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Wedding Etiquette Tips 25


Wedding vows or marriage vows
Now the positions of all the assigned parties are in place including the Bride and the Groom, usually the choir will kick off the wedding ceremony with a hymn. Right after that, the clergyman will start the wedding service by addressing to the congregation why they are here and the reason for the matrimony. Then he will ask if anyone in the service will object to this beautiful union, if there are no legal objections after a brief waiting moment, the clergyman will proceed with the declarations. It is as follows…

Wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together according to God’s law in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour and keep her, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

I will.

Clergyman will ask the same to the Bride.

I will.

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

Father of the Bride
I do.

Then the Bride’s father will pass his daughter’s right hand to the clergyman, and in turn, the clergyman passes the bride’s hand to the Bridegroom. After that, the Bride’s father may step back or take a seat beside his wife at the front pew.

The Bridegroom will now repeat the wedding vows after the clergyman, some church may ask the wedding couple to recite it themselves and that may require some practice on your own, especially during such a tense moment, you may forget some words.

I XXXXX take thee YYYYY to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part; according to God’s Holy Law, and thereto I give thee my troth.

Still holding each other hands facing each other…..

I YYYYY take thee XXXXX to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part; according to God’s Holy Law, and thereto I give thee my troth.

Exchange of wedding rings
When it is the time for wedding ring exchange, the Bridegroom will take out the rings from his pocket and place on the Bible or Prayer Book offered from the clergyman. The clergyman will then pray and bless the wedding rings, he will then offer the wedding rings back to the Bridegroom. The Bridegroom will take one of the wedding rings and put it on the Bride’s third finger of her left hand. While holding the Bride’s hand after putting the ring on her finger,

he will then again recite after the clergyman…

“With this ring I thee wed; with my body I thee honour; and all my worldy goods with thee I share, in The Name of the Father, and The Son, and of The Holy Spirit. Amen.”

After that, the Bride will take the other wedding ring and put it on the Bridegroom’s finger and recite the same vow again, though is not necessary.

When the exchange of wedding rings has taken place, the clergy will pronounce a nuptial blessing over the wedding couple, followed by prayers and hymns chosen by the bride according to the order of service.


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