Wedding Ceremony

Below is the basic wedding ceremony script Ian uses when he performs ceremonies at Chapel in the Hollow. If you’d like the ceremony modified for your wedding, if you’d like to include your own vows, or if you’d like something completely different, let us know!!

Welcome.

We are gathered here today, surrounded by the beauty of creation and nurtured by the sights and sounds of nature to celebrate the wedding of ___________ and ____________.

Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable thought and reflection. By making this commitment today, your relationship will become stronger. Today, you demonstrate your devotion to each other by dedicating yourselves to a life together. By setting forth to honor the vows you share today, your lives which began on separate paths, will be joined as one.

Deep abiding affection, the magical impulse that makes us seek each others’ company, is among the greatest gifts of the human experience. Any of us who has been fortunate enough to find the kind of loving devotion that we are celebrating here today knows that it is an awesome and beautiful thing .Be constantly grateful for this precious person who has chosen to make a life with you. Be generous with compliments. Be observant and helpful. A happy, loving marriage is built on trust and respect . May you have many long years to delight in each other’s company, to feel gratitude for your great fortune in having found each other, and to love and be loved by your friends and family.

____________and ____________, do you present yourselves willingly and of your own accord to be joined in marriage? (We do.) Will you promise to care for each other in the joys and sorrows of life, come what may, and to share the responsibility for growth and enrichment of your life together? (We do.) Then please turn to each other, hold hands, and share your vows.

___________ , repeat after me Today I promise you that though the world may change and though we may change with it, I will always love you, always treasure you, and will share all that I am with you.

___________ , repeat after me Today I promise you that though the world may change and though we may change with it, I will always love you, always treasure you, and will share all that I am with you.

May I have the rings?

For thousands of years, rings have been exchanged as a token of vows. Let the unbroken circle of these rings be a sign that your love has a past, a present, and a future.

__________, take _________’s ring and place it on his/her/their finger and repeat after me: I give you this ring as a sign that I choose you to be my partner and my best friend until the end of my days. With this ring, I thee wed. __________, take _________’s ring and place it on his/her/their finger and repeat after me: I give you this ring as a sign that I choose you to be my partner and my best friend until the end of my days. With this ring, I thee wed.

The love already shared by your hearts has been strengthened by your vows and the rings you have exchanged. We have heard your promise to share your lives in marriage. In the honesty and sincerity of what you have said and done here today, and in accordance with the laws of the state of Tennessee, it is my honor and delight to declare you (husband/wife and husband/wife)/(partners for life). You may seal your vows with a kiss.