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:
Protestant Wedding - Celebration of Marriage
Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God and in the presence of these witnesses to join together Groom and Bride in holy matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted of God, signifying unto us the mystical union which exist between Christ and his Church; which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with is presence in Cana of Galilee. It is therefore not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons come now to be joined. If anyone can show just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let them speak now, or else hereafter forever hold their peace.
Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
Her Mother and I do
The marriage of Groom and Bride unites two families and creates a new one. Will all of you, by God's grace do everything in your power to uphold and care for these two persons in their marriage?
2. Declaration of Intentions
I require and charge you both, as you stand in the presence of God before whom the secrets of all hearts are disclosed, that, having duly considered the holy covenant you are about to make, you do now declare before this company your pledge of faith, each to the other. Be well assured that if these solemn vows are kept inviolate, as God's Word demands, and if steadfastly you endeavor to do the will of your heavenly Father, God will bless your marriage, will grant you fulfillment in it, and will establish your home in peace.
1. Declaration of Intentions
Groom, wilt thou have this woman to be thy wedded wife, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all other keep thee only unto her so long as ye both shall live?
Bride wilt thou have this man to be thy wedded husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all other keep thee only unto him so long as ye both shall live?
I, Groom, take thee, Bride, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith.
I, Bride, take thee, Groom, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith.
4. Wedding Tokens
The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, signifying to all the uniting of this man and this woman in holy matrimony, through the grace of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray.
Bless, O Lord, the giving of these rings, that they who wear them may abide in thy peace, and continue in thy favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In token and plead of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
5. Wedding Blessing
Forasmuch as Bride and Groom, have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have pledged their faith each to the other, and have declared the same by the joining of hands and by giving and receiving rings: I pronounce that they are husband and wife together, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Those whom God hath joined together let no one put asunder. Amen
Let us pray,
O eternal God, creator and preserver of the entire human family, giver of all spiritual grace, and the author of everlasting life; Send thy blessing upon this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy name; that they may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant between them made, and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws. Look graciously upon them, that they may love, honor, and cherish each other, and so live together in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home may be a haven of blessing and a place of peace: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Lord's Prayer (Unison)
God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord graciously with his favor look upon you, and so fill you with all spiritual benediction and love that you may so live together in this life that in the world to come you may have live everlasting.
Will you seal your vows with a kiss?