Wedding and Handfasting Ceremonies
Certificate of Ordination: Carol A Humphrey is an Ordained Minister of Love through the Elders of Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center.
Traditional Wedding and Handfasting Ceremonies are available. A Traditional Wedding ceremony example can be seen below, but know that we can add or take away anything you want to make your special day custom to you. Handfasting example available upon request.
Groom’s Name and Bride’s Name in the eyes of God and each other, we are here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of true love, and to cherish the words that will unite you both in marriage.
(Who presents the Bride’s Name to be married today?)
Groom’s Name and Bride’s Name in the days ahead of you, there will be times of sadness and times of joy. Harmony will be your reward if you follow this advice…
Let your love be stronger than your anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break.
Look for the best in your beloved rather than the worst.
Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.
Give your partner the same courtesies and kindness you bestow on your friends.
Say, “I love you” every day.
CONSECRATION: Let us pray
Devine Creator of all this wonder, we pray that your love and your joy may flow through us at this time.
Shine your light upon Groom’s Name and Brides Name, so that they may give each other total joy.
Nourish their minds with your wisdom.
Enrich their hearts with your love.
Feed their marriage with your presence.
Give them courage and inspiration to honor the vows they make here today.
May they be supported and encouraged in their union, and be eternally blessed.
Reading or Song
Groom’s Name and Bride’s Name please face each other and join hands.
I remind you that marriage is a precious gift; a lifelong dedication and a daily challenge to love one another more fully and more freely.
With this understanding, do you Groom’s Name take Bride’s Name to be your beloved wife?
Do you promise to be a tender, faithful husband? Do you promise to love, honor, and cherish her, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better for worse, from this day forward? (“I do”)
With this understanding, do you Bride’s Name take Groom’s Name to be your beloved husband? Do you promise to be a tender, faithful wife?
Do you promise to be a tender, faithful wife?
Do you promise to love, honor, and cherish him in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better for worse, from this day forward? (“I do”).
Groom’s Name and Brides’s Name you have chosen rings as an outward symbol of your commitment to each other. From the earliest times, the ring has been an outward symbol symbolizes a commitment to love that is also never ending. We ask that God bless these rings and this union of souls.
Groom’s Name place the ring you have chosen on Bride’s Name finger, and say to her these words: This ring, a gift for you, / symbolizes my desire / that you be my wife / from this day forward.
Bride’s Name place the ring you have chosen on Groom’s Name finger, and say to him these words: This ring, a gift for you, / symbolizes my desire / that you be my husband / from this day forward.
Let these rings serve as locks, binding you together, and as keys, unlocking the secrets of your love, and thus bringing you closer together.
These two candles before you are yourselves. Each of you is a whole and complete human being. Together, light the third candle in the center, but do not extinguish the first two.
For in marriage, you do not lose yourself.
You add something new, a relationship,
The capacity to merge into one another without losing sight of your individual self.
May the brightness of these flames shine throughout your lives. May they give you courage and reassurance in the darkness, warmth and safety in the cold, and strong joy in your bodies, minds, and spirits. May your union be forever blessed
Groom’s Name and Brides’s Name you will now seal your relationship through the mixing of the sands. Just as two lives together now join to become one, so will the individual sands become one as they are poured. It would be impossible to separate these sands, just as it would be impossible to separate your lives after today. But remember, that in marriage, you do not lose yourself.
You add something new, a relationship, the capacity to merge into one another without losing sight of your individual self.
To be loved is to know joy and happiness. To love is to know the joy of sharing oneself, and it is through the miracle of that love that we discover the fullness of life. May God always be with you, love you, and guide you both, now and forever.
May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries.
May the breeze blow new strength into your being.
May you walk gently through the world and know it’s beauty all the days of your life.
And may you live those days in peace, love and happiness.
Groom’s Name and Bride’s Name having witnessed your vows of marriage (with all who are assembled here,) and by the authority vested in me, I announce with great joy that you are husband and wife.
You may seal your vows with a kiss!
(Ladies and Gentlemen,) it is my honor to present to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. ____________.