Wedding Vows

Traditional Vows

I, Groom’s name, take thee, Bride’s name,  as my wedded wife, 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, till death do us part. 

I, Groom’s name,  take you, Bride’s name, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in  good times and in bad time, in sickness and in health. I will love you  and honor you all the days of my life. 

Spiritual Vows

We gather here today to celebrate and  dedicate the joy and deep meaning of the union of ___________ and  ___________ in this sacred commitment. The essence of this covenant is  the acceptance of each other as Lover, Companion and Friend.   It is  therefore a decision which is not entered into lightly, but rather  undertaken with great consideration and respect for ourselves and each  other.  This ceremony can set the tone for your entire life together.   It is the visible symbol of the ongoing wedding process in which the two  of you grow in love and union.  It represents the welding of two souls  as one. it is also a demonstration of the bonding which will strengthen  and free you to each grow in your unique way but yet still together.

(Optional) LET US PRAY:

We  give thanks for the coming together of __________ and ___________ for  the many blessings they enjoy and for their happiness. We know that as  we reach out to another being as we pledge ourselves to give and share  that we allow ourselves to accept more of the gifts of life. We invoke  the Spirit of Our Heavenly Creator to join us as we commence this  ceremony. This bonding of __________ and __________ and we open our  hearts, minds and spirits to that of our Creator. We focus our thoughts  and unite all those present, and all those loved ones (friends and  family) who could not be with us today, but are in our thoughts in this  union of love. Amen

Contemporary Vows

AND NOW WILL YOU PLEASE FACE EACH OTHER AND JOIN HANDS.  Please repeat after me:

I,  (_________) receive you, (________) as my partner and love beside me  and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in sickness and in health,  in conflict and serenity, asking that you be no other than yourself  Loving what I know of you and trusting what I do not know In all the  ways that life may bring You have vowed your love to each other. Are you  now ready to confirm that love in the responsibilities of marriage?  If  So answer, “WE ARE”

BLESSING AND RING EXCHANGE - May I have your rings please.

Your  rings by their very shape are symbols of eternal unity Without  beginning or end. They are the emblem of the love that exists between  you and characterize your devotion to one another. Let them always  remind you of the commitments you make today.

__________, with  this ring I promise to grow with you to build our love, to speak openly  and honestly to listen to you, and to love and cherish you for all the  days ahead From this day forward you shall not walk alone My heart will  be your shelter and my arms will be your home.  With this ring I thee  wed. 

Same Gender Vows

Groom & Groom

We are gathered here today, in the presence of God and friends to join _____ and ___ in matrimony.  We  celebrate the coming together in love of these men.  We remember that marriage is a time when showing love is made public, when two people share mutual promises before God and before us. We join in our support of them as they offer themselves to each other. We celebrate their joy, their love and their expectations. (****If you would like,  this is a good place to add a special thank you to friends and family for sharing this happiest of days with you and a prayer or acknowledgment of loved ones no longer physically with us, but here in spirit.  Perhaps you would like to add something personal about how you met etc.. Let me know & I will provide you with wording options***) Officiant:Let us pray God, for the joy of this occasion we thank you. For the meaning of this wedding day we thank you. For this important moment in an ever growing relationship we thank you. For your presence here and now and for your presence at all times, we thank you. Charge to ___ and _____ (the charge is addressed to the couple . It is a preparation for the vows you are about to take)

Officiant:    _____ and ___, the covenant which you are about to make with each other is meant to be a beautiful and sacred expression of your love for each other. As you pledge your vows to each other, and as you commit your lives to each other, we ask that you do so in all seriousness, and yet with a deep sense of joy, with deep conviction that you are committing yourselves to a dynamic growing relationship of trust, mutual support and caring love.Betrothal/Declaration of intent (this is when you declare your action or intent to marry is a matter of free will)   Officiant:  To  _____:  _____, will you have ___  to be your husband, to live with him, respect him, and love him as God intends with the promise of faithfulness, tenderness, and helpfulness, as long as you both shall live?  Responds: I will Officiant:To ___: ___, will you have  _____ to be your husband, to live with him, respect him, and love him as God intends with the promise of ithfulness, tenderness, and pfulness as long as you both shall live?  Responds: I will. Vows:

Officiant:  Now that you have declared your intentions, I invite you to share your vows with one another.  Officiant:  _____, repeat to ___, after me, these words:  

___,I have chosen you alone from all the world to be my wedded husband,(_____ says) ___, I have chosen you alone from all the world to be my wedded husband,

To have and to hold from this day forward,(_____ says) to have and to hold from this day forward,

For better, for worse,(_____ says) for better, for worse,For richer, for poorer,(_____ says)for richer, for poorer, In sickness and in health,

(_____ says) in sickness and in health,To love and to cherish 'til death do us part(_____ says) to love and to cherish 'til death do us part.Officiant: ___repeat to _____, after me, these words:_____, I have chosen you alone from all the world to be my wedded Husband, 

(___ says)  _____, I have chosen you alone from all the world to be my wedded husband,To have and to hold from this day forward, (___ says) to have and to hold from this day forward, For better, for worse, (___ says) for better, for worse, For richer, for poorer, (___ says) for richer, for poorer,  In sickness and in health,  __says) in sickness and in health,To love and to cherish 'til death do us part. (___ says) to love and to cherish 'til death do us part. 

Bride & Bride

We are gathered here today, in the presence of God and friends to join _____ and ___ in matrimony.  To  celebrate the coming together in love of these women.  We remember that marriage is a time when showing love is made public, when two people share mutual promises before God and before us. We join in our support of them as they offer themselves to each other. We celebrate their joy, their love and their expectations. (****If you would like,  this is a good place to add a special thank you to friends and family for sharing this happiest of days with you and a prayer or acknowledgment of loved ones no longer physically with us, but here in spirit.  Perhaps you would like to add something personal about how you met etc.. Let me know & I will provide you with wording options***) Officiant:Let us pray God, for the joy of this occasion we thank you. For the meaning of this wedding day we thank you. For this important moment in an ever growing relationship we thank you. For your presence here and now and for your presence at all times, we thank you. Charge to ___ and _____ (the charge is addressed to the couple . It is a preparation for the vows you are about to take)

Officiant:    _____ and ___, the covenant which you are about to make with each other is meant to be a beautiful and sacred expression of your love for each other. As you pledge your vows to each other, and as you commit your lives to each other, we ask that you do so in all seriousness, and yet with a deep sense of joy, with deep conviction that you are committing yourselves to a dynamic growing relationship of trust, mutual support and caring love.  Betrothal/Declaration of intent (this is when you declare your action or intent to marry is a matter of free will)   Officiant:  To  _____:  _____, will you have ___  to be your wife, to live with her, respect her and love her as God intends with the promise of faithfulness, tenderness, and helpfulness, as long as you both shall live?  Responds: I will Officiant:To ___: ___, will you have  _____ to be your wife, to live with her, respect her, and love her as God intends with the promise of faiithfulness, tenderness, and pfulness as long as you both shall live?  Responds: I will. Vows:

Officiant:  Now that you have declared your intentions, I invite you to share your vows with one another.  Officiant:  _____, repeat to ___, after me, these words:  

___,I have chosen you alone from all the world to be my wedded wife,(_____ says) ___, I have chosen you alone from all the world to be my wedded wife,To have and to hold from this day forward,(_____ says) to have and to hold from this day forward, For better, for worse,(_____ says) for better, for worse,For richer, for poorer,(_____ says)for richer, for poorer, In sickness and in health,(_____ says) in sickness and in health,To love and to cherish 'til death do us part(_____ says) to love and to cherish 'til death do us part.Officiant: ___repeat to _____, after me, these words:_____, I have chosen you alone from all the world to be my wedded wife, 

(___ says)  _____, I have chosen you alone from all the world to be my wedded wife,To have and to hold from this day forward, (___ says) to have and to hold from this day forward, For better, for worse, (___ says) for better, for worse, For richer, for poorer, (___ says) for richer, for poorer,  In sickness and in health,  __says) in sickness and in health,To love and to cherish 'til death do us part. (___ says) to love and to cherish 'til death do us part.