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Patrick & Heidi Wedding Ceremony
(A Christian/Spiritual Unity Candle Ceremony
without Formal Vows)


Text in italics are words spoken by the Bride & Groom or Ceremony participants other than the Celebrant. Text in { } are words spoken by the Celebrant to the guests, and generally explain what is happening or about to happen in the Ceremony. Text in [ ] are actions by the Bride & Groom, Celebrant, or other Ceremony participants. All other text are words spoken by the Celebrant directly addressing the Bride & Groom, and/or the guests.


Opening Words

Welcome everyone to the marriage of Heidi Full Name and Patrick Full Name. Patrick and Heidi, it is this day you take a giant step of courage, of commitment, to communicate your love, to understand and grow. When a commitment this strong is made by two people, the force of that commitment, of that love, of that courage, reaches out and touches all of us around you, so that our lives are changed and we share a part of your love. Like a stone dropped in a still pond, the ripples of the love from this celebration extends and changes the world we live in.
True marriage is more than joining the bonds of marriage for two persons. It is the uniting of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists between a man and woman, it is fitting that an outer acknowledgement be made. This acknowledgement is the prime objective of this gathering and this ceremony. We are here to bear witness to the entry into the closer relationship of husband and wife of these beloved friends who are already one in spirit.

Presentation of the Bride

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

[Bride's Mother & Father Stand]

Bride's Mother & Father: We do.

[Bride's Mother & Father Sit]

Opening Prayer

{And now, let us bless this joyous union with prayer. Please bow your heads}

Eternal God, we give thanks to you for the gift of life, and for its renewal each day. We gather as if in the presence of a loving parent to celebrate this time which brings Heidi and Patrick to the threshold of their marriage. For the dreams they have dreamed, and for their hopes for themselves and for each other we give thanks. We pray that the words and spirit of our gathering may be filled with meaning which will deepen with the passing years. Amen.

Charge To The Couple

{At this time we will proceed with what we call the Charge to the Couple, where I remind Heidi and Patrick of the importance of the commitment they are making to each other today}

Patrick and Heidi, I would ask that you both remember to treat yourself and each other with respect, and remind yourself often of what brought you together today. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness, and kindness that your marriage deserves. When frustration and difficulty assail your marriage - as they do to every relationship at one time or another - focus on what still seems right between you, not only the part that seems wrong. This way, when clouds of trouble hide the sun in your lives and you lose sight of it for a moment, you can remember that the sun is still there. And if each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.
As the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas, and suggestions of one another. Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together - as from this day forward you shall be each other's home, comfort, and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect for each other.
Just as two threads woven in opposite directions will form a most beautiful tapestry, so too can your two lives merged together make a beautiful marriage. To make your relationship work will take love. This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today. It will take trust, to know in your hearts that you truly want the best for each other. It will take dedication to stay open to one another - and to learn and grow together. It will take faith to go forward together without knowing exactly what the future brings. And it will take commitment, to hold true to the journey you both pledge today to share together.


{And now, Patrick & Heidi's close friend, Adam Lazar, will perform a reading}

A reading from 1st Corinthians 13.
If I have the gift of prophecy, and can fathom all mysteries and knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all that I possess to the poor, and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not selfish. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. Love protects all things, has faith in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.
The gifts of prophecy will in time fail; and knowledge too will vanish away. But love does not come to an end. Know you, then, that there are three things that last: Faith, Hope and Love. And the greatest of these is Love.

Expression of Intent

[Heidi Hands Bouquet to Maid of Honor]

{At this time, Heidi and Patrick will make public their intention to marry...}

Please face each other and join hands.
Patrick and Heidi, if it is your intention to share with each other your joys and sorrows and all that the years will bring, and with your promises bind yourselves to each other as husband and wife, I ask you now in the presence of God and this company to declare your intent.

Heidi, will you have this man to be your husband, to live together in a holy marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?

Heidi: I will.

Patrick, will you have this woman to be your wife, to live together in a holy marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?

Patrick: I will.

Blessing of the Rings

[Celebrant Takes Rings From Best Man]

{And now, I'd like to bless, and say some words about the importance and symbolism of, the rings that Heidi and Patrick are about to exchange}

These rings by their shape, are a symbol of undying love that exists between you. The substance of which they are composed is a symbol of purity, which shall ever characterize your minds and hearts in all your relationships together. Heidi and Patrick, as these circles are designed without an ending, they speak of eternity. May the incorruptible substance of these rings represent a love glowing with increasing luster through the years. Bless these rings which you give to each other as the sign of your love, trust, and faithfulness.

Exchange Of The Rings

{At this time, Heidi and Patrick will exchange their wedding rings...}

[Celebrant Hands Heidi's Ring to Patrick]

Patrick, please repeat after me:

With this ring, I thee wed.

[Celebrant Hands Patrick's Ring to Heidi]

Heidi, please repeat after me:

With this ring, I thee wed.

Unity Candle Ceremony

And now, I'd like to ask Heidi's Mom and Patrick's Mom to step forward and light the tapers of the beautiful Unity Candle.

[Mothers Step Forward and Light the Taper Candles]

[Celebrant Asks Heidi & Patrick to Walk to Unity Candle]

{Patrick and Heidi are now going to light their unity candle - a symbol of their marriage relationship. The candles from which they light it have been lighted by their mothers to represent their lives to this moment. The lights, representing the faith, wisdom, and love they have received from their parents, are distinct, each burning alone. Heidi and Patrick will light the center candle to symbolize the union of their lives.}

[Heidi and Patrick Light the Unity Candle]

[Heidi and Patrick Leave Taper Candles Lit]

[Heidi and Patrick Return to Celebrant & Hold Hands]

As this one light burns undivided, so shall their love be one.
From now on your thoughts shall be for each other rather than for your individual selves. Your joys and sorrows shall be shared alike. May the radiance of this one light be a testimony of your unity. May these candles burn brightly as symbols of your commitment to each other, and as a tribute to your parents' lasting and loving marriages.

Pronouncement of Marriage

{At this time we come to the Pronouncement of Marriage. The Pronouncement is my public, and legal, proclamation that Heidi and Patrick are married. It is the exact moment of Marriage...}

Patrick and Heidi, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by the joining of your hands, the giving of your wedding rings, and the lighting of your Unity Candle, I now declare you to be husband and wife.

Permission to Kiss

Patrick, You may kiss your bride!

Presentation of the New Couple

[Heidi Takes Bouquet back from M of Honor]

[Celebrant Asks Heidi and Patrick to Turn and Face Their Guests]

Ladies and gentlemen, It is my pleasure to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife...
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Last Name!


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