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8 Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts to Make Your Day One to Remember!

In the midst of the organized chaos of wedding planning, the wedding ceremony is often left until the last minute. But the ceremony is quite significant—after all, it’s the part where you and your future...

In the midst of the organized chaos of wedding planning, the wedding ceremony is often left until the last minute. But the ceremony is quite significant—after all, it’s the part where you and your future spouse actually become joined in marriage! We all know about the “I do’s” of a wedding ceremony, but the rest of your ceremony is just as important. While you want to create a wedding ceremony script that’s meaningful and personal to you and your future spouse, figuring out how to do this can leave some couples scratching their heads. If you’re wondering where to begin with writing your wedding ceremony script, our tips and examples below are here to help!

Christian Wedding Ceremony Script

This script has been reviewed by the ordained ministers at Universal Life Church Monastery. christian-wedding-ceremony-script

Processional The processional is simply the beginning of the wedding ceremony when guests are seated followed by the entrance of the bridal party.

Invocation Officiant to reception: "Welcome, loved ones. We are gathered here today in the sight of God and these witnesses to join together [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B] in holy matrimony.”

Declaration of Intent The declaration of intent is a crucial element of any wedding ceremony and is legally required to show consent among both parties to be married. Officiant to the couple: “[PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B], you have come together this day so that the Lord may seal and strengthen your love in the presence of this minister of His word and this community of family and friends. And so, in the presence of this gathering, I ask you to state your intentions:

Have you both come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage? If so, answer by saying 'I have.'"

[Couple responds in unison with ‘I have.’]

Reading A reading from the Bible is a common component in many Christian wedding ceremonies. Choosing a passage from Corinthians isn’t required, but it’s a popular choice for many. Officiant to reception: “A reading from the Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: ‘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.’ Let us pray for this couple as they make their marriage vows. Father, as [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B] 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."

Vows Exchange Today’s wedding vows are often personalized according to whatever feels right to the couple. However, a traditional statement of vows is also common in Christian wedding ceremonies. Couple to each other: “I, [NAME], take thee, [NAME], to be my wedded (husband, 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. This is my solemn vow.”

Ring Exchange Officiant to Partner A: "[PARTNER A], please take the ring you have selected for [PARTNER B]. As you place it on his/her finger, repeat after me: ‘With this ring, I thee wed.’" [Partner A repeats the phrase as they place the ring on Partner B’s finger]

Officiant to Partner B: "[PARTNER B], please take the ring you have selected for [PARTNER A]. As you place it on his/her finger, repeat after me: ‘With this ring, I thee wed.’" [Partner B repeats the phrase as they place the ring on Partner A’s finger]

Prayer One distinction of a Christian wedding ceremony is including a prayer of blessing over the union. Officiant to the couple: "May Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, always be at the center of the new lives you are now starting to build together, that you may know the ways of true love and kindness. May the Lord bless you both all the days of your lives and fill you with His joy. Amen."

Pronouncement Officiant to reception: “By the power vested in me by the state of [STATE], I now pronounce you [husband and wife, husband and husband, wife and wife]! You may kiss the bride!”

Closing/Invitation to Reception Officiant to all: “Thank you all for joining in this joyous occasion for [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B]! They now invite you to join them for a reception at [LOCATION]. Thank you all!”

Dive into our sample wedding ceremony scripts below!

Catholic Wedding Ceremony Script

This script has been reviewed by the ordained ministers at Universal Life Church Monastery. catholic-wedding-ceremony-script

Entrance Rite As the entrance song is played, the assembly stands while the priest, ministers, and servers take their places, followed by the wedding party. The rest of this part of the processional can take two forms. In the first form, the vested priests and servers greet the bridal party at the door of the church, then all enter as is customary for Mass. In the second form, the priest and servers wait in the area of the sanctuary prepared for the couple to greet them when they arrive. In both forms, the priest always leads the procession.

Greeting Once everyone is in place and the music has ended, the priest leads the sign of the cross, or the traditional beginning of Christian prayer, before greeting the assembly. Priest: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” All respond: “Amen.” Priest: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Collect (Opening Prayer) The priest invites the assembly to pray. After he prays over the couple, the assembly is seated for the Liturgy of the Word. Priest: “Be attentive to our prayers, O Lord, and in your kindness uphold what you have established for the increase of the human race, so that the union you have created may be kept safe by your assistance. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.”

Liturgy of the Word The liturgy of the word outside of mass usually includes three readings proclaimed by the priest, one from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament aside from the Gospel, and one from the Gospel. At the conclusion of each reading, the lector will say, "The Word of the Lord," and the assembly will respond, "Thanks be to God." Priest: “A reading from the book of Genesis 1:26-28: Then God said: ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.’” God created man in his image; in the image of God, he created him; male and female, he created them. God blessed them, saying: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.” God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good. The word of the Lord.’ [Assembly responds: “Thanks be to God.”] Priest: “A reading from the New Testament, 1 John 4:7-12: Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” [All respond: “Thanks be to God.”] Priest: “A reading from the Gospel, Matthew 5:13-16: You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” [All respond: “Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.” Assembly is seated.]

Homily The assembly is seated while the priest (or deacon) offers a homily taken from the Scripture readings. Priest: "John 3:30 says ‘He must increase, but I must decrease.’ Those simple, direct words of St. John the Baptist, whose feast we celebrate today, summarize the life of the Christian disciple. In all things, we want Jesus to increase and our own will, our own desires, our own attachments, to decrease. In my heart, in my prayer, in my family, in my parish, in my work, in my study, in my leisure, in my entertainment - may the Lord Jesus increase!"

Celebration of Matrimony All stand, and the couple comes to the altar flanked by their witnesses. The priest will address the couple with a celebration of matrimony: “Dearly beloved, you have come together into the house of the church so that in the presence of the church’s minister and the community, your intention to enter into marriage may be strengthened by the Lord with a sacred seal.” If both parties are Christian: “Christ abundantly blesses the love that binds you. Through a special sacrament, he enriches and strengthens those he has already consecrated by holy baptism, that you may be enriched with his blessing, so that you may have the strength to be faithful to each other forever and assume all the responsibilities of married life. And so, in the presence of the church, I ask you to state your intentions.”

Address and Statement of Intentions All stand, including the couple and witnesses, while the priest asks the couple some questions to state their intentions about their freedom of choice, fidelity to each other, and the acceptance and upbringing of children (if necessary). Priest to couple: “[PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B], have you come here to enter into marriage without coercion, freely and wholeheartedly?” Couple in unison: “I have.” Priest to couple: “Are you prepared, as you follow the path of marriage, to love and honor each other for as long as you both shall live?” Couple in unison: “I am.”

Exchange of Consent The couple will declare their consent to be married by stating their vows. If you’re writing your own vows, they must be prepared with the wedding script beforehand. Partner A: “I, [NAME], take you, [NAME], to be my [wife, husband]. I promise to be faithful to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love you and to honor you all the days of my life.” Partner B: “I, [NAME], take you, [NAME], to be my [husband, wife]. I promise to be faithful to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love you and to honor you all the days of my life.”

Blessing and Giving of Rings Priest: “Bless, O Lord, these rings which we bless in your name. so that those who wear them may remain entirely faithful to each other, abide in peace and in your will, and live always in mutual charity. Through Christ our Lord.” Assembly responds: “Amen.” The priest now sprinkles the wedding rings with holy water before handing them to each partner. Partner A: “[NAME], receive this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the father, and the son, and the holy spirit.” [Partner A places the ring on Partner B’s finger] Partner B: “[NAME], receive this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the father, and the son, and the holy spirit.” [Partner B places the ring on Partner A’s finger]

Prayer The priest and the assembly sing or pray the Lord’s Prayer in unison.

Nuptial Blessing The couple kneels at the altar where the priest faces them and prays over them. Priest: “Now let us humbly invoke God’s blessing upon this bride and groom, that in his kindness he may favor with his help those on whom he has bestowed the Sacrament of Matrimony.”

Communion The priest performs communion and distributes the body and blood of Christ to Catholics in the assembly, starting with the newly married couple. An appropriate song is usually sung as the assembly proceeds to the altar for communion.

Pronouncement Priest to reception: “By the power vested in me by the state of [STATE], I now pronounce you [husband and wife, husband and husband, wife and wife]! You may now kiss!”

Dismissal Priest to assembly: “Go in peace to glorify the Lord with your life.” Assembly responds: “Thanks be to God.”

Recessional At the closing of the ceremony, the couple, bridal party, ministers, and the priest will proceed out of the church, often accompanied by music.

Jewish Wedding Ceremony Script

This script has been reviewed by the ordained ministers at Universal Life Church Monastery. jewish-wedding-ceremony-script

Signing of the Ketubah The Ketubah is an ancient document and marriage contract documenting the commitment between the couple. Typically, the groom signs the contract with the rabbi and two male Jewish witnesses present, along with the bride, in private before the main ceremony begins. Officiant: “Please gather around for this ‘ceremony before the ceremony’, the signing of the Ketubah. Bride and groom, in this quiet moment before your public wedding ceremony begins, those closest to you are here to witness the signing of the important documents that make this day a remarkable moment for you both. As you become legally husband and wife, we delight in your happiness, and we wish you only good things to come as you face life together. This beautiful Ketubah has these words for you today, and I ask the groom’s witness [NAME] to read the words.”

Processional The ceremony begins once guests are seated. Opening Words/Welcome Officiant to reception: “This is the day that [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B] marry the person they love the most in the world—the one they will laugh with, live for, and love for the rest of their lives. So it is only fitting that those closest to them are here to witness this special day. Your presence at this wedding celebration is a reminder to [PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B] of how lucky they are to have you in support of their union.”

The Chuppah The chuppah is a canopy structure symbolizing the home the couple will build together following their marriage. Modern couples

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