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AMM’s Most Popular New Wedding Ceremony Scripts of 2022

Published Friday, Jan. 6th, 2023

The most popular wedding scripts of the year, written by AMM Ministers and published in the free AMM Ceremony Scripts Library!




A very cool thing happened at AMM last year – we teamed up with dozens of professional officiants from all over the country to add a bundle of exciting new wedding ceremony scripts to our free script library. 


AMM Ministers with unique experience in elopements, themed weddings, bilingual weddings, blended family ceremonies, unity ceremonies, religious weddings and more, shared their original scripts with us. Over 60 new wedding scripts were added in all! 


As we head into the new year (and gear up for the next batch of fun ceremonies), here’s a look at the 10 most-viewed scripts of the bunch.


These are the scripts that couples searched for and clicked on the most while scouring the internet for fresh wedding inspiration and ideas– so take note! We definitely see a few trends to watch.



Happy newlyweds laughing and smiling together outdoors

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10 Most Popular Wedding Ceremony Scripts Published in 2022


1. Traditional Baptist Wedding Ceremony Script


A traditional Christian Baptist wedding ceremony script, including the presentation of the bride, a service of worship, excerpts from the Bible (John 15:9-12 and Genesis 2), and guidance for the officiant on how to write a powerful homily.


From the script: 


"The sacred covenant of marriage is a sanctuary and a home. It must not be entered into lightly, but reverently, discreetly, soberly, and advisedly, with God’s guidance and blessing. We rejoice today as [Bride] and [Groom] receive one of God’s greatest gifts – a loving partner to grow with, to share life’s joys and challenges with, to build a family with, and grow old with, and to journey with in faith throughout all of their days." 



2. Lighthearted Wedding Ceremony Script with Funny Reading on Marriage


A humorous wedding script with a fun wedding reading on marriage, funny marriage vows, quotes from Wilferd Arlan Peterson's “The Art of a Good Marriage," an amusing 'unplugged' wedding announcement, and more. Written by ordained AMM Minister Sherri Crawford.


From the script:


“Wilferd Arlan Peterson's “The Art of a Good Marriage” reminds us that a good marriage doesn’t just happen, one must be created. In marriage, the little things are the big things; like never being too old to hold hands – and remembering to say, “I love you,” at least once a day. It also takes patience, kindness… and fighting the urge to snarkily respond when it’s best to keep your mouth zipped.”



3. Quick & Simple Civil Wedding Ceremony Script


For couples who want to skip the courthouse but still get things done quickly, this simple civil wedding script is perfect. It’s short, sweet, and non-religious. Written by ordained AMM Minister Dyanna Volek. 


From the script: 


"We are gathered here for the purpose of uniting in matrimony (Partner A) and (Partner B). The contract of marriage is most solemn and is not to be entered into lightly, but thoughtfully and seriously with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities.


Please remember that love, loyalty and understanding are the foundations of a happy and enduring home. No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to pledge."



Close up black and white photo of a groom placing a wedding ring on the bride's hand

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4. Blended Family Wedding Ceremony Script with Sand Blending Ritual


This Christian wedding script celebrates a new, blended family on the wedding day and includes a Bible verse, simple blessing, family vows and joint vows with consent from the children, a unity sand ceremony with colored sand blending, and more. Written by ordained AMM Minister Chanelle Carlin. 


From the script: 


(Performing the sand ceremony) "(Partner A) and (Partner B), today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other and to honor your children as well. Your family relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these (number of participants) individual containers of sand -- each one representing all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, as individuals and as a family."



5. Vikings Themed Wedding Ceremony Script


This original Viking wedding ceremony was inspired by the Vikings tv show, with some light Pagan wedding elements mixed in to make it authentic. It includes a vow exchange with shout outs to Thor, Odin, Loki, and Frigg; recognition of the Old Gods; a traditional handfasting and hand blessing ceremony, and more. Written by AMM Minister, Reverend Scarlett Mullikin.


From the script: 


“May you enjoy a lifetime of sunrises and sunsets together. May your partnership continue to grow stronger through the years to come. And may the Gods always keep you safe. 'Til Valhalla, SKAL!”



6. Simple Wedding Ceremony Script for Older Couples


This short, simple wedding ceremony script was written with older couples in mind, including folks who are getting married for a second or third time. Great for small weddings to celebrate a marriage later in life. Written by AMM Minister and staff writer Bernard King. 


From the script: 


“As you know, life always has a way of surprising us, and often those surprises are more beautiful than anything we could have dreamed up ourselves, as long as we hang in for the ride. Here’s to the two of you – sharing the rest of this wild ride together!”



Stylized image of a unity cord and flowers

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7.  A Courthouse Style Wedding Ceremony Script


This simple script is inspired by the format and outline of a short courthouse wedding ceremony and only takes a couple minutes to perform. It’s short, sweet, and secular. Written by AMM Minister and staff writer Jessica Levey. 


From the script: 


"True marriage is more than just a ceremony or a piece of paper – it is a lasting bond that joins two lives and two hearts. Marriage is love. Companionship. Trust. And Respect. May you always find strength in each other, laugh with each other, and find safety and comfort in each other’s words and company."


8. Simple Wedding Script with Fisherman’s Knot Tying Ceremony


A sweet & simple wedding ceremony for couples who want to "tie the knot" – literally! This script includes a fisherman's knot tying unity ceremony, a traditional exchange of vows and rings, and a short pronouncement. Written by ordained AMM Minister Valise Jackson.


From the script: 


"This special knot is one that cannot be broken. It has unimaginable strength, and becomes even stronger when it's tested by life's trials, just as this marriage will grow stronger as the years pass. Each rope represents your individual pasts, and the lives you lived up to today. Once tied, they symbolize your future together, which shall be forever weaved together just like the threads in the cord. From today forward, your lives will be forever intertwined, and your bond unbreakable."


9. Modern Filipino Wedding Ceremony Script with Unity Veil, Cord, & Coins


This wedding script offers a modern non-religious twist on a traditional Filipino wedding ceremony, including a blessing from the couple's parents or elders, a Unity Veil and Cord ritual (sometimes called a lasso ceremony), an exchange of Unity Coins (arras), and a Unity Candle Lighting ceremony, with lots of guest participation. Written by ordained AMM Minister Dyanna Volek.


From the script: 


(Placing the unity cord) "This cord, looped and crossed in the middle,symbolizes the infinite bond of love which brings your hearts and souls together. This bond will keep you strong in the face of adversity. You are no longer two, but one in marriage. May this cord remind you to face your life together courageously and support each other in carrying out your duties and responsibilities as a couple. And, may your love grow stronger and bind you closer together through the years." 



A Pagan couple raise the drinking horn during a Viking wedding ceremony outdoors

May your love last 'til Valhalla, SKAL!  Vikings Themed Wedding Ceremony Script  (photo courtesy of Walker Photography)



10. Fall Wedding Ceremony Script with Reading From "Harvest Moon"


This autumn inspired Fall wedding ceremony includes lyrics from Neil Young's song Harvest Moon, reflections on the changing color of the leaves, a moment of mindfulness, a blessing from the wedding officiant, and much more. This non-religious wedding script is perfect for outdoor weddings and elopements, and any casual seasonal ceremony. Written by ordained AMM Minister Sherri Crawford.


From the script: 


“Welcome! We gather on this divine autumn day to celebrate the love discovered between (Partner A) and (Partner B). Like the color of leaves in the fall, their relationship is changing – and we mark that significance with their wedding today. Autumn leaves also remind us that transition is in our very nature. This ceremony will symbolize (Partner A) and (Partner B)'s transition to their next chapter.”


Runner Up: 


Catholic Inspired Wedding Ceremony Script for Modern Couples


This contemporary Catholic wedding ceremony is written for modern couples who choose to marry outside the Church and includes suggestions for scripture readings, songs, prayers,  blessings, and more. Written by ordained AMM Minister and former priest, Paul Tedesco.


From the script: 


“Lord, you created us in your own image, and made us to be joined to each other, a union of bodies and hearts. You made the union of a married couple an image of your eternal covenant with us. Stretch out your hands now, and bless (Partner A) and (Partner B).


Grant that as they begin their marriage, they will become one in heart and mind, as witnesses to your presence in their marriage. Help them to create a home together (and give them children to be formed by the gospel).”





See all our new ceremony scripts in the library:  


AMM Ceremony Scripts Library 

Free Wedding Ceremony Scripts. Need help figuring out what to say when you officiate a wedding? We have over 100 free sample scripts for every ceremony you can dream up. Check out our spiritual or non-religious ceremonies, Christian and Jewish ceremony scripts, Spanish language scripts, Pagan handfastings, and more!



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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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