Universal Life Church

Christian Wedding
  • 690814 views
  • ~15 minute ceremony

A Christian wedding ceremony script designed for couples seeking to marry in the eyes of God. Featuring Bible verses and faith-focused prayers, this religious wedding script provides a meaningful marriage ceremony that aligns with the Christian tradition. Download and print out the script as-is, or customize it for the occasion as you see fit.

Welcome Statement

OFFICIANT (to congregation):

Please be seated. Thank you.

Welcome Friends, Family, and loved ones! We are gathered together today in the sight of God, his son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and in the sight of each other as witnesses to celebrate the marriage of _________ and _________. We hold _________ and _________ up to the Lord in fellowship as a family, and a community of loved ones, to bless them as these two become one in what we pray will be a long, happy, and healthy life together!

Speech / Sermon / Introduction

OFFICIANT (to congregation):

Before we begin, let us bow our heads and pray that God bless _________ and _________ and their new life together.

(Congregants bow heads)

(Officiant leads congregation in prayer appropriate to denomination of service - if no prayer is requested or provided by the couple, the following may be used)

CONGREGATION: Amen

OFFICIANT (to congregation):

Ladies and gentlemen, when God created Adam at the beginning of all things, He said to Himself in Genesis 2:18, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

It’s not a part of our makeup to be alone. God didn’t design us that way. He made us so that we need to depend on one another. He made us so that we need each other to hold us up, and sometimes carry us through the rough stuff. He made us so that when we triumph, we triumph that much more with each other than we do when we’re alone. In fact, the Apostle Paul spoke about how for most people, marriage is necessary in 1 Corinthians 7. He also gave us a vision of holy love in that same book a few chapters later.

He writes, “Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

OFFICIANT (to couple):

_________ and _________, I want to urge you to hold to that vision of your love for one another, because that is the kind of love God has planned for your lives. _________, God has a plan for you, and from this day forward, that plan involves _________. _________, God has a plan for you, too. He always has, and that plan, from this day forward, involves _________.

Keeping this knowledge in your hearts and minds, it’s time to declare yourselves to one another.

Declaration of Intent

OFFICIANT (to _________):

_________, do you take _________ to be your lawfully wedded husband/wife/partner from this day forward - whether times are good or bad, rich or poor, healthy or ill; will you love, honor, and cherish her, and hold her up in faith long as you both shall live?

_________: I do.

OFFICIANT (to _________):

_________, do you take _________ to be your lawfully wedded husband/wife/partner from this day forward - whether times are good or bad, rich or poor, healthy or ill; will you love, honor, and cherish him, and hold him up in faith long as you both shall live?

_________: I do.

Vow/Ring Exchange

OFFICIANT (to couple):

_________, _________, it’s now time to say your vows.

(If the couple do not have their own vows prepared, the following may be used)

OFFICIANT (to _________):

_________, please repeat after me: _________, with this ring, I promise to love, honor, and cherish you, and to hold you up in faith, whether times are good or bad, whether we’re rich or poor, and through whatever God has in store for us, as long as I live.

(_________ puts ring on _________’s finger)

OFFICIANT (to _________):

_________, please repeat after me: _________, with this ring, I promise to love, honor, and cherish you, and to hold you up in faith, whether times are good or bad, whether we’re rich or poor, and through whatever God has in store for us, as long as I live.

(_________ puts ring on _________’s finger)

Pronouncement

OFFICIANT (to couple):

_________, _________, having proclaimed your love for, and commitment to one another in the sight of the Lord and of these witnesses, it is my pleasure, by the power vested in me by God and by the state of ______________, to pronounce you husband/wife/partner and husband/wife/partner! _________ you may now kiss your bride/groom/spouse!

(_________ and _________ kiss)

OFFICIANT (to congregation):

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my great pleasure to present to you Mr./Mrs./Mx. and Mr./Mrs./Mx. _________!

Closing Statement

OFFICIANT (to congregation):

Following the processional, _________ and _________ will greet guests in the ______________. Thank you so much for joining us today. God bless you all.