If you’ve ever been to a wedding or seen one in the movies, you’ve heard a pronouncement. The typical pronouncement goes like this, “I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride!” It’s when the officiant announces the marriage and sets the stage for the big smooch.
Did you know there’s more than one way to pronounce a couple (MANY more in fact)? If you’re looking for something less traditional or more formal, there are options. If you want something more feminist or more inclusive, there are options. If you’re looking for something unique that speaks to you as a couple, then you’re in the right place.
Below we’ve gathered some sample pronouncements to inspire you to find the right one for your ceremony.
Many traditional pronouncements are written for a husband and wife (or “man and wife”). But if that language doesn’t resonate with you, ditch it. Don’t let traditional language and outdated ideas dictate how you are presented at your wedding. We can help you create a pronouncement that represents who you are. Here are some other titles you can use instead of husband and wife:
Wife and Husband
Husband and Husband
Wife and Wife
Spouses for Life
Partners for Life
(insert your own ideas here)
Most pronouncements end with the line, “You may now kiss the bride!” If that seems old fashioned and too traditional for you, you don’t have to include it. You can remove the line altogether or change it to:
You may seal your promise/union/marriage with a kiss
And now for your first kiss as a married couple
You may kiss
You may share a kiss
I invite you to seal your promise with a kiss
Let’s begin the adventure of marriage with a kiss
Now might be a good time to kiss
(insert your own creative ideas here)
Since (Name) and (Name) have grown in knowledge and love of one another, and because they have agreed in their desire to go forward in life together, seeking an even richer, deepening relationship, and because they have pledged to meet sorrow and joy as one family, we rejoice to recognize them as (preferred titles). (Optional kiss line)
(Name) and (Name), you have publicly promised your commitment to each other for all time. I call upon all gathered here to witness that you are now (preferred titles). (Optional kiss line)
(Name) and (Name) have consented together in marriage, declaring their love for one another. They are now (preferred titles). (Optional kiss line)
In the presence of this good company,
By the power of your love,
Because you have exchanged vows of commitment,
We recognize you as (preferred titles). (Optional kiss line)
In the presence of your family and friends, you have joined yourselves in marriage. I declare your marriage is valid and binding and rejoice to recognize you as (preferred titles). (Optional kiss line)
So They Are
(Name) and (Name) have promised each other, publicly, in front of family and friends, that they want to be married. So they are! (Optional kiss line)
As you have both accepted the vows of the other, you may now go forth and fulfill your vows with the same love and devotion which now blossoms between you. You are now (preferred titles). (Optional kiss line)
You have united two families and two sets of friends. I ask them now to promise that they will support your marriage with joy, love and optimism.
All those who wish to promise their support say “I do!” (Guests respond “I do!”)
With the blessing of everyone who is present here today, I now pronounce you (preferred titles). (Optional kiss line)
(Name) and (Name), you have expressed your love to one another through the commitment and promises you have just made. It is with these in mind that I pronounce you (preferred titles).
You have kissed a thousand times, maybe more. But today the feeling is new. No longer simply partners and best friends, you have become (preferred titles) and can now seal the agreement with a kiss.
Today, your kiss is a promise. (Optional kiss line)
Joining of Hands
Now that (Name) and (Name) have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings, I pronounce that they are (preferred titles). (Optional kiss line)
(Name) and (Name), you have expressed your love to one another through the commitment and promises you have just made. It is with these in mind that I pronounce you (preferred titles). (Optional kiss line)
And now it is time for me to declare you married. From today your family, friends, community, and indeed the whole world, will know you as co-travellers through life, adventurers, soul-mates, and (preferred titles). (Optional kiss line)