Wedding Ceremony Format

This page is intended for those who want to learn how to conduct a wedding ceremony or simply brush up on their knowledge. We will first examine the structure of a basic ceremony, break it down into its constituent parts, and explain what happens during each ceremony event. Then we will provide you with a sample ceremony to see how it all comes together.


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Procession

~ “Here comes the bride…”

Invocation

~ “We are gathered here today…”

Declaration of Intent

~ “Do you take…”

Vows Exchange

~ (The couple exchanges vows)

Ring Exchange

~ (The couple exchanges rings)

Pronouncement

~ “I now pronounce you…”

Recession

~ Time to cut the cake!

Sample Wedding Ceremony Script

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Bride’s Name:
Groom’s Name:
State:
[Procession - Beginning of the Ceremony]
[Invocation]
Minister
- To the Reception -

Dearly beloved,

We are gathered together here to unite

and
in marriage.

This contract is not to be entered into lightly, but thoughtfully and seriously with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities. Please remember that love, loyalty, and understanding are the foundations of a happy and enduring home.

[Declaration of Intent]
Minister
- To the Groom -

Do you

take this woman
to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer keeping yourself unto her for as long as you both shall live?
If so answer “I do”

Groom
- To the Bride -

“I do”


Minister
- To the Bride -

Do you

take this man
to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer keeping yourself unto him for as long as you both shall live?
If so answer “I do”

Bride
- To the Groom -

“I do”

[Vows Exchange, Ring Exchange, Candlelighting, etc.]
[Pronouncement]
Minister
- To the Reception -

If there is anyone present who may show just and lawful cause why this couple may not be legally wed, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.


By the authority vested in me by the State of:
I now pronounce you both husband and wife.
[Recession - End of the Ceremony]

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