CEREMONIES PERFORMED

GETTING MARRIED IN FLORIDA

(And “Legal Stuff” you should know…)

Believe it or not… Florida still does not require a blood test to get married. There is also no residency requirement and no waiting period for non-residents. There is a three day waiting period for Florida residents. All that is required is a wedding license, which can be obtained from any Clerk of the Circuit Court (at the Court House) in any county. The fee is usually $93.50 and can be paid in cash or credit card, sorry no checks. If you are age 18 or older you can sign for yourself. Each county has a minimum age requirement (14 is the youngest that we know of). You must present a photo ID (driver’s license or passport is acceptable). If you have been married before, you must furnish the date of death or divorce from your previous spouse. Most counties do not require a sealed document (death certificate or decree) if it has been more than one year, but it never hurts to have a copy with you, especially if you are coming from out of state. Once issued, the license is good anywhere in the state for 60 days. The State of Florida allows numerous officials to perform weddings, but there is no Justice of the Peace in Florida and the state does not permit captains of ships to perform marriage ceremonies (only in the movies). A large number of weddings are performed by Notary Publics. Please note that not all states are alike and laws differ from state to state. If you are married by a clergyman, you will need two witnesses to your wedding. If a public official performs the ceremony, no witnesses are required by law, but it does not hurt to have them. The type of ceremony is up to you. The license must be returned to its office of origin no later than 10 days after the ceremony by U.S. mail, and must be recorded in the Circuit Clerk’s office to be legally recognized. You will receive a certified copy in the mail after it is recorded.

WEDDING OFFICIATES

(“Have Seal, Will Travel…”)

Weddings by Noel can supply you with a Wedding Officiate who is experienced in the art of performing wedding ceremonies. We serve all faiths and the LGBT community.  We also have a background in wedding etiquette to get you through those awkward situations. We have both men and women available for your personal preferences. They can perform ceremonies in keeping with your personal specifications, long or short, fancy or plain, anyway you would like it to be. We write a personalized ceremony for each wedding so it fits the client’s individual needs. We have a data bank of numerous ceremonies to choose from or you can supply your own. Our people are available 24 hours a day year round, including holidays, to adapt to your schedule and serve your needs. Small or large weddings are no problem, formal or casual, wherever or whenever you want it.

Please call us for more information at 1-772-283-1831, or feel free to email us at noelbrennan@live.com.

SAMPLE CEREMONIES

RELIGIOUS CHRISTIAN CEREMONY

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  Let us pray.  Father, hear our prayer for MARY AND JOHN who today are united in marriage.  Give them your blessing, and strengthen their love for each other.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

MARY AND JOHN have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?      “We Have”

Will you love and honor each other as man and wife for the rest your lives?     “We Will”

WHO GIVES THIS WOMAN TO THIS MAN?

(OPTIONAL) READING/S 

JOHN do you take MARY to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish, till death do you part?

 

MARY do you take JOHN to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do you part?

 

You have declared your consent before God. May the Lord in His good will strengthen your consent and fill you both with his blessings.  Amen.

The tradition you celebrate today of the giving and receiving of gold wedding bands is an ancient Egyptian custom.  It was the outward sign of the bond between a man and a woman.  Gold is a very rare metal, it is a very precious thing.  Love is like gold that it too is a very rare and precious thing.  Gold has a unique shine all of its own. It does not tarnish like the other metals.  Your love for each other should have that special shine.  The ring forms a circle, there is no beginning or end to it.  That is the way your love should be, without bounds.

 Lord bless these rings.  Grant that those who wear them may have a deep faith in each other.

May they do your will and always live together in peace, goodwill and love, we ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

MARY take this ring, as a sign of my love and fidelity, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

 JOHN take this ring, as a sign of my love and fidelity, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

 Holy Father, creator of the universe, maker of man and woman, source of blessing for married life, we humbly pray to you for this woman who today is united with her husband in marriage.  Lord, may they both praise you when they are happy and turn to you in their sorrows.  May they be glad that you helped them in their work and know that you are with them in their need.  May they pray to you, and be your witnesses in this world.  May they reach old age in the company of their friends, and come at last to the kingdom of heaven.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

In as much as MARY AND JOHN have given and pledged their faith, hope and love each to the other, in the presence of this company.  By virtue of the authority vested in me by the State of Florida, I pronounce you Husband and Wife.

You may kiss the Bride.

 

NON-DENOMINATIONAL CEREMONY

TODAY YOU STAND IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD AND THESE WITNESSES, TO GIVE YOUR LOVE PUBLIC RECOGNITION BY THE JOINING OF HANDS AND THE GIVING AND RECEIVING OF WEDDING RINGS.

ON BEHALF OF NANCY AND DOMINIC, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY.  WE CELEBRATE THE START OF A NEW LIFE, THE LIFE OF THEIR MARRIAGE, CONCEIVED IN LOVE, AND GIVEN BIRTH BY THE JOINING OF THESE TWO.

(OPTIONAL) WHO GIVES THIS WOMAN TO THIS MAN?

LOVE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST GIFTS WE CAN GIVE TO ONE ANOTHER.  LOVE IS BETTER WHEN IT IS SHARED AND NOT KEPT. LOVE IS LIKE BREAD, SHOULD BE MADE FRESH EACH DAY.  YOU ARE STARTING A NEW LIFE, ONE THAT SHOULD BE SHARED EQUALLY.  A GOOD AND BALANCED RELATIONSHIP IS ONE WHERE NEITHER PERSON IS DOMINATED OR ABSORBED BY THE OTHER. ON YOUR WEDDING DAY WE WISH FOR YOU MORE THAN PEACE AND JOY, WE WISH FOR YOU A HOME.  NOT JUST A PLACE WITH FOUR WALLS, BUT A PLACE OF SHELTER FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD.  A PLACE WHERE JOY AND LAUGHTER CAN BE HEARD, WHERE EMOTIONS CAN BE SHARED, WHERE SOLITUDE CAN BE ENJOYED. A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN GROW OLD TOGETHER.

DOMINIC, DO YOU TAKE NANCY TO BE YOUR LAWFULLY WEDDED WIFE, TO LIVE TOGETHER IN THE HOLY ESTATE OF MATRIMONY; WILL YOU LOVE AND HONOR AND RESPECT HER, WILL YOU COMFORT HER IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, IN SORROW AND IN JOY, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, AND KEEP FAITH WITH HER FOR AS LONG AS YOU BOTH SHALL LIVE?

NANCY, DO YOU TAKE DOMINIC TO BE YOUR LAWFULLY WEDDED HUSBAND, TO LIVE TOGETHER IN THE HOLY ESTATE OF MATRIMONY; WILL YOU LOVE AND HONOR AND RESPECT HIM,WILL YOU COMFORT HIM IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH,IN SORROW AND IN JOY, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, AND KEEP FAITH WITH HIM FOR AS LONG AS YOU BOTH SHALL LIVE?

Lord bless these rings. Grant that those who wear they may have a deep faith in each other. May they always live together in peace,  goodwill and love, Amen.

 IN AS MUCH AS NANCY AND DOMINIC HAVE THIS DAY CONSENTED TOGETHER IN HOLY WEDLOCK AND HAVE GIVEN AND PLEDGED THEIR FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE, EACH TO THE OTHER IN THE PRESENCE OF THIS COMPANY, BY THE VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA.  I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU HUSBAND AND WIFE.

YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE.

 

CIVIL CEREMONY

ON BEHALF OF CATHY AND CHARLEY, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY.  WE CELEBRATE THE START OF A NEW LIFE, THE LIFE OF A MARRIAGE, CONCEIVED IN LOVE,  AND GIVEN BIRTH BY THE JOINING OF THESE TWO.

(OPTIONAL)  WHO PRESENTS THIS WOMAN TO THIS MAN?

LOVE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST GIFTS WE CAN GIVE TO ONE ANOTHER.  LOVE IS BETTER WHEN IT IS SHARED AND NOT KEPT.  LOVE IS LIKE BREAD, SHOULD BE MADE FRESH EACH DAY.  YOU ARE STARTING A NEW LIFE, ONE THAT SHOULD BE SHARED EQUALLY.A GOOD AND BALANCED RELATIONSHIP IS ONE WHERE NEITHER PERSON IS DOMINATED OR ABSORBED BY THE OTHER.

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY WE WISH FOR YOU MORE THAN PEACE AND JOY, WE WISH FOR YOU A HOME.   NOT JUST A PLACE WITH FOUR WALLS, BUT A PLACE OF SHELTER FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD.   A PLACE WHERE JOY AND LAUGHTER CAN BE HEARD, WHERE EMOTIONS CAN BE SHARED, WHERE SOLITUDE CAN BE ENJOYED.  A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN GROW OLD TOGETHER.

CHARLEY, DO YOU TAKE CATHYTO BE YOUR LAWFULLY WEDDED WIFE, TO LIVE TOGETHER IN THE ESTATE OF MATRIMONY; WILL YOU LOVE AND HONOR AND RESPECT HER, WILL YOU COMFORT HER IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, IN SORROW AND IN JOY, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, AND KEEP FAITH WITH HER FOR AS LONG AS YOU BOTH SHALL LIVE?

CATHY, DO YOU TAKE CHARLEY TO BE YOUR LAWFULLY WEDDED HUSBAND,TO LIVE TOGETHER IN THE ESTATE OF MATRIMONY; WILL YOU LOVE AND HONOR AND RESPECT HIM,WILL YOU COMFORT HIM IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH,IN SORROW AND IN JOY, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, AND KEEP FAITH WITH HIM FOR AS LONG AS YOU BOTH SHALL LIVE?

[GET RINGS]

FOR CENTURIES THE CIRCLE HAS BEEN THE SYMBOL FOR ETERNITY.  THE WEDDING RING SYMBOLISES A PERFECT CIRCLE.  IT IS OUR WISH THAT YOUR WEDDING RINGS WILL SYMBOLIZE FOR YOU THE PERFECTION OF YOUR LOVE AND LIKE ETERNITY MAY YOUR LOVE HAVE NO END.

[GROOM PUTS RING ON BRIDE’S FINGER]

[REPEATS VOWS AFTER OFFICIANT]

I GIVE YOU THIS RING AS A TOKEN OF MY LOVE

I PROMISE TO LOVE AND HONOR YOU ALL OF MY LIFE

TO GIVE YOU MY STRENGTH AND ASK FOR YOURS IN RETURN

TODAY, I MAKE YOU MY WIFE/HUSBAND

[GET RING FROM M.O.H.]

[BRIDE REPEATS RING VOWS]

IN AS MUCH AS CATHY AND CHARLEY HAVE THIS DAY CONSENTED TOGETHER IN WEDLOCK AND HAVE GIVEN AND PLEDGED THEIR FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE TO EACH TO THE OTHER IN THE PRESENCE OF THIS COMPANY, BY THE VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA.  I PRONOUNCE YOU HUSBAND AND WIFE.  YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE.

Please call us for more information at 1-772-283-1831, or feel free to email us at noelbrennan@live.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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