Wedding Ceremony Script
The Most Popular Bible Verses for Weddings & What They Mean
1. 1 Corinthians 13:4-84 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails. The Bible shares that love is more than a feeling. It is full of action. Having this piece of Scripture shared at your wedding serves as a type of vow to your partner. 2. Romans 12:10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.This verse will demonstrate your level of commitment and investment to your partner. 3. Ephesians 5:22-3322 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church”” 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[b] 32 This is a profound mystery””but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.*WARNING* This verse often gets taken out of context. For more info, read all of Ephesians. But this is a very beautiful piece of Scripture that shares the duties of each partner and how they can be there for each other. It brings love and understanding into the relationship. It should not bring one partner above the other. 4. Ecclesiastes 4:9-129 Two are better than one,because they have a good return for their labor:10If either of them falls down,one can help the other up.But pity anyone who fallsand has no one to help them up.11Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.But how can one keep warm alone?12Though one may be overpowered,two can defend themselves.A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.This poem shares the true partnership between two people – the fundamental basis of being there for someone in the highs and lows is demonstrated here and the strength that comes from inviting Christ into your relationship. 5. Genesis 2:18-24
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”19 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 bonesand 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.*WARNING* This is another verse that is easily manipulated to give one partner more “power” than the other. I see this verse as God seeing a need and filling it in the best way possible. And that is what he has done in your life! Neither you nor your spouse can do everything alone, but together you are able to use your strengths to support the others weaknesses. Together, you can create a healthy dependency on one another. 6. Song of Songs 8:6-7
6Place me like a seal over your heart,like a seal on your arm;for love is as strong as death,its jealousy[a] unyielding as the grave.It burns like blazing fire,like a mighty flame.[b]7Many waters cannot quench love;rivers cannot sweep it away.If one were to giveall the wealth of one’s house for love,it[c] would be utterly scorned.
This Song here recognizes love as passion that immerses human beings as much as they embrace it. There is danger and risk here, but also overwhelming promise and gain. 7. Colossians 3:14-17
14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.This verse is great for the couple that desires Christ to be at the center of their relationship. It is a reminder to them and their guests that the foundation of their relationship is the same for all of their relationships and what keeps the two of them so close is the love of Christ. 8. Ephesians 4:2-3
2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.Love this verse if you are like me, an action-oriented person. If you like to know what to do and how to do it, this is a great verse to remember at your wedding! 9. John 15:12
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.Sweet and simple. Christ’s command for your marriage (and all relationships!). 10. 1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Again, sweet & simple. It’s romantic, practical, genuine, and easy to understand. 11. 1 John 4:16-19
16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.19 We love because he first loved us.
Remember the first verse we shared, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8? In that verse we saw how love is an action word, not simply a feeling. This verse compliments that one by demonstrating love as a weapon against fear and a strong foundation from God that we can rely on. 12. Proverbs 31:10A wife of noble character who can find?She is worth far more than rubies.This verse is great for the husband to use to compliment their wife! Husbands, after you share this verse, remember to follow up with, “and I have found her!” Or something cute and cheesy like that. *Cue the aww* 13. 1 John 4:12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.This verse verbalizes the power of what loving someone means. Not only for the person receiving the love, but also the one giving it! 14. Proverbs 3:3-4
3Let love and faithfulness never leave you;bind them around your neck,write them on the tablet of your heart.4Then you will win favor and a good namein the sight of God and man.Again, a verse to commemorate the foundation of your marriage: Love and Faithfulness. 15. Matthew 19:4-6
4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator “˜made them male and female,'[a] 5 and said, “˜For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'[b]? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”The importance of unity within a marriage is demonstrated perfectly in this verse. Let nothing separate them and let them share in the intimacy of being one. *WARNING* Becoming one does not permit unhealthy boundaries or codependency. In order to keep that unity, it’s important to maintain independence in one’s own growth and experiencing of life.
Wedding Ceremony Readings
"You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with "When we're married" and continued with "I will and you will and we will" - those late night talks that included "someday and somehow and maybe"- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, "You know all those things we've promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word." Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another-acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this- is my wife”~~~~~~~~~~This is a timeless traditional reading about marriage. I will often have wedding guests talk about how it was shared at their wedding and they have had a copy of it hanging on their wall in their home for the past 30 years.
The Art of Marriage Wilferd A. Peterson
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage, the little things are the big things…It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding, and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding room for the things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual, and the obligation is reciprocal.It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner. It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best.~~~~~~~~~~My traditional wedding ceremony template came to be in it's current form when a couple took what I gave them and did an amazing edit. They included this reading. It has stuck as a very popular option for the past several years.
Why Marriage?By Mary Nichols-Haining
Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person, With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body. Because I need a forever friend to trust with the intimacies of me, who won't hold them against me, Who loves me when I'm unlikable, who sees the small child in me, and who looks for the divine potential of me. Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night with someone who thanks God for me, with someone I feel blessed to hold. Because marriage means opportunity to grow in love and friendship, because marriage is a discipline to be added to a list of achievements, because marriage do not fail, people fail when they enter into marriage expecting another to make them whole. Because knowing this, I promise myself to take full responsibility for my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness. I create me. I take half of the responsibility for my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness. I create me. I take half of the responsibility for my marriage. Together we create our marriage.Because of this understanding, the possibilities are limitless. ~~~~~~~~~~From "Meaning of Marriage"By Timothy Keller“When over the years someone has seen you at your worst, and knows you with all your strengths and flaws, yet commits him- or herself to you wholly, it is a consummate experience. To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”
~~~~~~~~~~ I love you by Roy CroftI love you, not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you.I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me.I love you for the part of me that you bring out;I love you for putting your hand into my heaped-up heart and passing over all the foolish, weak things that you can’t help dimly seeing there, and for drawing out into the light all the beautiful belongings that no one else had looked quite far enough to find.I love you because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life, not a tavern, but a temple; out of the works of my every day not a reproach, but a song.I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good and more than any fate could have done to make me happy.You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign. You have done it by being yourself.Perhaps that is what being a friend means, after all.~~~~~~~~~~These words were written by the one and only Mr. Fred Rogers. You are never too old and it's never too late to hear his message. When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong along with the fearful, the true mixed in with the facade. And of course the only way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way. ... It’s what’s inside us that matters most. You can really love someone else when you really love yourself. ... As human beings our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has or ever will have. Something inside which is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression. ... Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun, like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now, and to go on caring, even through times that may bring us pain.
The couple that introduced this reading from Mr. Rodgers also shared this story in their wedding too. It was realtear-jerker!
The Story of Bob and SallyBob
“Once upon a time, there was a boy named Bob and a girl named Sally. They worked together at their college newspaper. Bob didn’t belong — he was a science nerd, not a sexy, popular journalist. Sally was the newsroom favorite, a super-lifer. Bob liked to read rules about grammar and style because it satisfied his tendencies toward perfection and overanalysis and introversion. Sally liked to work herself into a dither to satisfy her need to prove herself and earn her way. Bob noticed Sally every day, she was always laughing and getting excited about nothing. He knew he liked her, but he was going through a strange thing called freshman year and really didn’t know who he was anymore. Sally was cuter than any girl he’d ever kissed. She was always talking, making friends, making jokes. Therefore, Bob always knew where Sally was in the room but never really looked at her. Sometimes, Sally and Bob would sit down next to each other and edit the same story. Bob was so nervous sitting next to Sally that he couldn’t read correctly. The page was blurry, and his throat sunk when Sally’s arm bumped into his. One day Bob kissed Sally and liked it. They lived happily ever after. Love, Brad” (aka Bob)~~~~~~~~~~This is a great example of finding something unique to you. I married two English teachers and they each chose their favorite passage to read to each other.
From Doctor ZhivagoBoris Pasternak
"Oh, what a love it was, utterly free, unique, like nothing else on earth! Their thoughts were like other people's songs. They loved each other, not driven by necessity, by the 'blaze of passion' often falsely ascribed to love. They loved each other because everything around them willed it, the trees and the clouds and the sky over their heads and the earth under their feet. Perhaps their surrounding world, the strangers they met in the street, the wide expanses they saw on their walks, the rooms in which they lived or met, took more delight in their love than they themselves did." ~~~~~~~~~~I love this for an outdoor summer wedding....
A passage from Kurt Vonnegut’s “A man without a country” p. 132. "But I had a good uncle, my late Uncle Alex. He was my father’s kid brother, a childless graduate of Harvard who was an honest life insurance salesman in Indianapolis. He was well-read and wise. And his principal complaint about other human beings was that they so seldom noticed it when they were happy. So, when we were drinking lemonade under an apple tree in the summer, say, and talking lazily about this and that, almost buzzing like honeybees, Uncle Alex would suddenly interrupt the agreeable blather to exclaim, if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is. So, I do the same now, and so do my kids and grand kids. And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is."
Opening Prayers for Your Wedding Ceremony
A Moment of Silence For Your Wedding Ceremony
THE SHORTEST WEDDING CEREMONY SCRIPT EVER
Are you a Disney Fan?
And at last I see the lightAnd it's like the fog has liftedAnd at last I see the lightAnd it's like the sky is newAnd it's warm and real and brightAnd the world has somehow shiftedAll at once everything looks differentNow that I see you.- Tangled
People do crazy things... when they're in love.-HerculesStar Wars your thing?
"I'll not leave you now. I've got to save you." "You already have." Luke & Anakin Skywalker~~~~~~~~~~Want to include your dog or your cat in your ceremony?
"No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens." -Abraham Lincoln~~~~~~~~~~