Sample Wedding Ceremony

We offer both religious and non-religious ceremonies.

Statement of purpose: friends and relatives, we have come here today at the invitation of __________ and __________ to share in the joy of their wedding. This outward celebration that we shall see and hear, I believe, is an expression of the inner love and devotion they have in their hearts toward one another. I believe marriage is of god and __________ and __________. Come today desiring to be united in this sacred relationship of marriage. Who is giving this woman to be married to this man? (father) her mother and I do! To the bride and groom: the ceremony of marriage in which you come to be united is one of the first and oldest ceremonies in all the world, celebrated in the beginning in the presence of god himself. Marriage is a gift in that we give ourselves totally to one another. I believe that marriage is a gift given to comfort the sorrows of life and to magnify life’s joys. Marriage is the clasping of hands, the blending of two hearts, the union of two lives into one and your marriage must stand, not by the authority of the state, nor by the seal on your wedding certificate, but by the strength and power of the faith and love you have in one another. Now, will you please pass your flowers, turn and face one another and join hands to express your vows of love and devotion each to the other. (groom) will you please repeat this vow to __________, saying after me: I, __________, take you __________ to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, or for poorer, in sickness and in health, I promise to love and cherish you. (bride) will you please repeat this vow to __________ saying after me: I, __________, take you __________ to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, I promise to love and cherish you. The word of god tells us what love is like and what love does: “love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, it does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, it is not provoked, and it does not take into account a wrong suffered, it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; for love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things, but above all, love never fails.†having this kind of love in your hearts for one another, you have chosen to exchange rings as the sign and seal of the promises you are making to one another today. To (groom): do you have a ring for __________? May I have the ring? To bride: do you have a ring for __________? May I have the ring? Rings are very large in their significance. They are made of a precious metal and precious stone and that reminds us that love is not cheap nor common; but indeed love is very costly and dear to us. These rings are also made in a circle and their design tells us that we must keep love continuous throughout our whole lives even as the circle of the ring is continuous. As you wear these rings, whether you are together or apart for even just a moment, may these rings be a constant reminder of the promises you are making to one another this day. To groom: __________ will you please take this ring and place it upon the third finger of __________ ‘s left hand, and holding her hand in yours, please repeat this promise to __________, saying after me: with this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving husband, as god is my witness. To bride: __________ will you please take this ring and place it upon the third finger of __________ ‘s left hand, and holding his hand in yours please repeat this promise to __________ after me to him, saying: with this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving wife, as god is my witness. Candle lighting optional. Prayer for bride and groom and personal words by the minister. Poems – optional or have your own. Indian wedding prayer now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness for you, because now you are no longer lonely. Now you are two bodies, yet there is only one life set before you. Go therefore into your dwelling place, to enter into the days of your togetherness. That your days may be good and beautiful and long upon this earth. True love true love gives nothing of itself and takes nothing but from itself love does not possess, nor would it be possessed for love is sufficient unto love. Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself to awake at dawn with a winged heart and to give thanks for another day of loving. To rest at noon and meditate upon love’s ecstasy, to return home at evening with gratitude and then to sleep with a prayer for your beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips. Pronouncement of marriage __________ and __________, you have come here today before us and before god and have expressed your desire to become husband and wife. You have shown your love and affection by joining hands, and have made promises of faith and devotion, each to the other, and have sealed these promises by the giving and the receiving of the rings. Therefore, it is my privilege as a minister and by the authority given to me by the the state of california, I now pronounce that you are husband and wife. ___________ you may kiss your wife. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the first time mr. And mrs. __________.

Optional Sand Ceremony

The sand ceremony will go in place of the unity candle ceremony in the above ceremony (You will need to get your own sand and containers) A wedding sand ceremony is very popular in Lake Tahoe since sand is, well, abundant. Two vessels of sand are poured together either into a third keepsake vessel, or into the wind to represent the coming together of your lives. Three sample sand wedding ceremony vows are:

Sample Sand Ceremony – 1

“Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one, representing you BRIDE and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, GROOM, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.”

Sample Sand Ceremony – 2

“BRIDE and GROOM, today you join your separate lives together. The two separate bottles of sand symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you’ll ever be as an individual. They also represent your lives before today. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.”

Sample Sand Ceremony – 3

“BRIDE and GROOM, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and this covenant is a relationshi pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one, representing you, BRIDE and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, GROOM, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.”

Sample Wedding Ceremony

We offer both religious and non-religious ceremonies.

Statement of purpose: friends and relatives, we have come here today at the invitation of __________ and __________ to share in the joy of their wedding. This outward celebration that we shall see and hear, I believe, is an expression of the inner love and devotion they have in their hearts toward one another. I believe marriage is of god and __________ and __________. Come today desiring to be united in this sacred relationship of marriage. Who is giving this woman to be married to this man? (father) her mother and I do! To the bride and groom: the ceremony of marriage in which you come to be united is one of the first and oldest ceremonies in all the world, celebrated in the beginning in the presence of god himself. Marriage is a gift in that we give ourselves totally to one another. I believe that marriage is a gift given to comfort the sorrows of life and to magnify life’s joys. Marriage is the clasping of hands, the blending of two hearts, the union of two lives into one and your marriage must stand, not by the authority of the state, nor by the seal on your wedding certificate, but by the strength and power of the faith and love you have in one another. Now, will you please pass your flowers, turn and face one another and join hands to express your vows of love and devotion each to the other. (groom) will you please repeat this vow to __________, saying after me: I, __________, take you __________ to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, or for poorer, in sickness and in health, I promise to love and cherish you. (bride) will you please repeat this vow to __________ saying after me: I, __________, take you __________ to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, I promise to love and cherish you. The word of god tells us what love is like and what love does: “love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, it does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, it is not provoked, and it does not take into account a wrong suffered, it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; for love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things, but above all, love never fails.†having this kind of love in your hearts for one another, you have chosen to exchange rings as the sign and seal of the promises you are making to one another today. To (groom): do you have a ring for __________? May I have the ring? To bride: do you have a ring for __________? May I have the ring? Rings are very large in their significance. They are made of a precious metal and precious stone and that reminds us that love is not cheap nor common; but indeed love is very costly and dear to us. These rings are also made in a circle and their design tells us that we must keep love continuous throughout our whole lives even as the circle of the ring is continuous. As you wear these rings, whether you are together or apart for even just a moment, may these rings be a constant reminder of the promises you are making to one another this day. To groom: __________ will you please take this ring and place it upon the third finger of __________ ‘s left hand, and holding her hand in yours, please repeat this promise to __________, saying after me: with this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving husband, as god is my witness. To bride: __________ will you please take this ring and place it upon the third finger of __________ ‘s left hand, and holding his hand in yours please repeat this promise to __________ after me to him, saying: with this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving wife, as god is my witness. Candle lighting optional. Prayer for bride and groom and personal words by the minister. Poems – optional or have your own. Indian wedding prayer now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness for you, because now you are no longer lonely. Now you are two bodies, yet there is only one life set before you. Go therefore into your dwelling place, to enter into the days of your togetherness. That your days may be good and beautiful and long upon this earth. True love true love gives nothing of itself and takes nothing but from itself love does not possess, nor would it be possessed for love is sufficient unto love. Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself to awake at dawn with a winged heart and to give thanks for another day of loving. To rest at noon and meditate upon love’s ecstasy, to return home at evening with gratitude and then to sleep with a prayer for your beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips. Pronouncement of marriage __________ and __________, you have come here today before us and before god and have expressed your desire to become husband and wife. You have shown your love and affection by joining hands, and have made promises of faith and devotion, each to the other, and have sealed these promises by the giving and the receiving of the rings. Therefore, it is my privilege as a minister and by the authority given to me by the the state of california, I now pronounce that you are husband and wife. ___________ you may kiss your wife. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the first time mr. And mrs. __________.

Optional Sand Ceremony

The sand ceremony will go in place of the unity candle ceremony in the above ceremony (You will need to get your own sand and containers) A wedding sand ceremony is very popular in Lake Tahoe since sand is, well, abundant. Two vessels of sand are poured together either into a third keepsake vessel, or into the wind to represent the coming together of your lives. Three sample sand wedding ceremony vows are:

Sample Sand Ceremony – 1

“Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one, representing you BRIDE and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, GROOM, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.”

Sample Sand Ceremony – 2

“BRIDE and GROOM, today you join your separate lives together. The two separate bottles of sand symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you’ll ever be as an individual. They also represent your lives before today. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.”

Sample Sand Ceremony – 3

“BRIDE and GROOM, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and this covenant is a relationshi pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one, representing you, BRIDE and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, GROOM, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.”