If you’ve ever been to a wedding or seen one in the movies, you’ve heard a pronouncement. The typical pronouncement from the big screen 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.

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But did you know there’s more than one way to pronounce a couple? 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 15 pronouncements to inspire you to find the right one for your nuptials.

Before we get into the pronouncements, an important note:

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 Don’t let traditonal language and outdated ideas hold you back from creating a pronouncement that represents who you are. Here are some other titles you can use instead of husband and wife:

Wife and HusbandHusband and HusbandWife and WifeLegally WedMarriedSpouses for LifePartners for Life(insert your own awesome titles here)

Most pronouncements end with the line, “You may now kiss the bride!” If that gives you the icks (and we totally get why it might), 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 kissAnd now for your first kiss as a married coupleYou may kissYou may now kiss each otherI invite you to seal your promise with a kissLet’s begin the adventure of marriage with a kissNow might be a good time to kiss(insert your own awesome line here)

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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)

Express Your Love

(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)

Good Company

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)


And now it is time for me to declare you married.

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From today your family, friends, community, and indeed the whole world, will know you as co-travellers through life, adventurers, soul-mates, (preferred titles). (Optional kiss line)