Self-Uniting Marriage License

The Wedding of Rebekah and Scott

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Margaret: Good afternoon, everyone.

Please take your seats.

The ceremony is about to begin.

(Procession begins with music)

We are gathered here today in this beautiful historic park setting to witness Rebekah and Scott pledge their love to each other.

Rebekah, you have come here arm and arm with your grandfather, Kenneth Gerald Wigglesworth.

Kenneth, do you give your approval for Scott to take your granddaughter, Rebekah’s hand in marriage?

As Robert G. Ingersoll said, "The time to be happy is now.

The place to be happy is here."

The reality is that everyone's life is limited to only a certain amount of time.

Take the time to make your partner feel special.

Never take each other for granted.

Take the time to listen and to share.

Give each other the benefit of the doubt because communication will be different at times and misunderstandings are inevitable.

It takes time, effort, courage, and commitment to make a successful marriage.

Take the time to negotiate, to talk about your fears, failures, and disappointments.

Talk about each other's expectations, hopes, and dreams.

Be flexible and willing to adapt well to changes and new circumstances.

Above all, take the time to tell each other what you want.

Take the risk of being vulnerable with each other.

You are entering this marriage with a lovely child to nurture and mentor, Zoe Jayne.

Zoe has always been a part of your relationship so today she will read a very special selection to express her joy and love for you both.

(Zoe reads ______________________)

Margaret:

Thank you Zoe.

Scott’s sisters Karin and Kimberly, will now dedicate a reading to the beautiful couple.

(Karen and Kimberly read)

Margaret:

Thank you, Karin and Kimberly.

Margaret:

For thousands of years, lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows.

Let these rings be a sign that love has a past, a present, and a future through you and within you.

They are fashioned as circles having neither beginning nor end – symbolizing the wholeness of your love, the unbroken and everlasting.

The precious metals from which they were forged represent the sincerity of your commitment. 

They are strong, enduring, and will not tarnish.

Rebekah and Scott will exchange rings following the delivery of their vows.

Scott, please read the vows you’ve written to express your love to Rebekah:

(Scott delivers his vows)

Margaret:

Do you, Scott take Rebekah to be your wife and pledge to her your respect, devotion, and faithful love from this day forward?

(Scott says, "I do.")

Margaret:

Please place Rebekah’s ring on her finger.

Rebekah, please share the vows you’ve written to Scott:

(Rebekah conveys her vows.)

Margaret:

Do you Rebekah, take Scott to be your husband and pledge to him your respect and faithful love from this day forward?

(Rebekah says, "I do.")

Margaret:

Please place Scott's ring on his finger.

You will be reminded each day of your commitment to this marriage by the rings you now wear; may they always remind you of your eternal love and devotion to each other.

We have all now witnessed your exchange of vows. 

Scott’s best man Michael Graham and Rebekah’s maid of honor Kelly Blithe will now sign the marriage certificate bearing witness to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that you have joined together as husband and wife.

(License is signed by witnesses)

To complete the legalities, Rebekah and Scott will now sign the marriage certificate.

(License is signed by bride and groom)

Margaret:

Rebekah and Scott, you have formalized in our presence the existence of the bond of love between you – vowing to be loyal and loving toward one another.

In expressing your affirmations, you are no longer simply partners and best friends; you have become a unified whole, greater than the sum of your respective selves.

You may now kiss for the first time as husband and wife.

It’s now my honor to present Scott Owen and Rebekah Anne Graham.