Your love and your relationship are one-of-a-kind and your vows should be too! When you read your vows, you’re reading what you are uniquely promising to your partner – something no one else can decide for you. It may be helpful to look at traditional vows for inspiration when deciding what promises you want to make, but at the end of the day, the most honest and true vows are inspired by your love for the person you’ve chosen to marry.
REMEMBER WHY YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED IN THE FIRST PLACE
There's the "Traditional" wedding vows.......
I, (NAME), take you, (NAME), for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death does us part. I will love and honor you all the days of my life.”
Covenant before God
I, (NAME), take you, (NAME), to be my wife/husband, and I do promise and covenant, before God and these witnesses, to be your loving and faithful husband/wife in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live.
These things I promise you
I, (NAME), take you, to be my (wife/husband), and these things I promise you: I will be faithful to you and honest with you; I will respect, trust, help, and care for you; I will share my life with you; I will forgive you as we have been forgiven; and I will try with you better to understand ourselves, the world, and God; through the best and worst of what is to come, and as long as we live.
My solemn vow
In the name of God, I, (NAME), take you, (NAME), to be my 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, until parted by death. This is my solemn vow.
Pledge thee my faith
I, (NAME), take thee, (NAME), 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, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith
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 friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever. I will trust you and honor you, I will laugh with you and cry with you. Through the best and the worst, through the difficult and the easy. Whatever may come I will always be there. As I have given you my hand to hold so I give you my life to keep.
I vow to be your faithful husband/wife, understanding that marriage is a lifelong union, and not to be entered into lightly, for the purpose of mutual fellowship, encouragement, and understanding; for the procreation of children and their physical and spiritual nurture. I hereby give myself to you in this cause with my sacred vow before God.
Through the best and the worst
I, (NAME), take you, (NAME), to be my wife/husband and these things I promise you: I will be faithful to you and honest with you; I will respect, trust, help, and care for you; I will share my life with you; I will forgive you as we have been forgiven; and I will try with you better to understand ourselves, the world, and God; through the best and worst of what is to come, and as long as we live.
And the "Non-Traditional" wedding vows.......
Share in your dreams
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 help you when you need it, and step aside when you don’t.
I will remain faithful to you for better or worse, in times of sickness and health.
You are my best friend and I will love and respect you always.
Today I stand before you, ready to start the biggest adventure of our lives. I know it will be really hard, and some days will take a lot of work. But I also know that there will be days filled with love, laughter, and pure bliss. I can’t imagine sharing this adventure with anyone else but you. You’re my best friend, the love of my life, and my soul mate. Today I promise to stand by your side and to love you always.
Best friend for life
(NAME), you are my best friend for life. I pledge to honour, encourage, and support you through our walk together. When our way becomes difficult, I promise to stand by you and uplift you, so that through our bond we can accomplish more than we could alone. I promise to work at our love, and always make you a priority in my life. With every beat of my heart, I will love you.
As we build our lives
(NAME), I pledge to you to be your loving friend and partner in marriage. To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate you; to respect and cherish your uniqueness; and to support, comfort, and strengthen you through life’s joys and sorrows. I promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as we build our lives together. May our lives be ever intertwined, our love keep us together. May we build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect and honour for others and each other. And may our home be forever filled with peace, happiness, and love.
"Contemporary" Wedding Vows......
Stand by Your Side
I (Name) promise to you, (Name), before our family and friends,
to stand by your side,
to share and support your hopes and dreams.
I vow to always be there for you
When you fall, I will catch you.
When you cry I will comfort you.
When you laugh I will share your joy.
No matter what lies ahead of us,
I will see it as a journey, that can only be completed together.
I promise this now and forever
Sacred Wedding Vow
In the presence of these our family and friends,
I (Name) do take you (Name) to be my wife/husband,
my partner and friend to join my life with yours,
to share with you all that is to be,
to laugh with you in joy,
to comfort you in sorrow,
to grow with you in love.
I will honor you
I will be faithful to you, all the days of my life
this is my sacred vow.
All My Heart
With all my heart, I (Name) take you (Name) to be my wife/husband.
I promise to be your lover, companion, and friend,
Your partner in parenthood,
Your ally in conflict
Your greatest fan
I will be your comrade in adventure,
Your comfort in disappointment,
Your accomplice in mischief,
Your strength in times of need
I will listen with understanding, and trust you completely.
All the days of my life
"Short & Sweet" Wedding Vows.....
Pledge My Love
I (Name) stand before you (Name) because you have won my heart.
And today I choose you to be my (husband/wife).
You are my life partner, the one I pledge my love.
I will listen to you, and be open and honest with you.
I will be your trusted partner and stand by you through good times and tough times.
I promise this now and for all the days of my life.
(Name), I want to be with you always just as you are. I choose you above all others to share my life in marriage. I love you for yourself, and I want you to become all that you can be. I promise to honor this pledge as long as I live. I ask everyone present to witness that I take you as my partner in marriage.
We May Be One
I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my wedded husband/wife.
With deepest joy I receive you into my life that together we may be one.
I promise you my love, my fullest devotion, my tenderest care.
I pledge to you my life as a loving and faithful husband/wife.
On this day, I give you my heart.
That I will walk with you,
Hand in hand,
Wherever our journey leads us,
Living, learning, loving,
Or... take the path that speaks to you with "Writing" your own vows
Considered writing your own vows. As someone who has married hundreds of couples, I always love when our couples choose to write their own wedding vows. There’s something so special about writing the promises that you make to your spouse, and taking that time to reflect on your relationship and marriage ahead.
Need Help with writting your own vows? .........
I offer personal one on one Vow Coaching and I would be happy to guide you.
I also have a few great reads on our blog page about getting yourself ready to write your own vows.