The Wedding Vows
The wedding vows that you make to each other at your ceremony are some of the most important words that you will say in your life. The words are an expression of your love for each other and will be the words you will remember for years to come.
I normally use the following traditional vows:
“I, ……, take you, ……, to be my wedded wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, tell death us do part. According to God’s holy law. This is my solemn vow.”
You may like to write your own vows.
So as to help you in writing your own vows I have included a few vows that you could use as a basis.
“….., this is the most significant moment in my life, the moment I give myself to you as your husband/wife, to join with you in holy matrimony. It is such a miracle to have found you, …..
You have made me completely happy because of my deep assurance of your love for me. There is no question of our devout commitment to each other, and I promise to love and cherish you forever as your husband/wife. May this day be just the beginning of an unending joy because of the power of our love. Diane Warner: Complete book of Wedding vows.
“I promise to love, respect and honour you …. Sharing your plans and interests, ideals and emotions. Through all the trials and tribulations of life, as well as joyous times, caring for you in lifelong commitment.
Today I, …., join my life to yours, as your friend, lover and your companion. Let me be a shoulder you lean on, the rock on which you rest, your soul mate for life. From this day I will make my home in your heart.
Vows for second marriages
I will be your husband/wife and your friend, showing pride as both. I will love you when we are together and when we are apart, to stand beside you through life’s good times and bad, through sickness and health. I will show compassion when you are sad and joy when you are happy. I will encourage and support all your endeavours. I will give you honesty and sincerity. And I will accept and love your family as my own. Diane Warner: Complete book of Wedding vows.
Vows for the exchange of rings.
“…, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honour you, in the name of God.”
This ring symbolises the unending union of my life with yours. Your dreams are now my dreams. Your hopes are my hopes. Your fears are my concerns. Your affection is my joy. Your love is my blessing.
…., I give you this ring as a sign of my love, and with all that I am and all that I have, I honour you and take you to be my husband/wife.
I,.., give you … this ring as a symbol of my commitment to love, honour and protect you.
“With this ring I wed you and pledge my faithful love. I take you as my husband/wife and pledge to share my life openly with you, to speak the truth to you in love. I promise to honour and tenderly care for you, to cherish and encourage your fulfilment as an individual through all the changes of our lives.”
Words to Renew your vows
“As we stand here today renewing our wedding vows, I recall our wedding day so well. We were so young, so hopeful, so full of dreams. And most of our dreams have come true. But not all. And the disappointments hurt more than we thought they would, didn’t they? And yet, our good times together were even better than we expected. If I could have known then what I know now, would I have married you? Yes, most certainly, with the same joy and commitment I feel today, as I promise to be your devoted and faithful husband/wife for whatever years we have left in this life.”