Choosing and Writing Traditional Wedding Vows

Bride and Groom holding hands at the altar as the minister oversees the reading of the vows.
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Writing traditional wedding vows remains a popular choice for couples. For many people, traditional vows become ingrained as "The Wedding Words" over years of attending weddings and watching movies and television.

"Traditional" doesn't necessarily mean "boring." Consider these traditional wedding vows a sort of jumping off point. For classic couples, these vows are certainly beautiful enough to stand on their own, but if you're a creative couple who wants to write your own vows, these will serve as fantastic inspiration:

  • "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 [(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 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 of your faults and your strengths as I offer myself to you with all of 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."
  • "I, [name], take you, [name], to be my beloved [husband/wife], to have and to hold you, to honor you, to treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and in joy, in the good times, and in the bad, and to love and cherish you always. I promise you this from my heart, for all the days of my life."

If you're worried what your are guests thinking about your traditional wedding vows, don't be.

 If these are the right words for you and your partner, then they're absolutely the words you should use. When vows are true, there's nothing boring about them. Plus, if you're set on sticking to these classic vows, there are many other ways in which you can personalize your ceremony.

Other Kinds of Wedding Vows

If you're not absolutely in love with any of the traditional wedding vows above, try these alternatives: