We offer below some examples, used in previous ceremonies, of how our celebrant can welcome and open the proceedings. Please use these as inspiration, and possibly a guide to help you devise your own welcome with our celebrant.


Janet and David today you celebrate one of life’s greatest moments and give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, as you join together in vows of marriage.

This is a story of two adventurers, two souls whose paths were allowed to cross through their travels. You have been given a gift, that gift is each other. As you embark on a new journey together as husband and wife remember that real love is not absorption in each other, rather, it is facing outward and travelling in the same direction together while sharing the joys of the journey. Burdens may seem lighter because you divide them, all the while reminding the other that while the present may be challenging, the direction of the journey should always be towards love.

On behalf of Hannah and David I would like to welcome you all here to Eilean Donan Castle. They would like to express their gratitude to you all for coming so far to be with them today. It means a lot to them that you can be here to share with them in their happiness, and to witness their marriage vows. Getting married is a declaration of two people’s love that defines a relationship and signifies the beginning of a new life together for both. It shows a desire by two people to share themselves and their experiences with each other, it shows a willingness to accept each other for who they are as individuals.

Welcome everybody and indeed congratulations to you for all being here today. Everyone has made a huge effort and travelled a long way. I know that Sarah and Stephen really do appreciate it!

As I’m sure you know, Sarah and Stephen have themselves travelled a long and happy journey to get here today; a journey lasting quite a few years! Love has helped them find their path so far. Love is a miraculous gift and a wedding is a celebration of that miracle. Sarah and Stephen, today you choose to begin the next stage in your journey together by committing to marriage.

We are here to celebrate love. Love organises our large and sometimes unpredictable world. It is that which enshrines and ennobles our human experience. It is the basis for the peace of family and the peace of the peoples of the earth. The greatest gift bestowed upon humans is the gift of love freely given between two persons.

We gather here today under this sky in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. You have chosen a quiet personal wedding to reflect the deep personal love you have found in one another. This ceremony is a celebration of the commitment between two souls already one in spirit.

Al and Jess’ life together is already filled with laughter, respect, a deep devotion and an unwavering belief in their future together whatever the future may hold. Their promises are a continuation of the way they currently share life, with an understanding of the importance of listening, sharing and protecting one another, as well as their ability to cherish each moment they have together. In the words of Louis de Bernier, their ‘roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that they should ever part’.

Good afternoon everyone, my name is Judi Buttner and on behalf of Adrian and Helen I would like to welcome you all to Rua Reidh Lighthouse in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. It means a great deal to them to have their family and friends present to share with them in their happiness and to witness their marriage vows.

Your willingness to travel here means a great deal to them, so please accept their heartfelt appreciation. Adrian and Helen have chosen this special place because they wanted their marriage to feel right for them, choosing, as always, their own individual approach rather than following tradition. They have created this service to reflect their true and honest feelings and to create their special day.

It is more usual at this time to ask ‘Who gives the bride in marriage?’, but I ask simply if she comes of her own will and if she has her family’s blessing.

Just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you so much for being our special wedding celebrant. Looking back we both feel that the service was our favourite part of the day and many of our guests remarked on how lovely it was. We were really glad that the words were personal to us… We will definitely call you again if we are lucky enough to have a Christening in the future.

Alison and Paul