Salt Ceremony Wedding Script

Bride and groom pouring salt to symbolize unity at wedding
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Couples that are planning to wed, renew their vows, or commemorate their wedding anniversary may want to incorporate a salt ceremony into the proceedings. A salt ceremony involves a symbolic blending of grains of salt into a single vessel representing the union. The salt ceremony has roots in the Old Testament of the Bible where separate salt grains are transferred into one large vessel.

Introduction/Welcome/Wedding Sermon

Officiant (to guests):

Welcome to all have come to share this special day with _______________ and _______________. In today’s wedding ceremony, you will witness a salt ceremony in which salt will be passed between the bride and groom and amongst the members of the bride and groom’s parties to represent blending of their families into one.

Officiant (to couple):

Before we begin uniting you both as a wedded couple, we will read a scripture from Our Lord.

Reading

Officiant (to guests):

Matthew 5:13-16: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Exchanging of Vows

Officiant (to couple):

Now it’s time for the bride/groom and groom/bride to exchange their vows to one another.

_______________, please start with your vows.

Partner 1:

I promise our bond to be pure like the salt covenant in the Bible and for our days to be filled with the love and joy of defending and holding each other high just as we hold the Lord in high regard.

(Customize wedding vows as needed.)

Officiant (to couple):

_______________, you may now share your vows.

Partner 2:

I promise our bond to be pure like the salt covenant in the Bible and for our days to be filled with the love and joy of defending and holding each other high just as we hold the Lord in high regard.

(Customize wedding vows as needed.)

Exchanging of Rings

Officiant (to couple):

With the vows exchanged, we can now move on to the couple exchanging their rings.

Officiant (to Partner 1):

_______________, place your ring on _______________’s finger and repeat after me. “I promise to love and hold you in the highest regard of our salt covenant marriage as we both hold the Lord together in high regard.”

Partner 1:

I promise to love and hold you in the highest regard of our salt covenant marriage as we both hold the Lord together in high regard.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

_______________, place your ring on _______________’s finger and repeat after me. “I promise to love and hold you in the highest regard of our salt covenant marriage as we both hold the Lord together in high regard.”

Partner 2:

I promise to love and hold you in the highest regard of our salt covenant marriage as we both hold the Lord together in high regard.

(The salt ceremony can begin at the officiant’s discretion, but doing it after the exchanging of rings is a great segue into blending the families before the declaration of intent.)

Declaration of Intent

Officiant (to couple):

_______________ and _______________, take each other’s hands. _______________, do you take _______________ to be your lawfully wedded partner?

Partner 1:

I do take _______________ to be my lawfully wedded partner.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

_______________, do you take _______________ to be your lawful wedded partner?

Partner 2:

I do take _______________ to be my lawfully wedded partner.

Pronouncement

Officiant (to couple):

_______________ and _______________, you have come before God and professed your love for one another to form a salt covenant marriage.

As recognized by God and the power vested in me by the Universal Life Church Ministries, I now pronounce you married. You may now share a kiss with one another!