Note: These Spiritual Ceremonies are in full, yet couples can still choose and exchange the wordings, poems, Scripture Readings, vows, Ringceremony, blessings, prayers and other Insertions!

Good for Elopements or large Parties

A) Begin with Prayer :

This is a very sacred moment for you both bride and groom so let us begin with prayer:

Loving Spirit, grant Name and name, that in giving and forgiving they may receive from each other everlasting joy.  Bind them together with cords that cannot be broken.  Bind them together with love.  Grant that they may always take delight in each other, and that each will remain in the other’s heart and desire.

Heavenly Spirit.  Everlasting God, have compassion with Bride and groom, as they process of committing to each other and professing their vows.  I ask you to be with them in all their undertakings, and I see them both blessed with an abundance of all good.  Furthermore we see your minds illumined by divine wisdom, and your hearts quickened by divine love.  And now, let us affirm these things in an awareness that we are in the living, loving, indwelling Presence of God.  Amen.

Bride and Groom, as you know, true marriage is much more than the joining of two persons in the bonds of matrimony.  Rightly understood, marriage is the uniting of two souls already attuned to each other.  When such a true and spiritual bond already exists between a man and a woman, it is proper that an outer acknowledgement be made.  Such acknowledgement is the prime purpose of this gathering and of this ceremony.  We are here to bear witness to your entry into the blessed relationship of husband and wife. I know that you both appreciate the sacred nature of the commitment you have made to each other.  Your love for each other gives life to your marriage.  In a very real sense you will renew your wedding vows each day of your married life, as you create your life together.

You are joining your lives in true love, name and name, and you know that, while true love certainly includes the warmth and the glow, the excitement and the romance of being deeply in “love,” it is much more than that feeling and excitement alone.  Real love is caring as much about the welfare and happiness of your marriage partner as you care about your own welfare and happiness.

Real love is not total absorption in each other.  Rather it is looking outward in the same direction—together.  Love makes burdens lighter, because you divide them.  Love makes joys more intense, because you share them.  Love makes you both stronger, so you can reach out and become involved with life in ways that neither of you dared risk alone.  Marriage, in its deepest and truest sense, is a spiritual union.  It is the uniting of two spiritual- beings.  It is also two persons working together toward a goal, two souls manifesting as one in hope, in desire, and in aspirations.  Whatever it is that you may decide to accomplish together, Bride and Groom, remember that God is with you, and to the- extend, that you allow yourselves to be partners with God, your success is assured.

POEM by Wilfred Arian Peterson “The Art of a good marriage” 

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created.  In marriage the little things are the big things.  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; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through the years.  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 the whole family.  It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty of sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.  It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.  It is not looking for perfection in each other.  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 old.  It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.  It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.  It is not marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

VOWS 

Groom: Please repeat after me(Minister):

I, Groom, take you, Bride, …to be my lawfully wedded wife, …my constant friend, my faithful partner… and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God I offer you… my solemn vow to be your faithful partner …in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, …and in joy as well as in sorrow. …I promise to love you unconditionally, …to support you in your goals, …to honor and respect you, …to laugh with you and cry with you,… and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

Bride, please repeat after me (Minister):

I, Bride, take you, Groom, …to be my lawfully wedded husband, ….my constant friend, my faithful partner…. and my love from this day forward….. In the presence of God… I offer you my solemn vow …to be your faithful partner …in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, …and in joy as well as in sorrow….I promise to love you unconditionally, …to support you in your goals, …to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, …and to cherish you …for as long as we both shall live.

RING CEREMONY

Groom please put the ring on Bride’s left hand, and repeat after me:

This ring I give to you …as a token of my love… and devotion to you. I pledge to you…all that I am and all that I will ever be… as your husband…. With this ring, I gladly marry you… and join my life to yours.

Bride please put the ring on Groom’s left hand, and repeat after me:

This ring I give to you …as a token of my love… and devotion to you. I pledge to you…all that I am and all that I will ever be… as your wife…. With this ring, I gladly marry you… and join my life to yours.

BLESSING FOR A MARRIAGE by James Dillet Freeman

Bride and Groom, May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also Patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another– Not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you know your full-ness.  A mountain needs a valley to be complete. The valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley – Because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you, and you, Bride and Groom. May you need one another, but not out of weakness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you entice one another, but not compel one another. May you embrace one another, but not encircle one another – May you succeed in all- important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.  May you look for things to praise, Often say, I love you:  -If you have quarrels that push you apart, May both of you have good sense enough to take the first step back. May you continue to know the mystery -Which is the awareness of one another’s presence -An awareness that is no more physical than spiritual; Warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms, Or even in distant cities. May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy. May you always have love, and may you find it loving one another.

Wedding Day prayer dedicated to Bride and Groom:

Smile on these two people Lord as side by side they stand-
Promising to live and love together hand in hand….
Fill their hearts with laughter and their souls with understanding.
Touch them with their gentle strength for times
when life’s demanding
Warm them in the light of truth and wisdom’s precious gold.
And bless their friendship, Lord. With all the love two hearts can hold. Amen

Thank you God, for Your Presence here with us, and your Blessing on this marriage.  Amen.

Bride and Groom, under the authority vested in me by the State of Georgia and in the name of the Living God whose Presence blesses every true marriage, I pronounce you husband and wife.

1) For Elopement

It is with great pleasure to be the first to address you as husband and wife:

2)For a greater Wedding Party:

2)Ladies and Gentleman, May I introduce to you for the foirst time

as husband and wife,   Mr. and Mrs.____________________________

Congratulations; you may kiss the bride.


 

B) Begin with Prayer

This is a very sacred time for you both,___________and ____________, so let us begin with prayer.  Loving Spirit, grant _________  and  ________  that in giving and forgiving they may receive from each other ever lasting joy.  Bind them together with cords that cannot be broken.  Bind them together with love.  Grant that they may always take delight in each other, and that each will remain in the other’s heart and desire. Heavenly Spirit – Everlasting God, have compassion with _________ and ________, as they speak their wedding vows, and be with them in all their undertaking. We now realize that God’s richest blessings are being poured out on you both; and I see you both blessed with an abundance of all- good.  Furthermore I see your minds illumined by divine wisdom, and your hearts quickened by divine love.  And now let us affirm these Blessings in an awareness that we are in the living, loving indwelling Presence of God.  Amen.

___________  and ___________, as you know, true marriage is much more than the joining of two persons in the bonds of matrimony.  Rightly understood, marriage is the uniting of two souls already attuned to each other.  When such a true and spiritual bond already exists between a man and a woman, it is proper that an outer acknowledgement be made.  Such acknowledgement is the prime purpose of this gathering and of this ceremony.  We are here to bear witness to your entry into the blessed relationship of husband and wife. I know that you both appreciate the sacred nature of the commitment you have made to each other.  Your love for each other gives live to your marriage.  In a very real sense you will renew your wedding vows each day of your married life, as you create your life together.

You are joining your lives in true love, ___________ and ____________ , and you know that, while true love certainly includes the warmth and the glow, the excitement and the romance of being deeply in “love,” it is much more than that feeling and excitement alone.  Real love is caring as much about the welfare and happiness of your marriage partner as you care about your own welfare and happiness.

Real love is not total absorption in each other.  Rather it is looking outward in the same direction—together.  Love makes burdens lighter, because you divide them.  Love makes joys more intense, because you share them.  Love makes you both stronger, so you can reach out and become involved with life in ways that neither of you dared risk alone.

You are agreeing to be a light and a-strength to each other.  You are agreeing to carry a part of each other’s burdens.  In fact you are entering on an act of pure faith in which you will give of yourselves to the utmost.

Marriage, in its deepest and truest sense, is a spiritual union.  It is the uniting of two spiritual- beings.  It is also two persons working together toward a goal, two souls manifesting as one in hope, in desire, and in aspirations.  Whatever it is that you may decide to accomplish together,

______________ and______________, remember that God is with you, and to the extend, that you allow yourselves to be partners with God, your success is assured.

Let us reflect  upon a special kind of love:( “I Will Stay In Love With You Forever” by Susan Polis Schultz)

How can I stay in love with you forever?  How can we make our relationship into a lifetime of sharing and joy?

In order to stay in love forever, I must first find the right person to love, and I have, in you.

In order to stay in love forever, we both must understand each other and ourselves very well, and we must be completely honest with each other at all times.

We must have our own goals and interests, and actively pursue them. We must both have complete freedom of thought, and we must encourage each other to follow our dreams. We must always be fair, kind, and supportive of each other.  We must dedicate ourselves to being equal partners in all that we feel and in all that we do.

We must promise each other that we will always create a time to just appreciate each other and our love, and that we will never take our love for granted.  In order for me to stay in love with you forever, and have a relationship that is a life time of sharing and loving, I must really pledge myself to this wonderful commitment and I must really want to stay in love with you forever. And I do.

VOWS

_____________, do you accept _____________, as your wife, to share your life openly with her and to speak the Truth to her in love, to honor and tenderly care for her, to cherish and encourage her fulfillment as an individual through all the changes of your lives? I DO!

___________ , do you accept ___________, as your husband, to share your life openly with him and to speak the Truth to him in love, to honor and tenderly care for him, to cherish and encourage his fulfillment as an individual through all the changes of your lives? I DO!

(Groom repeats after the minister) I, _____________, accept you, ___________, as my friend and love…, beside me and apart from me…..in laughter and in tears…..in conflict and in serenity…..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.

(Bride repeats after the minister) I, _____________, accept you,_____________, as my friend and love …, beside me, and apart from me…..in laughter and in tears…..in conflict and in serenity…..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.

Ring Ceremony

 We bless these rings, symbols of purity and of love, in the name of the one love, the Infinite love of God, of which all human love is a reflection.  We bless also ___________and ___________, who give and wear these rings, in the name of Divine love.  May these rings serve not as locks, binding you together, but as keys, unlocking the secrets of your hearts for each other to know, and thus bringing you closer in the Infinite love that links you spirit to spirit, and souls to soul.

GROOM:_____________, please place the ring on ___________‘s left hand, and repeat after me:

______________, with this ring…I thee wed…and with it…I bestow upon thee…all the treasures …of my mind…of my heart… and of my soul.

BRIDE:______________, please place the ring on ____________’s left hand, and repeat after me:

______________, with this ring…I thee wed…and with it…I bestow upon thee…all the treasures …of my mind…of my heart… and of my soul.

 Blessing For A Marriage by James Dillet Freeman

_____________________ and_____________________ ,

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, And may life grant you also, Patience, Tolerance, and Understanding.

May you always need one another—not so much to fill your emptiness, as to help you know your fullness.  A mountain needs a valley to be complete.  The valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the Valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it.

So let it be with you and you, Bride  and  Groom .

May you need one another, but not out of weakness.  May you want one another, but not out of lack.  May you entice one another, but not compel one another.  May you embrace one another, but not encircle one another. May you succeed in all- important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.  May you look for things to praise, often say I love you: If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you have good sense enough to take the first step back. May you continue to know the mystery which is the awareness of one others’ presence—an awareness that is no more physical than spiritual; warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms, or even in distant cities.

May you have happiness, and may find it making one another happy.  May you always find love, and may you find it loving one another.

Thank you God, for Your Presence here with us, and your Blessing on this marriage.  Amen.

______________ and_____________, under the authority vested in me by the State of Georgia and in the name of the Living God whose Presence blesses every true marriage, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

1) For just the couple

It is with great pleasure to be the first to address you as; or

2)Ladies and Gentleman, May I introduce to you for the foirst time

as husband and wife,   Mr. and Mrs.____________________________

Congratulations; you may kiss the bride.

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C)Very Short Spiritual ceremony( Elopement or 2 nd marriage)

Family and Friends, this is a sacred time for  both,  bride  and  groom,  so let us begin with prayer.

May your love and deep respect for each other sustain throughout the years to come.

May your life together flow with peace and harmony.

May your vows be fully realized and may you realize their own true nature together.

May you both promise to do what you think to be right; speak what you think to be the truth; help others in what is fair, accept your mistakes without excuses for them.

May you both accept full responsibility for your actions and reactions.

May sincerity of this resolution give you both strength to fulfill your duties towards yourself and others. Amen.

 

______________________and_____________________,

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage: The little things are the big things. 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; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years. 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 not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. 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 finding room for the things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

VOWS

Groom: ___________, do you accept __________, as your wife, to share your life openly with her and to speak the Truth to her in love, to honor and tenderly care for her, to cherish and encourage her fulfillment as an individual through all the changes of your lives? I DO!

Bride:___________, do you accept  ___________, as your husband, to share your life openly with him and to speak the Truth to him in love, to honor and tenderly care for him, to cherish and encourage his fulfillment as an individual through all the changes of your lives? I DO!

(Groom repeats after the minister) I,____________, accept you,_____________, as my friend and love…, beside me and apart from me…..in laughter and in tears…..in conflict and in serenity…..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.

(Bride repeats after the minister) I,__________ , accept you,              ______________, as my friend and love …, beside me, and apart from me…..in laughter and in tears…..in conflict and in serenity…..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.

Ring Ceremony

 We bless these rings, symbols of purity and of love, in the name of the one love, the Infinite love of God, of which all human love is a reflection.  We bless also  Bride  and Groom, who give and wear these rings, in the name of Divine love.  May these rings serve not as locks, binding you together, but as keys, unlocking the secrets of your hearts for each other to know, and thus bringing you closer in the Infinite love that links you spirit to spirit, and souls to soul.

Groom: ___________, please place the ring on  ____________‘s left hand, and repeat after me:

____________, with this ring…I thee wed…and with it…I bestow upon thee…all the treasures …of my mind…of my heart… and of my soul.

Bride: __________ , please place the ring on third finger of ___________’s left hand, and repeat after me:

___________, with this ring…I thee wed…and with it…I bestow upon thee…all the treasures …of my mind…of my heart… and of my soul.

 Let us pray:

1)

Smile on these two people Lord as side by side they stand-
Promising to live and love together hand in hand….
Fill their hearts with laughter and their souls with understanding.
Touch them with their gentle strength for times
when life’s demanding
Warm them in the light of truth and wisdom’s precious gold.
And bless their friendship, Lord.

With all the love two hearts can hold. Amen        or         this  following ending Prayer

2)

Let us pray:

As we acknowledge the eternal presence of the Holy Spirit of God working in and through every moment of our lives.  Father/Mother God, we pray for harmony and creativity, as well as love and laughter to continue to fill this new dimension oftheir relationship, that _____ and ______ have chosen to enter into.  We pray for abundant joy for them.  We pray for their home that it may be a sanctuary for all that is peaceful and loving and nourishing to the human spirit. May God’s Light , Love, Peace and Joy be with _______and ______, as their journey of Love unfolds.

Thank you God, for Your Presence here with us, and your Blessing on this marriage.  Amen.

______________and____________, under the authority vested in me by the State of Georgia, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

1) for couple alone:

It is with great pleasure to be the first to address you as;

2) Ladies and Gentleman, May I introduce to you for the foirst time

as husband and wife,      Mr. and Mrs.   _________________________

Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.