3 Must Haves in a Ceremony ...
2. Vow Exchange
3. Sign the Licence
As long as your ceremony contains the above, it can be as long or short as you wish. Below are your elopement ceremony options, simply copy and remove the portions you would like;
Welcome and Opening Words
Affirmation of the Guests –Optional
Will all of you witnessing these vows do everything in your power to uphold Groom/Bride and Bride/Groom in their marriage? Answer: We will
Romantic reading- read by Officiant or Guest at Wedding
"A Beautiful Journey" by Donna Fargo.
"A great marriage begins with two people joined together in love as partners and best friends. It's a commitment to always be on each other's side, sharing everything...
When two people become one in spirit, every joy is doubled and every disappointment is diminished. They live their lives in an attitude of cooperation with each other. They plan on togetherness. They listen. They hope. They dream. They make mistakes. They understand. They forgive. And they move on ...together. They're loyal to each other and steadfast in their pledge to be there for each other forever...through sickness or health, poverty, wealth, or whatever.
For these two people, love is the magic that keeps them together and guides them on their journey,
enhancing their lives and assuring their happiness."
"A Reminder for the One I Love" by Rachyl Taylor
"We say 'I love you' just about every day. Sometimes the words are whispered as we fall asleep at night; sometimes they're spoken at the end of a phone conversation or accompanied by a quick kiss as we rush out the door. The words are always there, but sometimes we forget to think about how much they really mean.
Every time you hear me say those three little words, I want you to remember that they're coming from the bottom of my heart. I want you to remember that I love you for everything you are and for everything I am with you. I want you to remember that you're the best person I've ever known and I feel so lucky to have you in my life.
I want you to remember that true love is forever and there is no love truer than the love I feel for you. I want you to remember that you're the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me, my happy ending my dream come true, my friend and my love all wrapped up in one."
"Falling In Love"
“Falling in love is like being first to discover the most beautiful thing in the world or finding something so lovely that no one else had ever noticed. It is like glimpsing the first evening star or the rainbow that unexpectedly appears in the midst of a storm.
Love often starts in little ways. It comes quietly with a smile, a glance or a touch, but you know it's there because suddenly you're not alone and the sadness inside you is gone. Love means finally finding a place in this world that shelters you and is your very own - where you feel you have been forever.”
Option #4- scripture reading or prayer may be added, please discuss with your Officiant
Vow Exchange- Choose from those below or write your own.
I, ___________, take _____________, to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until death do we part.
I promise to be there when you need me, to fill your days with sunshine, to comfort you and encourage you, to help you reach your goals, to be your best friend ever and to love you all my life with all my heart.
From this day forward I promise you these things. I will laugh with you in times of joy and comfort you in times of sorrow. I will share in your dreams, and support you as you strive to achieve your goals. I will listen to you with compassion and understanding, and speak to you with encouragement.
I will help you when you need it, and step aside when you don't. I will remain faithful to you for better or worse, in times of sickness and health. You are my best friend and I will love and respect you always
Ring Meaning –Officiant
I give you this ring as the as a symbol of my commitment to love, honour and respect you.
I give this ring as my gift to you. Wear it and think of me and know that I love you.
Option of Second reading:
Chose from Romantic Reading #1 list, can be read by a guest or your Officiant
Groom/Bride and Bride/Groom have made their vows to each other in our presence, and have confirmed their promises by the joining of hands, and the exchange of rings. Therefore, by the authority given me by this province, I pronounce that they are now husband and wife.
You may now seal your vows with a kiss
Closing Words -Officiant
It is now my honour to introduce you for the first time as husband and wife Mr./Mrs. and Mr./Mrs. *Smith* or Bride/Groom and Bride/Groom
Please help us with the following;
Number of guests at ceremony:
Is there a wedding party?
Are you processing in? If so by order:
Colour groom/groomsmen and bridesmaids are wearing: