Bringing of the Bride:
Others would ask, at this time, who gives the bride in marriage, but, as a woman is not property to be
bought and sold, given and taken, I ask simply if she comes of her own will and if she has her family's
blessing.

Bride, is it true that you come of your own free will and accord?

Bride: Yes, it is true.

With whom do you come and whose blessings accompany you.

FATHER: She comes with her mother and I, and is accompanied by all of her family's blessings.

Opening:
Welcome family and friends: We have come together here in celebration of the joining together of
Bride and Groom.

There are many things to say about marriage. Much wisdom concerning the joining together of two
souls, has come our way through all paths of belief, and from many cultures. With each union, more
knowledge is gained and more wisdom gathered. Though we are unable to give all this knowledge to
these two, who stand before us, we can hope to leave with them the knowledge of love and its
strengths and the anticipation of the wisdom that comes with time. The law of life is love unto all
beings. Without love, life is nothing, without love, death has no redemption.

If we learn no more in life, let it be this:  Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable
thought and reflection. As with any aspect of life, it has its cycles, its ups and its downs, its trials and
its triumphs. With full understanding of this,
Bride and Groom have come here today to be joined as
one in marriage.

Opening:
As a sign that your hearts are joined together in love, please join hands with your betrothed and
listen to that which I am about to say:
Above you are the stars, below you are the stones, as time doth pass, remember... Like a stone should
your love be firm like a star should your love be constant. Let the powers of the mind and of the
intellect guide you in your marriage, let the strength of your wills bind you together, let the power of
love and desire make you happy, and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable. Be close,
but not too close. Possess one another, yet be understanding. Have patience with one another, for
storms will come, but they will pass quickly.  Be free in giving affection and warmth. Have no fear and
let not the ways of the unenlightened give you unease, for God is with you always.

This is a great place to put the
Family Rose Ceremony or a Reading

Rings:
Since earliest times, the ring has been a symbol of wedded love.  An unbroken never ending circle
symbolises a commitment to love that is also never ending. We ask that God bless these rings and this
union of souls.

Groom, I have not the right to bind thee to Bride, only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at
this time and place your ring in her hand.

Groom: It is my wish.

Bride, if it be your wish for Groom to be bound to you, place the ring on his finger.

Bride, I have not the right to bind thee to Groom only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at
this time and place your ring in his hand.

Bride: It is my wish.

Groom, if it be your wish for Bride to be bound to you, place the ring on her finger.

This is a great place for a reading:

Vows:
Groom, repeat after me:
I,
Groom/in the spirit of God/that resides within us all/by the life that courses within my blood/ and
the love that resides within my heart/take thee
Bride/to my hand/my heart/and my spirit/to be my
chosen one/to desire thee/and be desired by thee/to possess thee/and be possessed by thee/without
sin or shame/ for naught can exist/in the purity of my love for thee/I promise to love thee
wholly/and completely/without restraint/in sickness and in health/in plenty and in poverty/in life
and beyond/where we shall meet remember and love again/I shall not seek to change thee in any
way/I shall respect thee/thy beliefs/thy people/and thy ways/as I respect myself.

Bride, repeat after me:
I,
Bride/in the spirit of God/that resides within us all/by the life that courses within my blood/ and
the love that resides within my heart/take thee
Groom/to my hand/my heart/and my spirit/to be my
chosen one/to desire thee/and be desired by thee/to possess thee/and be possessed by thee/without
sin or shame/ for naught can exist/in the purity of my love for thee/I promise to love thee
wholly/and completely/without restraint/in sickness and in health/in plenty and in poverty/in life
and beyond/where we shall meet remember and love again/I shall not seek to change thee in any
way/I shall respect thee/thy beliefs/thy people/and thy ways/as I respect myself.

Wine Ceremony:
The years of our lives are as a cup of wine, poured out for us to drink. As grapes when they are
pressed give forth their juices for the wine, so under the wine press of time, our lives give forth their
labor, their honor, their love.

Groom and Bride, often in the days to come you will sit at the same table and break bread together.

Officiant takes the chalice from the table and holds it out to the Bride and Groom, saying:  
May you drink your fill from the cup of love.

Being held by both, the
Bride sips from the cup, then the Groom.  The chalice is then handed back to
the
Officiant, who sets it on the table.

As you have shared from this one cup of wine, so may you draw contentment, comfort, and delight
from the cup of life. May you find life's joys heightened, its bitterness sweetened, and all things
hallowed, by your companionship and love.  

Pronouncement:
For as much as Groom and Bride have consented together in wedlock, have given and pledged their
vows, each to the other, and having declared the same by the giving and receiving of rings, by the
power bested in me by the Great State of Ohio I do now pronounce that you are husband and wife.  
May your love so endure that its flame remains a guiding light unto you.

Kiss:
You may now seal your vows with a kiss.

Presentation:
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife:

Groom and Bride Smith
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