John Manuel


Sample Wedding Ceremony - Public


This example contains the basic elements of a wedding

and could form the basis of a customized ceremony,

adding or changing any portions from samples I can provide,

or from your own sources.

On your wedding day, a copy of your selected ceremony

will be included in your presentation folder 

as a permanent memento.


The Wedding of




(not real names) 

(your photo here)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

3:00 p.m.


Held at


123 Prestige Boulevard

Marytown, Ontario



Conducted by

John Manuel


The Wedding of




Hello, my name is John Manuel. I am a Humanist Officiant, licensed by the Province of Ontario and the Humanist Association of Canada to solemnize marriages. Humanism strives for a better world through the efforts of people.


We are gathered here this afternoon to witness and to celebrate the wedding of Sarah Elizabeth Clark and Sean Matthew Stanton. We rejoice with Sean & Sarah that out of the whole world, they have found each other; and that they will now find the greater richness and meaning of human life in sharing it with each other. Let us support them with our joy, hope, and love.



Marriage is the joyous uniting of those whose friendship and understanding have flowered into love. It is the promise of these two people to love, respect, and honour each other as individuals, and to unite their lives and share the future together.


Today, Sarah and Sean are here to make a public declaration of the private commitment they have already made to each other, and to legally and formally marry. We who have gathered here rejoice with them, and for them, and wish them happiness in all the days and years of their lives to come.


[consider thanks and tributes to family here]


I invite all those gathered here today to always remember their commitment to each other and to assist them in times of difficulty, encouraging them to hold fast together as a couple, supporting them equally in their marriage.



Sean & Sarah, do you now declare your willingness to enter into this marriage with each other?

[each - I do]


And do you affirm that you have no knowledge of any impediment to your being lawfully joined in marriage?

[each - I do]



Will you please join your hands.

Sean, do you now take Sarah as your wife, accepting her for all the risings and settings of the sun in all the days of your lives to come? And do you pledge your faithful love and support as long as time is yours?  [I do]

Sarah, do you now take Sean as your husband accepting him for all the risings and settings of the sun in all the days of your lives to come? And do you pledge your faithful love and support as long as time is yours?  [I do]



May I have the rings, please.

(Holding the rings in the air)

These rings symbolize the circle of love that Sarah and Sean have forged today. They represent the unending, encircling and intertwining of their lives together in marriage.

(Present Sarah’s ring to Sean, who places it on Sarah's finger)

Sean:  I place this ring on your finger / as a symbol of my love for you, / and take you into my heart / as my wife.


(Sarah places ring on Sean's finger)

Sarah:  I will wear this ring / for the rest of my life, / and I take you into my heart / as my husband; / and I offer you this ring / as a symbol / of my undying love for you.


(couple hold hands)

May you who give it and you who wear it, honour in life the pledge for which it stands.



We know not what the future may bring into your lives as a couple.
But together, may you be equal to the needs of your tomorrows.
May you have patience in time of strain – Strength in time of weakness
Courage in time of doubt – And above all, a growing love to sustain you.




Sarah and Sean, you have spoken your promises to each other – and you have exchanged rings as signs of your commitment to each other.


And now, by the authority vested in me by the Province of Ontario, I do now declare that you have married one another in the presence of these witnesses.

You may share your first kiss as a married couple   [Applause]


We will now take a short break to sign the Marriage Register.


Signing of Marriage License and Register

[Pose for photographs at table]

Presentation of legally married couple


Ladies and Gentlemen, Family and Friends, please welcome …

Newly Married … Married Names (your preference)

[Applause -- Music -- couple and wedding party leave]