Colorado Wedding Ministers

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A Modern Backyard Ceremony 


Greetings all, friends and family.  Thank you for coming here today on this beautiful (day and date).

We are gathered here today to celebrate that the lives of Name and Name braided together by a growing love, (and God’s blessings) for over the last several years. They will now be joined in marriage. Up to this point their love has been nurtured privately. In many ways, that deepest connection is private and between them alone, but today, the promise of that bond is made public. Packed into this yard, - you may have wondered why Name and Name chose this space to get married. They had their reasons.

It was not just that they wanted to get married in the safety and warmth of this back yard. In putting you together, shoulder to shoulder, they wanted to remind you that in addition to being connected to Name and Name, everyone also exists as a group interconnected to each other in hundreds, perhaps thousands of ways.

This group is bound together by our family relationships - husbands to their wives, parents to their children, uncles, cousins. We are bound to others here by interconnected friendships. Many of you have shared challenges together, rejoiced together, and celebrated with each other. And we are bound by shared memories of those not who are not with us today -- those who have let us travel down the corridors of time without them.


At this time, we will have a moment of silence for those who are here in spirit and are waiting for us on the other side.


Charge to the Couple

So when Name and Name thought of gathering people together, they wanted to see not only the faces of the individuals they have loved over the course of their lives. They wanted to put you together, shoulder to shoulder to form a whole - a single solid entity -- a group that will witness the declaration of their union. They believe that the strength of this group will reinforce and protect their private union. And in return, they have a promise for you.

With their home as a resource - a place to bring friends and family -- they promise to do their part to nurture long standing relationships and forge new connections between those gathered here. It is to begin this process of weaving this group they hope that this will continue as we share a walk, a drink, a toast, a meal, and a dance.


Charge to the Couple 

Name and Name are standing in front of you today, so truly excited about the years of marriage ahead. Their marriage will be the intertwining of two life stories. As individuals, they have each had a unique and life-shaping past, and now they willingly choose to set aside the solitary exploration of their individual lives to discover who they are in the presence of one another. In a world where often pressures tear couples apart more so than bringing them together-


Here are a few words to help them remember the promises that they are making today.

The little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,  dependence is mutual and
the obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner,
it is being the right partner.


We celebrate with them, their arrival at this point in their lives. We are incredibly happy for them that the story of their lives now includes each other. And that their love has brought them and us to the joyous occasion of their marriage ceremony.



Name and Name, you will be safe in marriage, you can risk; because you have been promised a future, you can take extraordinary chances. Because you know you are loved, you can step beyond your fears; because you have been chosen, you can transcend your insecurities. You can make mistakes, knowing the other will be there to catch you. And because mistakes and risks are the very essence of change, of expansion, in marriage you will expand to your fullest capacity. Within the nurturing shelter of marriage, you will continue to grow and develop, so you can discover your individual paths and offer your gifts back to each other and the world. Marriage, then, makes you free-to see, to be seen, to love. Your souls are protected so your hearts can open.

In a sense, the person you marry is a stranger about whom you have a magnificent hunch. This person is someone you love, but her depths, his intimate intricacies; you will come to know only in the long unraveling of time. To get married is to embark on the journey of getting to know each other, of coming to see each other as you really are. This companionship on life's journey is the hallmark of marriage, its natural province, and its sweetest and most fundamental gift. This is choosing the person that you want to annoy for the rest of your life, and that person wants it!

The contract of marriage is most solemn and is not to be entered into lightly, but thoughtfully and seriously with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities. No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to pledge.


Do you both come here freely and without reservation?


Name and Name:

We do

Do you, Name, offer yourself wholly and joyfully, and do you choose Name, to be the person with whom you will share your life, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, loving what you know of her/him, and trusting what you do not know yet? 


I do


 Do you, Name, offer yourself wholly and joyfully, and do you choose Name, to be the person with whom you will share your life, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, loving what you know of her/him, and trusting what you do not know yet?


I do



Rings are an ancient symbol, blessed and simple. Round they are, like the sun, like the eye, like the arms that embrace. Circles they are, for love that is given comes back round again. Name and Name may these rings remind you that your love, like the sun, illuminates; that your love, like the eye, must see clearly; and that your love, like the arms which embrace, is a grace upon this world.

  Will you now give and receive a ring?

Name and Name

 We will.



Name(s), would you please step forward?

Name(s), you have been chosen to warm the rings for this couple standing before you. You are representing all of your family and friends. You are warming that ring with all the love, wishes and blessings for this new marriage. Please gift your rings.

Thank you.


Name, as you place the ring on Name’s, finger will you repeat after me:

May this ring forever be to you the symbol of my growing love. With this ring, I thee wed.


Name, as you place the ring on Name’s , finger will you repeat after me:
May this ring forever be to you the symbol of my growing love. With this ring, I thee wed.

Before these witnesses, you have joined yourselves in solemn matrimony. May you strive all your lives to meet this commitment with the same love and devotion you now possess. For love is truly the greatest gift we are given to share. Delight in each other's company and never take each other for granted.

By virtue of the authority vested in me by the State of Colorado … I now pronounce you married!

You may kiss each other!