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Dear Friends,

We are gathered here today to join this man and this woman in marriage,

Which is an honorable estate

Not to be entered into lightly, but reverently, discreetly and soberly.

Into this holy estate these two persons come now to be joined.

If any person can show cause why they may not lawfully be joined together

Let them speak now

Or else, forever hold their peace

 

TO GROOM


_______________, will you take this woman to be your lawful wife, to live together in marriage?

 

Will you love her, respect her, comfort her, honor her in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, be faithful to her so long as you both shall live?

If so say I DO

 

TO BRIDE


_______________, will you take this man to be your lawful husband, to live together in marriage?

 

Will you love him, respect him, comfort him, honor him in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, be faithful to him, so long as you both shall live?

 

If so say I DO

 

HAVE COUPLE JOIN HANDS

 

HAVE THE GROOM REPEAT

 

I, _______________

Take you, _______________

For my lawful wife

To have and to hold from this day forward

For better or for worse

For richer or for poorer

In sickness and in health,

To love and to cherish as long as we both shall live

 

HAVE THE BRIDE REPEAT

 

I, _______________

Take you, _______________

For my lawful husband,

To have and to hold from this day forward

For better or for worse

For richer or for poorer

In sickness and in health

To love and to cherish as long as we both shall live


DELIVER BRIDES RING TO GROOM

 

HAVE (groom) _______________ PUT RING ON _______________ (bride’s) LEFT RING FINGER AND REPEAT AFTER ME

 

Take this ring as a symbol of my love and marriage vows.

 

DELIVER GROOMS RING TO BRIDE

 

HAVE (bride) _______________ PUT RING ON _______________ (groom’s) LEFT RING FINGER AND REPEAT AFTER ME

 

Take this ring as a symbol of my love and marriage vows

 

 

Those who have been joined together in marriage let no person part

 

For as this couple has consented here today together in marriage

 

And have witnessed the same before this company

 

And have given and pledged their love and fidelity to each other

 

And have declared the same by the giving and receiving of rings

 

And by the joining of hands

 

May your hearts be united in a never ending bond of pure love

 

May peace reside always in your hearts and your home

 

May you have true friends to stand by you, both in joy and sorrow

 

May daily problems never cause you undue anxiety

 

Nor the desire for earthly possessions dominate your lives

 

But may your hearts first desire always be the good and simple things, such as love and friendship.

 

May you be blessed with many happy years together so that you may enjoy the rewards of a good life.

 

I am honored to present to you

 

Mr. and Mrs.___________________________.

 

YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE!

By the power vested in me by the State of Wisconsin, I now pronounce that you are husband and wife.