Contemporary Service

 

MARRIAGE COMMISSIONER:

Dear friends, we are gathered here today to witness the marriage of John and Jane and to celebrate with them. They have asked you here to be a part of their wedding day as they pledge themselves to each other. The union of man and woman in marriage is not to be taken lightly. Therefore if anyone can show any just cause why they may not lawfully be married they must declare it now or else hereafter hold their peace.


John and Jane, if either of you knows any reason why you may not lawfully marry, you must declare it now.

Repeat after me…(each of the participants in turn)

I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I,___________________may not be joined in matrimony to ____________________.

 

The Wedding


It is not intended in marriage that husbands and wives cease to be individuals, but that both may continue to grow in love by support and concern for each other's well being.
You travelled down different paths to reach the point at which you met. Today you take the next step in your journey. You must promise to love, respect, and support each other in all the rough times, the sad times, and celebrate all the happy times together.

John, will you take Jane to be your wife, to love her, comfort her, honour and protect her; and forsaking all others to be faithful to her for as long as you both shall live?

I will.

Repeat after me…

I call upon these persons here present, to witness that I, ____________, do take you, _____________, to be my lawful wedded wife (or to be my lawful wedded partner or to be my lawful wedded spouse),


Jane, will you take John to be your husband, to love him, comfort him, honour and protect him; and forsaking all others to be faithful to him for as long as you both shall live?
I will.

Repeat after me…

I call upon these persons here present, to witness that I, ____________, do take you, _____________, to be my lawful wedded husband (or to be my lawful wedded partner or to be my lawful wedded spouse),
 

The Exchanging of the Rings

MARRIAGE COMMISSIONER TO GROOM:

Place the ring on her finger, hold it there and say these words to her.

With all my love I give you this ring, an everlasting symbol of the vows that we have made to each other, and as a token of my love.
MARRIAGE COMMISSIONER TO BRIDE:

Place the ring on his finger, hold it there and say these words to her.

With all my love I give you this ring, an everlasting symbol of the vows that we have made to each other, and as a token of my love.

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.

 

The Declaration of Marriage: where the marriage commissioner shall say…

 

John and Jane, you have chosen each other in love and freedom. You have declared your purpose before this gathering, and you have made your pledges one to another.

 

I, ________________________, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Marriage Act, do hereby pronounce you __________________________ and ____________________ to be husband and wife (married).

 

The Nuptial Kiss