"Do you (name of groom) take this woman to be your wedded wife to live together in the estate of matrimony? Will you love her in sickness and in health, as long as you both shall live?" These are the beginning lines of traditional vows used in courthouse wedding ceremonies, according to JusticeOfThePeaceSonia.
The wedding vows employed during a courthouse wedding ceremony are standardized and delivered by the justice of the peace or other officiant to brides and grooms in the United States. Couples can choose traditional, secular vows or vows that express the couples' faith or spirituality.
Witnesses are also a crucial part of making sure that the wedding ceremony is legal, according to U.S. Marriage Vows. Laws governing marriages are determined by the states. The basic prerequisites in states across the country are that there is a person recognized to have the authority to conduct the ceremony, and witnesses must be present when the vows are exchanged. In addition, couples typically must have reached the agent of consent, and they must obtain a marriage license.The person conducting the ceremony is often a justice of the peace in a courthouse ceremony, but the officiant may also be a priest, rabbi, or even a mayor.