CONFIRMATION OF LOVETOP

    PROCESSIONAL

    Beginning of the wedding ceremony. Guests are Seated.

    INVOCATION

    We have come together to witness the marriage of and . Much wisdom concerning the joining of two people has come our way through all paths of belief, and from many cultures.

    With each union, more knowledge is gained and more wisdom gathered. Though we are unable to give all this knowledge to these two, who stand before us, we can hope to leave with them the knowledge of love and its strengths and the anticipation of the wisdom that comes with time.

    CHARGE TO COUPLE

    and , in presenting yourselves here today to be joined in marriage, you perform an act of faith. This faith can grow and develop and last, but only if you both decide to make it so. I would ask that you both remember to treat yourself and each other with respect, and remind yourself often of what brought you together today.

    Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your marriage deserves. When frustration and difficulty assail your marriage - as they do in every relationship at one time or another - focus on what seems right between you, not only the part that seems wrong.

    This way, when clouds of trouble hide the sun in your lives and you lose sight of it for a moment, you can remember that the sun is still there. And if each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your life together, abundance and delight will mark it.

    (Bride & Groom To Each Other)

    "Yes."

    VOWS EXCHANGE

    Since it is your intention to enter into marriage, please face each other and join both your hands.

    (Officiant To The Groom)

    , please repeat after me: I,

    , take you, , to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you all the days of my life.

    (Officiant To The Bride)

    , please repeat after me: I,

    , take you, , to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you all the days of my life.

    (Officiant To The Groom)

    , have you any special words you\'d like to say to ?

    (Groom Recites Vows to the Bride)

    (Officiant To The Bride)

    , have you any special words you\'d like to share with ?

    (Bride Recites Vows to the Groom)

    RING EXCHANGE

    The wedding ring is a symbol of married love, the precious metals show that your love is your most precious possession, and the unending circle symbolizes that your love may never cease.

    (Officiant To The Groom)

    , as you place the ring on 's finger, please repeat after me:

    , I give you this ring, as a symbol of my love. I ask you to wear it as a sign to the world that you are my wife. With this ring, I thee wed.
    (Groom Repeats)

    (Officiant To The Bride)

    , as you place the ring on 's finger, please repeat after me:

    , I give you this ring, as a symbol of my love. I ask you to wear it as a sign to the world that you are my husband. With this ring, I thee wed.
    (Bride Repeats)

    CONFIRMATION OF LOVE

    May your love be one based on freedom. For though our hands may touch, it̢'s our hearts that hold.

    When you hold love within your heart, you radiate a light, which shall brighten all the days of your life and beyond.

    Everything we truly love, becomes a part of us forever. So take your time with each other. Let your love's seed grow and mature with the seasons, to provide you with warmth, serenity, joy and acceptance throughout all the years of your marriage.

    Love is not a wall; it is a bridge. Love does not confine; it sets you free. It leads, as a pathway, winding, to places unknown and mysterious. With love to light the way, you can meet any challenge, together.

    PRONOUNCEMENT

    and , through your words today, you have joined together in matrimony.

    Because you have exchanged your vows before these witnesses, have pledged your commitment each to the other, and have declared the same by joining hands and by exchanging rings, I now pronounce that you are husband and wife.

    , you may kiss your bride!

    RECESSIONAL

    End of the Wedding Ceremony.





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