Prayers for Christian wedding ceremonies may include prayers of blessing and prayers that include children in newly blended families. The prayers may be brief, consisting of one or two lines, or they may be more elaborate. The couple may ask the officiant, a relative or a friend offer prayers.
An invocation requests God's presence, asking for blessings for the wedding ceremony. Other prayers might include a pre-exchange blessing of the rings and a prayer requesting blessings for the new marriage. Following the pronouncement of the husband and wife, the officiant may offer a benediction such as a blessing to close the ceremony.