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Second Time Around Pronouncement

PRONOUNCEMENT (Groom) _______________ and (Bride) _______________, as you exchanged vows with one another, we witnessed the miracle of faith. As you gave and received these rings, we witnessed the miracle of hope. As you seal this commitment with a kiss, we will witness the miracle of love. Sharing with you in these three miracles gives me great joy as I now pronounce you husband and wife.  KISS (The Officiant shall say): (Groom) _______________, you may kiss your Bride. (Bride an

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Traditional Pronouncement

PRONOUNCEMENT (Groom)_________ and (Bride)_________, since you have consented together in holy matrimony, and have pledged yourselves to each other by your solemn vows and by the giving of rings, and have declared your commitment of love before God and these witnesses, I now pronounce you husband and wife in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Those whom God hath joined together, let no man separate.  KISS (The Officiant shall say): Groom)________, you may kiss

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Contemporary Pronouncement

PRONOUCEMENT (Groom) _______________ and (Bride) _______________, today, before your family and friends, you have openly declared your love for each other. You have joined your hands, spoken your promises, and given these rings, a symbol of your lifelong commitment to each other. An so, I now bestow upon you the most honorable titles that may exist between a man and a woman; I pronounce you husband and wife.  KISS (The Officiant shall say): (Groom) _______________, you may kiss yo

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Civil Pronouncement

PRONOUNCEMENT (Groom) _______________ and (Bride) _______________, because you have committed yourselves to each other in marriage, and demonstrated this by the exchanging of vows and the giving of rings, I pronounce you husband and wife.  KISS (The Officiant shall say): (Groom) _______________, you may kiss your Bride. (Bride and Groom kiss.) (Bride receives bouquet from Maid of Honor.).   PRESENTATION (The Officiant shall say): Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege

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Short & Sweet Pronouncement

PRONOUNCEMENT (Groom) _______________ and (Bride) _______________, now that you have shared with each other these words of love and commitment, and we have witnessed the expression of your love as you have given each other these rings, and you have joined your hands and hearts before your family and friends, it is with great joy that I pronounce you husband and wife.  KISS (The Officiant shall say): (Groom) _______________, you may kiss your Bride. (Bride and Groom kiss.) (Bride r

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All in the Family Pronouncement

PRONOUNCEMENT (Groom)__________________ and (Bride)__________________, because you have committed yourselves to each other and to these children, and because you have proclaimed your love for each other and for these children by the giving and receiving of rings and these gifts, I now pronounce you husband and wife and family.  KISS (The Officiant shall say): (Groom)__________________, you may kiss your Bride.  (Bride and Groom kiss). (Bride receives bouquet from Maid of

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Option 12

May the road rose to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon the fields. May the light of friendship guide your paths together. May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home. May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips, a twinkle from your eye. And when eternity beckons at the end of a life heaped high with love, may the good Lord embrace you with arms that have nurtured you the whole length

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Option 11

May God bless your [this] marriage with family as you [they] crate a new home together. A family is a circle of strength and love. With every birth and every union, the circle grows. May every joy shared add love to the circle, and may every crisis faced together make the circe even stronger. May your [this] family become like a beautiful rainbow as each color of your [their] lives is carefully blended together with both the showers and the sunshine of God's love. (For marriages that have childr

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Option 10

May your marriage be blessed with faith for the future. May your hearts be filled with the happiness of hope. May your lives be enlightened with an everlasting love. May God grant you a new beginning as He opens the door to life's deepest and richest experiences. May the life you build together be a lasting testimony that a second chance is for those who never give up believing in the power of faith, hope, and love. (For second marriages)

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Option 9

Dear Lord, we pray that You will bless this man and this woman as they begin their new journey together. In all the experiences of life, may they always stay close to You and to each other as they share the joys and blessings, as well as the trials and heartaches. Help them to honor and keep the promises made here today. Remind them daily of Your great love for them so they, in turn, may reach out in love to others. Give them such love and devotion that each may be to the other a strength in nee

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Option 8

May these two rings symbolize the spirit of undying love in each of your hearts. Wherever you go, may you always return to one another in your togetherness. May the home you establish be such a place of peace and joy that many will find there a friend. May your love for each other be as a pebble dropped in a pond of water. Like the ripples in the water that cross and recross one another's, may your love touch and retouch all those around you throughout your life together. 

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Option 7

Our Heavenly Father, we ask Your blessing upon these two lives and the home they are establishing today. May the love they have for each other grow deeper and stronger because of their love for You. Lord, You guided them to each other, now guide them in this new journey as husband and wife. As they walk down this path, light their way so they may keep their eyes focused on Your will, their hands holding fast to Your truth, their feet firmly planted in Your Word, and their hearts bound together b

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Option 6

May all that you are, always be in love; may all that is love, always be in you. May your love be as beautiful on each day you share as it is on this day of celebration. And may each day you share be as precious to you as the day when you first fell in love. May you always see and encourage the best in each other. May the challenges life brings your way make your marriage even stronger. And may you always be each other's best friend and greatest love. 

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Option 5

God in heaven above, please protect the ones we love. We honour all You created as they pledge their hearts and lives together. We honour mother-earth and ask for their marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons. We honour fire and ask that their union be warm and glowing with love in their hearts, We honour wind and ask that they sail through life safe and calm as in their Father's arms. We honour water to clean and soothe their relationship that it may never thirst for love.

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Option 4

Oh Lord, our hearts are filled with joy on this wedding day, as (Groom) ____________ and (Bride) ____________ come before You pledging their hearts and lives to one another. Grant that they may ever be true and loving, living together in such a way as to never bring shame or heartbreak into their marriage. Temper their hearts with kindness and understand. Rid them of all pretense and jealousy. Help them to remember to be each other's sweetheart, helpmate, best friend, and guide, so together they

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Option 3

May God bless you [May you be blessed] with hope enough to keep sunshine in your love, and Fear enough to keep you holding hands in the dark; May God bless you with Unity enough to keep your roots entwined, and Separation enough to keep you reaching for each other; May God bless you with Harmony enough to keep romance in your song, and Discord enough to keep you tuning your love so it becomes sweet music to all who may hear it. 

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Option 2

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be a shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be a companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place to enter the days of your togetherness. may beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. may happiness be your companion, and may your days togethe

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Option 1

Our Father, who are in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our [debts] trespasses as we forgive [our debtors] those who trespass agains us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For this is the kingdom and the p0wer and the glory forever and ever. Amen. (The Lord's Prayer)

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Blending of the Sands

The Blending of the Sands is a beautiful and meaningful unifying ceremony from Hawaii that symbolizes the joining together of the Bride and Groom or the blending together of their families. There are two versions offered---one for the couple and one for the family.  Glass containers are needed for the Bride, Groom, and each child represented (when children are included.) Each container is filled with a different colored sand, representing each individual's uniqueness. (Optional: the Officia

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Ceremony of the Rose

First Version The Ceremony of the Rose symbolizes the merging of the Bride's and Groom's families. When the Bride enters, she has in her possession two roses, usually red. As she approaches the altar, the Bride will stop and offer a rose and a kiss to her mother or significant mother figure. In doing this, she is expressing her gratitude for preparing her for this moment and for receiving the man she is about to marry into her family. When the wedding ceremony has ended and she and the Groo

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Handfasting

The Officiant explains the significance of the handfasting ritual by saying: Have you ever wondered where the words "tying the knot' come from? The expression "tying the knot" refers to the traditional Celtic marriage ritual of Handfasting. Handfasting is an ancient Celtic word for wedding, and was recognized as. a binding contract of marriage between a man and a woman before weddings became a legal function of the government or a papal responsibility of the church. After the wedding vows and ri

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Family Medallion

This ceremony, created by Rev. Roger Coleman of Clergy Services, Inc./ was designed to significantly include the children of those being married in the wedding celebration. The Family Medallion provides a symbol for recognizing family relationships by adding a third circle to the two "marriage circles." During this part of the ceremony, the children shall come forward and form a circle with the Bride and Groom who welcome the children into the family and verbally make a commitment to them. 

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The Marriage Vessel and the Rose

The Marriage Vessel and the Rose ceremony may be used as an alternative to the Unity Candle, especially for outdoor weddings. You will need a table for the vessel and the rose. Filling the vessel with water is only necessary if you use the second version. The Officiant begins by explaining the significance of the ceremony.  (Officiant says): (Groom) _______________ and (Bride) _______________ have chosen to share two gifts, The Marriage Vessel and the Rose, to symbolize their ever-grow

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Unity Candle

Lighting the Unity candle symbolizes the joining together or blending of separate lives. It is the coming together of two families and the merging of two individuals into one married couple, a love that burns jointly. The Unity Candle is an arrangement of three candles (the center candle sometimes being larger than the other two.) The two side candles are lit either before the wedding ceremony begins or just before the Unity Candle ceremony. These are usually, but not always, lit by the Bride's

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