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Ceremony The following are examples of ceremony itineraries and wording. It is anticipated that Civil Partnerships will be retained with the introduction of Equal Marriage. These will only be available for same sex couples. Wording Introduction 1 Ladies and Gentlemen we welcome you here today on this very special occasion of deep significance for Partner 1 and Partner 2. Today this couple will affirm their love and publicly declare their commitment to each other. Partner 1 and Partner 2 have chosen to pledge themselves to each other by committing to a legally binding contract. Their partnership will enable the love and respect that they have for each other to develop into a deep and lasting relationship. Partner 1 and Partner 2 we who are witnessing your civil partnership, hope that despite the stresses available in any life, your love, trust and understanding of each other will increase your contentment, and heighten your joy in living. We can adapt some wording to suit your style. Music can be played for the entrance of the partners (If required, subject to the approval of the Superintendent Registrar). for Civil Partnership Promises Partner 1 and Partner 2 turn and face one another and Partner 1 would you repeat after me please: Option 1 I ……. (Partner 1) // pledge to share my life openly with ……. (Partner 2) // ……. (Partner 2) these are the promises // that I make to you today // I promise to cherish // and tenderly care for you // to honour and encourage you // I will respect you as an individual // and be true to you // through good times and bad // to these things // I give you my word. Partner 2 would you repeat after me please: I ……. (Partner 2) // pledge to share my life openly with ……. (Partner 1) // ……. (Partner 1) these are the promises // that I make to you today // I promise to cherish // and tenderly care for you // to honour and encourage you // I will respect you as an individual // and be true to you // through good times and bad // to these things // I give you my word. Option 2 (Partner 1) I choose you // above all other // to share my life with me // Introduction 2 (APPROVED VENUES ONLY) Words you have written I promise to honour this pledge // as long as I live. (Partner 2) I choose you // above all other // to share my life with me // I promise to honour this pledge // as long as I live. Option 3 (APPROVED VENUES ONLY) Words that you have written (repeated for both partners). 13