Today we meet by the sea, as the two of you become one. Here where the earth meets this constant and unlimited force. And as these waters, may the love you share be limitless, flowing and ever-changing. May your love forever redefine itself and may it hold for you the very essence of life. In pledging your lives and love to one another you acknowledge the changes in your existence and celebrate your commitment to a strong and aware relationship. May your love touch and enrich all those with whom you come in contact, just as these great waters touch, nourish and transform the many shores of our planet.
At this time I would like to have you present to each other these leis. In Hawaii we exchange leis as a symbol of our love. The beautifully crafted lei with its hand picked flowers and twine, carefully bonded together with love, is a reflection of your love and Aloha for one another. As you exchange these leis you will begin to weave your lei in life together with love. And now, with loving aloha (island style) please present your leis to one another with a smile and a kiss upon each other’s cheek.
We gather here today to celebrate and dedicate the joy and deep meaning of the union of
in this sacred commitment. The essence of this covenant is the acceptance of each other as Lover, Companion and Friend. It is therefore a decision which is not entered into lightly, but rather undertaken with great consideration and respect for ourselves and each other. This ceremony can set the tone for your entire life together. It is the visible symbol of the ongoing wedding process in which the two of you grow in love and union. It represents the welding of two souls as one. It is also a demonstration of the bonding which will strengthen and free you to each grow in your unique way but yet still together.
(optional) LET US PRAY:
We give thanks for the coming together of —————and—————— for the many blessings they enjoy and for their happiness. We know that as we reach out to another being as we pledge ourselves to give and share that we allow ourselves to accept more of the gifts of life. We invoke the Spirit of Our Heavenly Creator to join us as we commence this ceremony. this bonding of ————————-and——————- and we open our hearts, minds and spirits to that of our Creator. We focus our thoughts and unite all those present, and all those loved ones (friends and family) who could not be with us today, but are in our thoughts in this union of love. Amen
(The Vows – contemporary)
AND NOW WILL YOU PLEASE FACE EACH OTHER AND JOIN HANDS.
Please repeat after me:
I,—————– receive you, —————– as my partner and love Beside me and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in sickness and in health, in conflict and serenity, asking that you be no other than yourself. Loving what I know of you and trusting what I do not know. in all the ways that life may bring. You have vowed your love to each other. Are you now ready to confirm that love in the responsibilities of marriage?
If So answer, “WE ARE”.
BLESSING AND RING EXCHANGE
May I have your rings please.
Your rings by their very shape are symbols of eternal unity without beginning or end. They are the emblem of the love that exists between you and characterize your devotion to one another. Let them always remind you of the commitments you make today.
(Each person places the ring on the other’s fourth finger on the left hand).
—————-, with this ring I promise to grow with you to build our love, to speak openly and honestly to listen to you, and to love and cherish you for all the days ahead. From this day forward you shall not walk alone. My heart will be your shelter and my arms will be your home.
With this ring I thee wed.
Final benediction and pronouncement:
I would now like to end this celebration with this very special blessing.
Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth for the other. Now there is no loneliness for you, Now you are two persons but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your togetherness and may your days be good and long together.