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Elements of the Wedding Ceremony


DECLARATION OF INTENT


#1

Declaration of Intent

To the groom:

N., will you have this woman to be your wife, and will you pledge your faithfulness to her, in all love and honor, in all duty and service, in all faith and tenderness, to live with her and cherish her, according to the ordinance of God, in the holy bond of marriage?

I WILL.

To the bride:

N., will you have this man to be your husband, and will you pledge your faithfulness to him, in all love and honor, in all duty and service, in all faith and tenderness, to live with him and cherish him, according to the ordinance of God, in the holy bond of marriage?

I WILL.

To the father/escort of the bride:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

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#2

N., understanding that God has created, ordered, and blessed the covenant of marriage, do you affirm your desire and intention to enter this covenant?

I DO.

N., understanding that God has created, ordered, and blessed the covenant of marriage, do you affirm your desire and intention to enter this covenant?

I DO.

To the father/escort of the bride:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

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#3

The minister addresses the bride and groom individually:

And now, before God and this congregation, I ask you to affirm your willingness to enter this marriage. Are you willing to undertake the responsibility of loving and caring for each other as your relationship develops over the years? Will you be faithful to one another whatever the future may bring?

I WILL.

To the father/escort of the bride:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

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#4

N. and N. having duly considered the holy covenant you are about to make, you will now declare your pledge of faith, each to the other. Be well assured that if these solemn vows are kept inviolate as God's Word demands, and if steadfastly you endeavor to do the will of your Heavenly Father, God will bless your marriage, will grant you fulfillment in it, and will establish your home in peace.

(Groom)

N., do you here in the presence of God and these witnesses declare your commitment to N. and choose her as the one with whom you wish to spend your life? Do you pledge to endure all of the difficulties which life may offer even as you look forward to sharing the joys to be experienced together?

I DO!

(Bride)

N., do you here in the presence of God and these witnesses declare your commitment to N. and choose him as the one with whom you wish to spend your life? Do you pledge to endure all of the difficulties which life may offer even as you look forward to sharing the joys to be experienced together?

I DO!

To the father/escort of the bride:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

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#5

The minister addresses the bride and groom individually:

Do you, N., willingly take N. to be your wife, and in so doing, give yourself to her, freely, fully and gladly? Do you agree to take the bad with the good, the difficult with the easy, the anguish with the joy, the defeat with triumph? And do you promise to love her, come what may?

I DO.

Do you, N., willingly take N. to be your husband, and in so doing, give yourself to him, freely, fully and gladly? Do you agree to take the bad with the good, the difficult with the easy, the anguish with the joy, the defeat with triumph? And do you promise to love him, come what may?

I DO.

To the father/escort of the bride:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

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#6

The minister addresses the bride and groom individually:

N., will you receive N. as your lawfully wedded wife/husband? Will you share your life with her/him, hold your love firm, and dutifully care for her/him in all the varying circumstances of your life?

I WILL.

To the father/escort of the bride:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

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#7

The minister addresses the bride and groom individually:

N., will you have N. as your wife/husband, to live together in marriage? Will you love her/him, comfort her/him, and honor her/him, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, as long as you both shall live?"

I WILL.

To the father/escort of the bride:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

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#8

The minister addresses the bride and groom individually:

Do you, N. , knowing of this man's/woman's love for you and returning it,
Realizing his/her strengths and learning from them,
recognizing his/her weaknesses and accepting them,
take N. , to be your lawfully wedded husband/wife?

I DO.

To the father/escort of the bride:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?


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