Trying to write your own vows?

27 Jan

Writing your own vows can be very overwhelming. Trying to fit all that emotion and love into a few simple yet precise statements can be difficult. After all, your wedding vows are the promises you are making to one another, and the words that bind your marriage. To help get you started, here is an assortment of traditional and non-traditional, religious and secular wedding vows. Feel free to add your own embellishments, loving words, funny promises (I promise to always let you grill the burgers! I promise to make your favorite cinnamon pancakes on all your birthdays!) and inside jokes. Use nicknames and don’t be afraid to include memories of milestones from your relationship together. Above all, make it personal.


I, ( _______ ) take you ( _______ ), 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.

I, ( _______ ), take you, ( _______ ), 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.

I ( _______ ), take you ( _______ ) 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.

In the presence of God and these our friends I take thee to be my husband/wife, promising with Divine assistance to be unto thee a loving and faithful husband/wife so long as we both shall live.

 

I, ( _______ ), choose you ( _______ ), 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.


I, ( _______ ), take you, ( _______ ), 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.

I, ( _______ ), take you, ( _______ ), 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.


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.
 

If you are getting married in a religious setting, check with your officiant as she/he may have specific words that you cannot deviate from.

 

Have any advice or stories on writing your own vows? Please share!

Kristin Turner
Owner & Consultant
Merrymaking Events

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