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Civil Ceremony #2

Today we celebrate one of life's greatest moments and give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, as [GROOM] and [BRIDE] join together in the union of marriage. We join with another in marriage, not for completion, but for fulfillment. You are not two halves becoming whole, but two individuals joining forces to become one in unity of purpose and commitment as you go through life together.

Marriage is perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure of human relationships. No ceremony can create your marriage; only you can do that – through love, patience and perseverance; through talking, listening, and learning to appreciate your differences; through giving value to the important things as you let go of the rest and learn to forgive. What this ceremony can do is witness and affirm the choice you make to stand together as partners in life from this day forward.

As you now embark on this new life together, remember that love – which is rooted in faith, trust, and acceptance - will be the foundation of an abiding and deepening relationship. No other ties are more tender, no other vows more important than those you now assume. As such, marriage is not to be entered into lightly or unadvisedly, but with deliberation, discretion and full understanding of the commitment you are making. Therefore, I must ask you:

[GROOM], do you take [BRIDE] to be your lawfully wedded wife? Do you promise to love, honor, and comfort her and, forsaking all others, to be faithful only unto her until death do you part? If so, please say I do. (I do.)

And [BRIDE], do you take [GROOM] to be your lawfully wedded husband? Do you promise to love, honor, and comfort him and, forsaking all others, to be faithful only unto him until death do you part? If so, please say I do. (I do.)

Do you have rings to give as a token of your love? (We do.)

Just as a circle has no beginning and no end, so these rings symbolize the love you two share and the commitment you now make. May these rings forever be a symbol of the bond you create today.

[GROOM], would you place your ring on [BRIDE]'s finger as you repeat after me: I, [GROOM], take you, [BRIDE], to be my wedded wife... I promise to be your faithful husband..., in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow... in sickness and in health, for as long we both shall live... This ring I give to you in token and pledge... of my constant faith and abiding love.

[BRIDE], would you place your ring on [GROOM]'s finger as you repeat after me: I, [BRIDE], take you, [GROOM], to be my wedded husband...; I promise to be your faithful wife..., in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow... in sickness and in health, for as long we both shall live... This ring I give to you in token and pledge... of my constant faith and abiding love.

[GROOM] and [BRIDE], insomuch as the two of you have consented one to the other in marriage and have promised your love for each other by the pledging of vows and the exchange of rings, I now declare you to be Husband and Wife.