Wedding Ceremony Samples

Author: Lesley Acevedo

Published: January 11th, 2020

The Story

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

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 client’s 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:

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.

Special Element ideas

Elopement Sample

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.


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Are you a family member or officiating for a friend, and need help creating the ceremony? This Template will have your ceremony written in a few simple steps. No writing is required on your part. Plus, tips from a Pro on how to officiate a wedding.