The Charge To The Bride And Groom is the wedding ceremony element that is directed to the bride and groom and advises them of the significant personal responsibilities associated with the vows and pledges they are about to make.
The wedding ceremony is a joyful occasion and the charge reminds us that it is to be harmonized with seriousness and reverence as well.
Below is the second half of the list. For numbers 1-7, see Charge To The Bride And Groom - Examples Part 1.
Now I ask you, ____________ and ___________ to take into consideration the magnitude and significance of the vows about to be taken. There are many implications involved when two people commit to a lifetime of love. Let us take a moment to reflect on those implications and acknowledge that along with the celebration of marriage there is depth and meaning in the pledges you will be making to one another and it is with much determination, acceptance, forgiveness, respect, loyalty and love that builds the foundation for a strong and enduring marriage.
I charge you both, as you stand in the presence of God, to remember that love and loyalty alone will avail as the foundations of a happy and enduring home. If the solemn vows which you are about to make be kept permanently, and if steadfastly you seek to do the will of your Heavenly Father, your life will be full of peace and joy, and the home which you are establishing will abide through every change.
___________and ____________ , if it is your intention to share with each other your laughter and your tears and all that the years will bring, then it is proper to acknowledge it in the presence of God and those assembled here today as you consider thoughtfully the seriousness of the commitment you are making by your promises to one another that will bind you together as husband and wife; remaining undivided before all that comes your way.
I counsel you both, to always act with respect and compassion toward one another, sharing the spirit expressed in the Book of Ephesians: "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another." I would further charge you to understand, and constantly to strengthen, the spiritual basis of your love, recognizing that it is the most precious of all God's gifts to you. Keep ever before you the words of the New Testament: "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and in us shall his love be perfected.
____________ and ____________, the covenant which you are about to make with each other is meant to be a beautiful and sacred expression of your love for each other. As you pledge your vows to each other, and as you commit your lives to each other, we ask that you do so in all seriousness, and yet with a deep sense of joy; with the deep conviction that you are committing yourselves to a dynamic growing relationship of trust, mutual support, and caring love.