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Wedding Ceremony Celebrates Equality of Man and Woman

This ceremony celebrates the equality of both marriage partners.

WELCOME

Welcome to the wedding ceremony for GROOM & BRIDE.

It has been said that the world of humanity has two wings -- one is woman and the other man. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. A Marriage is like that. Only when a woman and man accept each other as equals can success and prosperity be attained. You were created to abide with each other in the closest companionship, and to be even as a single soul.

If you live together in this way, you will pass through this world with perfect contentment, bliss, and peace of heart, and become the object of divine grace and favor. Strive, then, to abide, heart and soul, with each other as two wings of a bird, and you will be blessed in this world and the world to come.

BRIDE and GROOM have come today to be joined in a marriage of equals. It is right and proper that you who are family and friends should be present to show your confidence and support for their decision. For a marriage is not simply a coming together of two persons, but a merging of two families and their associates. Your support and encouragement is an important part of this ceremony.

BLESSING OF THE JOURNEY

BRIDE and GROOM, you've come a long way in your journey through life. Each of you has a story. You have traveled a path of your own. There were days that were difficult and there were days filled with happiness. And, the path that you followed is what brought you to this day. Together your story is of two people who recognize in one another something special, something that makes you feel more complete when you are together. And, it is this vision of hope and happiness that gives you the courage to make a life-long commitment to each other today.

This is the ultimate word of God: All that is in the past is what brings you to this moment. The choices you have made in your journey are accepted. You are accepted, just as you are. Now, as a new creation, this is a new day and the future is open.

PRAYER

O God, Spirit of Love, we are each created as an expression of Thy love. Today, we ask Thy blessing upon BRIDE and GROOM, that their marriage may be a sign of their commitment to one another and their desire to make the world a brighter and happier place for all those around them. May the presence of light, peace, joy and love be ever within, before and beside them. And, may their steps be guided and inspired by Thy Word. Amen.

STATEMENT OF INTENTION

Join hands.
GROOM, is it your desire to take BRIDE as your wife, and do you welcome her as your lifelong companion and best friend all the days of your life?
I do.
Will you honor, love, cherish, comfort and keep her, in good times and bad, in sickness and health, all the days of your life?
I will.

BRIDE, is it your desire to take GROOM as your husband, and do you welcome him as your lifelong companion and best friend all the days of your life?
I do.
Will you honor, love, cherish, comfort and keep him, in good times and bad, in sickness and health, all the days of your life?
I will.

EXCHANGE OF RINGS

GROOM, please place your ring on BRIDE’s finger.
BRIDE, do you receive this ring as a sign of GROOM’s love and will you wear it as a sign of your marriage?

BRIDE, please place your ring on GROOM’s finger.
GROOM, do you receive this ring as a sign of BRIDE’s love and will you wear it as a sign of your marriage?

PRAYER

Glory be unto Thee, O God! BRIDE and GROOM are now united by Thy grace. May they be confirmed in service to the world and may they become a sign of harmony and unity until the end of time. Amen.

CLOSING

Forasmuch as GROOM and BRIDE have consented together in the bond of marriage, and have pledged their love to one another, I declare that they are husband and wife, and that they are no longer two, but one, united in love.

Congratulations, you may kiss your spouse.

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