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# 1

We have come here today to celebrate love. We see it in the faces of ________ and ________ who stand before us, and we experience it in our own hearts as well. It is a love which is spoken of in all religions, and is our true home, our true meeting place. It kindles our souls with hope. We are grateful to them for inviting us to witness and share in this precious moment. To this day they bring their love as a treasure to share with one another.

If anyone present can show just and legal cause why they may not be joined, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.

# 2

We are here today because _______ and _______ have asked us to bear witness to their love. We are here to name this love, to acknowledge, and to respect it. Although this is not a legally binding ceremony, _______ and _____ consider it binding and permanent as if it were. (This is typically used for commitment ceremonies).

# 3

Welcome. We are gathered here to witness this man and this woman joined together in matrimony, which is an honorable estate and therefore not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, discreetly, and in the love of God, into which estate these two persons present come now to be joined.

# 4

With great joy, we come together to join this man, ___________, and this woman, ____________, in matrimony.

# 5

We are gathered here today to witness the coming together of two people, _____ and _____, whose hearts and spirits are entwined as one. They now desire to profess before all the world their intention henceforth to walk the road of life together.

# 6

Friends, Groom and Bride have invited us here today to share in the celebration of their marriage.

We come together not to mark the start of a relationship, but to recognize a bond that already exists. This marriage (union) is one expression of the many varieties of love. Love is one, though its expressions are infinite.

My goal is to help all couples, regardless of their religious affiliation or non-affiliation. I respect all cultures and creeds and deliver a ceremony with dignity and respect, regardless of whether or not I share the same beliefs. Click here for a brief explanation of my beliefs.