Whether your idea of the perfect ceremony is "short and sweet" or mid length and meaningful, these sample scripts are great to inspire your creativity as you plan your own ceremony. (There's more scripts to come, so be sure to check back regularly.)

 

Short and Sweet I (non-religious)

(also used for elopements)

We're gathered together today to witness and celebrate the marriage of (Groom and Bride's names). We've come together not to mark the beginning of a relationship, but to acknowledge and strengthen a bond that already exists. 

(GROOM) and (BRIDE), may the promises you make to one another today, be lived out to the end of your lives. 

Intent
(GROOM), will you take (BRIDE) as your wedded wife, to love her, comfort honor and keep her, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her for as long as you both shall live?
(BRIDE Repeats)

Vows
(GROOM), please repeat after me:
I, (GROOM), take you (BRIDE), to be my wife,
my partner in life, and my one true love.
(BRIDE Repeats)

Rings
(GROOM), please repeat after me: I give you this ring, as a symbol of our love, for today and tomorrow, and for all the days to come.
(BRIDE Repeats)

Having pledged your fidelity to one another, to love, honor and cherish one another in the presence of these witnesses, by the authority vested in me by the state, of Michigan, it is my honor to now pronounce you husband and wife.


 

SHORT AND SWEET II (non-religious)


We are gathered today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments;
the joining of two hearts, and to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love with the words that will unite (BRIDE and GROOM) in marriage. 

(GROOM), do you take (BRIDE) to be your wedded Wife? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, while forsaking all others? (BRIDE repeats) 

Vow Exchange

(GROOM), please repeat after me: 
I, (GROOM), take you (BRIDE) to be my wife, 
my partner in life
and my one true love. 
I will cherish and love you today, tomorrow, and forever. (BRIDE repeats)

Ring Introduction

The ring is a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning or end, no giver and no receiver, for each is the giver and the receiver.
May these rings always remind you of the vows you've spoken today.

Exchange of Rings
(GROOM), as you place the ring on (BRIDE's) finger, repeat after me: with this ring, I thee wed. 

(BRIDE), as you place the ring on (GROOM's) finger, repeat after me: with this ring, I thee wed. 

Blessing of the Rings

May the vows and promises you have made today be as ever-present in your hearts as these rings are on your fingers. 

Pronouncement
By the power vested in me by the state of Michigan, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife. 

 

 

non-denominational ceremony scripts

 

Short and Sweet I

It is with joy and happiness that we gather on this occasion in the presence of God, family and friends to celebrate the union of (GROOM and BRIDE) in the holy bond of marriage.

Opening Prayer

Dear Father, we humbly invite your presence and your blessings to be upon (GROOM and BRIDE) as they enter into the ceremony that will unite them in the sacred bond of holy matrimony. Impress upon them the solemness and the impact of the vows they make today.  AMEN.

Marriage is the oldest and most sacred of all institutions among men. Ordained by God in the Garden of Eden. Rightly regarded, marriage is the highest and happiest of human relationships, the preserver of true love, and the foundation of a home.  

Vow Exchange

(GROOM), do you take (BRIDE) to be your wife, and do you promise before God and these witnesses to be a devoted husband in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, in prosperity and adversity; and forsaking all others, do you promise to keep yourself to unto her in all love and honor, in all faith and tenderness, to live with her and cherish her according to the ordinance of God, until you are parted by death? (BRIDE REPEATS)

Rings

The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign or symbol of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. for it has no beginning, and no end.
(GROOM), will you take (BRIDE’s) ring and put it on her finger then repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed. May it be a constant reminder of the promises we make today. (BRIDE repeats)

Pronouncement

For as much as (GROOM and BRIDE) have consented together and pledged their faith to each other in holy wedlock, and have witnessed their vows before God and these witnesses, and have sealed the same by the giving and receiving of rings, by the authority vested in me and the state of Michigan, pronounce that they are husband and wife! Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man put asunder. 

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POEMS/READINGS

They’re about to say i do

They’re about to say I Do.

Three little letters,

Two little words,

It’s the simplest part of the day,

But there is nothing simple about the

things that will remain unsaid.

I Do means I do know I could be hurt,

But, I’m ready to be healed with you,

It means I do want to try,

Even when the fear of failure holds me back.

And I do not know the future,

Bt, I’m ready to be surprised along the way,

And I Do means I do want your love,

And I do give you mine,

And nothing we do will ever be the same,

Because you and I will be doing it all together.

you fell in love by chance

You fell in love by chance, but you’re here today because you’re making a choice. You both are choosing each other. You’ve chosen to be with enhances you, who makes you think, makes you smile, and makes every day brighter. You’re about to make promises to each other that you intend to keep.

You’re going to vow to take care of each other, to stand up for one another, and to find happiness in the other. There’s a simple premise to each of these promises: you are vowing to be there and are saying to the other “Every experience I am going to have; I want to share with you”.

love is what we all share

Despite all of our differences, love is what we all share. It unifies us. And, no matter who we are, where we've come from, what we believe, we know this to be true; love is what we're doing right. Alex and Nicole, that's why you’re both standing here. And, today isn’t just your wedding day, it also marks your 6 year dating anniversary. Before this moment, you’ve been many things to each other; co-workers, friends, and fiance’s. But, in the next few moments you’ll say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and after your vows, you’ll announce to the world “this is my husband” and “this is my wife!”

marriage is ugly

I’m going to say something you don’t hear at weddings. Marriage is ugly; you see the absolute worst in someone. You see them when they’re mad, sad, being stubborn, when they’re so unlovable they make you scream.

But, you also see them when they’re laughing so hard that tears run down their face, and they can’t help but let out those weird girgling noises. You see them at 3am when the world is asleep except you two, and you’re fully engaged in asking each other off-the-wall “what if” questions. You get to see the side of them that no one else does, and it’s not always pretty.

It’s snorting when laughing, it’s the tears when it feels like it’s all crashing down, it’s the bedhead and bad breath, it’s the random dances and outbursts of song, it’s the anger and the joy.

Marriage isn’t a beautiful thing, it’s amazing.

It’s knowing that someone loves you so much, and won’t leave you even though you said something nasty. It’s having someone have your back no matter what. It’s fights over stupid things, like someone not doing the dishes or picking up after themselves.

And it’s those nights you fall asleep in each other’s arms, feeling like there will never be enough time with them. It’s cleaning up their throw up, or just rubbing their back when they’re sick. It’s the dirtiest, most rewarding job there is because at the end of the day, you get to crawl into bed with your best friend, the weirdest, most annoying, lovable, loyal, perfect person that you know.

Marriage is not beautiful, but it’s worth it.