VOWS

The Bride and Groom are encouraged to write their own vows. The vows can be read by the Bride and Groom or by the JP, or the Couple may ask the JP to read them and get them to repeat.

Sample Vow
Spoken Words
JP
Repeat after me… (JP may also remain silent)
Groom then Bride
Below are several Vow variations. Feel free to write your own and please consider these merely examples…
I, (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee) (Groom/Bride), to be my [lawfully wedded] (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; and I promise to be faithful to you until death parts us.
I, (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee) (Groom/Bride), to be my [lawfully wedded] (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.
(Bride/Groom), I take (you/thee) 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 your faults and strengths, as I offer myself to you with all my faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.
I (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee) (Bride/Groom), 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 your faults and your strengths as I offer myself to you with 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, (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee), (Bride/Groom), to be my [lawfully wedded] (husband/wife), secure in the knowledge that you will be my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love. On this special [and 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 [faithful] wife in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, as well as through the good times and the bad. I (promise/further promise) to love you without reservation, comfort you in times of distress, encourage you to achieve (higher/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.
I, (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee) (Bride/Groom), to be my [lawfully wedded] (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, to love, honor and cherish unconditionally, forsaking all others, I will be faithful to you. And with this ring, I thee wed.
I, (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee) (Bride/Groom), to be my [lawfully wedded] (husband/wife), my faithful partner in life, my constant friend and my one true love. I promise to love you without reservation, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in want, to stand together in our times of joy and sorrow, always to be open and honest with you, for as long as we both shall live.
I, (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee) (Bride/Groom), to be my [lawfully wedded] (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, (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee) (Bride/Groom), to be my [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.
I, (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee) (Bride/Groom), 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 your faults and your strengths as I offer myself to you with 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, (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee) (Bride/Groom), to be my [lawfully wedded] (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.
I, (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee) (Bride/Groom), to be my [lawfully wedded] (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, (Bride/Groom), take (you/thee) (Bride/Groom), to be my [lawfully wedded] (husband/wife), 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 every day. I promise to love and cherish you through whatever life may bring us.
(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.
(Bride/Groom), 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.
(Bride/Groom), with all my love, I take you to be my wife/husband. 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.
(Bride/Groom), from this day forward I promise you these things. I will laugh with you in times of joy and comfort you in times of sorrow. I will share in your dreams, and support you as you strive to achieve your goals. I will listen to you with compassion and understanding, and speak to you with encouragement. I will remain faithful to our vows for better or for worse, in times of sickness and health. You are my best friend and I will love and respect you always.
Sample Vow
Spoken Words
JP to Groom
(Groom’s Name), do you take (Bride’s Name) for your lawful wedded wife, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honor, comfort, and cherish her from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto her for as long as you both shall live?
Groom
I do.
JP to Bride
(Bride’s Name), do you take (Groom’s Name) for your lawful wedded husband, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honor, comfort, and cherish him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him for as long as you both shall live?
Bride
I do.
Sample Vow
Spoken Words
JP to Groom
(Groom’s Name), will you take this woman, whose hands you hold, choosing her alone to be your wedded wife? Will you live with her in the state of true matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, honor her at all times, and be faithful to her?
Groom
I do.
JP to Bride
(Bride’s Name), will you take this man, whose hands you hold, choosing him alone to be your wedded husband? Will you live with him in the state of true matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, honor him at all times, and be faithful to him?
Bride
I do.
Sample Vow
Spoken Words
Groom then Bride
We entered into each others lives and experienced love and happiness.
Today I am confirming my promise for all of my life to love and respect you, to be faithful and honest with you, to give you encouragement, strength and trust, to stand together in our times of joy and of sorrow.
I pray that our home will be one of love and understanding and patience … not to remain the same, but to grow better and stronger with the passing of time, and through the love we have for one another.
Our lives have become joined with the times we have shared, and will be more complete by the memories ahead, ready to be made.
I am promising from this day forward that I will be your husband, to walk with you throughout all your tomorrows.
I love you.
Sample Vow
Spoken Words
JP
May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another – not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!” and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another’s presence – no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.
May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.
Sample Vow
Spoken Words
JP
Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.