Self Solemnizing Script

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PROCESSIONAL
Music plays.


SEATING OF THE PARENTS
The processional music begins with the seating of the honored guests:
Seating of the Groom's grandmother
Seating of the Bride's grandmother
Seating of the Groom's parents
Seating of the Bride's mother


BRIDAL PROCESSIONAL BEGINS
Groom enters, usually from stage right.
 
WEDDING MARCH BEGINS
The Bride and her father enter. Mother of the Bride to stand indicating guests should stand. After bride arrives Mother of the Bride sits indicating guests may be seated.


STATEMENT OF INTENTIONS

Groom: "Friends and Family, we want to sincerely thank you all for coming today to be a part of our wedding ceremony."

Bride: "To this moment we bring the fullness of our hearts as a treasure and a gift from God to share with one another. We bring the dreams which bind us together in an eternal commitment. We bring our gifts and talents, our unique personalities and spirits, which God will unite together into one being as we build our life together."


LOVED ONE IS INVITED TO DO A READING
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, always perseveres. Love never fails ... (1 Corinthians 13:4–8a, NIV) read through to 13:13

 

CHARGE TO BRIDE AND GROOM
Bride: "Marriage signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church, and Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all people.  The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given on another in prosperity and adversity.  Therefore marriage is not be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God. "

Groom: "We also remember today that we don't walk this path alone. Other hands are there: friends and family to support us in our marriage journey and the promises that we are making here today."


THE PLEDGE (Or have a family member lead this part)
Groom: "We will now in the presence of God and these people, declare our intentions to enter into union with one another. Bride, 
will you have me to be your husband, to live together in holy marriage? Will you love me, comfort me, honor and keep me, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to me as long as we both shall live?"

Bride: "I will. Groom, will you have me to be your wife, to live together in holy marriage? Will you love me, comfort me, honor and keep me, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to me as long as we both shall live?"
Groom: "I will."
 
WEDDING VOWS

Groom: "And now I make this vow to you. I take you to be my best friend, my faithful partner, and my one true love. I promise to encourage you and inspire you and to love you truly, in sickness and in health. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up when you are down, and to love you unconditionally through all of our adventures in life together. This is my solemn vow."

 

Bride: "And now I make this vow to you. I take you to be my best friend, my faithful partner, and my one true love. I promise to encourage you and inspire you and to love you truly, in sickness and in health. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up when you are down, and to love you unconditionally through all of our adventures in life together. This is my solemn vow."
 
EXCHANGING OF THE RINGS


Bride: "The exchanging of the rings is a demonstration of our promise to stay faithful. The ring represents eternity. By wearing the wedding bands throughout our lives, they tell all others that we are committed to stay together and remain faithful to each other."

Groom: "Rings are the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, signifying to us the union between Jesus Christ and his church. We take these rings as another sign of our commitment to each other."  


Groom: (Groom takes the ring and places it on the third finger of the left hand). "Bride, I give you this ring as a sign of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. With this ring, I thee wed."

Bridge: (Bride takes the ring and places it on the third finger of the left hand). "Groom, I give you this ring as a sign of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. With this ring, I thee wed."


THE PRONOUNCEMENT (Can have a family member do this)
Bride: "We have declared our consent and vows before God and our family and friends.
 Now that we have given ourselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands, and the giving and receiving of rings."

Groom: "By the power vested in us by the state of Colorado we now pronounce ourselves Husband and Wife!"

Bride: "You may now kiss the bride!"
 

THE KISS
 
CLOSING
Bride: "Friends and family thank you for being here today and please join us now for a celebration of our marriage!"

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