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SAND CEREMONY

Friends and family, your presence is welcome on this glorious evening. We have come to celebrate the marriage of Groom and Bride*. Marriage, as most of us understand it, is a voluntary and full commitment. It is made in the deepest sense to the exclusion of all others, and it is entered into with the desire and hope that it will last for life.

Before you declare your vows to one another, I want to hear you confirm that it is indeed your intention to be married today.

Bride, do you come here freely and without reservation to give yourself to Groom in marriage? If so, answer "I do."
(Bride:) I do.
(Officiant:)
Groom, do you come here freely and without reservation to give yourself to Bride in marriage? If so, answer "I do."
(Groom:) I do.
(Officiant:)
Groom and Bride, having heard that it is your intention to be married to each other, I now ask you to declare your marriage vows.
Please face each other and hold hands.
Bride, please repeat after me…

I, Bride take you, Groom to be my husband.
I will share my life with yours,
Build our dreams together,
Support you through times of trouble,
and rejoice with you in times of happiness.
I promise to give you respect, love and loyalty
through all the trials and triumphs of our lives together.
This commitment is made in love,
kept in faith,
lived in hope,
and made new every day of our lives.

(Officiant:)
Groom, please repeat after me…
I, Groom, take you, Bride, to be my wife.
I will share my life with yours,
Build our dreams together,
Support you through times of trouble,
and rejoice with you in times of happiness.
I promise to give you respect, love and loyalty
through all the trials and triumphs of our lives together.
This commitment is made in love,
kept in faith,
lived in hope,
and made new every day of our lives.

Exchange of Wedding Rings
(Officiant:)
Your wedding rings are the outward and visible sign of the inward and invisible bond which already unites you two hearts in love.

Groom, place the ring on Bride’s finger and repeat after me….

I give you this ring.
Wear it with love and joy.
As this ring has no end,
My love is also forever.

Bride, place the ring on Groom’s finger and repeat after me….

With this ring,
I marry you.
Wear this ring forever
As a sign of my love.

May the wedding rings you exchanged today remind you always that you are surrounded by enduring love.

Sand Ceremony
(Officiant:)
Bride and Groom, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other.
Your relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand; each representing all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. Each one holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without the need of anything else. When the two are blended together they represent an entirely new and extraordinary love relationship. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination.

(The Bride and Groom pick up the containers of sand)

As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one.

The life that each of you have experienced until now, individually, will hereafter be inseparably united, for the two shall become one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be. You have now blended your families into a new family, as you start your journey in marriage, loving and strong as husband and wife, as inseparable as these grains of sand.

Signing The Marriage Documents
(Officiant:)
While this wedding is a celebration of love and commitment, it is also a legal ceremony. I ask Maid of Honor and Best Man to join me and the bride and groom at the table.

The signing of a marriage certificate is not just a legal requirement. It is in fact an ancient custom that represents the concept that not only must marriage be entered into consensually by both parties, but that it is also a social contract between a couple and their community…for the good of all.

Signing the marriage documents is also a self-defining moment for Groom and Bride…perhaps one of the most impactful and consequential moments of their lives.

So I ask them to sign the documents before them.

(Officiant:)
I ask Maid of Honor and Best Man to sign the marriage license as witnesses to this moment.

May the legal benefits and obligations of marriage enhance your life for all the years to come.

Bride and Groom, I offer these good wishes to you on this special day.
May your life together be blessed with prosperity and good health.
May you always share open and honest communication between each other.
May you respect each other’s individual talents and gifts and give full support to each other’s professional and personal pursuits.
May you cherish the home and family you will create together.
May all the years to come be filled with moments to celebrate and renew your love.
May your love be a life-long source of excitement, contentment, affection, respect, and devotion for one another.

Declaration of Marriage
(Officiant:)
Now by the power vested in me by the state of Florida, it is my honor and delight to declare you husband and wife. You may seal this declaration with a kiss.
I am pleased to present the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Groom!

*"Groom" and "Bride" are used as placeholders for names only. All ceremonies can be used for same sex couples.