Personal Ceremonies


Dr. White has spent years of study and caring practice in order to help you personalize your wedding celebration. While there are very common building blocks, the most frequent starting point continues to be one of the following:

Civil Marriage Ceremony

Catholic Marriage Ceremony

Protestant Marriage Ceremony

Love Poems


Civil Wedding - Celebration of Marriage

1. Welcome:

Dear Family and Friends, We are gathered here to witness and to celebrate the joining of HUSBAND and WIFE
in the unity of marriage.
They ask you, their family and friends, for your encouragement and blessings
Marriage is an outward symbol of an inward union of hearts, a union created by friendship, respect, passion, and love.

Love is one of the greatest experiences that we as humans can have, but it is when love is combined with real friendship that both are infinitely enhanced.

Who presents this woman, to married to this man?

Her Mother and I do.

HUSBAND and WIFE have found with each other a very special relationship,

  • A relationship in which each person's individuality is enhanced by the other,
  • A relationship in which each person can express his or her emotions without fear of being judged by the other
  • A relationship where they openly share not only the joys of their successes but also the sorrows of their failures;
  • A relationship filled with mutual trust, respect, and love.

Marriage symbolizes the intimate sharing of two lives; it is this sharing which enhances each partner. A successful partnership always leaves room in which to grow,
while it cultivates flexibility, patience, and understanding. This is the essence of the commitment and covenant being made here today.

2. Declaration of Intentions:

The vows that you are about to take
can make your life full of peace and joy, and the home you are establishing will abide through turmoil.
Marriage is a beautiful tribute to your faith in each other. May this faith and love, in which you have joined your hands and heart today, grow deeper and stronger as the years go on.

HUSBAND and WIFE, have you come here freely and without reservations to give yourselves to each other in marriage?

Response: Yes

HUSBAND and WIFE, face each other and join hands to exchange your vows.

HUSBAND, do you choose WIFE to be your wife,

  • to share your life openly with WIFE,
  • To speak truthfully and lovingly to her,
  • To accept WIFE fully as she is
  • and delight in who she is becoming,
  • To respect her uniqueness,
  • Encourage her fulfillment,

And compassionately support WIFE through all the changes in your years together?

Response: I do

WIFE, do you choose HUSBAND to be your husband,

  • To share your life openly with HUSBAND,
  • To speak truthfully and lovingly to him,
  • To accept HUSBAND fully as he is
  • and delight in who he is becoming,
  • To respect his uniqueness,
  • Encourage his fulfillment,

And compassionately support HUSBAND through all the changes in your years together?

Response: I do

Reading/Music

3. Exchange of Vows:

HUSBAND, please repeat after me:

I HUSBAND take you WIFE
to be my wife, my friend, my love,
and my lifelong companion:
to share my life with yours.
To build our dreams together,
while allowing you to grow with your dreams; to support you through times of trouble, and rejoice with you in times of happiness; to treat you with respect, love, and loyalty through all the trials and triumphs of our life together; and to give you all the love I can give my
whole life long. This commitment is made in love, kept in faith, lived in
hope, and eternally made new.

WIFE, please repeat after me:

I WIFE take you HUSBAND to be my husband, my friend, my love, and my
lifelong companion: to share my life with yours. To build our dreams
together, while allowing you to grow with your dreams; to support you
through times of trouble, and rejoice with you in times of happiness; to
treat you with respect, love, and loyalty through all the trials and
triumphs of our life together; and to give you all the love I can give my
whole life long. This commitment is made in love, kept in faith, lived in
hope, and eternally made new.

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4. Exchange of Rings:

A circle is the symbol of the sun, the earth, the universe, and all eternity.
The rings you are about to give and receive represent the endless love into which you enter as husband and wife.

HUSBAND, place the ring on WIFE's finger and repeat after me:

WIFE, I give you this ring.
Wear it with love and joy.
As this ring has no end,
neither shall my love for you.
I choose you to be my wife
this day and every day.

WIFE, place the ring on HUSBAND's finger and repeat after me:

HUSBAND, I give you this ring.
Wear it with love and joy.
As this ring has no end,
Neither shall my love for you.
I choose you to be my husband
this day and every day.

5. Wedding Blessings:

You who are gathered here to witness this marriage have already played an important role in nurturing this relationship;
I encourage you to recognize your responsibility towards this couple
to help them keep their vows.
I ask you to stand by

  • to assist WIFE and HUSBAND in your ways;
  • to share in the their joys and accomplishments,
  • and to offer comfort in their times of need.

Now by the power vested in me by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
but more importantly, by the power of your own love, I pronounce you
husband and wife.

Will you seal your vows with a kiss?

It is my great pleasure to introduce HUSBAND and WIFE as husband and wife this day and forever!