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UNITY CANDLE CEREMONY

Friends and family, your presence is welcome on this glorious evening. We have come to celebrate the marriage of Groom and Bride*.

It is one of life’s richest surprises when the fateful meeting of two individuals leads them to proceed together along a common path. It is indeed one of life’s finest experiences when a chance relationship grows into a permanent bond of love. This meeting and this love are what bring us together today.

The uniting of these two friends to establish a new family is an important and memorable event. It brings together two separate families and backgrounds and creates a union that is a sign of hope and joy for the future.

In their love for each other, which they publicly express in this ceremony, Groom and Bride demonstrate not only their joy in the present but their commitment to share the future together. This is a time of celebration for all of you who know and love them.

Declaration of Intent
Before Groom and Bride are joined together in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these, your family, friends and community, I am bound to remind you publicly of the solemn, the serious and the permanent nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter.

Groom and Bride,
Do you come here freely, and without reservation, to enter a marriage as companions living together as one, enjoying equality? Do you promise to love, respect, assist and look after each other for the rest of your lives? Do you promise to live in harmony, and jointly strive for the welfare of your family?

(Answer)  We do.

Vows
(Officiant to Groom)
Groom, please take Bride's hand while I recite these vows.

Will you Groom offer yourself to Bride as your wife,
Your friend, your lover and your lifelong companion.
Will you share your life with hers; build your dreams together, support her through times of trouble,
And rejoice with her in times of happiness;
Will you treat her with respect, love and loyalty through all the trials and triumphs of your lives together.
This commitment is made in love, kept in faith, lived in hope, And eternally made new.

(Answer) I will

(Officiant to Bride)
Bride, please take Groom's hand while I recite these vows.

Will you Bride offer yourself to Groom as your husband,
Your friend, your lover and your lifelong companion.
Will you share your life with his; build your dreams together, support him through times of trouble,
And rejoice with him in times of happiness;
Will you treat him with respect, love and loyalty through all the trials and triumphs of your lives together.
This commitment is made in love, kept in faith, lived in hope, And eternally made new.

(Answer) I will

Unity Candle Ceremony
Groom and Bride have chosen to affirm their love by the lighting of a Unity Candle.
The flame of the candle represents light and spirit; and fire is often said to symbolize inspiration, aspiration, power & passion.
By lighting a Unity Candle, they signal their desire to not only join as one in their union, but to unite two families together as one.

Will a member of the bride and groom’s families please light a side candle which represents the separate lives, families and experiences before the wedding day?

(Family members each light a candle).

A candle has been lit for each of your families.

Groom and Bride, please use those candles to light the Unity Candle together.

(Bride and Groom take the side candles and use them to light the center ‘Unity’ candle.)

Prior to this moment you each walked a separate path.
With the lighting of the center candle you have now symbolically joined your once separate lives.
As two flames combined into one light, so now are your friends and family joined, through you, into one.

Exchange of Rings
From the Egyptians came the custom of placing the wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand. They believed that from this finger, a 'vein of love' went directly to the heart.  Your rings that circle themselves are natural symbols of unending love.

(Officiant to Groom)
Groom please repeat these vows phrase by phrase after me.

With this ring  I take you, Bride, as my wife. I offer all that I am in return,
and pledge to remember, over every day of our lives together,
why we unite here today.

(Officiant to Bride)
Bride please repeat these vows phrase by phrase after me.

With this ring  I take you, Groom, as my husband. I offer all that I am in return,
and pledge to remember, over every day of our lives together,
why we unite here today.

Proclamation
And now, Groom and Bride have declared before all of us that they will live together in marriage. They have made special promises to each other. They have symbolized it by joining hands, taking vows and exchanging rings .
By the authority vested in me by the State of Florida, I now pronounce you to be husband and wife..

You may kiss each other!

Presentation
Therefore, on your behalf and on the behalf of the community, I introduce the newly wedded couple Groom and Bride!

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