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Introduction

Good relationships never stop growing. Like fine wine, they get better with age. (Name of Groom) and (Name of Bride), you have come to this beautiful and romantic island of Jamaica so that you can renew your vow and renew your commitment of love for each other.

God invented marriage because He knew of your need and desire for companionship, love and fulfillment. Now we know that there will never be a perfect marriage. As you enter into this next step in your relationship, you should understand that it takes a lot of love AND work to make a good marriage.

Some couples tend to think of marriage as a 50/50 proposition. But the best relationships are usually 90/10. If you both give 90% and take only 10—you’ll have the formula likely to bring both of you a lifetime of happiness.

1 Corinthians 13

Let me remind you that love is a verb. It is not a state of being but an ACTION verb. It is not just how you feel about each other, but what you DO for each other that will keep your relationship growing and alive.

Some of the greatest advice about love ever written is found in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13:

“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.”

If you love someone, you will be loyal to them no matter what the cost. You will always believe in them, always expect the best of them and always stand your ground defending them.

(Name of Groom) and (Name of Bride), in Jamaica, there is a term that describes how couples treat one another “Giv an Tek and Mek Up” - “to put things right…by family discussion”. In other words, don’t let the sun set when you find that you are angry. Talk things out. Make things right with each other quickly, before the sun disappears. That’s the best way to keep small misunderstands from growing into relationship breaking problems.

Prayer (personal prayer by Marriage Officiant)

Sandburg’s Poem


Poet Carl Sandburg captured the essence of a love, which can grow and mature for a lifetime when he wrote:

“I love you. I love you for what you are, but I love you yet more for what you are going to be. I love you not so much for your realities as for your ideals. I pray for your desires, that they may be great, rather than for your satisfactions, which may be so hazardously little.

A satisfied flower is one whose petals are about to fall. But the most beautiful rose is one, hardly more than a bud, wherein the pangs and ecstasies are working for larger and finer growth. Not always shall you be what you are now. You are going forward toward something great. I am on the way with you and…I love you.”

His Vows
(Rose Ceremony Is Optional)

(Name of Groom), please take this rose and give it to (Name of Bride). (Name of Groom), let this beautiful flower that you have given to (Name of Bride), remind you of the beautiful and fragile nature of your relationship with (Name of Bride). Cherish her always, treating her as your princess.

Do you, (Name of Groom), continue to take (Name of Bride), to be your wife, to live together according to the Bible? Will you continue to love and cherish her, giving her assistance in all of life’s labors? Will you continue to be true to her both in sickness and health, when things are going well and when there are problems? And, will you be faithful to her as long as you both shall live? If so, you may answer,” I WILL”.

Her Vows

(Rose Ceremony is Optional)
(Name of Bride),
please take this rose and give it to (Name of Groom). (Name of Bride), let this beautiful flower that you have given to (Name of Groom), remind you of the beautiful and fragile nature of your relationship with (Name of Groom). Cherish him always, treating him as your prince.

Do you, (Name of Bride), continue to take (Name of Groom), to be your husband, to live together according to the Bible? Will you continue to love and cherish him, giving him assistance in all of life’s labors? Will you continue to be true to him both in sickness and health, when things are going well and when there are problems? And, will you be faithful to him as long as you both shall live? If so, you may answer, “I WILL”.

Her Ring

(Name of Groom),
may I have the ring that is the lasting symbol of your vows to (Name of Bride)?

This gold ring has been subjected to tremendous heat so that the waste could be removed and the metal purified into a fit token of your commitment of love. (Name of Groom), let this ring symbolize your willingness to build your character through your self-sacrificial love for (Name of Bride).

Place the ring on the third finger (Name of Bride)’s left hand and repeat after me as you make these vows to (Name of Bride).

“I, (Name of Groom), renew my commitment to you, (Name of Bride), as your husband. I will love you, I will cherish you, and I will be true to you, no matter what comes. Whether we become rich or poor, whether there is sickness or health, until we are parted by death, and with this ring, as a symbol of this pledge, I now renew my vow of love to you – my wife.”

His Ring

(Name of Bride), may I have the ring that is the lasting symbol of your vows to (Name of Groom).

This ring is a circle, which symbolizes eternity—for a circle has no ending. (Name of Bride), let this ring remind you of a new lifetime relationship that you are entering with (Name of Groom). Place the ring on the third finger of (Name of Groom)’S left hand and repeat after me as you make these vows to (Name of Groom).

“I, (Name of Bride), renew my commitment to you, (Name of Groom), as your wife. I will love you, I will cherish you, and I will be true to you, no matter what comes. Whether we become rich or poor, whether there is sickness or health, until we are parted by death, and with this ring, as a symbol of this pledge, I now renew my vow of love to you—my wife.”

Prayer (personal prayer by Marriage Officiant)

Proclamation

Now that you, (Name of Groom) and (Name of Bride), have openly declared your wish to remain united in the covenant of marriage, and as you have made these promises to each other before God and these witnesses, and have given each other rings to confirm your vows:

By the power and authority given to me as a minister, I do affirm before God, that the two of you have today expressed your desires to rekindle your love and passion and renew your vow of marriage. From this moment on, let all know of your desire to continue for a lifetime as husband and wife. May God bless you.

You may kiss the Bride!

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