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Hi Everyone,

We got married a few months ago in Mexico and did a symbolic ceremony because we wanted to personalize it. We wrote our entire ceremony taking bits and pieces from other ceremonies we liked/enjoyed.  I wish I had known this post existed prior, there are some really nice ceremonies on here!   Hope this helps someone else looking for just the right wording.  :) 

 

 

Greetings:

 

Welcome Everyone! Chad and Lauren want to thank you all for traveling here today to share in the celebration of their marriage.

 

We, who have gathered in this circle, are now privileged to witness and share in the joy of this union. We have come to surround them, knowing that by our presence here with them, we are saying that they, together, are loved by many others.

 

Officiantâ€s Marriage Address:

Lauren and Chad, you are marrying out of love, because you enjoy each otherâ€s company and because you want to be together. Although you will be sharing one life, never forget that you are two separate people. Cherish and affirm your differences. Love each other. Keep your commitment primary. Together you will laugh and cry, be sick and well, be happy and angry, share and grow. Grow, sometimes together, sometimes separately. But never remain stagnant. Love and life are always changing, always new. If you will ensure a healthy lasting marriage, always, always value each other. Although you will disagree, remember to respect each otherâ€s feelings, needs and wants. Above all, never, ever lose your sense of humor. There is an art to marriage. This art asks that we pay attention to the little things as well as the big ones that are part of the closeness of marriage. Never grow too old to hold hands. At least once each day, remember to say “I love you.†Develop the capacity to forgive and forget and heal quarrels as they happen so that you do not go to bed angry. Your courtship should not end with the honeymoon; so pay attention that you do not come to take each other for granted, and remember to speak words of appreciation and demonstrate your gratitude in thoughtful ways. Support each other's endeavors as well as each other. Promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as you build your lives together.  And strengthen each other through life's joys and challenges.

 

Exchange of Vows: 

The covenant of marriage is one that can be entered into only by persons who are both legally and spiritually free to offer themselves to each other.  Therefore, in the presence of God and in the presence of all of the witnesses here, Chad and Lauren will state their intention.

 

Please face each other and join your hands, and in doing so, join your hearts.

 

Chadrepeat after me:

Lauren, You are my best friend.
And Today I give myself to you in marriage.

I promise to encourage your individuality,  

Because that is what makes you unique and wonderful

I promise to nurture your dreams,

Because through them your soul shines

I promise to help shoulder our challenges,

For there is nothing we cannot face if we stand together.

I promise to share with you in the joys and sorrows of life,

when life seems easy and when it seems hard,

I promise to love you in good times and in bad,

when our love is simple, and when it is an effort.

For one lifetime with you could never be enough.

 

 

 

Lauren repeat after me:

 

Chad, You are my best friend.

And Today I give myself to you in marriage.

I promise to encourage your individuality,  

Because that is what makes you unique and wonderful

I promise to nurture your dreams,

Because through them your soul shines

I promise to help shoulder our challenges,

For there is nothing we cannot face if we stand together.

I promise to share with you in the joys and sorrows of life,

when life seems easy and when it seems hard,

I promise to love you in good times and in bad,

when our love is simple, and when it is an effort.

For one lifetime with you could never be enough.

 

 

Exchange of Rings:

Do you have the rings?

 

From the earliest times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of committed love. As often as either of you looks at this symbol, I hope you will be reminded of the commitment to love each other, which you have made here today.

 

Chadand Lauren will now address each other as they exchange rings:

 

Chadâ€s ring vows: 

Lauren, I offer this ring to you with the understanding that we each live lives of choice. This ring does not bind you to me; it is our Love that connects us. This ring is a re-presentation of that Love in a form that can be seen and touched.  I am grateful you choose to wear it and I am truly blessed to be a part of your life, which as of today becomes our life together.  I Love you very much!

 

Laurenâ€s ring vows: 

Chad, over the past six years we have had so many wonderful moments together.  And each time I think it canâ€t get any better than this, I find myself more in love with you by the next moment!  I give you this ring as a promise of my love.  I feel so fortunate to have collided with you and look forward to creating more amazing memories as we grow together.  I love you so much!

 

 

Sand Ceremony:

 

Chadand Lauren, You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. 

Now we will observe you create a lasting visual representation of these promises. 

 

(Turn to Table)

Your relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand;

Each representing all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be.

 

As you now pour your sand together, your lives also are this vividly joined as one.

Each color holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without the need of anything else. But when the two are blended together they represent an entirely new and extraordinary relationship. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination, and in this way may your marriage be enriched by each other.

 

 

Pronouncement:  (Guest Participation)

 

The moment weâ€ve all waited for!

 

Chadand Lauren,

Before this service you signed the legal paperwork.

You received the blessing of your family and friends,

And here you have made your vows and exchanged rings.

 

Now, I ask everyone to join me in this pronouncement,

Repeating together after me:

 

"We, your family and friends,â€

 

“Now pronounce you husband and wife!"

 

Chad, you may kiss the bride

 

I am very happy to introduce for the first time as a married couple,

Chad and Lauren!

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This is so helpful! I have never been to a ceremony that is not Catholic, so when thinking about ours (symbolic ceremony) I had NO CLUE what it would include! 

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This site is amazing! I can't wait to cut and paste from here to build the perfect script for our wedding. Thank you to everyone who has shared on this thread!! I'll make sure to post ours when I finish.

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Originally Posted by savvybride2010 View Post

 

Hi Everyone,

We got married a few months ago in Mexico and did a symbolic ceremony because we wanted to personalize it. We wrote our entire ceremony taking bits and pieces from other ceremonies we liked/enjoyed.  I wish I had known this post existed prior, there are some really nice ceremonies on here!   Hope this helps someone else looking for just the right wording.  :) 

 

 

Greetings:

 

Welcome Everyone! Chad and Lauren want to thank you all for traveling here today to share in the celebration of their marriage.

 

We, who have gathered in this circle, are now privileged to witness and share in the joy of this union. We have come to surround them, knowing that by our presence here with them, we are saying that they, together, are loved by many others.

 

Officiantâ€s Marriage Address:

Lauren and Chad, you are marrying out of love, because you enjoy each otherâ€s company and because you want to be together. Although you will be sharing one life, never forget that you are two separate people. Cherish and affirm your differences. Love each other. Keep your commitment primary. Together you will laugh and cry, be sick and well, be happy and angry, share and grow. Grow, sometimes together, sometimes separately. But never remain stagnant. Love and life are always changing, always new. If you will ensure a healthy lasting marriage, always, always value each other. Although you will disagree, remember to respect each otherâ€s feelings, needs and wants. Above all, never, ever lose your sense of humor. There is an art to marriage. This art asks that we pay attention to the little things as well as the big ones that are part of the closeness of marriage. Never grow too old to hold hands. At least once each day, remember to say “I love you.†Develop the capacity to forgive and forget and heal quarrels as they happen so that you do not go to bed angry. Your courtship should not end with the honeymoon; so pay attention that you do not come to take each other for granted, and remember to speak words of appreciation and demonstrate your gratitude in thoughtful ways. Support each other's endeavors as well as each other. Promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as you build your lives together.  And strengthen each other through life's joys and challenges.

 

Exchange of Vows: 

The covenant of marriage is one that can be entered into only by persons who are both legally and spiritually free to offer themselves to each other.  Therefore, in the presence of God and in the presence of all of the witnesses here, Chad and Lauren will state their intention.

 

Please face each other and join your hands, and in doing so, join your hearts.

 

Chadrepeat after me:

Lauren, You are my best friend.

And Today I give myself to you in marriage.

I promise to encourage your individuality,  

Because that is what makes you unique and wonderful

I promise to nurture your dreams,

Because through them your soul shines

I promise to help shoulder our challenges,

For there is nothing we cannot face if we stand together.

I promise to share with you in the joys and sorrows of life,

when life seems easy and when it seems hard,

I promise to love you in good times and in bad,

when our love is simple, and when it is an effort.

For one lifetime with you could never be enough.

 

 

 

Lauren repeat after me:

 

Chad, You are my best friend.

And Today I give myself to you in marriage.

I promise to encourage your individuality,  

Because that is what makes you unique and wonderful

I promise to nurture your dreams,

Because through them your soul shines

I promise to help shoulder our challenges,

For there is nothing we cannot face if we stand together.

I promise to share with you in the joys and sorrows of life,

when life seems easy and when it seems hard,

I promise to love you in good times and in bad,

when our love is simple, and when it is an effort.

For one lifetime with you could never be enough.

 

 

Exchange of Rings:

Do you have the rings?

 

From the earliest times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of committed love. As often as either of you looks at this symbol, I hope you will be reminded of the commitment to love each other, which you have made here today.

 

Chadand Lauren will now address each other as they exchange rings:

 

Chadâ€s ring vows: 

Lauren, I offer this ring to you with the understanding that we each live lives of choice. This ring does not bind you to me; it is our Love that connects us. This ring is a re-presentation of that Love in a form that can be seen and touched.  I am grateful you choose to wear it and I am truly blessed to be a part of your life, which as of today becomes our life together.  I Love you very much!

 

Laurenâ€s ring vows: 

Chad, over the past six years we have had so many wonderful moments together.  And each time I think it canâ€t get any better than this, I find myself more in love with you by the next moment!  I give you this ring as a promise of my love.  I feel so fortunate to have collided with you and look forward to creating more amazing memories as we grow together.  I love you so much!

 

 

Sand Ceremony:

 

Chadand Lauren, You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. 

Now we will observe you create a lasting visual representation of these promises. 

 

(Turn to Table)

Your relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand;

Each representing all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be.

 

As you now pour your sand together, your lives also are this vividly joined as one.

Each color holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without the need of anything else. But when the two are blended together they represent an entirely new and extraordinary relationship. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination, and in this way may your marriage be enriched by each other.

 

 

Pronouncement:  (Guest Participation)

 

The moment weâ€ve all waited for!

 

Chadand Lauren,

Before this service you signed the legal paperwork.

You received the blessing of your family and friends,

And here you have made your vows and exchanged rings.

 

Now, I ask everyone to join me in this pronouncement,

Repeating together after me:

 

"We, your family and friends,â€

 

“Now pronounce you husband and wife!"

 

Chad, you may kiss the bride

 

I am very happy to introduce for the first time as a married couple,

Chad and Lauren!

 

I SO love this!!! Thank You for posting :)

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Thanks!  We put a lot of time into it to make it ours.   So happy we did it ourselves, definitely worth it!  It was really difficult to find a meaningful yet not overly religious ceremony.  We both believe in God, but foremost our committment was to the Love between us and that's what we wanted our ceremony to be about.  The sap I am would love to see some more ceremonies shared, don't be shy ladies!  :)

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