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Wedding Ceremony Script With Covenant Of Children

This wedding ceremony script was written by American Marriage Ministries to serve as a starting point for your own wedding ceremony. This script was written for couples with children that would like to include them in the wedding ceremony. We encourage you to use this script as is or build on this script for a more personalized ceremony for the couple.

PROCESSIONAL

  • Guests are seated followed by the entrance of the Bridal Party.

INVOCATION

officiant to the reception

"Hello and welcome. We have come together today to witness the creation of a marriage. Marriage is the most intimate of all relationships. It is the ultimate commitment to love, share, trust, and grow with another person. It is the beginning of a whole new life.

We share with [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B] their delight in finding love with each other, and support their decision to be together from now until the end of time. We are all here to learn about loving and being loved, and to watch the miracle of love exchanged enriches every one of us. Therefore, we appreciate the opportunity to witness the shared love of this beautiful couple.

Their enthusiasm is contagious, their certainty of their destiny together is inspiring and their great expectations give us all a glimpse of the heights love can reach. The marriage of  and  brings together two different families; two unique storylines, so a new chapter in their lives can begin to unfold."

COVENANT OF CHILDREN

OFFICIANT TO THE couple's children

"Though this relationship was formed out of the love these two have found in each other, their marriage will ultimately be blessed by the support of their families. Who stands with this woman to symbolize her family’s support of this union?"

the couple's children to the officiant
"We do."

OFFICIANT TO THE couple's children
"Who stands with this man to symbolize his family’s support of this union?"

the couple's children to the officiant

"We do."

CHARGE TO COUPLE

officiant to the couple

"This is a new beginning for both of you and I̢’d like to offer some gentle reminders to ease your lifelong task of living and growing together.

Be kind to each other. And, when you disagree, do it respectfully. Be gentle and forgiving with each other. When you forgive, your hearts make room for a little more love, a little more understanding and a little more compassion.Communicate with each other. Share the joy that’s in your heart and the sorrow that burdens your soul. Open your hearts to each other and find the love. Laugh. A lot. As often and as much as possible. At yourselves, as well as each other. Together."

DECLARATION OF INTENT

officiant to partner a

"[PARTNER A], do you come here today, in the presence of these witnesses, with love in your heart and with a conscious desire to be united in marriage with [PARTNER B]?

Do you promise to share the responsibility for growth and enrichment of your lives together and to give to [PARTNER B] all the loving support she needs to become the person she is destined to be?"

  • partner a responds with 'I Do'.

officiant to partner B

"[PARTNER B], do you come here today, in the presence of these witnesses, with love in your heart and with a conscious desire to be united in marriage with [PARTNER A]?

Do you promise to share the responsibility for growth and enrichment of your lives together and to give to [PARTNER A] all the loving support he needs to become the person he is destined to be?"

  • partner B responds with 'I Do'.

VOWS EXCHANGE

OFFICIANT TO THE COUPLE

"Please face each other and join hands."

  • THE COUPLE DOES AS INSTRUCTED.

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER A

"[PARTNER A], repeat after me:

I take you to be my wife.

To love you with all my heart;

to share with you all my soul to be true and faithful to you;

to grow with you through all my days;

As long as we both shall live."

  • partner a repeats the vows line by line.

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER B

"[PARTNER B], repeat after me:

I take you to be my husband.

To love you with all my heart;

to share with you all my soul to be true and faithful to you;

to grow with you through all my days;

As long as we both shall live."

  • partner B repeats the vows line by line.

officiant to the couple
"[PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B], by coming here today, you have reached a crossroads in your lives. You’re turning away from your yesterdays and looking ahead to your tomorrows. Your past is a distant memory. Your future, a waiting adventure. It is a new dawn, a new commitment, a new life. The bonds you are forging today will change your lives forever."

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER A
"Do you, [PARTNER A], promise to take [PARTNER B] to be your wife? To play with her and care for her; to make her laugh, and let her cry? To offer your best counsel and give your sincerest support with all the love you have to give?"

  • partner a responds with 'I do.'

officiant to partner b
"Do you, [PARTNER B], promise to take [PARTNER A] to be your husband? To play with him and care for him; to make him laugh and let him cry? To offer your best counsel and give your sincerest support with all the love you have to give?"

  • partner b responds with 'I do.'

RINGS EXCHANGE

officiant to the couple

"May I have the rings, please?"

  • the rings are presented.

"Though we have heard the vows, which have been shared by [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B], words, once spoken, are carried away on the wind. Therefore, the wedding ring is a visible symbol of the promises that have been made."

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER A
"[PARTNER A], as you place the ring on [PARTNER B]'s finger, please repeat after me:

With this ring,

I marry you and bind my life to yours.

It is a symbol of my eternal love,

My everlasting friendship,

and the promise of all my tomorrows."

  • PARTNER A REPEATS THE WORDS AS THEY PLACE THE RING ON PARTNER B'S FINGER.

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER B
"[PARTNER B], as you place the ring on [PARTNER A]'s finger, please repeat after me:

With this ring,

I marry you and bind my life to yours.

It is a symbol of my eternal love,

My everlasting friendship,

and the promise of all my tomorrows."

  • PARTNER A REPEATS THE WORDS AS THEY PLACE THE RING ON PARTNER B'S FINGER.

OFFICIANT TO THE RECEPTION

"May these wedding rings be a reminder to [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B] of the commitment they have made today and be a testimony to all the world of their devotion in marriage.

Blessing

OFFICIANT TO THE RECEPTION

"We wish for you a love that brings out the best in you, as you bring out the best in each other. One that gives you something to lean on when you need it most.

And one that allow you to see each other as you really are, reminding you why you’re together. May you find within yourselves all that you need to nurture your marriage.

Finally, we wish for you joy, a joy that makes you laugh out loud. A joy that lights your eyes and fills your soul. And a joy that shouts to the world of your happiness with one another."

PRONOUNCEMENT

OFFICIANT TO THE COUPLE

"[PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B], you have heard the words about love and marriage, have exchanged your vows and made your promises, and celebrated your union with the giving and receiving of rings. It is at this time that I pronounce you husband and wife. [PARTNER A], you may kiss your bride!"

officiant to the reception
"And now, to all the friends and family who have come to celebrate this marriage, I would like to present, for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. [COUPLE'S MARRIED NAME]!!"

RECESSIONAL

End of the Wedding Ceremony.



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