(covers information from several alternate timelines)
A wedding was a ceremony that celebrated the marriage of two or more spouses in some form or another had been independently created on many humanoid homeworlds. In many cultures, marriage vows were often exchanged during a wedding ceremony.
Jean-Luc Picard once met Ambassador Sarek "very briefly at his son's wedding." Picard recalled, "I can tell you, it was a moment, standing in the presence of history. He spoke to me and I grinned like an idiot." (TNG: "Sarek")
Starfleet wedding ceremonies
Captain James T. Kirk officiated the wedding of Robert Tomlinson and Angela Martine in the USS Enterprise's chapel in 2266. However, the ceremony was interrupted by a confrontation with a Romulan space vessel in which Tomlinson was later killed. (TOS: "Balance of Terror")
Kirk spoke the following words as he served as officiant:
"Since the days of the first wooden vessels, all ship's masters have had one happy privilege. That of uniting two people in the bonds of matrimony. And so we are gathered here today with you, Angela Martine, and you, Robert Tomlinson, in the sight of your fellows, in accordance with our laws and our many beliefs so that you may pledge your..."
Picard spoke the following words as he served as officiant:
"Since the days of the first wooden sailing ships, all captains have enjoyed the happy privilege of joining together two people in the bonds of matrimony. And so it is my honor to unite you, Keiko Ishikawa, and you, Miles Edward O'Brien, together in matrimony..."
The biomimetic Janeway spoke the following words as she served as officiant:
"We're gathered here today, not as Starfleet officers, but as friends and family, to celebrate the marriage of two of USS Voyager's finest. B'Elanna has asked me to forego the rigors of Klingon painsticks in favor of a more traditional ceremony.
As Captain, the honor of joining these two people has fallen to me. But before I declare them husband and wife, Tom and B'Elanna have prepared their own vows.
Lieutenant Thomas Eugene Paris, Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres. With the power vested in me by Starfleet Command and the United Federation of Planets, I now pronounce you husband and wife."
Ross spoke the following words as he served as officiant:
"One of the most pleasant duties of a senior officer is the privilege of joining two people in matrimony. Today I have the honor to unite Kasidy Danielle Yates and Benjamin Lafayette Sisko in marriage.
By the power vested in me by the United Federation of Planets, I pronounce you husband and wife."
In an alternate timeline, Harry Kim was the best man at the wedding of Tom Paris and Kes. He was supposed to give the toast, but was so nervous that he ended up spilling champagne all over Paris's dress uniform. (VOY: "Before and After")
Other wedding ceremonies
The Amerind inhabitants referred to their weddings as joining days. In 2268, betrothed to an amnesiac Captain James T. Kirk under tribal law, Tribal Priestess Miramanee wanted to name her and Kirk's joining day if it pleased him, which it did. They decided the joining day would be the next day. Kirk's joining day involved walking the holy path to the earth lodge where he was finally married. (TOS: "The Paradise Syndrome")
Deanna Troi and William T. Riker were married in Alaska in 2379 according to Human wedding traditions. They would later go to Betazed to experience the traditions of the Betazoid wedding. (Star Trek Nemesis)
In 2380, Ensign Sam Rutherford woke up on a desert planet, finding himself in the middle of a Gorn wedding ceremony. As his cybernetic implant was in the middle of updating, his memory was affected, and he never knew how he got there. (LD: "Veritas")
Types of weddings
- Bajoran wedding
- Betazoid weddings
- Human wedding
- Klingon wedding
- Koon-ut-kal-if-fee (Vulcan wedding)
- Shotgun wedding
- Tavnian wedding
- Navatan shawl
- Wedding dress
- Wedding ring
- Wedding slippers
- Wedding suit
- Wedding cake
- Wedding feast
- Wedding gift (aka Wedding present)
- "Wedding March"
- Wedding night
- Wedding reception (aka Wedding ball)