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The Asilomar

Updated: May 19


Officiant: On behalf of BRIDE & GROOM, I welcome you to this day of joy and celebration.


We are gathered here today (in the presence of friends and loved ones), to celebrate one of life's greatest moments and to give recognition to the worth and beauty of your love, Groom and Bride, as you exchange your vows of love and commitment. Marriage is a commitment to life, the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other relationship can equal. It is a union that is promised for a lifetime. Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, and commitment is stronger. Married love understands and forgives the mistakes that life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures a new life, new experiences, new ways of expressing a love that is deeper than life. When two people pledge their love for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique unto themselves which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential made in the hearts of two people who love each other and it takes a lifetime to fulfill. Marriage is not a destination, but a journey.

Today (before these witnesses) you proclaim your love and commitment to the world, and so I ask that you turn toward one another and hold hands.


Statement of Intention:

GROOM, do you take BRIDE to be your wedded wife, to live together in marriage? Do you promise to love her, comfort her, and honor her, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live? If so, respond by saying “I do”.

(GROOM) I do.

BRIDE, do you take GROOM to be your wedded husband, to live together in marriage? Do you promise to love him, comfort him, and honor him, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live? If so, respond by saying “I do”. (BRIDE) I do.

Vows

Having stated your intentions, I now ask that you repeat after me:


(GROOM) Today, I commit myself to you. I choose you above all others to share my life with me. I promise to love and respect you, to honor and care for you, when life seems easy and when it seems difficult. I give you all of my love and trust, and ask that you accept me through all the changes of our lives.


(BRIDE) Today, I commit myself to you. I choose you above all others to share my life with me. I promise to love and respect you, to honor and care for you, when life seems easy and when it seems difficult. I give you all of my love and trust, and ask that you accept me through all the changes of our lives.



Exchange of Rings


These rings mark the beginning of an adventure filled with wonder, surprises, laughter, tears, celebration, grief & joy. They symbolize your two lives now joined in one unbroken circle. Wear them always as a visible reminder of your vows of love and commitment.


BRIDE, please extend your left hand. GROOM, as you place the ring on her finger, repeat after me: GROOM: I give this ring as my gift to you. Wear it and think of me and know that I love you.

GROOM, please extend your left hand. BRIDE, please place this ring on GROOM’ finger and repeat after me: BRIDE: I give this ring as my gift to you. Wear it and think of me and know that I love you.

Signing of the License or Certificate

Blessing

GROOM and BRIDE, as you pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage.   To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate one another; to respect and cherish each other's uniqueness;  and to support, comfort and strengthen each other through life's joys and sorrows.  You have promised to share hopes, thoughts and dreams as you build your lives together.    May your lives be ever intertwined, your love keeping you together.    Remember to build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect and honor for others and each other.  May your home be forever filled with peace, happiness and love.


Pronouncement


GROOM and BRIDE, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in marriage, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the giving of these rings and the joining of your hands, I now declare you to be husband and wife.


You may kiss the bride.


(If there are guests and the bride is taking the groom's last name)

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you for the first time as husband and wife, Mr. & Mrs. Groom and Bride Groom's last name (e.g. Mr. & Mrs. GROOM and BRIDE - MARRIED SURNAME).


(If there are guests and the bride is NOT taking the groom's last name)

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you for the first time as husband and wife, the happy couple Bride and Groom (e.g. John & Mary)


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