GenderNeutral Wedding
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  • ~12 minute ceremony

This gender-neutral wedding ceremony script is ideal for individuals who are not keen on including or referring to gendered pronouns or incorporating gender-specific roles in the wedding ceremony, such as the use of separate aisles or references to “bride” and “groom.” Print it as is, or make some minor revisions to make it more personal! Scroll down to see the download button.

Introduction/Welcome/Wedding Sermon

Officiant (to the gathering):

Welcome to all, family, loved ones, friends. We have gathered today to witness the union of these two beautiful souls _______________ and _____________ have grown together to form this terrific bond over the years that they now wish to solidify for life, we are all privileged to have witnessed how their hearts joined while they still maintain their individuality.

Let us view this gathering through the lens of an affirmation. ___________ and ____________ formally affirm their love today in this public gathering and this is the beginning of a glorious, new, and amazing chapter in their lives.

Reading

Officiant (to guests):

"I carry your heart with me (i carry it in

my heart) I am never without it (anywhere

I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

I fear

no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) I want

no world(for beautiful you are my world, my true)

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of a tree called life; which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)"

“I Carry Your With Me” by EE Cummings

Declaration of Intent

Officiant (to couple):

Do you ____________ take ____________ to be your significant other, your better half and your partner for life, for as long as you both are living? Do you promise to hold fast together in both good times and bad and cherish and celebrate each other for the rest of your life?

Couple: We do!

Exchanging of Vows

Officiant (to couple):

You may now recite your vows with each other, _____________, you may go first.

Partner 1: (example of vows below)

‘I, _____, accept you as you are, adoring who you are now and who you will become in the future. I pledge to pay attention to you and learn from you, as well as to support and accept your help. Through all of our years together and all that life may offer us, I will love you endlessly and have faith in your love for me.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

Now, I welcome, ______________ to recite your vows.

Partner 2:

“I, _____, accept you as you are, adoring who you are now and who you will become in the future. I pledge to pay attention to you and learn from you, as well as to support and accept your help. Through all of our years together and all that life may offer us, I will love you endlessly and have faith in your love for me.”

Exchanging of Rings

Officiant:

A ring is like infinity, it represents a circle that is not broken and one that continues strong just like the love shared by this couple. I hope when you both look at your rings every day, you are reminded of this joyous event, why you both decided to get married and why it’s the best decision you ever made. ___________, please place the ring on your partner’s finger and repeat after me.

Officiant (to Partner 1):

“I give you this ring to signify my love and commitment to you, and I will love you forever. “

Partner 1:

I give you this ring to signify my love and commitment to you, and I will love you forever.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

_______________, place your ring on _______________’s finger and repeat after me. “I give you this ring to signify my love and commitment to you, and I will love you forever. “

Partner 2:

I give you this ring to signify my love and commitment to you, and I will love you forever.

Pronouncement

Officiant (to couple):

______________ and ____________, I am so overjoyed to say that your pledges have been formalized with the exchange of the rings in front of all these witnesses. By the power vested in me by the Universal Life Church Ministries, I officially pronounce you married – you may now kiss!