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Non-Religious Ceremony

Processional
[Groom and best men standing at the front with me, while the bride, proceeded by her
bridesmaids and maid of honor, walk to join us]
Opening Remarks
“We are here today to celebrate the marriage of ____________ and ____________ .
(If the bride is escorted forward)
Before we begin, I would like to ask, who is here to give this woman away?”
(The father, children, relative etc. may give the bride away. He /they answer "I
do", "I do on behalf of her family and friends" etc. , This person then steps back
and the groom takes the bride's hand.)

“Thank you ____________. You may all be seated.”
[The bridal party remains standing]
“Even in our day and time, getting married is one of the most important relationships you
can have. We are born into our families. You don’t choose them, however significant
their impact in our lives can be. Yet the person you give your heart to becomes the most
important person you will ever know. They are also a reflection of what you consider
beautiful and meaningful in this world.
Look into the eyes of your partner. No one else will shape you like this person. And
although sustaining a marriage requires great intentionality and care, this person – if you
allow them- will help you become the best you can be. When two people share this
mutual commitment to each other - this is the human heart at its best.
Declaration of consent
“____________ (groom), will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live
together in the estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her,
in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, keep yourself only for her so long as
you both shall live?”
Groom responds: “I Will”
“And, ____________ (bride), will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live
together in the estate of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep
him, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, keep yourself only for him so
long as you both shall live?”
Bride responds: “I Will”
Exchange of vows
You may change the vows as you wish or write your own vows
“______________ (groom), at this time, you can now express your vows to
____________ (bride). Please repeat after me:
______________ , I take you to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; in joy and in sorrow;
to love and to cherish and to be faithful to you alone, as long as we both shall live.”
“And now ______________ (bride), please repeat after me:
______________ , I take you to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day
forward, for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; in joy and
in sorrow; to love and to cherish and to be faithful to you alone, as long as we both shall
live.”
Ring exchange
For as long as people have been getting married, they have looked for symbols to portray
what they have expressed on their wedding day in word, and every day that followed, in
tangible deeds of love.
The ring has no beginning and no end. And it is our hope that your relationship will also
be a continual expression of love and faithfulness- never ending, always true...
[The groom is asked to place the ring on the finger of his bride]
“______________ (groom), please repeat after me:
GROOM
With this ring, I give you my promise:
that from this day forward, you shall not walk alone.
May my heart be your shelter, and my arms your home.
May we walk together through all things.
With this ring, I give you my heart.
I have no greater gift to give.
[The bride is asked to place the ring on the finger of her husband]
“______________ (bride), please repeat after me:
BRIDE
With this ring, I give you my promise:
that from this day forward, you shall not walk alone.
May my heart be your shelter, and my arms your home.
May we walk together through all things.
With this ring, I give you my heart.
I have no greater gift to give.
(If there are children of either couple, sometimes couples will give a ring or small gift such as a necklace
or ring to the child and say a short statement that they also are now part of the new family. I believe it very
important to mention children's names in the ceremony, If you have minor children coming into the
marriage, please provide their names so I will mention them as is appropriate.)
Readings/Musical selection/Unity Candle/Sand Ceremony (optional)
Declaration of marriage

“In as much as you ______________ (groom), and you ______________ (bride), have
openly pledged yourselves to one another in love and faithfulness, before these witnesses,
and having confirmed the same in the giving and receiving of rings, and most
importantly, by the authority of your love for one another…
It is my privilege, by the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, to pronounce you husband and
wife.
______________ (groom), you may kiss your bride!”
“Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce to you,
Mr. & Mrs. ______________.”
Recessional



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