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Special Ceremony Request

The ceremony we perform is non-denominational and offers the Bride and Groom the opportunity to select special readings, scriptures, songs and add other distinctive touches. Couples may write their own vows that we will incorporate into the ceremony.

Special request such as couples wanting to write their own vows does not include rewriting the entire ceremony we perform. The Bride writes her vows as a Bride to the Groom and the Groom writes his vows to the Bride.

Personal Vows written by the Bride and Groom are to be said or read by the couple themselves. Special readings are to be read by friends or family members of the Bride and Groom. The Minister will cue the Bride and Groom when to say their personal vows as well as the others who will be performing during the ceremony.

We strongly discourage requests for the Minister's back be to the gallery of guests. The Minister speaks to everyone during the ceremony and should face the guests while performing the ceremony. The guests witness the Bride and Groom's response to the Minister.

 

 

A Civil Ceremony

The Civil Ceremony is a non-religious marriage ceremony.

 

 

Civil Wedding Ceremony with  Unity Candle

1.    Prelude (to start at least 15 minutes prior to the ceremony).

 

2.    Processional music for the seating of the parents and honoured guests:

Having the support and involvement of parents and grandparents in the ceremony brings a special blessing to the couple and also expresses honour to the previous generations of marriage unions.
Seating of the Groom's grandmother
Seating of the Bride's grandmother
Seating of the Groom's parents
Seating of the Bride's mother

 

3.    The mothers light the two taper candles for the unity candle ceremony after they are escorted down the aisle.

 

4.    Processional music for the bridal party:
Minister and Groom enter usually from stage right. If the Groomsmen are not escorting the Bridesmaids down the aisle to the altar, they also enter together with the Minister and Groom.
Bridesmaids enter, usually down the centre aisle, one at a time. If the Groomsmen are escorting the Bridesmaids, they enter together.
Maid or Matron of Honour enters. If the Best Man is escorting her, they enter together.
Flower Girl and Ring Bearer enter.

 

5.    Processional music for bride’s entrance:
Wedding March Begins .
The Bride and her father enter.
Typically the Bride's mother will stand as a signal for all of the guests to stand.
Sometimes the Minister will announce, "All rise for the Bride."

Minister:
Family and friends, we welcome you today to witness the marriage of [groom] and [bride]. You have shared and contributed to their lives in the past, and by witnessing their marriage ceremony today, [bride and groom] ask you to share in their future.
Marriage is a promise, made in the hearts of two people who love each other, which takes a lifetime to fulfill. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life's most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other's lover, teacher, listener, critic, and best friend.
It is into this state that [bride and groom] wish to enter.

Minister:
Who gives their blessings to this union? (parents and/or guests say "we do".)
If anyone present can show just cause as to why this couple may not be legally joined together, you should now declare it, or hereafter hold your peace. (silence)

Minister:
B&G, I charge and require of you both, as before a bar of justice, and in the presence of these witnesses, that if either of you know of any legal or moral impediment to this marriage, you do now reveal the same.
(silence)

Minister: 
Groom, do you take [bride] to be your wife? Will you love, honour, and cherish her, in good times and in bad, and do you promise to stay true to her as long as you both shall live?

Groom: I do.

Minister:
Bride, do you take [groom] to be your husband? Will you love, honour, and cherish him, in good times and in bad, and do you promise to stay true to him as long as you both shall live?

Bride: I do.

Minister:
B&G, may 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. May you promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as you build your lives together. May your lives be ever intertwined, your love keeping you together. May you build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect and honour for others and each other. May your home be forever filled with peace, happiness, and love.

Minister:  B&G, please face each other and hold hands. Groom, as you look at [bride], repeat these words after me:

I [groom], take you [bride], to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forth, to love, honour, and cherish, to comfort and respect, in sorrow or in joy, in hardship or in plenty, so long as we both shall live.

 
Minister:  Bride, as you look at [groom], repeat these words after me:

I [bride], take you [groom], to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forth, to love, honour, and cherish, to comfort and respect, in sorrow or in joy, in hardship or in plenty, so long as we both shall live.

Minister: The ring is a symbol of unity into which your two lives are now joined in an unbroken circle; in which, wherever you go, you will return to one another.

Groom says to Bride:
Bride, I offer this ring as a symbol of my love and devotion. Let it always be a reminder of my vows to you.
Bride says to Groom:
Groom, I offer this ring as a symbol of my love and devotion. Let it always be a reminder of my vows to you.

 

Unity Candle Ceremony:
Minister:
B&G, the two separate candles symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends.
I ask that each of you take one of the lit candles and that together you light the center candle.
The individual candles represent your lives before today.
Lighting the center candle represents that your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining of your two families and circles of friends into one.

Minister:
B&G, may your home be a haven of peace and your relationship be one of truth and understanding.
May you enjoy length of days, fulfillment of hopes, and peace and content of mind as you, day by day, live and fulfill the terms of this covenant you have made with one another.

And now, for as much as you have made your vows, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving your rings, I pronounce that you are husband and wife.

Congratulations, you may kiss the bride.

Minister:   Ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you, Mr. and Mrs. (applause)

Minister:  Would everyone please stand as the couple departs! Please remain in your places until the parents have left the room.

Recessional: Music begins, couple slowly walks out, flower girl and ring bearer depart, groomsmen and bridesmaids recess as pairs, Minister  invites parents and grandparents to exit just in front of him.

The End

 

 

 


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