Sample Wedding Vows

All the wedding vow inspiration you need

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Your wedding vows are extremely personal. They're the special words that will marry you and they represent your commitment to one another, so take your time finding the perfect vow or writing your own.

This assortment of vows will help you get started on finding the perfect vows for you, whether your ceremony is traditional or non, religious or secular. Take these vows as a source of inspiration. Feel free to personalize your wedding vows as much as you'd like with your own embellishments, loving words and humor.

Traditional Wedding Vows:

"I, [name], take you [name], to be my [husband/wife], 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; from this day forward until death do us part.

"I [name], take you [name]) to be my [husband/wife], my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live."

"I, [name], choose you [name] to be my [husband/wife], to respect you in your successes and in your failures, to care for you in sickness and in health, to nurture you, and to grow with you throughout the seasons of life."

"I, [name], take you, [name], to be my friend, my lover, the [mother/father] of my children and my [husband/wife]. I will be yours in times of plenty and in times of want, in times of sickness and in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow, in times of failure and in times of triumph.

I promise to cherish and respect you, to care and protect you, to comfort and encourage you, and stay with you, for all eternity. "

"I, [name], take you, [name], to be my partner, loving what I know of you, and trusting what I do not yet know. I eagerly anticipate the chance to grow together, getting to know the [man/woman] you will become, and falling in love a little more each day. I promise to love and cherish you through whatever life may bring us."

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Personalized Wedding Vows

Personalizing your wedding vows is a great way to reflect upon your relationship. These are great examples, although you could certainly get more personal. In fact, they might inspire you to write your own.

"I, [name], affirm my love to you, [name], 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 take you, [name], to be my lawful [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."

"[Name], 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."

"[Name], do you take [name] to be your lawful wedded wife/husband?"[Each responds, "I do."] "Do you promise to love and cherish her/him, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her/him, for so long as you both shall live?" [Each responds, "I do."] "Do you together promise in the presence of your friends and family that you will at all times and in all circumstances, conduct yourselves toward one another as becomes husband and wife?" [Together they respond, "We do."] "Do you together promise you will love, cherish and respect one another throughout the years?" [Together they respond, "We do."]

"[Name], 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. But most of all, I promise to be a true and loyal friend to you. I love you."

"I, [name], take you, [name], 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."

"[Name], do you pledge to love [name] and throughout your years together to be honest, faithful, and kind to her/him? Do you pledge to give to her/him the same happiness she/he gives to you, and to respect her/him for who she/he is, not who you want her to be?" [Each responds, "I do."]

"[Name], with all my love, I take you to be my [husband/wife]. I will love you through good and the bad, through joy and the sorrow. I will try to be understanding, and to trust in you completely. Together we will face all of life's experiences and share one another's dreams and goals. I promise I will be your equal partner in a loving, honest relationship, for as long as we both shall live."

 

Personalized Wedding Vows

"[Name], 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."

"[Name], I take you to be my [husband/wife] from this time onward, to join with you and to share all that is to come, to be your faithful [husband/wife], to give and to receive, to speak and to listen, to inspire and to respond; a commitment made in love, kept in faith, and eternally made new."

I, [name], pledge my undying love to you, [name], 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.”

“I, [name], take you, [name], to be my [husband/wife]. I promise to respect and support you, to be patient and loving towards you, to work by your side to achieve the things we value and dream of, and to savor our time together. I pledge to you all of these things from the bottom of my heart for the rest of our lives.”

“I, [name], take you, [name], to be my [husband/wife], to share both good times and bad times, side by side. I give you my hand, and my heart, and hope that my love will always be a safe haven for you.

Just as this circle is without end, my love for you is eternal. Just as it is made of a permanent metal, my commitment to you is forever. With this ring, I thee wed.” (This is an example of a wedding vow during the ring ceremony. Read more about ring ceremony vows.)

“[Name], today I take you for my [husband/wife].

Now we will feel no rain, for each of us will be shelter for the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of us will be companion to the other. There is only one life before us, and our seasons will be good and long. I promise to love, honor, and cherish you, no matter what lies before us, for as long as we both shall live.”

 

Religious Wedding Vows

For religious brides, grooms and families, a church ceremony is something truly sacred. Incorporate your faith into your vows for a special ceremony you'll never forget.

If you'd like to personalize your religious wedding vows, check with your officiant before you get started. Every faith has its own wedding traditions and practices, so ask your officiant what his or her preferences are.

"I, [name], take you, [name], to be my [(optional: lawfully wedded) husband/wife], my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live."

"[Name], I love you. I want to be your [husband/wife] so that we might serve Christ together. Through all of the uncertainties and trials of life, I promise to be faithful to you and love you, so that together we may grow in the likeness of Christ and that our home may be a praise to Him."

"In the presence of God and these our friends I take thee to be my [husband/wife], promising with Divine assistance to be unto thee a loving and faithful [husband/wife] so long as we both shall live." 

"I, [name], take you [name], to be my [husband/wife], my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love. On this special, 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 [(optional: faithful) husband/wife] 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."

"[Name], I take you to be my [husband/wife] from this point forward, to join with you and to share all that is to come, to be your faithful [husband/wife], to give and to receive, to speak and to listen, to inspire and to respond. This will be a commitment made in love, kept in faith, and eternally made new." -submitted by reader Sarabeth Andrews

"I, [name], take thee, [name], to be my wedded [husband/wife], to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, 'til death do us part, according to God’s ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my troth."

"In the name of God, I, [name], take you, [name], to be my [husband/wife] to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow."

"In the name of God, I, [name], take you, [name], to be my [husband/wife], to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death.

This is my solemn vow."

After both have said individual vows, they may wish to say something in unison such as:

"Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you. For where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. And where you die, I will die and there I will be buried. May the Lord do with me and more if anything but death parts you from me." -from the "Book of Ruth"