(Serving the Amicalola Falls area in the North Georgia Mountains)
This first ceremony is more like one of the modern wedding vows. It is short, sweet, and to the point and lots of couples like it for that reason.
The blanks in the page are for the names of the bride and groom to be filled in so that it is personalized and ready for them on their wedding day.
Ceremony for ________________ and ______________
Day, Date, and Time at Place or Venue.
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?
(Asking the couples this question is indicative of more modern wedding vows.)
Groom, do you pledge to have ____________ as your wife, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony from this day forward? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, forsaking all others so long as you both shall live?
Bride, do you pledge to have ____________ as your husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony from this day forward? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, forsaking all others so long as you both shall live?
You have chosen to exchange rings as a sign of your love and commitment to each other. The wedding ring is a fit symbol of the unbroken partnership of marriage which should continue until broken by death. Let them be constant reminders to you of your obligations to each other and mute incentives to their fulfillment. You are to wear these rings as an enclosing bond of reverence and trust. You both are to fulfill the perfect circle of duty that makes you one.
(This statement about the rings makes this one of the more modern wedding vows.)
By these symbols of covenant-promise, Gracious God, remind _________ and ___________ of your encircling love and unending faithfulness that in all their life together they may know joy and peace in one another.
___________, as you place this ring on __________’s hand, repeat after me:
WITH THIS RING - I GIVE MYSELF TO YOU - TO BE YOUR HUSBAND - I PROMISE TO LOVE AND SUSTAIN YOU - IN THE COVENANT OF MARRIAGE - FOR AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE.
___________, as you place this ring on ________’s hand, repeat after me:
WITH THIS RING - I GIVE MYSELF TO YOU - TO BE YOUR WIFE - I PROMISE TO LOVE AND SUSTAIN YOU - IN THE COVENANT OF MARRIAGE - FOR AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE.
Join hands and bow your heads.
_________ and __________, you have committed your selves to each other in this joyous and sacred covenant. May there be peace in your home and confidence in your hearts. May the God of Sarah and Abraham, who watches over all the families of the earth, bless you and grant that the love which unites you grow in abiding happiness and seal your bond of marriage with love everlasting. May we remember always that it is You, O Lord our God, who has brought us to this and all joyful seasons. AMEN.
I now pronounce you husband and wife. Those who God has joined, let no one separate!
___________, you may now kiss ______________.
Now go forth in your new life together as Mr. and Mrs. ___________!
Remember, this is one of the modern wedding vows because it has just the basics and not much in the way of prayer or readings. You could always add in more if you so desire.
Of course, "modern wedding vows" is a matter of interpretation, but compared to many more traditional ones, this is not as conventional a ceremony.