Copyright 2016 — Ralph J. Fishburn & Karen I. Fishburn
Conveniently located in Spokane, WA
near East 17th Avenue and South Ray Street.
Also serving Coeur d’Alene, ID and Post Falls, ID
and other areas within Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho
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Phone or Text: 509-599-5632
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Civil Ceremony II
Prince of Wales Package
Officiant: Please stand.
(Bride processes down the aisle with her chosen escort.)
Presentation of the Bride: (Optional)
Officiant: Who brings this woman to be married to this man?
Bride’s Father (or chosen escort): I do. (Or: Her mother and I.)
(Bride's escort places her hand in Groom's hand.)
(Couple moves forward to stand in front of Officiant.)
(Bride’s escort moves behind Bride and is seated.)
(Couple turns and faces each other.)
(If Bride’s gown has a train, Maid of Honor straightens it.)
Officiant: Please be seated.
Welcome and Marriage Reflections:
Officiant: Welcome friends, families, and honored guests. We are here to celebrate love. Love organizes our large and sometimes unpredictable world. It is that which enshrines and ennobles our human experience. It is the basis for the peace of family, and the peace of the peoples of the earth. The greatest gift bestowed upon humans is the gift of love freely given between two persons.
Officiant: In marriage, two people turn to each other in search of a greater fulfillment than either can achieve alone. Marriage is a bold step, taken together, into an unknown future. It is risking who we are for the sake of who we can be. Only in giving of ourselves fully, and sharing our lives with another, can the mysterious process of growth take place. Only in loyalty and devotion bestowed upon another can that which is eternal in life emerge and be known. These two persons, who have stood apart, come together now, to declare their love and to be united in marriage.
Rose Ceremony: (Optional)
(Choice of Rose Ceremony honoring the couple’s mothers or families. Click on “Rose Ceremonies” Navigation Menu link at left to see ceremonies. A musical selection may be played softly during ceremony.)
(Choose the Reading below or choose another from our website: click on “Poems & Readings” or “Prayers & Religious Readings” Navigation Menu link at left to see other options.)
Officiant: This is a poem called Sound of Silence by Raymond J. Baughan
Here in the space between us and the world
lies human meaning.
Into the vast uncertainty we call.
The echoes make our music,
sharp equations which can hold the stars,
and marvelous mythologies we trust.
This may be all we need
to lift our love against indifference and pain.
Here in the space between us and each other
lies all the future
of the fragment of the universe.
Exchange of Vows: (Choice of the vows below or custom written vows.)
Officiant (To couple): Will you please join hands.
(Bride turns and gives her bouquet to Maid of Honor.)
Officiant: ___(Groom)_____ and ___(Bride)_____ we are here to celebrate your love and acknowledge your lifelong commitment to one another, and also to be reminded that it is love that guides us on our path. It is in this spirit that you have come here to today to exchange these vows.
Officiant: There are no ties on earth so sweet, none so tender as those you are about to assume. There are no vows so solemn as those you are about to make. There is no institution of earth so sacred as that of the union you will form, for the true home is not only the place in which you will live, but is also the dwelling place where each lives in the heart and mind of the other.
Officiant: ___(Groom)_____ and ___(Bride)_____ marriage is the holiest of all earthly unions. It is to be entered into reverently, consciously and with full understanding of its significance.
Officiant: With this understanding, do you ___(Groom)_____, take ___(Bride)_____ to be your beloved wife? Do you promise to be a tender, faithful husband? Do you promise to love and cherish her, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and keep yourself only unto her, so long as you both shall live?
Groom: I do.
Officiant: With this understanding, do you ___(Bride)_____, take ___(Groom)_____ to be your beloved husband? Do you promise to be a tender, faithful wife? Do you promise to love and cherish him, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and keep yourself only unto him, so long as you both shall live?
Bride: I do.
Prelude to Ring Exchange:
Officiant: May I have the rings, please?
(Best Man (and Maid Of Honor) gives rings to Officiant. Officiant holds up the rings.)
Officiant: The wedding ring is a traditional symbol of lasting commitment and enduring love, a universal expression of that which is without beginning and without end. These rings express two other ideals – the ring itself, apprehensible to hand and eye, and the center, less tangible, and yet it has essence. The ring symbolizes the unbroken circle of your love and at its center lies love itself. And it is this love on which your marriage puts its faith, and from which it draws its sustenance and inspiration.
Officiant: Bless these rings and let them serve not as locks binding you together, but as keys, unlocking the secrets of your hearts for each other to know, and thus bringing you closer together forever.
The Exchange of Rings:
Officiant: Please join your left hands together.
(Couple joins their left hands with the Bride’s hand on top.)
(Officiant gives Groom the ring for Bride.)
Officiant: ___(Groom)_____, repeat after me: ___(Bride)_____ I give you this ring, as a symbol of my endless commitment to you. May it belong to your hand as my heart belongs to you.
(Groom repeats and places ring on Bride’s finger.)
(Couple turns their left hands over together, with the Groom’s hand on top.)
(Officiant gives Bride the ring for Groom.)
Officiant: ___(Bride)_____, repeat after me: ___(Groom)_____ I give you this ring, as a symbol of my endless commitment to you. May it belong to your hand as my heart belongs to you.
(Bride repeats and places ring on Groom’s finger.)
Unity Ceremony: (Optional)
(Choice of Unity Ceremony. Click on “Unity Ceremonies” navigation menu link at left to see ceremonies. A musical selection may be played softly during ceremony.)
Officiant: ___(Groom)_____ and ___(Bride)_____ may every desire you have for your love be fulfilled, and may you be given the vision with which to clearly behold one another, the listening with which to perceive one another most genuinely, and the endless generosity of spirit with which to nourish one another's soul and sweetly keep the promises you make here today.
Pronouncement and Kiss:
Officiant: Forasmuch as ___(Groom)_____ and ___(Bride)_____ have consented together to join their lives in the bonds of matrimony, and in as much as they have exchanged vows, and have given and received rings in the presence of these witnesses; I now pronounce, by the authority vested in me, and in accordance with the laws of the State of ___(State)_____, that they are now married.
Officiant: ___(Groom)_____ you may now kiss your Bride.
(Officiant steps to the side while the Couple kisses.)
Optional Announcement: (Couple may have the Officiant make an announcement regarding the reception, family pictures, etc.)
(Officiant steps back to previous position.)
(Couple turns to face guests.) (Maid of Honor hands the bouquet back to the Bride.)
Introduction of the Couple:
Officiant: It is now my pleasure to present Mr. and Mrs. ___________.
(Couple recesses out followed by the wedding party.)
Conventions: For simplicity’s sake, the terms Bride and Groom are used to indicate the side on which the individual stands.
Traditionally, from the perspective of the guests, the Bride stands on the left and the Groom stands on the right.
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Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho