Sample Vows

Choosing your vows can be a daunting experience.  Should you write your own?  If so, where do you start?  How long should they be?  Should you go more traditional?  If so, would you rather answer a series of questions with "I do," or do you prefer to speak each promise aloud to your beloved?  

 

As your wedding celebrant, I am here to walk you through the process and help guide you toward the right decision for you.  See below for a few examples of sample vows other couples have chosen.  You can use these as inspiration for your own vows.  

 

 

 

Example  1

 

Jack:     Diane, to say I love you is not enough.

There are no words to convey

how I feel in the morning when I wake up next to you

how I feel when I hear your voice

how I feel when I know I’m going to see you

and the happiness and love in my heart when we are together

I am proud to take you as my wife

And to give myself to you as your husband;

          your devoted partner;

          your companion;

          your best friend;

          and the person who will love you for the rest of your life;

I promise to respect you,

care for you,

shelter you,

and love you

throughout our shared adventure in life. 

Example  3

 

Diane: 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,
Your strength in your need and
Vulnerable to you in my own,
And most of all,
Your associate in the search for enlightenment.

Example  5

 

Jack, when I sat down to write my vows to you, I thought back to when we first met.  I remember how young we were when we both swore we would never get married.  Here we are now, six unexpected years later, and I can’t imagine life without my best friend. I couldn’t have asked for a more loving, dedicated, and thoughtful partner.  Whatever the future may bring, I promise you these things:

 

I promise to take you just as you are, and to fully accept the person you have yet to become.

I promise to never stop trying to be the best partner I can be.

I promise to support your dreams and ambitions, to grow with you throughout life, and to always respect our differences- because your differences are what I love about you, and they are no less important than my own.

And lastly, if our relationship ever runs into trouble, I promise to fight for us with everything that is in me.

 

I am so excited to see where life takes us, and, if I absolutely have to grow old, there is no one else I would rather have by my side.

 

Thank you for choosing to spend your life with me.

Example  2

 

Diane: I, Diane, offer myself to you Jack,

to be your wife,

your friend, your lover and your lifelong companion;

to share my life with yours;

to build our dreams together,

to support you through times of trouble,

to help you become the person that you aspire to be,

and rejoice with you in times of happiness;

to treat you with respect, love and loyalty

through all the trials and triumphs of our lives together.

This commitment is made in love,

kept in faith, lived in hope,

and eternally made new. 

Example  4

 

Jack:     I, Jack, offer myself to you Diane,

to be your husband,

your friend, your lover and your lifelong companion;

to share my life with yours;

to build our dreams together,

to support you through times of trouble,

to help you become the person that you aspire to be,

and rejoice with you in times of happiness;

to treat you with respect, love and loyalty

through all the trials and triumphs of our lives together.

This commitment is made in love,

kept in faith, lived in hope,

and eternally made new. 

Example  6

 

Celebrant:        Jack, do you take Diane to be your wife

Your partner in life and your partner in crime,

Will you appreciate her, listen to her, kill ALL the spiders for her ,

Tolerate her goofiness,

Take time to surprise her,

Share her joy in good times,

and lend her strength in the hard times?

 

Jack:                     I will

 

Celebrant:        Diane, do you take Jack to be your husband,

Your partner in life and your partner in crime,

Will you appreciate him, listen to him – even when he talks about math,

Tolerate his humor, 

Take time to surprise him,

Share his joy in good times,

and lend him strength in the hard times?

 

Diane: I will

Nancy Sen, Massachusetts Wedding Officiant

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