Contemporary

Congratulations! You’ve set the date and now you are looking for a meaningful ceremony. The four ceremonies below are available for location weddings, The Little Wedding Chapel or The White Wedding Chapel. Each ceremony can be customized to suit your desires and situation. Your officiant or our wedding consultant will be happy to discuss with you. Please see our packages for all-inclusive options.

Customization can include Sand or Unity Candle ceremonies, hand fasting, cultural traditions, etc.

We can also design a Renewal of Vows ceremony for couples celebrating their first anniversary and beyond or a Commitment Ceremony for those couples who are entering into a committed relationship but not quite ready to take the leap into marriage. Our wedding planner will refer you to one of our officiants to answer all your questions!

The Contemporary Ceremony

Gathering

Dear friends, we are gathered here today in the presence of God to witness the marriage of John and Jane and to celebrate with them. They have asked you here to be a part of their wedding day as they pledge themselves to each other. Into this marriage they both have come to be joined. If either of you knows of any reason why you may not be lawfully married, you must declare it now.

It is not intended in marriage that husbands and wives cease to be individuals, but that both may continue to grow in love by support and concern for each other’s well being. You travelled down different paths to reach the point at which you met. From that day, you have travelled together, experiencing both wonderful and difficult times.

In this journey you have learned much about each other, and about the bond that has grown between you. Today you take the next step in your journey. You must promise to love, respect, and support each other in all the rough times, the sad times, and celebrate all the happy times together.

Jane and John, if either of you knows a reason why you may not lawfully marry, you must declare it now.

Declaration of Intention

John: will you take Jane to be your wife, to love her, comfort her, honour and protect her; and forsaking all others to be faithful to her for as long as you both shall live? R: I will.

Jane: will you take John to be your husband, to love him, comfort him, honour and protect him; and forsaking all others to be faithful to him for as long as you both shall live? R: I will.

Reading

You will be together for evermore,
but let there be spaces in your togetherness,
and let the winds of heaven dance between you.
Love one another, but do not make a bond of love;
let it rather be a moving sea, between the shores of your souls.
Sing, dance, and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
even as the strings of a lute are alone,
though they quiver with the same music.
Stand together, but not too near together,
for the pillars of the temple stood apart,
and the oak tree and the cyprus grow not in each other’s shadow.
Khalil Gibran (The Prophet)

The Marriage Vows

I, John, take you Jane to be my wife,
To laugh with you in joy,
To grieve with you in sorrow,
To grow with you in love,
To be faithful to you alone,
For as long as we both shall live.

I, Jane, take you John to be my husband,
To laugh with you in joy,
To grieve with you in sorrow,
To grow with you in love,
To be faithful to you alone,
For as long as we both shall live.

The Exchanging of the Rings

From the elements of the earth, through work and faith, were taken the materials for these rings. Just as from the elements of life and emotion came your desire for this marriage. May these golden circles, emblems of an untarnished eternity, be the sign and seal of a pure and imperishable love, now mutually pledged.

John: with all my love I give you this ring, an everlasting symbol of the vows that we have made to each other In the presence of these witnesses I honor you with all that I am, and all that I have.

Jane: with all my love I give you this ring, an everlasting symbol of the vows that we have made to each other. In the presence of these witnesses I honor you with all that I am, and all that I have.

Words of Wisdom

From this day on, may you always communicate openly and honestly with each other, and live these days of joy. May you live in each other’s company in peace and trust, and may your days be filled with the rewards of all you have experienced to bring you to this place. May you endlessly delight in each other, and love and fulfill each other always.

Love is more than a feeling.
It’s a commitment.
It’s a commitment to work things out,
And to resolve the issues;
To communicate when it’s hard to,
And to forgive each other and start fresh each day.
Good marriages take time and effort to build.
They don’t just happen.

The Declaration of Marriage

John and Jane, you have chosen each other in love and freedom. You have declared your purpose before God and this gathering, and you have made your pledges one to another. Therefore, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Signing of the Register

Presentation of the Couple