Life Partners

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Word of Welcome

Officiate: We are gathered here today as we celebrate the coming together in love of (Partner 1) and (Partner 2) . We remember that marriage is a time when a growing love is made public, when two people share mutual promises. We join in support of them as they offer themselves to each other. We celebrate their joy, their love and their expectations. Indeed, during these exciting times, this day is a day of hope; A day in which (Partner 2) and (Partner 1) demonstrate their faith and love in one another.

Reading

Officiate: Today expresses a sense of joy and love. May you forever live in marital bliss; yet, I want the two of you to always commit to being friends.

A passage called ‘My Friend’

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good, and more than any fate could have done to make me happy. You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign. You have done it by being yourself. Perhaps, after all, that’s what being a friend means.

Expression of Intent

Officiate: (Partner 1), you have chosen (Partner 2) to be your life partner. Will you love and respect her/him? Will you be honest with her/him always and will you stand by her through whatever may come?

Answer: “I will” or “I do”

Officiate: (Partner 2), you have chosen (Partner 1) to be your life partner. Will you love and respect her/him? Will you be honest with her/him always and will you stand by her through whatever may come?

Answer: “I will” or “I do”

Officiate: And do you both promise to make the necessary adjustments in your personal lives in order that you may live in a harmonious relationship together?

Answer: “We will” or “We do”

The Exchange of Vows

Officiate: May I remind you that saying your vows are one thing but nothing is more challenging than living them day-by-day. What you promise today must be renewed tomorrow and each day that stretches out before you.

(Partner 1), please repeat after me: In the presence of our family and friends, I (Partner 1) choose you (Partner 2) to be my life partner; 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. This is my solemn vow.

Now (Partner 2), please repeat after me: In the presence of our family and friends, I (Partner 2) choose you (Partner 1) to be my life partner; 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. This is my solemn vow.

Presentation of the Rings

Officiate: This (these)   ring (s) is (are) a circle, a symbol of the never ending love that you have promised to each other.

Take it,   place it on her (his) finger and repeat after me. (The ring vow spoken by each partner in turn)

Officiate: “I give you   this ring to wear as a sign of my promise to love and grow with you.”

Declaration of Marriage

(Partner 1) and (Partner 2), we have heard your promise to share your lives in marriage. We recognize and respect the covenant you have made here this day before each of us as witnesses. Therefore in the honesty and sincerity of what you have said and done here today and by the power vested in me, by the state of South Carolina, I declare you married and partners for life.

You may seal your vows with a kiss.

 

Introduction of the couple

It is now my personal privilege and great joy to be the first one to introduce (Partner 1) and (Partner 2) as the newly married couple. Partners in life… for life.