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SAMPLE VOWS

 

The vows listed here are samples.  They are meant to be a starting point for you to customize and make your own.  I can help you add to or remove any part of them.  Or you can write your own from scratch and I would love to recite them with you.  

I can also provide samples for ceremonies to include children or any special circumstance you feel the need to consider.

 

Wedding

 

Officiant:

____________ and ____________, in presenting yourselves here today to be joined in marriage, you perform an act of faith. This faith can grow and develop and last, but only if you both decide to make it so. A lasting and growing love is not guaranteed by any ritual.

If you would have the foundation of your marriage be the devotion you have for one another, not just at this moment, but for all the days to come, then treasure the hopes and dreams that you bring here today. Establish that your love will never be blotted out by the common nor obscured by the ordinary in life. Faults will surface where now you find comfort, and admiration can be shattered by the routine of daily life.

Dedication, love, and joy can grow only when you nourish them together. Stand fast in that hope and confidence, having faith in your shared destiny just as strongly as you have faith in yourselves and in one another today. Only with this spirit can you forge a union that will strengthen and endure all the days of your lives.

Groom:

I, ____________, take you, ____________, as my friend and love, beside me and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, asking that you be no other than yourself, loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not know yet, in all the ways that life may find us.

The Groom places the Bride’s ring on her finger and says:

____________, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you.

Bride:

I, ____________, take you, ____________, as my friend and love, beside me and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, asking that you be no other than yourself, loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not know yet, in all the ways that life may find us.

The Bride places the Groom’s ring on his finger and says:

____________ , I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you.

Officiant:

With this statement made of love and trust, which we have just heard, I now wish you to greet ____________ and ____________ as husband and wife.

May this day shine eternally in your lives.

May it add brilliance to every achievement and cast a divine light over any misfortune.

May you care for each other in all sadness.

May you give cheer to each other.

May you give vitality to each other in all undertakings.

May all that is virtuous, beautiful and honest, remain with you always.

 

 

Commitment Ceremony

 

Officiant:

What a happy occasion when two people commit their lives to one another. Especially when their families and community of friends give their blessing and ongoing love and support to the union.

 

Those of us who have gathered together today are now privileged to witness and to participate in a ceremony celebrating the public acknowledgment of a love which ____________ and ____________ have for each other, knowing that by our presence here with them, we are saying that they, together, are loved by each other and many others. We have come to surround them as they stand before us, where now ____________ and ____________ in essence say, “Welcome to our life together! Welcome to the Celebration!”

 

Couple:

I give you my promise that from this day forward you shall not walk alone, may my heart be your shelter and my arms be your home. Together we walk into the future where we will share our hopes and dreams, May we conquer many more mountains and bathe in many more seas. I will always encourage you, support you and give you all of me, for I choose you to be the one with whom I will share my eternity.

 

Officiant:

Please join me in congratulating ______________ and _____________ on their commitment to each other and blessing the next part of their life journey.

 


Vow Renewal

 

Officiant:

I want to thank ____________ and ____________ today, for allowing us to share in the continuing celebration of their love for one another.

 

We come together, not to mark the start of a relationship but to celebrate a bond that has continued to grow and strengthen in love. Love is one, though its expressions are infinite.

 

_____________ and _____________, when you first joined hands and hearts _____ years ago, you did not know where life would take you. You promised to love, honor and cherish one another through all things. Life has surely brought you both wonderful blessings and difficult tribulations. You have fulfilled your promises and God is surely smiling! So, as you come here today to reaffirm your love for one another and as you reflect back over all the years as husband and wife, do you now reaffirm the vows you took _____ years ago? If so, please repeat after me (or recite your own words of love.)

 

(Husband) __________, I reaffirm my love and commitment to you. I reaffirm my promise to always honor and cherish you. I promise to be true to you every day, whether we are together or apart. I reaffirm that you, ____________, are the love of my life.

 

(Wife), _____________, I reaffirm my love and commitment to you. I reaffirm my promise to always honor and cherish you. I promise to be true to you every day, whether we are together or apart. I reaffirm that you, _______________, are the love of my life.

 

Officiant:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.

We wish you continued love and happiness for all the days to come.

 

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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