Perform The Wedding Ceremony
Our ministers perform all different types of weddings from formal and traditional ceremonies to laid-back weddings with fun themes, weve seen it all. Here at the ULC we always encourage creativity, and applaud unique ceremony ideas. However, as minister, you should be familiar with the basic requirements that all ceremonies must meet.
In order for a marriage to be legally binding, the wedding ceremony itself must include two key elements. The first is the Declaration of Intent this is most commonly recognized as the Do you take I do exchange. The second is the Pronouncement, where you will pronounce the couple officially married. While most weddings will involve additional elements, these segments constitute the bare minimum for a legal ceremony. Make sure you cover them!
Planning the wedding ceremony itself is generally left up to the couple, though you may be asked to provide input or advice. If you are officiating a wedding ceremony for close friends or family, your personal knowledge of the couple will likely mean more involvement in the planning stages. Either way, it is important to communicate with the couple to figure out what type of ceremony they want and which elements theyd like included.
An Order For Prayer And Dedication After A Civil Marriage
For Notes, see here.
A hymn may be sung.
The minister may welcome the people and then says
The Lord be with you
All and also with you.
N and N, you stand in the presence of God as man and wife to dedicate to him your life together, that he may consecrate your marriage and empower you to keep the covenant and promise you have solemnly declared.
[The Bible teaches us that marriage is a gift of God in creation and a means of his grace, a holy mystery in which man and woman become one flesh. It is Gods purpose that, as husband and wife give themselves to each other in love throughout their lives, they shall be united in that love as Christ is united with his Church.
You now wish to affirm your desire to live as followers of Christ, and you have come to him, the fountain of grace, that, strengthened by the prayers of the Church, you may be enabled to fulfil your marriage vows in love and faithfulness.
Let us keep silence and remember Gods presence with us now.
God is love, and those who live in love live in God
and God lives in them.
1 John 4.16
This prayer may be said
All Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name
through Christ our Lord.
The following Summary of the Law may be said
Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
The first commandment is this:
Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
Have The Wedding Guests Eating Out Of Your Hand In 60 Seconds
You want to put on the biggest celebration the world has ever seen? Its not an issue. But keep in mind that it has practically little to do with the actual text of the wedding ceremony. Take a look at the video above, which is taken from the film The Princess Bride. It is not the words themselves that are unforgettable, but rather the manner in which they were delivered. As a result, the key lies in how you deliver the words during the formal ceremony. Seriously. Because if you dont know how to put on a performance, the words are almost worthless.
- You need to establish control over the following 15-20 minutes of the wedding day to ensure that you get what you want.
- Its not the brides fault.
- Its not the mother-in-fault.
- The catering company is in charge of the cuisine.
- The DJ is in charge of the music.
- Take total responsibility for it.
- They must also understand that they are only observers.
Here are two simple methods for asserting your ministerial authority: a.
Say hi to a few familiar people when you arrive.
See, the situation is that folks are attending a wedding.
They will be appreciative of your comments and will defer to you when it comes to matters of propriety.
And keep command of the situation.
She may have authored the entire ceremony script, but she wont be able to stop you from making the entire audience fall in love with you.
Make your authority known.
The fact that you are the wedding minister will give you de facto control over the wedding party.
Pronouncement Of Marriage 23
Inasmuch as BRIDE and GROOM have consented together in marriage before this company have pledged their faith and declared their unity by each giving and receiving a ring and are now joined in mutual esteem and devotion I pronounce that they are husband and wife together.
You may now kiss the bride.
Who Can Conduct A Ceremony
Please see our video on this topic:
State law authorizes the following people to conduct a marriage ceremony:
- a licensed or ordained Christian minister or priest
- a Jewish rabbi
- an officer of a religious organization authorized to conduct marriage ceremonies
- justices/judges/magistrates/associate judges of:
- federal courts located in Texas
- the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas Courts of Appeals
- Texas district, county, probate, and justice of the peace courts
- Texas municipal courts
As per the Department of State Health Services’ guide linked above, there is no official registration for persons authorized to conduct a marriage ceremony. If they review the law, and believe they can perform the marriage ceremony, then they can perform the ceremony.
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Lighting Of The Unity Candle
_________ and ____________ , your parents have lighted a separate candle for each of you. They did so to symbolize your individual lives and the families from which you come. Your individual lives have been a blessing to your parents who have received immeasurable joy in seeing you grow and mature over the years. Your individual lives have been a blessing to those who have known and loved you. Your individual lives have been a blessing to God whom you have faithfully served. As you lift your individual candles from their holders, be reminded that marriage does not eliminate your separate identities. You are made in the image of your heavenly Father nevertheless, you are each unique. God has created you as such for His purpose and His glory. You will not extinguish your individual candles, as God still has much to do in and through your individual lives. Together you will light the unity candle to symbolize your union in marriage. Together you assume a new identity – as one with each other and the Lord. Today, God has created anew in you a union that will enable you to fulfill His creation mandate to serve Him in the world and to establish a family.
Pronouncement Of Marriage 14
Forasmuch as you, Bride and you, Groom, have openly declared your wishes to be united in marriage, and in the presence of these witnesses have pledged love to each other, and have confirmed the same by joining hands, exchanging rings and declaring your vows, I as a minister and legally authorized to do pronounce that you are now husband and wife.
You may now kiss the Bride.
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Opening Prayer Or Reading
This reading can take whatever form the couple chooses, though it typically includes a focus on relationships, love, and companionship. If the couple is not religious, poems are a great secular option to feature in this space.
Religious: As the Bible reminds us in Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiastes 4:9: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?”
Secular: What is love? Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favorite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all one known only by those who love. Unknown
Keep It Short And Sweet
Unless your ceremony involves a religious service, try to keep the ceremony length to no more than 30 minutes. Any longer and your guests might start looking at their watches. If you want a memorable ceremony thats fun for everyonenot just the coupletry to make your ceremony interactive. The best thing you can do to make your ceremony unique is to get people laughing, Pushkine says. Wedding ceremonies can be a lot of fun without completely disregarding the serious element involved.
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The Rehearsal And Rehearsal Dinner
The pastor usually leads the wedding rehearsal at the church. If the pastor isn’t available, he may delegate that task to a church employee or volunteer. Some pastors may require a stipend or fee to run the wedding rehearsal. There is no obligation to do so, but the couple may want to invite the pastor to the rehearsal dinner if they are members of his church and have a close relationship with him. If they invite the pastor, they are not obligated to ask him to say grace or lead a prayer before dinner.
Two: State Marriage Laws
Marriage laws vary from state-to-state and sometimes by county. It is important that you do your homework to ensure you are complying with the laws of the state where the couple will be married. Officiant licensing and marriage licenses are most often administered and processed through the county clerk or recorders office in the county that the wedding will take place. For more details on marriage licensing, .
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Pronouncement Of Marriage 10
Because you two came here today intending to marry, because you joined hands and made solemn vows and exchanged rings to remind you of those vows, and you are now joined as partners in mutual love and respect, according to the powers vested in me and the highest power of the land and the sea
I pronounce that your wedding vows are sealed and you may henceforth be known to all as husband and wife.
You may now kiss your bride.
What To Do Before The Wedding Ceremony
Take care of legal issues. First, make sure that you are legally able to perform the wedding ceremony. If not, the marriage might be valid in Gods eyes, but it wont be according to the government. Requirements vary from state to state, so check with your local court for specific requirements.Typically you must be either licensed or ordained to perform a wedding, but some states have additional requirements.
Second, the wedding will not be legal unless the bride and groom get a marriage license from their local court. After the wedding ceremony, the bride, groom, wedding officiant and two witnesses sign the license.
Finally, the signed license is returned to the court where it the marriage officially becomes legally binding.
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Pronouncement Of Marriage 2
BRIDE and GROOM, you have expressed your love to one another through the commitment and promises you have just made. It is with these in mind that I pronounce you husband and wife.
You have kissed a thousand times, maybe more.
But today the feeling is new.
No longer simply partners and best friends, you have become husband and wife and can now seal the agreement with a kiss.
Today, your kiss is a promise.
You may kiss the bride.
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Short And Sweet Wedding Ceremony Template
Welcome family, friends and loved ones. We are gathered today to celebrate the union of _________ and __________. We are all here to support this commitment of love and to share the joy of _________ and _________ as they choose to spend their lives together.
Thank you _______ and _______ for your presence here today. Your love and unwavering support throughout their lives have given them the confidence and tools necessary to enter into this new chapter together.
_______ and _______, your marriage will be a lifelong promise to love, respect, trust and honor each other through the good, the bad and the unexpected. This union represents your commitment to support one another as individual beings but share your joys, sorrows, and dreams as one. A strong bond works in unison not only to nurture the best parts of your personalities, but to understand each others differences and flaws. You are committing to learn how to grow alongside one another while remembering to keep an open mind throughout your journey.
Today, you gain an equal partner that will be your confidant, your defender and your motivator through all of your aspirations and goals. You will celebrate each accomplishment, provide peace through every setback and most importantly, give love in lifes both big and little moments.
Now ________ and ________, please join hands and face each other.
________, do you take ________ to be your wife? I do.
________, do you take ________ to be your husband? I do.
Who Says Vows First In A Wedding
In a traditional wedding ceremony order, the vows are followed by the ring exchange. The groom usually goes first, though we invite you to be progressive. He puts the wedding band on the brides finger while repeating a phrase like, I give this ring as a sign of my love. Then, its the brides turn.
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What Do The Pastors Say At Weddings
The Bride repeats the vow after the pastor as follows: I, B****, take you, G****, to be my wedded husband, / to have and to hold from this day forward, / for better for worse, / for richer, for poorer, / in sickness and in health, / to love and to cherish, till death us do part, / according to Gods holy plan / and.