Sample wedding ceremony: Not Involving God

Wedding ceremonies containing no mention of God are referred to as “non-religious”. They are, in most other ways, similar to non-denominational wedding ceremonies; though they may present a broader range of non-traditional designs.  The example shown here is “short and sweet”.  We can personalize it to suit you.

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Outline of a non-religious wedding ceremony

Seating of Honored Guests

Processional

Question: ‘Who has the honor of presenting this woman to be married to this man?’

Welcoming Guests

Optional Readings

Remarks Concerning Love and Marriage [optional]

Intentions [this is the “legal part”]

Wedding Vows

Exchange of Rings [optional]

Pronouncement of Marriage

Kiss of Love and Devotion

Reintroduction

Recessional

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Sample content of a non-religious wedding ceremony

Seating of Honored Guests

Processional

Question: ‘Who has the honor of presenting this woman to be married to this man?’

Welcoming Guests

In the beauty of this place, we gather as a family of friends. We are excited and happy to celebrate the marriage of _____ and _____. We hope that everyone today will experience a renewed appreciation of the miracle of love as _____ and _____ become husband and wife.

Optional Readings

Remarks Concerning Love and Marriage [optional]

Optional, but recommended. Your guests have come to celebrate – and are therefore focused upon – your relationship. But what is happening is also inspirational. This brief moment in the ceremony allows your guests to think about themselves (their own relationship, hopes, or plans). Generally, these remarks lead to personal conversations later at your reception.

Intentions

_______ and _______, you have come here to be united in marriage, which consists in your mutual consent, sincerely and freely given; it is proper, then, to declare the sincere intent you both have.

_______, will you have _______ to be your wife/husband, to openly share your life with her/him? Will you love …, cherish …, honor …, encourage …, and tenderly care for _______ in all the changing circumstances of life — and putting _______ above all others, remain true to _______ in every way?

Will you make this pledge to _______ that when marriage is difficult you will believe it can work, you will want it to work, and will you do your part to make it work? And when all is wonderful, that you will rejoice over your life together and continue to keep your marriage growing and strong so long as you both live?

[each will respond]

Wedding Vows

Facing one another and holding hands, the bride and groom will repeat after the pastor:

I, _______, in the presence of these witnesses, take you, _______, to be my wife/husband, and solemnly pledge to you my loyalty and love, so long as we live.

Exchange of Rings [optional]

The pastor will briefly describe the significance of the rings, and then receive them from the best man. The bride and groom will repeat after the pastor:

Receive this ring as a pledge and reminder of my devotion and respect for you.

Pronouncement of Marriage

Because _______ and _______ have consented together to be married and have declared this in the presence of these witnesses, it is my great pleasure to proclaim you: husband and wife!

What here has been joined together, let nothing tear apart!

Kiss of Love and Devotion

Reintroduction

The pastor may say: Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you _____ and _____  __________.  Please let us know your preferred way of being introduced as newlyweds.

Recessional