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Sample Wedding Script

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Short, and sweet, or long and romantic

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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.”

Box, Wine, and Love Letter Ceremony

Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Officiant: _____ and _____ have chosen as a couple to perform a Love Letter & Wine Box ceremony.

This box contains a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a love letter from each to the other. The letters describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their reasons for choosing to marry. The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written. You have created your very own “romantic” time capsule to be opened on your 5th wedding anniversary.

I recommend that you keep the box in a place of honor prominently displayed in your home as a constant reminder of your commitment to each other.

Officiant: _____ and _____ should you ever find your marriage enduring insurmountable hardships, you are to as a couple, open this box, sit and drink the wine together, then separate and read the letters you wrote to one another when you were united as a couple in marriage. By reading these love letters you will reflect upon the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other here today.

The hope is, however, that you will never have a reason to open this box. And if this is the case, you are to open this box to share and enjoy on your 5th year wedding anniversary!

Officiant: _____ and _____, you may now seal the box.

Chocolate and Wine Ceremony

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The Chocolate Wine Ceremony

This ceremony represents that life has both bitter and sweet moments. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Placement: This ceremony enhancement can be place anywhere in the ceremony but many couples elect to put it just before their vows

Spoken by the Officiant

_____ and _____,  life can filled with days of great sweetness, and days of bitter sorrow.  There are celebrations, and there are tears.  There are triumphs, and there are tragedies.  Life holds indescribable happiness for you both and unavoidable pain.  And so to symbolize your acceptance of this reality, today you will share the bitter and the sweet together, just as you have shared them in the past and will share them in the years to come together.

Both of you take and eat this bitter, dark chocolate. Taste in it the dark days which that have and will rock your marriage and test its strength. It represents disappointment, illness, grief. Know that these hard times will come, and with them, the opportunity to deepen your bond. Now, take and drink this sweet red wine.  Taste in it the sweetness and light that fills your marriage with joy. Savor the fruits of this wine, just as you savor every happiness that your beloved brings you.  It represents shared laughter, your children’s successes, and your anniversary.  Delight in it, as you delight in each other. Combined these items are representational of what you experience in life, and just like today, you will share them and experience them together for all the days to come.

The Mother’s Rose Wedding Ceremony

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The Mothers’ Rose Ceremony, which is also known as The Rose Presentation,   occurs near the beginning of the ceremony, and is especially sweet and touching when it’s a surprise for the Moms! The couple places two roses with a ribbon tied around them and laid on the ceremonial table in the front. You can use any flower, however the Rose  is a universal symbol of love and can be pressed really easily in a book for a keepsake. (Moms love to do this!)

Usually the Rose Ceremony Honoring Mothers comes  just after the officiant’s welcome,  blessing and presentation of the bride and the couple will present the moms with the rose. The Officiant then tells the mothers how important they have been in the lives of their children etc…  It also can be done right after a unity candle ceremony.

You may also write notes of love and gratitude, rolled up like scrolls, and attached to the roses with a ribbon. In these letters you can tell your mothers how much they mean to you, tell them how much they have contributed to your lives, and thank them.

The Rose Ceremony Honoring Mothers really sets the stage for a wonderfully emotional and powerful ceremony. And the public affirmation of their importance make moms cry every time. It is important that your minister or officiant knows the importance of the words here. They should be really touching and powerful.

The Rose Ceremony Honor Your Mothers and can also be incorporated as a Remembrance too! Sometimes, I have also had brides place a rose on a chair for their Mother or for the Groom’s Mother if they have passed away and even though this is difficult, it is a perfect way to honor your Mother.

You can alter this if you are not having a religious wedding ceremony.

Officiant:

We gather here today, in the presence of God and friends to join Groom and Bride in matrimony. We celebrate the coming together in love of this woman and this man. We remember that marriage is a time when growing love is made public, when two people share mutual promises before God and before us. We join in our support of them as they offer themselves to each other. We celebrate their joy, their love and their expectations.

Groom and Bride would like to thank each one of you for sharing this happiest of days with them. They would also like to acknowledge those who are here in spirit today, especially _____and ____, whose love and support will be felt by Groom and Bride always.

Invocation (this is the beginning prayer to “invoke” or ask God to be present and bless this service, if desired)

Officiant:

Let us pray

God, for the joy of this occasion we thank you. For the meaning of this wedding day we thank you. For this important moment in an ever growing relationship we thank you. For your presence here and now and for your presence at all times, we thank you.

Groom and Bride, today you stand before us ready to share the rest of your lives together as a married couple. 

But long before today your parents provided you with a foundation of love and caring which has brought you to this point.

At this time Groom and Bride would like to acknowledge the love and sacrifice that each mother has made to make their children who they are today….a man and a woman who are ready to be committed, in a loving marriage of their own… They honor their mothers with the symbolic gift of beauty, the giving of a rose. 

(Bride and groom each present a rose to their mother-then return in front of officiant)

Or you may decide to give the rose as your first gift to each other.

Officiant:

After the exchanging of rings, your first gift to each other, as husband and wife, is a single rose. The rose is a symbol of love so it is appropriate that it is your first gift.

Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife. (GROOM GIVES A ROSE TO BRIDE.)
(Repeat after officiant these words)
GROOM: (Bride’s name) I give you this rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny, tightly closed bud and blossomed into this perfect rose that opened with the warmth of the sun, just as my love for you has grown in the warmth of your soul.

(BRIDE GIVES A ROSE TO GROOM.)

BRIDE: (Groom’s name) I give you this rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny, tightly closed bud and blossomed into this perfect rose that opened with the warmth of the sun, just as my love for you has grown in the warmth of your soul.

Officiant:

GROOM and BRIDE, in remembrance of this day, as a reaffirmation of your love and of the vows you have spoken here today please give each other a single red rose each year on your anniversary. In the best of marriages there are difficult times. There are times of hurtful words, times of neglect, times when we must wait patiently to be together again. Those may be times when the words you really need to speak are difficult. I ask that you remember this moment and that when words fail you, that you place a single rose on your spouse’s pillow as a way to say, “I remember our vow,” and “I love you”. Let this exchanging of roses be the beginning of a lifelong tradition of unspoken love.

Jumping the Broom Ceremony

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Interfaith Clergy Services has several lovely and romantic Wedding Ceremony Add Ons (cost extra) for you to choose from. Today, lets start with one of my personal favorites; Jumping the Broom.

Jumping the broom is about incorporating your past, and giving it a place of honor in your new life. Therefore combine it with your personality and style. It should be an uplifting and spiritual addition to any ceremony.

Today’s wedding brooms, however, are a far cry from those first used in jumping the broom ceremonies. They’re still made with a wooden handle and natural bristles, but they’re kept as treasured keepsakes and probably never actually used to sweep the floor.

Some brides prefer to create their own brooms, while others purchase ornately decorated brooms ready-made. Far from ordinary, these brooms are outfitted beautifully with silk ribbons, fresh or silk flowers, bows, beads and more.

During the ceremony, broom jumping can be paired with a prayer, song, poem or simple explanation of the tradition. One song, “At an Ole Virginia Wedding,” was frequently used in the U.S. in the early 1900s as an accompanying tune. The passage’s sentiment warns others to respect the couple’s union and encourages the couple to cherish each other. Today, many brides attach the verse to their wedding brooms.

The broom can even be used to include guests in the ceremony: A couple can have guests write their names on pieces of decorative paper attached to ribbons, and then the ribbons are tied to the broom before it is jumped. This symbolizes that the guests — and their associated well wishes — go into the marriage with the couple.

After the initial wedding ceremony the couple turns and jumps over the broom as the officiant may say;

Today, Bride and Groom will jump the broom to seal their covenant as husband and wife!

Congratulations, you may kiss your Bride .

I present to you Mrs. Bride and Mr. Groom!

Secular (Non-Religious) Wedding Ceremony

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Welcome

Officiant: Welcome, family, friends and loved ones. We gather here today to celebrate the wedding of Serena and Casey. 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 ____ and ____ 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. ___ and ____ 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, ______, take this woman to be your wedded wife?

Groom : I will

Officiant: Will you, ____, 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, _____and ____ have asked two friends to read selections about love that especially resonate with them.

1st READING

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.

Will everyone please rise.

Officiant: Will you who are present here today, surround ____ and ____ 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 ____/____, take you, ____/_____ 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!

Recessional

Traditional Christian Wedding Ceremony

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Welcome Family And Friends

We are gathered here today in the sight of God and angels, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite _____________and________________ in holy matrimony.

Marriage is a most honorable estate, created and Instituted by God, signifying unto us the mystical union, which also rests between Christ and the Church; so too may this marriage be adorned by true and abiding love.

Should there be anyone who has cause why this couple should not be united in marriage, they must speak now or forever hold their peace. (You may delete this if you wish)

(If bride is escorted forward)

Who is it that brings this woman to this man? (If the father, he may answer “her mother and I”, “her father on behalf of the family” or simply “I do” . He will place the bride’s hand with the groom’s and steps back. )

______________and____________________ life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is give to us by our family and friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of life’s greatest challenges and is the shared goal of a married life.

But a husband and wife should not confuse love of worldly measures for even if worldly success is found, only love will maintain a marriage. Mankind did not create love; love is created by God. The measure of true love is a love both freely given and freely accepted, just as God’s love of us is unconditional and free.

Today truly is a glorious day the Lord hath made – as today both of you are blessed with God’s greatest of all gifts – the gift of abiding love and devotion between a man and a woman. All present here today – and those here in heart – wish both of you all the joy, happiness and success and the world has to offer.

As you travel through life together, I caution you to remember that the true measure of success, the true avenue to joy and peace, is to be found within the love you hold in your hearts. I would ask that you hold the key to your heart very tightly.

Within the Bible, nothing is of more importance that love. We are told the crystalline and beautiful truth: “God is Love”. We are assured that “Love conquers all”. It is love, which brings you here today, the union of two hearts and two spirits. As your lives continue to interweave as one pattern, remember that it was love that brought you here today, it is love that will make this a glorious union, and it is love which will cause this union to endure.

Vows

(You may selection other vows, pick for our different denomination vows, or write your own)

Would you please face each other and join hands.
(Groom) ___________________do you take _________________to be your wife?
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others
and holding only to her forevermore?
(“I do”)
(Bride) ________________do you take_________________ to be your Husband?
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others
and holding only to him forevermore?
(“I do”)

 Reading

Your choice.

Vows To Be Repeated

(you may change these vows or write your own)

(Groom) I,________________ take thee _________________, to be my wife. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you forevermore.

(Bride) I,___________________ take thee ________________ to be my Husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you forevermore.

Exchange Of Rings

(rings are not required for a marriage ceremony)

(If a song is being sung, it is often added at this point)