Debra Barron

Marriage Commissioner

Phone/Text: 780 222 6478

Email: debbarron@shaw.ca

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Sample Ceremony

This sample ceremony, provided by the Province of Alberta, can either be a starting point for your ceremony, or you can use it word for word.  You and I will work together to ensure the wording represents your story and that you've had an opportunity to add personal touches that create a wonderful, meaningful event for both you and your guests.  

 

OPENING

We are gathered here today to celebrate and participate in Person A’s and Person B’s wedding ceremony. You are to be married according to the orders, customs, and the authority granted by the government of the Province of Alberta.    

 

Matrimony is a state enriched by a long and honourable tradition of devotion. According to the law each participant is equal and supports the common rights of one another to the marriage.    

 

Marriage is not just a ceremony here today. It is a commitment for life. There is a desire for lifelong companionship. Couples support and comfort each other, thought the changing experiences of life. May you laugh together in joy, grieve together in sorrow, and grow together in love.   

 THE LEGAL DECLARATIONS

 

Marriage means caring as much about the welfare and happiness of your marriage partner as about your own well-being. Marriage also means working together to create and sustain a home in which the marriage may flourish. With this understanding (Person A) and (Person B) wish to be joined in marriage. Therefore I now call upon you both in the presence of these witnesses, to repeat after me:  

Note: these two declarations must be stated: 

 

Person A: I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, Person A may not be joined in matrimony to Person B.   

 

Person B: I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, Person B, may not be joined in matrimony to Person A.  

 

THE PROMISES

Do you, Person A, promise to give Person B your love, the comfort of your companionship, and the patience of your understanding? Do you promise to give him/her your honour, your devotion and your love?   

Person A: I do.     

 

Do you, Person B, promise to give Person A your love, the comfort of your companionship, and the patience of your understanding? Do you promise to give him/her your honour, your devotion and your love?   

Person B: I do.

 

THE MARRIAGE VOWS

Please join hands and repeat after me:

Note: these two declarations must be stated: 

 

Person A: I call upon those persons present to witness that I, Person A, do take you do take you, Person B, to be my lawful wedded spouse, to have and to hold, from this day forward, in whatever circumstances or experiences life may hold for us.    

 

Person B: I call upon those persons present to witness that I, Person B, do take you, Person A, to be my lawful wedded spouse, to have and to hold, from this day forward, in whatever circumstances or experiences life may hold for us.  

THE RING EXCHANGE

(Note: There is no requirement to exchange rings)  

 

Person A: I give you this ring that you may wear it as a lasting reminder of our marriage vows and as a symbol of my love and commitment to you.

 

Person B: I accept this ring as a symbol of your love and commitment.   

 

Person B: I give you this ring that you may wear it as a lasting reminder of our marriage vows and as a symbol of my love and commitment to you.   

 

Person A: I accept this ring as a symbol of your love and commitment.  

THE DECLARATION

Person A and Person B, as you begin your marriage, let your home be a haven of peace in the midst of a busy and changing world; let your relationship be one of complete truth, love and understanding between you. Marriage will yield what you give to it. May you enjoy a long life, fulfil your hopes, feel content as you live day by day, and keep your promises to one another.

 

Person A and Person B, you have consented in marriage and declared your solemn intention in this company, before these witnesses and in my presence. You have exchanged this ring(s) as the pledge of your love to each other; you have joined your hands to accept one another.

 

Now upon the authority vested in me by the Province of Alberta, I pronounce you married.

 

Feel free to share in your first married kiss!