Secular Script

Sample Secular Wedding Ceremony

Introduction

Officiant: Family and Friends of Groom and Bride – welcome to their wedding ceremony.

In this place, we take ourselves out of the usual routines of daily living to witness a unique moment in the lives of Bride and Groom.

Today they join their lives in the union of marriage.

To their guests, they are happy to share this moment with you. They have known most of you for several years. You watched them grow up, you went to school with them, or you worked with them.

Because you are the ones who have supported them and known them so well, it is only fitting that you are the ones to share this once-in-a-lifetime moment with them.

And so it is that Groom and Bride present themselves to be married today…surrounded by the people they love the most.

Comments

Officiant: Marriage is a joyous occasion. It is connected in our thoughts with the charm of love, the warmth of home, and with all that is pleasant, as being one of the most important events of our lives. Its sacredness and unity is the most significant and binding covenant known in human relations.

Groom and Bride, let me charge you both to remember that your future happiness is to be in mutual consideration, patience, kindness, confidence, and affection. It is the duty of each of you to find your greatest joy in the company of the other; to remember that your love pledged today must remain undivided for a lifetime.

It is your duty, Groom, to be to Bride, a considerate, tender, faithful, and loving husband: to support, guide and cherish her in prosperity and trouble; to thoughtfully and carefully enlarge the place she holds in your life; to constantly show to her the tokens of your affection, to shelter her from danger, and to love her with an unchangeable love.

It is your duty, Bride, to be to Groom, a considerate, tender, faithful, and loving wife; to comfort, guide and cherish him in prosperity and trouble; to give to him the unfailing evidences of your affection; to continue making the place he holds in your heart, broader and deeper; to support him, value him and work with him to make your marriage the very best that it can be.

I call your attention to the seriousness of the decision which you have made and the covenant you are about to declare to each other. The vows you are about to take are not to be taken without careful thought, for in them you are committing yourselves exclusively to one another for as long as you both shall live.

Reading

Officiant: In his book, A Bridge Across Forever, Richard Bach writes

A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soul mate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life.”

Groom and Bride have found their soul mates in each other.

MARRIAGE VOWS

Officiant: Marriage is a voluntary and full commitment. It is made in the deepest sense to the exclusion of all others, and it is entered into with the desire and hope that it will last for life.

Marriage is a joyous occasion. It is connected in our thoughts with the charm of love, the warmth of home, and with all that is pleasant, as being one of the most important events of our lives. Its sacredness and unity is the most significant and binding covenant known in human relations.

Groom and Bride, having heard that it is your intention to be married to each other, I now ask you to declare your marriage vows.

Please face each other and hold hands.

Officiant: Bride, please read your vows to Groom…

I, Bride, take you, Groom, to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love.

I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.

I will trust you and honor you. I will laugh with you and cry with you.

I will love you, and only you, faithfully.

Through the best and the worst, Through the difficult and the easy. Whatever may come, I will always be there. As I have given you my hand to hold, So I give you my life to keep.

Officiant: Groom, please read your vows to Bride…

I, Groom, take you, Bride, to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love.

I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.

I will trust you and honor you. I will laugh with you and cry with you.

I will love you, and only you, faithfully.

Through the best and the worst, Through the difficult and the easy. Whatever may come, I will always be there. As I have given you my hand to hold, So I give you my life to keep.

Exchange of Wedding Rings

Officiant:

Bride and Groom will now exchange rings to symbolize their commitment. Rings are derived from humble beginnings of imperfect metal to create something valuable where there was once nothing at all. It is customarily worn on the ring finger because, long ago, tradition believed it was the only finger with a vein running directly to the heart. The wearing of the rings is a visible, outward sign that you have committed yourselves to one another.

Give Bride’s ring to Groom.

Groom, place the ring on Bride’s finger and repeat after me.…

– I give you this ring, as a symbol of our love,

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– Wear it as a sign of what we have promised on this day

– and know that my love is present, even when I am not.

Give Groom’s ring to Bride.

Bride, place the ring on Groom’s finger and 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.

– Wear it as a sign of what we have promised on this day

– and know that my love is present, even when I am not.

Officiant:

Love is a force more powerful than any other. It cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession ever could.

Although love can join two together as one, it is important to remember the gift of your individuality. Cherish and affirm your differences as you love each other. Be supportive of each other’s strengths, and tender towards each other’s weaknesses. Laugh together, cry together, be comforted by each other’s presence, and secure even in each other’s absence.

Declaration of Marriage

Officiant:

Bride and Groom you have professed your love by exchanging your vows. You have symbolized your commitment by exchanging rings.

Now by the power vested in me by the state of ______, it is my honor and delight to declare you husband and wife.

You may seal this declaration with a kiss.

Officiant:

I am pleased to present the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Groom Lastname!

Your wedding ceremony is over; it is time to celebrate!

By Officiant Eldon Roberts