Stay up to date with the latest wedding ceremony trends, script writing inspiration, tips and advice for first-time officiants, and news that matters to couples and wedding ministers.

A Simple Wedding Script to Use When a Parent Officiates Your Ceremony

Published Monday, Mar. 20th, 2023

Want to ask a father, mother, grandparent, or mentor to officiate your wedding? We've got the perfect officiant script! 



Wedding ceremonies are all about family – the individual families that you and your sweetheart belong to, and the family you’re building together in marriage. 


So who better to lead your wedding ceremony than the family member who’s been there beside you from the very beginning, a loving parent! 



If you’d like to ask Mom, Dad, a grandparent, or another beloved Elder or Mentor to officiate, check out the new ceremony we just added to our Sample Script Library: 




(Click the link above to see the full wedding script.)




A bride smiles as her mother adjusts the wedding veil before the ceremony

Wedding ceremonies are all about family, so who better to officiate than a parent, grandparent, or beloved elder?





This simple officiant script includes a friendly welcome to your wedding guests, a moment of remembrance for lost or absent loved ones, and a traditional exchange of wedding vows and rings. The wording is lighthearted and loving, and celebrates the importance of family, growth, and enduring love in a lasting marriage. 


It also includes everything your ceremony must include to meet the legal requirements in your state, including the Declaration of Intent and the officiant’s Pronouncement. 


This wedding script is perfect for a casual, non-religious, or family-oriented wedding ceremony, and can be personalized with unique details from the couple’s love story. Add meaningful readings from literature, song lyrics, or passages from religious texts to make the ceremony feel more like ‘you.’



From the script: 


“Officiant to the Couple: 

When you were little, your families were your whole world. Everyone you knew and loved, everything you experienced, was part of a cozy circle centered around your home.


Then you went to school, and your universe widened to include other children and adults. They learned and played with you; instructed and counseled you; helped you find the tools that would allow you to find your own way in a world of growing complexity. As your activities and interests expanded, so did the circle of those who would continue to influence and protect you. What began as your parents’ role was now the collective duty of your burgeoning community.


You grew more independent and ranged farther from home. You developed new friends and involvements. Eventually, you found each other! We marvel at the loving connection you two have made, and we are grateful for having had a role in preparing you for that ongoing miracle.


As you move together through an intricately beautiful world—one that can be inspiring and daunting by turns—please remember the journeys that led you to become the unique individuals that you each are, and that now have led you to each other.”



See the full wedding script here. 







This original wedding ceremony script is written by professional officiant (and proud father), AMM Minister Dan Henkel. 


Dan believes guests should come away saying “That was so cool… and so THEM!” and has been performing marriage for over 25 years. His upbeat, inclusive style reflects his background as an award-winning communicator, entertainer and advocate.


See more original wedding scripts by Officiant Dan Henkel here.








Not what you're looking for? 
Visit the Wedding Ceremony Script Library.


We know that writing a ceremony from scratch can be a daunting process, especially if you’re officiating on short notice.
To make things easier, we keep our Sample Script Library well stocked with wedding ceremony templates and sample scripts for you to choose from. These scripts are a great starting point, with sections to add to, leave out, or reorganize, as you personalize a ceremony. 


You'll find a variety of wedding ceremonies to choose from, including additional non-religious and spiritual wedding scripts.



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.

How To Officiate By State

Will You Marry Us? Gift Package

Who Will Officiate Your Wedding?

Choose Your Officiant with our "Will You Marry Us?" Gift Package.

Signature Wedding Officiant Package

Signature Wedding Officiant Package

Our premiere package contains everyting you need to officiate like a pro.

The Book of Wedding Vows and Ceremonies

The Book of Wedding Vows and Ceremonies

It's finally here! Timeless scripts and heartfelt vow inspiration to bring life to your ceremony.

Professional Wedding Officiant Certification Course

Learn from the Pros to Officiate with Confidence!

Wedding Officiant Training

Wedding Officiant Training

Everything you need to know to officiate.

Read our sample wedding ceremony scripts online

Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts

Need inspiration? Check out our free ceremony scripts!

Subscribe To Our Newsletter!


Become a Wedding Officiant with Our Free Online Ordination!