This is a quote from the memorandium for the guidance of celebrants of religious marriages from the General Register Office for Scotland.
“A celebrant must solemnise a marriage only in accordace with a form of ceremony recognised by the religious body to which he/she belongs. For the purposes of celebrants nominated by their religious body and registered by the Registar General the form of ceremony must be one which includes the following declarations:-
1. a declaration by the parties, in the presence of each other, the celebrant and two witnesses that they accept each other as husband and wife;and
2. a declaration by the celebrant, after the foregoing declaration, that the parties are then husband and wife.”
In accordance with this we have used the following as a guide to the vows that we use in the shore fellowship. We do use other vows and couples have nominated to write their own on occasions, but the below gives an outline and an order to the exchanging of a couples vows.
N.,will you take N. to be your wife? Will you love her, comfort her, honour and protect her, and forsaking all others, be faithful and truthful to her as long as you both shall live?
N., will you take N. to be your husband? Will you love him, comfort him, honour and protect him, and forsking all others, be faithful and truthful to him as long as you both shall live?
I’ll ask you now to join hands.
N., if you’d like to repeat after me; I, N., take you N., to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward; for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in illness and in health, to love, to cherish and respect, till death us do part, and this is my solemn vow.
N., if you’d like to repeat after me; I, N., take you N., to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward; for better for worse, for richer for pooere, in illness and in health, to love, to cherish and respect, till death us do part, and this is my solemn vow.
N., in token of the faithfulness of these vows, will you nowgive and put on the marriage ring.
N., in token of the faithfulness of these vows, will you now give and put on the marriage ring.
The blessing of God and the Lord be yours,
The blessing of the perfect Spirit be yours,
The blessing of the three be pouring on you,
Mildly and generously, more and more and forever, Amen.
In the presence of God and before these witnesses, N. and N. have given their consent and made marriage vows to each other. They have declared their marriage by the joining of hands and by the giving and recieving of a ring. I now therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife. N., you may now kiss your bride.
Signing of the Marriage Schedule.
There are of course many more facets to the marriage ceremony taken up with music, readings, poems, etc., all of which make for a fantastic celebration which lasts on average between 20 and 30 min. depending on the amount of content each couple has chosen to be a part of their service.