Civil Maui Ceremony
Civil Maui Ceremony is simple and sweet. It begins thus: “Today we meet by the sea, as the two of you become one, here where the earth meets this constant and unlimited force. And as these waters, may the love you share be limitless, flowing and ever-changing. May your love forever redefine itself and may it hold for you the very essence of life. In pledging your lives and love to one another you acknowledge the changes in your existence and celebrate your commitment to a strong and aware relationship.
May your love touch and enrich all those with whom you come in contact, just as these great waters touch, nourish and transform the many shores of our planet.”
“At this time I would like to have you present to each other these leis.
In Hawaii we exchange leis as a symbol of our love. The beautifully crafted lei with its hand-picked flowers and twine, carefully bonded together with love, is a reflection of your love and Aloha for one another. As you exchange these leis you will begin to weave your lei in life together with love. And now, with loving aloha (island style) please present your leis to one another with a smile and a kiss upon each other’s cheek.”
We gather here today to celebrate and dedicate the joy and deep meaning of the union of ————–and——————- . The essence of this covenant is the acceptance of each other as Lover, Companion and Friend. It is therefore a decision which is not entered into lightly, but rather undertaken with great consideration and respect for ourselves and each other. This ceremony can set the tone for your entire life together. It is the visible symbol of the ongoing wedding process in which the two of you grow in love and union. It represents the welding of two souls as one. It is also a demonstration of the bonding which will strengthen and free you to each grow in your unique way but yet still together.
Please face each other and hold hands:
Do you————————take————————————to be your wife? Do you promise to love her, comfort her in sickness and in health? Forsaking all others for as long as you both shall live?
Groom: “I Do”
and Do you————————take————————————to be your husband? Do you promise to love him, comfort him in sickness and in health? Forsaking all others for as long as you both shall live?
Bride: “I Do”
(Officiant) – May I have your rings please?
Your rings by their very shape are symbols of eternal unity without beginning or end. They are the emblem of the love that exists between you and characterize your devotion to one another. Let them always remind you of the commitments you make today.
(Each person places the ring on the other’s fourth finger on the left hand)
—————-, with this ring I promise to grow with you, to build our love, to speak openly and honestly, to listen to you, and to love and cherish you for all the days ahead. From this day forward you shall not walk alone. My heart will be your shelter and my arms will be your home. With this ring I thee wed.
———————— and —————————– You have vowed your love to each other, exchanged leis and rings so now by the power vested in me by the state of Hawaii it is my honor and privilege to pronounce you husband and wife. You may seal this covenant with a kiss.