— CONTEMPORARY QUAKER WEDDING CERTIFICATES —

Wedding Certificate Texts

When it comes to selecting the text for your Wedding Certificate, you have a number of options.  You can select one of the texts below or you can write your own text from scratch. Pronouns and words such as “bride,” “groom,” and “partner” can always be changed at no additional cost.

Traditional Quaker Wording

Whereas [name] of [address], son of [names of parents: use mother’s maiden name], and [name] of [address], daughter of [names of parents: use mother’s maiden name], having declared their intentions of marriage with each other to _______________monthly meeting of the Religious Society of Friends held at _________________, their proposed marriage was allowed by that Meeting.

Now this is to certify to whom it may concern, that for the accomplishment of their intention, this ________day of the ___________month, in the year of our Lord __________, they, [name] and [name], appeared in a meeting for worship of the Religious Society of Friends, held at _____________, and [name], taking [name ] by the hand, did, on this solemn occasion, declare that he took her, [name], to be his wife, promising with Divine assistance to be unto her a loving and faithful husband so long as they both shall live; and then, in the same assembly [name] did in like manner declare that she took him, [name], to be her husband, promising with Divine assistance to be unto him a loving and faithful wife so long as they both shall live. And moreover, they, [name and name,] did as further confirmation thereof, then and there, to this certificate set their hands.

name_________________ name_________________

And we having been present at the marriage have as witnesses hereunto set our hands.

Quaker Vows 1

On the ____ day of the month of ____ in the year ____, (name) and (name) made these vows to one another:

“In the presence of God and these our friends I take thee to be my spouse, promising with Divine assistance to be unto thee a loving and faithful partner so long as we both shall live.”

As witnessed by their community:

Quaker Vows 2

On this the (day) of (month), in the year of our Lord, (year) (bride) and (groom), appeared together, and (groom) taking (bride) by the hand, did, on this solemn and joyous occasion, declare that he took (bride) to be his wife, promising with Divine assistance to be unto her a loving and faithful husband; and then, in the same assembly, (bride), did in like manner declare that she took (groom) to be her husband, promising with Divine assistance, to be unto him a loving and faithful wife. And moreover they, (groom) and (bride), did, as further confirmation thereof, then and there, to this certificate set their hands.

As witnessed by their community:

Secular Vows 1

On (date)
(name) and (name)
Joined their hands and their hearts together in marriage.

As witnessed by their loving community of family and friends:

Non-Denominational Vows 1

On (date)
(name) and (name)
Vowed to one another:

“We enter into this holy covenant of marriage with joyful hearts. Our lives shall be forever intertwined. We promise to treasure, support, comfort and respect one another. Each day we will strive to deepen our relationship, to listen compassionately, and to trust completely. We will unite in our shared values, for they will strengthen us. We will honor our differences, for they will enrich us. Our home will be filled with warmth, generosity, and most of all love. These are our promises. From this day forward, we are as one.”

As witnessed by their loving community of family and friends:

Interfaith Vows 1

On (date)
(name) and (name)
Vowed to one another:

“Surrounded by family and friends and witnessed by God, we affirm our commitment to each other. Our lives shall be forever intertwined. Each day we will strive to deepen our relationship, to listen compassionately, and to accept and understand one another. We will unite in our shared values, for they will strengthen us. We will honor our differences, for they will enrich us. Our family will practice customs rooted in the traditions of each of our ancestors. Yet we will leave space in our lives for new customs created from our shared experiences. Our home will be a place of warmth, generosity, and most of all love. From this day forward, we are as one.”

As witnessed by their loving community of family and friends:

Traditional Wedding Vows 1

On (date)
(name) and (name)
Vowed to one another:

“I take you to be my lawfully wedded spouse, my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. I offer you my solemn vow to be by your side in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.”

As witnessed by their loving community of family and friends:

Civil Ceremony Wedding Vows 1

On (date)
(name) and (name)
Vowed to one another:

“I take you to be my lawfully wedded spouse. Before these witnesses I vow to love you and care for you as long as we both shall live. I take you, with all your faults and strengths, as I offer myself to you with all my faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life. “

As witnessed by their loving community of family and friends: