The most important component of your ceremony is the exchange of vows. The second most important is the decree of marriage by the celebrant, making your union legal. The rest of the ceremony provides an opportunity for the creative expression of your love for one another, the statement of your intentions for your life together, gratitude to family and friends, poetry, music, and cultural traditions. In secular ceremonies there is no mention of religion or specific deity. The secular wedding can be simple and short with the vows of “I do” and the exchange of rings stating “with this ring, I thee wed.” The secular ceremony can also be filled with romantic poetry, personal vows and a beautiful exchange of rings.