The couple is advised of the responsibilities associated with the vows and pledges they will be making to one another.
Officiant: _________ and _________, the estate of wedlock is a holy one, one not to be entered into lightly, but only under the guidance of Infinite Wisdom and the inspiration of Divine Love. -- Dear Ones, you are entering into the relationship of marriage which is an expression of the harmonizing power of divine love. When there is a true bond such as this, it is proper that public acknowledgement of it be made. We are here to bear witness to your entering into this closer relationship of husband and wife as you pledge your vows to one another.
Officiant: ________ and ________, the covenant which you are about to make with each other is meant to be a beautiful and sacred expression of your love for each other. As you pledge your vows to each other, and as you commit your lives to each other, we ask that you do so in all seriousness, and yet with a deep sense of joy; with the deep conviction that you are committing yourselves to a dynamic growing relationship of trust, mutual support, and caring love.
Officiant: And now I must advise you, ____________ and ____________ to recognize and appreciate that marriage is a sacrament to be honored with the full understanding of the gravity of its meaning. It is with a deep sense of seriousness that this union should be entered into, as you are here to pledge your love and loyalty to one another for your entire lives.
Officiant: ____________ and ____________, I charge you with the following in order that you may keep your solemn vows that you make here today; you must always respect one another in all facets of your life together and each of you are required to listen carefully to one another and commit to being helpful to one another. It is only through mutual respect and sharing of each other’s inner selves that a strong and vibrant marriage continues to thrive for a lifetime.
Officiant: Dear ones, I remind you both that you are declaring before God and those assembled here today that you recognize the importance of the pledges you are about to make on this joyful day, and that it is tempered with the seriousness and commitment to honor your vows for the rest of your lives.
Officiant: Now I ask you, ____________ and ___________ to take into consideration the magnitude and significance of the vows about to be taken. There are many implications involved when two people commit to a lifetime of love. Let us take a moment to reflect on those implications and acknowledge that along with the celebration of marriage there is depth and meaning in the pledges you will be making to one another and it is with much determination, acceptance, forgiveness, respect, loyalty and love that builds the foundation for a strong and enduring marriage.
Officiant: I counsel you both, to always act with respect and compassion toward one another, sharing the spirit expressed in the Book of Ephesians: "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another." I would further charge you to understand, and constantly to strengthen, the spiritual basis of your love, recognizing that it is the most precious of all God's gifts to you. Keep ever before you the words of the New Testament: "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and in us shall his love be perfected.