Massachusetts Wedding Officiant - Timmy King - Justice of the Peace


One Perfect Day

Your life is filled with memories, but your wedding day stands above all others.
This will be your One Perfect Day.


A Typical Ceremony

These are the vows that most couples use as a starting point. I've developed them over the years by taking my favorite parts of all of the weddings that I have performed.

We gather here today, in the presence of family and friends, with God as our witness, to celebrate the marriage of _________________ and __________________. Every marriage is unique and special. But all marriages thrive on love and understanding. When we marry, we freely give everything we have, and in the end we get much more in return. That quite simply, is the true definition of love.


(THIS IS A COMMON PLACE TO PUT A SCRIPTURAL READINGS OR SPECIAL SONGS. HERE IS THE ONE THAT I COMMONLY USE.) 

In his first letter to the Corinthians Paul speak about this love when he says� 

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; ... So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 

(THESE ARE THE VOWS. IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN VOWS YOU CAN SAY THEM HERE. I NORMALLY HAVE THE BRIDE AND GROOM REPEAT THESE OUT LOUD) 

Now I ask you to say your own vows of love to each other. 

I GROOM take you BRIDE to be my lawfully wedded wife. I promise to love you, honor you, and to cherish you; in sickness and in health; for better or for worse; for as long as we both shall live. 

I BRIDE take you GROOM to be my lawfully wedded husband. I promise to love you, to honor you, and to cherish you; in sickness and in health; for better or for worse; for as long as we both shall live. 

We use wedding rings as an outward symbol of our eternal love for one another. 

(IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE FOLLOWING WE NORMALLY REPLACE IT WITH A SIMPLE "WITH THIS RING - I THEE WED.") 

BRIDE please hold GROOM's hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you. 

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that you hold on your wedding day, as he promises to love you all the days of his life. These are the hands that will work along side yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams. These are the hands you will place with expectant joy against your stomach, until he too, feels his child stir within you. These are the hands that will work long hours for you and your new family These are that hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness. These are the hands that will comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief wrack your mind. These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes: eyes that are filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you. 

GROOM please hold BRIDE's hands, palms up, where you may see the gift that they are to you. 

These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young and carefree, that you hold on your wedding day, as she pledges her love and commitment to you all the days of her life. These are the hands that will hold each child in tender love, soothing them through illness and hurt, supporting and encouraging them along the way, and knowing when it is time to let go. These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, or console you when you are grieving. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness. These are the hands that will hold you in joy and excitement and hope, each time she tells you that together you have created a new life. These are the hands that will give you support as she encourages you to chase down your dreams. Together as a team, everything you wish for can be realized. 

Lord we thank you for bringing GROOM and BRIDE together. We ask you to bless their hands. May they always be held by one another. Give them the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love. Help these hands to continue building a relationship founded in your grace, rich in caring, and devoted in reaching for your perfection. May GROOM and BRIDE see their four hands as healer, protector, shelter and guide. We ask this in your name, Amen. 

(SPEAKING TO THE GUESTS) You will all share in this marriage in your own special way. The love and support that you've shown BRIDE and GROOM in the past will be indispensable to them in the future. They are truly blessed to have you here today, to share in this blessed event. GROOM, BRIDE, you have pledged your love in the eyes of God and before this gathering and made it clear that you wish to spend the rest of your lives married to one another. Therefore, by the power vested in me by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife. You may kiss the bride.

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