We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes to the words which shall renew the vows that united ________________________ and __________________ in marriage.
(If the bride is escorted forward)
___________________ and __________________, life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is given to use by our family or by our friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of the greatest challenges of life – and is the shared goal of a married life.
(Vows used unless other vows are wished. You may change the vows as you wish)
(Groom)______________________, do you continue take _____________________ to be your Wife? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her?
(Bride) I,_______________________, do you continue take _____________________ to be your Husband? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him?
(Rings are not required)
Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace and the unbroken circle of love, signifying to all the union of this man and this woman in marriage.
(Groom) I,___________________, take thee __________________, to be my Wife. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you.
(Bride) I,____________________, take thee __________________, to be my Husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you.
__________________________ and _________________________, as you this day renew your marriage vows which united 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 you shall remain each other’s home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect for each other.
(BIBLE VERSE – if desired. Non-religious reading from the following sheet or others may be used in it’s place if wished)
A marriage ceremony represents one of life’s greatest commitments. But it also is a declaration of love. I wish to read to you what Paul wrote of love in a letter to the Corinthians. I believe it is a true model of love and it is a model of love I hope you pursue in your marriage:
“Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud.
Love is never haughty or selfish or rude.
Love does not demand it’s own way. Love is not irritable or touchy. Love does not hold grudges and will hardly notice when others do it wrong.
Love is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.
If you love someone, you will be loyal to them no matter what the costs. You will always believe in them, always expect the best in them, and will always stand your ground in defending them.”
(PRAYER if desired. You may alter this or replace it with a non-religious or non-denominational reading if you wish.)
Dear Heavenly Father, our hearts are filled with great happiness as _________ and __________ renewal their marriage vows and today reaffirm their faith and love for one another. Grant that they may ever be true and loving, living together in such a way as to never bring shame or heartbreak into their marriage. Temper their hearts with kindness and understanding, rid them of all pretense or jealousy. Help them to remember to be each other’s sweetheart, helpmate, friend and guide, so that together they may meet the cares and problems of life more bravely. And with the passage of time, may they find great contentment in the rich joy of senior companionship. May the home they are reaffirming today truly be a place of love and harmony, where Your Spirit is always present. Bless this marriage we pray and walk beside _________ and ___________________ throughout all of their lives together. We ask these things in Jesus name; Amen
______________ and ____________________, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Holy Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the joining of your hands and the giving of these rings, I now declare you to be Husband and Wife.
Whom God hath joined together, let no one put asunder.
Congratulations, you may kiss.
It is my honor to present to the gathered Mr. & Mrs. _________________________