Non-Religious Wedding Script Sample For The Perfect Speech

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At your wits end looking for a non-religious wedding script sample for the perfect celebrant-led ceremony speech? From a non-traditional standpoint, a public speaking expert reads the room when officiating the ceremony. Did you know Adele got officially ordained to officiate her best friends wedding?

But, tell me, have you got an officiant lined-up to deliver the wedding speech? Coupled with that, should the person you designate be qualified, trained or ordained? Can your advocate carry out a non-religious wedding ceremony script and be the perfect speaker? Although, in fairness, you want to appoint someone to convey the love and commitment you feel for one another, right?

Well, from the personal vows, to exchanging rings, and the first kiss. As the happy couple your parents’ in-law, grandparents, siblings, or a best mate can convey the message and officiate. So, here is your free short & sweet sample of a non-traditional wedding script template. Kick start the marriage celebrations and party with this speech.

Non-Religious Wedding Script Sample

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Life is too short for the mundane. Your secular wedding speech should be as beautiful as you are. It’s all about your personality, your style and personal expression of your feelings. You reveal all this on your big day. images Burgundy Productions

Firstly, with originality your celebrant, officiant or master of ceremonies weaves your personal details into the wedding script to capture the right emotions. The non-religious script is like a traditional marriage one but has a symbolic modern twist. In fact, the MC portrays your love story, true feelings and intentions with ease.

Secondly, a good celebrant makes couples aware of their uniqueness, without divulging the spicy stuff. But if you want to disclose what makes your relationship tick, then go ahead. The more juice you add to your content, the more incredible the wedding ceremony service will be. You’ll see nods and smiles. Plus, hear oohs, aahs and ooh la la – we didn’t know that!

Thirdly, woven into your secular wedding ceremony are marriage service traditions [optional]. Your master of ceremonies can deliver and convey it the way you like it. So, without religious wording, it becomes a casual, relaxed and informal wedding service. Use this sample wedding ceremony script. Appoint the person you want to preside over the dream nuptials you deserve.



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Here’s a wedding speech to use after yours, your best friends’ or siblings’ civil marriage registration. image credit JoThornhill Photography

The purpose of a non-traditional scripted speech is to help officiants and master of ceremonies form the correct wording. Tweak it to suit you. For your celebrants eyes only – hereinafter referred to as an officiant. See below an example of what to say.


Your master of ceremonies gives your guests instructions prior to the ceremony starting. From turning mobile phones off, to no picture taking, social media timeout, group photos and audience participation. And your MC highlights other information that might be venue related. Your MC does this discreetly and should not offend anyone.


Welcome, family, friends and loved ones.

Housekeeping message [optional]

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 _____.

You have come here from near and from far away to share in this commitment now they make to one another, to offer your love and support to their union, and to allow ______ and ______ to start their married life together surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them.
_____ and _____ thank you for your presence here today.

Officiant’s opening remarks

They ask for your blessing, encouragement and lifelong support, for their marriage and life shared together. They also remember other loved ones who cannot be here to share this moment.

_____ and ____, marriage is the promise between two people who love each other, who trust that love, who honor one another as individuals in that togetherness, and who wish to spend the rest of their lives together. It enables the two separate souls to share their desires, longings, dreams, and memories, their joys and sorrows, and to help each other through all uncertainties of life.

Officiant’s charge to the couple – meaning of marriage

A strong marriage also nurtures each of you as separate individuals and allows you to maintain your unique identity and grow in your own way through the years ahead. It is a safe haven for each of you to become your best self.

You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other but also the companionship and blessing of deep trust. You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities, and love. It takes more than love to make this relationship work.

And it takes trust, to know in your hearts that you want only the best for each other. It takes dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn and grow, even when it is difficult to do so. And it takes faith, to go forward together without knowing what the future holds for you both.

Guest speaker – readings

Non-religious readings and poetry for a ceremonial marriage ceremony is commonplace. You may like to ask your friend or family member to give a reading or recite a poem. This is the perfect space to slot in a beautiful saying or fun quote about love.

Thoughts on Marriage by Kahlil Gibran

You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Yes, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness.
And let the winds of heaven dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but each one of you be
alone – even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not in each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the Cyprus grow not in each other’s shadows

Declaration of intent & exchanging of  vows

_________ and _________, please join hands, look at one another now and remember this moment in time.

Officiant: Groom, do you take Bride to be your wife? I do.
Officiant: Bride, do you take the Groom to be your husband? I do.
Officiant: _____, please take _____’s hand and repeat after me.
________, I take you as you are/ loving who you are / I promise from this day forward/ To be grateful for our love and our life/ To be generous with my time, my energy and my affection/ To be patient with you and with myself/ To fill our life with adventure and our home with laughter/ To inspire you to grow as an individual / To love you completely/ These things I pledge to you

Declaration of intent vows II

Officiant: _____, please take _____’s hand and repeat after me.
_____, I take you as you are,/ loving who you are/ I promise from this day forward/ To be grateful for our love and our life/ To be generous with my time, my energy and my affection/ To be patient with you and with myself/ To fill our life with adventure and our home with laughter/ To encourage you to grow as an individual / To love you completely/ These things I pledge to you

Exchanging Of Rings

Officiant: Please present the rings
Your wedding ring is a symbol of your promise to one another. The ring, an unbroken, never-ending circle, is a symbol of committed, unending love.
_____, as you place this ring on Bride‘s finger, repeat these words after me:
This ring symbolizes my love for you/ and the commitments we made today
_____, as you place this ring on Groom‘s finger, repeat these words after me:
This ring symbolizes my love for you/ and the commitments we made today

The Kiss & Pronouncement of marriage

______ and _____, you have come here today of your own free will and in the presence of family and friends, have declared your love and commitment to each other. You have given and received a ring as a symbol of your promises.

By the power of your love and commitment to each other, and by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

  1. You may now share your first kiss as husband and wife.
  2. Or please celebrate with a kiss.

Closing remarks:  non-religious wedding ceremony script sample

Congratulations to you both. It has truly been an honor to be apart of this wedding ceremony. Friends and family, I now present to you the newly married couple!

 CONCLUSION: Whether you are non-religious, nonconformist or have another belief than mine. This wedding script helps you create your ideal day.

Non-Religious Sample Wedding Ceremony Script Sample

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a ceremonial wedding - symbolic marriage officiant with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hot spots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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