Your wedding ceremony is an unforgettable celebration of love.
I specialize in helping you to create the special and personal wedding ceremony, civil union and marriage vow renewals that reflect your wishes, experiences and interests, including same sex marriages!
You will want to decide exactly what type of ceremony you want: large or small, formal or casual. You may want the ceremony to be laced with tradition. We can fill it with the personal touches that show the qualities and individuality of the two of you. You may know exactly what you want, but if not, I can provide some direction. As we work together, we will create a wedding ceremony that you and your guests will remember and cherish.
I am happy to recommend venues…give me an idea of your vision; beach-side, waterside, garden, vineyard, club, restaurant, field, etc.
I perform wedding ceremonies in English and Spanish. We can include religious references and prayers, if you choose. In bi-lingual wedding ceremonies, a family member can participate if you like by reading the ceremonial words in another language.
Here is a sample wedding script. I have many, many more which I will send you.
We are gathered here together in the presence of friends and family to celebrate one of life’s greatest relationships – marriage.
Marriage is the celebration of one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and we all wish to add our best wishes to the words which shall unite Groom and Bride in marriage.
Question to Bride’s Father
“Who gives this woman to be married today?” Father “I do”
As we join together Groom and Bride in this marriage, let us search our hearts for the wisdom of this covenant, which has from ancient times been expressed with those ideas that come from the heart. Ideas like love, loyalty, trust, fidelity, and forgiveness. Let us also decide to share our knowledge of these things with them as they start this journey together.
Groom and Bride, I would ask that you both remember to treat yourself and each other with respect, and remind yourself often of what brought you together today.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your marriage deserves. When frustration and difficulty assail your marriage – as they do to every relationship at one time or another – focus on what still seems right between you, not only the part that seems wrong. This way, when clouds of trouble hide the sun in your lives and you lose sight of it for a moment, you can remember that the sun is still there. And if each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.
Into this holy estate these two people come now to be joined together.
If any of you can show just cause why they may not be lawfully married, speak now or forever hold your peace!
Groom, do you take Bride to be your Wife? “I do”
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her forevermore? “I do”
Bride, do you take Groom to be your Husband? “I do”
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him forevermore? “I do”
Will you please face each other and join hands,
Groom, will you repeat after me? The ring (Bride’s for Groom)
“I, Groom, take thee, Bride to be my Wife- To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, in joy and sorrow and I promise my love to you.”
“Bride, wear this ring as a symbol of my never ending commitment and devotion. As it encircles your finger this day, let it be a reminder that my love encircles our lives together forever.”
“I vow to be the sun on your rainiest days, the supporter of your hopes and dreams, the father of your children, and your life long friend and companion.”
Bride, will you repeat after me? The ring (Groom’s for Bride)
“I, Bride, take thee Groom, to be my Husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, in joy and sorrow, and I promise my love to you.”
“Groom, wear this ring as a symbol of my never ending commitment and devotion. As it encircles your finger this day, let it be a reminder that my love encircles our lives together forever”
“I vow to be the sun on your rainiest days, the supporter of your hopes and dreams, the mother of your children, and your life long friend and companion.”
Groom and Bride as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm 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 – as from this day forward you shall be each other’s home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect for each other.
Just as two threads woven in opposite directions will form a most beautiful tapestry, so too can your two lives merged together make a beautiful marriage. To make your relationship work will take love. This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today. It will take trust, to know in your hearts that you truly want the best for each other. It will take dedication, to stay open to one another – and to learn and grow together. It will take faith, to go forward together without knowing exactly what the future brings. And it will take commitment, to hold true to the journey you both pledge today to share together.
Groom and Bride, 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 joining of your hands and the giving of these rings, in accordance with the law of Connecticut and by virtue of the authority vested in me by the law of Connecticut,
I do pronounce you Husband and Wife.
Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.
You came to me as two single people and you will now leave as a married couple, united to each other by the binding contract you have just entered. Your cares, your worries, your pleasures and your joys you must share with each other. I wish the best of good fortune to both of you.
To the family and friends who have gathered here to witness this joining,
It is my privilege to present – Mr. & Mrs. Groom’s Name!!
Same Sex Wedding Ceremony
Spouse1 & Spouse2
Words of Welcome
I am privileged to perform this ceremony today to
celebrate the love you have discovered in each other.
This is the union of two individuals in heart, body, mind, and spirit,
Therefore, this marriage is not to be entered into lightly, but reverently, honestly, and deliberately.
And it is into this union that Spouse1 and Spouse2 come now to be joined.
You have made the decision to commit
yourselves to one another for the rest of your lives.
The Expression of Intent
Spouse1 you have chosen Spouse2 to be your husband/wife. Will you love and respect him/her? Will you be honest with him/her always? Will you stand by him/her through whatever may come? (Answer: “I will”)
Spouse2 you have chosen Spouse1 to be your husband/wife. Will you love and respect him/her? Will you be honest with him/her always? Will you stand by him/her through what ever may come? (Answer: “I will”)
And do you both promise to make the necessary adjustments in your personal lives in order that you may live in a harmonious marriage together? (Answer: “We do”)
The Exchange of Rings
What you promise today must be renewed tomorrow and each day that stretches out before you.
May I have the rings, please.
Spouse2, please repeat after me as you put the ring on Spouse1’s finger.
Spouse1, I give you this ring, that you may wear it, as a symbol of the vows we have made this day. I pledge you my love, and respect, my laughter and my tears.
With all that I am, I honor you.
With this ring, I marry you.
Spouse1, please repeat after me as you put the ring on Spouse2’s finger.
Spouse2, I give you this ring, that you may wear it, as a symbol of the vows we have made this day. I pledge you my love, and respect, my laughter and my tears.
With all that I am, I honor you.
With this ring, I marry you.
Declaration of Commitment
Spouse1 and Spouse2, You have promised
to share your lives.
In respect of the covenant you have made here this day.
And in the honesty and sincerity of what you have said and done here today, by the power vested in me by the state of Connecticut, it is my honor and delight to declare you married.
You may seal your vows with a kiss.
Making your wedding ceremony the BEST I can is my joy!