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Christian Wedding Ceremony Script

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  • 12 Minute Ceremony

Christians may choose to incorporate elements of their faith into a wedding ceremony to commemorate their loyalty to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. This type of ceremony leans heavily on scripture and Biblical references to underpin the importance of the ceremony and the weight of the commitment the couple has agreed to undertake.


Introduction/Welcome/Wedding Sermon

Officiant (to guests):

Good (morning/afternoon/evening) to all in attendance. We are gathered here today to unite _______________ and _______________ in holy matrimony on this spring day. Spring is representative of renewal as the flowers and trees rebloom from being dormant over the winter. Just as the world changes with the season, now these two will have their lives change as they enter into a new marriage together.

Officiant (to couple):

Just as the flowers bloom into new buds, you will both bloom together as a new plant so to speak when you exchange your vows and wedding bands today.

Let’s begin with a scripture reading.

Reading

Officiant (to guests):

Genesis 2:18-24: 18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” 19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam[a] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[b] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[c] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman,” for she was taken out of man. 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”

Exchanging of Vows

Officiant (to couple):

Just as Adam and Eve became one, _______________ and _______________ shall become one today as well as they become united in marriage.

Now it’s time for the bride and groom to exchange wedding vows.

_______________, please go ahead and present your vows.

Partner 1:

I, _______________, take you, _______________, to be my lawfully wedded spouse/wife/husband. I vow to love and to hold you for the rest of my life until we are no longer on this Earth together.

(Customize vows as desired.)

Officiant (to couple):

Partner 2:

I, _______________, take you, _______________, to be my lawfully wedded spouse/wife/husband. I vow to love and to hold you for the rest of my life until we are no longer on this Earth together.

(Customize vows as desired.)

Exchanging of Rings

Officiant (to couple):

Now that the couple’s vows have been decreed, it’s time for them to exchange their wedding bands with each other

Officiant (to Partner 1):

_______________, give your ring to _______________ and repeat after me. “As this ring symbolizes, I promise to love and cherish you for all the days of my life as we stay one flesh in the eyes of God.”

Partner 1:

As this ring symbolizes, I promise to love and cherish you for all the days of my life as we stay one flesh in the eyes of God.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

_______________, give your ring to _______________ and repeat after me. “As this ring symbolizes, I promise to love and cherish you for all the days of my life as we stay one flesh in the eyes of God.”

Partner 2:

As this ring symbolizes, I promise to love and cherish you for all the days of my life as we stay one flesh in the eyes of God.

Declaration of Intent

Officiant (to couple):

_______________ and _______________, please join hands.

Officiant (to groom):

_______________, do you take _______________ to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband/partner?

Partner 1 (Groom):

I do take _______________ to be my lawfully wedded wife/husband/partner.

Officiant (to bride):

_______________, do you take _______________ to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband/partner?

Partner 2:

I do take _______________ to be my lawfully wedded wife/husband/partner.

Pronouncement

Officiant (to couple):

_______________ and _______________, you have come before God this day to profess your love and promise to act together as one flesh. Now this is a marriage binding in God’s hands and favor.

By the power vested in me by the Universal Life Church Ministries, I now pronounce you married! You may now share a kiss!