Wedding Ceremony Script: Samples and Tips to Write (2020 Updated)

The perfect white dress, the food, and the wedding cake are the perks of planning a wedding day that no one wants to miss. However, the main part of that special day is the wedding ceremony where the officiant weds you with your beloved one, standing on an aisle of your dreams.

Whether you want a short, sweet, and simple ceremony or a glamorous one that leaves your guests in awe, planning is always necessary. This article includes some of the best tips for writing a wedding ceremony script along with some formats and inspiring examples!

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Wedding Ceremony Script Writing Tips

To start it off, you should keep these tips in mind so you can plan an epic wedding ceremony:

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Get a Head Start

Despite what people assume, writing a wedding ceremony script takes a great deal of time when you want to add an inspirational value to it. Moreover, a perfect wedding ceremony should depict your individual stories while reflecting you as a couple. So, give yourself a head start and start crafting your wedding script as soon as possible.

Plan with Your Officiant

The officiant’s role in your wedding is not just to perform the wedding sermon but also to lead the entire service. Experienced officiants usually have a basic outline for wedding ceremonies, and you can add your own unique touches to it to personalize it.

However, if a friend of yours is stepping up as an officiant, you’ll have to provide directions and work together as a team to plan out the ceremony.

Choose Your Words Carefully

Whether you decide to use a wedding script generator or write your own vows, you’ll have to carve out a lot of time not only to choose the right words but also to practice them with natural fluency. A perfect vow is one that doesn’t reveal too much of your personal life, yet intimately delivers loving and sweet promises.

Keep It Short, Sweet, and Interactive

An extended ceremony might encompass everything you want, but it can leave your guests looking at their watches every other second. That’s a big no if you want them to remember your wedding on good terms. 

The best approach for mapping out your wedding ceremony is to make it seem like an interactive session where your guests can relate to you on a personal level. Add some jokes to your script but don’t disregard the serious elements entirely.

Balance the Personalization with Traditional Elements

Traditional weddings may seem bland to some couples, but it makes your guests feel more involved when they know where the service is heading. The perfect solution is to have a modern yet traditional ceremony where the steps are basic, but you can make unique personalized touches to them to your liking.

Ask for a Second Opinion Before Finalizing It Off

Whether it’s a civil wedding or a same-sex marriage, asking someone you trust to take a look at your wedding ceremony script is always an excellent plan. This way, you can ensure everything looks authentic and has a natural flow to it, including your wedding vows. 

Traditional Format for a Wedding Ceremony

For the most part, the format and outline for your wedding ceremony are up to you. This means you can personalize the script with additional songs, poems, or even readings. However, all wedding ceremonies typically include the following basic ideas:

Traditional Format for a Wedding Ceremony

Processional

In most traditional weddings, this is where the bride enters the room and walks up the aisle to greet the groom while live or recorded music plays in the background, and the guests stand up. However, for less traditional weddings and some same-sex weddings, both parties enter and walk the aisle together, hand in hand. After that, guests are requested to take a seat.

The processional music can be a traditional tune or a song that the bride and groom pick together.

Welcome

After that, the wedding officiant welcomes the guest and offers a brief welcome message, indicating the occasion. However, it is up to you to decide if you want a more detailed statement that depicts your life journey.

Most civil wedding ceremony scripts opt for a small welcome so the couple can take their time saying their vows.

Readings, Addresses, or Sermons

The officiant’s welcome speech is usually followed by a reading, an address, or a sermon. In most religious wedding ceremonies, this part may constitute a few readings from a religious book. However, many couples choose to ask a close family member or friend to address the ceremony, portraying a particular topic or theme.

Vow Exchange

After that comes the part where the couple exchanges the vows they prepared before the ceremony. The wedding vows could be a traditional promises speech, or the couple can customize it to their liking. Either way, this is where the officiant asks the impending questions followed by the couples’ “I do.”

Ring Exchange

The wedding rings are exchanged at this stage. Usually, the officiant asks the couple to place the ring on each other’s fingers while promising their commitment by making short declarations.

Pronouncement

Next, the wedding officiant pronounces the couple as married, followed by the customary “You may kiss” ritual. This is when the guests start cheering for the newly wedded couple.

Recessional

The last part of the wedding ceremony script is the recessional when the wedding party exits the room while a song of the couple’s choice is played in the background.

Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts

No matter which type of wedding you are planning (except for religious wedding ceremonies) to make your special day even more memorable, the only thing that distinctly changes between them is how the wedding vows are delivered. The rest of the steps stay the same, following the given wedding ceremony script sample:

Welcome

Officiant: We’re gathered here today to witness the sacred union of [Name] and [Name]. We are all here to celebrate and honor the love shared by these two souls as they come together to start their new life, surrounded by their loved ones. [Name] and [Name] are delighted that you could join us here on their special day.

Address

Officiant to the couple: This ceremony is to celebrate the beginning of a new journey – your marriage, which is all about love, dedication, loyalty, understanding, and perseverance that lasts a lifetime. As we gather here today to witness this occasion, we are reminded that what matters the most is the love and companionship shared by the couple standing before us and not the ceremony itself. 

Reading

Officiant: To honor their strength of love, [Name] and [Name] have called upon two of their beloved friends/family members to share their readings with us.

(Reading continues by the chosen members)

Officiant: There is nothing as meaningful and powerful as the vows shared by your loved ones on your special day. The wedding vows are a sacred declaration of your love and the foundation of your relationship as a married couple. On these vows, you’ll build your life together as one.

Wedding Vows

(Discussed in the next section for each wedding style)

Declaration

Officiant: [Partner 1 name], will you take [Partner 2 name] to be your partner through life? Do you promise to love, cherish, and protect him/her for the rest of your life?

Partner 1: I do.

The wedding officiant will repeat the same for the other partner, replacing the names.

Ring Exchange and Pronouncement

[Name] and [Name] will now exchange the wedding rings as a token of their love and commitment to each other. These rings are a perfect circle that symbolizes their never-ending love and seal the vows that they have just taken for each other.

Officiant to Partner 1: Repeat after me and place the ring on your partner’s wedding ring finger.

Officiant: I give you this ring to show my love for you. Together, we stand united and unbreakable – today and for all of our days.

(Partner 1 repeats)

The wedding officiant will repeat the same for the other partner while he/she places the ring on his/her partner’s wedding ring finger.

Recessional 

End of the wedding ceremony.

Delivering Wedding Vows for Each Type of Wedding Ceremony Script

Here are some of the best wedding ceremony script ideas on how to deliver your wedding vows for each type of wedding. You can easily tweak them for making it more personalized and up to your style:

Traditional Wedding Ceremony Script – For Civil and Same-Sex Weddings

For several wedding couples, a traditional wedding ceremony is something they always dream of. Here’s a traditional wedding ceremony script idea that you might find to your liking, whether it be a civil wedding or a same-sex (gay, lesbian, LGBT) wedding ceremony:

Welcome

Officiant: Welcome, family, friends and loved ones. We gather here today to celebrate the wedding of NAME and NAME. You have come here to share in this formal commitment they make to one another, to offer your love and support to this union, and to allow NAME and NAME to start their married life together surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them.So welcome to one and all, who have traveled from near and far. NAME and NAME thank you for your presence here today and now ask for your blessing, encouragement, and lifelong support, for their decision to be married.

Definition of Marriage

Officiant: Marriage is perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure of human relationships. No ceremony can create your marriage; only you can do that—through love and patience; through dedication and perseverance; through talking and listening, helping and supporting and believing in each other; through tenderness and laughter; through learning to forgive, learning to appreciate your differences, and by learning to make the important things matter, and to let go of the rest. What this ceremony can do is to witness and affirm the choice you make to stand together as lifemates and partners.

Declaration of Intent

Officiant: Will you, NAME, take this woman to be your wedded wife?

Groom: I will

Officiant: Will you, NAME, take this man to be your wedded husband?

Bride: I will

Readings.

Officiant: In the spirit of the importance of strong friendships to a marriage, NAME and NAME have asked two friends to read selections about love that especially resonate with them.1st READING, followed by 2nd READING.

Support of Community

Officiant: Two people in love do not live in isolation. Their love is a source of strength with which they may nourish not only each other but also the world around them. And in turn, we, their community of friends and family, have a responsibility to this couple. By our steadfast care, respect, and love, we can support their marriage and the new family they are creating today.

Officiant: Will everyone please rise. Will you who are present here today, surround NAME and NAME in love, offering them the joys of your friendship, and supporting them in their marriage?

All: We will

Officiant: You may be seated.

Wedding Vows

Officiant: We’ve come to the point of your ceremony where you’re going to say your vows to one another. But before you do that, I ask you to remember that love—which is rooted in faith, trust, and acceptance— will be the foundation of an abiding and deepening relationship. No other ties are more tender, no other vows more sacred than those you now assume. If you are able to keep the vows you take here today, not because of any religious or civic law, but out of a desire to love and be loved by another person fully, without limitation, then your life will have joy and the home you establish will be a place in which you both will find the direction of your growth, your freedom, and your responsibility. Please now read the vows you have written for each other.

Bride and Groom: I NAME/NAME, take you, NAME/NAME to be my husband/wife, my constant friend and partner, and my love. I will work to create a bond of honesty, respect, and trust; one that withstands the tides of time and change, and grows along with us. I vow to honor and respect you for all that you are and will become, taking pride in who we are, both separately and together.I promise to challenge you and to accept challenges from you. I will join with you and our community in an ongoing struggle to create a world we all want to live in, where love and friendship will be recognized and celebrated in all their many forms. Our home will be a sanctuary and a respite for us and for those whom we cherish. Above all, I will give you my love freely and unconditionally. I pledge this to you from the bottom of my heart, for all the days of our lives.

Officiant: May I have the rings, please?

Please repeat after me: I give you this ring, as a daily reminder of my love for you.

Officiant: By the power of your love and commitment, and the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife! You may kiss each other!

Prepared by Nina Calloway for The Spruce

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Modern Wedding Ceremony Script

If you’re opting for a modern/non-traditional wedding ceremony script, here’s an exemplary wedding vow to incorporate in your wedding planner:

Welcome.

Officiant: Good afternoon. NAME, NAME and I would like to welcome everyone on this gorgeous day. It’s because of all of you—because of this strong community—[NAME] and [NAME]’s relationship has strengthened and grown and led them to this very moment. Thank you for being here, now let’s begin.

[NAME] and [NAME], what you’ve accomplished here today is no small feat. Your journey began way before you sent out the invitations, chose this beautiful venue or even decided to spend the rest of your lives together.

Your journey began the moment you first met. You took the time to learn what makes the other person smile, what makes them laugh and how to best support them when life is less than simple. You welcomed each other’s families, communities and lifelong friends, and joined them together with warmth and enthusiasm. You built a new village with your love, and have worked every day to support this village as it changes and grows.

Marriages bring hard days, just as they bring beautiful ones. This day is a reminder of what your love has already accomplished, and the amazing possibilities of what it can continue to accomplish and overcome in the many, many years ahead of you.

Reading.

Officiant: As our reading today, [NAME] has asked his/her cousin to perform an original poem to honor their vows.

(Reading to proceed)

Wedding Vows.

Officiant: [NAME] and [NAME], please take each other’s hands and repeat after me:

Couple: [NAME], I swear to you/ that I will dedicate my life from this day forward/ to filling our days with beauty and laughter./ I will celebrate your spirit and all of your accomplishments/ work to inspire you/ and be here to remind you of your beauty and strength./ I take you today as my partner/ my confidant/ my other half/ and I will love you for the rest of my life.

(Officiant turns to other partner and repeats the vows)

Officiant: [NAME] and [NAME], do you take one another as partners, form this day forward, as husband and wife/husband and husband/wife and wife? Please yell a hearty “We do!”

(Couple says “We do!”)

Officiant: And to everyone here, do you promise to stand by this couple, to remind them of their vows, and to act as an example of love and family? Please yell a hearty “We do!”

(Crowd says “We do!”)

Exchange of Rings.

Officiant: [NAME] and [NAME] have chosen these rings to represent the unbreakable circle of life and love. Please place them on each other’s ring fingers and repeat after me.

Couple: I give you this ring/ to remind you of this day/ when in front of our closest community/ we vowed that our love can overcome all things/ that our love unites, inspires and celebrates/ and will continue do so for the rest of our lives.

Officiant: [NAME] and [NAME], it is with such joy that I now send you out into the world to spread the beautiful light that you share with those around you. By the power vested in me, I now, for the first time, pronounce you married. Now kiss and go celebrate!

Prepared by Shutterfly editors

Funny and Emotional Wedding Ceremony Script

If you’re looking to add a touch of humor and emotions into your wedding vows, you’ll have to come up with your personal experiences and add them prior to your wedding vows, leading to the real thing.

Welcome

Officiant: Everyone please sit.
First, I’d like to begin by welcoming everyone and thanking every one of you for being here on this happiest of days. It’s no accident that each of you is here today, and each of you was invited to be here because you represent someone important in the individual and collective lives of NAME and NAME.

I truly can’t think of a better venue than _ [“paradise” for a destination wedding, “this beautiful church” for a more religious affair, etc.] for an occasion that I know is not only monumental for the wedded-couple-to-be, but for all of us who are lucky to know and love them as individuals; but even more so as a perfect pairing.

The most remarkable moment in life is when you meet the person who makes you feel complete. The person who makes the world a beautiful and magical place. The person with whom you share a bond so special that it transcends normal relationships and becomes something so pure and so wonderful, that you can’t imagine spending another day of your life without them. For NAME, that happened about 20 years ago when s/he met me and we became best friends [add some humor if your officiant is a friend]. But about X years ago s/he met NAME, who is pretty wonderful, too. I know how deeply these two care for and love one another, and I feel privileged to be here today among all of you as a witness of their commitment to a lifetime of love for one another.

I think I’ve had the good fortune to meet most of you here today at some point or another, but for those of you whom I haven’t met, my name is [short biographical info about how the officiant knows the couple].

The Love Story

Officiant: Now, NAME and NAME have asked that I keep this speech short, classy, and family-friendly, and politely asked me to leave out stories that are unflattering to either of them. So I’ve had to redline stories about previous flings…drugs or alcohol…encounters with the police…but I do feel comfortable saying, “I told you so.” Which is exactly what I said when I learned that NAME and NAME’s relationship was becoming truly serious.

As a third-party spectator to their developing love, it was extremely clear that the two of them represent a perfect pairing because each of them complements the other so well. They balance one another, and while each of them are tremendous individuals on their own, together they are even better. And being better together, as a team, a unit, and partners in crime, is what has been many years in the making and ultimately leads us to being here today, witnessing their commitment to one another in front of those they love most.

I wish I could tell you a single story about NAME and NAME that summarizes their relationship and how they enrich each other’s lives, and the lives of each of us, but the truth is there isn’t one single event that is a good encapsulation of what they mean to me, to each other and all of us. But what I do know is that both of them care deeply and passionately for each other; they protect each other; they make each other laugh and think outside themselves; that time magically seems to both fly and slow down when they’re together. They help each other in ways that are obvious and unnoticed but always appreciated.

I also know that it’s not just anyone with whom you can have communication with simply a look, or remember the weirdest names of each other’s lift drivers, or surprise each other with reservations at a restaurant you’ve been eyeing for years, or say “I’m sorry” every time it’s warranted (…eventually). They do that for and with each other.

But it’s also my personal experiences with NAME and NAME that highlight the quality of their love. It doesn’t matter if I’m with them in person, or simply in a bizarre group text with them—when I’m engaging with NAME and NAME, I am always enjoying myself. And I am certain that that’s part of what makes them so special to each of us: how happy and contented we feel when we are with them. And what I wish for them on their wedding day is that their life together as a team is one of complete contentment; full of those moments that they wish would never end, and that they continue to make one another smile and laugh as they make each of us do.

The Vows

Dearly beloved and honored guests:
We are gathered together here to join NAME and NAME in the 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.
The grooms/brides/bride and groom have each prepared vows that they will read now.

[Exchanging of vows]

Officiant: And now:
NAME, do you take NAME to be your husband/wife?
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish, and protect him/her, forsaking all others, and holding only unto him/her forevermore?[“I do.”]And NAME, do you take NAME to be your husband/wife?
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish, and protect him/her, forsaking all others, and holding only unto him/her forevermore?[“I do.”]

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The Rings

Officiant: NAME and NAME will now exchange rings as a symbol of love and commitment to each other. Rings are a precious metal; they are also made precious by you wearing them. Your wedding rings are special; they enhance who you are. They mark the beginning of your long journey together. Your wedding ring is a circle—a symbol of love never-ending. It is the seal of the vows you have just taken to love each other without end.
NAME, please place the ring on NAME’s left hand and repeat after me:

As a sign of my love
That I have chosen you
Above all else
With this ring, I thee wed.
And NAME, please place the ring on NAME’s left hand and repeat after me:
As a sign of my love
That I have chosen you
Above all else
With this ring, I thee wed.

The Good Wishes

Officiant: To make your relationship work will take love. Continue to date each other. Take time to show each other that your love and marriage grows stronger with time.
It will take trust to know that in your hearts, you truly want what is best for each other.
It will take dedication to stay open to one another—and to learn and grow together.
It will take loyalty to go forward together, without knowing exactly what the future brings.
And it will take commitment to hold true to the journey you have both pledged today.

The Declaration of Marriage / The Kiss

Officiant: And now by the power vested in me by ___, it is my honor and delight to declare you married. Go forth and live each day to the fullest. You may seal this declaration with a kiss.
I am so pleased to present the newlyweds, NAMES.

Non-Religious Wedding Ceremony Script

The non-religious wedding script has its own charm, which is why several couples have been leaning towards this format more and more these days. Here’s a sample for you, which will give you a fair idea about non-religious wedding vows that can have a traditional ring to them while not sounding pious.

Prelude:

(Play Some Music Here)

Processional:

We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest relationships – the union between man and woman and this union we call marriage.  As you, ___________and __________, are joined together in this marriage, I ask you both to search your hearts for the wisdom of this covenant, which has from ancient times been expressed with those ideas that come from the heart.

Presentation of the Bride:

Who gives this woman to wed this man

Opening Remarks:

Welcome everyone…(a little ad-libbing from the officiant is good here.  Talk about people that had to travel far.  Or talk about loved ones that couldn’t make it.).

Since the laws of this community governing marriages have been met, the joining of these two people shall now take place.  Before the vows are taken, however, it is my responsibility to remind each of you of the significance and importance of the relationship you are on the threshold of entering.

Address:

The promises you are about to make to each other are ones of irrevocable love, fidelity, cooperation, and understanding through life and all of life’s difficult challenges.  I urge each of you to live up to the commitments you are now making to one another.

Marriage is a commitment to life—to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other.  It offers opportunities for sharing and growth no other relationship can equal, a physical and emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.

Readings:

Readings can really go anywhere you like in the ceremony.  Here are some readings I’ve put together to inspire you:

Continuation of Address:

Within the circle of love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and counselor.  Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life.  Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, and commitment is stronger.

Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid.  It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life.

When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words.  Marriage is a promise, a potential, made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfill.

In reminding you to observe your marital duties and obligations I have done my part.  And now it is your turn…

Please join hands and look into each other’s eyes.

Declaration of Intent:

(You’ll first ask the groom to declare his intent and then follow with his vows.  Then you’ll ask the bride to declare her intent and then follow with her vows.)

Do you Groom have this woman to be your wedded wife and will you be faithful to her as long as you shall live?

Groom: “I do.”

Vows:

Then repeat after me:

I, Groom, take you, Bride, to be my wedded wife,/ to have and to hold from this day forward,/ for better, for worse,/ for richer, for poorer,/ in sickness and in health,/ to love and to cherish,/ till death do us part.

Do you Bride have this man to be your wedded husband and will you be faithful to him as long as you shall live?

Bride: “I do.”

Then repeat after me:

I, Bride, take you, Groom, to be my wedded husband,/ to have and to hold from this day forward,/ for better, for worse,/ for richer, for poorer,/ in sickness and in health,/ to love and to cherish,/ till death do us part.

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Exchange of Rings:

May I have the rings?

These rings are symbols of eternity and the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end.  Today you have chosen to exchange rings, as a sign of your love for each other, and as a seal of the promises you make this day. We ask that God bless these rings and this union of souls.

Groom, place the ring on Bride’s finger and repeat after me:

With this ring/ I give you my heart/ I promise from this day forward/ You shall not walk alone/ May my heart be your shelter/ And my arms be your home.

Benediction:

Your two lives are now joined in one unbroken circle.  Wherever you go, may you always return to one another in your togetherness.  May you two find in each other the love for which all men and women long for.  May you grow in understanding and compassion.  And may these two rings symbolize the spirit of undying love in the hearts of both of you.

Before I pronounce you husband and wife, I want you to take a few seconds to look into each other’s eyes.  Think about the happiness you’re feeling…at this moment.  Let those feelings sink deep into your hearts.

I hope this moment and these feelings will stick with you all the days of your lives.

And with that, inasmuch as you, Groom, and you, Bride, have announced the truths that are already written in your hearts, by the power vested in me by _____________, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Groom, you may kiss your Bride!

By stthomasweddingofficiant.com

Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony Script

Despite what people assume, writing a same-sex wedding ceremony script for gay, lesbian, and LGBT couples is almost the same as the civil wedding format. However, it might be a great time for you to put on your creative hat and create a beautiful wedding ceremony that truly reflects the love you share with your betrothed. Here is an example that might help you write your own customized wedding vows, or you can use them as they are:

Greeting

Welcome! We are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the marriage of  (Partner 1) and (Partner 2). This is not the beginning, but a celebration of the next chapter in their lives together. Today, they will affirm this bond formally and publicly. This affirmation is made even more meaningful because it’s shared with all of you, their most cherished friends and family.

(Partner 1) and (Partner 2), today you not only marry the right person, you commit to being the right partner—the one with whom the other can stand and face the world.

It’s time to joyfully seal this chapter with the declarations that will unite you in marriage.

Declaration of intent

Do you (Partner 1) take  (Partner 2) to be your lawfully wedded partner, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and not-so-good times, for richer or poorer, committing yourself unto them for as long as you both shall live?

Response: I do

Do you (Partner 1) take (Partner 2) to be your lawfully wedded partner, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and not so good times, for richer or poorer, committing yourself unto them for as long as you both shall live?

Response: I do

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Ring exchange

Your wedding rings are a reminder of the vows you made to each other today. A ring is an unbroken circle, with ends that have been joined together. It represents your union. It is a symbol of infinity, and of your infinite love. It encircles an opening, which is the door to your future. When you look at these rings on your hands, be reminded of this moment, your commitment, and the love you feel for each other today.

(Partner 1) place the ring on (Partner 2)’s finger and repeat after me:

(Partner 2), I give you this ring as a symbol of my love with the pledge to love you today, tomorrow, always, and forever.

(Partner 2) place the ring on (Partner 1)’s finger and repeat after me:

(Partner 1), I give you this ring as a symbol of my love with the pledge to love you today, tomorrow, always, and forever.

Pronouncement

(Partner 1) and (Partner 2), before these witnesses you have pledged to be joined in marriage. You have sealed this pledge with your wedding rings. You may now seal this ceremony with a kiss.

By junebugweddings.com

The Changes in Religious Wedding Ceremony Scripts 

The Changes in Religious Wedding Ceremony Scripts

Catholic Wedding Ceremony

Welcome
The officiant or minister starts a Christain/Catholic wedding welcome with sentences like “We are gathered here in the sight of the Almighty God.” However, the rest of the welcoming script remains the same.

Address
After that, the address is always an extract from the Bible. For example:
“Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Father, as and pledge themselves to each other, help them and bless them that their love may be pure, and their vows may be true. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord – Amen.” – 1 Corinthians 13 1

Prayer after Declaration
Officiant: May Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior, bless you both with happy and healthy days of your lives, filling you with His joy. Amen.

Example: Here

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Jewish Wedding Ceremony

However, in Jewish weddings, the only thing that changes from a traditional marriage is the pre-welcome customs:

Ketubah
The Ketubah is a marriage contract signed by two Jewish witnesses, who are not related to the couple by blood.

Bedeken
After Ketubah, there is a ritual where the groom covers the bride’s face with a veil. This is a symbol of modesty in Jewish weddings.
The rest of the wedding ceremony follows the same traditional wedding script from the welcome to the recessional.

Example: Here

These inspirational wedding ceremony scripts only cover the base of what you can add to your wedding planner. You are always welcome to add your own wordings for an extra personalized touch, giving it a more authentic and customized tone!