Example Ceremony Script
We had our wedding in Crested Butte, Colorado and a family friend of ours, who I always looked up to, agreed to officiate our wedding. It was so personal and perfect and I would not have done it any other way! He wrote the best ceremony script for us and we will always be so thankful for his dedication to making our wedding day so perfect!
SEATING OF THE PARENTS
The processional music begins with the seating of the honored guests:
Seating of the Groom's grandmother
Seating of the Bride's grandmother
Seating of the Groom's parents
Seating of the Bride's mother
BRIDAL PROCESSIONAL BEGINS
Minister and Groom and Groomsmen enter, usually from stage right.
Bridesmaids enter, down the center aisle, one at a time.
Maid or Matron of Honor enters.
WEDDING MARCH BEGINS
The Bride and her father enter. Mother of the Bride to stand. “Please Rise” when the bridal music starts. After bride arrives at alter Pastor says “You may be seated”.
THE CALL TO WORSHIP
Friends and Family. We are gathered here on this beautiful Niagra Falls afternoon in the sight of God to witness and bless the joining together of Jim and Pam in Holy Matrimony. On behalf of the Beasley and Halpert families I welcome you to celebrate with us as your presence here today means the world to them.
To this sacred moment, Jim and Pam bring the fullness of their hearts as a treasure and a gift from God to share with one another. They bring the dreams which bind them together in an eternal commitment. They bring their gifts and talents, their unique personalities and spirits, which God will unite together into one being as they build their life together. We rejoice with them in thankfulness to the Lord for creating this union of hearts, built on friendship, respect, and love.
Note: Use a black binder book or white paper booklet with pages
THE OPENING PRAYER
And now here we are, at your wedding. A day you have been preparing for for months and a day God has been preparing you for even longer. As we begin the service that will end with you being married, family, friends, and loved ones, let us take in the beauty of the moment and pray together.
Gracious Father God, we give you thanks for your gift of enduring love and your presence here with us now as we witness the vows of marriage between Pam and Jim. We ask you to bless this couple in their union and throughout their life together as husband and wife. Keep and guide them from this day forward. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
CONGREGATION IS SEATED
At this time the congregation is typically asked to be seated.
GIVING AWAY OF THE BRIDE
Officiant: "Who gives this bride to be married?"
(Pam's dad is standing by Pam until this point)
"Her mother and I do"
Dad kisses his daughter and raises her veil. Groom goes down and escorts the bride up to the platform. Bride takes the grooms arm. Bride hand bouquet to Maid of Honor.
WORSHIP SONG, HYMN OR SOLO (OR BIBLE READING)
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. Love never fails ... (1 Corinthians 13:4–8a, NIV) read through to 13:13
Favorite Quote from the couple:
Insert Favorite quote here
THE CHARGE TO BRIDE AND GROOM
Marriage signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church, and Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all people. The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given on another in prosperity and adversity. Therefore marriage is not be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.
I charge you both, as you stand in God's presence, to remember that love and loyalty alone will serve as the foundations of a happy and enduring home. If the solemn vows which you are about to make are kept permanently, and if you steadfastly seek to do the will of your Heavenly Father, your life will be full of peace and joy, and the home which you are establishing will abide through every change.
Also, remember that you don't walk this path alone. Don't be afraid to reach out to others when together you face difficulty. Other hands are there: friends, family, and the church. To accept an outreached hand is not an admission of failure, but an act of faith. For behind us, underneath us, around us all, are the outstretched arms of the Lord. It is into his hand, the hands of God in Jesus Christ, that, above all else, we commit this union of husband and wife.
I ask you now in the presence of God and these people, to declare your intention to enter into union with one another through the grace of Jesus Christ, who calls you into union with himself as acknowledged in your baptism.
Pastor to Jim: Jim, will you have Pam to be your wife, to live together in holy marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?
Jim: I will
Pastor to Pam: Pam, will you have Jim to be your husband, to live together in holy marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?
Pam: I will
Pastor to the People: The marriage of Pam and Jim unites their families and creates a new one. They ask for your blessing.
Pastor: Let us pray. God of all peoples, you are the true light illuminating everyone. You show us the way, the truth, and the life. You love us even when we are disobedient. You sustain us with your Holy Spirit. We rejoice in your life in the midst of our lives. We praise you for your presence with us, and especially in this act of solemn covenant; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pastor: And now the couples will read their vows to each other.
At this moment in the wedding ceremony, the Bride and Groom turn to face each other, joining hands.
I take you to be my best friend, my faithful partner, and my one true love. I promise to encourage you and inspire you and to love you truly, in sickness and in health. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up when you are down, and to love you unconditionally through all of our adventures in life together. This is my solemn vow.
EXCHANGING OF THE RINGS
The exchanging of the rings is a demonstration of the couple's promise to stay faithful. The ring represents eternity. By wearing the wedding bands throughout the couple's lifetime, they tell all others that they are committed to stay together and remain faithful to each other.
Notes: 1) always ask the best man/maid of honor to hold the rings in the palm of their hand, palm up and I pick them out of their hands. I find this to be the easiest. 2) always tell the other attendants to not try to get the ring if it falls! The last thing we need is everyone diving for it! The best man and I will pick up any lost rings.
Pastor: May I have the rings. (Ring bearer or Best Man hands the rings to the Pastor).
Rings are the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, signifying to us the union between Jesus Christ and his church. Bless, O Lord, the giving of these rings, that they who wear them may live in your peace and continue in your favor all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
As you take the rings as another sign of your commitment to each other I am going to ask you to repeat after me. (Best Man hands ring directly to Jim). Jim I am going to start with you.
(Jim takes the ring and places it on the third finger of the left hand). Pam, I give you this ring… as a sign of my vow….
Jim: Pam, I give you this ring as a sign of my vow (or symbol of our vows), and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. With this ring, I thee wed.
(Pastor gives ring to Pam, or Best Man gives ring to Pam or Maid of Honor gives ring to Pam) Pam take this (or the) ring and place it on the third finger of the left hand and repeat after me. Jim, I give you this ring… as a sign of my vow….
Pam: Jim, I give you this ring as a sign of my vow (or symbol of our vows), and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. With this ring, I thee wed."
The wife and husband join hands. The pastor may place a hand on.
Pastor to the husband and wife: You have declared your consent and vows before God and this congregation. May God confirm your covenant and fill you both with grace.
Pastor to the people: Now that Pam and Jim have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands, and the giving and receiving of rings, I announce to you that they are husband and wife; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Those whom God has joined together, let no one put asunder. Amen.
THE CLOSING PRAYER
O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of Christian marriage that in it is represented the covenant between Christ and his church. Send therefore your blessing upon Jim and Pam, that they may surely keep their marriage covenant, and so grow in love and godliness together that their home may be a haven of blessing and peace through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Recital of the Lord’s Prayer by the congregation.
Maid of Honor Hands Bouquet to Bride and Bride and Groom turn to face the congregation
Pastor to the wife and husband:
God the Eternal keep you in love with each other, so that the peace of Christ may abide in your home. Go serve God and your neighbor in all that you do.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
Benediction - Pastor to the people:
Bear witness to the love of God in this world, so that those to whom love is a stranger will find in you a generous friends. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
At this moment, the Minister traditionally tells the Groom, "You may now kiss your Bride." Bride hold bouquet in right hand as she is kissed.
PRESENTATION OF THE COUPLE
(Couple turns and faces the audience). During the presentation, the minister traditionally says, "It is now my privilege to introduce to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. ____. Husband and wife"
The wedding party exits the platform, typically in the following order:
Bride and Groom
Maid or Matron of Honor and Best Man
Bride Mother and Father Exit
Groom Mother and Father exit
Ushers may then dismiss the remaining guests, all at once
On behalf of the families I would like to thank you for being here today. Pam and Jim have prepared a time of celebration and fellowship inside and invite all of you to join.
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