Non-Traditional Wedding Vows
Non-traditional vows aren’t religious and allow you to be more creative with the form.
The following is an example of a non-traditional vow:
“My dearest Phillip, you are the most unbelievable person I have ever met. You know more about me than I know about myself, and have been amazingly wonderful to me since the day we met. You compliment in a way that no other can. Some speak of soul mates, but I believe it was pure chance, and for that chance, I am forever grateful. I believe every moment is a learning opportunity, and I look forward to growing old with you while learning along side you, forever and ever as long as we both shall live.”
Most people who use this type of vow can answer yes to some, if not all of the following questions:
- The circumstance of meeting your fiancé:
- Were you over the age of 50 when you met?
- Is this your second or third marriage?
- Did you meet while exploring the Sahara Desert? In the Peace Corps?
- The setting or location of your wedding:
- Are you holding the ceremony on a yacht? On the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro?
- Will the wedding take place outdoors?
- The audience gathered at your wedding:
- Will there be children or friends from previous marriages gathered at your wedding?
If the answer to any of these questions yes, you may want to consider using non-traditional wedding vows at your ceremony.
“You, Amelia, are the loveliest lady and I, Phillip, will look forward to building my life together with you. You came into my life at a time when I needed you most, and for that I am eternally thankful. I look forward to sharing the coming years of ups, downs, victories, and failures with you and only you. I feel like my heart has grown two sizes since meeting you, and will encourage it to grow more with everyday I spend with you by my side. I look forward to learning from you more each day of our eternal bond.”
“There is no comparison for the love that I, Amelia, hold for you, Phillip on this day. I can only hope that you feel the same way and we can look at each other each day with the same loving adoration ten, twenty, fifty years from now as we do today. You have taught me so much about love already and I feel like I have a mountain left to learn. And I am willing to open myself to you and be forever faithful. You are my best friend and I could not imagine spending my life with another soul. Thank you, Phillip, for allowing me to see the true joy that love can bring.”
Looking for something a little shorter? Something like this will work beautifully:
“I, Amelia, will hand my body and soul to you, Phillip, for safekeeping in your heart. I know that you will not let it spoil, for you are the love of my life and will stay by my side for as long as we both shall live.”
Or maybe you are looking for something along these lines:
“I, Phillip, trust you, Amelia, to be my guide on this journey through the rest of my life. I trust that you will forgive and forget my mistakes, and celebrate my triumphs. I promise to do the same and look forward to learning as much as we can, together, as team, until death do us part, for as long as we both shall live.”
“Some people wait a lifetime to find happiness in the form of true love. I was lucky enough to find you, Amelia, and will never forget that our bond together is a treasured one. We have shared so many secrets, and will continue to share many more in our years together. I, Phillip, promise to be your cheerleader, support system, mentor, and lead person for the eternity we shall spend together. I will do this and take great pleasure in providing my best friend with the gift of lifelong companionship.”
“When you came into my life, Phillip, you took away the darkness that surrounded me. I learned, once again, how to love and be loved in return. I, Amelia, thank you, dearest Phillip, for giving me the gift of true love. I look forward to providing you with the love you have shown me and filling your life with as much joy as you have brought to me since I’ve known you. I will cherish our moments together for as long as we both shall live.”