Wedding Vows


Traditional Wedding Vows

What exactly are traditional wedding vows? Think: “With this ring, I thee wed.”

Any vow that follows the skeleton: “____1____ you are ______2_____. Today, I take you to be my ____3_____. I promise ______4______. I vow to ______5______, for _____6_______” is safe to consider a traditional vow.

Use the numbers in the blanks to fill in the following in this skeleton, and you’ve got yourself a basic traditional, all-purpose wedding vow. 

  1. Your fiancé’s name.
  2. “The love of my life”, “my best friend”, “my soul mate”, the “one person that understands me completely”, and “sweetheart” are some possible phrases that work here.
  3. Wife, husband, partner in law, life partner, partner for life, lawfully wedded wife/husband, etc. all fit. It’s a matter of how you want this to sound. Practice substituting and reading aloud to get a feel for how it will sound on the big day.
  4. “That I will be forever faithful”, “be honest”, “to love you forever”, to “always make you happy” are a few ideas that fit here to get you started.
  5. Choose something to go here that you wanted to say in the previous sentence but didn’t get a chance. A vow is a stronger promise and one more way to drive the point home.
  6. Finally, how long do you promise? “As long as we both shall live” works nicely, as does, “’til death do us part”, “in sickness and in health”, and “forever and always.”

Use traditional vows when:

    • Both parties are about to enter their first marriage
    • Both parties are religious but from different faiths
    • It is agreed upon with the officiate of your ceremony
    • There are no children entering into your marriage from previous marriages
    • The setting of your wedding suggests a traditional ceremony

Or use some of these examples for more ideas:

“Phillip, you are the one person in my life that truly compliments me. Today I, Amelia, take you to be my lawfully wedded husband, in sickness and in health. I promise to always make you happy and fulfill your dreams in our life together. I vow to cherish you forever and as long as we both shall live.” 

“I, Phillip, take you, Amelia, for my lawfully wedded wife and life companion, in sickness and in health, for as long as we both shall live. I promise to be your best friend and lover for the rest of our lives.”
“Phillip you are my lover, best friend, and true life companion—I, Amelia, promise to take you as my partner for life for the rest of our lives. I promise to be your companion and look forward to our growing friendship and love for years to come.”

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