This is an amazing, moving middle ages Medieval Wedding
ceremony that, although laced with references to God, is
not religious. Religion of those times was not a
personal sharing of belief experience but instead an
institution of the state. References to God, the Bishop,
and others were governmental leadership references, not
based on religious beliefs.
One can remove the references to God in this Medieval
Wedding ceremony, the prayers, etc., but what is left
lacks authenticity. Use the ceremony as it stands and
take it all as a whole and not as parts.
When this wedding ceremony is conducted, the use of a
real sword gives lends it reality. And if the bridal
party and officiant (Priest, Minister, etc) wears period
garb, it takes on a surreal moment. Be sure to see the
related music recommendations in our music section.
- The Priest enters and prepares to receive the
- Tee Man and his male escorts arrive to the
Knighting of the Brave Escorts
Priest: Know all now that before this solemnization
of Man and Woman can occur, and before the fair maidens
of the Woman shall enter, let us duly knight these brave
men who accompany this Man so that they may be worthy of
the presence of our fairest among us (before the women
Priest: Kneel, men, at the alter of God and prepare
for the sword of redemption and courage!
As the men kneel down, the Priest stands before each
man and taps him on the shoulder with the the sword
Three times whilst I tap thee, once in the name of
the King, once in the name of our beloved Bishop, and
once in the name of Our God and protector!
Now that thou has knelt at God's alter and been duly
Christened and Tapped, I declare Thee...
Knight (Man's Name) and repeat for each man.
Medieval Wedding Blessing of the Man
Priest (to the Groom): Kneel down Sir, take thy
rightful place in humility before God!
As you have bravely and solemnly come to this place
today, know that by all here present and your own
actions, you have signified unto our community that you
are worthy and ready to care for the woman of your
choosing from this day forward. To take they Woman's
hand is by all things true an act of life surpassed only
by any subsequent calling to arms. Do you understand and
accept the solemnization you are about to engage Sir?
Man answers: Yes, you holiness.
Priest: Then I tap thee also, as I've also done for
your brave escorts, and make you worthy before our King,
Bishop and O Mighty God. And this community celebrates
with you now as you prepare to receive your Woman!
Entrance of the Bride
- Entrance of Maidens
- Entrance of any children with nature, bells, and
gift for the couple
- Entrance of the Woman with her escort
Priest: Now this is the day and time appointed for
betrothal, the persons to be joined are here on this
porch/altar and here present with family, friends and
neighbor; standing together (Man on the right hand, and
the woman on the left). Here also we have Woman with
escort who shall give the Woman.
Medieval Wedding Introduction
Priest: Village! We are gathered together here in the
sight of God and His bounty of Angels to join together
this Man and this Woman in a binding of life; it is an
honorable estate, ordained in Paradise, and into which
holy estate these two persons present come now to be
Priest: At this day of binding, if any man do alleged
and declare any impediment, why they may not be coupled
together in Matrimony, by God's Law, or the Laws of the
Realm; and will be bound, and sufficient sureties with
him, to the parties; or else put in a Caution (to the
full value of such charges as the persons to be married
do thereby sustain) to prove his allegation; then the
solemnization must be deferred, until such time as the
truth be tried.
Crowd responds: It is all well with us, let them
Medieval Wedding The Challenge
If no impediment be alleged, then shall the Priest
say unto the Man,
Priest to the Man: Man, Wilt thou have this Woman to
be thy wedded wife, to live together after God's
ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou
love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her, in sickness
and in health; and forsaking all other, keep thee only
unto her, so long as ye both shall live?
The Man shall answer: I will.
Priest say to the Woman: Woman, wilt thou have this
man to be thy wedded husband, to live together after
God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony?
Wilt thou obey him, and serve him, love, honor, and
keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all
other, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall
The Woman shall answer: I will.
Medieval Wedding Giving of the Bride
They couple shall then advance unto the Altar, led
by the Priest, who shall then turn to the assembled
company, and say:
Priest: Who giveth this Woman to be married to this
And the person (escort) who gives the Woman shall
answer, and shall place the Woman's right hand in the
hand of the Minister, and then shall retire.
Then shall they give their troth to each other in
this manner - The Minister, receiving the Woman at her
father's or friend's hands, shall cause the
Man with his right hand to take the Woman by her
right hand, and to say after him as followeth:
Medieval Wedding Exchange of Vows
I, Man, take thee Woman to my wedded wife,
to have and to hold
from this day forward,
for better for worse,
for richer for poorer,
for fairer or fouler,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
till death us depart,
according to God's holy ordinance;
and thereunto I grant thee my troth.
Then shall they loose their hands; and the Woman, with
her right hand taking the Man by his right hand, shall
likewise say after the Minister,
I Woman, take thee Man, to my wedded husband,
to have and to hold from this
day forward, for better for worse,
for richer or poorer,
and in health,
to be bonny and buxom at bed and at board,
to love and to cherish,
till death us depart, according to God's holy ordinance;
thereunto I plight thee my troth.
Then shall they again loose their hands; and the Man
shall give unto the Woman a Ring, laying the same upon
the Book with the accustomed duty to the Priest and
And the Priest shall bless the Ring(s) in the
Medieval Wedding Blessing of the Rings
Bless these Rings, O merciful Lord,
that those who wear them,
that give and receive them,
may be ever faithful to one another,
remain in your peace,
and live and grow old together in your love,
under their own vine and fig
tree, and seeing their children's children. Amen.
Medieval Wedding Bestowing of the Ring Gift
And the Priest, taking the Ring, shall deliver it to
the Man, to put it on the fourth finger of the Woman's
And the Man holding the ring there, and taught by the
Priest, shall say:
Man: With this Ring I thee wed, (here placing it upon
her thumb) and with my body I thee honor, (here placing
it upon her index finger) and with all my worldly goods
I thee endow; (here placing it upon her ring finger) In
the Name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit. Amen.
If it be a double-ring ceremony, let the Woman do the
same as the Man, giving him the ring, and repeating the
same words as he.
The Medieval Wedding Prayer
They both shall kneel down; and the Priest shall say,
Priest: Let us pray.
O Eternal God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind,
Giver of all spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting
life; Send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this
man and this woman, whom we bless in thy Name; that as
Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so these
persons may surely perform and keep the vows and
covenants betwixt them made, whereof this Ring given and
received is a token and pledge, and may ever hereafter
remain in perfect love and peace together, and live
according to thy laws; through our Lord.
Community Medieval Wedding Prayer
And here shall be said the "Our Father."
"Our Father, who art in heaven above,
So holy be thy name. Your kingdom is upon us
and only thy Will shall we do
Here on the soil you doth provide, as for
your angels in heaven.
We are thankful for our daily bread and spirit
and be forgiving of our faults as we find others
OH Lord turn our eyes from temptations and be our holy
protector from evil
For God yours is the entirety of the world, with all
And all goodness and might is Yours for eternity.
Medieval Wedding Joining of Man and Woman
Then shall the Priest join their right hands
together, and say,
Those whom God hath joined together let no man put
Then shall the Priest speak unto the people:
For as much as Man and Woman have consented together
in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God
and this company, and thereto have given and pledged
their troth each to the other, and have declared the
same by giving and receiving of a Ring, and by joining
of hands; I pronounce therefore that they be Man and
Wife together, in the Name of the God, our Bishop, and
our King who is the protector of the Holy Spirit and our
Medieval Wedding Taking of the Chalice
And if it be the wish of the couple to take the
sacred chalice, they may do it together. The Man shall
hold the cup and give of it to the Woman and the Woman
shall then hold the cup while the Man holds it and she
shall direct it towards his mouth as he drinks.
Priest: As this Man and Woman share their first
sacramental wine together, let us all say together
As it was, as it is, as it shall always be! Bless our
brother and sister oh God and bless our village!
Blessing by the Priest
And the Minister shall add this blessing.
May God bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord
mercifully show his favor whilst looking upon you; and
so fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace,
that ye may so live together in this life, that in the
world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.
And here the Minister shall turn the couple to the
Company, and they may kiss each the other, and then
proceed from the Altar.
The couple departs together with hand maidens and
knights in the follow.
Priest: May God Bless our community and all here
present. Go now to greet our happy couple and be of good
cheer and celebrate!