Here is the scripting for the Christian wedding ceremony that we had last JANUARY 2015
You can have your pastor check if they want to edit it. That is the beauty of Christian weddings, you
can customize the symbolism that you want.
Hope this helps!
-Seph & Ann
p.s the WORD FILE is attached (see bottom of this page)
WEDDING CEREMONY PROGRAM
(NAME OF COUPLE)
Music ROMEO AND JULIET: LOVE THEME- ANDRE RIEU (ARTUZ101)
Entourage: PACHELBEL’S CANON IN D (INSTRUMENTAL) (ARTUZ101)
Bridal March: HOW LONG WILL I LOVE YOU- ELLIE GOULDING (MADZ & DZHEI)
III Minister’s Introduction (No music)
Pastor: Dearly beloved, we are gathered here this afternoon to celebrate a commitment of love, a commitment (Name of Couple) believe, is the leading of the Holy Spirit.
IV Opening Prayer / Scripture Reading
Pastor: Who brings this woman to be married to this man?
Father of the Bride: Her mother and I!
Prayer by Pastor: Let us pray, Heavenly Father, we thank you for this wonderful day; and for the presence of the Holy Spirit during this ceremony. We thank you for what this moment represents, and for what shall transpire as (Whole Names of the Couple) commit their lives to each other. I thank you that Jesus shall be exalted and that every person here will not only witness Your power and love, at work in (Name of Couple) lives, but that each one present will realize Jesus’ love and commitment to the Church.
Emcee: Please remain standing for the reading of the Holy Scriptures.
Scripture Reading: (name of scripture reading)
This reading is from the book of Genesis 2:18-24
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam[a] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[b] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[c] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.” 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Emcee: Please be seated
- Wedding Address: Pastor (preaching 5-10min)
VI Exchange of Vows
Pastor: As your hearts are joined together in love, will you please join your right hands.
(Name of Groom), do you solemnly promise before God and these witnesses, that you will love (Name of Bride), respect her, comfort her, and honor her all the days of your life?
Groom: I do.
Pastor Art: Bride, do you solemnly promise before God and these witnesses, that you will love groom, respect him, comfort him, and honor him all the days of your life?
Bride: I do.
Pastor: Do you Groom, take Bride to be your wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to cherish with devoted love and faithfulness till death do you part?
Groom: I do.
Pastor: Do you Broide, take Groom to be your husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to cherish with devoted love and faithfulness till death do you part?
Bride: I do.
VII Personal Vows
Pastor: You may now share your personal vows with each other.
Groom: (say vow to bride)
Bride: (say vow to groom)
VIII Ring Ceremony
Pastor: May we have the rings please. (ring bearer gives rings)
Pastor: The rings are symbols of the covenant that groom and bride are entering into and establishing this day.
These rings are never ending circles, indicating the continuing and eternal love of God with which you are to love one another. These rings are made of precious metal (gold), one that is not easily tarnished. This represents how valuable and precious your marriage covenant is in God’s sight.
Bless, O Lord, these rings that the one who gives it and the one who wears it may live in your peace and continue in your favor, all the days of their life through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Groom: Bride, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Groom: Groom, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
IX Coin Ceremony (Coin bearer gives the coins to groom)
Groom: Bride, I give you these coins as a pledge of my dedication to your welfare in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Veil & Cord Ceremony
Song: Cherish the Treasure (Artuz 101)
Emcee: May we call on the veil sponsors to place the veil on the couple.
(Sponsors place veil on Groom’s right shoulder and over Bride’s veil)
By placing the veil over the head of the woman and on the shoulder of the man, we are affirming the Biblical principle of headship of the man. As we read in the passage, the woman was taken from the man’s side. Not from his head to rule the man, not from his feet to be trampled upon by him, but by his side, to be a help and support to him; from under his arms to be protected by him; and near his heart to be loved and cherished by him.
Emcee: May we call on the cord sponsors to place the cord.
(Sponsors place the cord over (Name of Couple’s) shoulder)
The cord symbolizes that marriage is a lifelong and unbreakable bond. By tying these two people together, we are affirming the Biblical teaching that God intended marriage to last a lifetime.
XI Presentation of the Bible (Bible bearer give the Bible to Ptr.)
Pastor: I present to you this Bible, the written Word of God, it is Spirit, it is life; it’s a light to your path. Let this be your guide in life and surely you will be blessed and you will be a blessing to others.
XII Call on Parents:
Pastor: May I request the parents to please stand. In the past you have known (Name of Couple) as individual persons. Now they are joined together in matrimony. Do you give them your blessing as they now commit themselves to one another?
Parents: We do.
Pastor: And while respecting the priority of this new relationship, will you nonetheless assure them of your continuing love, good wishes and prayers, and will you do all that you can to encourage and affirm them as they live their life together?
Parents: We will
Pastor Art: I congratulate you for your constant faithfulness and support for (Name of Couple) up to this very hour. May that faithfulness remain as long as you live. You may now take a seat.
XIII Charge to Sponsors
Pastor Art: May I request the principal sponsors to please stand.
When you consented and acted as sponsors of this wedding, you became the second parents to (Name of Couple). Therefore you have much responsibility to them.
I now charge you to act as caring and loving parents to (Name of Couple) to assist them in their needs, both material and spiritual, and do all you can to provide them with the example and counsel that they may need in their life together.
Do you promise to accomplish these duties to the best of your abilities?
SPONSORS: Yes we do.
Pastor Art: Thank you, you may now be seated.
XIV Removal of Veil & Cord
Emcee: May we call on the Cord and Veil sponsors to remove the cord and veil.
XV Unity Ceremony
Emcee: May we call on the candle sponsors- (names of sponsors) to light the two small candles.
(Name of Couple) have one candle each symbolizing their separate lives. Now these two candles shall light one candle, a symbol of their new life together, for “the two shall become one” The spouses will extinguish the small candles after lighting the big candle.
XVII Contract Signing
Music: GOD GAVE ME YOU – dave barnes (madz and dzhei)
XVIII Charge to the Bride & Groom
Pastor: I charge you (Name of Couple), to keep this covenant not only as a pledge of faith to each other, but also as a promise to God that you will honor the vows you made to Him and to one another.
I charge you groom, to love bride just as Jesus Christ loves the Church and gave Himself for it.
I charge you bride, to be submissive to groom, as the Church is obedient to the Lordship of Christ.
XIX Prayer of Dedication
Emcee: Please all stand for the prayer of dedication
XX Presentation of Couple / Pronouncement
Pastor: And now that we have heard your pledges of affection, and you vows of fidelity, by the authority conferred upon me by God as His minister, and by the laws of the Republic of the Philippines, I pronounce you husband and wife. You are no longer two but one, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Brothers and sisters, may I now present to you Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez.
groom, you may now kiss your bride!
Start Music, until end of picture taking
XXI Picture Taking
|A moment Like this||Kelly Clarkson||Madz and Dzhei|
|Everything||Micheal Bubble||Artuz 101|
|Marry You||Bruno Mars||Artuz 101|
|Yellow||Coldplay||Madz and Dzhei|
|love on Top||beyonce||Madz and Dzhei|
|Sway||Vic Runga||Madz and Dzhei|
|Perfect Day||Holley Maher||Artuz 101|
|On top of the World||Imagine Dragons||Artuz 101|
Bride & Groom with Pastor
with immediate family of bride
with immediate family of groom
with principal sponsors
with secondary sponsors
with the best men and maid of honor
with the bridesmaid and groomsmen
with the entourage-kids (flower grirls and the bearers)
with the whole entourage
with groom’s relatives
with bride’s relatives
with church members
with bride’s friends
with groom’s friends