Seas the Day

Ceremony Script

The following short and sweet non-religious ceremony script is included in the Seas the Day Package. 

Welcome:

Welcome! We are gathered here today to join the lives of (1) and (2) in marriage.

Optional: Who gives their blessing for this couple to be wed?

                 (1)'s Escort: “I do.”

Thank you. Guests you may be seated. (if applicable)

Invocation:

Today, we witness one of life’s greatest moments, the coming together of two hearts.  Out of the routine of ordinary life, the extraordinary has happened.  They met each other, fell in love and now have chosen to spend the rest of their lives together.

A good marriage must be created.  It is being open and honest with each other as well as with yourself.  It’s taking responsibility for your part in the relationship, good or bad. It’s remembering to say “I love you” and “I’m sorry”.  It’s about creating as much love and happiness in each other’s lives as possible. It’s learning and growing together, remembering to forgive quickly, and putting their needs before your own. It’s laughing until your cheeks hurt, dancing even if you don’t feel like it and kissing slowly every chance you get. Marriage takes hard work, but through the highs and lows, it’s worth it. It's fun, rewarding, and fulfilling. You have someone who will always laugh with you, cry with you, someone to support you, encourage you, and love you amongst all your imperfections.  You get to spend every day loving your best friend.

Declaration of Intent:

So I ask: Do you, (1), take (2) to be your husband/wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and bad, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself unto him/her for as long as you both shall live?

(1): “I do.”

Optional: Please share your vows.

 

                 Reading own vows.

Do you, (2), take (1) to be your husband/wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and bad, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself unto him/her for as long as you both shall live?
    
 (2): “I do.”

Optional: Please share your vows.

 

                 Reading own vows.

Ring Vows/Exchange:

Wedding rings are an unbroken circle of love, signifying to all the union of this couple in marriage.  They are made of precious metal, which symbolizes that their love is the most precious element in each other’s life. The opening in the middle of the bands symbolizes a doorway to the future, to the known and unknown where they will venture, side by side. Since they are a perfect circle, rings represent eternity; having no beginning and no end. As they place these symbols on each other’s finger, it signifies that there shall be no end to their love, to their marriage, and no end to the happiness that they will both share in this life together.

(1), place the ring on his/her finger and repeat after me: 


(2), this ring is 
my sacred gift, 
a symbol of 
my never-ending love, 
with my promise 
that I will always respect you,
cherish you and honor you
all the days of my life. 

(2), place the ring on his/her finger and repeat after me: 


(1), this ring is 
my sacred gift, 
a symbol of 
my never-ending love, 
with my promise 
that I will always respect you, 
cherish you and honor you 
all the days of my life. 

Pronouncement:

I leave you with the words of James Dillet Freeman:
May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitement marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another - not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. 
May you need one another, but not out of weakness. 
May you want one another, but not out of lack. 
May you entice one another, but not compel one another. 
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another. 
May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces. 
May you look for things to praise, often say, "I love you!" and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another's presence - no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.
May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.

By the authority vested in me by the American Marriage Ministries and the State of California, it is my honor to now pronounce you husband and wife/married.

You may kiss the bride/You may kiss the groom/You may seal this moment with a kiss!
 

Please note the ceremony comes as is with the exception of

optional vow readings & silent or verbal exchange.

@2016 by Kristin Neese at Seaside Ceremonies