Welcome relatives and friends.

We are gathered here, in the presence of God and his beautiful creation, that
_______ and _______  may be united in holy matrimony. We are also here to
celebrate and share in the glorious act that God is about to perform-the act by which
He converts their love for one another into the holy and sacred estate of marriage.

I would like to read a poetic synopsis of verses found in Paul's first letter to the
Corinthians:

Love is patient, Love is kind.
It does not envy, It does not boast,
It is not proud. It is not rude,
It is not self-seeking,It is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
Always trusts,
Always hopes,
Always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Let us pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing all of us together today so we can see
your plan for _______  and _______ unfold before our very eyes. Thank you for
bringing them together so that they may help each other overcome the hardships of
life. Thank you also for doubling their joy because the happiness of one is the
happiness of the other. I pray that they be a haven for each other's hearts, as you
have intended. Let them have faith in each other and believe in love, which is the
greatest gift you have given all mankind. Amen.

Please join hands and repeat after me.

I _______  take you _______ , to be my lawful wife, to love you, honor and keep you,
in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep only unto you, so long as we
both shall live.

I _______  take you _______  to be my lawful husband, to love you, honor and keep
you, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep only unto you, so long
as we both shall live.

Officiant: (Prelude to Ring Exchange):
(ask for rings)

Let us pray:
I hold these rings up to you O Lord that you may bless this sacred union. May
________________abide in peace and grow in their knowledge of your presence
through their marriage.

May the seamless circle of these rings become the symbol of their endless love and
serve to remind them of the covenant they have entered into today-to be faithful,
loving and kind to each other.

Beloved God, may they abide in your grace and forever be true to this union.
Amen.

_______ take the ring you have selected, place it on _______  finger and say these
words:_______  with this ring I thee wed.

_______ take the ring you have selected, place it on _______  finger and say these
words:_______  with this ring I thee wed.

I pray that you do not expect of each other the perfection that belongs only to God.
May you minimize each other's weaknesses, be swift to praise and magnify each
other's strengths, and see each other through a lover's kind and patient eyes.

As you have consented together to be bound to one another in lawful marriage, you
have made special promises to each other, which have been symbolized by the
joining of hands, taking of vows, and by the giving and receiving of rings. By the
authority of the State of South Carolina, I now pronounce you to be husband and wife.

You may kiss the bride.

I present to you Mr. and Mrs. _______        
Your Vows, or promises to each other, are the focal point and the very heart of your wedding.
Whether it is just the two of you on a beautiful beach or in a  historic park, or a venue with
hundreds of friends and family, the meaning and spirit of your wedding is best expressed
through your vows. It is my primary duty as your officiant, to ensure that you fully declare your
feelings and intentions for each other. In short, this is your statement that you have faith in each
other and believe in love.

The Christian ceremony below is traditional in style and reflects my beliefs. Therefore, you can
edit this in any way you wish. You can use these vows verbatim if they agree with your hearts or
we can compose a  ceremony which or more personal.  I have many resources for vows,
readings, and ceremony styles to choose from. Also below you will find several
inter-denominational ceremonies which may help you personalize your vows.

Wedding ceremony in Charleston County                                                       $230.00

Wedding ceremony outside of Charleston County                                           $250.00

Prenuptial meeting(one hour block)                                                                No Charge

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We require a deposit of one half the ceremony to reserve your date and time.
Traditional Christian
Ceremony
We are gathered here today to witness the coming together of                    
and                                         whose hearts and spirits have become forever tangled
together. Presenting yourselves here today to be joined in marriage, you perform an
act of faith built on the foundation of a spiritual bond that already exists.  Treasure
the dreams you bring here today, and honor each other with honesty and selfless
love.  “Love is the ability and willingness to allow those you care for to make choices
for themselves without insisting they satisfy your needs.”  May this be true for both of
you as you propose in your hearts to exercise compassion, patience and sacrifice for
the good of one another –always.

C.S. Lewis, a glorious companion of the Christian church, wrote, "Friendship is
something that raised us almost above humanity. This love, free from instinct, free
from all duties but those which love has freely assumed, almost wholly free from
jealousy, and free without qualification from the need to be needed, is eminently
spiritual. It is the sort of love one can imagine between angels."

____________ and_____________, please face each other and join hands.  You
chose these rings as symbols of your vows, the parts of your lives that are now given
in promise and loyalty to one other.

___________, will you have ___________
as your best friend, one true love
beside you and apart from you;
in laughter and tears;
in conflict and tranquility;
asking that she be no other than herself;
loving what you know of her;
trusting what you do not know yet
and in all the ways life may find you
as long as you both shall live”

(I do)  You may now place the ring on her finger.


__________, will you have ____________
as your best friend, one true love
beside you and apart from you;
in laughter and tears;
in conflict and tranquility;
asking that he be no other than himself;
loving what you know of him;
trusting what you do not know yet
and in all the ways life may find you
as long as you both shall live”

(I do)  You may now place the ring on his finger.


I pray that you do not expect of each other the perfection that belongs only to God.
May you minimize each other’s weaknesses, be swift to praise and magnify each
other’s strengths, and see each other through a lover’s kind and patient eyes.


Wherever you go, may you always return to one another. May you grow in
understanding and in compassion.   May you be one in heart and in mind and always
share with each other this gift of love.  

As you have consented together to be bound to one another in lawful marriage, you
have made special promises to each other, which have been symbolized by the
joining of hands, taking of vows, and by the giving and receiving of rings. By the
authority of the State of South Carolina, I now pronounce you to be husband and
wife. You may kiss the bride.

I present to you Mr. And Mrs. ___________.
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