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Variation 2 vows (Husband and Wife)

On behalf of ............. and .............., I would like to welcome everyone here today to ............... to share with them in their wedding ceremony. Through their vows, they will be making a commitment to each other and through your presence here you are expressing your support for them.

My name is ............ and I am a Civil Celebrant appointed by the Registrar General for Scotland as a person authorised to solemnise civil marriages in accordance with the provisions of the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977.

For ............. and .......... getting married today is a confirmation of the love, respect and friendship that they have for each other. They have chosen to affirm their relationship in this formal and public pledge and to offer to each other the security that comes from legally binding vows, sincerely made and faithfully kept.

 Before I proceed with this civil marriage ceremony you should both identify yourselves by answering the following questions:-

Groom - Are you .....................
Bride    - Are you .....................

We are now gathered here in order that I may solemnise your marriage in the presence of these two witnesses and in accordance with the law of Scotland and I confirm that the requirements of that law preliminary to your marriage have been satisfied.

Before you, ..............., and you .................., are joined in marriage it is my duty to remind you of the binding character of the vows you are about to make. Marriage according to the law of this country is a union of one man with one woman, voluntarily entered into for life, to the exclusion of all others.

I now require that you make a declaration accepting each other as husband and wife. ......... will you take ........... right hand in your right hand and please repeat after me the following declaration:-


(Groom then Bride)
I .......... solemnly and sincerely declare, that I know of no legal impediment to my marrying ............. 


Turn and face each other joining both hands together and repeat after me:-


(Groom)
I .............. accept you ......... as my lawful 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 to the exclusion of all others,
for as long as we both shall live.


(Bride)
I .............. accept you ......... as my lawful 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 to the exclusion of all others,
for as long as we both shall live.

Exchange of RINGS

 ......... and .......... you are now going to exchange rings, this being the traditional way of sealing the vows you have just made. The wedding ring is an unbroken circle symbolising unending and everlasting love and is the outward sign of the lifelong promises you have just made to each other.


........, would you like to take ........ ring and place it on the third finger of his/her left hand and repeat after me:-
   


(Groom then Bride) 
 I give you this ring as a token of my love and affection.


 ............. and .............. you have made here today the declarations that are prescribed by law, and a solemn and binding contract with each other. You have sealed that contract with the giving and receiving of rings, and, by virtue of the declarations made by you both, in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, it is my privilege and pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife.

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