Non-Denominational

A sample of a general religious wedding

As always, we can can make a ceremony to suit you

Let us Begin:

(Opening words)

We are gathered here today before God, our families, and friends to celebrate the marriage of _______ 
and _______. We are gathered to rejoice in the gift of love that our Creator shares with us. We affirm today 
that God who is both the Creator and Sustainer of life desires us to fully experience our humanity. None of 
us can be an island isolated without need of community with others. We offer praise and thanks to God who 
has blessed us with the wonder of life, breath, hearts, minds and souls. We rejoice in the realization that we 
are most alive when we wholeheartedly embrace the gifts that God has given us, especially God's gift of 
love in all the ways that gift is bestowed.

Who brings this bride to be married today?

(Parent replies and is seated)

(Memorial Candle)

It has been said that through others, we are complete. Through marriage, we broaden our circle of family 
and friends and recall those who gave us life. It is in this spirit of remembrance that _____ and 
______would like to light a memorial candle, for loved ones who are no longer among us.


(Bride and Groom together light the memorial candle).

(Declaration of Intent)

_______ and _______, to create a life together with the blessing of God requires that you honor the divine 
in each other and in yourself; that you honor the many voices of the soul – the joys, the delights, the love, as 
well as the anger, the fear, the illness, and the unhealed wounds; that you not ask your life partner to be any 
less than a fully formed person, committed to you in love, but still possessed by that strange and sometimes 
bewildering gift of freedom. We are to accept our life partners for all that they are, embracing each other in 
all our complexity -- in times of delight, in the fullness of dreams, in moments or sorrow, conflict, or loss. This 
is both God's blessing and charge to you: to live together with courage and honor whatever time in its 
unfolding mystery may bring.

I will ask you now if you are prepared to make these promises.


(Vows)
(Bride)
_______, will you have this Man to be your husband, and will you promise your life to him, in all love and 
honor, in all duty and service, in all faith and tenderness, to live with him, and cherish him, according to the 
ordinance of God, in the holy bond of marriage?

(Answer): I will

(Groom)

_______, will you have this Woman to be your wife, and will you promise your life to her in all love and 
honor, in all duty and service, in all faith and tenderness, to live with her, cherish her, according to the 
ordinance of God, in the holy bond of marriage?

(Answer) I will

Almighty and ever-blessed God, whose presence is the happiness of every condition, and whose favor 
hallows every relation: We beseech you to be present and favorable unto these your servants, that they may 
be truly joined in the honorable estate of marriage, in the covenant of their God. As you have brought them 
together by your providence, sanctify them by your Spirit, giving them a new frame of heart fit for their new 
estate; enrich them with all grace, whereby they may enjoy the comforts, undergo the cares, endure the 
trials, and perform the duties of life together, under your guidance and protection through Jesus Christ.

Today is the public affirmation and acknowledgment of all that you are to each other. Seemingly your 
relationship will be as it has always been, yet there is a power in the spoken word. May that power bring 
you all the warmth and closeness, security and comfort, joy and happiness that this world has to offer.


(Reading)

_____ and _______ have chosen a biblical passage – I Corinthians 13:4-8 –which  expresses their 
feelings of love and grace on this wonderful day.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails  


(Exchange of Rings)

Traditionally, the passage to the status of husband and wife is marked by the exchange of rings. These 
rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no giver 
and no receiver for each is the giver and each is the receiver. May these rings always remind you of the 
vows you have taken.

May I have the rings please?

Officiant is given the rings)

(Groom)
__________ do you take ___________ to be your lawfully wedded wife? Do you vow to love her and care 
for her for as long as you both shall live? Do you accept her, with all of her faults and strengths, and offer 
yourself to her with all of your own faults and strengths? Do you promise to be a faithful and loving 
companion and to always put the promises you make this day above all else?;

(Answer) : I do.

Will you now place the ring on your beloved's finger and repeat after me

I _________take you __________to be my wife. I will love and honor you, respect and cherish you all the 
days of my life.

(Bride)
_________, do you take ___________ to be your lawfully wedded husband? Do you vow to love him and 
care for him for as long as you both shall live? Do you accept him, with all of his faults and strengths, and 
offer yourself to him with all of your own faults and strengths? Do you promise to be a faithful and loving 
companion and to always put the promises you make this day above all else?

(Answer): I do.

Will you now place the ring on your beloved's finger and repeat after me

I ________________take you ________ to be my husband. I will love and honor you, respect and cherish 
you all the days of my life.


(Proclamation)

Now that _______ and _______ have pledged themselves to each other by solemn vows with the joining of 
hands and the giving and receiving of rings, by the authority vested in me by the state of New York, I 
announce to you that they are husband and wife, a new family, and life's partners in the name of God 
beyond us, God within us, and God between us. Those whom God has joined together, let no one put 
asunder. May the grace of Christ attend you, and the love of God surround you, the Holy Spirit keep you, 
that you may live in faith, abound in hope, and grow in love, both now and forevermore..  

You may now kiss the bride.

With abiding confidence and affection, we send you forth on your journey of life together. May you be filled 
with thanks and wonder, humor and fun, hope and perseverance so that you may grow in wisdom and grace.

Ladies and gentlemen, friends, family, loved ones; it is with great pleasure that I now introduce to you for the 
first time, Mr. and Mrs. ______________


General Religious

If you want a religious service without being tied to one religion

This is just one sample, look at our Christian services for more ideas.