Colorado Wedding Ministers

We Do I Do For YOU!

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Princess Bride
 
Welcome
Welcome friends, family, and honored guests, you may be seated.
Mawage. Mawage is what bwings us together, today. Mawage, that bwessed
awangement, that dweam within a dweam…
 
All of you are here today because you, in one way or another, have been a special part of Name and Name lives. It is overwhelming to see how many loving faces surround my friends today, to show your support and bear witness to this marriage. This marriage begins today on the foundation of a long relationship that has been built with trust, and love, and boxes of macaroni and cheese. What began several years ago with a friendship, and a simple meals together will begin a new chapter today, with all of you, Name and Name’s loved ones, family, and friends, and another simple meal.
Name and Name, your marriage today is the public and legal joining of your souls that have already been united as one in your hearts. Marriage will allow you a new environment to share your lives together, to break bread as husband and wife, partners in life and in crime, standing together to face life and the world, hand-in-hand. Marriage is going to expand you as individuals, define you as a couple, and deepen your love for one another. In your lives together, we know you will continue to overcome life’s obstacles with good food and honest friendship. So, let your marriage be a time forever, of waking each morning and falling in love all over again. 
 
~Declaration of Intent~
Name and Name, you have known each other for years, through the first glance of acquaintance to this moment of commitment. At some moment, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way.
All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks – all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – those late-night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. Just two people working out what they want, what they believe, what they hope for each other.
All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. 
 
Vows
The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”
Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment, you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. You have learned that good company and friendship count for more than wealth, good looks or position. And you’ve learned that marriage is a maze into which we wander – a maze that is best got through with a great companion. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, Name is my husband/wife, partner in life, Name is my wife/husband, partner in life.
 
Do you Name, take Name, to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband knowing in your heart that you will protect her/him, and give her/him your deepest considerations of her/his feelings, desires and needs? Do you love Name willingly and completely, withholding nothing, and promise to always be with her/him, to dance with her/him, and care for her/him, to make her/him laugh, and let her/him cry? Do you vow to support her/him, in times of sickness, and of health, in times of joy, and in times of sorrow, for as long as you both shall live?
Name 
I do
Please repeat after me-
I, Name, take you, Name, to be my beloved wife/husband, to have and to hold you, to honor you, to treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and in joy, in the good times, and in the bad, and to love and cherish you always. I promise you this from my heart, for all the days of my life.
 
Do you Name, take Name, to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband knowing in your heart that you will protect her/him, and give her/him your deepest considerations of her/his feelings, desires and needs? Do you love Name willingly and completely, withholding nothing, and promise to always be with her/him, to dance with her/him, and care for her/him, to make her/him laugh, and let her/him cry? Do you vow to support her/him, in times of sickness, and of health, in times of joy, and in times of sorrow, for as long as you both shall live?
Name 
I do
Please repeat after me-
I, Name, take you, Name, to be my beloved wife/hsuband, to have and to hold you, to honor you, to treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and in joy, in the good times, and in the bad, and to love and cherish you always. I promise you this from my heart, for all the days of my life.
 
Do you mutually promise you will love, cherish and respect one another throughout the years?
Name and Name
We do. 
 
Rings
 Name and Name will you each now each give and receive a ring?
Name and Name: 
We will.
 
These rings of precious metal are justly regarded as a fitting emblem of the purity and perpetuity of the Marriage State. The ancients were reminded by the circle of eternity, as it is so fashioned as to have neither beginning nor end; while gold is so incorruptible that it cannot be tarnished by use or time, so may this union, at this time be solemnized, and be incorruptible in its purity and more lasting than time itself.
 
(Optional)
Name(s), could you please step forward honor this couple before you with their rings of marriage?
Thank you.
 
Name please repeat after me and place the ring on Name’s finger-
Just as this circle is without end, my love for you is eternal. Just as it is made of incorruptible substance, my commitment to you will never fail. With this ring, I thee wed.
 
Name, please repeat after me and place the ring on Name’s finger-
Just as this circle is without end, my love for you is eternal. Just as it is made of incorruptible substance, my commitment to you will never fail. With this ring, I thee wed.
 
The ring, by its shape, is a symbol of the bond that exists between the two of you, continuous and never ending.  By placing these rings on your fingers, you seal the vows that you have made to each other here today.  May you live together in unity, happiness and true love.
 
Pronouncement
Throughout this ceremony, Name and Name have vowed, in our presence, to be loyal and loving towards each other. They have formalized the existence of the bond between them with words spoken and with the giving and receiving of rings. Therefore, I am happy to say, that by the power vested in me by the state of Colorado, I now pronounce you now married!
You may kiss!
A Union Between Bootleggers
Welcome
Hello and Welcome!
Thank you for being here with us today as Name and Name have brought us together here for an occasion of great joy and a cause for great celebration. Having found each other, they have built the kind of relationship that will serve them well as the foundation for their marriage. They have chosen each one of you to be here with them to witness their wedding vows as they join together as husband and wife.
 
(Optional)
Al Capone once said that-
You can get much father with kind words and gun than by kind words alone.
Therefore, does anyone have any object to why these two people should not be joined in marriage?
Speak now, and forever rest in peace.
(Honored person stands up and shows tommy gun)
 
Declaration of Intent
Marriage is a bold step into an unknown future. It is risking who we are for the sake of who we can be. In marriage, two lives are intimately shared; and the blending of the two must not diminish either one. Rather, it should enhance the individuality of each partner. 
 
F. Scott Fitzgerald said that there are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.
 
Because we have come here today to honor two people who love each other, it feels fitting to take a few moments to talk about love. We realize that when you love someone, you do not love them all the time in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love and of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in the terror of the ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity, when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity, in freedom. The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now.  This is not a giving up or loss of oneself, but rather a giving over of oneself to something greater–a transformation of self in which each partner can say, “I am no longer only I, but also we.” 
 
(Optional)
As F. Burton Howard also said-
 Marriage: If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don't expose it to the elements. You don't make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by.
 
 Vows
Marriage is not a legal document.
No pastor or priest or justice of the peace can create a marriage because a marriage, truly, is nothing except the promises made and kept by two individuals.
Today Name and Name, is your wedding day, but it is just one brief day in time, and although your vows are spoken in a matter of minutes, they are promises that will last a lifetime. This is moment that anchors and holds your past and your future together. Today you are beginning a journey together that will last the rest of your lives.
And like any journey, there will be amazing experiences on mountaintops, today hopefully being one such experience. Sometimes you will walk through valleys and have trouble finding your way. But no matter where you go, and no matter how long the journey is or how difficult, the person beside you will make your journey worthwhile.
 
Do you Name with the love that resides within you, take you Name to your heart, mind, and spirit, to be your wife/husband? Do you promise to love Name wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where you shall meet, remember, and love again?
Name
I will
Will you hide her/ him when Elliot Ness comes knocking at your door looking for hootch?
Will you bring her/him a Brandy Alexander after a long hard day running gin? Will you be the Bonnie to her/his Clyde? 
Name
I will
Please repeat after me-
I Name, take you, Name to be my beloved wife/husband. I promise to love you and be your faithful partner, for better for worse, running gin and whiskey with you, dancing the waltz and the tango with you, and keeping you from the coppers for as long as we live and throughout time. And when I go to the slammer you can have my cherry ‘shine recipe.
 
Do you Name with the love that resides within you, take you Name to your heart, mind, and spirit, to be your wife/husband? Do you promise to love Name wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where you shall meet, remember, and love again?
Name
I will
Will you bring her/him chocolates and beer for hiding you from the coppers?
Will you be and bring her a Bee’s Knees, after a long hard day of brewing your gin?
Will you forever be the Clyde to her/his Bonnie?
Name 
I will
Please repeat after me-
I Name, take you, Name to be my beloved wife/husband. I promise to love you and be your faithful partner, for better for worse, running gin and whiskey with you, dancing the waltz and the tango with you, and keeping you from the coppers for as long as we live and throughout time. And when I go to the slammer you can have my ginger beer recipe. 
 
Rings
 Wedding rings are made precious by our wearing them. Your rings say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bound together. Let these rings also be a sign that love has substance as well as soul, a present as well as a past, and that, despite its occasional sorrows, love is a circle of happiness, wonder, and delight. The promises which you have spoken to each other today are inscribed forever in your minds, in your hearts. But words are fleeting so let these rings serve as a reminder of the feelings you have in your hearts at this very moment. 
 
Name, please repeat after me:
Name, with this ring I am giving you my promise, to always love you, to cherish you to honor you and comfort you. I promise that I will love you and keep my heart open to you for all the days of my life.
 
Name, please repeat after me:
Name, with this ring I am giving you my promise, to always love you, to cherish you to honor you and comfort you. I promise that I will love you and keep my heart open to you for all the days of my life. 
 
Closing
Name and Name, no one but you can declare yourselves married. You have begun it here today in speaking your vows before your family and friends and you will do it again in the days and years to come, standing by each other, sharing all that is sweet and bitter in life. Each tender act, each loving word will be the declaration of what was made here today.
Everyone here, including me, have nothing but the very best wishes for you. So I have a blessing for you and everyone gathered here today.
May you have many long years to delight in each other’s company,
and to love and be loved by the friends and family who have come here today to support you.
May you make a home together that is at once sheltering and welcoming.
May you each do meaningful, productive work at home and in the world, learning from your failures and growing in your accomplishments.
May life’s challenges be met together with courage and optimism, and may your days be filled with laughter, imagination, trust, friendship, and love.
 
Therefore, it is great joy and happiness that I now pronounce you now married, husband and wife, partners in life.