Civil Ceremony #1
Florida Weddings on the Go
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.

Who gives their blessings to this union? (parents and/or guests say "we do".)

[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.

[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.

[bride and groom], 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.
[bride and groom], please face each other and hold hands. [groom], as you look at [bride], repeat
these words after me:

(groom) 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.

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

(bride) 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.

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) [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) [groom], I offer this ring as a symbol of my love and devotion. Let it always be a reminder of
my vows to you.  

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. [groom], you may
kiss your bride!
The Greeting

____________ and ___________, we have come together to honor your love and commitment to one
another and support your decision to become lifetime partners.  May your love always be as constant
and unchanging as the water that surrounds us.

Poem – May You Always

May you always feel the happiness you celebrate today.
May the sun always shine brightly on your lives.
May you be there for each other, through your journey come what may.
May you wake up every morning with a smile on your face.
And may you always find delight in every close embrace, for you have finally found the love you’ve
waited for.

Vows – Groom’s Part

Do you ________, take __________ to be your wife?  Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and
protect her, and forsaking all others, be true and loyal to her for now and forevermore?

I do.

Vows – Bride’s Part

Do you _________, take ___________ to be your husband?  Do you promise to love, honor, cherish
and protect him, and forsaking all others, be true and loyal to him for now and forevermore?

I do.

Exchange of Vows

________ and ____________, the vows you are about to exchange will join your lives.  You both bring
individual strengths and weaknesses to this marriage, and as you stand together as a married couple,
may you complement each other and fulfill what each other needs as your love and commitment
continue to deepen throughout your married life.

Groom’s Vows

I, ________ take you __________, from this day forward as my wife, partner and best friend.  I promise
to take you to my heart as you are and as you will be.  I will walk by your side forever and grow together
with you.  I promise to support your dreams and to be there for you for the rest of our lives.

Bride’s Vows

I, __________, take you ____________, from this day forward as my wife, partner and best friend.  I
promise to take you to my heart as you are and as you will be.  I will walk by your side forever and grow
together with you.  I promise to support your dreams and to be there for you for the rest of our lives.

Exchange of Rings

The wedding rings are symbols of the vows here taken, circles of unending faith and commitment,
perfect in form.  They represent the beginning of a long journey together filled with wonder, surprises,
laughter, tears, celebration, grief and joy.  May these rings seal your vows of marriage to each other.

Groom’s Ring Exchange

As a symbol of your love to one another, _________ place your ring on ______’s finger and repeat after
me.

_______, with this ring, I thee wed.  I give you this ring as I give you my love.  It is a symbol of the
strength and the trust I hold in you.

Bride’s Ring Exchange

As a symbol of your love to one another, _______ place your ring on ________’s finger and repeat after
me.

_________, with this ring, I thee wed.  I give you this ring as I give you my love.  It is a symbol of the
strength and the trust I hold in you.

A Blessing

May your home be filled with laughter and the warm embrace of a summer day.  May you find
peacefulness and beauty; challenge and satisfaction; humor and insight; healing and renewal; love
and wisdom, as in a quiet heart. May you always feel that what you have is enough.

Announcement

You have just given your hearts completely to one another.  From this day forward, your lives are
intertwined and nothing will ever separate you.

Having witnessed the vows you have just made to each other, by the joining of your hands, and the
giving of your rings, by the virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Florida, I now
pronounce you husband and wife.  

Congratulations!  ____________, you may now kiss your bride.   

It is my privilege to present Mr. and Mrs. _____________!
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