Vows by Karen

Alberta Marriage Commissioner


Breaking of the Glass -  A glass or light bulb wrapped in cloth is stepped on by one spouse at the end of the ceremony. Traditionally, this represents both the permanence and frailty of marriage.

Blended Family Vow Ceremony - Many couples wish to include their children in the ceremony.  During this ceremony, vows are spoken from the partner entering the new family directly to the children.

Champagne Ceremony - A fantastic way to transition into an evening reception!  Champagne flutes are presented to the couple as they make their first toast to one another.

Love Letter Ceremony (Box Keepsake) - This romantic exchange serves as a lasting reminder the commitments made to one another. Heart felt letters, encapsulating your thoughts and feelings are locked away to be revealed several years into your marriage.

Recommitment Ceremony - Couples already married may wish to renew their vows as a sign of commitment to one another.


Horseback Ceremony - Couples looking to do a western themed wedding that embraces their love of western culture, may wish to exchange vows on horseback.

Whatever your wishes may be, I look forward to working with you to develop a memorable wedding ceremony.

PERSONALIZING YOUR CEREMONY

A civil ceremony requires each person getting married to declare in front of the intended spouse, both witnesses and the marriage commissioner the following two statements:


  1. I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, (name) may not be joined in matrimony to (name).
  2. I call upon those persons present to witness that I, (name), do take you, (name) to be my lawful wedded (wife/husband/spouse).


Apart from these statements, the couple can personalize the ceremony to ensure a meaningful celebration of their love. I will work with you to incorporate poems, readings, and songs so that your wedding ceremony is a reflection of who you are as a couple. I can also provide assistance in writing vows and planning specialized components, such as:‚Äč