Giving in Marriage # 1

 

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
(Choose one of these replies.)
• "I do"
• "Her mother and I do"
• Or, in unison, "We do"

 

Giving in Marriage # 2

 

Who presents this woman and this man to be married to each other?
• Both sets of parents answer in unison, "I do" or "We do."

 

Giving in Marriage # 3

 

Who presents (gives) this woman to be married to this man? (I do) or (Her mother and I do) or, in unison (We do).

 

Giving in Marriage # 4

 

Who presents (gives) this woman and this man to be married to each other? (All parents answering in unison: I do or We do.)

 

Giving in Marriage # 5

 

Will the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom please stand. ________ have nurtured and cared for their daughter in a multitude of ways. Likewise ________ have nurtured and cared for their son. ________ and ________ who we know ________ and ________ express gratitude for the inspiration of your love that enabled you to bring forth your children for us all to know and enjoy. As you have held them close, fitting them for maturity, will you now willingly and freely release them to love and care for each other? And will you support and encourage their life together that it, too, may be a blessing for generations to come? (Response in unison: We do).

 

Giving in Marriage # 6

 

That couple is richly blessed who comes to the marriage altar with the blessing of family and friends. Will the parents of the bride and the groom please stand? ________ and ________, it was your joy to give birth to ________ and to nurture her in her years of childhood and growing maturity. You have invested your love and joy in her. Do you now give your blessing to her marriage? ________ and ________, it was your joy to give birth to ________ and to nurture him through his childhood and into maturity. You have invested your love your joy in him. Do you now give your blessing to his marriage?

 

Giving in Marriage # 7

 

Parents are very special to a bride and groom. They have helped shape life to this point. Their continued love and support are needed. We want to give the parents of both the bride and groom the opportunity to publicly affirm your relationship. Groom's parents: We welcome ________ into our family and give our blessing to this marriage. Bride's parents: We affirm your relationship, welcome ________ into our family, and give our blessing to your marriage.

 

Giving in Marriage # 8

 

When a man and woman marry, they form a new family unit. The Gospel of Mark states it this way, "From the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh." (Mark 10:6-8)
A man and a woman leave their respective homes, but they do not leave their relationships with their parents and families. These relationships take on a new dimension. It is important for the bride and groom to feel the support of their parents. And so we ask the parents of both bride and groom, do you give your blessing to this marriage?
Both sets of parents: We give our blessing to this marriage.

 

Giving in Marriage # 9

 

As ________ and ________ become husband and wife, they leave their separate family units to create a new one. As their parents, your relationship with them enters a new phase. They are still your children, but they are also adults creating a new family unit. As their parents, how do you greet the new relationship into which they are entering?
Groom's Father: We are glad you have chosen each other.
Groom's Mother: We welcome ________ into our family.
Bride's Mother: We welcome ________ into our family.
Bride's Father: We bless your marriage with our approval and support.

 

Giving in Marriage # 10

 

Will you, ________ and ________'s parents, now give them your blessing and pledge them the love and support they need? Will you share your experiences and wisdom with them in a caring and sensitive way?
Parents: "We are glad that they have chosen each other. Their acceptance of the responsibility of marriage marks for us a new phase in our relationship with them. We celebrate their growing relationship, as well as the new possibilities in our relationship with them. We bless their marriage with our approval."
Will you, the families of this couple, give your blessing to ________ and ________? Will you support them and love them no matter what happens? Will you, while respecting their independence, try, with the greatest love and wisdom you command, to do all you can to help them grow as persons and in relationship?
Parents, or the entire family, reply, "We will."

 

The Giving in Marriage # 11

 

When a man and woman marry, they form a new family unit. The Gospel of Mark states it this way, "From the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh." (Mark 10:6-8)

A man and a woman leave their respective homes, but they do not leave their relationships with their parents and families. These relationships take on a new dimension. It is important for the bride and groom to feel the support of their parents. And so we ask the parents of both bride and groom, do you give your blessing to this marriage?

Both sets of parents: We give our blessing to this marriage.

 

The Giving in Marriage # 12

 

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

Answer: I/We do

Do you, (Mr. And Mrs. ________________) (or, ‘the parents of the bride and groom’), give your blessing to this couple, and promise them, your continued love and support, and to uphold them in their marriage?

Answer: We do

Will you _______ ‘s & ______ ‘s parents grant them your blessings and pledge them your love and acceptance? If so, please answer now “we will”.

Parents of the couple: “We will”

 

Giving in Marriage # 13

 

Family and friends, the rhythm of life seems to demand a time for holding and a time for releasing what is held close. Mr. and Mrs. ________ have nurtured and cared for their daughter in a multitude of ways. Likewise, Mr. and Mrs. ________ through their love have nurtured and cared for their son. Mr. and Mrs. ________ and Mr. and Mrs. ________, we who now know ________ and ________, express gratitude for the inspiration of your love that enabled you to bring forth your children for us all to know and enjoy. As you have held them close, fitting them for maturity, will you now willingly and freely release them to love and care for each other? And will you support and encourage their life together that it, too, may be a blessing for generations to come?
The parents respond. "Yes, we do"

 

Giving in Marriage # 14

 

After one of the above statements, sometimes a token of thanksgiving is shared by the bride and groom with their parents. A rose for the mothers, or some other symbol that will have meaning for those who spent so many years of their lives loving and raising you and now releasing you into the arms of another.

 

Giving in Marriage # 15

 

Sometimes, the parents come forward as part of the service to light candle which will later be used as part of the Unity Candle Service.

 

The Giving in Marriage # 16

 

Who presents Bride to be married to Groom?

Bride's father (or representative) responds "I do."

 

The Giving in Marriage # 17

 

Who gives this woman in marriage?

 

The Giving in Marriage # 18

 


Minister -- Who gives Bride to be married to Groom?

Bride's Father -- Her Mother and I do.

 

The Giving in Marriage # 19

 

Minister -- Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
Bride's Father -- Her mother and I do.

 

The Giving in Marriage # 20

 

Minister -- Who gives Bride to be married to Groom?
Father of the Bride -- Her mother and I do.

 

The Giving in Marriage # 21

 

Minister -- Who is bringing Bride to be united to Groom?
Father of the Bride -- Her mother and I.


Minister to Bride's Parents -- Mr. and Mrs. ___________ are you willing now and always to support and strengthen this marriage by upholding Groom and Bride with your concern?
Bride's Parents: We are.


Minister to Groom's Parents: Mr. and Mrs. ___________ are you willing now and always to support and strengthen this marriage by upholding Groom and Bride with your concern?
Groom's Parents: We are.

 

The Giving in Marriage # 22

 

Who brings Bride to stand beside Groom?
Bride's parents (or representative) -- We do.

 

Minister to both sets of parents -- Parents, are you willing, now and always to support and strengthen this marriage by upholding both Groom and Bride with your love and concern?

 

Both sets of parents respond -- We are.
Minister -- Then you, you may be seated.

 

The Giving in Marriage # 23

 

Minister -- Who giveth this woman in marriage?
The one giving away the bride replies

 

The Giving in Marriage # 24

 


Who is giving Bride in Holy Matrimony to Groom?
Father of the Bride -- I do.

 

The Giving in Marriage # 25

 

Who is giving this woman to be married to this man?

 

The Giving in Marriage # 26

 

Who brings Bride to stand beside Groom?

Bride's parents -- We do.

Minister to both sets of parents -- Parents, are you willing, now and always to support and strengthen this marriage by upholding both Groom and Bride with your love and concern?

Both sets of parents respond -- We are.

Minister -- Then you, you may be seated.

 

The Giving in Marriage # 27

 

Do you, (Mr. And Mrs. ________________) (or, ‘the parents of the bride and groom’), give your blessing to this couple, and promise them, your continued love and support, and to uphold them in their marriage?

Will you Bride and Groom‘s parents grant them your blessings and pledge them your love and acceptance? If so, please answer now “we will”.

 

The Giving in Marriage # 28

 

As Bride and Groom become husband and wife, they leave their separate family units to create a new one. As their parents, your relationship with them enters a new phase. They are still your children, but they are also adults creating a new family unit. As their parents, how do you greet the new relationship into which they are entering?

Groom's Father:We are glad you have chosen each other.
Groom's Mother: We welcome Bride into our family.
Bride's Mother: We welcome Groom into our family.
Bride's Father: We bless your marriage with our approval and support.

 

 

The Giving in Marriage # 29

 

Doubly blessed is the couple which comes to the marriage altar with the approval and blessings of their families and friends. Who has the honor of presenting this woman to be married to this man?

 

The Giving in Marriage # 30

 

   

Will the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom please stand. (Parents of Bride) have nurtured and cared for their daughter in a multitude of ways. Likewise (Parents of Groom) have nurtured and cared for their son. We express gratitude for the inspiration of your love that enabled you to bring forth your children for us all to know and enjoy. As you have held them close, fitting them for maturity, will you now willingly and freely release them to love and care for each other? And will you support and encourage their life together that it, too, may be a blessing for generations to come? (Response in unison: We do).

 

 

The Giving in Marriage # 31

 

   

That couple is richly blessed who comes to the marriage altar with the blessing of family and friends. Will the parents of the bride and the groom please stand? (Parents of Bride), it was your joy to give birth to Bride and to nurture her in her years of childhood and growing maturity. You have invested your love and joy in her. Do you now give your blessing to her marriage? (Parents of Groom) it was your joy to give birth to Groom and to nurture him through his childhood and into maturity. You have invested your love your joy in him. Do you now give your blessing to his marriage?

 

The Giving in Marriage # 32

 

Parents are very special to a bride and groom. They have helped shape life to this point. Their continued love and support are needed. We want to give the parents of both the bride and groom the opportunity to publicly affirm your relationship. Groom's parents: We welcome Bride into our family and give our blessing to this marriage. Bride's parents: We affirm your relationship, welcome Groom into our family, and give our blessing to your marriage.