Greeting
GROOM and BRIDE, you have come here to this place to make a commitment to one another; a commitment of love and friendship and a commitment to share your life together as husband and wife.

Today, the vows you will take are beautiful words representing even more beautiful intentions. You will find that as you live these vows over the years, investing your time, your love and your commitment to one another, that the happy times of your life will be twice as joyous, because there will be someone to share those joys with.

Marriage is an expression of love and respect between two people, and trust and faith in the future. But the union of husband and wife is also an alliance against the challenges and difficulties of life... a promise that when life gets tough, it will only be half as bad, because there will be someone by your side to help carry the burden. And when life grants you happiness, it will be more joyous because you have someone to share it with.

For those times when life presents all of us with challenges, I would like to offer you the serenity prayer to remember.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Intention
GROOM and BRIDE, you stand before me having requested that I marry you. Do you both do this of your own free will, with no pressure upon you from other persons? (We do)

Wedding Vows
The vows you will now take are a solemn pledge of love and affirm your love for one another as you join in marriage.

GROOM, if it is your wish to be the husband of BRIDE, then please repeat after me:

I, GROOM, take you, BRIDE, to be my wife
I promise to encourage and inspire you,
To laugh with you and to comfort you in sad times.
I promise to love you when life seems easy and when it seems hard,
When our love is simple, and when it is an effort.
I take you, with all your faults and your strengths,
As I offer myself to you with my faults and my strengths.
I will help you when you need help,
And will turn to you when I need help.
I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.
These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.

BRIDE, if it is your wish to be the wife of GROOM, then please repeat after me:

I, BRIDE, take you, GROOM, to be my husband
I promise to encourage and inspire you,
To laugh with you and to comfort you in sad times.
I promise to love you when life seems easy and when it seems hard,
When our love is simple, and when it is an effort.
I take you, with all your faults and your strengths,
As I offer myself to you with my faults and my strengths.
I will help you when you need help,
And will turn to you when I need help.
I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.
These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.
BRIDE and GROOM, may your love be based on freedom; for although though your hands touch - it is your hearts that hold. Love is not a wall; it is a bridge. Love does not confine; it sets you free. It leads as a pathway, often winding, to places unknown and mysterious. With love to light the way, you can meet any challenge together.

Exchange Of Wedding Rings
GROOM and BRIDE, you have shared promises here in my presence. Do you have a token or symbol which you wish to exchange? (We do)

Your rings are precious because you wear them with love. They symbolize your commitment in marriage. They remind you of who you are, where you've been and where you are going. As you wear them through time, they will reflect not only who you are as individuals, but also who couple.

GROOM, please place your ring on BRIDE's finger and repeat these words:

BRIDE, you are the love of my life.
And you are my very best friend.
This ring I give you
Is a symbol of my love
I pledge to share with you my heart,
My life and my love, from this day forward.

OFFICIANT: BRIDE, please place your ring on GROOM's finger and repeat these words:

GROOM, you are the love of my life.
And you are my very best friend.
This ring I give you
Is a symbol of my love
I pledge to share with you my heart,
My life and my love, from this day forward.

Pronouncement
GROOM and BRIDE, you have expressed your commitment to one another, and exchanged rings so that you never forget where you have been and where you are going. By these acts you have become husband and wife and in accordance with the law of Connecticut and so by the virtue of the authority vested in me by the State of Connecticut,
I do pronounce you Husband and Wife.

Congratulations! You may seal your promise with a kiss!