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Signing Ritual



You have come together in this place to be joined legally in marriage.


Expression of Intent

_________, do you come here of your own free will

to be married to  _______.   I do.


The Vows  Please join hands and repeat after me.

I take you, (___________) to be my _______ (spouse/wife/husband).

I promise to love, honor, and cherish for you,

with all my heart and soul from this day forward.



Having witnessed your vows of love and faith to each other,

I am happy to pronounce you, legally married.



You may seal this marriage with a kiss.





DC Courthouse Special



You have come together today in Washington, DC to be married.  For marriage is a social institution of the highest importance.  And it is made honorable by faithful couples who are committed to each other as companions for life. 


Therefore, marriage should not be entered into lightly.  But it should be entered into with the right mind, right heart, and with the realization of its obligations and responsibilities.


Expression of Intent

________, do come here today of your own free will to be married to ________.   I do.



And now, I must advise you both, to always respect one another, bear with each other’s weaknesses, comfort each other in times of sorrow, always work from a generous heart, and help each other experience spiritual, mental, emotional and physical comfort always.


Vows (couple faces each other and join hands)

At this moment you will speak your vows for this marriage.  But before you do, I am to remind you that these vows are meaningful and have a serous message that you should not take lightly.


I take you, (______ / ________) to be your spouse. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health,


And I promise to love, honor, and cherish you; all the days of our lives. This is my solemn vow.


Ring Exchange

I give you this ring as a sign of my love for you, and my desire to share my whole life with you.  With this ring, I thee wed.



Today you have pledged yourselves to one another, and you have given a gift of love.  Therefore, this circle is now complete. 


And it is by the power vested in me by the District of Columbia, I now pronounce you, legally married.



You may seal this marriage with a kiss.



Personalized Ceremonies (Platinum, Gold, and Silver Packages)

These ceremonies have a basic template, that can be personalized by the many choices given.  Vows, ring symbolism, ring exchange, and ritual choices are provided upon booking my services. 


Below are a few examples:



I, ______, choose you, ______, to be your (wife, husband, spouse) I promise to love you, to be a comfort and safe haven in your life, to hold you close to me, and listen deeply when you are sad or angry.  I promise to learn compassion with you, and weigh the  effects of the words I speak and of the things I do; and I promise to never take you for granted, but always give thanks for your presence.


Ring Symbolism

As (God / the Universe) is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere, let the seamless circle of these rings become the symbol of your endless love, linking you heart to heart and soul to soul.


Ring Exchange

______, I give you this ring to wear upon your hand as a symbol of our unity, love, respect and trust.  I pledge my love to you, to work and share with you, and to discover with you a deeper and richer life together.


May your rings always represent the unbroken circle of your love.




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