Vows

Listed below are a variety of different Vows that can be used in your wedding ceremony. I have a preferred set of vows (Preferred vows) that are very popular and I use often. I encourage each bride and groom to read these vows and choose the vows that have meaning to them, or to write their own.

Preferred Vows

I _________ Promise,
From this day Onward,
That You _______________
Will be my precious & Loving Husband/wife,
And I promise to stand with you,
in sickness, Or in Health,
In times of Joy or in Sorrow
And I pledge to you Today,
Before God, Our Family & Our Friends,
My Respect,
My Honor,
My Patience & understanding,
I pledge my friendship,
My Loyalty,
My protection, and my care,
and all of my love,
for all of my life.

Traditional vows

1.

  •  I, (Bride/Groom), take you (Groom/Bride),
  • to be my (wife/husband),
  • to have and to hold
  • from this day forward,
  • for better or for worse,
  • for richer, for poorer,
  • in sickness and in health,
  • to love and to cherish;
  • from this day forward
  • until death do us part.

2.

  •  I, (name), take you, (name),
  • to be my beloved (wife/husband),
  • to have and to hold you,
  • to honor you, to treasure you,
  • to be at your side
  • in sorrow and in joy,
  • in the good times, and in the bad,
  • and to love and cherish you always.
  • I promise you this from my heart,
  • for all the days of my life.

3.  

  • I, (name), take you, (name),
  • to be my [opt: lawfully wedded] (husband/wife),
  • my constant friend, my faithful partner
  • and my love from this day forward.
  • In the presence of God, our family and friends,
  • I offer you my solemn vow
  • to be your faithful partner
  • in sickness and in health,
  • in good times and in bad,
  • and in joy as well as in sorrow.
  • I promise to love you unconditionally,
  • to support you in your goals,
  • to honor and respect you,
  • to laugh with you and cry with you,
  • and to cherish you
  • for as long as we both shall live.

4.  

  • In the presence of God, Family & Friends
  • I take you to be my husband/wife,
  • promising with Divine assistance
  • to be for you a loving and faithful husband/wife
  • so long as we both shall live.

5.

  • I, (name), take you, (name),
  • to be my friend,
  • my lover,
  • the (mother/father) of my children
  • and my (husband/wife).
  • I will be yours in times of plenty and in times of want,
  • in times of sickness and in times of health,
  • in times of joy and in times of sorrow,
  • in times of failure and in times of triumph.
  • I promise to cherish and respect you,
  • to care and protect you,
  • to comfort and encourage you,
  • and stay with you, for all eternity.

6.  

  • I, [name], choose you [name]
  • to be my [husband/wife],
  • to respect you in your successes
  • and in your failures,
  • to care for you in sickness and in health,
  • to nurture you, and to grow with you
  • throughout the seasons of life.

 

7.  

  • I, (name), take you, (name),
  • to be my partner,
  • loving what I know of you,
  • and trusting what I do not yet know.
  • I eagerly anticipate the chance to grow together,
  • getting to know the (man/woman) you will become,
  • and falling in love a little more every day.
  • I promise to love and cherish you
  • through whatever life may bring us.

Traditional Civil Ceremony Vows 

8.

  • (Name), I take you to be my lawfully wedded (husband/wife).
  • Before these witnesses
  • I vow to love you and care for you
  • as long as we both shall live.
  • I take you with all your faults and your strengths
  • as I offer myself to you with my faults and strengths.
  • I will help you when you need help,
  • and I will turn to you when I need help.
  • I choose you as the person
  • with whom I will spend my life.

 

Non-Traditional Vows

9.  My One True Love:

  • I (name), take you (name)
  • to be my (husband/wife),
  • my partner in life
  • and my one true love.
  • I will cherish our union
  • and love you more each day
  • than I did the day before.
  • I will trust you and respect you,
  • laugh with you and cry with you,
  • loving you faithfully
  • through good times and bad,
  • regardless of the obstacles
  • we may face together.
  • I give you my hand,
  • my heart, and my love,
  • from this day forward
  • for as long as we both shall live.

10.  Share in Your Dreams

  • (Name), from this day forward
  • I promise you these things.
  • I will laugh with you
  • in times of joy
  • and comfort you
  • in times of sorrow.
  • I will share in your dreams,
  • and support you
  • as you strive to achieve your goals.
  • I will listen to you
  • with compassion and understanding,
  • and speak to you with encouragement.
  • I will remain faithful to our vows
  • for better or for worse,
  • in times of sickness and health.
  • You are my best friend
  • and I will love and respect you always.

11.  When Our Love is Simple, and When it is an Effort

  • (Name), I love you.
  • You are my best friend.
  • Today I give myself to you in marriage.
  • I promise to encourage and inspire you,
  • to laugh with you, and to comfort you
  • in times of sorrow and struggle.
  • I promise to love you
  • in good times and in bad,
  • when life seems easy and when it seems hard,
  • when our love is simple,
  • and when it is an effort.
  • I promise to cherish you,
  • and to always hold you in highest regard.
  • These things I give to you today,
  • and all the days of our life.

12.  Trust in You Completely

  • (Name), with all my love,
  • I take you to be my wife/husband.
  • I will love you
  • through good and the bad,
  • through joy and the sorrow.
  • I will try to be understanding,
  • and to trust in you completely.
  • Together we will face all of life’s experiences
  • and share one another’s dreams and goals.
  • I promise I will be your equal partner
  • in a loving, honest relationship,
  • for as long as we both shall live.

Romantic Vows

13.  With Kindness, Unselfishness, and Trust

  • I (name) affirm my love to you,
  • (name) as I invite you to share my life.
  • You are the most beautiful,
  • smart, and generous person I have ever known,
  • and I promise always to respect you and love you.
  • With kindness, unselfishness and trust,
  • I will work by your side
  • to create a wonderful life together.
  • I take you (name) to be my lawful (wife/husband),
  • to have and to hold,
  • from this day forward,
  • for better or for worse,
  • for richer or for poorer,
  • in sickness and in health
  • for as long as we both shall live.

14.  The Best Person I Can Be

  • (Name), from the moment I first saw you,
  • I knew you were the one
  • with whom I wanted to share my life.
  • Your beauty, heart, and mind
  • inspire me to be the best person I can be.
  • I promise to love you for eternity,
  • respecting you,
  • honoring you,
  • being faithful to you,
  • and sharing my life with you.
  • This is my solemn vow.

15.  To Grow Along with You

  • Name, today I become your (husband/wife)
  • and you become my (wife/husband).
  • I will strive to give you the best of myself,
  • while accepting you the way you are.
  • I promise to respect you as a whole person
  • with your own interests, desires, and needs,
  • and to realize that those are sometimes different,
  • but no less important than my own.
  • I promise to keep myself open to you,
  • to let you in to my innermost fears and feelings,
  • secrets and dreams.
  • I promise to grow along with you,
  • to be willing to face change
  • as we both change,
  • keeping our relationship alive and exciting.
  • And finally, I promise to love you
  • in good times and in bad,
  • with all I have to give
  • and all that I am,
  • in the only way I know how
  • — completely and forever.

16.  Best Friend

  • (Name), today I take you to be my (husband/wife).
  • Together we will create a home,
  • becoming a part of one another.
  • I vow to help create a life
  • that we can cherish,
  • inspiring your love for me
  • and mine for you.
  • I vow to be honest,
  • caring and truthful,
  • to love you as you are
  • and not as I want you to be,
  • and to grow old by your side
  • as your love and best friend.

After both have said individual vows, they may wish to say something in unison such as:

Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you, For where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. And where you die, I will die and there I will be buried.
May the Lord do with me and more if anything but death parts you from me.