Wedding Vows

 

Religious Wedding Vows


Some will refer to religious vows as traditional vows. For the purpose of this guide and making a distinction between the two, consider the following:

Religious vows are those which refer to God or the presence of a religious figure. Choosing religious vows is a matter of personal preference, after discussion. Most likely, you will want to choose religious vows if:

  • You and your partner come from the same church or faith, and/or share the same values
  • You are holding the ceremony in a church
  • Both the bride’s and the groom’s families are from the same faith group

There are general religious vows, such as the ones below: 

“I, Phillip, offer you, Amelia, my hand in marriage under the watch of God and our families. I promise to honor and obey, love unconditionally, and cherish each moment we have together as our last. I will always respect that you have your own goals, and look forward to being a part of those for now and until the end of time. For this is my solemn vow.”

“I promise to hold you, Phillip, as the one true love of my life on this day and forever forward. As we stand before each other on this day, in front of our friends and families and under the eyes of God, I solemnly vow to spend each day of my life with you and only you by my side.”

“Amelia, I love you. I want to promise to day to stand by you forever and learn how to be a better person with you by my side. I want to devote each day to learning how to better serve Christ with you. We shall create a life together that shall honor our families, our friends, and Him.”

Vows Tied to a Specific Religion

In the case of these vows, it is important to talk with the minister, priest, or official leading your ceremony long before your ceremony. He or she will most likely have specific vows they want you to use. They will probably take the following forms:

Below are some specific denominational religious vows:

Roman Catholic
“In God’s eyes do I, Amelia, take you, Phillip, from this day forward, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.”

Episcopal
“For it is my solemn vow that in the name of God, I, Phillip, take you Amelia, to be my lawfully wedded wife, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to have and to hold from this day forward, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death.”

Protestant
“According to God’s holy ordinance, I pledge thee my faith that I Amelia, take thee, Phillip, to be my husband, to love and to cherish, to have and to hold, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, from this day forward in sickness and in health, till death do us part.”

Methodist
“Until we are parted by death, I solemnly vow, to you, Phillip, that I, Amelia, take you to be my 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, always and forever.”

Presbyterian
“I do promise and covenant, to you, Amelia, before God and these witnesses, that I, Phillip, will be your loving and faithful husband, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live.

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