A TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
(From the Alabama Book of Legal Forms)
In this estate these two persons come
now to be joined. If any person present can show cause why they
may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak or else
hereafter forever hold his peace.
(Addressing the couple, the one performing
I solemnly require and charge you both,
as you hope for joy and peace in the marriage state, if either
of you know any just cause why you may not be lawfully joined
together in matrimony, you do now confess it.
It is then your will to proceed?
(The parties must now join right
To the man: Do you, sir, take this woman
to be your lawful wife and do you promise before God and these
witnesses, to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness
and in health, and forsaking all others keep thee only unto her
so long as you both shall live? The man shall answer, I do.
To the woman: Do you take this man to
be your lawful husband; and do you solemnly promise before God
and these witnesses that you will love, honor, and keep him in
sickness and in health, and forsaking all others keep thee only
unto him so long as you both shall live? The woman shall answer,
(if the parties wish to use the ring,
the minister shall instruct the man to place the ring on the third
finger of the woman's left hand and hold as he repeats after the
"With this ring I thee wed and
with all my worldly goods I thee endow, in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen." (Or according
to the creed of the parties contracting).
Inasmuch as this man and this woman
have in the presence of God be joined together to be joined in
the lawful bonds of matrimony and thereto have given and pledged
their troth each to the other (and if a ring is used: have declared
the same by giving and receiving a ring), I now according to the
ordinances of God and in the name of the State of 'Alabama, pronounce
them husband and wife. "What therefore God hath joined together
let not man put asunder." And now may the God of peace prosper
and bless you in this new relation, and may the grace of Jesus
Christ abound unto you now and always. Amen.