(Serving the Amicalola Falls area in the North Georgia Mountains)
The first part of the marriage vows is the opening words or the welcome to the people attending the wedding ceremony. This can be very formal or very relaxed according to the theme of the wedding, which can be traditional or more modern.
The blank spaces in the paragraphs are there to represent the names of the bride and groom. I fill them in with the couple’s names, and after the wedding, I always give a keepsake copy to the couple as a reminder of their special day.
The types of marriage vows run the gamut of original, traditonal, modern and Christian, as demonstrated by the ready-made wedding ceremonies seen in this link.
Opening Words # 1
Today we are gathered to share prayers and greetings with _______ and ______, who come to make their vows in this act of worship. We celebrate with them the love they have discovered in each other, and we support their decision to commit themselves to one another for the rest of their lives. (This marriage vow is an example of a Christian wedding vow, as is vow # 3.)
Opening Words # 2
We are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the grace of this company to join together this couple, _________ and _______ in holy matrimony, which is an honorable estate instituted of God, and therefore is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, discreetly, and soberly.
Believing this, are you ______ and _______ prepared to enter this covenant of marriage and to share all the joys and sorrow of this new relationship, whatever the future may hold?
Opening Words # 3
We welcome _________ and __________, their families and friends to the celebration of their love and the blessing of their new life. They come to dedicate themselves to God and to each other, and with His eternal help, to fashion their house into a home, their family into a unity of His Kingdom, and to achieve within their lives a hint of eternity. _________ and ________ come to publicly proclaim their love and devotion through holy marriage.
Opening Words # 4
Friends, we are gathered here at this hour in the presence of God to witness and celebrate the coming together of two separate loves. We have come here for the joining of this man ___________ and this woman ______________ in marriage, to be with them and to rejoice with them in the making of this important commitment. (This vow is more of the traditional wording.)
Opening words # 5
What a pleasure for us to see love in bloom, to participate in the wedding of two people so delightfully suited to one another. It lifts our spirits to be in the presence of such a love, to bask in the sweet energies of two people who so obviously adore one another, who want to play together, laugh together, and walk together for a lifetime. Love untarnished, that is the gift that ______ and ______ give us.
Therefore, _______ and _______, we thank you. You've brightened our day. Thanks for letting us celebrate with you, thanks for showing us that love can bloom, that marriage is a worthy enterprise, and that happy, high spirited people are overjoyed to undertake it. (This marriage vow is definitely an example of an original wedding vow.)
Opening Words # 6
_________________ and _______________ have come to love each other deeply and sincerely. As a result of their deep love, they now desire to unite their lives and establish a home together. In this ceremony they dedicate themselves to the happiness and well-being of each other.
Marriage is a sharing of experience and an adventure into the most intimate of human relationships. It is the happy union of a man and a woman whose companionship and understanding have developed into romance. (This wording is more like a modern vow.)