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# 1

Groom's vows to Bride & children: [Bride], I take you now, in the presence of God and these witnesses, to be my wife. I promise to love you, to hold you and to honour you, in good times and in bad, to enjoy you, console you, to delight you and astound you when I can. I will give thanks for you always, and cherish you with all my heart until the end of our days.

[Bride], not only do I promise to be a good and faithful husband to you, but also to be a patient, loving father to [children's names], caring for them and providing for them as my own. I promise to be their strength and their emotional support, loving them with all my heart until the end of their days. (Laurie Beckstead)

# 2

Groom and Bride are blessed with this child _____, as fruit of their love and giving together. Groom and Bride do you commit to love and care for _____, and to teach him/her of love through your examples? Do you pledge to treat _____ with honesty and dignity, respecting him/her as a person, listening to him/her, teaching him/her and helping him/her to grow.

# 3

Not only are Groom] and Bride creating a marriage today, but they also are forming a family with Child/Children's names. Just as it is appropriate for Groom and Bride to begin their marriage by affirming their love for each other by exchanging Rings (or Roses), they also wish to show their love for Child/Children’s names with a gift of a Rose.

The Bride and Groom then hand the child or each of the children a rose, give a hug and whisper "I love you".

# 4

And now, Child/Children's names do you promise to love your parent's new husband/wife? Do you promise to support their marriage and their new family? Do you promise to accept the responsibility of being their children, and to encourage them and support them in your new life together?" ("I do.")

# 5

Child/Children's names, if you would join us, Groom and Bride would like to exchange a gift with you, not only to symbolize that you are a part of this marriage, but also to include you, in the bond of this ceremony. It is their way of sharing with you the celebration of the creation of a new family, that begins here today.

Child/Children's names, we are giving you this token today to show you we are proud to have you in our new family. We promise to be a family, all of us together.

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.