VOW EXAMPLES

The following are examples of vows that can be incorporated into your ceremony.  See if any of these connect with you!

1. Traditional

"Repeat After Me"

I, __________ do take you, __________ ; to be my wedded wife/husband, in the holy estate of marriage, To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, I will love you and cherish you, all the days of my life, in the presence of God and these loved ones, I give you this promise.

2. Traditional

"I Do"

__________, do you take ________ to be your wedded (wife/husband), to live together in marriage? Do you promise to love (him/her), comfort (him/her), honour and keep (him/her), for better and worse, for richer and poorer, in sickness and health, and forsaking all others, to be faithful only to (him/her), so long as you both shall live?

________: “I do”

3. With All That I Am

With all that am, I, __________, take you, __________, to be my wife/husband. I promise to be your lover, companion, and friend, your ally in conflict, your partner in peace, and your biggest supporter. I will be your companion 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. This is my vow.

4. Contemporary

I, __________, take you, __________, 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 honour you and be faithful to you, all the days of my life. This is my vow.

5. I Choose You

Today, I choose you to be my husband/wife. I vow to love you, encourage you, trust you, and respect you. I accept you as you are, and I offer myself in return. I will care for you, and stand beside you. I will share with you all of life’s adversities, and all of its joys, from this day forward, and all the days of my life.

6. Christian Traditional

I, __________, take you, __________, to be my husband/wife in righteousness, justice, steadfast love, and compassion. Before God and everyone present here, I commit myself to be faithful to you actively and creatively. I promise to love you, serve you, respect you, encourage you, and give myself up for you, in all circumstances, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, as long as our lives shall last. I marry you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

7. Jewish Heritage

Today I ask that you be a companion and a spouse to me with your consent and with your full knowledge. May this marriage be a covenant of partnership and trust as we work to build a life together: sometimes in unison, sometimes in harmony. Today I bind myself to you with respect, with love, with friendship and with joy, so that we may be companions and lovers until the end of our days.

8. Spiritual

I, __________, take you, __________, to be my spouse. I promise to choose you every day, to love you in word and deed, to do the hard work of making now into always. To laugh with you and cry with you, to grow with you, and create with you. To honour the divinity in you, of you, and around you. To be your kin and your partner in all of life’s adventures. Loving what I know of you and trusting what I don’t yet know, I give you my hand. I give you my love. I give you myself.

9. By Your Side

__________, you are my best friend. I promise to laugh with you, cry with you, and be present to you. I will love you faithfully when we are together and when we are apart. I will love you faithfully through the easy and through the difficult. I vow to grow together, and to grow old together. I promise to support your dreams, to respect our differences, and to be by your side through all the days and nights of our lives.

10. Short and Sweet

You are my lover and my teacher, you are my model and my partner, and you are my true counterpart. I will love you, hold you and honour you, I will respect you, encourage you and cherish you, in health and sickness, through sorrow and success, for all the days of my life.