Traditional Wedding Vows

Here is a collection of traditional wedding vows sure to suit everyones wedding ceremony format.

Buddhist
A homily used in Buddhist weddings:
“In the future, happy occasions will come as surely as the morning. Difficult times will come as surely as the night.
When things go joyously, meditate according to the Buddhist tradition. When things go badly, meditate. Meditation in
the manner of the Compassionate Buddha will guide your life. To say the words ‘love and compassion’ is easy. But to
accept that love and compassion are built upon patience and perseverance is not easy.”
Catholic Variation 1
“I, _______, take you, ________, for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better,
for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.”
Catholic Variation 2
“I, _______, take you, ________, to be my husband/wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in
sickness and in health. I will love and honor you all the days of my life.”
Carpatho-Russian Orthodox
Although most Eastern Orthodox wedding ceremonies have silently spoken vows, this sect of the Eastern Orthodox
Church allows brides and groom to speak their vows aloud.
“I, ______, take you, ______, as my wedded wife/husband and I promise to love, honor and respect; to be faithful to
you, and not to forsake you until death do us part. So help me God, one in the Holy Trinity, and all the Saints.”
Civil Ceremony Vows
Here is an example of a standard civil ceremony phrasing of vows. There are several variations.
“_______, I take you to be my lawfully wedded husband/wife. Before these witnesses I vow to love you and care for
you as long as we both shall live. I take you with all your faults and your strengths as I offer myself to you with my
faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and I will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the
person with whom I will spend my life.”
Eastern Orthodox
Both Greek and Russian Orthodox churches have vows that are spoken silently during the ceremony. The ceremony is
a long one that usually includes the Exchange of Rings. The bride and the groom exchange rings three times to
symbolize the Holy Trinity. At another point in the ceremony is the crowning during which the bride and groom receive
crowns on their heads. When the priest removes the crowns and says the blessing, “Be though magnified, O
bridegroom,” the couple is at that moment married.
Episcopalian Variation 1
“In the name of God, I, __________, take you, ________ to be my husband/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, until we are
parted by death. This is my solemn vow.”
Episcopalian Variation 2
“I, _________, take thee, _______, to be my wedded husband/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, and
according to God’s holy ordinance, and thereto I plight/give thee my troth.”
Interfaith
“I, _____, take you, to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in
health. I will love and honor you all the days of my life.”
Jewish
There are differences in vows between the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform branches of Judaism. In many cases,
rabbis and synagogues use their own interpretations. In many Jewish weddings, the vows are recited as the groom
puts the ring on the bride’s finger, or during a double-ring ceremony.
The groom says, “Harey at mekuddeshet li B’taba’at zo k’dat Moshe V’israel.” (“Behold, thou are consecrated unto me
with this ring according to the law of Moses and of Israel.” Transliterations may vary.) The groom then places the ring
on the bride’s finger.
If there is an exchange of rings, the bride says a slightly different vow, with changes made for gender, as she places
the ring on the groom’s finger.
In some Conservative Jewish wedding ceremonies, these vows from the Rabbinical Assembly Manual are used:
Rabbi (addressing the groom): “Do you _____, take _____ to be your lawful wedded wife, to love, to honor and to
cherish?”
Groom says, “I do.”
Rabbi (to the bride): “Do you, _____, take _____, to be your lawful wedded husband to love, to honor and to
cherish?”
Bride says, “I do.”
Rabbi, to the groom: “Do you, _____, put this ring upon the finger of your bride and say to her, ‘Be thou consecrated
to me, as my wife, by this ring, according to the Law of Moses and of Israel?”
Then the Rabbi asks the bride to repeat:
“May this ring I receive from thee be a token of my having become thy wife according to the Law of Moses and of
Israel.”
In a double ring ceremony, the bride says this:
“This ring is a symbol that thou art my husband in accordance with the Law of Moses and Israel.”
The Rabbi in a Reformed Jewish wedding might say these question-and-answer vows:
“O God, supremely blessed, supreme in might and glory, guide and bless this groom and bride. Standing here in the
presence of God, the Guardian of the home, ready to enter into the bond of wedlock, answer in the fear of God, and
in the hearing of those assembled:
“Do you, _____, of your own free will and consent take _____ to be your wife/husband and do you promise to love,
honor and cherish her/him throughout life?”
Groom/bride say, “I do.”
Lutheran Variation 1
There are many types of Lutheran churches in the United States, some more formal than others. Here is an example
of one of the traditionally-used phrasings for vows.
“I take you, _____, to be my husband/wife from this day forward, to join with you and share all that is to come, and I
promise to be faithful to you until death parts us.”
Lutheran Variation 2
“I, _____, take you, _____, to be my husband/wife, and these things I promise you:
I will be faithful to you and honest with you;
I will respect, trust, help and care for you;
I will share my life with you;
I will forgive you as we have been forgiven;
And I will try with you better to understand ourselves,
the world, and God;
Through the best and the worst of what is to come as long as we live.”
Methodist
“In the name of God, I, ______, take you, ______, to be my husband/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, until we are
parted by death. This is my solemn vow.”
Muslim
Bride: “I, _________, offer you in myself in marriage in accordance with the instructions of the Holy Quar’an and the
Holy Prophet, peace and blessing be upon Him. I pledge, in honesty and with sincerity, to be for you an obedient and
faithful wife.”
Groom: “I pledge, in honesty and sincerity, to be for you a faithful and helpful husband.”
Native American (Apache)
Here is the blessing of the Apaches used in wedding ceremonies:
“Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will
be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are
two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through
all the years. May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.”
“Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the
highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration,
difficulties and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at one time or another, remember to
focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms
when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives — remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the
sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by
abundance and delight.”
Native American (Cherokee)
“God in heaven above please protect the ones we love. We honor all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives
together. We honor Mother Earth and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons.
We honor fire and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts. We honor wind and ask that we
sail through life safe and calm as in our father’s arms. We honor water to clean and soothe our relationship — that it
may never thirst for love. With all the forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony as we grow forever
young together. Amen.”
Non-Denominational Protestant Variation 1
There are many Protestant churches throughout America that don’t have an affiliation with a specific denomination.
Here are some examples of traditional nondenominational vows:
The minister says: “Will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together in holy matrimony? Will you
love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, and forsaking all others, be
faithful to her as long as you both shall live?”
The groom answers: “I do.”
The vows are then repeated for the bride.
Or, the minister makes this statement:
“This celebration is an outward token of a sacred and inward union of the hearts which the Church does bless and the
State makes legal — a union created by loving purpose and kept by abiding will.”
The minister then asks the bride and groom:
“Is it in this spirit and for this purpose that you have come here to be joined together?”
The bride and groom reply:
“Yes, I have.”
The couple says these vows from memory or repeats after the officiant:
“I take you to be my wedded wife/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, till death do us part. This is my solemn vow.
According to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I plight you my troth.”
Non-Denominational Protestant Variation 2
“I, _____, take thee, _____, to be my wedded husband/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, according to
God’s holy ordinance: and thereto I pledge thee my faith
Non-Denominational Protestant Variation 3
Minister says to the groom: “_____, wilt thou have ____ to be thy wedded wife, to live together after God’s
ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in
health; and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?”
Groom says, “I will.”
Then Minister says to the bride: “______, wilt thou have _____ to be thy wedded husband, to live together after
God’s ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, and serve him, love, honor and keep him, in
sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?”
Bride says, “I will.”
Non-Denominational Protestant Variation 4
The minister says to the groom: “_____, will you take _____ to be your wedded wife, to live together after God’s
ordinance in the holy relationship of marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and cherish her in sickness and in
health, be true and loyal to her, as long as you both shall live?”
The groom answers, “I will.”
Then, the minister addresses the bride: “_____, will you take _____ to be your wedded husband, to live together
after God’s ordinance in the holy relationship of marriage? Will you love, honor and cherish him in sickness and in
health, be true and loyal to him, as long as you both shall live?”
The bride answers, “I will.”
When reciting the following nondenominational Protestant vows, the bride and groom hold right hands, face each
other and repeat after the officiant:
Groom: “_____, I now take you to be my wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy relationship
of marriage. I promise to love and comfort you, honor and keep you, and forsaking all others, I will be yours alone as
long as we both shall live.”
Bride: “_____, I now take you to be my wedded husband, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy
relationship of marriage. I promise to love you and obey you, honor and keep you, and forsaking all others, I will be
yours alone as long as we both shall live.”
(If you do not want to use the word “obey,” discuss it with your minister.)
These are just some of the vows used in nondenominational Protestant wedding ceremonies. There are others.
Presbyterian
“I, ______, take you to be my wedded wife/husband, and I do promise and covenant, before God and these
witnesses, to be your loving and faithful wife/husband, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in
health, as long as we both shall live.”
Unitarian
Although most Unitarian weddings do not follow a set service, but rather are designed by individual ministers, here
are two typical Unitarian-Universalist wedding vow phrasings:
The minister asks the bride and the groom respectively:
“_____, will you take _____ to be your husband/wife; love, honor and cherish him/her now and forevermore?”
The bride and groom answer:
“I will.”
The minister then asks bride and groom to repeat:
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“I, _______, take you, _____, to be my husband/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 cherish always.”
“________, will you have ______ to be your husband/wife, to live together in creating an abiding marriage? Will you
love and honor, comfort and cherish him/her in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, from this day forward?”
United Church of Christ
“I, _____, take you, ______, to be my husband/wife, and I promise to love and sustain you in the bonds of marriage
from this day forward, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, till death shall part us,
according to God’s holy ordinance.”
Quaker
“In the presence of God and these our Friends, I take thee to be my wife/husband, promising with Divine assistance
to be unto thee a loving and faithful wife/husband as long as we both shall live.”

Personalised Wedding Vows

A beautiful collection of wedding vows perfect to be personalised with your names on your special day.

VARIATION 1
I, [name], promise to love, honor, and cherish you forever. I promise to always stand by your side through the good
and the bad times. I promise to be faithful and loving. I promise to be the most compassionate wife through sickness,
in health, and the sad times. I promise to give you all of my heart. I promise to be your partner and best friend. And,
I promise to love you with all my heart and soul for eternity. Please accept this ring as a symbol of our love and
friendship. I love you, [name].
VARIATION 2
GROOM
(Name), as we stand before both God and man making public our commitment to one another, I wish to make it
known that I recognize God’s authority over my life, which is exercised from His loving heart. He has chosen me to be
one of His own, and has since been my life. I recognize also that He has blessed me, and entrusted to me your life as
an unearned gift. In recognition of these things, I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my wife. I purpose to love you
with His love, to provide for your needs through His enablement, and to lead you as He leads me, as long as He gives
me life, regardless of circumstances. (Name), I look forward to establishing a home where Christ is glorified. Toward
that end I promise to allow God to use you in my life as He sees best in building me into His person. I thank Him for
your love and friendship.
BRIDE
I (Name), take you, (Name), to be my husband. With the greatest joy I come into my new life with you. Today I am
reminded of James l:17 which says, “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down
from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” Besides the gift of salvation, you are the
most precious gift God has given me. I know that along with the new joys God has given me, I face new
responsibilities that I cannot fulfill in my own strength. But by God’s grace and power working within me, I desire to
be trustworthy as your wife, to serve and love you in all circumstances, to obey you, to allow God to use you to build
His qualities in me, as long as God give us life on this earth. I praise God continually for you, (Name), and for your
love and friendship.
VARIATION 3
From this day on, I choose you, my beloved (Name), to be my (husband/wife). To live with you and laugh with you;
to stand by your side, and sleep in your arms; to be joy to your heart, and food for your soul; to bring out the best in
you always, and, for you, to be the most that I can. I promise to laugh with you in good times, to struggle with you in
bad; to solace you when you are downhearted; to wipe your tears with my hands; to comfort you with my body; to
mirror you with my soul; to share with you all my riches and honors; to play with you as much as I can until we grow
old; and, still loving each other sweetly and gladly, our lives shall come to an end.
VARIATION 4
I (name), choose you (name) as my best friend, my love for life. I promise you my deepest love, my fullest devotion,
my tenderest care, through the pressures of the present and the uncertainties of the future, I promise to be faithful to
you. I promise to love you, to commit to you, and support you. I pledge to respect your unique talents and abilities,
to lend you strength for all of your dreams. You have shown me what love feels like and for that I thank you. You are
everything I need and at this moment I know all of my prayers have been answered and that all of my dreams have
come true. I praise God for you (name); for all of your love and constant friendship. I know that our love is heaven
sent and I promise to be here for ever and always. From this day forward, you shall not walk alone. My heart will be
your shelter and my arms will be your home. As I have given you my hand to hold, I give you my life to keep.
VARIATION 5
(Name), you have filled my world with meaning. You have made me so happy and more fulfilled as a person. Thank
you for taking me as I am; loving me, and welcoming me into your heart. I promise to always love you, respect you
as an individual, and to be faithful to you forever. Today I choose you to be my partner, and commit myself to you for
the rest of my life.
VARIATION 6
Here we stand before witnesses, to make vows this day,
Love, honor, cherish, until death, do they say.
This is my pledge, my promise, my creed,
These faith-given words, that I will now read.
For you, all my love, both body and soul
It’s what brought us together, it’s what makes us whole.
With our faith in the Church, we will walk with the Lord,
My life for yours, our destiny to unfold.
Honoring you is a task well received
For respect and commitment is something we need.
I will always respect you, on this long road ahead,
I commit my life to you, My love whom I wed.
One cherishes a treasure, something dear to the heart,
I will cherish your love, and always impart,
My thoughts and concerns, remain open, sincere,
Through good times and bad, every day of the year.
Until Death is a theme that is best left unsaid
For death has no place with the woman I wed.
But Eternal life, states our faith in the Son,
Means that even in death, we will always be one.
This ring that I give you is my promise of love,
Of our future together, with the Lord God above.
I take you as my wife, let true witness bear,
With this ring I wed, your life in my care.
VARIATION 7
What can I say to you that I haven’t already said,
What can I give you that I haven’t already given,
Is there anything of me that isn’t yours already,
My body, my mind, my heart, even my soul,
Everything that is me belonged to you long before this,
And it shall be yours long after this,
I will follow you anywhere and everywhere you lead,
Hand in hand and heart in heart.
VARIATION 8
I accept you to be my husband, secure in knowledge that you will be my friend,
my faithful partner in life, and my one true love.
On this special day, I give to you in the presence of all those in attendance
my promise to stay by your sidea as your wife
in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow,
as well as through good times and bad.
I promise to love you and comfort you in times of distress…
laugh with you and cry with you, grow with you in mind,
always be open and honest with you, and cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
VARIATION 9
I, (name), take you, (name), to be my wife. I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow and forever. I
will trust you and honor you. I will love you faithfully through the best and the worst. Whatever may come, I will
always be there. I come into this union letting go of my deepest fears and embracing all my faith and if I doubt I will
remember this time and why we came together this day. As I have given you my hands to hold, so I give you my life
to keep, so help me God.
I, (name), take you, (name), to be my husband. I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow and
forever. I will trust you and honor you. I will love you faithfully through the best and the worst. Whatever may come,
I will always be there. I come into this union letting go of my deepest fears and embracing all my faith and if I doubt I
will remember this time and why we came together this day. As I have given you my hands to hold, so I give you my
life to keep, so help me God.
VARIATION 10
My beloved,
romance may fade, but true love endures.
I choose to truly love you,
with kindness, faithfulness, and respect,
through every circumstance that life may bring.
Because you are the treasure of my heart,
it will be my joy to support, encourage, comfort, and defend you
as we together face the coming days of sorrow and joy,
sickness and health, poverty and wealth.
When I have been wronged, I will forgive.
When I do wrong, I will confess with contrition.
When conflict dims our days,
I will exercise the patience of true love
and seek the light of wise counsel.
Most of all, I will rejoice and thank the Lord
for completing me with the gift of you.
And through His infinite grace,
I know that no matter what may come,
I will remain by your side with enduring devotion and fidelity
for as long as He allows us to share this earthly life.
This is my solemn vow because,
in you, I have found the one my soul loves.
May the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit guide us
and bless us each day from this moment forward.
VARIATION 11
I prayed to God for a companion who could understand me and accept me as I am and for a special friend who would
share laughter and tears – and he sent you.
________, I promise to love you with all my heart, mind and strength. I promise to be faithful, now and forever. I
also promise to respect your children and treat them as if they were my own. I gladly accept the obligations that go
along with this pledge. I care for your children and want them to be a part of my life.
With continued love, friendship, trust and communication, I, ________, take joy today in committing my life to yours.
________, when you need me I will be there and when your strength fails you, may mine always be there for you.
Side by side, step by step, may our great journey together begin, here now from this day forward.
VARIATION 12
(Bride’s Name), is it true that you come of your own free will and accord?
[BRIDE]
Yes, it is true.
[OFFICIANT]
With whom do you come and whose blessings accompany you?
[DAD]
She comes with me, her father, and is accompanied by all of her family’s blessings.
[OFFICIANT]
Please join hands with your betrothed and listen to that which I am about to say. Above you are the stars, below you
are the stones, as time doth pass, remember…
Like a stone should your love be firm, like a star should your love be constant. Let the powers of the mind and of the
intellect guide you in your marriage, let the strength of your wills bind you together, let the power of love and desire
make you happy, and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable. Be close, but not too close. Possess one
another, yet be understanding. Have patience with one another, for storms will come, but they will pass quickly. Be
free in giving affection and warmth. Have no fear, for God is with you always.
[OFFICIANT]
(Groom’s Name), I have not the right to bind thee to (Bride’s Name), only you have this right. If it be your wish, say
so at this time and place your ring in her hand.
[GROOM]
It is my wish.
[OFFICIANT]
(Bride’s Name), if it be your wish for (Groom’s Name) to be bound to you, place the ring on his finger. (Bride’s
Name),I have not the right to bind thee to (Groom’s Name) only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this
time and place your ring in his hand.
[BRIDE]
It is my wish.
[OFFICIANT]
(Groom’s Name), if it be your wish for (Bride’s Name) to be bound to you, place the ring on her finger.
Groom’s Vows –
[OFFICIANT] (to Groom)
(Groom’s Name), repeat after me:
I, (Groom’s Full Name), in the name of the spirit of God that resides within us all, By the life that courses within my
blood and the love that resides within my heart, I take thee (Bride’s Name) to my hand, my heart, and my spirit, to
be my chosen one. To desire thee and be desired by thee, to possess thee, and be possessed by thee. I promise to
love thee wholly and completely without restraint,In sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and
beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again.
Bride’s Vows –
[OFFICIANT](to Bride)
(Bride’s Name), repeat after me :
I, (Bride’s Full Name), in the name of the spirit of God that resides within us all, By the life that courses within my
blood, and the love that resides within my heart, I take thee,(Groom’s Name) to my hand, my heart, and my spirit to
be my chosen one. To desire and be desired by thee, to possess thee, and be possessed by. I promise to love thee
wholly and completely without restraint, In sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where
we shall meet, remember, and love again.
VARIATION 13
______, you are my greatest love and my last love. Until I met you I didn’t give true love much thought, but since
you came into my life, I struggle desperately to find the words to tell you how much I love you-how I adore you. It is
difficult for me to verbalize my feelings for you, because mere words can’t begin to express my deep love. I thank
God for you, ______, and I pledge myself to you now, to be your ever-faithful wife/husband. I give you my mind, my
body and my heart and I promise to love you and cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
VARIATION 14
I love you.
I pledge to grow in my Love for you.
I pledge to nurture our Love for it is
loving you that nurtures my soul.
I pledge to share our Love together as One.
I love you because you are the only one for me.
To know you is to know Love
– and through you, know True Love.
I love you because you are the One who completes me.
I can not know union without you
– for it is by joining you that I learn
about Love’s union and where it comes from.
I love you because it is my soul mission in Life to learn our Love.
I do not so much seek to heal you,
but to embrace our Love that fills our Life as a way of healing each other.
I see your Love for me in your eyes and I see what freedom is,
what True Love is.
I promise to support your growth and share the fullness of myself.
I promise to honor you by being open to all the expressions of your inner self.
I promise to allow our Love we share become our Prayer we live.
Above all, I promise to be true to you and true to myself
so that we may grow in our Love that joins us as one.
If the Eagle is the symbol of freedom born out of True Love,
then I am one wing and you are equally the other.
Let us fly together in harmony and may
gentle winds carry us all the way to Heaven.
VARIATION 15
(name), as you have been by my side through my darkest hours, so will I be a light in your life. I will lift you up and
support you through laughter and through tears. As you have cared for me in times of infirmity, so will I keep you
sheltered when storms arise. I will comfort and console you. I will be the rock that you stand on, the staff that you
lean on, and the wings that allow you to fly. As you have inspired me to follow my dreams, so will I strive to help you
achieve your goals. I will encourage you in your endeavors and nourish your spirit as we walk through this life
together. As you have loved me, so will I love you. I will be by your side, a part of one entity, but above all else, I will
allow you to be you.
VARIATION 16
As we face the future together,
I promise to stand by your side.
I promise to unfailingly share and support your hopes, dreams and goals.
I vow to be there for you always.
When you fall, I will catch you.
When you cry, I will comfort you.
When you laugh, I will share your joy.
Everything I am and everything I have is yours,
from this moment forth and for eternity.
VARIATION 17
I, _____, take you, _____ to be my wife. I will speak the truth to you in Love. I will encourage you and strengthen
you in your walk with God. I will not let the sun go down on my anger, instead I will be gracious, tender-hearted, and
forgiving even as God has forgiven me. I will be peaceful, content and joyful in every situation we encounter knowing
that God is at work.
I, _____, take you, _____ to be my husband. I will speak the truth to you in Love. I will encourage you and
strengthen you in your walk with God. I will not let the sun go down on my anger, instead I will be gracious, tenderhearted,
and forgiving even as God has forgiven me. I will be peaceful, content and joyful in every situation we
encounter knowing that God is at work.
VARIATION 18
I accept you to be my husband, secure in knowledge that you will be my friend,
my faithful partner in life, and my one true love.
On this special day, I give to you in the presence of all those in attendance
my promise to stay by your sidea as your wife
in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow,
as well as through good times and bad.
I promise to love you and comfort you in times of distress…
laugh with you and cry with you, grow with you in mind,
always be open and honest with you, and cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
VARIATION 19
BRIDE
______, since we have been together, you have provided me with strength, security, confidence, honesty, love &
plenty of much needed guidance.
Where there has been cold, you have brought warmth; where my life was dark, you have brought light. In my darkest
trouble, in my coldest silence, I looked for you and you were there.
You are truly my knight in shining armor. You may not realize it but you have helped me and saved me in so many
ways and I love you for that.
I am honored that you will have me as your wife and I am proud to have you as my husband. I believe that we were
meant to be from the start & I will always love you with all my heart.
GROOM
______, you are a star from the heavens to love, honor and cherish, for all the days of my life.
You are my pearl of choice, my strength at my side.
My love for you will never fade.
You are my love, my life, my wife.
May God bless our marriage in peace and happiness for all time.
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VARIATION 20
GROOM
I, (name), do take thee, (name), to be my lawfully wedded wife. To honor, respect and to hold thy needs before mine
own. To keep you as my one true love as God has ordained, for all of my life. This day I affirm before God and all
witnesses my undying loyalty and pledge to forsake all others for you. To uphold you in sickness and health, to be
your best friend, sharing in our happiness and sorrow, to always have compassion and love without reservation or
reward. Though life may be rich or poor, to you alone will I hold. To you this day before God I pledge this vow to you.
BRIDE
I, (name), do take thee, (name), to be my lawfully wedded husband. To honor, respect and to hold thy needs before
mine own. To keep you as my one true love as God has ordained, for all of my life. This day I affirm before God and
all witnesses my undying loyalty and pledge to forsake all others for you. To uphold you in sickness and health, to be
your best friend, sharing in our happiness and sorrow, to always have compassion and love without reservation or
reward. Though life may be rich or poor, to you alone will I hold. To you this day before God I pledge this vow to you.

Non Traditional Wedding Vows

Are you looking for something a bit different for your wedding vows?

Here you will find a beautiful collection of non-traditional wedding vows for your special day.  There are 28 examples of non-traditional wedding vows for you to choose from so you’re bound to find something that works for you.

VARIATION 1

Because of you, I laugh, I smile, I dare to dream again.
I look forward with great joy to spending the rest of my
life with you, caring for you, nurturing you, being there for you in all life
has for us, and I vow to be true and faithful for as long as we both shall live.

VARIATION 2

These things I promise I will do
That life may grant you ample grace
Because I love and cherish you:
I vow to treasure what is true
That I might touch whom I embrace:
These things I promise I will do.
I’ll build a garden in your view
That with sweet fruit will stone replace
Because I love and cherish you.
I vow to love each day anew,
For love must dance through time and space:
These things I promise I will do.
I vow to make your terrors few
And then with you those demons face
Because I love and cherish you.
And now, as we make one of two,
A passage we cannot retrace,
These things I promise I will do
Because I love and cherish you.

VARIATION 3

I love you. You are my best friend.
Today I give myself to you in marriage.
I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you,
and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle.
I promise to love you in good times and in bad,
when life seems easy and when it seems hard,
when our love is simple, and when it is an effort.
I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in highest regard
These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.

VARIATION 4

I love you and I know that this love is from God.
Through all of the uncertainties and trials of the present and future,
I promise to be faithful to you and love you.
I promise to guide and protect you as Christ does his church,
as long as we both shall live.

VARIATION 5

I promise to be there when you need me,
to fill your days with sunshine, to comfort you and encourage you,
to help you reach your goals, to be your best friend
ever and to love you all my life with all my heart.
I promise to love you above all others and to value
your friendship as a precious gift.
I look forward to raising our family and building
our relationship under the care and guidance of God.
I promise to stand beside you in sickness or health, in times of
prosper and decline, in peace and in turmoil, as long as we both
shall live.
I acknowledge my love for you and invite you to share my life as I hope
to share yours. I promise to walk by your side, to love, help and
encourage you. I vow to take time to share with you, to listen and to
care. I will share your laughter and your tears as your partner, lover and
friend. I promise always to respect you and honor you as an individual
and to be conscious of your needs. I shall seek through kindness and
compassion to achieve with you the life we have planned together.

VARIATION 6

From this day forward I promise you these things.
I will laugh with you in times of joy and comfort you in times of sorrow.
I will share in your dreams, and support you as you strive to achieve your goals.
I will listen to you with compassion and understanding,
and speak to you with encouragement.
I will help you when you need it, and step aside when you don’t.
I will remain faithful to you for better or worse, in times of sickness and health.
You are my best friend and I will love and respect you always.

VARIATION 7

On this special day,
I give to you in the presence of God and all these witnesses
my promise to stay by your side,
in sickness and in health,
in joy and in sorrow, as well as
through the good times and the bad.
I promise to love you without reservation,
comfort you in times of distress,
encourage you to achieve all of your goals,
laugh with you and cry with you,
grow with you in mind and spirit,
always be open and honest with you,
and cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

VARIATION 8

As we stand beside the ocean tide, may our love always be as
constant and unchanging as these never-ending waves that pour
beneath our feet, flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea; your love
came softly upon my heart, just as the foam comes softly upon the
sand, and just as there will never be a morning without the ocean’s flow,
so there will never be a day without my love for you. I pledge myself to
you this day Our love will be as unchanging and dependable as the tide;
as these waters nourish the earth and sustain life, may my constant devotion
nourish and sustain you until the end of time.

VARIATION 9

_______, I love you. You are my best friend and will be forever. Today I give myself to you in marriage to be your
husband/wife. I promise to encourage you, to laugh with you and to comfort you in times of sorrow. I promise to love
you in good times and bad. I promise to cherish and respect you. I vow to be true and faithful for as long as we both
shall live. Because of you, I laugh, I smile, I dare to dream again. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with
you, caring, loving and being there for you in all life has for us. I will always be the person that you can trust, talk to
and the person that will always understand. I will make my home in your heart. These promises I give you today and
all of the days of our lifes. Take this ring as a sign of my faith and commitment. Our love has given us wings and our
journey begins today.

VARIATION 10

I promise to give you the best of myself and to ask of you no more than you can give.
I promise to accept you the way you are.
I fell in love with you for the qualities, abilities, and outlook on life that you have,
and won’t try to reshape you in a different image.
I promise to respect you as a person with your own interests, desires, and needs,
and to realize that those are sometimes different, but no less important than my own.
I promise to keep myself open to you, to let you see through the window of my personal
world into my innermost fears and feelings, secrets and dreams.
I promise to grow along with you, to be willing to face change as we both change
in order to keep our relationship alive and exciting.
And finally, I promise to love you in good times and in bad, with all I have to give
and all I feel inside in the only way I know how… completely and forever.

VARIATION 11

I promise to give you the best of myself and to ask of you no more than you can give.
I promise to accept you the way you are.
I fell in love with you for the qualities, abilities, and outlook on life that you have,
and won’t try to reshape you in a different image.
I promise to respect you as a person with your own interests, desires, and needs,
and to realize that those are sometimes different, but no less important than my own.
I promise to keep myself open to you, to let you see through the window of my personal
world into my innermost fears and feelings, secrets and dreams.
I promise to grow along with you, to be willing to face change as we both change
in order to keep our relationship alive and exciting.
And finally, I promise to love you in good times and in bad, with all I have to give
and all I feel inside in the only way I know how… completely and forever.

VARIATION 12

Today I will marry my friend,
the one I will live with, dream with and love.
I take you to be my husband/wife.
From this day forward I will cherish you,
I will look with joy down the path of our tomorrow’s
knowing we will walk it together side by side, hand in hand and
heart to heart.

VARIATION 13

On this special day, I give to you in the presence of God,
my promise to stand by your side, in sickness and health,
in joy and in sorrow, as well as through the good times and the bad.
I promise to love you without reservation, to honor and respect you,
to comfort and support you each and every day, to laugh with you and cry with you,
to grow with you in mind and spirit, to always be open and honest with you,
and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
You are my best friend for life.
I pledge to honor, encourage, and support you through our walk together.
When our way becomes difficult, I promise to stand by you and uplift you,
so that through our union we can accomplish more than we could alone.
I promise to work at our love and always make you a priority in my life.
With every beat of my heart, I will love you. This is my solemn vow.

VARIATION 14

I come here today, (name), to join my life to years before this company.
In their presence I pledge to be true to you, to respect you,
and to grow with you through the years.
Time may pass, fortune may smile, trials may come;
no matter what we may encounter together,
I vow here that this love will be my only love.
I will make my home in your heart from this day forward.

VARIATION 15

Today, (name), I join my life to yours, not merely as your (husband/wife),
but as your friend, your lover, and your confidant.
Let me be the shoulder you lean on,
the rock on which you rest,
the companion of your life.
With you I will walk my path from this day forward.

VARIATION 16

(Name), with free and unconstrained soul,
I give you all I am and all I am to become.
Take this ring, and with it my promise of faith, patience, and love,
for the rest of my life.

VARIATION 17

What have I to give you, (name)?
The promise to take you as my only love from this day forward,
to stand by your side, to listen when you speak,
to comfort you when you cry,
and to join your laughter with my own.
Take this ring, and be my (husband/wife)

VARIATION 18

As freely, (name), as God has given me life,
I join my life with yours.
Wherever you go, I will go;
whatever you face, I will face.
For good or ill, in happiness or sadness,
come riches or poverty,
I take you as my (husband/wife), and will give myself to no other.

VARIATION 19

To marry the person you have set your heart upon
is a joy unparalleled in human life.
(Name), take this ring as a sign of my faith
and my commitment to our love,
and share this joy with me today.

VARIATION 20

I used to be afraid of falling in love, of giving my heart away.
How could I trust a (man/woman) to love me,
to give to me all that I wanted to give to (him/her)?
(Name), when I met you, I realized how much we could share together.
You have renewed my life:
Today I join that life with yours.

VARIATION 21

Two flames, one light.
(Name), I offer you this ring as a sign of life,
and myself as your (husband/wife).
Let us walk together always,
and let us always walk towards the light.

VARIATION 22

I came to this place today as a (man/woman) standing along;
I will walk from it by your side.
Today I cross the threshold with you
and enter into a new and lasting lifetime commitment.
(Name), I commit myself to you as your (husband/wife).

VARIATION 23

Today, a day of music and celebration,
I pledge to share my life with you.
Whether the days that come are happy or sad,
I will live them with you.
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(Name), I give myself to you as your (husband/wife).

VARIATION 24

Love has given us wings, and our journey begins today,
(Name), wherever the wind may carry me,
I will stay by your side as your (husband/wife),
Take this ring as a sign of my love.

VARIATION 25

Where there has been cold,
you have brought warmth;
where my life was dark,
you have brought light.
(Name), I pledge before this assembled company
to be your (husband/wife) from this day forward.
Let us make of our two lives, one life,
and let us always honour and respect each other.

VARIATION 26

(Name), our miracle lies in the path we have chosen together.
I enter this marriage with you knowing that the true magic of love
is not to avoid changes, but to navigate them successfully.
Let us commit to the miracle of making each day work – together.

VARIATION 27

Whatever lies ahead, good or bad, we will face together.
Distance may test us for a time, and time may tire us.
But if we look to each other first, we will always see a friend.
(Name), look to me for all the days to come;
today I take my place as your (husband/wife).

VARIATION 28

On this day, (month, day, year), I, (name), join myself to you (name),
before this company.
May our days be long, and may they be seasoned with love, understanding and respect.