Good morning. Bride and Groom would like to thank everyone for joining them here on this beautiful, very early morning. Just as we stand here in the dawning of this new and wonderful day, Groom and Bride stand also at the dawning of their lives together as partners joined in marriage.

As their family and friends, each of you has played some part in bringing them to this new day and in various ways will continue to support and contribute to their relationship. We solemnize this unique time in their lives and make it meaningful by entering into it in an attitude of respect for their deep commitment to each other.

Bride and Groom, you realize that in a greater sense no other person or officiant can truly marry you. Only you can marry yourselves. By your commitment to love each other, to work with all your hearts toward creating an atmosphere of care and respect, and by your willingness to face together the fears and uncertainty that underlie human life, you marry yourselves more surely than any document we will put our signatures on today. Your love for one another and your willingness to accept each other’s strengths and frailties with understanding and consideration will form the foundation for a life together that will last.

Today you commit yourselves to honoring and protecting one another above your separate selves, and to valuing your union above your own interests. In so doing, you will find a wealth of love and peace not otherwise attainable.

But with this joy comes a profound responsibility to protect the bond you share. For it is only with continual care that your love is truly secure in the face of life’s inevitable tests.

You must regard each other with the deepest respect. You must appreciate each other’s talents, foster each other’s dreams, and be ever mindful of the many gifts the other offers you.

You must inspire and encourage one another. For by strengthening your spouse, you strengthen your marriage. Bring out the very best in each other. Be sparing in criticism, and generous in praise for things well done.

In communication, be honest and open. For the heart that communicates truth without hesitation earns trust and builds a secure home. With truth comes respect, and with respect, love grows.

Accept your marriage as a work-in-progress that will hereafter consume your attention yet never be completed. Because a lifelong love requires a lifetime of hard work. But it is a joyous labor, whose fruits are the very richest.

A vast, unknown future stretches out before you. That future, with its hopes and disappointments, its joys and its sorrows, is hidden from your eyes. But it is a great tribute to your belief in each other that you are willing to face those uncertainties together. May the pure, simple love with which you join hearts and hands today never fail, but grow deeper and surer with every year you spend together.

Groom would you take Bride’s hand and simply speak from your heart to her and make the vows and promises that you know she needs to hear from you.

Bride would you speak from your heart to Groom and make the vows and promises that you know he needs to hear from you.


Personally Written


As we stand here under the vast sky of love’s possibilities, beside the ocean wide and deep, we honor earth, that this marriage may be abundant and fruitful, growing stronger through the seasons;

We honor the fire of sunlight, that their union may be warm and glowing with love in their hearts;

We honor wind, that they may be lifted up to soar through life, safe and calm;

We honor water to cleanse and soothe this union that it may never thirst for love;

With all the natural powers as their witnesses, we give expression to our intention that they be blessed with harmony and happiness as they grow together through the years.


For thousands of years lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows. These simple gold bands are not of great value in and of  themselves, but are made very precious by our wearing of them. Let these rings be a sign that love has a past, a present and a future, and that, despite its occasional sorrows, love is a circle of joyous wonder and delight.

Groom take Bride’s ring and place it on her finger and repeat after me:

Just as this circle is without end,

my love for you is never-ending.

With this ring, I take you to be my partner for life.

Bride, take Groom’s ring and place it on his finger and repeat after me:

Just as this circle is without end,

my love for you is never-ending.

With this ring, I take you to be my partner for life.


Inasmuch as you have sealed your vows before me by the giving of these rings and have consented together to live in marriage, it gives me much pleasure to pronounce that you are now Husband and Wife.