Complete Ceremony Samples

Hawaiian Isle Style (Christian) Sample #1

Opening Hawaiian Prayer:
(Conch Shell blowing: announces a special event) OPTIONAL
E ke Akua Aloha,
ke mea i hana na mea apau.
Ia me ke aloha a meka maluhia. Amene.
Aloha Kakou Apau! (A warm welcome to everyone!)

Dear Ones,

We have gathered in this beautiful Hawaiian setting here at ___, and in the sight of God /Ke Akua, to witness & celebrate the joining together of two separate lives; _____and ____.

This ceremony, the words shared, the hearts that express themselves today, are meant to publicly acknowledge and profess your close and tender bond of love, or as the Hawaiian culture expresses, your Pilialoha.

This close and tender bond of love has brought ____&____ to their decision to seal that bond of Aloha with the highest form of commitment between a man and woman which is the sacred union of Holy Matrimony, created by Ke Akua (God). Today, you will become, kane male and wahine male; husband and wife.

The essence of this commitment is the taking of another person in his or her entirety as lover, as companion, and as friend for life.
For this reason, _____&_____, this is a decision that should not be taken lightly, but rather with deepest honesty, faith, sincerity, respect and resolve towards each other and before God as well as family and friends who may be present or here in heart.

The Hawaiian word, kinohi means beginning. Today, is the beginning of your partnership in this new life adventure of marriage.
Marriage symbolizes the intimate sharing of two lives, yet this sharing must not diminish but should enhance the individuality of each partner.

___and ___, as you commit and share your Aloha in marriage, know that God is Love, whom we call, Aloha ke Akua. Hear His words concerning Aloha, as He is here to support you in the pursuit of this kind of Love:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

LEI EXCHANGE (Optional for couple and/or parents): the couple is invited to share personal words or vows before presenting each other a lei. The Hawaiian leis express love, honor, respect & acceptance. As they present the leis, the minister asks them to repeat the four symbolisms to each other and/or to the parents. The couple will kiss on both cheeks and repeat these words given by the minister,
“Aloha no au ia oe” (I truly love you).

UNITY SAND CEREMONY (Optional) (couple pours their own colored sand from (2) vessels into an empty vessel which has a twist cap and box to keep.

May this marriage union extend throughout your families and close friends, as you now join in this Unity Sand Ceremony:

Mark 10:8 (Scripture) reads: and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh.

1. Today, this man & woman have joined the individual colors of their lives, soul and spirits and have become One.
2. Two families (Ohana) have become One.
3. Two separate circles of close friends (Na makamaka) have become One.
4. Two hearts in love have become One new Love in Holy Matrimony.
5. Let all who love and care for this man and woman become One in Unity; and may this be for a lifetime. Amen.

VOWS (couple may replace with their own vows)

__(Groom), do you take __(bride), to be your beloved wife; to share life’s journey together, to face life’s challenges and to celebrate life’s victories, to care for and to protect, for as long you both shall live? “I Do.”

___(bride), do you take, __(groom), to be your beloved husband; to share life’s journey together, to face life’s challenges and to celebrate life’s victories, to care for and to protect, for as long you both shall live? “I Do.”

RINGS

(May I have the rings?) - (Rev. Lyons: hold up rings, have couple look at rings, share the meaning with them)

Your rings represent the unbroken circle of your Aloha, surrounding and protecting each other and announcing to the world that you are proud to be known as, husband and wife.

___(Groom/Bride), will you now take the ring you’ve selected for ___(Bride/Groom). Place it partially on her/his ring finger, and repeat these words after me:

___(Bride). With this ring, I give you my promise that from this day forward you shall not walk alone. May my heart be your shelter and my arms be your home. May God bless you always. May you feel deeply loved, for indeed your are. With this ring, I give you my heart. I have no greater gift to give. You are my love, my companion and best friend for life. This is my promise. This is my solemn vow. Amen.

___(Groom). With this ring, I give you my promise that from this day forward you shall not walk alone. May my heart be your shelter and my arms be your home. May God bless you always. May you feel deeply loved, for indeed your are. With this ring, I give you my heart. I have no greater gift to give. You are my love, my companion and best friend for life. This is my promise. This is my solemn vow. Amen.

BLESSING TO COUPLE

___&___, today, we have witnessed a miracle; the uniting of your lives in the joyous commitment of two becoming one, as husband and wife. Now, may your love and understanding grow with all the years that are waiting ahead for you. May you seek each others happiness, may you always seek to recognize the others needs first.

Above all, may the two of you find an ever richer meaning and joy in the lifelong adventure of loving and learning together.
We who are here present and those who are absent, thinking of you two, hope the inspiration of this hour will not be forgotten, but will be the cornerstone of a loving, lasting, and wonderful relationship. And may you be blessed with a lifetime of happiness.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, you have heard the hearts, the words, and the public commitment made between __ and __ today. Guide them now in their new journey together with blessings, wisdom, faith and strength to endure and fulfill their promises. Let this new Aloha in marriage grow and prosper and touch the world around them. In Christ Jesus, Name Amen.

Hawaiian Prayer:
Mahalo Ke Akua no keia manawa. Ma ka Inoa Hiwa-hiwa o Iesu Kristo, ‘Amene.

PRONOUNCEMENT & ANNOUNCEMENT
It is now with great joy and pleasure, that I by the authority granted to me by God/ke Akua Aloha, and the State of Hawaii, now pronounce you, husband and wife. You may seal your vows with a kiss.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me to congratulate,
Mr. & Mrs. ________________________ .
CONCH SHELL (exit) (OPTION)

Modern Romantic Ceremony Sample #2

Dearly Beloved:

We are gathered here today, before the beautiful Pacific Ocean of the Hawaiian Islands, to witness and celebrate the coming together of two separate lives. We have come here to join ___&___ in marriage; to be with them and to rejoice with them in the making of this important commitment. The essence of this commitment is the taking of another person in his or her entirety as lover, as companion, and as friend.

It is for these reasons, therefore, that this is a decision that is not to be taken lightly, but rather undertaken with great respect for both the other person and oneself. Love is the highest experience that we human beings can have as it can add immeasurable depth of meaning to our lives.

The physical part of love is one of life’s greatest joys, and when this is combined with real friendship both are infinitely enhanced. The day to day companionship, the pleasure in doing things together or in doing separate things but delighting to exchange experiences is a continuous and central part of what a man and woman who love one another can share.

Marriage symbolizes the intimate sharing of two lives, yet this sharing must not diminish but should enhance the individuality of each partner.A marriage that lasts is one that is continually developing and in which each person is individually developing while growing in understanding of the other.  Deep knowledge of another is not something that can be achieved in a short time, and real understanding of another’s feelings can develop fully only with years of intimacy.

This wonderful knowledge of another person grows out of caring for the other so much, that one wants to understand, as completely as possible, what the other person is feeling. It is through this understanding that it becomes possible to share not only in the joys of successes but also to share in the burden of sorrows, should they occur. Such understanding and acceptance therefore makes it easier to live with ourselves, our problems, our worries, and with each other.

It is important to remember, that while we must give ourselves in love, we must never give ourselves away. A good, healthy and balanced relationship is one in which neither person is overpowered nor absorbed by the other.

We are here today then, to celebrate the love and commitment that you ___, and you ___, have for one another; to give social recognition to your decision to accept each other totally and to join with you in the sharing of your love. It is into this state of marriage that you two now come to be united.

LEI EXCHANGE (for couple: OPTIONAL)

SAND CEREMONY (optional)

INTENTIONS TO WED AND VOWS

Before we proceed further, I would like to ask you both a question regarding your intentions here today.

Do you ___/___ take ___/___ to be your lawful wedded wife/ husband? To recognize her/his individuality, to appreciate her/him, and to give her/him the highest at all times?

VOW EXCHANGE

Now, repeat these promises after me. I ___/___, take you ___/ ___, to be my wedded wife/ husband, to love you, to give you the right to be yourself, to share with you, to inspire you and to be unto you always a loving and faithful husband/wife.

RING EXCHANGE

May I have the rings please?
Your wedding rings are made of precious metal to always remind you of how precious and valuable your love affection and romance should not only remain as it is here today, but to continue to grow in value throughout all the years that are waiting ahead for you. They are round and circular, to remind you that what you begin here today is like a never ending circle.

As you wear these rings, may you always remember the experiences that you have shared together to bring you to this very special place in your lives, your wedding day, here in Hawaii.

(Groom to Bride). With this ring, I give you my promise, that from this day forward, you shall not walk alone. I promise to be faithful to you and to love you always, to be committed to honesty and communication, to support you in every way, encourage and inspire you, to comfort you and stand by your side in whatever lies ahead. I will laugh with you, respect you, honor you and strive for harmony in our marriage. These things I give to you, today, and for all the days of our life.”

(Bride to Groom). With this ring, I give you my promise, that from this day forward, you shall not walk alone. I promise to be faithful to you and to love you always, to be committed to honesty and communication, to support you in every way, encourage and inspire you, to comfort you and stand by your side in whatever lies ahead. I will laugh with you, respect you, honor you and strive for harmony in our marriage. These things I give to you, today, and for all the days of our life.”

CONCLUDING STATEMENT

We have heard the vows and promises that each of you have made to each other. Now, may your love and understanding grow with all the years that are waiting ahead for you. May you seek each others happiness, may you always seek to recognize the others needs first.

May yours be a shared adventure, rich with moments or serenity as well as excitement, vital with problems that will test you as well as many successes that will lift you up. May your marriage and lives together be marked by a sense of personal freedom as well as mutual responsibility.

May you find in each other companionship as well as love, understanding as well as compassion, and challenge as well as agreement.

May your home be like an island where the pressures of a troubled world can be sorted out and brought into focus, where accumulated tensions can be released and understood, where personal needs do not tower over concern for each other, where the immediate does not blur more distant goals and where the warmth of humor can put all of life’s trials in a good and proper perspective.

Above all, may the two of you find an ever richer meaning and joy in the lifelong adventure of loving and learning together.

We who are here present and those who are absent, thinking of you two, hope the inspiration of this hour will not be forgotten, but will be the cornerstone of a loving, lasting, and wonderful relationship. And may you be blessed with a lifetime of happiness.

PRONOUNCEMENT

It is with great joy and pleasure that I, by the authority granted to me by Aloha Ke Akua and the State of Hawaii, now pronounce you husband and wife. ___, you may kiss your wife. Ladies and Gentlemen please join me to congratulate,

Mr. & Mrs. ______.

Traditional Non-Denominational Ceremony Sample #3

Who gives this woman to marry this man?

GREETING TO GUESTS
OPENING STATEMENTS ON MARRIAGE

We are gathered here today in the sight of God, and in the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life's greatest occasions , the joining of this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony.

___ and ___ are here to acknowledge, profess and demonstrate the value and beauty of their love for each other, with you as their witnesses this day.

Marriage is a most honorable estate, created and instituted by God, to both signify and create a spiritual and mortal union, which also exists between Christ and the Church.  So too may this marriage be adorned by both God’s and this man and woman’s true and abiding love.

___ and ____, life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is given to us by our family and friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of life's greatest challenges and is the shared goal of a married life.

A husband and wife should not confuse love by worldly measures; for even if worldly success is achieved, only committed, sacrificial and unselfish love will maintain a blessed marriage. The measure of true love is a love both freely given and freely accepted; unconditional, just as God's love of us is unconditional and free.

Within the Bible, nothing is of more importance than love. We are told the undeniable and most beautiful truth: "God is Love". We are assured that "Love conquers all". It is love, which brings you here today, the union of two hearts and two spirits. As your lives continue to interweave, becoming tapestry of this new beginning.

READING FROM CORINTHIANS ON LOVE

This marriage ceremony represents one of life's greatest covenants, and is a vitally sought after declaration of a couple’s love. I wish to read to you what Paul wrote of love in his letter to the Corinthians:

Love endures and is kind. Love is not envious or jealous. Love wants not of itself, is not puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not its own, it is not easily provoked, and thinks no evil. Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness - but in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails.

LEI EXCHANGE (optional-see Sample #1 ceremony for text)

SAND CEREMONY (optional-see Sample #1 ceremony for text)

INTENTIONS OF MARRIAGE & VOWS

___ and ___ please face each other, taking each other’s hands, to share the most sacred words of this ceremony, your matrimonial vows, before God and these witnesses today.

___, do you take ___ to be your wife? and Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only onto her? (“I do.”)

___, do you take ___ to be your husband? and Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only onto him? (“I do.”)

WEDDING RINGS & VOWS

May I have the rings, please? Wedding rings are the outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace and the unbroken circle of love, signifying to all, the union of this man and this woman in marriage.

(Groom to Bride).
With this ring, I give you my promise that from this day forward you shall not walk alone. May my heart be your shelter and my arms be your home. May God bless you always. May you feel deeply loved, for indeed your are by me. With this ring, I give you my heart. I have no greater gift to give. I feel so honored to call you wife. I feel so blessed to call you mine. You are my love, my companion and my best friend for life. This is my promise. This is my solemn vow. Amen.

(Bride to Groom).
With this ring, I give you my promise that from this day forward you shall not walk alone. May my heart be your shelter and my arms be your home. May God bless you always. May you feel deeply loved, for indeed your are by me. With this ring, I give you my heart. I have no greater gift to give. I feel so honored to call you husband. I feel so blessed to call you mine. You are my love, my companion and my best friend for life. This is my promise. This is my solemn vow. Amen.

CHARGE TO COUPLE

___ and ___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 ready to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day to share together - as from this day forward you shall be each other's home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, our hearts are filled with great happiness on ___ and ___ wedding day, as they have come before You pledging their hearts and lives to one another. Grant that they may be ever true and loving, living together in peace and harmony.

Temper their hearts with kindness and understanding, rid them of all pretense of jealousy. Help them to remember to be each other's sweetheart, helpmate, friend and guide, so that together they may meet the cares and problems of life courageously.

And with the passage of time, may the home they allow You to create today, truly be a place of love and harmony, where Your spirit is ever present. Bless this union we pray, and walk beside ___ and ___ throughout all their lives together. In Jesus name; AMEN.

PRONOUNCEMENT OF HUSBAND AND WIFE

___ and ___, 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 giving of these rings and the joining of your hands, I now as a minister and according to the laws of the State of Hawaii, declare you to be husband and wife.

Congratulations, you may kiss your bride to seal your vows.

Ladies & Gentlemen: I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. ____and _____ __________.

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