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INTRODUCTION

We are gathered here today to witness the formal joining of _______ and _________ in the legal state of matrimony.

You are to be married according to the orders, customs, and the authority granted by the Government of the province of Saskatchewan, and the Marriage Act of 1995.

Matrimony, as understood by us, is a state enriched by a long and honorable tradition of devotion. According to the law, each participant is equal and supports the common rights of one another to the marriage.

Marriage is not just a ceremony here today. It is a commitment for life. Therefore, it is not to be entered into thoughtlessly or irresponsibly. There must be a desire for lifelong companionship. Couples will support and comfort each other through the changing experiences of life.

Marriage means caring as much about the welfare and happiness of your marriage partner as about your own self-being. Marriage also means working together to create and sustain a home in which the marriage may flourish.

So, with this understanding, ________ and _______ wish to be joined in marriage.

I now call upon you both in the presence of these witnesses, to repeat after me:

Let the Bride say: I DO SOLEMNLY DECARE, THAT I DO NOT KNOW, OF ANY LAWFUL IMPEDIMENT, WHY I, _____________, MAY NOT BE JOINED IN MATRIMONY TO ________________.

Let the Groom say: I DO SOLEMNLY DECLARE, THAT I DO NOT KNOW, OF ANY LAWFUL IMPEDIMENT, WHY I _____________, MAY NOT BE JOINED IN MATRIMONY TO _____________.

As no impediment was declared or admitted, I require you to give answers to these questions:

(Groom) Do you ______ promise to give to ______, the love of your person, the comfort of your companionship, and the patience of your understanding?

Will you share with her equally the necessities of life as they may be earned or enjoyed by yourself, and to respect the dignity of her own personal rights?

(Bride)) Do you _________, promise to give to ____________, the love of your person, the comfort of your companionship, and the patience of your understanding?

Will you share with him equally the necessities of life as they may be earned or enjoyed by yourself, and to respect the dignity of his own personal rights?

MARRIAGE VOWS

Now would you both face each other, join hands, and let the groom repeat after me:

I CALL UPON THOSE PERSONS PRESENT, TO WITNESS THAT I, _____________, DO TAKE YOU, ___________, TO BE MY LAWFUL WEDDED WIFE, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, IN WHATEVER CIRCUMSTANCES OR EXPERIENCES LIFE MAY HOLD FOR US.

Let the Bride repeat after me:

I CALL UPON THOSE PERSONS PRESENT, TO WITNESS THAT I, _______________, DO TAKE YOU , ______________, TO BE MY LAWFUL WEDDED HUSBAND, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, IN WHATEVER CIRCUMSTANCES OR EXPERIENCES LIFE MAY HOLD FOR US.

THE RING EXCHANGE

Having declared these marriage vows, let the groom place the ring on the third finger of the bride’s left hand, repeating after me:

___________, I give you this ring, that you may wear it, as a lasting reminder, of our marriage vows, and as a symbol, of my love and commitment to you.

Let the bride say: I accept this ring, as a symbol, of your love and commitment.

If a second ring is to be presented, let the bride place the ring on the third finger of the groom’s left hand, repeating after me:

_____________, I give you this ring, that you may wear it, as a lasting reminder, of our marriage vows, and as a symbol, of my love and commitment to you.

Let the groom say: I accept this ring as a symbol, of your love and commitment.

DECLARATION

__________ and __________, you have consented in marriage and have declared your solemn intention in this company, before your witnesses, and in my presence. You have exchanged your rings as the pledge of your love to each other; you have joined your hands to accept one another.

As you begin your marriage, let your home be a haven of peace in the midst of a busy and changing world; let your relationship be one of complete truth, love, and understanding between you both. Respect your partner in this marriage, and consider that your marriage will yield what you give to it.

May you enjoy a long life, fulfill your hopes, feel content as you live day by day, and keep your promises to one another.

AND NOW, UPON THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN, I PRONOUNCE YOU “HUSBAND” AND “WIFE”.

The kiss.

Signing of the register, final presentations to the bride and groom, and presentation to the guests.

 

 
  
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