We are gathered here today to witness the formal joining of (groom).....and (bride).... 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 Alberta.
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, thought the changing experiences of life. May you laugh together in joy, grieve together in
sorrow, and grow together in love.
Marriage means caring as much about the welfare and happiness of your marriage partner as
about your own well-being. Marriage also means working together to create and sustain a
home in which the marriage may flourish. With this understanding (groom).... and (bride).....
wish to be joined in marriage.
If any persons can show just and sufficient reason why these two persons may not be joined in
matrimony, let them now declare reasons, or else from this time forward, keep their peace. I
now call upon you both in the presence of these witnesses, to repeat after me:
Let the bride say: I DO SOLEMNLY DECLARE THAT I DO NOT KNOW OF ANY LAWFUL
IMPEDIMENT WHY I, (bride).... MAY NOT BE JOINED IN MATRIMONY TO (groom)......
Let the groom say: I DO SOLEMNLY DECLARE THAT I DO NOT KNOW OF ANY LAWFUL
IMPEDIMENT WHY I, (groom).... MAY NOT BE JOINED IN MATRIMONY TO (bride)......
As no impediment was declared or admitted, I require you to give answers to these questions:
Do you (groom)....promise to give to this woman 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 your self; and to respect the dignity of
his own personal rights? Answer: I DO
THE MARRIAGE VOWS
Now would the groom and bride please face one another, join hands, and let the groom repeat
after me: I CALL UPON THOSE PERSONS PRESENT TO WITNESS THAT I, (groom).... DO
TAKE THEE, (bride)....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, (bride).... DO TAKE THEE, (groom).... 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: (bride).... 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 after me: I ACCEPT THIS RING AS A
SYMBOL OF YOUR LOVE AND COMMITMENT. If a second ring is presented, let the bride
place the ring on the third finger of the grooms left hand, repeating after me: (groom).... 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
after me: I ACCEPT THIS RING AS A SYMBOL OF YOUR LOVE AND COMMITMENT.
(groom).... and (bride).... you have consented in marriage, and have declared your solemn
intention in this company, before these witnesses and in my presence. You have exchange this
ring(s) as the pledge of your love to each other; you have joined your hands to accept one
Now upon the authority vested in me by the Province of Alberta, I pronounce you “husband” and
(Commitment may be sealed with kiss)
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
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.