Simple, Generic Wedding Service
MINISTER: Friends, we’re gathered here today at the invitation of Bride and Groom to share the joy of their wedding. This outward celebration we will experience is an expression of the inner love and devotion they have in their hearts.
Scripture reminds us that from the beginning the Creator made us male and female. Elohim loved us and created us to love others. Our lives find completion as we love and are loved in return. Together we become what we could never be separately.
As we acknowledge this truth of love, our minds turn to prayer. Let us pray:
Almighty Yahweh, Groom and Bride come to you desiring to be united in the sacred relationship we call matrimony. We thank you for the love Groom and Bride have for you. We believe that you have led them to this day, and we ask your blessing as they exchange their vows and seal their promises. As they become husband and wife, may they do so not only in our presence, but in yours, with your favor surrounding them and your love within their hearts. Amein.
To Groom: Groom, will you now establish your home with Bride as her husband, to receive her as your wife, to make a home where she’ll be loved and cared for as long as she is granted life? Will you?
To Bride: Bride, will you now establish your home with Groom as his wife, to receive him as your husband, to make a home where he’ll be loved and cared for as long as he is granted life? Will you?
To Father: Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
Father: Her father and mother.
Bride comes up.
Let us now hear two chosen selections from the Scriptures:
The Readers read.
Let us all pray: Bless this marriage we pray, Almighty Yahweh, as Groom and Bride begin their journey down the road of life together. We don’t know what lies ahead, for the road of life turns and bends. But help them to make the best in whatever comes their way by seeking out your counsel first.
Help them to hug each other often; to laugh a lot, to talk more, to argue less. Help them to continue to enjoy each other as they did when they first fell in love. Help them to realize that nothing or no one is perfect, and to look for the good in all things and all people, including themselves. Help them to respect each other’s likes and dislikes, opinions and beliefs, hopes and dreams and fears even though they might not always understand them. Help them to learn from each other and help each other to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Remind them often to inquire of you what is the right way and what is the wrong.
Help them to realize that there is reason and design in their lives as in the world, and no matter what happens to them they will hold on to each other and know that all things will work out according to your purpose. Help them create for their children a peaceful, stable home with love as the foundation upon which they may build their own lives. Most of all, light up the torch of love that they now share, so that by their loving example they may pass along this light to their children and their children’s children. And so we pray through Messiah Yahshua, Amein.
Now Groom and Bride, will you please join hands and express your devotion for each other in these words:
I Groom – take you Bride to be my wife. I will cherish our friendship. I will love you today, tomorrow, and forever. I will trust you and honor you; I will laugh with you and cry with you. I will love you faithfully through the best and worst, through the difficult and the simple. Whatever may come, I will always be there.
I Bride – take you Groom to be my husband. I will cherish our friendship; I will love you today, tomorrow, and forever. I will trust you and honor you; I will laugh with you and cry with you. I will love you faithfully through the best and worst, through the difficult and the simple. Whatever may come, I will always be there.
Scripture tells us what real love is like and what it does: Love is patient. It’s kind. It’s not jealous. Love doesn’t brag nor is it arrogant. It’s not unbecoming. Love doesn’t seek for its own good; it’s not provoked nor does it take any account of wrong suffered. Love doesn’t take joy in badness, but joys in the truth. Love bears all, believes all, hopes all, endures all. Love … never … fails.
Having this kind of love in your hearts, you have chosen to share a ring as a sign and seal of the vows you are making today. As you wear your rings, whether together or alone for the moment, may it be a constant reminder of the promised you are making.
As a token of your love and of your desire to be united in heart and soul, you Groom, may place a ring on the finger of your bride. He does. Groom, repeat after me: I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you.
By the same token, Bride, you may place a ring on the finger of your groom. Bride, repeat after me: I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we are thankful for the love we see here and even more thankful for the love we feel from you. May we never take your love and favor for granted. We pray that real love, as Scripture defines it, will be the foundation for their future relationship.
When joy comes, may they share it together. When sorrow threatens, may they bear it together. In gladness or in tears, in sunshine of shadow, may they ever draw closer to each other and nearer to you.
Grant them patience, gentleness, forbearance, and understanding. Protect their home from evil forces that would break it apart. We ask for health, long life, and the fulfillment of every good dream. May their love continue for life and blend itself into timelessness. Amein.
Groom and Bride, you have come before Yahweh and us his people, having expressed your desire to become man and wife. You have demonstrated your love and affection by making promises of faith and devotion, joining hands, and exchanging rings. Foremost, you have promised the Sky-Father that your marriage would be a vehicle for your future service to him. This being accomplished,
I now pronounce you husband and wife.
Groom, you may kiss your bride.
Please turn and face your audience. Friends, may I present to you –
Mr. & Mrs. Bride and Groom.