Declaration of Marriage

Woohoo! You are married!

Declaration of Marriage - Option One

() and () please take each other’s hands and remember that these are the hands that holds your love and hope. These are the hands of your best friend and soul mate. These are the hands that share in both good times and bad. These are the hands that cherish, shelter and protect you. These are the hands that will build your rich and joyful life together, that will caress and tenderly touch each other. These hands will hold and nurture your future children together. These are the hands that you must always trust, take each other strengths from and show love and compassion with. And in the years to come when these hands are a little more aged and show a bit more wear then they do on your wedding day will still hold the same love, commitment and encouragement as they to today. With these hands pull each other in close and kiss each other for the first time as husband and wife.

Keep trusting each other. Being gentle with your feelings, keep cherishing your dreams, share your joys and hurts. Love means finding a place in this world that shelters you and is your very own – where you feel you have been forever and where you will live, grow and learn. Always remember to laugh, listen and treasure each other and know that marriage is a promise made in the heart, a promise that will grow stronger every day. May all the beautiful gifts that come with the promises of a long loving marriage bring never-ending happiness to both of you. () and () it is my pleasure to declare you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride.

Declaration of Marriage – Option Two

Ladies and Gentleman, () and () have declared before all of us that they will live together in marriage. They have symbolized it by their vows and exchange of rings. On your behalf I now pronounce them man and wife.

Declaration of Marriage - Option Three

We recognize with full awareness that only a couple can truly administer marriage to each other and only a couple can truly sanctify it. Only two hearts pledged to love for life can truly join together.

() and (), on behalf of the family and friends who love you, both here and faraway, and on behalf of the larger family of human kind to which we all belong, I recognize and honour you as husband and wife, as soul mates. We celebrate you union which you have share with us this day. May that glory, which rests upon all who love, rest upon you, bless you, and fill you with happiness and a gracious spirit. Despite all changes of time and fortune, may all that is noble and lovely and true abound in your hearts, and abide within you. May it give you strength in all your days together. May you accept life’s rewards and bear its burdens together for all time.

So may it be. You may kiss.

Declaration of Marriage - Option Four

By the power vested in me by the Commonwealth of Australia I now pronounce you man and wife.

Declaration of Marriage - Option Five

Ladies and Gentlemen, () and () have declared before all of us that they will live together in marriage. They have symbolized it by their vows and their exchange of rings. Therefore, on your behalf, and on behalf of the community, I now declare them to be husband and wife.

Declaration of Marriage – Option Six

() and () may your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding.

May you always need one another – not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. May you need one another, but not out of weakness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you entice, but not compel one another. May you embrace, but not encircle one another. May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces. May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!” and take no notice of small faults. If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back.

May you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another’s presence – no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.

May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy. May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.