Sample Wedding Script 7

Garden ceremony for David and Ellen

(This ceremony is very specific to the couple getting married and the place where the ceremony takes place. While the specifics of the ceremony won’t likely apply to your situation, it shows the level of intimate customization that a ceremony can have.)

Introduction

This is indeed a powerful place. When you pass onto this land your whole being picks up something utterly compelling and magnetic. This spot represents the essence of David’s chosen life – he fell in love with this land and began construction of this artful home as a statement of his very being. He created a place of quiet repose and invited Ellen in to stay forever. Like David, Ellen’s essence, energy and passion are here. When she is here she feels nurtured by this place and by David. And he, by her.

This garden is a special sanctuary, not just for today but always – it represents both beauty and fruitfulness. But today it is also our chapel. We in attendance are joyous that we can share this most significant of life’s passages with you, Ellen and David; knowing you is a privilege for everybody here. Including me.

Marriage is the supreme sharing of experience, an adventure in the most intimate of relationships. Today it is the joyous uniting of Ellen and David who want, more than anything else, to live a life of peacefulness, authenticity, and passion together and to keep their commitment primary.

Recognition of Family

With great gratitude they wish to acknowledge and thank Charles, Barbara, and Jean, their parents for all they have provided to get them to this point; Dave for his support; and significant friends who are gathered here, whose caring and love have made all the difference. We thank Steve for his photographic talent, to be able to capture this moment in an artful manner.

We remember grandfathers Partridge Smyth and Peter Donnelly, whose legacies will remain forever with Ellen.

It is through life’s experiences, both exquisite and tragic, that we come to know and embrace the persons we are, gifted in many brilliant ways but incomplete in others. And if we are truly lucky, we will find our counterpart, he or she who provides us the balance we need to become complete.

Recognition of Wedding Party

Ellen and David, you will continue to provide one another balance through your opposites and your differing talents and gifts. The greatest gift you have, to give one another, is the gift of yourself.

Ellen, David respects and values you for who you are. He admires your ambitions, your zest for life and your pure view of the world. Because, although the world is often a tumultuous place you still discover beauty, hope, joy and fun and you make every excursion into an adventure for him. It is through you that David achieves a higher level of being, both mentally and spiritually. Your passion puts a smile on his face and reassures him that there will always be more discoveries with you, along the road less traveled.

David, your quiet, strong energy captivated Ellen from the start. You care deeply about excellence. Your passion for the betterment of all living forms – your deep respect for the natural world – and the manner in which you painstakingly execute your visions into thoughtfully conceived outcomes such as all the intricate details that abound this property – demonstrate such character and quality. You truly live in harmony with nature.

[Insert Name] Barrett Browning said “I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need.” And it is in every day’s most quiet need where you provide nourishment to each other and with that, enrich each other’s lives. Your connection feels eternal.

The arts, quality food & good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle – service to the community, the sanctity and peacefulness of water, your commitment to family and friends – these are your day’s most quiet needs.

Ellen and David, are you presenting yourselves here today to be joined in marriage?

Vows

David please turn toward Ellen and repeat after me:

I, David take you, Ellen, to be my wife,

to have and to hold from this day forward,

for better, for worse,

for richer, for poorer,

in sickness and in health,

to love and to cherish you forever.

I promise you this from my heart come what may.

Ellen please repeat after me:

I, Ellen take you, David, to be my husband,

to have and to hold from this day forward,

for better, for worse,

for richer, for poorer,

in sickness and in health,

to love and to cherish you forever.

I promise you this from my heart come what may.

Presentation of Rings

Traditionally, the passage to the status of husband and wife is marked by the gifting of a ring. This wedding ring has a tender history. Not only is it a symbol of the unbroken circle of love, it is a valued family keepsake, lovely in its own right and irreplaceable for its significance.

David, please repeat after me:

This ring, a gift for you Ellen, symbolizes my desire that you be my wife from this day forward.

Pronouncement

All of us who are here feel privileged. And I want to say, on behalf of all of us, thank you. May Ellen continue to find in you, David, that inner strength and high moral fiber for which her heart gives gratitude. Thank you for Ellen. The energy that is so natural for her, may that continue forever. May this couple always be grateful for the partnership they have found. Together may you continue to lead lives of gentle strength and creative passion with enough challenges to keep you tender, and enough creative visions to keep you vibrant.

As David and Ellen have consented together in marriage before this company of friends and family, and have pledged their faithfulness to one another – and declared their unity by the giving and receiving of a ring, and shared the symbolism of the wine ceremony I pronounce you husband and wife – may your days be profoundly magical and long upon this earth.

You may kiss!

Sample wedding scripts are based, in whole or in part, on a sample ceremonies from the Humanist Society and are used with permission.

17. [Name], I used to be afraid of falling in love, of giving my heart away.How could I trust a wo/man to love me, to give to me all that I wanted to give to him/her? When I met you, I realized how much we could share together.Today I join my life with yours.Our miracle, today, lies in the path we have chosen together. I enter this marriage with you knowing that the true magic of love is not to avoid changes, but to navigate them successfully. Let us commit to the miracle of making each day work together. Respecting each other, we commit to live our lives together for all days to come. I ask you to share this world with me, for good and for ill. Be my partner and I will be yours.

8. [Name], In you I have found a friend, a lover, A companion on life’s path. You have become the single most important person in my life. With you I have experienced more happiness, more love and more freedom than I’ve ever known. To you I give my strength and my weakness My beliefs, courage and my fears To you I give my past and my future, My hopes and my dreams.[Name], I promise to accept you without conditions, To love and cherish you, not only for this hour, but for all that may follow. I love you.As I stand before you now, I pledge that these are my solemn intentions.

2. I, [Name], take you, [Name], to be my [spouse], to love you, to cherish you, to help you and honor you, to give you comfort and understanding in whatever the future may bring, in confidence that together we are responsible for our destiny.

3. Today, I join my life to yours. From this day on, I will be your partner and companion, for you are my dearest love and my best friend. I look forward to the joy we will find in each other’s separate successes, as well as our shared ones, and welcome the challenge of whatever obstacles we encounter, for I know that whatever we face, we face it together. Because your happiness is vital to me, I will help you to grow as an individual. I will also strive to be more fully myself because you deserve no less than the best of me. I pledge that I will listen to you when you speak encourage you in times of doubt, comfort you in times of sorrow, and be a refuge of strength for you in times of uncertainty. I will be faithful to you all of my days, will always be honest with you, and will cherish and adore you every moment of my life. This is my solemn vow.

4. I, [Name], take you, [Name], to be no other than yourself loving what I know of you trusting what I do not yet know with respect for your integrity and faith in your love for me through all our years and in all that life may bring us.

5. I, [Name], take you, [Name], to be my [spouse], to have and to hold from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part. With my whole heart and with my earnest and complete devotion I give you my love.

6. I, [Name], do take you, [Name], To be the [spouse] of my days The friend of my life We shall bear together Whatever trouble and sorrow Life may lay upon us. And we shall share together All the good and joyful things Life may bring us With these words, I marry you And bind my life to yours.

7. I, [Name], promise before family and friends, to commit my love to you, [Name], I promise to speak truthfully and lovingly to you, to respect your individuality and encourage your fulfillment, to compassionately support you through good times and bad, and to do all that I can to nurture and strengthen the love between us, through all of life’s changes.

9. I, [Name], take you, [Name], exactly as you are, to be my [spouse] and my best friend. I love what I know of you. I trust what I do not yet know. I respect you and have faith in your love for me through all our years and in all that life may bring us. I offer you this ring as an emblem of my love.

16. From this day forward, I pledge to live each day with your happiness as my guiding thought.I will listen to your words, your actions, and your thoughts as though they were my own because they are as much a part of me as they are you.I pledge my unwavering trust and devotion no matter what the circumstance. I will support and encourage your dreams, because your dreams are my dreams.I will open my heart, mind and soul to you, so that I may be ever worthy of the selfless love you give. From this day forward, my life is yours.

10. Today, [Name], I accept you for who you are: the wo/man I love. For the honor of your hand in marriage, I vow to be your partner in life, to make you smile when you are sad, to lift you when you are down, to rejoice and share in both your trials and successes. Your path will be my path and I promise to walk not behind or in front, but next to you, together, to face whatever is before us. I vow to remain the man that you love. This ring is a promise that I will love you in all times, all places, in all ways, forever.[Name], I take you to be my lawful wedded [spouse] on this day and everyday hereafter. I will stand by your side at every crossroads to be your shoulder to lean on, your ear to talk to and the mirror for your smile when you are doubled-over laughing. I vow to be a part of the endless love that we see for each other. I will be there for every adversary you face and every joy you experience. This ring is a promise that I will love you in all times, all places, in all ways, forever.

11. [Name], today I take you to be no other than who you are, the wo/man I fell in love with, and now you give me the honor of being able to call you my [spouse].For that honor I promise to always be there to love you and make you smile, or to comfort and protect you.And I promise, that no matter what lies in our path it will be our path, and I will stay the man you fell in love with.I give you this ring as a token that I shall love you, in all times, in all places, and in all ways, forever.

12. [Name], today I choose to make a deeper commitment to you.It is my way of telling you that our experiences together have been so good that I want them to continue for the rest of my life.I loved you before the ceremony and I love you more because of it. You are everything I ever hoped to find in a partner.I want to spend the rest of my life with you.I give you this ring as a token that I shall love you, in all times, in all places, and in all ways, forever.

13. Spouse 1: Today, I join my life to yours. From this day on, I will be your partner and companion, for you are my dearest love and my best friend.Spouse 2: I look forward to the joy we will find in each other’s separate successes, as well as our shared ones, and welcome the challenge of whatever obstacles we encounter, for I know that whatever we face, we face it together.Spouse 1: Because your happiness is vital to me, I will help you to grow as an individual. I will also strive to be more fully myself because you deserve no less than the best of me.Spouse 2: I pledge that I will listen to you when you speak, encourage you in times of doubt, comfort you in times of sorrow, and be a refuge of strength for you in times of uncertainty.Spouse 1: I will be faithful to you all of my days, will always be honest with you, and will cherish and adore you every moment of my life.Both: This is my solemn vow.

14. Before our family and friends, without reservation of any kind I say to you, [Name], I love you. I need you. I promise to unfailingly share and support your hopes and dreams and goals. I will be there for you always; when you falter I will catch you; when you are sad I will comfort you; when you laugh I will share your joy. I will grow old with you by my side. You are the joy in my life and the love in my heart. I commit myself to you today and for always. I promise to be faithful and true to you for the rest of my life.

15. Today is a culmination and a beginning. It is the ceremonial confirmation of what my heart already knows: That you are my one true love, my best friend, and the person I was meant to share my life with. Together we have only begun to experience what love truly means. Together we have only begun to live up to the ideal that is a life filled with love. In you I find my smile, my laugh, and my contentment. In you I find a caring heart and compassionate mind. In you I find trust and togetherness. In you I find a daily reminder of all that makes me feel alive. With you by my side, my life unfolds before me in a panorama of happy days and contented nights.

1. I, [Name], promise you, [Name], that I will be your [spouse] from this day forward, to be faithful and honest in every way, to honor the faith and trust you place in me, to love and respect you in your successes and in your failures, to make you laugh and to be there when you cry, to care for you in sickness and in health, to softly kiss you when you are hurting, and to be your companion and your friend, on this journey that we make together.