(Serving the Amicalola Falls area in the North Georgia Mountains)
This wedding ceremony is one of the most unique wedding vows that I have ever seen. The bride wrote it out herself after gathering ideas from many different places. It is always good to check many sources so that you can get it to your Spiritual preference.
They were kind enough to give me permission to put it on my website here to be used by anyone who so desires. If any part of it speaks to you, you are welcome to include it in your ceremony or to use it in its entirety just like it is written. If you choose to use it, you will need to supply the roses that are part of it.
Wedding Ceremony for ___________ and ____________
Day * Date * Time and Place
Good afternoon. We gather here today to witness and celebrate an act of deep love. ______ and ______, in their devotion, respect, and love for each other wish to unite in the holy bond of Marriage
Marriage is a gift from God, a miracle. After speaking to you both, it is obvious that you already know some of the great blessings marriage has to offer. It is an opportunity to feel the joy of taking care of someone who takes care of you, to be challenged towards growth yet gently nurtured, to love deeply and receive it in return.
(This is an example of unique wedding vows in the way it is worded.)
It is about trust, friendship and having a partner to share all life has to offer. It is a commitment to participate in a process of mutual evolution, understanding and forgiveness. It is indeed a sacred union to be treated with reverence.
Marriage is not a place to hide from the world. It is a safe place to grow and become wiser. It is a place to evolve into better people; so that you can go out in the world and make a difference by spreading the joy and wisdom that you have found with each other. Together in this marriage, you shall contribute more fully, for you both shall be more full. May you both create, with God, a piece of heaven on earth.
Please join hands, look into each other’s eyes, and repeat after me:
I, _____, take thee, _____, for my lawful wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health as long as we both shall live.
I, ______, take thee, _____, for my lawful wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health as long as we both shall live.
(This part is rather traditional and old fashioned but still unique wedding vows)
Ring Vows Exchange
Do you have your rings? May I have them please? And so we come, _____ and _______, to the presentation of rings by which you symbolize and bind your love.
The circle has long been a symbol of spirit and the power of God. The sky and the earth are round. The wind in its greatest power whirls. The sun and moon, both round, come forth and go down again in a circle. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were.
Without beginning or end and with no point of weakness, the circle is a reminder of the eternal quality of God and of unending strength. Let the seamless circle of these rings become the symbol of your endless love and unending faithfulness. Your wedding rings are most special because they say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bonded, to allow the presence of another human being to enhance who you are.
(Here it is definitely one of the more unique wedding vows.)
Your rings carry a potent double message: “We are individuals and yet we belong; we are not alone.” As you wear them through time, they will reflect not only who you are but also the glorious union that you are now creating.
God, bless these rings and the two who exchange them. Fill them with your Holy Presence. Keep them safe in the circle of Your protection and love.
______, place the ring on ______’s finger and repeat after me: “As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.”
______, place the ring on _____'s finger and repeat after me: “As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.”
(I love this example of very unique wedding vows!)
Wear these rings as the enclosing bond of reverence and trust. Fulfill the circle of love that now makes you one.
The Rose Ceremony
(Minister gives bride and groom a rose) Your gift to each other for your wedding today has been your wedding rings - which shall always be an outward demonstration of your vows of love and respect; and a public showing of your commitment to each other. You now have what remains the most honorable title which may exist between a man and a woman - the title of "husband" and "wife." For your first gift as husband and wife, that gift will be a single rose.
In the past, the rose was considered a symbol of love and a single rose always meant only one thing - it meant the words "I love you." So it is appropriate that for your first gift - as husband and wife - that gift would be a single rose. Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife. (couple exchanges roses)
In some ways it seems like you have not done anything at all. Just a moment ago you were holding one small rose - and now you are holding one small rose. In some ways, a marriage ceremony is like this. In some ways, tomorrow is going to seem no different than yesterday. But in fact today, just now, you both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life - one I hope you always remember - the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage.
(What a lovely part to put in these unique wedding vows.)
______ and _______, I would ask that where ever you make your home in the future - whether it be a large and elegant home - or a small and graceful one - that you both pick one very special location for roses; so that on each anniversary of this truly wonderful occasion you both may take a rose to that spot both as a recommitment to your marriage - and a recommitment that THIS will be a marriage based upon love.
In every marriage there are times where it is difficult to find the right words. It is easiest to hurt those who we most love. It is easiest to be hurt by those who we most love. It might be difficult some time to be able to express the words "I am sorry" or "I forgive you" or "I need you" or "I am hurting".
If this should happen, if you simply cannot find these words, leave a rose at that spot which both of you have selected - for that rose then says what matters most of all and should overpower all other things and all other words. That rose says the words: "I still love you." The other should accept this rose for the words which cannot be found, and remember the love and hope that you both share today.
(A great idea for anyone and everyone from these unique wedding vows.)
______and______, if there is anything you remember of this marriage ceremony, it is that it was love that brought you here today, it is only love which can make it a glorious union, and it is by love which your marriage shall endure.
_______ and _____, in the presence of God, your family and friends, you have spoken the words and performed the rites which unite your lives. It is my legal right as a minister and my greatest joy and privilege to declare you husband and wife. As kisses are messengers of love, please kiss now and let soul meet soul on each other’s lips."
(Another example of unique wedding vows with this permission to kiss.)
The two of you are now joined in one unbroken circle. Wherever you go, may you always return to one another in your togetherness. May you two find in each other the love for which all men and women long. May you grow in understanding and in compassion. May the home that you establish be such a place of sanctuary that all who visit will find there a friend. And may the Lord bless you and keep you forevermore. Amen.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs.____________.
It is obvious that this bride put a lot of time and effort into crafting together these very unique wedding vows. Again, feel free to make use of them as you see fit.