Paul Tangonan’s Ceremony

A Contemporary Service Of Marriage
Reverend Paul D. Tangonan
Greeting
________ and ________, on this day, we come before God to proclaim the love you have for one another as you become husband and wife. We gather here today in the Spirit of God, in the spirit of love, and in the spirit we know intimately in these islands, as the spirit of aloha. This spirit that brought you, together, welcomes you now in this special place, to celebrate your becoming partners in marriage. With the warmth of the sunshine and the beauty of nature surrounding us, we rejoice.
Lei Exchange (optional)
From the earth comes life. This is reflected everywhere in nature and is found especially in the beauty and fragrance of flowers. Flowers are often woven together to form beautiful leis, symbolizing a life of connection and love. In presenting these leis to each other, you are celebrating this moment, remembering that your hearts, as the flowers, are woven together in love.
A Reflection On Love And Marriage
You have chosen to begin your marriage in this beautiful place, and in part, it is a reflection of the beauty you have for one another. This is a land of ocean, mountains, trees, rainbows and flowers. Just as the trade winds refresh us by their breeze, so may the winds of aloha continue to blow softly upon your lives, refreshing you in spirit. As these islands are grounded firmly on the ocean floor, so may your marriage be grounded in the firm foundation of love for one another. There are no other human ties more tender; no other human vows more sacred, than these you will profess this day. May the Spirit of God, and the spirit of aloha shower blessings of joy upon you, now and always.
Declaration Of Intent To Marry
________, will you take ________, to be your wedded wife, to live together in holy matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and embrace her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her throughout your married life together? (I will)
________, will you take ________ to be your wedded husband, to live together in holy matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and embrace him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to him throughout your married life together? (I will)
Exchange Of Vows
In the spirit of love, I take you, ________, to be my 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, now and always, this is my solemn vow.
In the spirit of love, I take you ________, to be my husband, to have to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, now and always, this is my solemn vow.
Blessing And Exchange of Rings
The wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, signifying to all the uniting of and ________ and ________ in holy matrimony.
________, I give you this ring as a sign of my love, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you. Let this be a reminder, of all that I have pledged to you today. 
________, I give you this ring as a sign of my love, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you. Let this be a reminder, of all that I have pledged to you today. 
Prayer Of Blessing
O Spirit of God, bless ________ and ________ on this beautiful and special day. Look graciously upon them, that they may love, honor and cherish each other, and so live together in faithfulness, patience, and wisdom, that their home may be a haven of blessing and a place of peace. May your Spirit continue to bless them always on their journey, just as the sun, the rain, and the wind bless and nurture this beautiful earth upon which they shall live together. Amen.
Declaration Of Marriage
And now in oneness with the Spirit of God, one in the spirit of love, and one in the spirit of aloha, I now pronounce you, husband and wife. Honi ka ua: you may kiss your bride. Aloha.