Minister’s Outline for a Christian Wedding Ceremony


National Association of Christian Ministers How to Series: Weddings #


Below is a general outline for a Christian wedding ceremony conducted by a minister:


1. Prelude:

– Instrumental music or hymns played as guests are seated.

– The atmosphere is set for the ceremony.


2. Processional:

The wedding party, including the groomsmen, bridesmaids, ring bearer, and flower girl, enter the venue in a designated order.

The bride, escorted by her father or a chosen person, walks down the aisle to the accompaniment of a processional song.


3. Welcome and Introduction:

– The minister welcomes the guests and begins the ceremony.

– Acknowledgment of the sacredness and significance of marriage.


4. Opening Prayer:

– A prayer to invoke God’s blessing, presence, and guidance over the ceremony and the couple’s marriage.


5. Scripture Reading:

Selections from the Bible that highlight the importance of love, commitment, and God’s design for marriage.

– Readings may include passages such as 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 or Ephesians 5:22-33.


6. Charge to the Couple:

The minister addresses the couple, reminding them of the commitment they are about to make.

– Encouragement to love, honor, and support each other in their journey together.


7. Exchange of Vows:

– The couple stands facing each other and expresses their vows, promising their love, faithfulness, and lifelong commitment to one another.

– Vows may be traditional or personalized based on the couple’s preferences.


8. Exchange of Rings:

– The couple exchanges wedding rings, symbolizing their unity, commitment, and love.

– The minister may offer a brief explanation of the significance of the rings.


9. Declaration of Marriage:

– The minister declares the couple as husband and wife before God and the witnesses.

– Words affirming the joining of their lives and the beginning of their marriage.


10. Blessing of the Marriage:

– A prayer for God’s blessing and guidance upon the couple’s marriage.

– A request for love, joy, and strength to be present in their relationship.


11. Pronouncement and Kiss:

The minister pronounces the couple as husband and wife.

– The couple seals their vows with a kiss.


12. Presentation of the Couple:

– The minister introduces the newly married couple to the attendees, usually as “Mr. and Mrs. [Last Name].”

– Applause and congratulations from the guests.


13. Recessional:

– The couple, followed by the wedding party, walks back up the aisle to the accompaniment of a recessional song.

– The guests proceed to exit the venue.


Please note that this outline provides a general structure for a Christian wedding ceremony. It can be adapted and personalized based on the couple’s preferences, cultural traditions, and the guidelines of the specific Christian denomination or church.

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