Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony Scripts

Remember when planning a same-sex wedding ceremony that it is a reflection of you as a couple. None of the elements of a traditional wedding need to be a part of the ceremony. Write your vows that speak to who you are as a couple, your love and appreciation for each other and your commitment to each other.

You may want to include some of the more traditional wedding themes; but you can be creative in how you incorporate them into your ceremony and how they reflect on your vision as a couple.

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Gay Wedding Ceremony Script

It is your day to express your love for each other and to share that love with family and friends. The memories you create will always be a reminder of this special day. Your ceremony does not need to be bound to tradition. You’re free to write the vows and design a ceremony that reflects who you are as a couple. Pick poetry, quotes, and reading that are meaningful and inspire your community to share in your joy as a couple. Welcome and introduction Welcome, family, friends and loved ones. We are gathered here today, surrounded by the beauty of creation and nurtured by the sights and sounds of nature to celebrate the wedding of (Name) and (Name). You have come here from nearby and from far away to share in this commitment now they make to one another, to offer your love and support to their union, and to allow (Name) and (Name) to start their married life together surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them. Reading Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no, it is an ever-fixèd mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand’ring bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved. Declaration of intent The wording is very similar to what you’ve read above, just with some key omissions and artistic license: (Name), I take you as you are, loving who you are now and who you are yet to become, I promise from this day forward. To be grateful for our love and our life. To be generous with my time, my energy and my affection. I promise to be patient with you and with myself. To fill our life with adventure and our home with laughter. To encourage you to grow as an individual, and inspire you to do so. I promise to love you completely. These things I pledge before you, our friends and our family Sharing Of Vows The Declaration of Intent and Sharing of Vows are fairly integrated with the simple addition of: (Name), do you take (Name) to be your partner? I do. Ring Exchange The couple takes a turn placing wedding rings on each other’s fingers: Your wedding ring is a symbol of your promise to one another. The ring, an unbroken, never ending circle, is a symbol of committed, unending love. Pronouncement and kiss The Ceremony comes to a thrilling conclusion: You have come here today of your own free will and in the presence of family and friends, have declared your love and commitment to each other. You have given and received a ring as a symbol of your promises. By the power of your love and commitment to each other, and by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and husband. You may now share your first kiss as a married couple.

Lesbian Wedding Ceremony Script

The wedding ceremony is your time to celebrate your special relationship. Pick vows and readings that tell your unique story. Make the ceremony special by sharing how you meet and how you’ve both come to love each other. Give your friends and family the chance to share in the joy of your loving and unshakeable bond. Processional Invocation or Greeting Welcome to the wedding of (name) and (name). We’re here today to celebrate the enduring love of these two women. Readings The Anactoria Poem by Sappho makes a beautiful reading at a lesbian wedding ceremony. Same-Sex Wedding Vows I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my lifelong spouse. I will support, honor, and cherish you through all the circumstances we may face, and I will never stop celebrating our love. Exchange of Rings The Kiss Recessional Wedding Ceremony Scripts For Officiants Most officiants like to use an outline to help them organize the ceremony and the script. It is important to consider what the couple being married wants for their wedding day. Take the time to talk to the couple; so that your words reflect what they believe about marriage and their relationship.

Basic Wedding Ceremony Script

Most weddings follow a basic, standard order. From there the couple can add other elements and traditions. The basic wedding template includes a welcome, reading, and the exchange of vows and rings. The couple can opt for a quick 10-minute version; or by including more personalized elements, extending the service to 30 minutes. Be mindful that the service does not extend much past the 30-minute mark. Introduction Declaration Vows Rings exchange Pronouncements Closing An example from after the declaration: And as we all are here. I urge you to stand as witnesses as I, (Name) take (Name) as my wife/husband/partner. I promise to love you and uphold our love. To fight for us in the face of the storm, to be your joy and to dry your tears. To cherish you with every fiber of my being. I promise to stand with you and hold your hands, even when we are old and grey. This is my vow. Then the officiant will say Seeing that you said your vows to each other in the presence of witnesses. I (Name), an authorized officiant under the law of (country), with the power vested in me by (state), pronounce you a couple. You can now kiss your bride. After this, the couples receive good wishes from those present and they close.

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