To The Groom:
Edward, please look into Janice’s eyes, and into her heart and repeat after me?
I, Edward Dunn, take you Janice Manning, to be my wife, my partner in marriage. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I vow to love, honor and cherish you.
Do you Edward, take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?
Groom: I do
To The Bride:
Janice, will you look in Edward’s eyes, and into his heart, and repeat after me?
I, Janice Manning, take you Edward Dunn, to be my husband, my partner in marriage. I promise to be true to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness, and in health. I vow to love, honor, and cherish you.
Do you Janice take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband?
Bride: I do
Rev. Ana Jones
The Studio ~ Center for Holistic Arts
P.O. Box 1553
Honokaa, HI 96727
Traditional Ceremony ~ Sample Outline:
Sample 4 Directions Ceremony
BLESSING & DECLARATION
In closing let us pray…
We ask for your blessings on this marriage. Please guide, nurture, and protect this couple and their new life together.
May they always find peace in each other’s company and love in each other’s embrace. May they always respect each other and find reward in each other’s growth.
May they always be fruitful and prosperous in all that they do.
May the love they have found grow in meaning and strength, and fill their lives with happiness and joy.
Edward and Janice, by the power vested in me,
I now pronounce you husband and wife.
To the groom: You may now kiss the bride.
Friends and family I now present to you Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dunn.
SAMPLE TRADITIONAL CEREMONY:
Dearly Beloved Friends and Family -Aloha to One and All,
We have gathered here today to share in celebration the marriage of these two people.
To find someone with whom to love and grow and share your life is a rare and precious thing. Edward and Janice are fortunate to have found each other and our best wishes go to them with the hope that they find the patience to listen, the capacity to understand, and the compassion to give comfort; each day enjoying each other’s company. May their marriage make a home where they both may find warmth, humor and above all happiness.
Edward and Janice have come together in the hope that the love, which has brought them to this union, may touch the lives of all of us here today. The vows of marriage represent a deep and enduring commitment of love, respect, and friendship for one another.
It is fitting to speak briefly about love. We live in a world of joy and fear, and we search for meaning and strength in the seeming disorder. We discover the truest guideline to our quest when we realize love in all its magnitudes. Love is the eternal force of life. Love is the force that allows us to overcome all obstacles. May you always remember to give love freely and unconditionally from your heart. Preserve always yourself, your integrity, and your individuality; yet give of yourselves freely to each other.
The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to Corinthians the following words of inspiration:
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, then I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to move mountains but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all of my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient,
Love is kind,
Love is not envious or boastful, arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way,
It is not irritable or resentful,
It does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
Love bears all things,
Believes all things,
Hopes all things,
Endure all things.
Love never ends.
But as for prophecies, they will come to an end.
As for tongues, they will cease,
As for knowledge it will come to an end.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
But when the perfect comes the partial is done away with.
But now abide faith, hope, and love and of these three the greatest of these is love.
Question of Intent
Edward, are you ready to enter into the vows of matrimony?
Groom: I am
Now Janice, are you ready to enter into the vows of matrimony?
Bride: I am
Who gives this woman to be wed to this man?
Brides Father: “I do.”
BLESSING OF THE RINGS
May I have the rings please?
(Pause for silent blessing of the rings)
These rings are made of precious metal, but they are made more precious by your wearing them, for they will adorn your loving hands. May they be a symbol of your eternal love for one another. As you wear them, may they be a constant reminder to you of one another, and of the deep bond of faith, trust and love which they represent.
THE EXCHANGE OF THE RINGS
To The Groom:
Edward, please place this ring on Janice’s finger and repeat after me.
I give you this ring, to wear upon you hand, as a symbol of our love and our unity.
With this ring I thee wed.
To The Bride:
Janice, please place this ring on Edward’s finger and repeat after me.
I give you this ring, to wear upon your hand, as a symbol of our love and our unity.
With this ring I thee wed.
THE LEI EXCHANGE
Now please take this time to honor each another by exchanging flower lei’s with one another.
(Bride & Groom place lei’s around each others neck)