Minister’s Outline for a Christian Wedding Ceremony

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.