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Wedding Ceremony Script

Wedding Ceremony ScriptFinding a great wedding ceremony script can be a real challenge, especially if you are performing a marriage ceremony for the first time, and writing one from scratch can be nearly impossible without the experience of a professional officiant.

At WeddingOfficiants.com – The Wedding Officiant Directory, we’ve been working with engaged couples and professional wedding officiants for more than 15 years, and our site has become a top resource on the web for officiants to grow their businesses. We’ve curated a collection of the best wedding ceremony scripts submitted by our officiant members, and offer them here as a resource to anyone in need of a script for a wedding ceremony.

Below, you’ll find advice on creating your own custom wedding ceremony script, wedding ceremony samples, and links to both a religious wedding ceremony and a non-religious ceremony. The basics of writing a ceremony script start with an outline – the wedding ceremony template. Once you’ve decided on the structure of the ceremony, you can select individual wedding readings, wedding vows, and other ceremony elements to include in your script. Of course, you could also just copy a sample wedding ceremony script below and use it without any further customization.

The wedding scripts below have been created by experienced, professional wedding officiants. If you are already an officiant, we would love to have you join us as a member of our wedding officiant directory – you can view our membership packages here. If you are a new officiant, or if you’ve been tapped by a friend of family member to perform a wedding ceremony, there’s a chance you may really enjoy performing your first wedding and want to do it more often. If so, take a look at our Officiant Resources page, with advice on how to get ordained, how to become a wedding officiant, and much more.

Writing a Wedding Ceremony Script

Creating a wedding ceremony script from scratch can be a daunting task if you haven’t done it before, it’s not as simple as writing a collection of words and poetry. A marriage ceremony is a time-honored ritual which requires a bit of structure to feel sufficiently “ceremonial” for the couple and their guests. That’s not to say that there are firm rules when deciding how to write a wedding ceremony script – there are no “official” rules to speak of – but a lack of structure or organization can leave attendees feeling confused and actually detract from the overall feeling of the ceremony.

While you can certainly write a wedding script however you’d like, it can be very helpful to use an outline to organize the things you’d like to say as the officiant.The most important thing to consider when writing a marriage ceremony is what the couple wants for their wedding day. Failing to accurately reflect the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs of the couple being married can lead to some extremely cringe-worthy awkwardness, which is why so many couples hire a professional wedding officiant to perform their ceremony. It’s extremely important that you discuss with the couple what they believe about marriage and their relationship, and how they feel toward one another, because as the officiant you’re in a position to put words in their mouth in front of all their friends and families.

We highly recommend sending the couple a copy of your wedding ceremony script once you’ve finished it so they can see exactly what you plan to say – that way, if there are any changes they feel are necessary, you can make them before the big day. Surprises may be fun on most days, but surprising a couple with the content of their wedding ceremony will probably not go over very well.

Wedding Ceremony Script Ideas

There are a number of traditional elements that are typically included in a wedding ceremony, as well as some unique ideas to consider adding to your wedding ceremony script. We’ve compiled a list of the most common wedding ceremony ideas below, accompanied by a description of each item.

Keep in mind that there are many different religious and cultural wedding traditions as well, but we’ve kept this list to the most common ideas for wedding ceremonies of all types.

Traditional Wedding Ceremony Elements:

  • Processional: The “wedding procession” is simply a fancy way of referring to the beginning of the ceremony when everyone walks in.  This includes parents, wedding party, the officiant, and the couple, and is typically accompanied by music.
  • Opening Words / Welcome: This is typically the first thing that is said at the beginning of the wedding ceremony. The opening words will often include some sort of welcome to the guests and a few remarks about the covenant of marriage.
  • Charge to Couple: This is a short passage about the covenant of marriage and the importance of the occasion, and also usually includes a bit of practical marriage advice from the officiant. It doesn’t need to be terribly long, one to three short paragraphs is more than enough.
  • Wedding Readings: It’s traditional to include one or more wedding readings during the ceremony, which are typically scripture or poetry. Ceremony readings can also be anything that is meaningful to the couple, and will typically reflect something about their love and their relationship.
  • Pledge / Declaration of Intent: This part of the ceremony is when the couple will face one another, and affirm their intentions to be united in marriage. The officiant leads each of them through a series of statements or questions, which are answered with “I Do” or “I Will”.
  • Blessing of the Rings: The ring blessing is a short statement or prayer by the officiant to bless or charge the couple’s wedding rings prior to the ring exchange. It can take the form of a few sentences, or a “ring warming” where the rings are passed to all the guests for their well-wishes.
  • Exchange of Vows: Sometimes done simultaneously with the exchange of rings, the wedding vows can either be led by the officiant as a series of phrases repeated by the couple, or something completely unique written by each of them to one another.
  • Exchange of Rings: The ring exchange during the ceremony is typically led by the officiant, with each member of the wedding couple repeating a series of short phrases while placing a wedding ring on their partner’s finger.
  • Pronouncement and Kiss: Upon the exchange of vows and rings, the officiant will pronounce the couple as being officially married, and invite them to kiss. Typically followed by applause by the wedding guests, this may be the end of the ceremony if there are no closing words by the officiant.
  • Closing Words: Traditionally, the officiant will offer some words to officially close the wedding ceremony, blessing the couple or offering encouragement for their journey as a married couple. This typically marks the official end of the wedding ceremony.
  • Recessional: The recessional is the part of the ceremony where the couple and their attendants exit the ceremony, beginning with the couple and proceeding in the reverse order as the processional when everyone entered. The last person to exit before the guests is typically the officiant.

Unique Wedding Ceremony Ideas:

  • Honoring the Parents: Usually performed at the beginning of the ceremony, the officiant takes a few moments to acknowlege the role the couple’s parents have played in raising them and bringing them up to this moment when they will be married.
  • Moment of Silence: Also normally toward the beginning of the ceremony, taking a moment of silence to remember those friends and family who have passed away or could not attend the wedding ceremony for one reason or another.
  • Handfasting Ceremony: An ancient Pagan and Celtic tradition, handfasting invlolves tying the hands of the couple together with a ribbon, rope, or braided cord to symbolize the unity between them and the connection they share.
  • Unity Candle Ceremony: This candle lighting ceremony can be performed at any time during the wedding ceremony, and can be done in a number of ways. The popular version involves the couple lighting a single candle with two smaller candles to symbolize their new life together.
  • Wine Box Ceremony: A newer tradition, the couple write love letters to one another and seal them in a wine box with a bottle of wine, opening the box on their first or fifth wedding anniversary to read one another’s letters and share the bottle of wine to celebrate their marriage.
  • Blended Family Ceremony: For couples with children who wish to incorporate their kids into their wedding ceremony as well, this ceremony includes the children of the couple in saying vows to one another affirming their commitment and promises as a family.
  • Rose Ceremony: There are two versions of this ceremony, one involving the couple presenting one another with a single rose to communicate their love and commitment, and the other with the couple presenting a rose to their mothers as a way of thanking them for their love and support.
  • Ring Warming Ceremony: Typically done at the beginning of the ceremony prior to the vows, the officiant passes the couple’s wedding rings around throughout the wedding guests and asks each person to infuse the rings with their blessings and well-wishes for the couple’s marriage.
  • Jumping the Broom: A tradition which found it’s way to the states as a part of African-American weddings, the couple has a broom placed in front of them and jumps over it as they exit the ceremony, popularized in the novel and miniseries, Roots by Alex Haley.
  • Sand Ceremony: Similar in intent and execution to the Unity Candle Ceremony, the couple instead pours two separate containers of colored sand into a single vessel to symbolize their union. A great alternative for a windy wedding day!
  • Breaking the Glass: A Jewish wedding tradition, the couple stomps on a glass to shatter it at the end of the wedding as their guests shout “Mazel Tov!” to congratulate them.

Wedding Ceremony Template

When creating a wedding ceremony script, it can be helpful to start with a general template to help you structure the ceremony, adding in the specific wording once you’ve designed the overall flow and order of the individual elements. While it can be tempting to include a lot of different elements and traditions (or let the couple pick as many as they’d like), keep in mind that the overall length of the ceremony will depend on how much you try to squeeze into it. Most non-religious wedding ceremonies should be about 20 minutes in length from the processional to the recessional – certainly not more than 40 minutes. Wedding guests get restless and stop paying attention after about 20 minutes, so the longer the ceremony lasts, the more bored and distracted the guests will be.

Generally speaking, most weddings will follow a standard order, with variations based on the couple’s needs or the amount and type of elements and traditions that are included. The basic wedding ceremony template for most weddings is:

  1. Processional
  2. Welcome
  3. Gathering Words
  4. Declaration of Intent
  5. Readings
  6. Charge to Couple
  7. Exchange of Vows
  8. Exchange of Rings
  9. Pronouncement and Kiss
  10. Recessional

You can certainly make the ceremony more complex than this, but this template is the bare-bones structure of a standard wedding ceremony script. Start with this order and add any additional elements, readings, songs, and traditions where it makes the most sense. In general, you’ll want to place most of those additional elements toward the beginning of the ceremony, because the guests will expect that the exchange of vows will be one of the last items in the wedding ceremony order.

Wedding Ceremony Samples

To help you create your wedding ceremony script, we’ve included several wedding ceremony samples below – a Wedding Officiant Script and a Marriage Ceremony Script. We’ve chosen to only include generic sample wedding ceremonies here, so if you are interested in looking at samples for a non-religious wedding ceremony, a Christian wedding ceremony, an interfaith wedding ceremony, or a non-denominational wedding ceremony you’ll need to visit those specific pages to see the included sample scripts. These are examples of a standard wedding script following the template mentioned above, and should give you a solid head start.

Because the ceremony samples below are very basic and do not include any additional elements such as wedding readings, a ceremony based solely on these scripts will be 10-15 minutes in length. We highly recommend keeping the total length of the wedding ceremony to around 20 minutes, so be selective with the number of additional elements you include. Please feel free to use these wedding ceremony samples for your own private or professional use, but bear in mind that they are copyrighted works so please do not publish them anywhere online.

Wedding Officiant Script

1. Prelude Music Begins, Processional Starts

2. Seating of the Mothers

3. Officiant, Grooom, and Groomsmen Enter

4. Bridesmaids Enter

5. Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Enter

6. Bride Enters, Escorted by Her Father

7. Welcome

Welcome to all who have gathered here this day to share in this marriage ceremony of [Name] and [Name].

These words, spoken today between [Name] and [Name] are indeed important and sacred, but they are not what joins these two together, nor is this marriage ceremony. We are not here to witness the beginning of their relationship, but to acknowledge and celebrate a lasting bond that already exists between them. [Name] and [Name] have already joined their hearts together and chosen to walk together on life’s journey, and we have come to bear witness to a sybolic union and a public affirmation of the love they share.

8. Gathering Words

Those of us in attendace today are present to witness a statement of lasting love and commitment between [Name] and [Name]. The ceremonial union of two people in marriage, in its primordial form, is as ancient as our very humanity and yet is still as fresh as each day’s sunrise. The commitment of love between [Name] and [Name] speaks of their shared experience together and their dreams for the future, of the importance of each of them as individuals as well as the special bond they share, and of the importance of their community of family and friends.

Everyone gathered here today was invited to this ceremony because you have played a special role in [Name] and [Name]’s lives. You are present at this ceremony to celebrate their marriage and to witness their vows of love to one another. Will all of you, gathered here to witness this union, do all in your power to love and support this couple now, and in the years ahead? If so please respond, “we will.”

Guests: We will.

9. Declaration of Intent

And [Name] and [Name], have you come here today with the intention to be legally joined in marriage? Do you pledge to choose respect, kindness, and compassion toward one another, to listen deeply to one other, and to speak to one another truthfully, today and always?

Couple: We do.

10. Charge to Couple

[Name] and [Name],your love is something that you both cherish, so much so that it’s moved you join in the union of marriage and create a home together. Today, you dedicate your lives to giving one another happiness and support. To be certain, entering into the covenant of marriage is an act of deep trust and faith in the strength of your love. It would be a fool’s error to base your marriage on the hope that your partner will change to become something they are not, or do something in the future that they do not already do today. Your marriage must be based on the heartfelt and sincere acceptance of one another, as you are, in each moment.

The pledge you make today expresses your devotion to one another and to the love you share, and the words spoken here will support your marriage if you are able to sustain your commitment through the inevitable hardships you’ll face together. Today, in the presence of your families and friends, you pronounce your love for each other and make a commitment that will define the next phase of your journey. We celebrate it with you, and wish you well.

11. Exchange of Vows (Repeat after the officiant)

I, [Name], take you, [Name], to be my wife; to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish; until we are parted by death.

I, [Name], take you, [Name], to be my husband; to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish; until we are parted by death.

12. Exchange of Rings

May I please have the rings? (officiant is handed both rings)

Since ancient times, the ring has been a symbol of the unbroken circle of love, with no beginning and no end. Love given freely has no giver and no receiver, for each is the giver and each is the receiver. May these rings always remind you of the freedom and power of this commitment you make here today.

[Name], placing the ring on [Name]’s finger, repeat after me:
[Name],I give you this ring, as a sign of my vow to love, honor, and cherish you.

And [Name], placing the ring on [Name]’s finger, repeat after me:
[Name],I give you this ring, as a sign of my vow to love, honor, and cherish you.

13. Pronouncement and Kiss

[Name] and [Name], inasmuch as you have pledged yourselves, each to the other, and have declared the same in the presence of this company by the exchange of vows and the giving and receiving of rings, by the power vested in me I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may now kiss the Bride! (Applause)

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present to you, the new Mr. and Mrs. ________________ !

15. Recessional

Marriage Ceremony Script

1. Prelude Music Begins, Processional Starts

2. Seating of the Mothers

3. Officiant, Grooom, and Groomsmen Enter

4. Bridesmaids Enter

5. Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Enter

6. Bride Enters, Escorted by Her Father

7. Welcome

Welcome to the wedding of [Name] and [Name]. On behalf of the couple, I welcome you to this celebration of love, and ask that all of you take a moment to silence your mobile devices. Thank you.

A wedding ceremony is a joyous occasion, filled with hopes, dreams and excitement. We are here today to acknowledge and honor the love that [Name] and [Name] share, and to bear witness to the commitment which will begin their journey as married partners.

8. Gathering Words

Marriage is a time-honored tradition, and should never be entered into lightly. [Name] and [Name] have made a very serious and important decision in choosing to marry one other today, entering into a sacred covenant as life partners. While the responsibility to honor and sustain their commitment ultimately lies with the two of them, each of you gathered here today are here because you play an important role in their lives. As their community of support, there may be times that [Name] and [Name] will need your wisdom, guidance, and encouragement to work through the inevitable difficulties that lie ahead. I ask that all of you choose love in your thoughts, words, and actions toward them and their marriage, and do all you can to help them nurture and deepen their bond.

9. Declaration of Intent

As when tending a garden, the quality of your marriage will be a reflection the effort that the two of you put into nurturing this relationship. You have the opportunity to go forward from this day to create a faithful, kind and tender bond. We wish for you the wisdom, compassion, and constancy to create a peaceful sanctuary in which you both can grow in love. [Name] and [Name], do you understand and accept this responsibility and do you come here freely to enter into the covenant of marriage?

[Couple] We do.

10. Reading

The following is an excerpt from Union, by Robert Fulghum.

“You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or between baseball innings – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.

All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another over these years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same. For after today you shall say to the world – This is my husband. This is my wife.”

11. Exchange of Vows

[Name], please look into [Name]’s eyes and repeat after me:

I, [Name] take thee, [Name] to be my wedded wife, to laugh with you in joy, to grieve with you in sorrow, to grow with you in love, as long as we both shall live.

And [Name], please look into [Name]’s eyes and repeat after me:

I, [Name] take thee, [Name] to be my wedded husband, to laugh with you in joy, to grieve with you in sorrow, to grow with you in love, as long as we both shall live.

12. Exchange of Rings

May I have the rings please?

Wedding rings are symbolic reminders of the unbroken circle of eternal love. Within the safety and comfort of a true marriage, love given freely has no beginning and no end. Love freely given has no separate giver and receiver. Each of you gives your love to the other, and each of you receives love from the other. May these rings serve to remind you of the freedom and power of your love.

[Name], placing the ring on [Name]’s finger, repeat after me:

With this ring, I give you my promise, to honor you, to be faithful to you, and to share my love and life with you, in all ways, forever.

And [Name], placing the ring on [Name]’s finger, repeat after me:

With this ring, I give you my promise, to honor you, to be faithful to you, and to share my love and life with you, in all ways, forever.

13. Pronouncement and Kiss

And now, having entered into the covenant of marriage by the exchanging of vows and the giving and receiving of rings, by the power vested in me I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may now seal these vows with a kiss!

14. Closing Words

[Name] and [Name], our best wishes go forward from this day with you and we wish for you a fulfilling life, rich in caring and in happiness. May you find a gentle and peaceful life that nurtures and comforts you, and that reflects your honesty, kindness and integrity. There is a wonderful life ahead of you. Live it fully, love it’s changes and choices, and let life amaze you and bring you great joy.

It is my pleasure to introduce, __________________________!

15. Recessional

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Wedding Ceremony Script For Each Wedding Type (List For 2022)

The wedding ceremony script is an outline for what will be said and by who during the ceremony. Once you have an outline and decide on how the ceremony will be structured you can start to assign specific readings, vows, and other elements you would like to have. One of the most important things to remember when starting to create your wedding script is to pick out what parts are most important to you and your partner and then work around those areas until you have built out an entire script.

Ceremony

Brides Often Ask

What is the order for a wedding ceremony?

  • The Procession of the Wedding Party;
  • The Officiant Welcomes Everyone and Opens the Ceremony;
  • The Officiant then Addresses the Couple;
  • Any Readings or Poems;
  • The Couple then Exchanges Vows;
  • They Exchange Rings;
  • They are then Pronounced Married;
  • The First Kiss;
  • The Officiant then Closes the Ceremony;
  • The Recessional of the Couple and Wedding Party.

How do you write a wedding script?

Wedding vows are one of the most important parts of your wedding ceremony. If you’re not comfortable speaking in front of a large group, work with your officiant to write the vows in a way that your answers can be short, but still reflect your own thoughts and feelings. However as personal, as you want to make them you still need to include two things in your vows, a declaration of intent (I want to marry this person) and a pronouncement (that you are married.)
Steps:

  • Decide on traditional vows or that you both will write your own;
  • Talk about what the wedding vows mean to each of you;
  • List the Items that are important to you to have in the vows;
  • Determine if you want to include any religious items or promises;
  • Consider the length and how you will feel reading it;
  • Rehearse them so that you are comfortable with the sentiment and emotions.

Religious Wedding Ceremony Scripts

If the bride and groom are of the same faith, or of different faiths but want to honor their beliefs with a religious ceremony, they will follow the customs of those faiths. Each faith has different traditions and those guidelines will help the couple incorporate them into the ceremony.

Catholic Wedding Ceremony Script

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Marriage is considered a sacrament in the Catholic Church so the ceremony traditionally includes a full Mass and communion and can last about an hour.

Most Catholic weddings take place in a church, but if you want to hold a Catholic ceremony in another location you must then write to the bishop for permission.

While a Catholic ceremony follows many of the same rituals of any wedding, it includes scripture readings and a sermon by the priest. You can personalize the ceremony by asking family members or friends to perform the readings or participate in other aspects of the service.

Entrance rite

Everyone present rises as the entrance song come on. The ministers, priests, and servers go in first, followed by the wedding party. The processional can be in two folds.

The vested priests and servers may choose to greet the bridal party at the door, then they all proceed. Or the presiding officiates will go in first, but the priest always leads the procession.

Greeting

The priest will greet the assembly and the audience will respond.

Opening prayer

The priest beckons the audience to pray. He offers prayers for the couple, after which they all sit for the liturgy of the word.

Liturgy of the word

The lector proclaims the first reading which is always from the Old Testament. And when the reading is over, the lector will say…

“The Word of the Lord,” and the assembly responds, “Thanks be to God.”

The lector again proclaims the second reading which is from the new testaments this time. And at the end of it, the lector repeats…

“The Word of the Lord,” and the assembly responds, “Thanks be to God.”

Homily

Everyone sits and the priest or deacon offers a homily taken from the scripture reading. Using the text, the priest talks about the sacredness of Christian marriage and the dignity of conjugal love. He reminds everyone of the grace of sacraments and the responsibilities of married people.

Celebration of matrimony

The couple flanked by witnesses come to the altar. Then the priest talks to the couple in similar words…

Dearly beloved, you have come together into the house of the Church so that in the presence of the Church’s minister and the community your intention to enter into Marriage may be strengthened by the Lord with a sacred seal. If both parties are Christian: Christ abundantly blesses the love that binds you. Through a special Sacrament, he enriches and strengthens those he has already consecrated by Holy Baptism, that you may be enriched with his blessing you, so that you may have the strength to be faithful to each other forever and assume all the responsibilities of married life. And so, in the presence of the Church, I ask you to state your intentions.


Address and statement of intentions

Couple, witnesses and everyone stands while the priest asks the couple a few questions to state their intentions. This will border on their freedom of choice, fidelity, and acceptance of bringing up children (if necessary).

(Name) and (Name), have you come here to enter into Marriage without coercion, freely and wholeheartedly?

The groom and bride each say: I have.

Are you prepared, as you follow the path of Marriage, to love and honor each other for as long as you both shall live?

The groom and bride each say: I am.

Exchange of consent

The couple will now declare their consent to be married by stating their vows. And if you’re writing your own vows, you’d have to prepare a wedding ceremony script with vows.

The groom says:

I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my wife. I promise to be faithful to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love you and to honor you all the days of my life.

The bride says:

I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my husband. I promise to be faithful to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love you and to honor you all the days of my life.

Blessing and giving of rings

The priest blesses the wedding bands by praying and sprinkling holy water. The groom places the ring on the bride’s finger first and she goes next. Both of them will say this vow…

I, (Name), take you, (Name), for my lawful wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.

The prayer

The priest and the audience sing or say the Lord’s Prayer in unison.

Nuptial blessing

The priest asks the couple to kneel as he prays over them and also says a solemn blessing all that gathered.

Dismissal

At this point, the priest will dismiss the audience with words like “go in peace to glorify the Lord with your life.” Everyone present will respond with the words “thanks be to God.”

Recessional

The ceremony is at an end. The couple, bridal party, officiates and the priest will proceed out of the church. This is accompanied by music.

Christian Wedding Ceremony Script

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With many different denominations of the Christain faith practices in the United States, there are many variations in the traditions of the marriage ceremony.

At Christain wedding guests sit for the duration of the ceremony, only standing when the bride enters and when the officiant announces that the couple is married.

There are many places where a couple can make the ceremony more personal, they can suggest specific biblical readings as well as secular poems and have friends and family read the selected passages.

Welcome and introduction

This is very similar to a Traditional wedding script but, for the most part, is worded a little more lightly:

Marriage is a gift from God, given to us so that we might experience the joys of unconditional love with a lifelong partner. God designed marriage to be an intimate relationship between a man and a woman.

Reading

A reading from the Bible is also quite prominent in the Christian wedding ceremony. A passage from Corinthians isn’t mandatory. But, due to poetic and inspiring nature, it’s a wildly popular choice:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

– 1 Corinthians: 13

Declaration of intent

Again, the is similar to the traditional declaration of intent wedding script, but has the addition of including the father and/or mother of the bride as the ones who are willingly passing the union of the family on to the new husband:

Who gives (Name) to be married to (Name)?

Sharing Of Vows

Wedding vows have been updated over the past few centuries. Back then, a wedding ceremony was a legal process that transferred ownership of a woman from her family to her new husband. The vows had a fairly pronounced emphasis on the “obey” side of “love and obey”. Today wedding vows have a focus on love and commitment.

I, (Name), take thee, (Name), / to be my wedded husband, / to have and to hold / from this day forward, / for better, for worse, / for richer, for poorer, / in sickness and in health, / to love and to cherish, / till death do us part. / This is my solemn vow.

Ring Exchange

Historically any exchange of an item of value was an acceptable part of the wedding ceremony. Over time, a ring became an overwhelming item of choice. Why? Because a ring has no beginning and has no end; just like a healthy the love you have for your future husband or wife.

May I have the token of Groom’s/Bride’s love for (Name)?
This ring I give in token and pledge / as a sign of my love and devotion. / With this ring, I thee wed.

Prayers and Blessings

Another distinction with the Christian wedding ceremony is blessing the union. Since marriage is the strongest sacrament of the faith it’s customary to ask God to protect it:

Lord, You guided them to each other, now guide them in this new journey as husband and wife. As they walk down this path, light their way so they may keep their eyes focused on Your will, their hands holding fast to Your truth, their feet firmly planted in Your Word, and their hearts bound together by Your love. This we pray in Your name. Amen.

Pronouncement and kiss

The officiant will quickly review the steps you’ve taken, and ask you to seal your contract with a kiss:

(Name) and (Name), since you have consented together in holy matrimony, and have pledged yourselves to each other by your solemn vows and by the giving of rings, and have declared your commitment of love before God and these witnesses, I now pronounce you husband and wife in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Those whom God hath joined together, let no man separate.
(Name), you may kiss your Bride.

Jewish Wedding Ceremony Samples

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Most Jewish weddings feature a ketubah, which is a marriage contract signed by the couple and two witnesses.

There is also a chuppah, a wedding canopy which the couple and the family stand under during the service and finally the breaking of a glass.

To personalize the service you can select an honored guest to be called up individually to recite one of the seven blessings. This is considered a special honor.

The Tish

The husband’s resolve is tested as he attempts to recite a lecture based on this week’s Torah section and his male friends and family members attempt to distract him.

Modern (conservative and reform) couples are including the bride and female guests at “the table”.

The Ketubah Signing

The groom signs the marriage contract in front of the Rabbi and at least 2 male witnesses.

At first glance, this seems as though the husband is ‘acquiring’ the bride, but it’s quite the opposite! Once the contract is signed it remains in the bride’s possession indefinitely.

The B’deken

The is the ‘veiling of the bride’ in which the groom sees the bride for the first time and proceeds to cover her face indicating that he is purely interested in her inner beauty.

Legend states that this is the result of Jacob being tricked into marrying his true bride’s sister. After a moment of verification that she is indeed his one-and-only, the ceremony proceeds.

The Huppah

The ‘canopy’ has evolved over the years, but it remains the place where the marriage is officially consecrated once the couple has been left alone for a short while.

Historically the canopy was adorned with rich colors and plush furniture. This is your best opportunity to customize the wedding and make it uniquely ‘you’.

Circling

When the couple first enters the huppah, the bride circles the groom seven times, representing the seven wedding blessings and seven days of creation, and demonstrating that the groom is the center of her world.

Conservative and reform couples repeat this process so that the bride is the center of the groom’s world as well.

Kiddushin

The betrothal ceremony begins with greetings, a blessing over the wine, and a sip taken by the bride and groom.

Aramaic is the language of law according to the Jewish faith, and this is what’s used to recite the biblical Song of Songs as the groom – and quite often repeated by the bride in some form – places the wedding ring on the bride’s right index finger.

Sheva B’rachot

Seven blessings are recited including praise to God and a prayer for peace in Jerusalem.

This is a great opportunity to allow the guests to participate by asking select friends or family to take their turn reciting.

The Breaking of the Glass

Almost everyone is familiar with this portion of the Jewish wedding ceremony, but even the devout have trouble pinpointing the exact symbolism here.
Is it:

  • a symbol of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem?
  • a representation of the fragility of human relationships?
  • a reminder that marriage changes the lives of individuals forever?

Regardless of your opinion, one thing’s for sure, it’s time to shout “Mazel Tov!”

The Yihud

After the whirlwind day, the couple is whisked off to their ‘tent of seclusion’. For 15 minutes the newlyweds enjoy their first moments of intimacy, their first meal together, or maybe just some peace and quiet and husband and wife before the big party start.

Protestant Wedding Script And Vows

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Protestantism is the largest grouping of Christians in the United States; with its combined denominations collectively comprising 141 million people.

Each Protestant group has its own ceremony. Some are more liberal than others and more open to non-traditional components. Many of its ceremonies can be traced back to the 16th century Church of England.

The Introductory Prayer

The Protestant wedding ceremony script begins with the officiant – known as the Celebrant in this case – faces the audience and offers the introduction that Hollywood has made so familiar:

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of God to witness and bless the joining together of this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony. The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation, and our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by His presence and first miracle at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and His Church, and Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all people.

The union of husband and wife is intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given each other in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is God’s will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord. Therefore marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.

Although this is a very common introduction, check with your church to see how their version differs. Different churches have been known to add their own personal flavor to the wedding script.

The Interrogation

This is the unique part that we mentioned earlier. This is quite nice because instead of the audience being strictly spectators, they are active participants:

Into this union (Name) and (Name) now come to be joined. If any of you can show just cause why they may not be lawfully wed, speak now, or else forever hold your peace.

To the bride and groom: I charge you both, here in the presence of God and the witness of this company, that if either of you know any reason why you may not be married lawfully and in accordance with God’s Word, do now confess it.

One at a time, to the bride/groom: (Name), will you have this woman/man to be your wife/husband; to live together with her/him in the covenant of marriage? Will you love her/him, comfort her/him, honor and keep her/him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful unto her/him as long as you both shall live?

Individually they reply: I will.

To the congregation: Will all of you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold these two persons in their marriage?

The congregation replies: We will.

The Presentation

The presentation combines the “giving away” of the bride followed by a hymn. Modern Protestants sometimes opt for romantic quotes from poetry in place of the hymn, and follow this updated script:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
She gives herself, with the blessing of her mother and father.

The Vows

Many modern Protestant couples are choosing to write their own wedding vow scripts but for those of you wanting to keep things traditional, here are the time-tested words:

In the name of God, I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

The Blessing and Exchange of Rings

The Celebrant starts by asking God to bless the rings:

Bless, O Lord, these rings as a symbol of the vows by which this man and this woman have bound themselves to each other; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Bride and Groom place the rings on each other’s fingers and say:

I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The Celebrant joins the right hands of the bride and groom and says:

Now that (Name) and (Name) have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings, I pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit

And finally:

Those whom God has joined together, let no one put asunder.
Amen

Concluding Prayers

The congregation is directed to stand and recite the Lord’s Prayer, which is something committed to memory by most Protestant churchgoers:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom comes, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

In many cases, the couple is directed to kneel while further blessings, prayers, and songs are offered. To end the ceremony the Celebrant recited one final script:

(Name) and (Name), having witnessed your vows of love to one another, it is my joy to present you to all gathered here as husband and wife. You may kiss the bride

Baptist Wedding Ceremony Script

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When planning the wedding ceremony, incorporate the most important Baptist elements. Although there are many established traditions in a Baptist ceremony; you can still personalize the service. Add your own words and thoughts into the vows and including family and friends.

With this ring I thee wed, and all my worldly goods I thee endow. In sickness and in health, in poverty or in wealth, ’til death do us part.

If your unsure as to what the defining difference is, Baptists believe in salvation in God alone – as opposed to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Baptists also do not follow the Holy sacraments as the way to salvation. Since marriage is one of the Holiest sacraments, there will be a fairly significant difference here.

Pagan Wedding Ceremony Script

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Pagan is a legally recognized faith with three main religions. There are many traditions that fall under the Pagan title.

  • Wicca: This is a nature-oriented faith which uses the seasons as the focus of their beliefs.
  • Druidry: Based on the Celtic heritage of storytelling and poetry.
  • Asatru: Based on Northern European beliefs drawing on the virtues of the Vikings, three of which are courage, truth, and honor.

Be aware before you proceed, that the day your paths crossed in life, you formed a tie.
As you prepare to join in matrimony, endeavor to uphold all the ideals that make this ceremony and the institution of marriage sacred.

Be notified that, within this circle, you declare your intent to willingly take a hand-fast before your guests and your creative higher powers.
All the promises you make here and the hand-fast will greatly strengthen your marriage. They will grow with your soul through the years.
Do you still intend to go ahead into matrimony?

The couple will say they do.

Be aware before you proceed, that the day your paths crossed in life, you formed a tie.
As you prepare to join in matrimony, endeavor to uphold all the ideals that make this ceremony and the institution of marriage sacred.

Be notified that, within this circle, you declare your intent to willingly take a hand-fast before your guests and your creative higher powers.
All the promises you make here and the hand-fast will greatly strengthen your marriage. They will grow with your soul through the years.
Do you still intend to go ahead into matrimony?

The couple will say they do.

Handfasting Wedding Ceremony Wording

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Handfastings celebrates the coming together of two people in a formal and equal partnership. Handfastings can have many variations, but it is based on an ancient Celtic ritual in which the couple’s hands are tied together to symbolize the binding of their two lives. It is often a part of Wiccan or Pagan ceremonies; but it is also becoming popular in more mainstream ceremonies.

Know now before you go further, that since your lives have crossed in this life you have formed ties between each other.
As you seek to enter this state of matrimony you should strive to make real, the ideals that give meaning to both this ceremony and the institution of marriage.

With full awareness, know that within this circle you are not only declaring your intent to be handfasted before your friends and family, but you speak that intent also to your creative higher powers.
The promises made today and the ties that are bound here greatly strengthen your union; they will cross the years and lives of each soul’s growth.
Do you still seek to enter this ceremony?

Bride and Groom say, “Yes, We Seek to Enter.”

Sand Wedding Ceremony Script

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The wedding sand ceremony illustrates the coming together of two families. It is a powerful yet very simple idea. Each family has different color sand that they pour into a clear jar forming the layers of the family. It represents the harmony of the family, coming together. It is similar to the Unity Candle which a couple lights together, but the great thing about the sand ceremony is that you can keep it and cherish it forever. A great idea for an outside wedding since candles can be a concern in the wind.

(Name) and (Name), these two bottles of sand represent your individual life and all that you are. Your friends, families, and children; if any before today. Today we will blend this sand and you will not exist anymore.
You will become one in love and married. And as the sand cannot be quite separated, so also you both cannot be well separated.

Simple Wedding Ceremony Scripts

Remember, your wedding can be as simple as you want it to be. Do you want to choose to go the non-traditional route? You can be married by a friend or family member or crafting your own wedding ceremony and vows.

Simple Wedding Ceremony Script Non-Religious

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There is no standard wedding ceremony order for a nice simple wedding; but think about including some readings, poetry, or religious scripture. Your witnesses will sign the wedding certificate. Also, it is customary to have some symbol of the couple uniting like lighting a candle together.

I call upon these persons here present to witness that I, (Name) do take you, (Name), to be my lawful wedded (wife/husband/spouse/partner). And I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad. I give you my hand, my heart and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.
Vows and rings are exchanged, and the pronouncement is made:
(Name) and (Name) in as much as you have pledged yourself, one to the other, by the exchanging of vows and rings I, [Name of Officiant] , by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Marriage Act, do hereby pronounce you (Name) and (Name) to be married.
You may exchange a kiss as a token of your joy.

Wedding Ceremony Script For A Virtual Wedding

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A virtual wedding ceremony is a wonderful alternative given the issues with Covid-19. It may just be a placeholder until you can celebrate in person with family and friends. Also, you can share this day with family members who can not be with you physically. Zoom can help you set the stage for a magical event.

The wedding ceremony script will be as a standard ceremony script, but without a few details. Also, you can personalize it depends on your religion and preferences.

  • Opening and welcome
  • Expression of intent (“I do…”)
  • Readings, hymns, music, prayers (in a virtual wedding, it’s better to focus on readings, and skip musical offerings)
  • An address or a sermon (skip this in a virtual wedding)
  • Vows
  • Ring ceremony
  • Pronouncement
  • The kiss

Notary Wedding Ceremony Script

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Only a few states allow notaries to officiate at weddings. They have also obtained a license as an officiate through a recognized program. If they have become ordained, be sure to vet them carefully to find out if they are reputable, what fees they will charge; and if they are recognized in the place you are to be married. Be sure your officiate is able to marry you and file all the important paperwork.

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today (tonight) to join this man
and this woman in (holy) matrimony.

Exchange of Vows

(Name), do you take this woman to be your wife, to live
together in (holy) matrimony, to love her, to honor her, to comfort her, and to keep her
in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, for as long as you both shall live?

“I do.”

(Name), do you take this man to be your husband, to live
together in (holy) matrimony, to love him, to honor him, to comfort him, and to keep
him in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, for as long as you both shall live?

“I do.”

“Repeat after me.”

I, (Name) take you (Name), to be my wife, to have and to
hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in
sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

I, (Name), take you (Name), to be my husband, to have
and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in
sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

Exchange of Rings

I give you this ring as a token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love.

Pronouncement
Notary asks the couple to join hands, then declares,

By virtue of the authority vested in
me under the laws of the State, I now pronounce you husband and wife.
You may kiss the bride.

Short Funny Wedding Ceremony Script

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A funny wedding script starts often with the officiant. They set the mood. If that’s what you want and you have an officiant who can carry off a light-hearted approach to the ceremony, go with it! Be sure to not resort to dark humor, you want to remember the beauty of the day. Do you want to add humor to your wedding script? Remember you will have a wide range of family and friends at the ceremony, be sure you don’t offend anyone.

“I promise to hold off secretly watching episodes of Game of Thrones – until we are actually together.”

“In front of our friends and family gathered here, I promise to love and cherish you in good times and in bad. I promise to put down the toilet seat – and to replace the toilet roll when it’s over and to never, ever, ever forget our wedding anniversary or your birthday.”

“I vow to stand by your side when the zombie apocalypse comes and, should you be turned into one, I promise to let you bite me, so I can too be one and, therefore, stay by your side forever.”

Now that’s love!

Non-Religious Wedding Ceremony Scripts

Do you want to have a secular or non-religious wedding ceremony? Talk to the officiant to add your own personal touches to the vows including anecdotes and special memories. You can craft the ceremony to include anything important to you as a couple. Since there are no special rules you can include family and friends in so many different ways during the ceremony.

Secular Wedding Ceremony Script

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If your wedding is a secular affair vs. a religious one; you have more leeway in how you want the script to go. No matter how traditional or untraditional the ceremony it still should be beautiful, personal, and memorable. Make it your own by adding readings from authors you admire.

Bring family and friends into the ceremony by asking them to participate. Often in a secular ceremony, the officiant is someone the couple has asked to marry them and they were ordained for that purpose. Be sure they have the legal standing to marry you and file the important papers.

We come now to the words (Name) and (Name) want to hear the most today…the words that take them across the threshold from being engaged to being married.
A marriage, as most of us understand it, is a voluntary and full commitment. It is made in the deepest sense to the exclusion of all others, and it is entered into with the desire and hope that it will last for life.

Before you declare your vows to one another, I want to hear you confirm that it is indeed your intention to be married today.
(Name), do you come here freely and without reservation to give yourself to (Name) in marriage? If so, answer “I do.”

Alternative Wedding Ceremony Script

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Want to throw out the old “playbook” when planning your wedding? Then maybe you want to plan an alternative wedding. Alternative weddings often include the use of items not normally seen in more traditional ceremonies. You can start with music and art that are meaningful to you as a couple in creating a theme that sets the tone for the ceremony.

Think outside the box and make it truly your own when choosing your wedding attire, witnesses, and officiant.

Wedding processional/introduction

Once everyone is in and seated, the officiant gives an address. This will touch on a couple of things including prayer, reading, and meaning of marriage or giving away the couple.

Friends, we have been invited here today to share with (Name) and (Name) a very important moment in their lives. In the years they have been together, their love and understanding of each other have grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together as husband/wife and wife/husband.

Wedding readings

Choose something from your favorite movies, books, songs, literature, or religious book.

Wedding vows/wedding exchanges

Create a wedding ceremony script with your own vows for this part to fit your wedding style. The officiant will say a few things about marriage before you exchange rings or its alternative, using similar words.

I, (Name), give you, (Name) this ring as an eternal symbol of my love and commitment to you.

After the exercise, you can include any ritual of choice, like the unity ceremony. Then the couple, parents, and assigned witnesses to sign the wedding register or any alternative of valid marriage document.

Closing remark, pronouncement, kiss and processional

The officiant gives their final thought in a closing remark and they conclude with similar words…

By the power vested in me by the state of _______, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss.

And this heralds the first legal kiss of the couple, the officiant presents the couple. The officiant may use “Mr. and Mrs. the agreed last name” if a party decides to change their name. If that’s not the case, the officiant will use their first names.

The guests rise up and give a clapping ovation and everyone gets in line for the processional.

Modern Wedding Ceremony Script

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Even traditional ceremonies can have a modern twist. Add modern touches by including elements important to you and your extended family. Include children from a blended family, cherished pets, and even elderly family members as an official part of the wedding party. Make the vows and readings as modern as you are as a couple.

Procession

The groom will wait for his bride at the aisle, as she walks down with her father.

Welcome address

The officiant will say

Dear friends, we are here to witness (Name) and (Name) get married. We watched their love blossom and here they are today. Thank you for taking the time out to be part of their day, it means a lot. Today is all about love and it is serious business. Love is the strength of the world, a universal language that binds everyone. I pray this love we are here to witness will spread in our hearts and to all that’s ours. We will support them on the journey of their love which begins today.

Reading

They will take readings from pieces like the union, by Robert Fulghum. The art of marriage, and oh! The places you will go by Dr. Seuss. You can also take readings from the Holy Books or favorite movies and poems.

Vows

The couple will create their own vow, something from the heart. Below is one I created. You can tweak it to suit any gender. You may also personalize it by putting your name and other things unique to you.

I, (Name) take you (Name) as my husband. The man of my youth who makes my heart race. Today, you become my husband. I promise to love you like I can’t do without air. To respect you will everything I am. To support you and be your biggest cheerleader. I promise to stand with you against the world, and be your safe haven always. To grow with you and laugh with you. Your joy will be mine and so will your pain. I love you today, forever, till the end of time and a day. This is my sacred vow to you.

Rings exchange

The best man will present the ring to the officiant and then to the couple. Each of them will pick a ring and say;

“I take you (Name) as my wife/husband/partner with this ring. Let it always be a symbol of my undying love for you.”

Closing remarks

The celebrant will say;

We all witnessed this and we are well satisfied with everything. With the power vested in me, I pronounce you a couple. You can kiss the bride.
Marriage is Joyful with the right person. And the person is right when they love, understand, care for and are patient with each other. Marriage is a gift box, you put in your best, to get the best out of it. I hope your love lasts forever. I give you my best wishes.
Cheers!

Unique Wedding Ceremony Script

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Want a wedding ceremony that is as extraordinarily unique as you are as a couple? It may take a little more time and hard work to create a truly unique ceremony; but the end result will be well worth the effort.

As a couple, you share many unique experiences and you can build on these when writing your vows and designing the ceremony. Talk about how you meet, the things about each other that made you fall in love and other important aspects of your relationship. They are unique to you as a couple and will make your ceremony unique as well.

I’ve been wanting to say this for years and I can do that today finally. I willingly take you as my wife with this ring. To hold your hands through the years, loving you, cherishing you and protecting you. Wear this ring always, as it is a symbol of my undying love.

I will put you above everything else. All I have is yours and all of me is yours. I love you strongly like the wind and as deep as the sea. I’ll be with you forever, till we are old and grey.

The bride will say the same or create something of her own.
The celebrant will then say “with the authority given to me, I pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss now.

Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony Scripts

Remember when planning a same-sex wedding ceremony that it is a reflection of you as a couple. None of the elements of a traditional wedding need to be a part of the ceremony. Write your vows that speak to who you are as a couple, your love and appreciation for each other and your commitment to each other.

You may want to include some of the more traditional wedding themes; but you can be creative in how you incorporate them into your ceremony and how they reflect on your vision as a couple.

Gay Wedding Ceremony Script

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It is your day to express your love for each other and to share that love with family and friends. The memories you create will always be a reminder of this special day. Your ceremony does not need to be bound to tradition. You’re free to write the vows and design a ceremony that reflects who you are as a couple. Pick poetry, quotes, and reading that are meaningful and inspire your community to share in your joy as a couple.

Welcome and introduction

Welcome, family, friends and loved ones. We are gathered here today,
surrounded by the beauty of creation and nurtured by the sights and sounds of nature to
celebrate the wedding of (Name) and (Name).

You have come here from nearby and from far away
to share in this commitment now they make to one another, to offer your love and support to
their union, and to allow (Name) and (Name) to start their married life together surrounded by the
people dearest and most important to them.

Reading

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.

O no, it is an ever-fixèd mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Declaration of intent

The wording is very similar to what you’ve read above, just with some key omissions and artistic license:

(Name), I take you as you are, loving who you are now and who you are yet to become, I promise from this day forward. To be grateful for our love and our life. To be generous with my time, my energy and my affection.

I promise to be patient with you and with myself. To fill our life with adventure and our home with laughter. To encourage you to grow as an individual, and inspire you to do so. I promise to love you completely. These things I pledge before you, our friends and our family

Sharing Of Vows

The Declaration of Intent and Sharing of Vows are fairly integrated with the simple addition of:

(Name), do you take (Name) to be your partner? I do.

Ring Exchange

The couple takes a turn placing wedding rings on each other’s fingers:

Your wedding ring is a symbol of your promise to one another. The ring, an unbroken, never ending circle, is a symbol of committed, unending love.

Pronouncement and kiss

The Ceremony comes to a thrilling conclusion:

You have come here today of your own free will and in the presence of family and friends, have declared your love and commitment to each other. You have given and received a ring as a symbol of your promises. By the power of your love and commitment to each other, and by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and husband. You may now share your first kiss as a married couple.

Lesbian Wedding Ceremony Script

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The wedding ceremony is your time to celebrate your special relationship. Pick vows and readings that tell your unique story. Make the ceremony special by sharing how you meet and how you’ve both come to love each other. Give your friends and family the chance to share in the joy of your loving and unshakeable bond.

Processional

Invocation or Greeting

Welcome to the wedding of (name) and (name). We’re here today to celebrate the enduring love of these two women.

Readings

The Anactoria Poem by Sappho makes a beautiful reading at a lesbian wedding ceremony.

Same-Sex Wedding Vows

I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my lifelong spouse. I will support, honor, and cherish you through all the circumstances we may face, and I will never stop celebrating our love.

Exchange of Rings

The Kiss

Recessional

Wedding Ceremony Scripts For Officiants

Most officiants like to use an outline to help them organize the ceremony and the script. It is important to consider what the couple being married wants for their wedding day. Take the time to talk to the couple; so that your words reflect what they believe about marriage and their relationship.

Basic Wedding Ceremony Script

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Most weddings follow a basic, standard order. From there the couple can add other elements and traditions. The basic wedding template includes a welcome, reading, and the exchange of vows and rings. The couple can opt for a quick 10-minute version; or by including more personalized elements, extending the service to 30 minutes. Be mindful that the service does not extend much past the 30-minute mark.

  • Introduction
  • Declaration
  • Vows
  • Rings exchange
  • Pronouncements
  • Closing

An example from after the declaration:

And as we all are here. I urge you to stand as witnesses as I, (Name) take (Name) as my wife/husband/partner. I promise to love you and uphold our love. To fight for us in the face of the storm, to be your joy and to dry your tears. To cherish you with every fiber of my being. I promise to stand with you and hold your hands, even when we are old and grey. This is my vow.

Then the officiant will say

Seeing that you said your vows to each other in the presence of witnesses. I (Name), an authorized officiant under the law of (country), with the power vested in me by (state), pronounce you a couple. You can now kiss your bride.

After this, the couples receive good wishes from those present and they close.

Pastor Wedding Ceremony Script

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As a pastor performing a wedding ceremony you will include all the traditional and religious elements of your church. The biblical readings and music will reflect the religious nature of the ceremony as well as the commitment by the couple surrounding their marriage. A pastor or church leader will often take the opportunity to meet with the couple ahead of time; so that the words in the ceremony are ones they choose together.

Invocation:

I welcome you all and I’m thankful that you are here to witness and celebrate the love of Paul and Melisa.

Prayer:

We pray…
Father in heaven, we give you thanks for binding these two persons in love. We pray that you uphold their love. Make their love practical and give them hearts of patience and forgiveness. Today, we hand this marriage over to you.

Declaration and vows:

Who gives this bride to be Wed…
Will you have this woman as your legal wife? To love and cherish, protect and keep? In good and bad, until death takes you?

Pronouncement:

With the power vested in me by the state of Georgia, I pronounce you man and wife.

Wedding Ceremony Template Generator

If you want to create something unique, use Wedding ceremony template generator. A template generator allows you to choose what you want for every stage of your wedding script.

Use the list of instructions below:

  1. Fill in your name as first partner and your spouse’s name as partner 2.
  2. Enter your email address.
  3. Fill in your wedding date.
  4. Select the type of opening you want your officiant to go with.
  5. Select your readings. They range from literature to poems.
  6. Select the vows you prefer.
  7. Pick your ring exchange reading.
  8. If you want a unity celebration, pick your choice. This is as long as you make your own unity kit available.
  9. Select your ideal closing remarks.
  10. Pick your choice declaration of intent.
  11. Click on your ideal pronouncements. If you want something different, there’s the column for other pronouncements. And if you don’t want at all, click on no pronouncement.
  12. Make your notes and special request if any, in the comment box, and then submit.

Although just one piece of a very special day, your wedding ceremony script is actually the most important one! They are the words that will unite you as a couple. So while you may use some suggestions and ceremony outlines available online and elsewhere, make sure that a part of the script is in your own words and reflect the love and commitment you are making to each other on this big day.

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Ideas and Inspiration for Your Wedding Ceremony Script (Traditional & Modern)

With so many elements to arrange for your special day, one that doesn’t always immediately spring to mind is the format for your wedding ceremony script. You may know what type of ceremony appeals to you and whether religion plays a role in your vows, but it’s completely normal to be unsure about how you want to phrase the words of your ceremony.

Your wedding ceremony script helps to set the tone not only for your wedding day, but also for your marriage. It’s an opportunity to vocalize your love and commitment in a way that feels natural to both of you.
Many couples like to personalize some or all of their ceremony wording, as you want to feel deeply connected to the words you say and the promises you make.

To help you out, we’ve brought together some insider tips on what to include in your wedding ceremony script and how to personalize it. If you’re looking for a script to use as inspiration, you’ll also find our traditional and modern wedding ceremony samples below.

What’s the Typical Format for a Wedding Ceremony?

The format of a wedding ceremony is largely up to you, and you can personalize your ceremony to your heart’s content. Most couples keep to a familiar format based on tradition and a flow that works. You could choose to add extra readings, poems, sermons, or even songs, but many wedding ceremonies stick to a basic schedule.

Processional

Traditionally, this is where the bridal party enters the room as live or recorded music plays.  This isn’t always the case though. In same-sex weddings, one half of the happy couple might walk the aisle to greet the other at the front of the room — or both may walk in together. The same goes for mixed-sex couples, especially those who want a less traditional wedding.

The processional music could be a traditional tune played on an organ or piano, or something more modern like the couple’s favorite song. If you’re stuck for ideas, try this list of unforgettable wedding processional songs.

Welcome

The wedding officiant will then welcome the couple and guests to the ceremony. The welcome message can be brief, especially for a minimalist wedding or laidback civil ceremony. Conversely, the welcome message can be more detailed and describe the couple’s journey to where they are now.

Readings, Addresses, or Sermons

The opening welcome is typically followed by an address, or one or more readings or sermons. In a religious ceremony these may be sections of text from a religious book and reference God. Some couples choose to have popular readings from friends or family members, while others prefer to ask loved ones to write their own words around a particular topic or theme.

Exchange of Vows

It’s at this point in the ceremony where the couple usually exchanges vows. These may be based on traditional or religious promises, or the vows could be completely customized and handwritten by the couple. Whether traditional or modern, here’s where you’ll find the couple saying “I do.”

Exchange of Rings

Next, the wedding rings are exchanged. The officiant will usually ask the couple to place the ring on each other’s ring fingers and repeat a promise or declaration of their commitment.

Pronouncement

Following the ring exchange, it’s time for the officiant to formally pronounce the couple as married for the first time. After this you’re likely to witness the first kiss as a married couple, followed by cheering from guests.

Recessional

The ceremony ends with the recessional, where the wedding party exits the room. Again, this is usually to music of the couple’s choice.

What Do You Need to Include In Your Wedding Ceremony Script?

There are very few rules when it comes to writing or personalizing your wedding ceremony script. Apart from two major features, you’re free to use the words, vows, and readings that feel closest to your heart and personality.

Declaration of Intent and Pronouncement

For your wedding ceremony to be official, you’ll need to include both a declaration of intent and pronouncement. The declaration of intent is where you officially say that you are entering into this marriage of your own free will, and acknowledge the commitment that you are making to your partner. The pronouncement comes later in the ceremony, where your officiant formally declares you married.

You can choose how to word these parts of your ceremony. You can go for a traditional declaration or something more modern. As long as the intentions of both you and your partner are declared, you can do this in a way that reflects your personality and thoughts on marriage.

The same goes for the pronouncement, although it usually features the familiar phrase ‘I pronounce you husband/wife and wife/husband’ or simply ‘I pronounce you married.’

Traditional Wedding Ceremony Script

Wedding ceremony script: Black and white photo of couple at the church altar
For many happy couples, a traditional wedding ceremony is what they’ve always dreamed of. There’s a familiarity to the order of service, vows, and declarations that makes your ceremony feel warm and special.

Here’s a sample traditional wedding ceremony script for you to borrow or personalize for your special day. The example below features a bride and groom exchanging vows, but it’s easily customizable to suit a same-sex couple planning a traditional ceremony.

Welcome

Officiant: We are gathered here today to witness the sacred union of ________ and ________. We stand here to honor and celebrate the love shared between these two people, as they come together to start their new life with a solemn vow, surrounded by their closest family and friends. ________ and ________ are overjoyed that you are able to join us here today.

Address

Officiant: This ceremony celebrates the beginning of your marriage. It’s a journey of love, understanding, perseverance, and dedication to one another that lasts through time. As we stand here today to mark this occasion, we remember that what matters most is not the ceremony itself, but the love and companionship you will continue to share throughout your married life together.

Readings

Officiant: To honor the strength of love and the role it plays in our lives, ________ and ________ have called upon two of their nearest and dearest to share readings that have moved them.
Readings follow

Wedding Vows

Officiant: There are no vows more meaningful and powerful than those which will be shared here today. Your wedding vows are a sacred declaration of your love for each other, the foundation of your relationship as a married couple, and the life you want to build together.

Officiant: Please face each other as you declare these vows to one another. ________, you may start.

Bride: I, ________, take you, ________ to be my wedded husband. I promise to stay by your side through good and bad times, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. I vow to stay true to you and love you unconditionally for the rest of my days.

Officiant: ________, please now make your vows.

Groom: I, ________, take you, ________ to be my wedded wife. I promise to stand by your side through good and bad times, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. I vow to stay true to you and love you unconditionally for the rest of my days.

Declaration of Intent

Officiant: Do you, ________, take this woman to be your wedded wife?

Groom: I do

Officiant: Do you, ________, take this man to be your wedded husband?

Bride: I do

Officiant: Let us now proceed.

Exchanging of Rings

Officiant: It is now time for you to exchange rings. Your rings symbolize the eternal commitment that you make to each other, and the never ending circle of your love. May these rings always remind you of the commitment you are making here today.

Officiant: ________ and ________, please repeat after me. I, ________, give you, ________, this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment to you.

Pronouncement

Officiant: By the power vested in me, I pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss.

Officiant: It is with great honor and delight that I present to you Mr. and Mrs. ________.

Modern Wedding Ceremony Script

Lovely floral arrangement on a wooden beam with draped fabric
If you’ve opted for a less traditional wedding, you’ll want your ceremony script to be just as modern and unique. For some, a modern wedding ceremony script is short while for others it features more of the happy couple’s love story and personality.

Here is a modern wedding ceremony script to inspire your own celebration of love.

Welcome

Officiant: It’s a great pleasure to welcome you here today to celebrate this special moment between ________ and ________. Your presence symbolizes the love and joy that we all feel for our friends, family, loved ones, and our community. It’s an honor to join you in marking the start of ________ and ________ ‘s marriage.

Address

Officiant: Today ________ and ________ take the first steps on a new journey. A journey that brings adventures, challenges, and moments of courage. Marriage brings two people together like nothing else, uniting two people who love each other unconditionally and with endless strength.

Officiant:  ________ and ________ ‘s relationship has blossomed into a love that brings out the best in each other, a care that knows no boundaries, and a dedication to taking on the world together. Marriage brings a new commitment, and it is one built on a strong foundation. It’s a promise that has existed in the way that you support, appreciate, and encourage each other, long before today.

Officiant: Today marks the beginning of a new stage in your lives together, a moment that we are all honored to share with you.

Reading

Officiant: Today’s reading, performed by ________ ‘s closest friend ________, celebrates the support and love that we can each find within our circles of friendship.
Reading follows

Wedding Vows

Officiant: Let us now hear the declarations and promises that ________ and ________ make to each other here today.
Officiant: ________, please take ________ ‘s hand and repeat after me.

Officiant, followed by Partner 1 and then Partner 2: ________, I promise that from this day until my last I will love you, care for you, and celebrate you. You are my closest friend, my other half, and the one that I will treasure forever. I dedicate my energy to bringing you days filled with laughter, joy, tenderness, and unwavering love.

Declaration of Intent

Officiant: ________,  will you take ________ to be your partner through life? Will you love her, protect her, and spend your days in laughter together forever?

Partner 1: I do.

Officiant: ________,  will you take ________ to be your partner through life? Will you love her, protect her, and spend your days in laughter together forever?
Partner 2: I do.

Exchanging of Rings

Officiant: ________ and ________, these rings are a physical representation of the love and commitment that you share. May you be forever be reminded of this moment and the joy that fills the air for the rest of your lives. Please place the ring upon your beloved’s ring finger and repeat after me.

Officiant, then Partner 1 and Partner 2: I give you this ring to symbolize the continuous flow of my love for you. Together we are united, unstoppable, and unbreakable, today and for all of our days.

Officiant: By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you married. Smile, kiss, and spend the rest of the day celebrating your new commitment.

Will You Write or Personalize Your Own Wedding Ceremony Script?

Some couples like to write every part of their ceremony, while others are led by their officiant for most of the ceremony. It’s popular for couples to write their own wedding vows whether it’s done together or apart. Either way, these vows are special because they come straight from the heart.

Whether you borrow one of our ceremony scripts or write your own, the words shared between you and your partner are the center of what’s important. Your wedding ceremony is the start of a lifelong commitment to each other, so plan your wedding the way that feels most “you.”

For more inspiration on how to create the perfect wedding ceremony, don’t miss post on how to choose the right wedding venue.

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Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts You’ll Want to BorrowOfficiant:Austin Area Weddings

Alright so we’ve definitely covered something old, a whole lot of something new ((peep our latest, everything is trendy/new/what’s hot in weddings RN)), and recently a bunch of something blue, but borrowed isn’t as obvious. Unless we’re talking using mom or grandma’s dress … or donating yours after the wedding. That’s why today I felt like it was a good time to talk wedding ceremonies. Why? Because couples have been getting married for thousands of years, and even though weddings have become hella personal as of late 🙌🙌🙌, the basic structure/format of a wedding ceremony is essentially the same, across the board. Sooo, as you can guess, the wording is going to sound pretty familiar from one wedding to the next, it’s the most blatant #somethingborrowed there is, really.

My husband is actually officiating my sister and future brother-in-law’s wedding next month, and he’s been carefully considering what he’ll say on their big day for at least half a year. And in the last few months, he’s spent whatever free time he has at night scoping out sample scripts and finding verses and verbiage that he thinks vibes with their overall style and personality. That’s where borrowing comes in, real hot. Because there’s certainly nothing wrong with a little wedding plagiarism here, at least that’s what A Practical Wedding tells us!

Ceremonies by BethelOfficiant:Ceremonies by Bethel

The majority of couples who get married in a religious ceremony usually defer to the preferences of the religious leader and the tie-the-knot traditions typical to their house of worship, but when it comes to secular/non-religious weddings, ceremonies can be a much cleaner slate. In this case, it’s up to the soon-to-be weds and their selected officiant(s) to strategize the flow of the service. The only things that are must-haves/requirements are the declaration of intent (i.e. the formal “I dos” and legal acknowledgement that ‘yes, I want to marry this person, and yes, I’m here by choice” and the pronouncement, whereby the officiant confirms the two are officially married. Everything else is an open [vow] book, waiting to be filled with as many or as little sentiments as the couple wishes. It’s their day!

Since I’ve been in the throes of helping my husband get ordained and ready to marry my sister and brother-in-law, I’ve put together a few thoughts on what makes a personalized wedding ceremony super special and successful (though, don’t get hung up on the words, everrrry ceremony will be successful, you’re getting married - it’s successful no matter what). You could basically just look at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May wedding ceremony as a modern muse, too: it was multicultural, included updated/modern vows (with a nod to equal partners in the marriage) and music from a kickass gospel choir.

And I added a couple sample scripts that you’re moreeee than welcome to incorporate into your own wedding days. This website is fantastic for some formulaic pointers and this one is a great wedding script generator! Just fill in the bride and groom’s names, add in personalized touches, proofread, and print!

Be on the same page.

Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts You’ll Want to BorrowWedding Vow Books:Wedding Story Writer

Whether you and your partner decide to write your ceremony yourselves or leave it up to your officiant to write the script, the important thing here is to be on the same page. This ceremony is about you and your love, so it should be in your taste, entirely. My husband knows my sister and brother-in-law nearly as well as I do, and he is hellbent on making sure the ceremony reflects them as a couple. So, before he even started putting together a sample script, he scheduled time to sit down with the two of them and get a gauge on what they wanted. Neither of them wanted to include religious elements (as my sister is Catholic and my brother-in-law is Jewish), they really just wanted a ceremony that spoke about their own love story, that included vows that were relatable and sweet, and that got them married without too much pomp and circumstance. Being on the same page with your officiant is crucial to the authenticity of the wedding and your overall level of comfort with the ceremony.

Don’t wing the vows.

Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts You’ll Want to BorrowOfficiant:Ceremonies by Bethel

Not every couple wants to exchange handwritten vows, and that’s okay!! Personalized vows certainly don’t supersede more traditional vows. That said, if you do want to write your own vows, it’s important that you and your fiancé both dedicate sufficient time to perfecting your prose. You’ll be making promises to each other, reminiscing on the most epic and monumental moments of your relationship (as much as you wish to share), and committing to a lifetime together, so your words should be reasonably rehearsed. Know that your vows are truly for you both, so you don’t need to feel pressure to appeal to any of your guests. Yet, being on the same page with your officiant, you should have a game plan about how much time should be spent on each portion of your ceremony - and together, you’ll agree on an appropriate amount of time for your vow exchange.

Programs do have a purpose. 

Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts You’ll Want to BorrowPhoto:Hannah Snyder Wedding Photography

We’ll say it again: weddings do have a pretty familiar format, from one to another, in that they all usually have a processional, a welcome, readings or an anecdote/address/sermon of sorts, vows, exchange of rings, pronouncement, first kiss, and recessional. But apart from that, they can be as bespoke and tailor-made as possible. That’s why wedding programs aren’t just for show, they serve a purpose, especially if a bride and groom are having a religious ceremony or one that might be extraordinarily unique. Providing guests with something to reference while they sit for the ceremony is super helpful - 1) to make guests feel included in the day and 2) to help them understand what is taking place during the wedding ceremony. I won’t lie, I love programs, and I think they’re the perfect place for couples to share messages with their guests and let them in on anything that’s particularly meaningful to them or their love story. Of course, creating their own wedding website can help with that, too! 

Okay, here are some sample wedding ceremony scripts for your perusal! But before we jump in, just one really important thing for you to consider....

ONLY INVITE PEOPLE TO THE WEDDING,
WHO YOU KNOW WILL COME TO THE CEREMONY.

Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts You’ll Want to BorrowPhoto:Alysha Miller Photography

That’s like our most critical piece of advice, especially when you’re mulling over your biggest budget killer. People who don’t come to your ceremony (without a good reason, of course), don’t deserve to party with you. And yes, it’ll happen. Trust us when we say that, because there will be people who you’ll notice aren’t there. And those fine individuals aren’t actually fine, they suck👎. The wedding ceremony is the most important part of your big day and your happily-ever-after that follows, so guests should be there for it all

If only there was a way to make it grossly clear that you expect your guests to be present for EVERY part of your wedding day - not just for the dance floor and open bar.... You could; however, make your own custom invitations (we've got a whole bunch of FREE printables) and include whatever little FYIs... if you're so inclined. 

PERSONAL FRIEND AS OFFICIANT
WEDDING CEREMONY SCRIPT

Prepared by Heather Lee for Minted.com

Welcome.

Officiant: Please be seated.

First, I’d like to begin by welcoming everyone and thanking each and every one of you for being here on this most happy of days. It’s no accident that each of you are here today, and each of you were invited to be here because you represent someone important in the individual and collective lives of NAME and NAME.

I truly can’t think of a better venue than _________ [“paradise” for a destination wedding, “this beautiful church” for a more religious affair, etc.] for an occasion that I know is not only monumental for the wedded-couple-to-be, but for all of us who are lucky to know and love them as individuals; but even more so as a perfect pairing.

The most remarkable moment in life is when you meet the person who makes you feel complete. The person who makes the world a beautiful and magical place. The person with whom you share a bond so special that it transcends normal relationships and becomes something so pure and so wonderful, that you can’t imagine spending another day of your life without them. For NAME, that happened about 20 years ago when s/he met me and we became best friends [add some humor if your officiant is a friend]. But about X years ago s/he met NAME, who is pretty wonderful, too. I know how deeply these two care for and love one another, and I feel privileged to be here today among all of you as a witness of their commitment to a lifetime of love for one another.

I think I’ve had the good fortune to meet most of you here today at some point or another, but for those of you whom I haven’t met, my name is [short biographical info about how the officiant knows the couple].

The Love Story.

Officiant: Now, NAME and NAME have asked that I keep this speech short, classy, and family-friendly, and politely asked me to leave out stories that are unflattering to either of them. So I’ve had to redline stories about previous flings...drugs or alcohol...encounters with the police...but I do feel comfortable saying, “I told you so.” Which is exactly what I said when I learned that NAME and NAME’s relationship was becoming truly serious.

As a third-party spectator to their developing love, it was extremely clear that the two of them represent a perfect pairing because each of them complements the other so well. They balance one another, and while each of them are tremendous individuals on their own, together they are even better. And being better together, as a team, a unit, and partners in crime, is what has been many years in the making and ultimately leads us to being here today, witnessing their commitment to one another in front of those they love most.

I wish I could tell you a single story about NAME and NAME that summarizes their relationship and how they enrich each other’s lives, and the lives of each of us, but the truth is there isn’t one single event that is a good encapsulation of what they mean to me, to each other, and to all of us. But what I do know is that both of them care deeply and passionately for each other; they protect each other; they make each other laugh and think outside themselves; that time magically seems to both fly and slow down when they’re together. They help each other in ways that are obvious and unnoticed, but always appreciated.

I also know that it’s not just anyone with whom you can have communication with simply a look, or remember the weirdest names of each other’s Lyft drivers, or surprise each other with reservations at a restaurant you’ve been eyeing for years, or say “I’m sorry” every time it’s warranted (...eventually). They do that for and with each other.

But it’s also my personal experiences with NAME and NAME that highlight the quality of their love. It doesn’t matter if I’m with them in person, or simply in a bizarre group text with them—when I’m engaging with NAME and NAME, I am always enjoying myself. And I am certain that that’s part of what makes them so special to each of us: how happy and contented we feel when we are with them. And what I wish for them on their wedding day is that their lifetime together as a team is one of complete contentment; full of those moments that they wish would never end, and that they continue to make one another smile and laugh as they make each of us do.

So, without further ado…

The Vows. 

Dearly beloved and honored guests:

We are gathered together here to join NAME and NAME in the union of marriage.

This contract is not to be entered into lightly, but thoughtfully and seriously, and with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities.

The grooms/brides/bride and groom have each prepared vows that they will read now.

[Exchanging of vows]

Officiant: And now:

NAME, do you take NAME to be your husband/wife?

Do you promise to love, honor, cherish, and protect him/her, forsaking all others, and holding only unto him/her forevermore?

[“I do.”]

And NAME, do you take NAME to be your husband/wife?

Do you promise to love, honor, cherish, and protect him/her, forsaking all others, and holding only unto him/her forevermore?

[“I do.”]

The Rings. 

Officiant: NAME and NAME will now exchange rings as a symbol of love and commitment to each other. Rings are a precious metal; they are also made precious by you wearing them. Your wedding rings are special; they enhance who you are. They mark the beginning of your long journey together. Your wedding ring is a circle—a symbol of love never ending. It is the seal of the vows you have just taken to love each other without end.

NAME, please place the ring on NAME’s left hand and repeat after me:

As a sign of my love

[“As a sign of my love”]

That I have chosen you

[That I have chosen you”]

Above all else

[“Above all else”]

With this ring, I thee wed.

[“With this ring, I thee wed.”]

And NAME, please place the ring on NAME’s left hand and repeat after me:

As a sign of my love

[“As a sign of my love”]

That I have chosen you

[That I have chosen you”]

Above all else

[“Above all else”]

With this ring, I thee wed.

[“With this ring, I thee wed.”]

The Good Wishes. 

Officiant: To make your relationship work will take love. Continue to date each other. Take time to show each other that your love and marriage grows stronger with time.

It will take trust to know that in your hearts, you truly want what is best for each other.

It will take dedication to stay open to one another—and to learn and grow together.

It will take loyalty to go forward together, without knowing exactly what the future brings.

And it will take commitment to hold true to the journey you have both pledged today.

The Declaration of Marriage / "The Kiss"

Officiant: And now by the power vested in me by _______________, it is my honor and delight to declare you married. Go forth and live each day to the fullest. You may seal this declaration with a kiss.

[Kiss]

I am so pleased to present the newlyweds, NAMES.

Traditional
Wedding Ceremony Script

 by Nina Calloway for The Spruce

Welcome.

Officiant: Welcome, family, friends and loved ones. We gather here today to celebrate the wedding of NAME and NAME. You have come here to share in this formal commitment they make to one another, to offer your love and support to this union, and to allow NAME and NAME to start their married life together surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them.So welcome to one and all, who have traveled from near and far. NAME and NAME thank you for your presence here today and now ask for your blessing, encouragement, and lifelong support, for their decision to be married.

Definition of Marriage.

Officiant: Marriage is perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure of human relationships. No ceremony can create your marriage; only you can do that—through love and patience; through dedication and perseverance; through talking and listening, helping and supporting and believing in each other; through tenderness and laughter; through learning to forgive, learning to appreciate your differences, and by learning to make the important things matter, and to let go of the rest. What this ceremony can do is to witness and affirm the choice you make to stand together as lifemates and partners.

Declaration of Intent.

Officiant: Will you, NAME, take this woman to be your wedded wife?

Groom: I will 

Officiant: Will you, NAME, take this man to be your wedded husband?

Bride: I will

Readings. 

Officiant: In the spirit of the importance of strong friendships to a marriage, NAME and NAME have asked two friends to read selections about love that especially resonate with them.1st READING, followed by 2nd READING.

Support of Community.

Officiant: Two people in love do not live in isolation. Their love is a source of strength with which they may nourish not only each other but also the world around them. And in turn, we, their community of friends and family, have a responsibility to this couple. By our steadfast care, respect, and love, we can support their marriage and the new family they are creating today.

Officiant: Will everyone please rise. Will you who are present here today, surround NAME and NAME in love, offering them the joys of your friendship, and supporting them in their marriage?

All: We will

Officiant: You may be seated.

Wedding Vows.

Officiant: We've come to the point of your ceremony where you're going to say your vows to one another. But before you do that, I ask you to remember that love—which is rooted in faith, trust, and acceptance— will be the foundation of an abiding and deepening relationship. No other ties are more tender, no other vows more sacred than those you now assume. If you are able to keep the vows you take here today, not because of any religious or civic law, but out of a desire to love and be loved by another person fully, without limitation, then your life will have joy and the home you establish will be a place in which you both will find the direction of your growth, your freedom, and your responsibility. Please now read the vows you have written for each other.

Bride and Groom: I NAME/NAME, take you, NAME/NAME to be my husband/wife, my constant friend and partner, and my love. I will work to create a bond of honesty, respect, and trust; one that withstands the tides of time and change, and grows along with us. I vow to honor and respect you for all that you are and will become, taking pride in who we are, both separately and together.I promise to challenge you and to accept challenges from you. I will join with you and our community in an ongoing struggle to create a world we all want to live in, where love and friendship will be recognized and celebrated in all their many forms. Our home will be a sanctuary and a respite for us and for those whom we cherish. Above all, I will give you my love freely and unconditionally. I pledge this to you from the bottom of my heart, for all the days of our lives.

Officiant: May I have the rings, please?

Please repeat after me: I give you this ring, as a daily reminder of my love for you.

Officiant: By the power of your love and commitment, and the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife! You may kiss each other!

Modern Wedding
Ceremony Script

Prepared by Shutterfly editors

Welcome.

Officiant: Good afternoon. NAME, NAME and I would like to welcome everyone on this gorgeous day. It’s because of all of you—because of this strong community—[NAME] and [NAME]’s relationship has strengthened and grown and led them to this very moment. Thank you for being here, now let’s begin.

[NAME] and [NAME], what you’ve accomplished here today is no small feat. Your journey began way before you sent out the invitations, chose this beautiful venue or even decided to spend the rest of your lives together.

Your journey began the moment you first met. You took the time to learn what makes the other person smile, what makes them laugh and how to best support them when life is less than simple. You welcomed each other’s families, communities and lifelong friends, and joined them together with warmth and enthusiasm. You built a new village with your love, and have worked every day to support this village as it changes and grows.

Marriages bring hard days, just as they bring beautiful ones. This day is a reminder of what your love has already accomplished, and the amazing possibilities of what it can continue to accomplish and overcome in the many, many years ahead of you.

Reading.

Officiant: As our reading today, [NAME] has asked his/her cousin to perform an original poem to honor their vows.

(Reading to proceed)

Wedding Vows.

Officiant:  [NAME] and [NAME], please take each other’s hands and repeat after me:

Couple: [NAME], I swear to you/ that I will dedicate my life from this day forward/ to filling our days with beauty and laughter./ I will celebrate your spirit and all of your accomplishments/ work to inspire you/ and be here to remind you of your beauty and strength./ I take you today as my partner/ my confidant/ my other half/ and I will love you for the rest of my life.

(Officiant turns to other partner and repeats the vows)

Officiant: [NAME] and [NAME], do you take one another as partners, form this day forward, as husband and wife/husband and husband/wife and wife? Please yell a hearty “We do!”

(Couple says “We do!”)

Officiant: And to everyone here, do you promise to stand by this couple, to remind them of their vows, and to act as an example of love and family? Please yell a hearty “We do!”

(Crowd says “We do!”)

Exchange of Rings. 

Officiant: [NAME] and [NAME] have chosen these rings to represent the unbreakable circle of life and love. Please place them on each other’s ring fingers and repeat after me.

Couple: I give you this ring/ to remind you of this day/ when in front of our closest community/ we vowed that our love can overcome all things/ that our love unites, inspires and celebrates/ and will continue do so for the rest of our lives.

Officiant: [NAME] and [NAME], it is with such joy that I now send you out into the world to spread the beautiful light that you share with those around you. By the power vested in me, I now, for the first time, pronounce you married. Now kiss and go celebrate!

AND SOMETHING REALLY COOL
ABOUT YOUR OWN VOWS...


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Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts and Writing Tips

The wedding ceremony is the heart of the wedding day. The dress, the flowers, the food are all icing on the cake, but the ceremony is where two people actually become married—legally, spiritually, and literally. Considering the significance, it’s surprising that many couples often leave the wedding ceremony planning to the last minute, according to wedding officiant and professional vow writing coach Tanya Pushkine. “It’s so rare that the wedding ceremony is thought of as a priority,” says Pushkine. “It’s almost like an afterthought.”

Meet the Expert

Tanya Pushkine is a professional vow writing coach, ceremony planner, and officiant based in New York City. She’s known as the “vow whisperer” for her ability to craft authentic and memorable ceremonies that reflect the unique personalities and beliefs of the couple.

Pushkine recommends that brides start thinking about the ceremony early in the wedding planning process so that they know what to ask for when they meet with their wedding planner or day-of coordinator. Religious ceremonies are typically more fixed in terms of the service, language, and traditions while secular/non-religious ceremonies give couples a lot more flexibility to personalize the ceremony to their unique tastes.

All weddings have a standard format (processional, readings, vows, exchange of rings, pronouncement, first kiss, and recessional), but by changing up the readings, verbiage, and incorporating creative rituals into the service, you can make it completely your own and create a service that leaves your guests laughing, crying, and excited about what’s coming next. “Millennials are writing their own rules,” Pushkine says of modern wedding ceremonies. “They’re looking to create an experience, which is different than before, where couples just did what their parents did.”

Below, we’ve outlined wedding ceremony script writing tips and a few sample wedding ceremony scripts to inspire you.

Wedding Ceremony Script Writing Tips

Scripting your wedding ceremony can be a fun, joyful experience, but the pressure to do and say the right thing can interfere. Here's how to keep it from becoming overwhelming.

Start Early

Don’t leave writing your wedding ceremony until the last minute. Get ahead of it and start doing your research early on in the wedding planning process so that you have plenty of time to find inspiration and craft a ceremony that reflects you as a couple. “It’s like a puzzle,” Pushkine warns. “There are so many different variations and themes to choose from when it comes to planning a wedding ceremony, so try to find unique elements that fit your personal style.”

Work With Your Officiant

The officiant is the most important person at the ceremony—more than the newlyweds—because they’re leading the entire service, and they hold the power to actually marry the couple. If your officiant is a religious leader or experienced wedding officiant, they might already have an outline for the wedding ceremony that you can add to, if you so choose. If you’re having a friend step in as the officiant, they’ll need some direction from the couple as to what they’ll want to include in the ceremony.

Don’t Procrastinate on Writing Your Vows

If you decide to write your own vows, make sure you dedicate plenty of time to not only writing your vows but practicing your delivery as well. Your vows are a lifetime promise that you’re making to your partner in front of your closest friends and family, so they should be meaningful and personal, but without being too revealing. Choose your words carefully, and rehearse until you feel confident and comfortable saying them aloud. 

Keep It Short and Sweet

Unless your ceremony involves a religious service, try to keep the ceremony length to no more than 30 minutes. Any longer and your guests might start looking at their watches. If you want a memorable ceremony that’s fun for everyone—not just the couple—try to make your ceremony interactive. “The best thing you can do to make your ceremony unique is to get people laughing,” Pushkine says. “Wedding ceremonies can be a lot of fun without completely disregarding the serious element involved.” 

Consider Printing Programs for Your Guests

Personalized wedding ceremonies can be entertaining, but the further away you get from the traditional ceremony format, the more confused your guests might be. Wedding programs are a great addition to make your guests feel more involved and aware of where the service is going.

Programs are also great to further explain more meaningful elements of the ceremony, like why you chose to include certain readings or rituals. 

Get a Second Opinion

Make sure to have someone look over your wedding script before the big day to make sure it flows well and sounds both authentic and natural. It never hurts to have a second pair of eyes to provide feedback and edit suggestions on what is likely the most important speech you’ll ever deliver.

Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts

Now that you’re ready to start writing your own wedding ceremony script, here are a few sample scripts to use as a jumping-off point. Prepared by American Marriage Ministries (AMM).

Traditional Ceremony Script

PROCESSIONAL
Beginning of the wedding ceremony. Guests are seated followed by the entrance of the bridal party.

INVOCATION
Welcome, loved ones. We are gathered here today to join [Name] and [Name] in holy matrimony.

VOW EXCHANGE
[Name], I promise to cherish you always, to honor and sustain you, in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth, and to be true to you in all things until death alone shall part us.

[Name] I promise to cherish you always, to honor and sustain you, in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth, and to be true to you in all things until death alone shall part us.

RING EXCHANGE AND DECLARATION OF INTENT
With this ring I, [Name], take you, [Name], to be no other than yourself. Loving what I know of you, and trusting what I do not yet know, I will respect your integrity and have faith in your abiding love for me, through all our years, and in all that life may bring us.

With this ring I, [Name], take you, [Name], to be no other than yourself. Loving what I know of you, and trusting what I do not yet know, I will respect your integrity and have faith in your abiding love for me, through all our years, and in all that life may bring us.

PRONOUNCEMENT
By the power vested in me by the state of STATE, I now pronounce you [husband and wife, husband and husband, wife and wife]!

Nonreligious Ceremony Script

PROCESSIONAL
Beginning of the wedding ceremony. Guests are seated.

INVOCATION
Family and friends, thank you all for coming today to share in this wonderful occasion. Today we are here together to unite [Name] and [Name] in marriage.

DECLARATION OF INTENT
Do you [Name], take this woman to be your lawfully wedded [husband/wife], to live together in matrimony, to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, to have and to hold, from this day forward, as long as you both shall live?

I do.

Do you [Name], take this woman to be your lawfully wedded [husband/wife], to live together in matrimony, to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, to have and to hold, from this day forward, as long as you both shall live?

I do.

RING EXCHANGE
[Name] and [Name] have chosen rings to exchange with each other as a symbol of their unending love. As you place this ring on [Name]’s finger, please repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed and pledge you my love now and forever.

[Name], as you place this ring on [Name]’s finger, please repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed and pledge you my love now and forever.

PRONOUNCEMENT
By the authority vested in me by the State of [State], I now pronounce you [husband and wife, husband and husband, wife and wife]!

RECESSIONAL
End of the wedding ceremony.

Modern Ceremony Script

INVOCATION
Welcome family and friends. We are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the marriage of [Name] and [Name]. This is not the beginning of a new relationship but an acknowledgment of the next chapter in their lives together. [Name] and [Name] have spent years getting to know each other, and we now bear witness to what their relationship has become. Today, they will affirm this bond formally and publicly.

[Name] and [Name] will mark their transition as a couple not only by celebrating the love between themselves, but by also celebrating the love between all of us—including the love of their parents, siblings, extended family, and best friends. Without that love, today would be far less joyous.

DECLARATION OF INTENT
Do you [Name] take [Name] to be your lawfully wedded [husband/wife]? To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and not so good times, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself unto him for as long as you both shall live?

I do.

Do you [Name] take [Name] to be your lawfully wedded [husband/wife]? To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and not so good times, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself unto him for as long as you both shall live?

I do.

RING EXCHANGE
A ring is an unbroken circle, with ends that have been joined together, and it represents your union. It is a symbol of infinity, and of your infinite love. When you look at these rings on your hands, be reminded of this moment, your commitment, and the love you now feel for each other.

[Name], place the ring on [Name]'s finger and repeat after me:

[Name], I give you this ring as a symbol of my love with the pledge: to love you today, tomorrow, always, and forever.

And now...[Name], place the ring on [Name]'s finger and repeat after me:

[Name], I give you this ring as a symbol of my love with the pledge: to love you today, tomorrow, always, and forever.

PRONOUNCEMENT
Before these witnesses, you have pledged to be joined in marriage. You have now sealed this pledge with your wedding rings. By the authority vested in me by the great State of [State], I now pronounce you married!

Christian Ceremony Script

INVOCATION
We are gathered here today in the sight of God and these witnesses to join together [Name] and [Name] in holy matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted of God, since the first man and the first woman walked on the earth. Therefore; it is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently and soberly. Into this holy estate, these two persons present come now to be joined. Therefore, if anyone can show just cause why they may not be lawfully joined together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.

READING
A reading from the Apostle Paul, The first letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 13, verses 4 through 7: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Father, as and pledge themselves to each other, help them and bless them that their love may be pure, and their vows may be true. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

DECLARATION OF INTENT
[Name] and [Name], you have come together this day so that the Lord may seal and strengthen your love in the presence of this minister of His word and this community of family and friends and so, in the presence of this gathering, I ask you to state your intentions: Have you both come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage? If so, answer by saying 'I have.'

'I have.'

RING EXCHANGE
[Name], please take the ring you have selected for [Name]. As you place it on [his/her] finger, repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed.

[Name], please take the ring you have selected for [Name]. As you place it on [his/her] finger, repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed.

PRAYER
May Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, always be at the center of the new lives you are now starting to build together, that you may know the ways of true love and kindness. May the Lord bless you both all the days of your lives and fill you with His joy. Amen.

PRONOUNCEMENT
Those whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder. In so much as [Name] and [Name] have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, having given and pledged their faith, each to the other, and having declared same by the giving and receiving of rings, I pronounce that you are husband and wife. I ask you now to seal the promises you have made with each other this day with a kiss.

RECESSIONAL
End of the wedding ceremony.

Jewish Ceremony Script

SIGNING OF THE KETUBAH
The Ketubah is an ancient document and is a marriage contract that lays out the commitment that the couple has to each other. It is signed by two Jewish witnesses, neither of whom can be blood-related family members to the couple.

BEDEKEN
After the Ketubah signing, there is a short but meaningful ritual where the groom covers the bride’s face with her veil. The veiling itself is a symbol of modesty, based upon the biblical account of Rebecca meeting Isaac. Some couples put a modern spin on by having the bride place a (yarmulke) on the groom.

INVOCATION
We are gathered here today to celebrate the union of [Name] and [Name]. A special thanks to all of you that traveled from far and wide to witness the promise these two are about to make to one another. We are here to offer our love and support, and to stand with [Name] and [Name] as they begin this new chapter of their lives.

RING EXCHANGE
The couple will now exchange rings. These rings symbolize the never-ending love you feel for each other. The ring has neither a beginning nor an end, just as there is no beginning or end to what the partners give and receive. These rings will be a reminder of the vows you have taken today. By this ring, you are consecrated to me according to the law of Moses and Israel.

BLESSING OF THE HANDS
[Name] and [Name], please join hands. Looks at these hands for they are of your closest friend. They are strong and full of love. As you join hands today, you make the promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

THE SEVEN BLESSINGS
The Seven Blessings are now recited.

BREAKING THE GLASS
The ceremony is concluded by the groom stamping on a glass and smashing it. This is the signal for the gathered people to cheer, dance, shout “Mazal Tov!” Some couples choose to update this tradition by breaking the glass together with one swift smash in unison.

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The 7 Most Beautiful Wedding Ceremony Scripts…Ever

Ready to find the perfect ceremony script for your wedding?

This post includes a compilation of 7 of the most beautiful wedding scripts in the history of weddings.

And here they are!wedding ceremony scripts

  1. A Deeply Moving Non-Religious Ceremony Script
  2. Mildy Religious Wedding Ceremony
  3. Super Simple (and Short) Civil Ceremony
  4. A Traditional Religious Ceremony
  5. A Civil Ceremony – Short and Powerful
  6. A Lovely Religious Script with Corinthians Chapter 13
  7. Playful Civil Ceremony

PLEASE NOTE: Feel free to modify any of these scripts to fit your style.  You can always make a non-religious ceremony religious by adding a prayer and scripture reading.  Or you can change out the vows if you found something better. (You may also find helpful The Most Comprehensive Guide Ever on Traditional Wedding Vows.)

ADDITIONALLY: Some minor changes were made to some of the scripts for aesthetics by world-famous wedding officiant Island Mike.

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1. A Sweet, Secular Ceremony ScriptFrom The KnotINTRODUCTION AND WELCOME:

Good evening everyone!

From this place (here the minister or officiant should describe something about your chosen ceremony venue/location, about the significance or beauty of the location), we take ourselves out of the usual routines of daily living to witness a unique moment in the lives of ______ and ______. Today they join their lives in the union of marriage.

To all their guests, they are happy to share this moment with you. They have known most of you for many years. You watched them grow up, you went to school with them, or you worked with them. Because you are the ones who have supported them and known them so well, it is only fitting that you are the ones to share this once-in-a-lifetime moment with them.

______ and _____ are pleased to have their parents in the front row…close to them for the ceremony.

______ thanks her mother for providing her with every opportunity possible and being the best mother anyone could ask for.

______ appreciates all the love and support his parents gave him over the years.

A wedding day is often a day when couples miss family members no longer with them. For ______ and ______, there are family members whose memories they hold dear.

(Here you can insert references to loved ones that have passed away.  Or you can mention loved ones that couldn’t be present for other reasons.)

And so it is that _____ and _____ present themselves to be married today…surrounded by the people they love the most.

Officiant:

As _____ and _____ prepared for the ceremony part of this wedding celebration, they reflected on what it is that they love about each other.  And this was was the easiest part of planning this wedding!

To the Groom:

______ (Groom’s name), ______ (Bride’s name) loves that you blend in so comfortably with her family. She sees in you a funny, kind, and sweet man. She loves that you think she is funny and that you always find a way to compliment her.

She loves that you always want to be close to her. You remember details of the stories she tells. You want to be part of her family and circle of friends. You help her around the house. Most importantly, you are so close that even when she is at her worst, you have never made her feel like you want anything but to be closer to her.

______ (Bride’s name), _____(Groom’s name) loves that you ______________________(fill in the blank). He loves your brain, your smile, and your beauty. He appreciates that you are “low maintenance.” He likes that you can be really silly. He loves your emails and texts. He loves your cooking. He loves your kisses. He just really loves you!

You both look to a shared future that includes raising a happy &  healthy family. That future also includes a richly lived life together…going out to restaurants, hanging out with family, relaxing at home in front of the TV, singing and dancing…Bride will do the singing, and Groom will do the dancing.

The years will come and go…you won’t take each other for granted, you will laugh a lot, you will be the best parents you can be, you will grow older and wiser together. It’s a good story,and the ending is not in sight!

(Optional Reading)

MARRIAGE VOWS:

Officiant:

We come now to the words ____ and _____ want to hear the most today…the words that take them across the threshold from being engaged to being married.

A marriage, as most of us understand it, is a voluntary and full commitment. It is made in the deepest sense to the exclusion of all others, and it is entered into with the desire and hope that it will last for life.

Before you declare your vows to one another, I want to hear you confirm that it is indeed your intention to be married today.

____, do you come here freely and without reservation to give yourself to _____ in marriage? If so, answer “I do.”

Groom:

I do.

Officiant:

_____, do you come here freely and without reservation to give yourself to _____ in

marriage? If so, answer “I do.”

Bride:

I do.

Officiant:

_____ and _____, having heard that it is your intention to be married to each other, I now ask you to declare your marriage vows.

Please face each other and hold hands.

Officiant:

Groom, please repeat after me…

I, _____ take you, _____ to be my wife.

I will share my life with yours,

and build our dreams together,

Support you through times of trouble,

and rejoice with you in times of happiness.

I promise to give you

respect, love and loyalty.

This commitment is made in love,

kept in faith,

lived in hope,

and made new every day of our lives.

Officiant:

Bride, please repeat after me…

I, _____, take you, _____, to be my husband.

I will share my life with yours,

Build our dreams together,

Support you through times of trouble,

and rejoice with you in times of happiness.

I promise to give you

respect, love and loyalty.

This commitment is made in love,

kept in faith,

lived in hope,

and made new every day of our lives.

EXCHANGE WEDDING RINGS

Officiant:

Your wedding ring are the outward and visible sign of the inward and invisible bond which already unites you two hearts in love.

Groom, place the ring on Bride’s finger and repeat after me….

I give you this ring.

Wear it with love and joy.

As this ring has no end,

My love is also forever.

Bride, place the ring on Groom’s finger and repeat after me….

I give you this ring.

Wear it with love and joy.

As this ring has no end,

My love is also forever.

May the wedding rings you exchanged today remind you always that you are surrounded by enduring love.

Officiant:

Everyone has advice for newlyweds.  _____ and ______, I offer these good wishes to you on this special day.

May your life together be blessed with prosperity and good health.  May you always share open and honest communication between each other.  May you respect each other’s individual talents and gifts and give full support to each other’s professional and personal pursuits.

May you cherish the home and family you will create together.  May all the years to come be filled with moments to celebrate and renew your love.  May your love be a life-long source of excitement, contentment, affection, respect, and devotion for one another.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE

Officiant:

And so now by the power vested in me by __________________, it is my honor and delight to declare

you husband and wife. You may seal this declaration with a kiss.

Officiant:

I am pleased to present the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. ______________!

2. Mildly Religious CeremonyCeremony found on Erin’s Blog.

We are gathered together on this day to witness and celebrate the marriage of __________ & _________. We come together not to mark the start of a relationship, but to acknowledge and strengthen a bond that already exists. This ceremony is a public affirmation of that bond and as their dearest family and friends, it is our honor and privilege to stand witness to this event.

This day is made possible not only because of your love for each other, but through the grace and support of your family and friends. It is our hope that your fulfillment and joy in each other will increase with each passing year.

Marriage is a commitment in life, where two people can find and bring out the very best in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal, a physical and emotional joining that has the promise of a lifetime.

OPENING PRAYER

Let us bow our heads in prayer. Lord, we thank you for gathering everyone here today. We ask that you help _____ and _____ to remember the strong love that they share. To work that love into practical things so that nothing can divide them. May their love always inspire them to be kind in their words, considerate of the other’s feelings, and concerned for the other’s needs and wishes. Increase their faith and trust in You. Bless their marriage with peace and happiness and make their Love fruitful for Your glory and their joy, both here and in eternity. Amen.

While the commitment begins with the two of you, its effect radiates outward. It touches your family and friends and ultimately all of society. When this commitment is seriously made and continuously fulfilled, it leads to the richest and most rewarding of human relationships.

Your relationship will take more than love. It will take trust, to know in your hearts that you want only the best for each other. Dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn and grow, even when it is difficult to do so. And faith, to go forward together without knowing what the future holds for you both.

While love is our natural state of being, these other qualities are not as easy to come by. They are not a destination, but a journey. Marriage is a give and take between two personalities, a mingling of two endowments which diminishes neither, but enhances both.

CHARGE TO THE COUPLE

Seeing that no moment is without meaning, we ask that you take this marriage as a beginning of your lives together. Today signifies the creation of a new home and a new family for you both. May you be fulfilled by each other’s love and friendship. May you be overjoyed by the promises you are about to make and the life together you will create.

Remember that in every marriage, there are good times and bad, times of joy and times of sorrow. Marriage is a journey – a time of adventure and excitement enhanced by the love, trust, dedication and faith you share in one another.

May the promises you make to one another today, be lived out to the end of your lives. Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys, but today is the day it all begins.

_____ and _____, do you, with your family and friends as your witnesses, present yourselves willingly and of your own accord to be joined in marriage?

[We do]

Will you promise to care for each other in the joys and sorrows of life, come what may, and to share the responsibility for growth and enrichment of your life together?

[We will]

VOWS

Groom, please repeat after me.

I, ____, take you ____, to be my wedded wife

I give to you in the presence of these witnesses

My promise to stay by your side,

In sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow,

As well as through the good times and the bad.

I promise to love you without reservation,

Comfort you in times of distress

Encourage you to achieve all of your goals,

Laugh with you and cry with you,

Grow with you in mind and spirit

Always be open and honest with you,

And cherish you for as long as we both shall live

Bride, please repeat after me

I, _____, take you _____, to be my wedded husband

I give to you in the presence of these witnesses

My promise to stay by your side,

In sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow,

As well as through the good times and the bad.

I promise to love you without reservation,

Comfort you in times of distress

Encourage you to achieve all of your goals,

Laugh with you and cry with you,

Grow with you in mind and spirit

Always be open and honest with you,

And cherish you for as long as we both shall live

EXCHANGING OF THE RINGS

Having this love in your hearts, you have chosen to seal your vows by exchanging rings.

From the earliest times, the circle has been a sign of completeness. The rings that you have chosen to wear have neither beginning nor end, much like your love for one another. They are a symbol of the words that you speak today. May these rings be from this day forward, your most treasured adornment, and may the love they symbolize, be your most precious possession. As you wear these rings, may they be constant reminders of these glad promises you are making today.

_____, take this ring, place it on _____’s finger and repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a symbol

of my love and faithfulness to you.

_____, take this ring, place it on _____’s finger and repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a symbol

of my love and faithfulness to you.

_____ and _____ from this moment forward you will never be alone. You will carry with you the love of another person, giving you a completeness and renewed lightness. May your life together be immersed in love and excitement. May you strive to enrich each other in every possible way. And may you work to bring the peace you find to this world.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE

Having pledged their fidelity to one another, to love, honor and cherish one another in the presence of this gathering and by the authority vested in me by the constitution and the laws of this state, it is my honor to now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my honor to be the first to introduce you to: Mr. and Mrs. _____________.

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3. Super Simple (and Short) Civil CeremonyI found this one on Snippet and Ink.WELCOME REMARKS:

Welcome, family, friends and loved ones. We are gathered here today, surrounded by the beauty of creation and nurtured by the sights and sounds of nature to celebrate the wedding of _____ and _____.

You have come here from near and from far away to share in this commitment now they make to one another, to offer your love and support to their union, and to allow ______ and ______ to start their married life together surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them.

_____ and _____ thank you for your presence here today. They ask for your blessing, encouragement and lifelong support, for their marriage and life shared together. They also remember other loved ones who cannot be here to share this moment.

_____ and ____, marriage is the promise between two people who love each other, who trust that love, who honor one another as individuals in that togetherness, and who wish to spend the rest of their lives together. It enables the two separate souls to share their desires, longings, dreams, and memories, their joys and sorrows, and to help each other through all uncertainties of life.

A strong marriage also nurtures each of you as separate individuals andallows you to maintain your unique identity and grow in your own way through the years ahead. It is a safe haven for each of you to become your best self.

You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of a deep trust. You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities and love. It takes more than love to make this relationship work.

It takes trust, to know in your hearts that you want only the best for each other. It takes dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn and grow, even when it is difficult to do so. And it takes faith, to go forward together without knowing what the future holds for you both.

DECLARATION OF INTENT AND SHARING OF VOWS

_________ and _________, please join hands, look at one another now and remember this moment in

time.

Officiant: Groom, do you take Bride to be your wife? I do.

Officiant: Bride, do you take Groom to be your husband? I do.

Officiant: _____, please take _____’s hand and repeat after me.

________, I take you as you are/ loving who you are / I promise from this day forward/ To be grateful for our love and our life/ To be generous with my time, my energy and my affection/ To be patient with you and with myself/ To fill our life with adventure and our home with laughter/ To inspire you to grow as an individual / To love you completely/ These things I pledge to you

Officiant: _____, please take _____’s hand and repeat after me.

_____, I take you as you are,/ loving who you are/ I promise from this day forward/ To be grateful for our love and our life/ To be generous with my time, my energy and my affection/ To be patient with you and with myself/ To fill our life with adventure and our home with laughter/ To encourage you to grow as an individual / To love you completely/ These things I pledge to you

GIVING OF RINGS

Officiant: Please present the rings

Your wedding ring is a symbol of your promise to one another. The ring, an unbroken, never ending circle, is a symbol of committed, unending love.

_____, as you place this ring on Bride‘s finger, repeat these words after me:

This ring symbolizes my love for you/ and the commitments we made today

_____, as you place this ring on Groom‘s finger, repeat these words after me:

This ring symbolizes my love for you/ and the commitments we made today

CONCLUSION & PRONOUNCEMENT

______ and _____, you have come here today of your own free will and in the presence of family and friends, have declared your love and commitment to each other. You have given and received a ring as a symbol of your promises. By the power of your love and commitment to each other, and by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may now share your first kiss as husband and wife.

Congratulations. Friends and family, I now present to you the newly married couple. Let’s hear it for ‘em!

4. A Traditional Religious CeremonyFound on A Paper ProposalOPENING PRAYER

We are gathered here in the presence of God, family and friends to unite _____ and _____ in holy matrimony. Marriage is an honorable estate, and is therefore not to be entered into lightly, but reverently, advisedly, soberly and with God’s blessing. Today, they will receive God’s greatest gift; another person to share with, grow with, change with, be joyful with and to stand with as one when trials and tribulations enter their lives. It is fitting, therefore, that we should on this occasion begin by asking for God’s blessing on this marriage. Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we gather to celebrate your gift of love, and its presence among us. We rejoice that these two people have chosen to commit themselves to a life of loving faithfulness to one another. We praise you, Lord, for the ways you have touched our lives with loving relationships such as _____ and _____’s, and we give thanks for the special love and friendship you have put in their hearts. Renew within us an affectionate and loving spirit. Enrich our lives with the gracious gift of your love so that we may embrace others with that same love. May our participation in this celebration of love and commitment, give to us a new joy and responsiveness to the relationships that we cherish. In your loving arms we pray, Amen.

You may all be seated.

DEFINITION OF COMMITMENT 

Marriage is a joyous occasion. It is connected in our thoughts with the charm of love, the warmth of home, and with all that is pleasant, as being one of the most important events of our lives. Its sacredness and unity is the most significant and binding covenant known in human relations.

______ and _____, let me charge you both to remember that your future happiness is to be in mutual consideration, patience, kindness, confidence and affection. It is the duty of each of you to find your greatest joy in the company of the other; to remember that your love pledged today must remain undivided for a lifetime.

It is your duty, _____, to be to _____, a considerate, tender, faithful, and loving husband: to support, guide and cherish her in prosperity and trouble; to thoughtfully and carefully enlarge the place she holds in your life; to constantly show to her the tokens of your affection, to shelter her from danger, and to love her with an unchangeable love.

It is your duty, _____, to be to _____, a considerate, tender, faithful, and loving wife; to comfort, guide and cherish him in prosperity and trouble; to give to him the unfailing evidences of your affection; to continue making the place he holds in your heart, broader and deeper; to support him, value him and work with him to make your marriage the very best that it can be.

I call your attention to the seriousness of the decision which you have made and the covenant you are about to declare before God. The vows you are about to take are not to be taken without careful thought, for in them you are committing yourselves exclusively to one another for as long as you both shall live.

WEDDING VOWS

If you are ready to assume the obligations and duties before God, as I have defined them, you will unite your hands and pledge your love and your lives to each other.

Groom, repeat after me.

I ____, take you, _____, to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, for as long as we both shall live. This is my solemn vow.

Now Bride, please repeat after me.

I _____, take you, _____, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, for as long as we both shall live. This is my solemn vow.

EXCHANGE OF RINGS

You will now exchange rings as a symbol of the lifelong commitment and abiding love which you as husband and wife have promised to each other.

Groom, please place the ring on _____’s finger, and repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness.

And Bride, please place the ring on _____’s finger and repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness.

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CLOSING PRAYER

Eternal God, help _____ and _____ to fulfill the promises they have made here today and to reflect your steadfast love in their commitment to each other. Give them kindness and patience, affection and understanding, happiness and contentment. May their family and friends continue to support them in difficult days, so that their love for each other may continue to grow as long as they both shall live.

Let us all pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

On Earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us,

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

And the power, and the glory,

Forever and ever.

Amen.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE

_____ and _____, having witnessed your vows for marriage before God and all who are assembled here, by the authority invested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride!

It is my pleasure to introduce to you for the first time…

5. A Civil Ceremony – Short and PowerfulFound at Wedding BeeWELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Welcome! Good afternoon, family and friends.  We have come here today to celebrate the wedding of ______ and ______.  On behalf of the bride and groom, thank you for joining us.  By your presence, you celebrate with them the love they have discovered in each other, and you support their decision to commit themselves to a lifelong relationship.

Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable thought and reflection.  By making this commitment today, ______ and ______’s relationship will become stronger, better, and deeper.

Today, _____ and _____ demonstrate their devotion to each other by dedicating themselves to a life together and they show their respect for each other.  By setting forth to honor the vows they have created today, their lives, which began on separate paths, will be joined as one.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF FAMILY & FRIENDS

Today represents not only the joining of ______ and ______ but also the joining of their families and friends.

_______ and ______ would like to recognize their parents on this occasion.  They offer their profound gratitude for all the love and care their parents showed in raising them.  The unconditional gifts of love and support that you have continually offered have inspired them to become who they are today.  Without you, this day would not be possible.

_____ have also asked that we take a moment to honor those loved ones who are not with us today

[Names of those acknowledged here]

MARRIAGE ADDRESS

Deep abiding affection, the magical and compelling shared impulse that makes us seek each others’ company, is among the greatest gifts of the human experience.

Any of us who has been fortunate enough to find and express the kind of loving devotion that we are celebrating here today knows that it is an awesome and beautiful thing.

At this time, I would like to share 3 suggestions with the both of you:

My first suggestion is this:

Be constantly grateful for this precious person who has chosen to make a life with you.

My second suggestion is this:

Be generous with compliments.  Be attentive and helpful. The world can be a tough place

and any of us can be subject to rough handling.  Each of you can, by your tenderness toward each other,

kind words and thoughtful actions, make your marriage and your home an uplifting refuge.

Last, but perhaps most importantly:

Make truth the unfailing bedrock of your lives together. A happy, loving marriage is built on trust and respect. That trust and respect can only be sustained if you are both deeply committed to always being open and truthful in every exchange no matter how small.

My hope for you is this:

That you have many long years to delight in each other’s company, to feel gratitude for your great fortune in having found each other.

To a make home together that is at once sheltering and welcoming, to each do meaningful, productive work at home and in the world and to love and be loved by the friends and family who have come here today to support you

MARRIAGE STATEMENT OF INTENT/CONSENT

_______ and ______, do you, present yourselves willingly and of your own accord to be joined in marriage? 

We do.

Will you promise to care for each other in the joys and sorrows of life, come what may, and to share the responsibility for growth and enrichment of your life together?

We do.

Then please turn to each other and share your vows.

VOWS

Today I promise you/that though the world may change/

and though we may change with it/

I will always love you/always treasure you/and will share all that I am with you/

I am proud, from this day forward/to be called your wife/husband

RING EXCHANGE

For thousands of years, men and women have exchanged rings as a token of their vows.

Let these rings be a sign that your love has a past, a present, and a future.

______, take _____’s ring and place it on her finger and repeat after me:

I give you this ring/as a sign that I choose you/

To be my wife/my partner/and my best friend/to the end of my days.

The love already shared by your hearts has been strengthened by the vows you have taken and the rings you have now exchanged.

PRONOUNCEMENT

______ and ______, we have heard your promise to share your lives in marriage.  In the honesty and sincerity of what you have said and done here today, and in accordance with the laws of the state of __________it is my honor and delight to declare you henceforth to be husband and wife.

You may seal your vows with a kiss.

6. A Christian Wedding Ceremony – Scriptural

From a Wedding Ceremony to Remember

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

We welcome all of you here today as we have gathered together in the presence of God and these witnesses to join _____ and ______ in holy matrimony.

Marriage is a gift from God, given to us so that we might experience the joys of unconditional love with a lifelong partner. God designed marriage to be an intimate relationship between a man and a woman.

______ and ______, because your deep love for each other comes from God above, this is a sacred moment, and it is with great reverence that I now ask you to declare your intent.

CONSENT

______, do you take _____ to be your wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony?  Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, remain faithful to her as long as you both shall live?

I do.

And ______, do you take _____ to be your wedded husband, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony?

Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, remain faithful to him as long as you both shall live?

I do.

Who gives _____ to be married to ______?

(The Escort shall say): Her Mother and I or I do or We do or Her family or other.

Today is the beginning of a new life together for you. It marks the commencement of new relationships to your families, your friends, and certainly to each other. You have invited these special guests to share in one of life’s greatest moments as they give recognition to the worth and beauty of your love and add their best wishes to the words that shall unite you today as husband and wife.

God knew your needs when He brought you together. He knew exactly what you needed to make you complete. And now, He wants you to commit yourselves to each other as the one He has chosen to complete you.

Through the ages, man has tried to define “love.” Poems, songs, and books all have been written trying to describe this little four letter word. But the best description I have found comes from God Himself, since He is the Author of love. In His Word in First Corinthians, Chapter 13.  It describes the kind of love that must characterize your lives if you are to live in joy and harmony and honor with each other, and also before God and your fellow man.

Listen to what it says:

CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 13 INSERTED HERE

______, I believe you are saying to all of us today that you are committing yourself to this woman only, moving toward her in a more open and intimate way, giving yourself to care for her, and promising to love her as she needs to be loved.

And ______, I believe you are saying to us that you are committing yourself to this man only, moving toward him with increasing openness, tenderness, and respect, giving yourself to him, and trusting him as the head of your home, and, through him, listening to God’s plan for your life together.

And so, (Groom) , if you will love (Bride) as Christ loves the church, and

(Bride), if you will respond to (Groom) as unto the Lord,

your companionship as husband and wife will blossom into a physical, emotional, and spiritual closeness beyond which nothing can compare.

WEDDING VOWS

I, ______, take thee, ______, / to be my wedded wife, / to have

and to hold / from this day forward, / for better, for worse, / for richer, for poorer, / in sickness and in

health, / to love and to cherish, / till death do us part. / This is my solemn vow.

I, ______, take thee, _____, / to be my wedded husband, / to have and to hold / from this day forward, / for better, for worse, / for richer, for poorer, / in sickness and in health, / to love and to cherish, / till death do us part. / This is my solemn vow.

EXCHANGE OF THE RINGS

The wedding ring serves as a symbol of the promises you have just spoken. It is the outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible love that binds your two hearts together. The wedding ring also is a symbol of what God is. He is without beginning and without end—He is eternal.

As you can see, the ring is without beginning and without end. So I believe this exchange of rings not only reminds us of the unending love you have for each other, but also reflects the eternal love God has for each of you.

May I have the token of Groom’s love for ______?

This ring I give in token and pledge / as a sign of my love and devotion. / With this ring, I thee wed.

May I have the token of Bride’s love for ______?

This ring I give in token and pledge / as a sign of my love and devotion. / With this ring, I thee wed.

WEDDING PRAYER/BLESSING

Our Heavenly Father, we ask Your blessing upon these two lives and the home they are establishing today. May the love they have for each other grow deeper and stronger because of their love for You.

Lord, You guided them to each other, now guide them in this new journey as husband and wife. As they walk down this path, light their way so they may keep their eyes focused on Your will, their hands holding fast to Your truth, their feet firmly planted in Your Word, and their hearts bound together by Your love. This we pray in Your name. Amen.

PRONOUNCEMENT

_____ and _____, since you have consented together in holy matrimony, and have pledged yourselves to each other by your solemn vows and by the giving of rings, and have declared your commitment of love before God and these witnesses, I now pronounce you husband and wife in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Those whom God hath joined together, let no man separate.

_____, you may kiss your Bride.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the very first time, Mr. and Mrs. __________.

7. Playful Civil Ceremony

Brought to you by Miss Fancy Pants

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Welcome! _____ and _____ have brought us together here for an occasion of great joy and a cause for great celebration. Having found each other, they have built the kind of relationship that will serve them well as the foundation for their marriage. They have chosen each one of you to be here with them to witness their wedding vows as they join together as husband and wife.

Marriage is a bold step into an unknown future. It is risking who we are for the sake of who we can be. In marriage, two lives are intimately shared; and the blending of the two must not diminish either one. Rather, it should enhance the individuality of each partner.

Each of us knows that a marriage is not created by a law or a ceremony; rather it occurs in the hearts of two human beings. It grows out of loving, caring, and sharing ourselves with another. This ceremony is not magic, it will not create a relationship that does not already exist and has not already been celebrated in all the commitments _____ and _____ have made to each other, both large and small, in the days since they first met and recognized their connection to one another.

So, in witnessing this ceremony today, we are observing only an outward sign of an inward union that already exists between _____ and _____. This ceremony is a symbol of how far they have come together and a symbol of the promise that they will make to each other to continue to live their lives together and to love each other solely and above all others.

There are only two official witnesses at a wedding but each and every person here today will witness the words that they will speak to one another and the vows that they will make. You should take good care to remember these words; for a marriage needs the help of a community, of friends and family who will be there when needed and will do all that they can during hard times to stand by _____ and _____ and offer their support to them and the new family that they create today. May you always do all within your power to support the union that will be made here today and to nurture the bond between these two people whom you love.

If the old fairy-tale ending “and they lived happily ever after….” is taken to mean “They felt for the next fifty years exactly as they felt the day before they were married,” then it says what probably never was nor ever would be true, and would be highly undesirable if it were. Who could bear to live in that excitement for even five years? What would become of your work, your appetite, your sleep, and your friendships? But, of course, ceasing to be “in love” need not mean ceasing to love.

Love in this second sense-love as distinct from “being in love” and it is not merely a feeling. Love is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself. They can retain this love even when each could easily allow themselves to be “in love” with someone else. “Being in love” first moved them to promise fidelity but this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.

DECLARATION OF INTENT

A successful marriage is not something that just happens. It takes work, it takes patience, and it takes time. It takes a commitment from both of you… a commitment to do whatever it takes to make your relationship thrive and not just simply survive.

_____, will you take _____to be your lawfully wedded wife and travel the rest of life’s road with her? Will you love her, laugh with her, comfort her, honor and protect her, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?

I do.

_____, will you take _____ to be your lawfully wedded Husband and travel the rest of life’s road with him? Will you love him, laugh with him, comfort him, honor and protect him, and forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?

I do.

EXCHANGE OF VOWS

_____ and _____, the symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.” Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this – is my husband, this – is my wife.

I, _____, choose you, _____ In the presence of our friends and families, To be my wife/husband and partner From this day forward; To love you, To be a comfort and safe haven in your life, To hold you close, To listen deeply when you speak, To uphold you with my strength, To weigh the effects of the words I speak And the things I do, To never take you for granted, And to always give thanks For your presence in my life.

RING EXCHANGE

This is the point in the ceremony when people talk about the wedding bands being a perfect circle, having no beginning and no end. But we all know that these rings have a beginning. Rock is dug up from the earth. Metals are liquefied in a furnace at a thousand degrees. The hot metal is forged, cooled, and then painstakingly polished. Something beautiful made from raw elements.

Love is like that. It comes from humble beginnings, made by imperfect beings. It is the process of making something beautiful where there was once nothing at all.

The promises which you have spoken to each other today are inscribed forever in your minds, in your hearts. But words are fleeting so let these rings serve as a reminder of the feelings you have in your hearts at this very moment. 

Now, Repeat after me:

Groom (and then Bride), with this ring I am giving you my promise/to always love you/ cherish you/honor you and comfort you. I promise that I will love you/and keep my heart open to you/all the days of my life.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE

_____ and _____, no one but you can declare yourselves married. You have begun it here today in speaking your vows before your family and friends and you will do it again in the days and years to come, standing by each other, sharing all that is sweet and bitter in life. Each tender act, each loving word will be the declaration of what was made here today.

Therefore, it is my joyful responsibility to officially acknowledge your union as “Husband and Wife”. You may now seal your marriage with a kiss.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to present to you for the very first time as husband and wife, ____________.

 


All of the above wedding ceremonies have been tried and tested in the real world at some of the most beautiful weddings ever witnessed. 

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