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Christmas Wedding Ceremony Script

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This script has been developed for a Christmas or winter-related wedding ceremony. It acknowledges the proximity of the Christmas holiday and makes connections to various elements of a wedding script. Although Christmas is widely considered a Christian holiday, this script is not heavily religious. It is recommended for a couple who want to appreciate the joy of the holiday season while acknowledging that this is a busy time of year for many people, including friends and family who have joined them.


Introduction/Welcome/Wedding Sermon

Officiant (to guests):

Season’s greetings, everyone. We are gathered today in this most joyous of seasons to witness ___________ and _____________ join together in marriage, officially kicking off this new phase of their journey together. On behalf of the couple, I am grateful that you have made time in this busy season to help them celebrate.

Officiant (to couple):

_______________ and _______________, you have decided to formalize your union. We acknowledge the high spirits of the Christmas season and are glad that you have invited us today to make a bright season even brighter with a formal declaration of love in the sight of God and your favorite people.

Reading

Officiant (to guests):

Our Christmas tree is beautiful,

Filling the room with outdoor smells.

Our front door jingles when opened,

The wonderful sound of Christmas Bells.

All around people are singing,

Everywhere I go I hear a song.

When Christmas is near I catch myself,

Humming them all day long.

What I love most of all,

Might come as a surprise.

This Christmas is very special to me,

Because my love is by my side.

“Lovely Christmas Poem for Someone Special” by Danny Shaw

Declaration of Intent

Officiant (to couple):

_______________ and _______________, please join hands and look into each other's eyes as you repeat after me in declaring your intent to marry. _______________, do you take _______________ to be your lawful wedded partner, committing to them in seasons of joy and sorrow, surplus and lack, for the rest of your lives?

Partner 1:

I do.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

_______________, do you take _______________ to be your lawful wedded partner, committing to them in seasons of joy and sorrow, surplus and lack, for the rest of your lives?

Partner 2:

I do.

Exchanging of Vows

Officiant (to couple):

_______________ and _______________, you will now formally declare your love to one another by exchanging vows before God and all gathered here today.

_______________, you may begin.

Partner 1:

I, _______________, take you, _______________, as my lawfully wedded spouse, promising to give my love to you alone in every season of our lives together. In this season of giving gifts, my love is the greatest gift I can give to you. My heart belongs to you for the rest of our lives.

Officiant (to couple):

_______________, you may now respond.

Partner 2:

I, _______________, take you, _______________, as my lawfully wedded spouse, promising to give my love to you alone in every season of our lives together. In this season of giving gifts, my love is the greatest gift I can give to you. My heart belongs to you for the rest of our lives.

Exchanging of Rings

Officiant (to couple):

Now is the time that you seal this commitment through the exchange of rings. One of the most common Christmas traditions is the exchange of gifts. What better gift to share than a wedding band? Its circular shape is representative of the way you’ve come together to form an unbroken circle. Your love is never-ending, indicated in the continuous shape of a circle. When you put a ring on your partner’s finger, you’re locking out all others and opening a new phase of life together. Let these most special gifts be a lifelong reminder of the commitment you’ve made today. You may now present these rings to one another.

Officiant (to Partner 1):

_______________, please place the ring on _______________’s finger and repeat after me. “_______________, this ring is a symbol of the greatest gift I can bestow, my undying love for you.”

Partner 1:

This ring is a symbol of the greatest gift I can bestow, my undying love for you.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

_______________, please place the ring on _______________’s finger and repeat after me. “_______________, this ring is a symbol of the greatest gift I can bestow, my undying love for you.”

Partner 2:

This ring is a symbol of the greatest gift I can bestow, my undying love for you.

Pronouncement

Officiant (to couple):

_______________ and _______________, you have of your own free will officially declared your love to one another through marriage before God and your loved ones in this most joyous of seasons. The greatest gift of all is love, and you have sealed this love through the sharing of vows and rings.

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