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A commitment ceremony is often very similar to many other kinds of weddings.
The difference is that rather than being a legally binding ceremony,
it is simply a public affirmation of a couples commitment to one another.
Generally, the couple is unable to marry under the law.
A commitment ceremony may be religious or secular,
formal and traditional or loose and unstructured.
The makeup of the ceremony will depend on the rules of the officiant
and the couple's own preferences.
However, generally speaking, these are the key elements:
The officiant welcomes guests to a celebration of
the love and commitment between the couple.
He or she will probably also say a few words
about their relationship, or about commitment in general.
Vows ~ This is the part where the couple declares their intent to be a committed couple. As in any kind of wedding ceremony, they will make promises about what that commitment means. They may promise to love in sickness and in health, in richness and poverty, till death do they part. Alternatively they may write their own vows.
Exchange of Rings ~ The couple exchanges rings, and says a few words about what these rings mean. It may be: With this ring, I thee wed; I give you this ring as an expression of my love and commitment to you; or I'm honored to give you this ring
as a symbol of the promises I've made to you today, and a proclamation to the world of the love I have for you.
Pronouncement of Commitment ~ The officiant announces
to the guests or congregation that the couple is now joined/united/wed or whatever word you prefer to say; and invites the couple to kiss. Some couples may not be used to kissing in public and thus may only have a very small kiss, or forgo this part altogether. Others will relish the moment to have the opportunity to kiss each other in front of their loved ones, proclaiming their love, and pride in having that love.
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THE APACHE WEDDING CHANT
is a beautiful option for closing a ceremony:
Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth for the other.
Now you are two persons,
but there is only one life inside you.
Go now to your dwelling to enter the days of your life together.
And may your days be good, and long upon the earth.
Under current Florida law, same-sex marriage,
civil unions, and domestic partnerships are not recognized.
SeaSide Bride, LLC cannot legally notarize your commitment ceremony,
but will be happy to be part of your Special Day!