(Serving the Amicalola Falls area in the North Georgia Mountains)
This ceremony is one of the more original wedding vows, with different ways of expressing the pledge and the ring vows within it. It also has two different types of readings.
The blank spaces are where the names of the bride and groom are inserted. A keepsake copy of the ceremony is then given as a memento.
SERVICE for _______________ and ______________
Day * Date * Time at Place or Venue
_________________ 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.
Who presents this woman to be married to this man? (The use of "presents" rather than "gives" is a newer form of this question and is an original wedding vow type.)
“Her mother and I do” or other appropriate statement from family representative. (This answer makes this one of the more original wedding vows as opposed to a traditional one.)
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.
Today _____________ and _____________ proclaim their love for each other to all who have gathered here. We are happy with them and for them in the new life they are now beginning together. This wedding is a celebration of the spirit of love, joy, and the beauty of life.
___________ and _____________ hold common interests in their daily lives, and they now want to be spiritually joined together so they may live together in love and understanding. Living together in this way, they will deepen their love for each other, and will extend the reach of their love to the whole community of mankind.
They agree that marriage should be a cooperative venture in every sense. It is a relationship based on mutual love, respect and a determination on the part of both to adjust to each other’s temperaments and moods – in health or sickness, joy or sadness, ease or hardship. (This wording is more one of the original wedding vows.)
The marriage of ______ and ________ means the creation of a new home and a new family. They realize the importance of a devoted and affectionate family life. They are aware that love is the strongest bond upon which to establish a home that will be harmonious, orderly and right.
Love always promotes peace and understanding. Love is always kind. Love is always patient and tactful. Love is always forgiving and compassionate. In the booklet entitled The Prophet, the author has given a beautiful description of the type of love that should be involved in a marriage.
From The ProphetBy Kalil Gibran
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
But let there be space in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it be rather a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous,but let each one of you be alone,even as the strings of a lute are alone,though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And, stand together, yet not too near together;
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
(This reading is more of an original wedding vow type.)
We know that ___________ and ____________ are going to inspire each other on to the greatest possible deeds on behalf of peace and freedom for themselves and the home they are establishing.
Exchange of Vows
__________, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to share your life with her and will you do your best to love, honor and tenderly care for her in all the varying circumstances of your lives?
GROOM: I will
__________, will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to share your life with him and will you do your best to love, honor and tenderly care for him in all the varying circumstances of your lives?
BRIDE: I will
GROOM: _______, I acknowledge my love and respect for you and invite you to share my life as I hope to share yours. I promise to always recognize you as an equal individual, and to always be conscious of your development as well as my own. I will seek through kindness and understanding, to achieve with you the life we have envisioned.
BRIDE: _______, I acknowledge my love and respect for you and invite you to share my life as I hope to share yours. I promise to always recognize you as an equal individual, and to always be conscious of your development as well as my own. I will seek through kindness and understanding, to achieve with you the life we have envisioned. (This whole vow exchange is definitely one of the original wedding vows, rather than traditional.)
Exchange of Rings
Do you have something to symbolize your commitment to each other? May I have the rings, please. (Minister then gives rings to each person in turn.)
Please repeat after me:
GROOM: In token of my love and devotion, I place this ring on your finger.
BRIDE: In token of my love and devotion, I place this ring on your finger. (This ring vow is an original wedding vow also.)
Since _______ and __________ have consented to live together in marriage, and have witnessed their vows in the presence of friends and relatives by the giving (and receiving) of rings, I now pronounce that they are husband and wife, in accordance with the laws in the state of Georgia.
As a blessing for ___________ and _________, I read these lines from a Native American Ceremony:
Native American Blessing
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling to enter into the days of your life together,
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
(This reading is another example of original wedding vows.)
________ and __________, you may now kiss.
I present to you __________ and __________ (last name)(Or Mr. And Mrs. __________)