Please gather around!
Officiant: Welcome, family, friends and loved ones. We gather here today to celebrate the wedding of Angelique and Goce. You have come here to share in this formal commitment they make to one another, to offer your love and support to this marriage, and to allow Angelique & Goce to start their married life together surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them.
So welcome to one and all, who have traveled from near and far. Angelique and Goce thank you for your presence here today on this warm fall day in this loving setting and now ask for your blessing, encouragement, and lifelong support, for their decision to be married.
Declaration of Intent
Officiant: Will/Do you, Goce, take this woman to be your wife?
Goce: I will/do
Officiant: Will/Do you, Angelique, take this man to be your husband?
Angelique: I will/do
Support of Community
Officiant: Just as this fall day here before us came together to create a beautiful setting, the loving contributions of your friends and family members will continue to bless your marriage, as they have your life.
Officiant: Marriage is the bringing together of two circles of love to present a new circle of love. Angelique’s family and friends have supported her during her life, just as Goce’s family and friends have supported him through his life. Your love and support does not stop now that they will be married. We ask you, the people here today whose relationship has been honored by your invitation to attend, to bless and nurture the marriage of Angelique and Goce. We ask you to offer your loving support through all the days of their marriage and for the family they have created. If you are willing to do so, please say we will!
All: We Will!
Honoring those that cannot be present
We would like to take a moment of silence to honor and respect those who could not be here with us today to celebrate this marriage. We know you are not here physically with us, but we feel your love, your spirit, and your support of this marriage today.
Although we are separated physically, friendship & love have bound us eternally. Though we cannot see them, we know they are here. We know your spirit celebrates with us today.
Reading #1: 1st Corinthians 13: 4-8
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends!
Officiant: We've come to the point of your ceremony where you're going to say your vows to one another. But before you do that, I ask you to remember that love – which is rooted in faith, trust, and acceptance - will be the foundation of an abiding and deepening relationship. No other ties are more tender, no other vows more sacred than those you now assume. If you are able to keep the vows you take here today, not because of any religious or civic law, but out of a desire to love and be loved by another person fully, without limitation, then your life will have joy and the home you establish will be a place in which you both will find the direction of your growth, your freedom, and your responsibility.
Officiant: Please continue to hold hands and Goce repeat after me:
Groom – I, Goce, take you Angelique, to be my wife, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.
Bride –I, Angelique, take you Goce, to be my husband, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.
Reading #2: Marriage Advice
Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break.
Believe the best rather than the worst.
People have a way of living up or down to your opinion of them.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.
The person you choose to marry is deserving of the courtesies and kindness you bestow on your family and friends.
Unity Candle Ceremony
Now Goce & Angelique will now commemorate their marriage by lighting a Unity Candles. Light is the essence of our existence. Each one of us possesses an inner glow that represents our hopes, our dreams, and aspirations in life.
Goce and Angelique, the two distinct candle flames represent your lives before this day, individual, unique, and special. Godparents please light and pass the tapered candles to your godchildren our bride and groom. Angelique and Goce please take the candle symbolizing your life before today, and together light the center candle to symbolize the union of your individual lives. As this new flame burns undivided, so shall your lives now be one. From now on your thoughts will always be for each other rather than just your individual selves. Your plans will be mutual, your joys and sorrows both will be shared alike.
Although you are now entering into a marriage relationship, you do not, however, lose your personal identity. Rather, you will use your special individuality to create and strengthen the relationship of marriage. Therefore, the center candle remains glowing. The individual candles represent all that makes each of you the wonderful and unique person the other admires and respects. The Unity candle in the center symbolizes the union of your lives, families, and friends, as well as your shining commitment to each other, and to a lasting and loving marriage.
Let us pray:
Be with you always, Light without and light within. And may the sunshine, upon you and warm your heart, until it glows, like a great fire, so that others may feel, the warmth of your love, for one another. Amen.
Officiant: These rings they are about to give to each other are round and continuous as they represent that there is no beginning and no end, the love this couple shares is eternal and represents the same.
May I have the rings, please?
Blessing of the Rings
The ring is the symbol of the circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and has no end. Love freely given has no giver and no receiver, for each is the giver and each the receiver. May these rings be a symbol of the endless love into which you enter as husband and wife.
Officiant: Goce please hold Angelique’s left hand and repeat after me:
Groom – Angelique, I give you this ring to wear with love and joy. As a ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my wife this day and forevermore.
Bride - Goce, I give you this ring to wear with love and joy. As a ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my husband this day and forevermore.
Reading #3: Blessing of the Hands
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes,
tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. Two legged and four legged.
These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
May Angelique and Goce be, to each other, a blessing and comfort, sharer of joys and consoler of sorrows. May they, trusting in the strength of their union, face life unafraid, supporting and encouraging each other in whatever they set out to achieve. May the inspiration of this ceremony not be forgotten. May Angelique and Goce dream big dreams, love like there is no tomorrow and become the best people they know how to be.
Officiant: By the power of your love and commitment and before God and the power vested in me by the great garden state of New Jersey, I am proud to now pronounce you husband and wife! You may now kiss your bride!
Officiant: Family, friends I am very honored & proud to present to you officially and formally for the very first time our married couple Mr. & Mrs. Kuzmanovski. Go in peace…