We are gathered here to joinand, in marriage. The bond of marriage is a binding covenant, to be entered into only in the utmost of good faith and to endure for so long as you both shall live.
This union then is most serious, because it will bind you together in a relationship so close and so intimate that it will profoundly affect you future.
That future will have its successes and its failures; its joys and its sorrows.
These elements are mingled into every life and are to be expected in your own. And so not knowing what is before you you take each other for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health.
Truly then it is a beautiful tribute to your undoubted faith in each other; that recognizing the full import of your vows, you are nevertheless so willing and ready to pronounce them.
The vows (the couple should join hands.)
GROOM: will you take this woman to be your wedded wife, to live with her in lawful state of wedlock, to love, comfort honor respect, protect and keep her, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, for so long as you both shall live?
BRIDE: will you take this man to Be your wedded husband, to live with him in lawful state of wedlock, to love, comfort, honor, respect, protect and keep him, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live?
Repeat after me:
GROOM: With this ring, I thee wed, as a token of my love.
BRIDE: With this ring, I thee wed, as a token of my love.
Lighting of a Unity Candle (optional)
In as much as and , have consented to take each other in lawful wedlock and have witnessed the same before this company and thereunto have given and pledged their faithfulness each to the other, and having acknowledged the same by joining hands, and the giving and receiving of tokens of their love, now by virtue of the authority vested in me under the laws of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, I pronounce you husband and wife and declare that you have been lawfully married.
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