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A Virtual Wedding Ceremony Script with Special Readings

This script is for people who cannot conduct an in-person wedding ceremony due to a pandemic, health issues, or disabilities. It contains special instructions to help facilitate a technology mediated wedding ceremony. You can use this as the starting point for your own virtual wedding.

THE PROCESSION

[Option One]
Officiant is on-screen as guests arrive, welcoming them as they join. Partners enter the 'frame' (come on screen) from the side. They may enter together from the same side, or enter one at a time from opposite sides.

This works well even when officiants and couples are not in the same physical location.

[Option Two]
A decorative curtain or screen is placed in front of the ceremony space to block the view as guests join the video-conference call or livestream. The curtain is then opened when the ceremony is scheduled to start, revealing the decor, Partners, and Officiant.

WELCOME - THE INVOCATION

Officiant to Virtual Guests

"Friends and family, hello and welcome! We're so grateful you could all be with us today, in spirit and on-screen! It's times like today when the magic of technology really shines through, in the act of coming together like this to celebrate such a beautiful occasion.

We gather today to celebrate the love between [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B] as they make their union official in marriage! Each and every one of you are an important part of their lives and journeys together, and there's no way they could tie the knot without you here as witnesses, supporters, cherished community and family."
OFFICIANT TO THE COUPLE

"[PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B], as you make your vows today, remember that you don't make them alone. You make them with the love and support of all of those here today. Although some of us are miles apart, we are right beside you, always!

The bond that you share is precious, and you've never taken it for granted. You've met each day together with a sense of humor and loving kindness, holding each other up when times were tough, and celebrating each joyful success together!

As you make your vows today, remember that your marriage will thrive with your continued devotion and care. Your bond will grow stronger and brighter each day as you learn and laugh together.

Officiant to Virtual Guests

"To help bless [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B]'s union, [SPEAKER 1] (Name of the first Reader/Speaker, and their relationship to the Partners) will read a short poem/passage/text/song, and then share one of their favorite moments of the couple -- a moment when they knew their love was meant to be."

SPECIAL READING ONE: BLESSING TO THE COUPLE

Tip: Use 'Speaker View' for platforms that support this function.

The focus of this reading is the couple's foundation -- what's led them to the present day.

  1. The Reader / Speaker shares a blessing, song or instrumental performance, or reads from a special text, or presents a few secular words on the importance of love and commitment.
  2. The Reader / Speaker then shares a story from the couple's life together. For example, how the couple met, a challenge they've overcome, or a shared value or interest.
  3. Officiant thanks the Reader.

VOWS & RING EXCHANGE

Officiant to VIRTUAL GUESTS

  • If the officiant is in the same physical location as the couple, they will turn to them and perform this part of the ceremony in a traditional way, making sure to stay 'in frame.'
  • If the officiant is performing the marriage remotely (which is only allowed in a few states), they'll want to maintain a warm tone and speak directly to the camera during the ring exchange.

Officiant to THE COUPLE

"You've both chosen to write your vows. These words are the promises you make today, to each other, and in front of all of your closest friends and family. Let these words express the deepest truths in your heart, and your dreams for the future, and deepen the bond that already keeps you close."

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER A

"[PARTNER A] , are you ready to share your promises and hopes with us?"PARTNER A TO OFFICIANT

"I am."

  • Partner A reads their vows and places the ring on the other's hand.

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER B

"[PARTNER B] , are you ready to share your promises and hopes with us?"

PARTNER B TO PARTNER A

"I am."

  • Partner Two reads their vows and places the ring on the other's hand.

OFFICIANT TO VIRTUAL GUESTS

"To honor the future that [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B] are beginning here today, [SPEAKER 2] (Name of the first Reader/Speaker, and their relationship to the Partners) has a poem/passage/text/song, they would like to share with us."

SPECIAL READING TWO: WISHES OF JOY AND HEALTH IN THE FUTURE

Tip: Use 'Speaker View' for platforms that support this function.

The focus of this reading is the future -- looking ahead.

  1. The Reader / Speaker shares a blessing, song or instrumental performance, or reads from a special text, or presents a few secular words on the importance of love and commitment.
  2. The Reader / Speaker then shares a story from the couple's life together. For example, how the couple met, a challenge they've overcome, or a shared value or interest.

PRONOUNCEMENT

Tip: If anyone has been muted, unmute all guests during this portion. As the couple kisses, all the guests can chime in and cheer to celebrate together!

OFFICIANT TO THE COUPLE

"Witnessing the love the [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B] have for each other and their hopes for the future, and seeing that dedication reflected in the words and faces of their friends and family here today, it's clear that this will be a wonderful and lasting union!

As you leave here today, we wish that you may meet the bad and good times with an easy step and full heart, finding strength in each other and in the support of this beautiful family you've built between you!

By the power given to me by American Marriage Ministries and by the State of [WEDDING STATE], I now pronounce you married! You may kiss each other!

Friends, it's my honor to present for the first time, [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B] !"

RECESSION

  1. Officiant announces that the ceremony is over.
  2. The Partners join' their online guests in conversation and congratulations.

Tip: If there's a DJ or band joining the video call, these guests can start playing after the conversation dies down to continue the festivities.



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