wedding vow

Your wedding vows set the tone for your marriage. The right vows make your wedding romantic, meaningful, and uniquely your own. Vows that don't speak from your heart can spoil your wedding and set the wrong tone for your marriage. The heart and soul of your wedding are your vows to each other.

Select from twenty of the most beautiful and romantic contemporary wedding vows ever written. Each vow in this collection skillfully weaves innovation with tradition, with affirmations about love, life, partnership, and individuality. The vows range from religious to secular, but all are romantic, unique, and meaningful. Your vows will be meaningful and special just as they are. But you can also add your own words or mix vows from different ceremonies. Even if you already have vows, you can find that one special line that adds so much meaning to your wedding ceremony.

Your vows can be memorized declarations, or require nothing more complicated than, "I do."

Can you afford not to have the most meaningful, beautiful, and romantic vows for your wedding? Get your marriage off on the right foot.

 

 

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The Wedding Vow

During the wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the pastor with an unusual offer.

"Look, I'll give you $100 if you'll change the wedding vows. When you get to me and the part where I'm to promise to 'love, honor and obey' and 'forsaking all others, be faithful to her forever,' I'd appreciate it if you'd just leave that part out." He passed the minister a $100 bill and walked away satisfied.

It is now the day of the wedding, and the bride and groom have moved to that part of the ceremony where the vows are exchanged. When it comes time for the groom's vows, the pastor looks the young man in the eye and says:

"Will you promise to prostrate yourself before her, obey her every command and wish, serve her breakfast in bed every morning of your life and swear eternally before God and your lovely wife that you will not ever even look at another woman, as long as you both shall live?"

The groom gulped and looked around, and said in a tiny voice, "Yes."

The groom leaned toward the pastor and hissed, "I thought we had a deal."

The pastor put the $100 bill into his hand and whispered back, "She made me a much better offer."

 

 

The Who, What, Why, Where, When of Renewing Marriage Vows Ceremony

by Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb, interfaith minister

 

A renewal of wedding vows ceremony can be a meaningful, touching revivifying ceremony for you and your children, family and friends. As a married couple, it is a time to pause and reflect on where you have been and where you are going.  It is also wonderful example to set for your children and grandchildren.  Can you imagine a more beautiful scene than children watching their parents joining hands and hearts as they affirm the magnitude and strength of their enduring love? What greater life lesson? I often say at these ceremonies: “True love does not wither or dye.  It merely ripens. ” Afterwards many couples comment as to how surprisingly romantic it all felt!

 

Vow renewal ceremonies can be as creative and personal as you want them to be.  Walk down the aisle to classical music and walk out to “your song”.  Let the cover of your invitation feature your grandchild’s favorite drawing of Grandma and Pop Pop or even your first wedding portrait. Play your original wedding video at your reception.  Buy new wedding bands for the occasion and have them specially engraved.  Your ceremony can be very formal, or more casual and fun. It can completely reflect who you are.

 

Significant anniversaries are especially appropriate times for renewing your commitment and love. I have conducted vow renewals for couples married as little as 10 years and as much as 50 years. There is no set time. If it feels right, do it! 

Some couples choose to renew their vows after a particularly difficult crisis in their lives, say for example, the overcoming of a serious illness or a period of estrangement.  They want to make it new again!  Others simply want to reaffirm the tremendous love that has matured and deepened with the passing of years.  

Vow renewals are usually conducted by clergy since they are generally more spiritual and not official in nature.  However, if you have a warm hearted friend who is a judge or a ship’s captain---that could work nicely as well.  The ceremony can be conducted in churches, chapels, temples, banquet facilities, on yachts, out of doors or in the privacy of a couple’s home. Consider reaffirming your vows in some far off, exotic destination! The couples themselves often host the celebration because it is so very personal. It is a decision that only you as a couple can make.  There are no shot gun vow renewals!

 

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Some couples elect to repeat the very same vows that they used on their wedding days. Others choose vows that reflect a mature love blessed with all the joys and tribulations of years.

 

A couple can end their vows with a poem, for example, this verse by James Weldon Johnson:
 
"The world, for me,
and all the world can hold
is circled in your arms,
for me their lies
within the lights and shadows of your eyes
the only beauty that is never old."


 Feel Free to Use These Wedding Vows:


A minister may state the following "Declaration of Intent" before the couple takes the standard vows:
 
"When you first joined hands and hearts 40 years ago, you did not know where life would take you. You promised to love, honor and cherish one another through all things.  Life has surely brought you both wonderful blessings and difficult tribulations. Therefore, you have fulfilled your promise.  And God is smiling!   So, as you come here today to reaffirm
your wedding vows and as you reflect back over all the years as husband and wife, do you now reaffirm the vows you took 40 years
ago?  If so, repeat after me.


The following was adapted from Diane Warner's Complete Book of Wedding Vows. A couple may say these words to one another just before they take the vows of their choice.

"You are mine, my love, and I am yours, as ordained by God from the beginning of time.  God brought us together, kept us together.
 You are God's gift to me, my priceless treasure, my blessing for life.  May God bless us as we come together before our family  and friends to renew our pledge of love to one another, eternal."

 

Writing your own vows would be most appropriate as well. Try the following to help you with the writing of your personalized wedding vows:

 

Go through a book of vows and jot down all the words and phrases you like on a piece of paper.

Answer these questions:

How do I love my wife/husband? How has our love grown over the years?
How has my husband/wife made me a better person?

For what am I most grateful to my wife/husband? What is my pledge to him/her for the future?


Equipped with the research and their answers, a couple is often better able to express what is in their heart. Remember that love brings even the most reticent tongue to verse! Some of the most beautiful vows I have heard come from those who have never written before. Also, in answering these questions, you are creating a precious document. How often do we take the time to complete such an exercise? You will cherish these words for the rest of your lives---and perhaps can even pass it along to your children one day.

 

Know that there are sections for vow renewals in most wedding books.  Your readings can be tailored to a more mature love. The Anniversary Song by Naomi Long Madgett is popular with couples and is often read along side a biblical verse.

Poems for a wedding vow renewal:

 

How good it is to let our memory wander
And travel back across the fruitful years
To count how many miles we've walked together!

On pinnacle of dreams, through vales of tears,
Along the level ground of every day
We've made our way.
In sickness and in health, in joy and sadness,
Together, side by side, sunshine or shade,
We've worked toward common goals, found
satisfaction
In all the hours of which our years are made.
All things were possible because we shared,
Because we cared.
After many years, we still hold dearest
Of all life's blessings anywhere on earth
The trust and honor that we give each other,
The love that gave our other blessings birth.
Praise be that I am yours by plan divine,
That you are mine!

 

One vow renewal bride that I remember surprised her husband by wearing the same dress she wore on their original wedding day. Admittedly, they had only been married for ten years and she had to diet for the occasion.   This is rare, however, as newly purchased dresses and suits are usually part of the fun! Click Now To Find an Affordable Wedding Dress for a second marriage.

 

One final piece of advice:  Include the children and grandchildren!  Have the elder teenage boy/s walk mom down the aisle.  Your daughter may be your maid of honor, Or have all the grandchildren process down the aisle before you----boys ringing hand bells and girls sprinkling flower petals.  There is a popular hand fasting ceremony that I conduct where I bind the couples hands with my prayer stole just before the exchange of vows signifying an in dissolvable union---then I ask family members to come forward one by one.  They each place their hands upon their parents’ or grandparents’ hands and offer a personal blessing.  A marriage vow renewal is a family affair!  One unique couple had their entire original bridal party reunited for the occasion.

 

However, whenever, wherever you choose to do a vow renewal---remember that more than the flowers or ribbons or fancy clothes, it is the love in your heart that creates the beauty and majesty. After all, it is love that brought and kept you together all these years. 

 

 

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Vow No. 1 - Bride & Groom - Traditional

(You may wish to add your own embellishments)

 

I, (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee) (Groom/Bride), to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; and I promise to be faithful to you until death parts us.

 


Vow No. 2a - Bride to Groom

 

I, (Bride's Name), take (you/thee), (Groom's Name),

to be my [opt: lawfully wedded] husband,

secure in the knowledge that you will be

my constant friend,

my faithful partner in life,

and my one true love.

On this special [opt: and holy] day,

I (affirm/reaffirm/give) to you

in the presence of God and (all those in attendance/these witnesses)

my (pledge/sacred promise) to stay by your side as your [opt: faithful] wife

in sickness and in health,

in joy and in sorrow, as well as

through the good times and the bad.

I (promise/further promise) to love you without reservation,

comfort you in times of distress,

encourage you to achieve (higher/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.

 


Vow No. 2b - Groom to Bride

 

I, (Groom's Name), take (you/thee), (Bride's Name),

to be my [opt: lawfully wedded] wife,

knowing in my heart that you will be

my constant friend,

my faithful partner in life,

and my one true love.

On this special [opt: and holy] day,

I (affirm/reaffirm/give) to you

in the presence of God and (all those in attendance/these witnesses)

my (pledge/sacred promise) to stay by your side as your [opt: faithful] husband

in sickness and in health,

in joy and in sorrow, as well as

through the good times and the bad.

I (promise/further promise) to love you without reservation,

honor and respect you,

provide for your needs as best I can,

protect you from harm,

comfort you in times of distress,

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.

 

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