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Looking for a sample wedding script? You’ve come to the right place. Performing a wedding may seem like a daunting task, especially for first-timers. This article was written in hopes of helping out any and all first time officiants for more traditional weddings. With that said, I’ve laid out explanations of some key portions of a basic wedding for you. This includes:
- The wedding procession (the bride’s entrance)
- The officiant’s welcome speech
- Giving away the bride
- The wedding reading
- Exchanging vows
- Exchanging rings
- The unity ceremony
- Declaration and the closing
You can follow the suggestions below or you can use this article merely as a guide or an inspiration. Feel free to modify by adding or omitting anything as you like.
The Wedding Procession
The wedding procession (in other words, the bride’s entrance) is a very important part of the ceremony. It should play out like a grand event.
- When the music begins, the mothers of the bride and groom are escorted to their seats by a brother or a close family friend.
- The officiant enters by a side door with the groom and the best man.
- Groomsmen will enter by the same or another side door escorting the bridesmaids.
- After that, the ring bearer(s) may enter.
- The maid or matron of honor’s turn to enter comes after that.
- Last, but not least, the bride should then enter with her father or uncle.
The Officiant’s Welcome Speech
After the processional, everyone then takes their seat. Then, the officiant takes over and welcomes the guests and the wedding party with a speech, which can include whatever you find appropriate. Some examples can be found below:
- “Welcome, everyone. We have been chosen to witness this very special moment in (Bride) and (Groom)’s life. They are going to be united by the Holy bond of marriage. This special moment will remain intact in the memory of the (Bride) and (Groom) forever. It will also be engraved in our memory.“
- “To all present: Welcome. We have all gathered here to witness the union of (Bride) and (Groom) in marriage. We are also here to be a part of this new family. Family is one of the most important things in the world—it’s nothing without love and relationship. With that said, I’m sure we’re all very eager to proceed with the wedding ceremony that will join this new family. So without further ado, let my speech end here and let us carry on with the ceremony.”
- “Ladies and gentleman, friends and family of the bride and groom. Thank you on behalf of (Bride) and (Groom) in taking out a part of your busy lives to grace them with your presence on this very special day, the day their wedding. Without you all here, this event would not be as successful and memorable as it has been so far. Your presence and warm participation in this wedding ceremony will make this event a great one as (Bride) and (Groom) begin their new life together as husband and wife.”