Scientology Weddings: Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about the Scientology wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

How does Scientology view marriage?

According to the Church of Scientology website, marriage is "an essential component of a stable family life."

Church of Scientology literature says: "Scientology wedding ceremonies have considerable meaning to all who attend. For example, a basic concept in the Scientology religion is that reality is created by agreement. The wedding is a gathering of family and friends who, during the ceremony, are asked to give their agreement to the union and its lasting happiness. This is not considered rhetorical or symbolic, but a tangible and important contribution to the future of the couple by the group to which they belong."

What did L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's founder, teach about marriage and family?



Hubbard saw marriage and family as part of the "dynamic of creative activity," the second of 

"eight dynamics of existence,"

a system he developed to describe the nature of human existence.  The "dynamic of creative activity" also includes sexual activity, procreation, and childrearing.

Who officiates at a Scientology wedding?

A Minister of the Church of Scientology officiates.

What kind of vows do Scientology couples exchange?

Scientology wedding ceremonies are collected in "

The Background, Ministry, Ceremonies & Sermons of the Scientology Religion


."  The book has five versions of the wedding ceremony: traditional, Informal, Single Ring, Double Ring, and Concise Double Ring. In the 1950s, L. Ron Hubbard wrote wedding vows that stress the mutual needs of the couple, now referred to as Scientology’s "traditional ceremony." They include such quaint advice to the groom as "Now Tom, girls need clothes and food and tender happiness and frills, a pan, a comb, perhaps a cat. All caprice if you will, but still they need them," and to the bride: "Hear well, sweet Katie, for promise binds. Young men are free and may forget. Remind him that you may have necessities and follies, too."

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