Intros, Announcements & Conclusions

Intro with Thanks to Guests

Dear friends, we are gathered today to witness and celebrate the marriage of ___ and ___. On behalf of the couple, I want to thank you all for creating space in your busy lives to be with us this afternoon. This celebration wouldn’t be the same without each of you.

Intro with Prayer

We are gathered here today to unite _____ and _____ in holy matrimony. Marriage is an honorable estate, and is not to be entered into lightly, but reverently, advisedly, and with God’s blessing. Let us pray;

Heavenly Father, we gather to celebrate your gift of love, and its presence among us. We rejoice that these two people have chosen to commit themselves to a life of loving faithfulness to one another. We praise you, Lord, for the ways you have touched our lives with loving relationships. Renew within us an affectionate and loving spirit. Enrich our lives with the gracious gift of your love so that we may embrace others with that same light. In your loving arms we pray, Amen.

Intro "Already belong"

Welcome family and friends!

We are gathered here to witness the sacred union between ___ and ___.  Although marriage seems like the start of a new journey, as you know, ___ and ___ already belong to each other.  Through the years, each and every one of you has been a special part of their lives, and you will be a part of the beautiful memories made, as you celebrate their love and commitment in marriage today. Doubly blessed is the couple who comes to the marriage altar with the approval and blessings of their families and friends.

Intro with Gratitude to Parents

Before we begin, _______ and ______ would like to recognize their parents on this occasion.  They offer their profound gratitude for all the love and care their parents showed in raising them.  The unconditional gifts of love and support that you have continually offered have inspired them to become who they are today.  Without you, this day would not be possible.

Intro for an At-Home Wedding

Welcome, and please be seated! We are gathered here today, blessed by beautiful wide open skies and and a warm, welcoming sun, to celebrate a time of gratitude and joy. As I was writing this ceremony, I often reflected on the intimacy of the setting, — and —’s home. There really is no better place to affirm their love and commitment in front of only their closest friends and family.

Outdoor Wedding Intro

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 _____ and _____.

Intro With Children & Honorable Mentions

Welcome, and thank you all for joining us for this joyous occasion. Together, we are gathered here to witness a truly special ceremony: the union of ___ and ___.

___ and ___,  we are here to celebrate the power of your love and the strength of your bond. Before we begin, take a moment to look around at the many friendly faces before you. Today, both of your families will become one beautifully blended family, which means no one is left out.   ___, ___,  ___ and  ___, will celebrate the years to come together.   They’ll fill the holiday air with laughter, and support one another’s passions.   Just as importantly, they will  bring strength to each other during times of trial and weakness.  The bond of family is so strong, that those who cannot be physically present here today, are still very much with us.  Our bride should be especially proud and honored to have the blessing of ____honorable mention____.  Know that all are offering their love, support, and encouragement as you embark on this incredible journey together.  

May this ceremony provide you with wonderful memories to look back on and treasure for the rest of your days.

Unplugged 1

Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to ___ and ___’s Wedding!  I will kindly ask that you silence your phones and refrain from taking pictures during the ceremony.  There is a fantastic photographer on site, and our couple promises to share photos with everyone after the event. 

Unplugged 2

Family, friends, on behalf of — and —, I would like to warmly welcome you to the celebration of their marriage. They wish to express their gratitude for each of you who has chosen to be here today.  During the ceremony, we respectfully request that you silence your devices and refrain from cameras so we can all be fully present in this moment. There is a photographer on site, and the couple promises to share pictures with everyone.

Unplugged 3

The greatest gift you can give today is to be truly present, so please turn off and put away all phones and cameras as we prepare to enjoy this special moment.

Unplugged 4

The couple has asked a professional photographer to capture this special moment so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy it with us. There will be beautiful photos shared with you after the wedding.

Photos From Seats

Before we begin, if you choose to take pictures during the ceremony the bride and groom request that you do so from your seats and please do not lean into the aisle.  Thank you.

Social Media Sharing

___ and ___ are honored to share this day with you.  They ask you to please keep this event private by not sharing photos from today on social media / by not sharing photos from today on social media until after they do.

A Final Blessing

Life and love are the greatest gifts bestowed upon humanity.  May your union grant you patience, tolerance, and understanding as well as passion and excitement. May you need one another, but not out of weakness.  May you want one another, but not out of lack.  May you support one another, as a sign of mutual independence.  May you continually rediscover your love for one another all the days of your life.

Conclusion With Invitation

 Before I present the happy couple, they would like to extend an invitation to all of you, to join them after the ceremony at ___ for a luncheon/dinner/reception with family and friends.   


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