Sample Wedding Vows

Traditional Vows

I take you, ___________, to be my wife/husband and I promise before God and all who are present here to be your loving and faithful husband/wife, as long as our lives shall last. I will serve you with tenderness and respect, and encourage you to develop God’s gifts in you.


Variant 1: I,__________, take you,__________, to be my wife/husband, and I promise before God and these witnesses to be your loving and faithful husband/wife, in plenty and want; in joy and in sorrow; in sickness and in health; as long as we both shall live.


Variant 2: Before God and these witnesses I,___________,take you,____________, to be my husband/wife, and I promise to love you and be faithful to you as long as we both shall live.


Variant 3: __________I take you 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 now and forever.

Alternate Opening

True Marriage is more than joining the bonds of marriage of two persons. In its right relation, it’s the uniting of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists between man and woman, it is fitting than an outer acknowledgement be made. This acknowledgement is the prime object of this gathering and this ceremony. We are here to bear witness to the entry into the closer relationship of husband and wife of these beloved friends who are already in one spirit.

You are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of the one person in the world whom you love the best. You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of a deep trust as well. You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities and to share love.

At the end of the ceremony, legally you will be husband and wife, but you still must decide each and every day that stretches before you, that you want to be married. Make such as decision and keep on making, for the most important thing in life is to love and be loved.

Poem

Love Is A Friendship That Caught Fire

Love is a friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet and understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.
It is loyalty through good and bad
It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weakness
Love is content with the present. It hopes for the future and it doesn’t brood over the past
It’s the day-in and day-out chronicle of irritations, problems compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals.
If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack.
If you don’t have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough, so search for it, ask God for it and share it!

The Sand Ceremony

___________and ___________, you come here today from two different families. From these two families you have gained a foundtaion of love and courage, upon which to build your own family.

At this time, I would invite the parents of __________ and _________, to come forward and symbolize that foundation, in the pouring of a neutral colored sand into the base of this container.

________ and ___________, these two colored viles of sand represent your lives up to this moment; individual and unique – and that uniqueness, that individuality will always be there.

Therefore, when you combine your sands of life together, leave some sand in your own containers – to represent your family ties and relationships that shall exist even in this new relationship. But combine the rest of the sand together, in the same way that you are about to wrap your lives around each other completely, in this celebration of marriage.

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Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens

A good marriage must be created
It is never being too old to hold hands
It is remembering to say “I Love You” at least once each day
It is never going to sleep angry
It is at not time taking the other for granted
The courtship shouldn’t end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives; it is standing together facing the world
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice but in the spirit of joy
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways
It is not expecting one to wear a halo or other to have the wings of an angel
It is not looking for perfection in each other
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humour
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each other can grown
It is the common search for the good and the beautiful
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, the dece is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal
It is not only marrying the right partner; it is being the right partner
Because to love is one thing; to be loved is another thing; to love and be loved is everything