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She’s wearing the ring. He’s walking on clouds. Her mother is having excited phone calls with bridal shops. Her sister is researching honeymoon cruises. His little brother is gathering tin cans and snickering with his friends about what they’ll write on the car in shoe polish.

But don’t forget the ceremony itself.

These are the special words that will seal your commitment to one another. This is a very romantic moment and often the perfect place publicly to declare your love for one another.

But writing your vows can be more difficult than it seems.

So, here is an assortment of traditional, avant garde, cultural and modern wedding vows for you to use as a source of inspiration.

It is important to note that if you are getting married in a religious setting, check with your officiant as there may be specific words that cannot be deviated from. Find out if and where you can add your own embellishments, loving words, funny promises (such as, I promise never to serve you broiled onoins again!) and inside jokes.

So, which ceremony are you going to choose? Here are nine to consider:

The Civil Ceremony in the Judge's Office
A Longer Longer Civil Ceremony  
A Basic Christian Ceremony
A Longer Christian Ceremony
A Wine Ceremony
The Seven Steps
Beach Wedding
An
Interfaith Ceremony
A
Super Short Ceremony

 

 

THE CIVIL CEREMONY

 So, let’s start off with the most basic – the civil ceremony. The judge or justice of the peace will say:

The step which you are about to take is the most important into which human beings can come. It is a union of two people founded upon mutual respect and affection. Your lives will change, your responsibilities will increase, but your joy will be multiplied if you are sincere and earnest with your pledge to one another.

Groom, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her and forsaking all others, keep you only unto her, for so long as you both shall live?

Bride, will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him and forsaking all others, keep you only unto him, so long as you both shall live?

Take hands and repeat after me: I, Groom, take you, Bride, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, to love and to cherish, from this day forward.

I, Bride, take you, Groom, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, to love and to cherish, from this day forward.

Do you have a ring for the Bride? Please place the ring on the Bride‘s finger and say: “With this ring, I thee wed.”

Is there a ring for the Groom? Please place the ring on the Groom‘s finger and say: “With this ring I thee wed.”

Let these rings be given and received as a token of your affection, sincerity and fidelity to one another.

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