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Groom putting ring on bride's finger during short wedding ceremony

Quick Wedding Ceremony Script

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  • 12 Minute Ceremony

There are many reasons that a couple may want a quick ceremony. Maybe the couple and their family members do not prefer to sit through a long and detailed ceremony or the couple could be highly busy in their lives with other endeavors. Whatever the reason, a quick wedding ceremony gets the job done and still helps to legally marry a couple.


Introduction/Welcome/Wedding Sermon

Officiant (to guests):

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to unite _______________ and _______________ as a married couple today.

Officiant (to couple):

This moment you have both been waiting for. Let’s get you married!

Reading

[Quick wedding ceremonies may usually omit the reading for sake of time. This is up to the discretion of the couple, of course.]

My desire

is always the same; wherever Life

deposits me:

I want to stick my toe

& soon my whole body

into the water.

I want to shake out a fat broom

& sweep dried leaves

bruised blossoms

dead insects

& dust.

I want to grow

something.

It seems impossible that desire

can sometimes transform into devotion;

but this has happened.

And that is how I’ve survived:

how the hole

I carefully tended

in the garden of my heart

grew a heart

to fill it.

-Desire by Alice Walker

Exchanging of Vows

Officiant (to couple):

Let’s unite you both as one by starting the exchanging of the vows.

_______________, you can go first with your vows.

Partner 1:

I, _______________, take you, _______________, as my spouse/wife/husband. I vow to love you always, stay at your side for the rest of our lives, and be your rock when you need me most.

(Tweak vows as needed.)

Officiant (to couple):

_______________, you can proceed with sharing your vows now.

Partner 2:

I, _______________, take you, _______________, as my spouse/wife/husband. I vow to love you always, stay at your side for the rest of our lives, and be your rock when you need me most.

(Tweak vows as needed.)

Exchanging of Rings

Officiant (to couple):

Now we will move on to the couple exchanging the rings.

Officiant (to Partner 1):

_______________, place your ring on _______________’s finger and repeat after me. “With this ring, I promise to love and to hold you whether you are sick or in health and that I will never leave your side until death does us part.”

Partner 1:

With this ring, I promise to love and to hold you whether you are sick or in health and that I will never leave your side until death does us part.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

_______________, place your ring on _______________’s finger and repeat after me. “With this ring, I promise to love and to hold you whether you are sick or in health and that I will never leave your side until death does us part.”

Partner 2:

With this ring, I promise to love and to hold you whether you are sick or in health and that I will never leave your side until death does us part.

Declaration of Intent

Officiant (to couple):

_______________ and _______________, you may join hands. _______________, do you take _______________ as your lawfully married partner?

Partner 1:

I do.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

_______________, do you take _______________ as your lawfully married partner?

Partner 2:

I do.

Pronouncement

Officiant (to couple):

You both have come before everyone here out of your free will to profess your love to one another.

By the power vested in me by the Universal Life Church Ministries, I now pronounce you a married unit! You can now kiss one another.