Below are some sample pronouncements that can be included in your ceremony.

The purpose of the pronouncement is to formally announce the union of two people into a single entity.  There are many ways to refer to this new entity including, but not limited to:

  • Life Partners
  • Husband and Wife (for opposite sex partners)
  • Husband and Husband or Wife and Wife
  • Married
  • Legally Married
  • Wed
  • Legally Wed
  • Spouses for Life

In the examples below, this part of the pronouncement is referenced by [preferred term], indicating that you should choose the term that best suits you.

The pronouncement is often followed by a kiss which symbolizes a seal on the union. The, like all parts of the ceremony, is optional.

1. Since [Name] and [Name] have grown in knowledge and love of one another, and because they have agreed in their desire to go forward in life together, seeking an even richer, deepening relationship, and because they have pledged to meet sorrow and joy as one family, we rejoice to recognize them as [preferred term].

2. You have publicly promised your commitment to each other for all time. I call upon all gathered here to witness that according to the laws of the state of Idaho, you are now [preferred term].

3. Forasmuch as [Name] and [Name] have thus pledged themselves to each other in the presence of this company, I do now, by the virtue of the authority vested in me by The American Humanist Association and the Humanist Society, pronounce that they are [preferred term].

4. [Name] and [Name] have consented together in marriage, declaring their love for one another, so according to the laws of the state of Idaho, they are now [preferred term].

5. May all that has gone before you and the commitment you have made today, now give you the promise of everlasting love. May you find strength to meet life’s adversities; reverence for that which is beautiful; and respect for all. In the presence of your family and friends, you have joined yourselves in marriage. I declare your marriage is valid and binding and rejoice to recognize you as [preferred term]. You may kiss.

6. [Name] and [Name] have promised each other, publicly, in front of family and friends, that they want to be married. So they are!

7. Now, by your own actions and according to the laws of the state of Idaho, you are [preferred term]. Congratulations to you both. You may kiss each other.

8. Friends and family, it gives me great pleasure to declare [Name] and [Name] Porter to be [preferred term]. You may kiss.

9. As you have both accepted the vows of the other, you may now go forth and fulfill your vows with the same love and devotion which now blossoms between you. In accordance with the laws of the state of Idaho, you are now [preferred term].

10. And so now, according to the laws of the state of Idaho, and with the blessings of those around you, you are now [husband and wife/ married/life partners/legally married/etc].

11. May all that has gone before you and the commitment you have made today, now give you the promise of everlasting love. May you find strength to meet life’s adversities; reverence for that which is beautiful; and respect for all. In the presence of your family and friends, you have joined yourselves in marriage. I declare your marriage is valid and binding under the laws of the state of Idaho, and I rejoice to recognize you as [preferred term].

12. You have united two families and two sets of friends. I ask them now to promise that they will support your marriage with joy, love and optimism.

All those who wish to promise their support say “I do!” (Guests respond “I do!”)

With the blessing of everyone who is present here today and with the authority vested in me by The American Humanist Association and the Humanist Society, I now pronounce you [preferred term]. Congratulations!”

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