Vows for my sister’s wedding

I am the officiant for my sister’s wedding on July 15, 2013. Here is my vows.

A link to the fifth (5th) draft of the vows is available by clicking here

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Welcome, family and friends gathered today to share in this ceremony with Nathan and Shalyn.

The words spoken here today are significant, though they are not what join these two. We are not here to mark the start of a relationship but to recognize a bond that already exists. Shalyn and Nathan have already joined themselves together, and we have gathered to bear witness to the love that has grown between them.

We are here to witness their statement of love and commitment. For it speaks of the past and hopes for the future, of the life of the individual and the existence of the community.

Marriage is a going forth in search of greater fulfillment that neither can achieve alone, risking what they are for what they might be.

[Look at Nathan and Shalyn]

Shalyn and Nathan, do you come with joy and anticipation to this moment when you will be legally joined in marriage?

Do you pledge to treat each other with kindness, respect and compassion, to listen to each other and to speak with each other in honesty and truth, today and always?

[Shalyn and Nathan: “We do”]

[Look at audience]

Each of you have been invited here because you are a special person in the lives of Nathan and Shalyn. You have come to celebrate with them and to witness their commitment to one another. And so, are there any among you who have any reason to believe that this couple should not be joined in matrimony?

[Wait]

You have come to love each other deeply and sincerely. That love has given you the desire to unite in marriage and to establish a home together with each other and Frankie. In this ceremony you are dedicating yourselves to give happiness and well-being, to one another. Your marriage is an act of trust.

It must not be based on the vain hope of what the other will or will not do, might become or might not become. It must be based on the firm belief in your own individual worth and that of the other. Your pledge today is an expression of your devotion.

The words spoken in this ceremony will validate your marriage only if your love and commitment to one another are strong enough to sustain it. Today you announce your love for each other in the presence of families, friends, and those that could not be here today. We rejoice with you and we wish you well.

Nathan, as you have come here freely to give yourself in marriage, do you now promise that you will love, honour, respect and support my sister, Shalyn?

[Nathan: “I will”]

Shalyn, as you have come here freely to give yourself in marriage, do you now promise that you will love, honour, respect and support, my soon-to-be-brother-in-law Nathan?

[Shalyn: “I will”]

The groom and bride have each prepared vows to exchange.

[Nathan: Exchange of vows]

[Shalyn: Exchange of vows]

[Look at Nathan]

Nathan, please repeat after me.

I, Nathan, take you Shalyn to be my wife;

[Nathan repeats]

to have and to hold from this day forward

[Nathan repeats]

for better or for worse

[Nathan repeats]

for richer or for poorer

[Nathan repeats]

in sickness and in health;

[Nathan repeats]

to love and to cherish

[Nathan repeats]

til death do us part.

[Look at Shalyn]

Shalyn, please repeat after me.

I, Shalyn, take you Nathan to be my husband;

[Shalyn repeats]

to have and to hold from this day forward

[Shalyn repeats]

for better or for worse;

[Shalyn repeats]

for richer or for poorer

[Shalyn repeats]

in sickness and in health

[Shalyn repeats]

to love and to cherish

[Shalyn repeats]

til death do us part.

May I please have the rings.

[Adam receives rings and hold in open palm]

The ring is the symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end. Love freely given has no giver and no receiver – for each is the giver and the receiver. May your rings always call to mind the freedom of the power of this love!

Please take your respective ring.

Nathan, repeat after me.  I give you this ring as a sign of my love and devotion.

[Nathan: “I give you this ring as a sign of my love and devotion”]

[Nathan: puts on ring]

Shalyn, please repeat after me.  I give you this ring as a sign of my love and devotion.

[Shalyn: “I give you this ring as a sign of my love and devotion”]

[Shalyn: puts ring on Nathan]

Shalyn and Nathan, inasmuch as you have pledged yourselves, each to the other, and inasmuch as you have declared the same in the presence of this company by exchanging vows and by giving and receiving rings, I do now pronounce you Husband and Wife!

You may now Kiss the Bride!

The bride, groom, mother of the bride, father of the groom, and officiant will now sign the license and register.

[Go to sign the register and license]

[Bride and groom back to front]

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Sauer!

Please join the bride and groom as they exit the ceremony for a receiving line followed by group pictures and treats.

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  1. mother of the bride July 1, 2013 — 21:32

    Oh boy……..I am crying and it’s not even the real ceremony ! So BEAUTIFUL Adam, well done !!

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