Words Of Welcome

OFFICIANT: I am privileged to perform this ceremony today to celebrate the love you have discovered in each other. You have made the decision to commit yourselves to one another for the rest of your lives. This is the union of two individuals in heart, body, mind and spirit. Therefore, this union is not to be entered into lightly, but reverently, honestly, and deliberately.

I would like to read the following passage from Rainer Rilke:

"For one human being to love another human being; this is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us – the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation. Loving at first does not mean merger, surrender and uniting with another person. Love is a high inducement for the individual to ripen, to become something in ourselves, to become world in ourselves for the sake of another person. Love is a great, demanding claim on us, something that chooses us and calls us to vast distances."

And it is unto this marriage that (NAME) and (NAME) have been called and come now to be joined.


Vows

I (NAME) take you (NAME) to be my Spouse. I promise to respect and support you, to be patient and loving towards you, to work by your side to achieve the things we value and dream of, and to savor our time together. 

I (NAME) take you (NAME) to be my Spouse. I promise to respect and support you, to be patient and loving towards you, to work by your side to achieve the things we value and dream of, and to savor our time together.

OFFICIANT: (NAME) and (NAME), remember to treat both yourself and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.

Give the highest priority to tenderness, gentleness, and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty or fear assails your relationship remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part that seems wrong.

And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your lives together, your life together will be marked by abundance and joy.


Pronouncement

(NAME) and (NAME), you have promised to share you lives. In respect of the covenant you have made here this day and in accordance with law of Connecticut and by virtue of the authority vested in me by the State of Connecticut,

I do pronounce you joined as partners in life for life!.

Congratulations, you may seal your vows with a kiss!