Sample Wedding Ceremony Script

Use the form below to personalize a wedding ceremony script. You can use this basic ceremony as-is, or as a starting point when creating your own ceremony. There is no legal form for a wedding ceremony, but most ceremonies follow these established conventions.


1ProcessionBeginning of the Ceremony

2Invocation

Minister

(To the Reception)

Dearly Beloved and Honored Guests,

We are gathered together here to join
_______________
and
_______________
in the spiritual union of marriage.

This contract is not to be entered into lightly but thoughtfully and seriously, and 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.

3Declaration of Intent

Minister

(To the Groom)

Do you
_______________
take this woman
_______________
to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself unto her for as long as you both shall live?

Groom

(To the Bride)

“I do”

Minister

(To the Bride)

Do you
_______________
take this man
_______________
to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself unto him for as long as you both shall live?

Bride

(To the Groom)

“I do”

4Vows Exchange, Ring Exchange, and Other Customs

Minister

_______________
and
_______________
will now exchange rings as a symbol of their love and commitment.

5Pronouncement

Minister

(To the Reception)

By the authority vested in me by American Marriage Ministries and the State of _______________ I now pronounce you husband and wife.

6RecessionEnd of the Ceremony

This is the basic format of a wedding ceremony. All weddings include these parts, but there are many types of ceremonies with additional duties and speaking parts. It is your responsibility to coordinate the details of the ceremony with the couple.

Additions to the Ceremony

The above outline describes a very straightforward, recognizable version of a wedding ceremony. Many weddings also include additional parts to reflect the beliefs, values, and personal preferences of the couple. Some common additions include:

  1. Blessing - A blessing to the couple can be offered by the minister or a member of the wedding party. Blessings can be religious or secular.
  2. Charge to Couple - Similar to the Declaration of Intent, a charge has the minister emphasize the seriousness of the marital contract to the couple. It is often punctuated by acknowledgements such as, "I agree" or "I understand."
  3. Giving of the Bride - The minister calls out to the wedding party and asks who gives the bride in marriage. Traditionally, the father and/or mother of the bride reply that they consent to giving their daughter in marriage.
  4. Prayer - Many religious ceremonies include a prayer given by the minister.
  5. Readings - Poems, religious texts, and/or literary passages can be read by the minister or members of the wedding party.
  6. Sermon - Many religious ceremonies include a sermon given by the minister.
  7. Unity Candle - A unity candle ceremony involves the ceremonial merger of flames. Two candles are lit and the couple joins their individual flames together to light a third candle (representing two lives joined as one). Variations include participation from family, such as candles for children to join in the union of the new family.
  8. Sand Ceremony - Sand ceremonies are a variation of the unity candle symbol. Two vessels of sand are poured together, mixing the sand. Each grain of sand is representative of a thought, feeling, or experience. A common variation is to give each member of the wedding party a small pebble. Each person offers a blessing as they deposit their pebble into a container, which the couple uses to combine their sand.

Remember, there are no limitations! We encourage you to work with the couple to craft a unique ceremony that reflects their wishes.

That's it!
A typical ceremony lasts only 10 - 15 minutes.
Keep it simple and have fun!

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