Senior Ceremony Wedding Script

Senior Wedding
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  • ~12 Minute Ceremony

Many seniors find love later in their lives and decide to get married. These couples may be looking for an alternative take on the traditional wedding ceremony. This tailored script strikes a slightly different tone and acknowledges the unique beauty of marriage in old age.

Introduction/Welcome/Wedding Sermon

Officiant (to guests):

Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone, and welcome to the wedding of _______________ and _______________. The two people who stand before you came together later in their lives, and have now chosen to be together for the rest of their lives. They bring us a wonderful reminder that love is not solely a young person’s game – it can strike at any point.

Officiant (to couple):

While you both found each other later in your lives, you two are here today to celebrate a deep and sincere love that, while found later in life, will shine true for the rest of your years together.

Let’s start this ceremony with a reading.

Reading

Officiant (to guests):

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I’d hoped to give you forever.”

-Nicholas Sparks, Author of The Notebook

Exchanging of Vows

Officiant (to couple):

It’s time for you both to share your wedding vows. Please look at one another and recite your prepared vows at this time.

_______________, you can go ahead and say your vows first, please.

Partner 1:

While you were not here during the spring and summer of my life, I am glad you are here to spend my autumn and winter with me for the remainder of my life.

(Customize vows here, if desired.)

Officiant (to couple):

_______________, now it’s your turn to share your vows.

Partner 2:

While you were not here during the spring and summer of my life, I am glad you are here to spend my autumn and winter with me for the remainder of my life.

(Customize vows here, if desired.)

Exchanging of Rings

Officiant (to couple):

Now it’s time for the couple to exchange their rings.

Officiant (to Partner 1):

_______________, put the ring on _______________’s ring finger and repeat after me. “With this ring, I claim my love and promise to be with you for the rest of my life no matter how long or short the time.”

Partner 1:

With this ring, I claim my love and promise to be with you for the rest of my life no matter how long or short the time.”

Officiant (to Partner 2):

_______________, place your ring on _______________’s finger and repeat after me. “With this ring, I claim my love and promise to be with you for the rest of my life no matter how long or short the time.”

Partner 2:

With this ring, I claim my love and promise to be with you for the rest of my life no matter how long or short the time.

Declaration of Intent

Officiant (to couple):

_______________ and _______________, take one another’s hands and look into one another’s eyes as you make this promise. _______________, do you take _______________ to become your lifelong partner?

Partner 1:

I do.

Officiant (to Partner 2):

_______________, do you take _______________ to become your lifelong partner?

Partner 2:

I do.

Pronouncement

Officiant (to couple):

_______________ and _______________, you have come before everyone here today because of your love for another and have professed your love in front of us all.

By the power vested in me by the Universal Life Church Ministries, I now pronounce you husband/wife/partner and wife/husband/partner. You may now kiss!