HK Marriage Vows Text

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    HK Marriage Vows Text

    Hi there! I need help to get a full text of the Marriage Vows read by the Bride and Groom on their Wedding Ceremony in HK. I've tried to look it up on the net but found nothing.

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    http://wedding.esdlife.com/content/e...ent/faq002.asp

    Q: What is the declaration that the bride and groom make at the wedding?

    A:
    Groom: I call upon all persons here present to witness that I (name) do take thee (name) to be my lawful wedded wife.
    Bride: I call upon all persons here present to witness that I (name) do take thee (name) to be my lawful wedded husband.
    Simple ...

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    It depends where you get married. At a Registry office the law (Cap.181 s.21) prescribes the following:

    (4) (a) The marriage shall take place in the presence of 2 or more witnesses, and in the following manner-

    (i) the Registrar shall first address the parties to the following effect-
    "Before you are joined in matrimony, it is my duty to remind you of the solemn and binding character of a marriage in this Registry (or place), which is in law the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. Know ye, therefore, A.B., and C.D., that, by the public taking of each other as man and wife in my presence and in the presence of the persons now here, and by the subsequent attestation thereof by signing your names to that effect, you become legally married to each other, although no other rite of a civil or religious nature shall take place. "; and (ii) each of the parties shall then say to the other-
    "I call upon all persons here present to witness that A.B., do take thee, C.D., to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband).". (Replaced 1 of 1960 s. 11)
    At a place of religious worship the law (Cap.181 s.19) is quite relaxed about what is said. It states:
    (1) Marriages may be celebrated in any licensed place of worship by any competent minister of the church, denomination, or body to which such place of worship belongs, and according to the rites or usages of marriage observed in such church, denomination, or body, provided that the marriage is celebrated with open doors, and (except in case of a special licence) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and in the presence of 2 or more witnesses, besides the officiating minister.
    So in that case it's up to whatever you can negotiate with the officiating minister/religious official.

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    If you're a woman, just be ready to be called a "spinster"


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    Thanks a lot, guys!


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    Groom: I call upon all persons here present to witness that I (name) do take thee (name) to be my lawful wedded wife.
    Bride: I call upon all persons here present to witness that I (name) do take thee (name) to be my lawful wedded husband.

    "I call upon all persons here present to" - present, how to pronounce? Is it like 'present' (gift) or 'present' (as a verb) ?


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    That would be pronounced as "present" (like gift), but to mean persons before you, or those in your presence. Errrmm, verb wouldn't make sense in this case...