Basic Standard Script

Either of the two following *fill in the blank* scripts - first is "I do" style and second is "echo" style - can be used for the "Quickie" ceremony, but can also be used as a starting point for couples designing custom ceremonies, as each contains the basics of opening, reading, vows, ring exchange, and declaratiion of marriage.

Openings and readings can be interchanged between the two styles, creating additional choices for the quickie ceremony.

I. With "I Do" vows

“Who gives this woman to this man, in marriage?” (optional)
(Brides Father) “I Do” (optional)

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“Ladies and Gentlemen, family and friends, we are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the union of ____________________________ and _______________________________ in marriage.
With love and commitment, they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.”

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“____________________ and __________________, today you choose each other before your family and friends, to begin your life together. For all the tomorrows that follow, you will choose each other over and again, in the privacy of your hearts. Let your love and friendship guide you, as you learn and grow together. Through your partnership, may you triumph over the challenges in your path. Through the comfort of loving arms, may you always find a safe place to call home.”

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Do you ______________________, take ____________________, to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, from this day forward, until death do you part?

(Groom) “I Do.”

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Do you ______________________, take ____________________, to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, from this day forward, until death do you part?

(Bride) “I Do.”

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"May we have the rings please."

Officiant prompts with: "_____________, place the ring on ____________ finger and say, 'with this ring, I thee wed'" (Groom first, then bride)

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“And now, by the power vested in me by the State of Idaho, I do hereby pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.”

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Friends and family, I present to you _________________________________________ and ______________________________________, husband and wife.

II. With "echo" vows

“Who gives this woman to this man, in marriage?” (optional)
(Brides Father) “I Do”(optional)

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Ladies and Gentlemen, family and friends, we are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the union of ________________________ and ________________________ in marriage. In the years they have been together, their love and understanding has grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.

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Ultimately there comes a moment when a decision must be made. Two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are willing to take. Commitment can be a fearful gamble, but a risk worth taking when the heart is true. Because it is the nature of love to create, the marriage itself is something which has to be created, through the loving touch and the tools of patience and understanding. And so with their exchange of vows and rings, _____________ and ______________ lovingly embark together on the journey of life

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_____________, please repeat after me:

I ______________
Take you ____________,
To be my partner in life
Loving what I know of you
Trusting what I do not yet know
Getting to know the woman you will become
Falling more in love each day
I promise to love you
And cherish you
And keep you safe
Through whatever life may bring us

____________, please repeat after me:

I ______________
Take you ____________,
To be my partner in life
Loving what I know of you
Trusting what I do not yet know
Getting to know the man you will become
Falling more in love each day
I promise to love you
And cherish you
And keep you safe
Through whatever life may bring us

"May we have the rings please."

Officiant prompts with: "_____________, place the ring on ____________ finger and say, 'with this ring, I thee wed'" (Groom first, then bride)

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Through the power vested in me by the State of Idaho, I do hereby pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.

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Friends and family, I present to you ________________________________ and ______________________________________, husband and wife.

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