Wedding Ceremony Script

Author: Lesley Acevedo

Published: January 11th, 2020

The Story

Let’s talk about the wedding ceremony. Most of them have a format to follow (especial particular religious ceremonies). However, your ceremony is an open book that you can fill with whatever your hearts desire.

There are two parts that you legally have to include in your wedding ceremony. The “Declaration of intent” (I Do’s) and the “Pronouncement of Marriage”. This is the part when the Officiant pronounces you as Married.

When I draft my clients wedding ceremony script, I have a pre-format that I use. Again, things can be added or omitted. The order looks like this.

  • Welcome
  • Opening Blessing/Moment of Silence
  • The Bond of Family
  • Rituals/Readings
  • Words of advice to the couple
  • Dedication/Notes of Appreciation
  • DECLARATION OF INTENT
  • Exchange of Vows
  • Blessing of Rings
  • Exchange of Rings
  • Closing/Blessing
  • PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE
  • The kiss then Recessional (exit of couple and bridal party)
  • Don’t forget to add any instructions you would like to say to the guests after the recession.

Pro Tip:

Keep in mind it is up to you and the Officiant to come up with the flow to your wedding ceremony. Just remember the two required parts, and get as creative as you want with the rest. Plant a tree with your blended family, Tie an infinity knot during hand-fasting, or seal a time capsule. “A Wine box/Love Letter” to be opened on a 5 year Anniversary, or when you are at each others throats in 10 years. Ha! Ok lets get to the sample wedding ceremony scripts.

If you are looking for Special Element ideas to add to your Ceremony visit the link above

Simple/Basic Wedding Ceremony Script

May you always need one another, not so much to fill the emptiness as to help each other know your fullness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you embrace one another, but not encircle one another. May you succeed in all important ways with each other, and not fail in the little graces. Look for things to praise, often say “I love you” and take no notice of small faults. May you have happiness, and may you find it in making one another happy. May you have love, and may you find it in loving one another.

Do you _________________ take _________________ to be your lawful wedded spouse? Will you love her/him comfort and keep her/him and forsaking all others remain true to her/him as long as you both shall live?

Do you _________________ take _________________ to be your lawful wedded spouse? Will you love her/him comfort and keep her/him and forsaking all others remain true to her/him as long as you both shall live?

Please present your rings.

__________________ please place _________________ ring on her/his finger and repeat after me.

With this ring I thee wed.

__________________ please place _________________ ring on her/his finger and repeat after me.

With this ring I thee wed.

By the power and Authority vested in me in the State of Indiana. I now pronounce you Married!!!

You may now seal your Marriage with a kiss.

Elopement Sample

Elopement Packages Near Me

This is a great example for a short sweet 5 minute civil ceremony. It does not include vows, which you can always add. I use this script while performing my $60 Civil Wedding Chapel Elopement


Religious Prayer Script Sample

Procession

(Honored Guests are seated)
(The minister, the groom and the best man enter and assume their places)
(Maid of Honor, Bridesmaids and groomsmen enter, assuming their places)

Everyone please rise (hand motion for all to rise)

(Partner One enters accompanied by her Escort or Father)

Who gives [Partner One] to be lawfully married?


You may be seated (hand motion for all to sit down)

Invocation

We are gathered here today in the sight of God, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments. We are here to give recognition to the beauty of love that is shared between [PARTNER ONE] and [PARTNER TWO] as they complete their family in holy matrimony. Marriage is a contract not to be entered into lightly but thoughtfully and seriously and with a deep realization of the obligations and responsibilities. This unity is comprised of dependence and independence, which are equal and mutual. You must allow each other the freedom to change and grow as individuals while, becoming more inseparable and in love with each passing day. Love isn’t just a feeling in your heart, or just a word you say every day, love is also an action it’s something you do, by showing respect, kindness and understanding and by putting the needs of the one you love before your own.

Sermon

Please bow your heads;
Heavenly Father, we humbly bow before you today praising You, Lord, and Your Son, Jesus Christ. Lord we ask for your blessings upon [PARTNER ONE] and [PARTNER TWO] as we celebrate this momentous occasion in their lives. Grant them happiness and contentment, as their two lives become one, as they create a new family and explore the depths of their love for one another. Bless their families and friends and the relationships, which have supported, strengthened and sustained them throughout their lives. Bless their home as a place of love and of peace. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen

Declaration of Intent

Please face one another and hold hands.
[PARTNER ONE], do you take [PARTNER TWO] to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, to love, honor, and cherish, forsaking all others, for as long as you both shall live? ( I do )

[PARTNER TWO], do you take [PARTNER ONE] to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, to love, honor, and cherish, forsaking all others, for as long as you both shall live?
( I do )

Vow Exchange

It is your words and intentions that will shape your future marriage. Please speak your vows.

Ring Exchange

The rings please. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote: Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends. The Ring, an unbroken, never-ending circle, is a symbol of unending love. As often as you look upon these rings, may they always be a reminder of the vows you have taken.

[PARTNER TWO], Please place  [PARTNER ONE’S] ring on her hand and repeat after me:
With this ring, I thee wed, I take you as my wife, to have and to hold, for richer and poorer, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, till death do us part?

[PARTNER ONE], Please place [PARTNER TWO’S] ring on his hand and repeat after me:
With this ring, I thee wed, I take you as my husband, to have and to hold, for richer and poorer, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, till death do us part?

Pronouncement

Your wedding day is so full of emotions, friends, pictures, food and congratulations that the day seems to fly by. I want you two to take a deep breath and look into each other’s eyes. Think about the happiness you’re feeling right now. Don’t ever forget the true love you feel in this moment because it will get you through even the toughest times in your lives. [PARTNER TWO] and [PARTNER ONE] have promised to one another, before God and this gathering, their love and commitment to each other. They said their vows and they have given and received rings. By the power vested in me I now pronounce you husband and wife. [PARTNER TWO], you may kiss your bride.
I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. ___________!

Recession

Newlywed’s Exit

Wedding Party Exits


Funny Wedding Script

Who doesn’t love a themed wedding or with a bit of humor? A good friend of mine Alan Katz… He is an Officiant that inspired me when I became an Officiant years ago. Owner of Great Officiants in California. A very funny man! I use some of his examples of humor in my scripts (nothing wrong with a little wedding plagiarism right?) WRONG. I respectfully give him credit for all the guidance or examples he has put out there. Here is one example you may use for guidance to create your own.

WELCOME

Friends, we have been invited here today to share with [BRIDE] and [GROOM] a very important moment in their lives. In the time they have been together, their love and understanding of each other has grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together now as a married couple.

THE BOND OF FAMILY

Thank you for being here today to share in this special ceremony.

All of us gathering here to give witness to the love and commitment they are about to express as they take their next step into the journey of marriage.

Everyone plays such an important part in the story of [BRIDE] and [GROOM] but this chapter would be incomplete without the presence of their extended families and closest friends. Today is also a celebration for us all, for it is a pleasure for us to see love in bloom, and to participate in the union of two people so delightfully suited to one another. [INSERT LOVE STORY]

WORDS OF ADVICE TO THE COUPLE

To make your relationship work will take love. This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today.

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.

Your marriage will take faith, to go forward together, without knowing exactly what the future brings. And it will take commitment, to hold true to the journey you both have pledged to today.

DECLARATION OF INTENT

Do you [GROOM] take [BRIDE] to be your wedded wife, to love, honor, and cherish, to have and to hold? Will you stay with her for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, from this day forward? And do you promise not to bite your fingernails while in the car with [BRIDE]?

Do you [BRIDE] take [GROOM] to be your wedded Husband, to love, honor, and cherish, to have and to hold? Will you stay with him for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, from this day forward? And do you promise not to complain too much when [GROOM] bites his fingernails in the car?

EXCHANGE OF VOWS

[GROOM], you have a right to remain silent… . Anything you say or do in this marriage can and probably will be held against you

Repeat after me at your own will..

Tammy, I love you with my whole heart. You are my Soul Mate and so much more. I promise to Love you, to cherish you, to nurture you and to support you, in all that you are and all that you do. Today it is my great joy to join you as your Husband.

[BRIDE], please repeat after me;

[GROOM], I love you with my whole heart. You are my Soul Mate and so much more. I promise to Love you, to cherish you, to nurture you and to support you, in all that you are and all that you do. Today it is my great joy to join you as your Wife.

EXCHANGE OF RINGS

PLEASE PRESENT THE RINGS

There are 3 rings of marriage. The wedding ring, The Engagement ring and the suffering. We hope the 3rd one can be held to a minimum…….

[GROOM] please place [BRIDE’S] ring on her left finger and repeat after me: As this ring encircles your finger, may you be surrounded by love. With this ring I join my life to yours.

[BRIDE] please place [GROOM’S] ring on his left finger and repeat after me: As this ring encircles your finger, may you be surrounded by love. With this ring I join my life to yours.

CLOSING/ BLESSING

Before I pronounce you Husband and Wife, I have just one more thing I want you do.

Your wedding day is one that seems to fly. It’s a day filled with emotion, friends, rings and dances. Many people remember how fleeting their own wedding day was.

So I want you to take a few seconds to look onto each other’s eyes. Think about the happiness that you’re feeling in this place, in this moment. Now, I want you to think about your life together in twenty years.

We all know that your visions of the future are not identical, but always complementary. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together, that is reality.” And for Tammy and David, that reality starts now.

PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE

By the authority vested in me by the State of Indiana and by the power of your love, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife

THE KISS

You may now seal your marriage with a kiss!

RECESSIONAL


If you need help officiating your wedding or maybe you are someone officiating for a wedding and you need help creating the ceremony? Get in touch with me. Or have a look at my Wedding Packages here.