Commitment ceremony example

Author: Tarnia Riggs  

A commitment ceremony is very similar to a wedding ceremony. The only real difference between the two is that one is legally binding while the other is not. A commitment ceremony stands as a public affirmation of a couple’s commitment to one another, without it being recognised by the law.

A commitment ceremony is typically performed by a celebrant, and it includes the exchanging of vows and rings between the couple, and often readings, poems, and any desired rituals the couple wishes to include. content and style of every commitment ceremony will be different and tailored to the wants and needs of each individual couple. Your ceremony can be as traditional and formal as you like, or relaxed and unstructured. You can include religious elements, favourite songs and poetry, or pagan rituals.

Generally speaking, a commitment ceremony may contain the following elements.
The celebrant greets the guests and the couple. She will probably also say a few words about commitment in general, or specifically about the couple's relationship.
This is the declaration by a couple of their intent to be committed to each other. They may make promises and define what that commitment means to them. The couple may choose to use existing vows for this section or to write their own. The celebrant can help with ideas and suggestions.
Commitment ceremonies often include music, poetry or readings about love. A couple can look to famous quotes or personal writings for inspiration. It may be a great time to play the song you first danced to together or read a love letter or poem from one partner to the other.
Exchange of Rings
The couple may wish to exchange rings. Some words may be said about what the rings symbolize, for example: "I give you this ring as an expression of my love and commitment to you" "This ring symbolizes the wholeness of our union" "I'm pleased to give you this ring as a symbol of the promises I've made to you today and a public statement to the world that I love only you."
The couple may wish to say something else at this stage or not exchange rings at all. As was mentioned before, the ceremony's contents are a personal choice.

Proclamation of Commitment 
The celebrant announces to the guests that the couple is now united, and invites the couple to kiss.

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