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WEDDING BLOG

Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony Script Ideas

June 10, 2020 | brooke


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The words said during your wedding ceremony are undoubtably the most important part of your day. They are the vows that will bind you and the words spoken over your marriage in front of your closest loved ones. If you’re not sure where to start—especially if a friend or family member will be officiating— these same-sex wedding ceremony script ideas will have you feeling confident and anticipating these sweet moments on the big day!

Sources for ceremony scripts: Ceremonies of the Heart, Wedding Ceremonies by All Seasons, The AMM

SHORT CEREMONY SCRIPT (NO READINGS)

Greeting

Welcome! We are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the marriage of  (Partner 1) and (Partner 2). This is not the beginning, but a celebration of the next chapter in their lives together. Today, they will affirm this bond formally and publicly. This affirmation is made even more meaningful because it’s shared with all of you, their most cherished friends and family.

(Partner 1) and (Partner 2), today you not only marry the right person, you commit to being the right partner—the one with whom the other can stand and face the world.

It’s time to joyfully seal this chapter with the declarations that will unite you in marriage.

Declaration of intent

Do you (Partner 1) take  (Partner 2) to be your lawfully wedded partner, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and not-so-good times, for richer or poorer, committing yourself unto them for as long as you both shall live?

Response: I do

Do you (Partner 1) take (Partner 2) to be your lawfully wedded partner, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and not so good times, for richer or poorer, committing yourself unto them for as long as you both shall live?

Response: I do

Ring exchange

Your wedding rings are a reminder of the vows you made to each other today. A ring is an unbroken circle, with ends that have been joined together. It represents your union. It is a symbol of infinity, and of your infinite love. It encircles an opening, which is the door to your future. When you look at these rings on your hands, be reminded of this moment, your commitment, and the love you feel for each other today.

(Partner 1) place the ring on (Partner 2)’s finger and repeat after me:

(Partner 2), I give you this ring as a symbol of my love with the pledge to love you today, tomorrow, always, and forever.

(Partner 2) place the ring on (Partner 1)’s finger and repeat after me:

(Partner 1), I give you this ring as a symbol of my love with the pledge to love you today, tomorrow, always, and forever.

Pronouncement

(Partner 1) and (Partner 2), before these witnesses you have pledged to be joined in marriage. You have sealed this pledge with your wedding rings. You may now seal this ceremony with a kiss.


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GENERAL CEREMONY SCRIPT (WITH READINGS)

Greeting

Welcome! My name is (Officiant’s Name), and I have the honor of performing this ceremony today. We are gathered here to share in a celebration of love, and to join together forever (Partner 1) and (Partner 2). Today, in the presence of family and friends, they will commit to living their lives together, two beautiful spirits sharing the most sacred of human relationships. They have invited us here to rejoice, celebrate, and bear witness to their union. They stand before you with a deep desire to share this expression of their love with you and with the world.

We, their families and friends, form a community of love that together we may support and encourage them with our abundance of wishes and blessings on this day and for all of their lives. We would also like to honor those who could not be here with us today. We know they are here in spirit with us, to shower joy upon (Partner 1) and (Partner 2).

Address

Love is perhaps the greatest gift life gives us. Love gives hope, joy, comfort, and security. Love helps us grow and allows us to move forward in life with support and nurturing.

(Partner 1) and (Partner 2) stand in front of you in this moment to share the love and happiness in their hearts as they take their relationship to a deeper level of commitment by making a passage into marriage.

[Insert personalized information about the couple here. This can include how they met, short anecdotes, what they love about each other, things family and friends have said them, etc.]

Reading(s)

(Partner 1) and (Partner 2) have carefully selected a reading from [insert source, author, etc.] that represents their journey and the commitment they make today.

Insert one or two ceremony readings here. These can be read by your celebrant or a loved one. If the reading will be read by someone other than the celebrant, add the following: 

They have invited (Reader’s Name), to read this special passage today.

Searching for ceremony reading ideas? We love these simple ceremony readings.

Expression of Intent

In the presence and witness of family and friends, I ask you to state your intentions.

(Partner 1) and (Partner 2) have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?

Response: “Yes.”

Will you love and honor each other as partners for the rest of your lives?

Response: “I will.”

Vows:

At this time (Partner 1) and (Partner 2) will speak their vows to each other.

Traditional vows

I, (Partner 1), take you, (Partner 2), to be my partner for life. I promise to be true to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will you love you and honor you all the days of your life.

I, (Partner 2), take you, (Partner 1), to be partner for life. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will you love you and honor you all the days of your life.

If you have chosen to write your own vows, you will say them here. Need help writing your vows? We’ve put together the best vow writing tips from Junebug experts.

Affirmation of Family and Friends

Do you, the family and friends of (Partner 1) and (Partner 2), give them your support today and wish them a wonderful life together?

Answer: “We do”

Exchanging of Rings:

Your wedding rings are a symbol of everything you share in your hearts today. When you look at these rings, you will remember the promises you just vow’d to each other. The circle of these rings is constant and continuing, with no beginning and no end, an unbroken circle that represents the returning to these promises for all the days of your life.

(Partner 1), place the ring on (Partner 2)’s finger, saying “I give you this ring as a sign of my love.”

(Partner 2), place the ring on (Partner 1)’s finger, saying “I give you this ring as a sign of my love.”

Ceremony Ritual (optional)

Ideas:

  • Unity candle
  • Sand ceremony
  • Hand-tying ceremony
  • Presentation of flowers for the parents

Pronouncement

Now that you, (Partner 1) and (Partner 2), have promised to give yourselves to one another, to love each other through your sacred vows, and through the giving and receiving of these rings, I have the great honor and pleasure to now pronounce you married!

The Kiss 

Seal this ceremony with a kiss!


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SPIRITUAL CEREMONY SCRIPT (NON-DENOMINATIONAL)

Welcome

My name is (Officiant), and I have the honor of performing this ceremony today. On behalf of (Partner 1) and (Partner 2), welcome, and thank you for being here to celebrate their unity in marriage. By your presence here today, you support their decision to commit themselves to one another.

(Partner 1) and (Partner 2), I ask you to take a moment to turn and look at the faces here today. Know that these are the ones who will be there to cherish and support you as you walk together in marriage.

Address

If there is anything better than being loved for your truest self, it is giving love in return. Today (Partner 1) and (Partner 2) will join in heart, body, mind, and spirit. Therefore, marriage is not to be entered into lightly, but reverently, honestly, and deliberately.

It is into this union that (Partner 1) and (Partner 2) come now to be joined.

Reading

I will now read a passage from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, love never gives up… Three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Expression of Intent

In the presence of God, family and friends, I ask you to state your intentions.

(Partner 1), have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to (Partner 2) in marriage?

Answer: “Yes”

Will you love and honor (Partner 2) for the rest of your life?

Answer: “I will”

(Partner 2), have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to (Partner 1) in marriage?

Answer: “Yes”

Will you love and honor (Partner 1) for the rest of your life?

Answer: “I will”

Affirmation of Loved Ones

Now, in the spirit of joy and affirmation, I want to ask your families and friends a question. Do you, the families and friends of (Partner 1) and (Partner 2), give them your blessing and support this day, wishing them a wonderful life together?

Answer: “We do”

Exchange of Vows

(Partner 1) and (Partner 2), it is time to say your vows. May your promises today be renewed tomorrow and each day that follows.

Please turn, facing each other, and hold hands.

(Partner 1), repeat after me: In the presence of God, our family, and friends, I (Partner 1) choose you (Partner 2) to be my life partner, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, to love and to cherish, and to be faithful to you alone. This is my solemn vow.

Now (Partner 2), please repeat after me: In the presence of God and our family and friends, I (Partner 2) choose you (Partner 1) to be my life partner, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, to love and to cherish, and to be faithful to you alone. This is my solemn vow.

Giving and Receiving of Rings

May I have the rings, please.

(Partner 1), place the ring on (Partner 2)’s finger and repeat after me,

(Partner 2), I give you this ring as a symbol of the vows we have made this day.

I pledge you my love, respect, laughter, and tears.

With all that I am, I honor you.

(Partner 2), place the ring on (Partner 1)’s finger and repeat after me,

(Partner 1), I give you this ring as a symbol of the vows we have made this day.

I pledge you my love, respect, laughter, and tears.

With all that I am, I honor you.

Wedding Blessing

[Insert personalized wedding blessing or prayer here. Family members and friends may be asked to come to the altar and lay hands over the couple as the blessing is said.]

Declaration of Marriage

(Partner 1) and (Partner 2), we have heard your promise to share your lives in marriage. We recognize and respect the covenant you have made here this day before God and all of us as witnesses. Therefore, in the honesty and sincerity of what you have said and done today and by the power vested in me by the (Insert Location), it is my pleasure to declare you married and partners in life!

You may seal your vows with a kiss.

Introduction 

It is now my great joy to be the first one to introduce (Partner 1) and (Partner 2) as the newly married couple!


photo by Henry Tieu Photography

We hope this post has you feeling confident in your ceremony script! Searching for more wedding ceremony ideas? Check out these posts:

7 Creative Ceremony Backdrops to Wow Your Wedding Guests

15 Beautiful Nonreligious Readings for Your Wedding Ceremony

The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Wedding Ceremony


photo by Eleanor & Pete

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