Weddings are life-changing experiences that are every bit as memorable to those who witness it as the bride and groom. While the bride and groom are busy planning the flowers, seating arrangements, food and entertainment, the wedding officiant is busy writing up a ceremony script. No matter whether you’re the officiant of an upcoming wedding or a couple who wants to take charge of your ceremony, the simple script below will complement just about any type of wedding ceremony.
Traditional Wedding Ceremony Script
For a civil or Christian wedding, a traditional script is often preferred. While the traditional script includes Christian wedding vows, you can customize it to omit the religious references or Bible verses and use it as a non-religious wedding ceremony script.
Wedding Officiant Script
Officiant: We are gathered here today to celebrate the relationship of [Bride] and [Groom] and support their commitment to one another. We are some of the most important people in [Bride] and [Groom]’s lives, and they’ve asked us to join them here in recognizing that we have all played a part in the love that they share.
[Bride] and [Groom] want to thank each and every one of you for being here. They would also like to recognize all those who could not be here today to celebrate their union. While each of us has played an important role in the lives of [Bride] and [Groom], none have played a more important role than their parents. Who gives the bride away in marriage to [Groom]?
Bride’s Father: I do.
Officiant: Marriage gives a permanent foundation to a couple’s love. It’s a way to tell your partner that you’re here to stay and fully committed to the relationship. Marriage is a way of saying, “No matter what we do and no matter what storm comes our way, we are in this together.”
A great marriage is built on the foundation of this commitment; this idea that you’re not going anywhere. It’s the little things that wind up being the biggest things in a marriage. It’s never being too old to hold hands. It’s saying “I love you” every single day. It’s never going to bed angry. It’s about standing together and facing the world as one; side by side. It’s also about giving your partner room to grow and learn to become a better partner and person.
The journey that has led [Bride] and [Groom] to this day has not been an easy one. Along the way, they’ve faced challenges and obstacles that they weren’t prepared for. And yet they’ve persevered and used those experiences to strengthen their love.
Bible Verse Reading (Optional) (Suggestion: first Corinthians chapter 13)
Officiant: The vows you, [Bride] and [Groom], are about to take share your commitment and love to one another.
The couple may choose to say their own vows, or they may use traditional vows.
Bride: I, [Bride], take you, [Groom], to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward in sickness or health, for better and for worse, for richer, for poorer, to cherish and love until my dying day.
Groom: I, [Groom], take you, [Bride], to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward in sickness or health, for better and for worse, for richer, for poorer, to cherish and love until my dying day.
Officiant: [Bride] and [Groom] will exchange rings as a symbol of their commitment to each other. [Groom], please take [Bride]’s hand and repeat these words.
[Bride], I give to you this ring as a symbol of the vows I have spoken and of my love for you.
Officiant: [Bride], please take [Groom]’s hand and repeat after me.
[Groom], I give to you this ring as a symbol of the vows I have spoken and of my love for you.
Officiant: [Bride] and [Groom], you have exchanged vows and exchanged rings as a symbol of your commitment. With all of this, there is just one more question that you must answer.
[Bride], do you take [Groom] to be your husband and to be together in the covenant of marriage? Do you promise to honor him, love him and comfort him in sickness and health as long as you live?
Officiant: [Groom], do you take [Bride] to be your wife and to be together in the covenant of marriage? Do you promise to honor her, love her and comfort her in sickness and health as long as you live?
Officiant: By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride.
This script will work perfectly for just about any wedding ceremony. The only exception may be a Hindu wedding ceremony as these weddings have their own unique customs and traditions.
Nondenominational Vow Options
I, __, take you, __, as you are, loving what I already know of you and trusting what I do not yet know. I have faith in your enduring love for me, and I will always respect your integrity through all of our years together and in all things that life brings us.
I, __, take you as my husband/wife with all of your strengths and faults. I offer myself to you with all of my strengths and faults. I promise to help you whenever you need help, and to turn to you whenever I need help. I choose you as the one person I wish to spend my life with.
Renew Wedding Vows
If you’re planning on renewing your wedding vows, you can use the marriage ceremony script above and simply modify it. You will be renewing your commitment to your spouse, so much of the script can stay the same. A few funny stories and simple modifications to the vows will make the script more suitable for a vow renewal.
Unique Wedding Ceremony Ideas
Looking for something out of the ordinary for your wedding ceremony? Here are some ideas to spark some creativity:
- Tie a fisherman’s knot during your ceremony to truly symbolize your commitment to one another. A fisherman’s knot is the strongest knot. The knot only gets tighter with pressure, and the rope will break before the knot (your marriage) comes undone.
- Sign the marriage license with the officiant during your ceremony.
- Instead of a rose, sand or candle ceremony, water a plant or a potted tree to symbolize the growth of your love and commitment to care for your marriage.
- Do handfasting instead of instead of a rose, sand or candle ceremony.
The key is to make your ceremony your own by incorporating your own unique elements that make you, as a couple, special.