Traditional Wedding Ceremony
Many couples choose this type of ceremony when they are
having a Formal wedding celebration.
​Please do not copy. All Rights Reserved by Bergeron Ministry/Weddings by Gary    Jan 2017


​Welcome Statement

​Rev. Gary: Dearly beloved, we are gathered here on this beautiful day to witness the union of Sue
and Joe in holy matrimony. This is a day of great celebration and reverence, on which we come
together before God to recognize and commemorate the sacred love and dedication shared
between these two people. It is wonderful to have family and friends here to join us today. The
bride and groom would like to thank their guests for being here, and would like you to know that
each of you were invited here on this day because you have played a special part in their
lives.
As the Bible reminds us in Corinthians, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not
boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record
of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails."
 
May you all remember and cherish this sacred ceremony, for on this day, with love, we will forever
Join Sue and Joe together.
 
Family Blessing
 
​Rev. Gary: Who gives this bride today?
​Bridal Companion: I do.
 
​Speak Now
 
​Rev Gary: If there is anyone in attendance who has cause to believe that this couple should not be
joined in marriage, you may speak now or forever hold your peace.
 
​Wedding Sermon
 
​Rev. Gary: (Addressing guests) Marriage is a sacred ceremony. Today we observe the union of these
two people with the respect the occasion warrants. What we honor with reverence, however, we
also celebrate with great joy! For married life – a shared life – is a tremendous blessing. Now, as
Sue and Joe embark on this journey together, they will be able to nurture a love that makes each
of them better versions of themselves. Marriage is, indeed, the perfect garden from which to sow
and harvest personal growth.

(Addressing couple) Sue and Joe, learn to work together, to laugh together, and to love together.
Don't get caught up in worldly things that will draw you apart. Instead, focus on your shared
devotion and turn inward. As your relationship strengthens you will find that you come to share a
remarkable love; a love that is both abundantly given and freely accepted.
The joy you'll find as you pursue your shared lives will fuel you to face head-on the challenges you may encounter in this life. On your journey together, keep each other as your main priority, remember that you are each other’s best friend, companion and lover.  What you have together must be guarded and cherished, it is your most valuable treasure. Remember that it is the simple act of kindness to each other that will remain forever in your heart.
 
​Consecration
 
​Rev. Gary: Under the eyes of God, I solemnly consecrate these matrimonial proceedings and the
sacred covenant you shall both enter into on this day. Marriage is an ancient rite. As you enter into this union, you are choosing to take part in a historical tradition that has dated back thousands of years.  By pledging your commitment before the witnesses present here today you honor that tradition.

As Jesus said: "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and
female," he also taught that, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined
to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'. So then, they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."

​Exchange of Vows
 
​Rev. Gary: Sue and Joe, the sacred vows that you make to one another today present you with the
opportunity to express your love in your own words. I would at this time invite you to declare these vows:
 
​Rev. Gary: Sue, you may begin.
Sue: I, Sue, take you, Joe, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life, until death do us part.

​Rev. Gary: Joe, you may now make your promise.
​Joe: I, Joe, take you, Sue, to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward,
for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life, until death do us part.
 
​Declaration of Intent
 
​Rev. Gary: Sue and Joe please face one another and join hands.
Under the eyes of God, Sue, do you take Joe to be your lawfully wedded husband? By making this commitment, you are joining in
the sacred covenant of marriage. Do you promise to honor him in love, to be sensitive to his needs, to comfort him in difficulty, and to put your full and complete trust in him, so long as you both shall live?
​Sue: ​I do.
​Rev. Gary: Under the eyes of God, Joe, do you take Sue to be your lawfully wedded wife? By making this commitment, you are joining in the covenant of marriage. Do you promise to honor her in love, to be sensitive to her needs, to comfort her in difficulty, and to put your full and complete trust in her, so long as you both shall live?
​Joe: I do.
 
​Exchange of Rings
 
​Rev. Gary: To commemorate this union, you may now exchange rings. The circle formed by each ring symbolizes your eternal love and commitment to one another. Let these rings remind you of that love, and of the promises you have made here on this day.
Will each of you please repeat after me as you place the ring on your loved ones hand?
​Sue: I, Sue, give you Joe this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment. With this ring, I thee wed.
​Rev. Gary: ​Joe please repeat after me.
​Joe: I, Joe, give you Sue this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment. With this ring, I thee wed.


​Pronouncement
 
​Rev. Gary: By the power vested in me, by the Universal Life Church and by the state of Florida, I pronounce you, Sue and Joe as husband and wife.

 
​Kiss
 
​Rev. Gary: Joe, you may now kiss the bride.

​Presentaton
 
​Rev. Gary: Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present to you Mr. and Mrs. Sue and Joe Smith!
Ceremony Examples: 

Traditional 
​Ceremony  

Civil
Ceremony
(No mention
of God or Religion))   
 
Simple
​Ceremony (Perfect for
Beach Weddings)

Modern
​Ceremony (perfect for adding a
Unity or Sand Ceremony)

Vow Renewal Ceremony
​​Celebrate your marriage by reaffirming your vows