We offer below some examples, used in previous ceremonies, of how our celebrant can close and complete the ceremony. Please use these as inspiration, and possibly a guide to help you devise your own ceremony with our celebrant.
Abigail and Alan are thankful to all of the people who have played a part in their lives; those who have loved them, shared with them, cried with them, laughed with them and pointed them to the way of living that has brought them from their first meeting to this ceremony today.
Friends and family, now that you have heard Alan and Abigail recite their vows, do you promise from this day forward to encourage them and love them, to give them your guidance, and to support them in being steadfast in the promises they have made. If so please respond with a resounding ‘We do!’
In some ways, it seems like you have not done anything at all. In some ways, tomorrow is going to seem no different from yesterday. But in fact today, just now, you both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life, the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage.
Alan and Abigail, may you treasure this trust and responsibility, may no failure or misfortune ever part you and may you live full and happy lives together.
It gives me great pleasure to declare that you are now husband and wife. Alan you may kiss your wife.
In making this commitment, you forego the lives you led before, as you strike out anew on a common path. But your marriage today not only joins together two people, two families, and two destinies… you also begin a new family, and through your descendants your marriage will live on forever. From this day forward you will shape a new and common destiny, and in so doing you touch eternity, because your union becomes a fragment of the everlasting.
Stephen and Karlien, having witnessed your vows to each other, it is my pleasure, by the authority vested in me by the Registrar General of Scotland, to pronounce you husband and wife. You may now seal the promises you have made to each other with a kiss.
There is nothing more lovely in life than the union of two people whose love for one another has grown throughout the years. Your two lives are now joined in one unbroken circle. Wherever you go, may you always return to one another in your togetherness. May you grow in understanding and compassion. Make your home a haven of rest and peace, a place of happiness for all who enter it, where the old and the young are renewed in each others company; a place for music and for laughter, for growing, sharing and love.
And now, having witnessed your vows to each other symbolised by the exchange of rings, it is my pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife.
David and Moira, as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals and that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together – as from this day forward you shall be each other’s home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect.
I now pronounce that you are husband and wife.
Mark and Margaret, I have seen you both formalise this union openly by stating your love for each other. May your love be as beautiful on each day you share as it is on this day of celebration. May you always see and encourage the best in each other. May the challenges life brings your way make your marriage even stronger and may you always be each other’s best friend, soul mate and greatest love.
It is my great pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife.
We would like to say a big thank you for everything you did to make our wedding so very special. It was truly a magical occasion. We really appreciated your help and support as we were putting our ceremony together and your encouragement during the run up to the day itself.