How to Announce a Newly Married Couple

by Bill Varoskovic ; Updated September 28, 2017

A minister pronouncing a couple as husband and wife hits the highest note at a wedding ceremony..

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A wedding is a special occasion where two people decide to come together and unite as one. Traditionally, this ceremony involves vows, each party giving their "I do's," an exchanging of rings and a kiss. Most weddings end with the minister or officiant announcing the couple as they exit together. This moment allows the couple to display themselves for the first time under their new identity, as husband and wife, and therefore should be planned with care.

Step 1

Pronounce the couple husband and wife and instruct the groom that he may now kiss the bride.

Step 2

Turn the couple toward the guests after they have kissed and the cheering has died down.

Step 3

Introduce the couple by the names they are taking now that they are wed.

Step 4

Play the recessional music, if desired, and direct the couple to exit the ceremony. They will walk arm-in-arm together down the aisle.

Step 5

Direct the guests in an orderly fashion to follow the newly announced couple to form the line for the reception.


  • Most couples take the last name of the husband. In this case say "I give you Mr. and Mrs. [name]." Recently more couplea have decided to keep the last names they already have, in which case state, "I give you [name] and [name], newly wed."

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Bill Varoskovic has been writing professionally since 2010. His areas of academic expertise include world religions, American Sign Language, psychology, personality and community building. Other areas of experience include sports, travel and lifestyle. Varoskovic received his Bachelor of Science in psychology from Central Michigan University in 2010.