The Modern Ceremony

Marriage Commissioner:

Dear friends, we have come together to witness the marriage of John and Jane and to rejoice with them.
The union of man and woman in heart, body, and mind is intended for their mutual comfort and help, that they may know each other with love, respect, and tenderness.

In marriage, husband and wife give themselves to each other to care for each other in good times and in bad. They are linked to each other's families, and they begin a new life together in the community.
It is a way of life that none should lightly undertake. If anyone present knows a reason why John and Jane 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

John, will you give yourself to Jane to be her husband: 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?

The groom shall answer: 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 give yourself to John to be his wife: 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?

The bride shall answer: 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 Marriage Vows

(the couple face each other and join hands)
I John, take you Jane, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward; for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish. This is my solemn vow.

I Jane, take you John, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward; for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish. This is my solemn vow.

 

The Exchanging of the Rings

Marriage Commissioner:

The perfect circle of a ring symbolizes eternity. In the years to come these rings will remind you of the overwhelming joy of this special occasion, when you were united in marriage.

SOLEMNIZER TO GROOM:

Place the ring on her finger, hold it there and say these words to her.
W
ith all my love I give you this ring, an everlasting symbol of the vows we have made to each other, and as a token of my love for you.

Marriage Commissioner:

Place the ring on his finger, hold it there and say these words to him.
With all my love I give you this ring, an everlasting symbol of the vows we have made to each other, and as a token of my love for you.

 

The Declaration of Marriage: where the Marriage Commissioner shall say…

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

 

You may now seal these vows with a kiss.

 

Signing of Documents: License and Register

 

Announcements:

 

Introduction of New Couple: Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present to you, Mr. and Mrs. …

(the newly married couple…)