Bride signing marriage license after civil wedding
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While we commonly associate a civil ceremony with a trip to city hall for just the two of you, it can actually take place anywhere and look anyway you like – a civil wedding ceremony is just a nonreligious, legal ceremony of marriage. This civil wedding script is perfect for couples that want to get married in a simple ceremony without a lot of pomp and circumstance. Download and print it as is, or add your own personal style!

Introduction/ Welcome/ Sermon

Officiant (to guests):

We have come here today to formalize the union of ____________ and ___________, who wish to be legally joined and committed in matrimony. Their love signifies all that is great and wonderful about marriage such as trust, loyalty, tolerance, devotion, kindness, and true, honest love. Marriage is the name of a deep and powerful commitment and is not dependent or swayed by mood or situations. Let your love sustain you and help you grow as individuals.

Declaration of Intent

Officiant (to Partner 1):

Please repeat after me, “I ____________ know of no legal impediment why I may not marry _______________ and spend eternity with him/her/them.”

Partner 1:

I ____________ know of no legal impediment why I may not marry _______________ and eternity with him/her/them.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

Now, ______________, please repeat after me. “I ____________ know of no legal impediment why I may not marry _______________ and spend the rest of my life with him/her/them.”

Partner 2:

I ____________ know of no legal impediment why I may not marry _______________ and spend the rest of my life with him/her/them.

Exchanging of Vows

Officiant (to couple):

Please face each other and your vows.

(In civil ceremonies the couple can share vows they’ve written, but a portion can also be written by the celebrant or officiant for the couple to recite).

Officiant (Partner 1):

_______________, you may now share your vows.

Partner 1:

Today, I promise you that no matter how much the world changes and how much we evolve with it, I will always love you, always treasure you, and share everything I have with you. I am honored to be called your wife/husband from this day forward.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

_______________, please recite your vows now.

Partner 2:

Today, I promise you that no matter how much the world changes and how much we evolve with it, I will always love you, always treasure you, and share everything I have with you. I am honored to be called your wife/husband from this day forward.

Exchanging of Rings

Officiant:

Rings and weddings have shared a connection since time immemorial – they are symbolic of commitment and have a deep meaning with regard to how valuable love and attachment are and how rare it is for two people to find it in life and formalize it with the bond of marriage.

Officiant (to Partner 1):

_______________, place your ring on _______________’s finger and repeat after me. “I give you this ring as a symbol of my decision to make you my wife, partner, and closest friend until the rest of my days. The vows you've taken and the rings you've now exchanged have enhanced the love you already share in your hearts.”

Partner 1:

I give you this ring as a symbol of my decision to make you my wife, partner, and closest friend until the rest of my days. The vows you've taken and the rings you've now exchanged have enhanced the love you already share in your hearts.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

_______________, place your ring on _______________’s finger and repeat after me. “I give you this ring as a symbol of my decision to make you my wife, partner, and closest friend until the rest of my days. The vows you've taken and the rings you've now exchanged have enhanced the love you already share in your hearts.”

Partner 2:

I give you this ring as a symbol of my decision to make you my wife, partner, and closest friend for the rest of my days. The vows you've taken and the rings you've now exchanged have enhanced the love you already share in your hearts.

Pronouncement

Officiant:

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