Non Denominational Vows:
This is your ceremony and we feel it’s important that you are able to have options. Below you’ll find our typical vows for a non denominational ceremony, but feel free to create your own.
We are gathered here today in the sight of God, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite _____________and________________ in holy matrimony. Marriage is a most honorable estate, created and Instituted by God, so too may this marriage be adorned by true and abiding love.
Would you please face each other and join hands.
(Spouse #1)_______________do you take ______________to be your [wife/husband/spouse] and promise to love, honor, cherish and protect [her/him], forsaking all others, be faithful only to [her/him], for as long as you both shall live? (I DO)
(Spouse #2)_______________do you take______________to be your [wife/husband/spouse] and promise to love, honor, cherish and protect [him/her], forsaking all others, be faithful only to [her/him], for as long as you both shall live? (I DO)
Charge to the Couple:
__________and______________as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you confirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together. From this day forward you shall be each other’s home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect.
Interfaith Unity Candle Reading (Optional, for Indoor Locations Only)
When two souls are destined to find each other, their two streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being. They do not lose their individuality, yet, in marriage, they are united in so close a bond that they become one. Now, following the profession of their marriage vows, they will light the large center candle from the smaller candles to symbolize this new reality. In this way, they are saying that henceforth their light must shine together for each other, for their families, and for their community. (The ceremony can end here with the Pronouncement of Husband & Wife or you can choose vows/rings/candles, etc.)
Sand Ceremony (Optional – you must provide your own vessels, colored sand and table to place it on)
_____ and _______, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other. Your relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand; each representing all that you were, all that you are and all that you will ever be. Each one holds its own unique beauty, strength and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without the need of anything else. When the two are blended together they represent an entirely new and extraordinary love relationship. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination.
(The bride and groom pick up the containers of sand)
As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one.
You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the bride and groom into one. The life that each of you have experienced until now, individually, will hereafter be inseparably united, for the two shall become one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.
Officiant: May I have the rings, please? Please repeat after me: Groom to Bride: __________, I give you this ring, as a daily reminder of my love for you. Bride to Groom: __________, I give you this ring, as a daily reminder of my love for you.
Pronouncement as Husband & Wife:
_______________and_______________in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the giving of these rings and the joining of your hands. I now declare you to be husband and wife.
Officiant: By the authority vested in me by the State of Oregon, and the power of your love and commitment, I now pronounce you husband and wife! Congratulations, you may kiss your bride!
Benediction (Numbers 6:24-26):
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance unto you, and give you peace. Amen