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Wedding Vows: Their Meaning and Tips For Writing Your Own
During your wedding ceremony, you (the bride) and your groom pledge yourselves to one another. You do this, in part, with the vows you will express to each other. As such, wedding vows are not something to take lightly.
Just like anything else in your wedding, your vows can reflect on who you are. You may choose a traditional, a religious, a customized, an interfaith, a multilingual, the possibilities are endless.
A “wedding vow” is a set of promises you and your groom make to each other during the wedding ceremony. In Western culture, the wedding vows customarily included the notions of unselfishness such as love, faithfulness (forsaking others), unconditionality (in sickness and in health), and permanence (until death do us part).
I, (your name), take you, (your name), to be my [opt: lawfully wedded] (husband/wife), my faithful friend, and 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.
I, (your name), take you, (your 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.Remember that you and your groom can say different vows.
Tips on How To Write Your Personal Wedding Vows