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Quite a number of people could do with some wedding vow examples to help with ideas for their big day. A vow is a promise, and wedding vows are the promises you make to your partner at your wedding. In writing wedding vows, it helps to imagine what you would wish your partner could promise you, write it all down, and edit.

Take motivation from the real couples who composed their own sentimental wedding vows.

Once you’ve concluded that you need to compose your vows, you started with the question:

How do I write my marriage vows?

So, never fret, just follow these simple steps.

  1. Think about your spouse and all they mean to you.
  2. Consider what the marriage will mean to your lives.
  3. Write it all down, and edit repeatedly.
  4. Take thoughts from these self-composed vows from real couples who made custom ones.

Traditional Wedding Vows Examples

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Traditional wedding vows are standard wedding vows; Classics, which have been passed down from generation to generation. Below are a few samples of traditional wedding vows:

  • I, Bride/Groom, commit myself to you, Bride/Groom, as wife/husband/partner, to learn and grow with, to explore and adventure with, to respect you in everything as an equal partner, in the foreknowledge of joy and pain, strength and weariness, direction and doubt, for all the risings and settings of the sun. We tie these knots to symbolize our connection to one another. They represent our trust in each other and our combined strength together.

  • Today, surrounded by people who love us, I choose you, Bride/Groom, to be my partner. I am proud to be your wife/husband/partner and to join my life with yours. I vow to support you, push you, inspire you, and above all love you, for better or worse, in sickness and health, for richer or poorer, as long as we both shall live

  • OFFICIANT: Do you, Bride/Groom and Bride/Groom, pledge to create a life of mutual respect, compassion, generosity, and patience toward each other as you grow together in years?
    COUPLE: We do.
    OFFICIANT: Do you pledge to recognize each other’s individuality and celebrate each other’s uniqueness as a strength in marriage? While at the same time, will you guard one another’s weaknesses with understanding, support, and inspiration?
    COUPLE: We do.
    OFFICIANT: And do you pledge to share the love you have for each other with all living beings? To be a couple that lets their marriage radiate into others, making their lives more beautiful because of it?
    COUPLE: We do.
    OFFICIANT: Bride/Groom and Bride/Groom, if you will face each other and repeat after me.
    Bride/Groom: Bride/Groom, I give you my life. With all that I am and all that I have, I honor you.
    Bride/Groom: Bride/Groom, I give you my life. With all that I am and all that I have, I honor you.

  • I, Bride/Groom, take you, Bride/Groom, to be the wife/husband/partner of my days, the companion of my house, the friend of my life. We shall bear together whatever trouble and sorrow life may lay upon us, and we shall share together whatever good and joyful things life may bring us. With these words and all the words of my heart, I marry you and bind my life to yours.

  • UNITARIAN
    I, Bride/Groom, take you, Bride/Groom, to be the wife/husband/partner of my days,
    to be the parent of my children, to be the companion of my house.
    We will keep together what measure of trouble and sorrow our lives may lay upon us,
    and we will share together our store of goodness and plenty and love.

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Religious Wedding Vows

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Religious wedding vows are faith-based vows with wordings based on the particular faith of the couple getting married. Each with their different styles of wedding vows.

Christian wedding vows examples

  • ROMAN CATHOLIC
    I, Bride/Groom, take you, Bride/Groom, 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 you and honor you all the days of my life.
    Bride/Groom, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

  • CHURCH OF ENGLAND
    I Bride/Groom, take you Bride/Groom, to be my [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 us do part,
    according to God’s holy law;
    in the presence of God, I make this vow.

  • EPISCOPAL
    In the Name of God, I, Bride/Groom, take you, Bride/Groom, to be my wife/husband/partner,
    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.

  • FROM THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
    I, Bride/Groom, take thee, Bride/Groom, 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 us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
    With this Ring, I thee wed: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

  • THE PROTESTANT WEDDING SOURCEBOOK
    In the presence of God and before our family and friends,
    I, Bride/Groom, take you, Bride/Groom, to be my [wife/husband].
    All that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you.
    Whatever the future holds, I will love you and stand by you, as long as we both shall live.
    This is my solemn vow.

     

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Buddhist Wedding Vows Examples

  • I take you for the love you hold in your heart, and vow to spend my life cultivating my love and care for you, for our family, and for all living things. Our relationship is my most important consideration; it gives me strength, and I vow to put every effort into strengthening it in turn through honesty, faithfulness, and patience. For all the days that we live with one another, I promise to spend each day working to become a more true version of myself, and I will do my utmost to help you do the same. In this effort, I take the Threefold Refuge vows, the Three Boundless precepts, the Ten Grave Precepts, as well as your wisdom and your council as my guides.

  • I, Bride/Groom take you Bride/Groom to be my husband/wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.
    I will trust you and honor you
    I will laugh with you and cry with you.
    Through the best and the worst,
    Through the difficult and the easy.
    Whatever may come I will always be there.
    As I have given you my hand to hold
    So I give you my life to keep.

  • Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine with each other and with all beings, we undertake the practice of growing in happiness each day.
    Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine with each other and with all beings, we undertake the practice of using whatever arises in our relationship for our own awakening and for the awakening of all beings.
    Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine with each other and with all beings, we undertake the practice of receiving everything in our relationship as teachings meant to open our hearts.
    Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine with each other and with all beings, we undertake the practice of revealing ourselves fully in our relationship, striving toward complete vulnerability and honesty.
    Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine with each other and with all beings, we undertake the practice of listening without judgment.
    Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine with each other and with all beings, we undertake the practice of feeling and releasing all obstructions to being fully present in each moment.

  • I Bride/Groom, take thee, Bride/Groom to be my Husband/Wife- To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, in joy and sorrow, and I promise My love to you. And with this ring, I take you as my Husband/Wife, for as long as we both shall live.

  • Do you, Bride/Groom promises to love, cherish and work day and night to bring total happiness to Bride/Groom? Do you promise to practice generosity, morality, patience, and joy in all you do; mindfulness and wisdom to treat [Bride] and all others with loving kindness and compassion, for all the time you are together, knowing that this marriage can only be as good as the two of you make it.
    “I do.”

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Non-religious Wedding Vows

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Non-religious wedding vows are vows made by couples to each other, which are not based on any faith or religion. These vows are based simply on the love that they have for each other.

  • I take you to be my spouse. I promise to choose you every day, to love you in word and deed, to do the hard work of making now into always. To laugh with you, cry with you, grow with you, and create with you. To honor the divinity in you, of you, and around you. To be your kin and your partner in all of life’s adventures. Loving what I know of you and trusting what I don’t yet know, I give you my hand. I give you my love. I give you myself. Will you give me yourself? Will you come to travel with me?

  • Today, surrounded by people who love us, I choose you, Bride/Groom, to be my partner. I am proud to be your wife/husband/partner and to join my life with yours. I vow to support you, push you, inspire you, and, above all, love you, for better or worse, in sickness and health, for richer or poorer, as long as we both shall live.

  • OFFICIANT: Do you, Bride/Groom, promise to be a loving friend and partner in marriage, to talk and to listen, to trust and to appreciate, to respect and to cherish Bride/Groom’s uniqueness? Do you promise to support, comfort, and strengthen him/her/them through life’s joys and sorrows? Do you promise to share hopes and dreams as you build your lives together, and to grow with Bride/Groom in mind? Will you strive to build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect and honor, filled with peace, happiness, and love? Do you promise to always be open and honest with Bride/Groom, and cherish him/her/them for as long as you both shall live?

  • I, Bride/Groom, take you, Bride/Groom, to be the wife/husband/partner of my days, the companion of my house, the friend of my life. We shall bear together whatever trouble and sorrow life may lay upon us, and we shall share together whatever good and joyful things life may bring us. With these words and all the words of my heart, I marry you and bind my life to yours.

  • I take you as you are, loving who you are now and who you are yet to become. I promise to listen to you and learn from you, to support you and accept your support. I will celebrate your triumphs and mourn your losses as though they were my own. I will love you and have faith in your love for me, through all our years and all that life may bring us.

     

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Funny Wedding Vows Examples

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Some couples choose to personalize their vows and have fun doing it. This is what produces fun and comical wedding vows. Below are a few such hilarious wedding vows examples.

  • I promise to overdraft the checking account
    I promise to complain about the kitty litter
    I vow to encourage us to try new and strange things
    I vow to fill your ‘I love you’ bank every day
    I vow to never use a recipe when fixing dinner
    I vow to be the best parts of me that fit perfectly with the best parts of you
    Although I will be imperfect, I pledge to be sensitive and respectful of your unique talents, abilities, and quirks
    I pledge to lend you strength for all of your dreams
    Through our union, we can accomplish more than I could alone
    I believe in you.”

  • “I want your worst—give me your bad hair days, your long commutes, your burnt coffee, lost keys, splashed shoes, annoying coworkers, lost receipts, broken copiers. Give me your every day and I will give you my love to make it alright.”

  • “I Bride/Groom, take you, Bride/Groom to be my lawfully wedded wife and chief tennis doubles partner, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, for when we win and the very, very rare occasion when we lose. I promise to love, honor, and cherish you, to return your serves and do my best not to foot fault. This I vow to you.”

  • Bride/Groom: “I promise to forget to stack the dishes on the right and leave stagnant water in the sink
    I promise to always drive the speed limit, even on the freeway
    I promise to cuss loudly at video games
    I vow to snuggle you as often as possible
    I vow to make you really really laugh out loud
    I vow to always try one bite of any meal you create
    I vow to be the best parts of me that fit perfectly with the best parts of you
    Although I will be imperfect, I pledge to be sensitive and respectful of your unique talents, abilities, and quirks
    I pledge to lend you strength for all of your dreams
    Through our union, we can accomplish more than I could alone
    I believe in you.”

  • “I promise to love and cherish you as much as I do our dog, Spot. From this day forward, I will lint roll the chairs whenever your parents visit. I will love you in sickness and in health, as long as you take care of the vet visits. I promise to cuddle with you as much as I do Spot and pick up treats for you whenever he gets some, too.”

     

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Personal Wedding Vows Examples

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These are vows written from scratch by each partner, to express themselves willfully and in their own words. Below are a few of such romantic quotes you should say to your love:

Wedding vows for her examples

  • “I promise to encourage your compassion,
    Because that is what makes you unique and wonderful.
    I promise to nurture your dreams,
    Because through them your soul shines.
    I promise to help shoulder our challenges,
    For there is nothing we cannot face if we stand together.
    I promise to be your partner in all things,
    Not possessing you, but working with you as a part of the whole.
    Lastly, I promise you perfect love and perfect trust,
    For one lifetime with you could never be enough.
    This is my sacred vow to you, my equal in all things.”

  • “I promise to love and care for you, and I will try in every way to be worthy of your love.
    I will always be honest with you, kind, patient and forgiving.
    I promise to try to be on time.
    But most of all, I promise to be a true and loyal friend to you.
    I love you.”

  • “You know me better than anyone else in this world and somehow still you manage to love me. You are my best friend and one true love. There is still a part of me today that cannot believe that I’m the one who gets to marry you.”

  • “I see these vows not as promises but as privileges: I get to laugh with you and cry with you; care for you and share with you. I get to run with you and walk with you; build with you and live with you.”

  • “I promise to be your lover, companion and friend,
    Your partner in parenthood,
    Your ally in conflict,
    Your greatest fan and your toughest adversary.
    Your comrade in adventure,
    Your student and your teacher,
    Your consolation in disappointment,
    Your accomplice in mischief.
    This is my sacred vow to you, my equal in all things. All things.”

     

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Wedding vows examples for him

  • “You have been my best friend, mentor, playmate, confidant, and my greatest challenge. But most importantly, you are the love of my life and you make me happier than I could ever imagine and more loved than I ever thought possible… You have made me a better person, as our love for one another is reflected in the way I live my life. So I am truly blessed to be a part of your life, which as of today becomes our life together.”

  • “On this day,
    I give you my heart,
    My promise,
    That I will walk with you,
    Hand in hand,
    Wherever our journey leads us,
    Living, learning, loving,
    Together,
    Forever.”

  • “I believe in you, the person you will grow to be and the couple we will be together.
    With my whole heart, I take you as my wife/husband, acknowledging and accepting your faults and strengths, as you do mine.
    I promise to be faithful and supportive and to always make our family’s love and happiness my priority.
    I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph.
    I will dream with you, celebrate with you and walk beside you through whatever our lives may bring. You are my person—my love and my life, today and always.”

  • “On this day,
    I give you my heart,
    My promise,
    That I will walk with you,
    Hand in hand,
    Wherever our journey leads us,
    Living, learning, loving,
    Together,
    Forever.”

  • “I take you to be my partner for life,
    I promise above all else to live in truth with you
    And to communicate fully and fearlessly,
    I give you my hand and my heart
    As a sanctuary of warmth and peace
    And pledge my love, devotion, faith, and honor
    As I join my life to yours.”

     

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Family wedding vows examples

Some wedding vows include not just the couple, but also other members of the family. This usually occurs at second marriage ceremonies and weddings for blended families. So find below some wedding renewal vows examples as well as wedding vows to stepchildren examples for such weddings.

  • OFFICIANT: [Groom], [Bride] and [Child] would you please join hands to form your family circle? I am going to ask all of you 3 questions. I would like all of you to answer each of them with, “I Promise!”
    Do you promise to love, respect and protect each other from this day forward? All 3: “I Promise!”
    Do you promise to always try to be the best person you can be? All 3: “I Promise!”
    Do you promise to accept the responsibility of being a family, and encourage, and support each other in your new life together? All 3: “I Promise!”

  • OFFICIANT: These sacred vows are not just between __________ and _________ because you will not only be a new couple, you will be a new family. ___________, will you please join us now for the special family rites of this wedding.
    (Children come forward)
    Do you promise to love and respect your parent’s new life together? Children: “We do.”
    Do you promise to support their marriage and your new family? Children: “We do.”
    Do you promise to accept the responsibility of being their children, and to encourage them and support them in your new life together as a family? Children: “We do.”

  • “God has given us a second chance at happiness. I come today to give you my love, to give you my heart and my hope for our future together. I promise to bring you joy, to be at home with your spirit and to learn to love you more each day, through all the days of our lives. My love for you is endless and eternal.”

  • “I offer myself to you as a partner in life. I vow to love you in sickness and in health. I commit myself to encourage you in good times and in bad. I will cherish and respect you all the days of our life together. Starting anew once again, I give thanks that I have found you. May our marriage be a gift to the world and our families, as your love is a gift to me.”

  • “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 in store for us, and I vow to be true and faithful for as long as we both shall live.”

     

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Unique wedding vows examples

Quite similar to personal wedding vows, these unique wedding vows are different from the norm, and most definitely the couple’s own words. These do not stick to any specific wedding ceremony script, and below are a few examples.

  • “Bride/Groom, 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 the highest regard. These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.”

  • “I, Bride/Groom, affirm my love to you, Bride/Groom, as I invite you to share my life. You are the most beautiful, smart, and generous person I have ever known, and I promise always to respect you. With kindness, unselfishness, and trust, I will work by your side to create a wonderful life together.”

  • “I, Bride/Groom, take you, Bride/Groom, to be my [husband/wife], to share the good times and hard times side by side. I humbly give you my hand and my heart as I pledge my faith and love to you. Just as this ring I give you today is a circle without end, my love for you is eternal. Just as it is made of incorruptible substance, my commitment to you will never fail. With this ring, I thee wed.”

  • “Bride/Groom, I promise to love you, to be your best friend, to respect and support you, to be patient with you, to work together with you to achieve our goals, to accept you unconditionally, and to share life with you throughout the years.”

  • “I, Bride/Groom, pledge my undying love to you, Bride/Groom, as I invite you to share my life. I promise to be kind, unselfish, respectful, and trustworthy so that together, our dreams of a beautiful future can come true. To this end I call upon all present to witness that I take you [name] to be my [husband/wife], to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health for as long as we both shall live.”

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In Conclusion

Finding the right words to say your wedding vows can be quite challenging and confusing sometimes. So, if possible, use any of the above as a wedding vows template, to help boost your ideas while writing your wedding vows.

Writing wedding vows can be fun, and can be interesting. You might be inclined to include a list of quotes to use in your wedding vows. Either way, be sure to use the words you believe in and go on to have the wedding of your dreams.

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