Rev. Jerry Blau

9854 Stamm Rd

Mantua, Ohio 44255

330-221-7897

  I am an ordained, non-denominational Minister.
my approach is to help you get married by conducting a wedding ceremony that celebrates the commitment between two people who love one another, by reflecting the values, beliefs, and meaningful aspects of your relationship. It is important that your ceremony be an authentic expression of you as individuals and as a couple, and I will assist you every step of the way.

I believe that it is important for a couple to be comfortable with both their Minister and their ceremony. My style is open, caring, and laid back, yet detail-oriented. Many couples find this approach appealing, making it easier for us to work together.
Email: revjerryblau@aol.com
Phone: (330) 732-7933

I am committed to helping you create your dream wedding. I listen to your needs and desires, then brainstorm with you to make the day even more special.

I don't try to convert or preach. No classes.
I just want to help you get married.

Unlimited e-mail and telephone conversations.
Most of my ceremonies are custom written because I like to add a personal touch.
I talk to the couple to get to know them and what they want in their ceremony.
You can write your own vows or I can design vows to fit the couple I am marrying.

 

                Religous                                           Non-Religous                          Wedding Ceremony with children

 We are gathered here in God’s presence to witness the marriage of ________________ and _______________ and to ask God to bless them.

Marriage, like our creation as men and women, owes it’s very existence to God. It is God’s will and intention that a husband and wife should love each other throughout their life; (and that the children born to them should enjoy the security of family and home).

Opening Prayer (please bow your heads)
O God, you are the creator of all things; you made us, and you sustain us; we depend on you.
For the gift of life, we praise you.
For being able to think about it’s meaning and purpose, we thank you.
In the world without, and our lives within, there is much that is confusing and contradictory.
Many voices counsel us; many forces pressure us; many things tempt us.
We need your light to lead us, your hand to hold us, and your love to complete us.
In Jesus’ name we ask for your blessing now.
Amen.

________________ and ________________, I call to your attention the seriousness of the decision which you have made and the covenant you are about to declare before God. Be very clear that your marriage is dependent upon your willingness to be faithful to each other and faithful to your understanding of God’s will for you. Unfaithfulness in either is a betrayal of your covenant. Constant and continuous obedience to your vow will result in a marriage which will be blessed, a home which will be a place of peace, and a relationship in which you both grow in love.

________________, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep only unto her, so long as you both shall live?
Answer: I will.

_________________, will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep you only to him, so long as you both shall live?
Answer: I will.

Exchange of Vows (would you please join hands)

I, ______________, take you______________, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge you my faith.

I ______________, take you______________, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge you my faith.

Blessing and Presentation of Rings

Bless, O Lord, the giving of these rings, that they who wear them may abide in thy peace, and continue in thy favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

__________________, please repeat after me:
In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (places ring on her finger)


__________________, please repeat after me:
In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (places ring on his finger)

 Forasmuch as ______________ and _______________
have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have pledged their faith each to the other, and have declared the same by joining hands and by giving and receiving rings; I pronounce that they and husband and wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. Amen.

Blessing
Go into the world and fulfill your lives. Hold fast to your ideals. Give to each other experiences of joy. Challenge each other that you may grow.
May the love you hold for each other now sealed in marriage continue to mature, that your life together may be a source of strength and inspiration to others.

You may now kiss the bride.

 

Welcome to family and friends:
We are here to participate in a wedding. By this act we unite __________ and __________ as husband and wife. What we do today is done in conformity to the laws of the state of Ohio and in the tradition of men and women of all places and times.

__________ and __________, you stand before me having requested that I marry you. Do you both do this of your own free will, with no pressure upon you from other persons?

Groom & Bride answer "We do."

Do any of the witnesses know of any reason why we may not legally continue with this wedding?

Witnesses answer "We do not."

Vows:
Then let us continue. __________, if it is your desire to become the husband of __________, then repeat after me.

I, __________, take you, __________, to be my wife. In this moment I promise before these witnesses to love you and care for you all of our days. I accept you with your faults and your strengths, even as I offer myself with my faults and strengths. I promise to support you when you need support and to turn to you when I need support. I choose you as the one with whom I will spend my life.

I, __________, take you, __________, to be my husband. In this moment I promise before these witnesses to love you and care for you all of our days. I accept you with your faults and your strengths, even as I offer myself with my faults and strengths. I promise to support you when you need support and to turn to you when I need support. I choose you as the one with whom I will spend my life.

__________ and __________, you have shared promises in our presence. Do you have a token or symbol which you wish to exchange?

Couple replies "We do."

Rings
__________, will you give your token to __________ and repeat these words:

I give you this ring as a constant reminder of the promises we exchanged today. As you receive this ring, receive my promise of faithfulness to you.

__________, will you give your token to __________ and repeat these words:

I give you this ring as a constant reminder of the promises we exchanged today. As you receive this ring, receive my promise of faithfulness to you.

__________ and __________, you have exchanged your promises and given and received tokens in my presence. By these acts you have become husband and wife. According to the laws of the state of Ohio, I hereby pronounce you are husband and wife. You may seal your promise with a kiss.

 

“On behalf of _____and _____ I would like to welcome each of you here today. Each one of you has been asked here today because your love, your encouragement and your support have been so valuable to them; and because you are so special to them, they felt it was important that you be here today to witness and to celebrate this new chapter in their lives. Welcome.”

Let us begin with a prayer:
O God, you are the creator of all things; you made us, and you sustain us; we depend on you.
For the gift of life, we praise you.
For being able to think about its meaning and purpose, we thank you.
In the world without, and our lives within, there is much that is confusing and contradictory.
Many voices counsel us; many forces pressure us; many things tempt us.
We need your light to lead us, your hand to hold us, and your love to complete us.
In Jesus’ name we ask for your blessing now.
Amen.

Who presents this woman to be married to this man?

Father : “I do.”

Today we are gathered together to witness and to bless the joining together of _____ and ______ in marriage. Marriage is a beautiful relationship between two people. In marriage, we give ourselves freely and generously into the hands of the one we love, and in doing so, each of us receives the love and trust of the other as our most precious gift.

“Father, please gives hand. “

These are the hands of your best friend, holding your hands on your wedding day, promising to love you and to work together as you build your future together. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need strength, tenderness when you need tenderness and love when you need love.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe your tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, but also tears of joy. These are the hands that years from now will still be searching for your hands. Still seeking the love, encouragement and support that each of you seeks from the other.

_______ and _______, in the days ahead of you there will be times of difficulty and conflict. When you find yourselves in these situations, I ask you to reflect on this marriage advice:

Let your love be stronger than your anger, remember that true friendship is the basis for lasting relationship. Say “I love you” every day.

Reading from 1st Corinthians Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited, it is never rude or selfish, it does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people's faults, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope. It is always ready to endure whatever comes. True love does not come to an end.

Vows:

________ and _________, I remind you that marriage is a precious gift; a lifelong dedication to love and a daily challenge to love one another more fully and more freely.

Repeat these vows:

I, _____, take you _____, to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.

I _____, take you ______, to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.

With this understanding, do you _____ take ____ to be your beloved husband? Do you promise to be a tender, faithful wife? Do you promise to love and cherish him in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and keep yourself only unto him?

______: “I do.”

With this understanding, do you _____ take _____ to be your beloved wife? Do you promise to be a tender, faithful husband? Do you promise to love and cherish her in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and keep yourself only unto her?

_______: “I do”.

Bring Child forward at this time.

______ vows to Child:

____, not only do you promise to be a tender, faithful husband to ________, but also to be a patient, loving parent to ________, caring for him and providing for him as your own? Will you promise to be his strength and his emotional support, loving him with all your heart?

_______: “I will.”

________, will you take _______ as your stepfather? Will you accept him into your family? Will you accept his encouragement and guidance, and will you respect him, help him and love him as your parent?

__________: “I will.”

 

Family Medallion.

Minister: ________ and _______ present to _______ this family medallion as a symbol of family commitment and in recognition of the hope and joy made visible through this marriage. Marriage is often symbolized by two merged circles. The three merged circles on this medallion is a symbol of _____ and _______’s continuing love, support, and affection for you.

Hugs, kisses, shake hands, etc…

Rings:
________ and ______ have chosen rings as outward symbols of the commitment they make today.

From earliest times, the ring has been a symbol of wedded love. An unbroken and never-ending circle symbolizes a commitment to love that is also never ending.

________, take the ring which you have selected, place it on ________'s finger, and say to her these words. ”This ring symbolizes my love for you and the desire that you will be my wife from this day forward. “

_______, take the ring which you have selected, place it on _______’s finger, and say to him these words. “This ring symbolizes my love for you and the desire that you will be my husband from this day forward.
Let these rings serve not as locks binding you together, but as keys, unlocking the secrets of your hearts for each other to know, and thus bringing you closer together forever.

Minister: You have declared before God and all of us that you will live together in marriage. You have made special promises to each other, which have been symbolized by the joining of hands, taking of vows and the giving and receiving of two rings. By the authority vested in me as a Minister in the State of Ohio I now pronounce you to be husband and wife
Kiss:
You may seal your vows with a kiss.

At this time, will you all please rise as we welcome this couple onto the path of their new life with one another.

Presentation:
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife: 

Mr. & Mrs. ______________

 

 
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