The Promises and Vows The vows generally will follow the promises in most services if they are used. They can also be a stand alone if you don't wish to use them. You will see this type in most civil ceremonies I've include some examples that many of our couple have used in the past below the promises as well here. Before you copy these, read them carefully as they may include the promises also. In most cases the man goes first, but again it's your wedding and you can do it your way if you wish to change it. 1. (Civil Ceremony Vows) Groom_________________ once again, will you repeat after me:
I, Groom_________________, take you Bride____________, to be my 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. And Bride_______________, will you now repeat after me also: I, Bride________________, take you Groom________________, to be my husband 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. 2. (civil ceremony Vows only with a variation) Groom____________________ Do you take Bride______________________ to be your wife? Will you love, honor, and cherish her, in good times and in bad, and do you promise to stay true to her as long as you both shall live? I do Bride___________________ Do you take Groom________________________ to be your husband? Will you love, honor, and cherish him, in good times and in bad, and do you promise to stay true to him as long as you both shall live? I do. This is a nice add in for this area: May you pledge to each other to be loving friends, and partners in marriage. To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate one another; to respect and cherish each others uniqueness, and to support, comfort, and strengthen each other through life's joys and sorrows. May you promise to share hopes,thoughts, and dreams as you build your lives together. May your lives be ever intertwined, your love keeping you together always. May you build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect and honor for others and each other. May your home be forever filled with peace, happiness, and love. 3. (This couple wrote their own and let us share them with you) RICK will you have PAM to be your wife, to live together in the bonds of marriage?
Will you commit yourself completely to her and her alone?
And will you promise to love her, care for her, and stand by her through all
that life may bring you, as long as you both shall live?
And PAM will you have RICK to be your husband, to live together in the bonds of marriage?
Will you commit yourself completely to him and him alone?
And will you promise to love him, care for him and stand by him through all
that life may bring you, as long as you both shall live?
Today is the beginning of an exciting new life for the two of you
It marks the commencement of a new relationship to your families, your friends,
and certainly to each other.
God blessed your desires when he brought you together.
He knew exactly what you needed to make you complete and whole.
Commit yourselves now before God and those present to ever accept
each other as the one HE has chosen for you.
RICK, repeat after me,
PAM, I thank God he has given us to each other
to share one life one love one heart.
With God's help I will try to be everything He wants me to be for you,
so that I may meet your needs and fulfill your dreams.
I will love you with an unconditional love just as Christ loves us.
In love I will lead you, protect you, provide for you,
nurture you, and honor and respect you.
I promise to stay by your side no matter what circumstances life may bring us.
I vow to be faithful and true to you alone
May my love give you strength all the days of our lives.
PAM repeat after me,
RICK, as we become husband and wife today,
I promise to love you with an unending love
I give myself in all things to your care as unto the lord.
As God has prepared me to be your helpmate and your companion in this life
I commit myself to stand by you whatever comes our way.
I will be with you in sickness and in health,
whether we are rich or poor, and during times of happiness,
as well as in times of sorrow.
I will honor and respect you,encourage and support you
and devote myself to you. I promise to be faithful and true to you alone
May my love bring you joy all the days of our lives.
4. (Pam and Rick wanted to incorperate the Rose Ceremony in their vows also)
Frank and Pam have chosen to symbolize their commitment to each other
using two roses and a vase. The vase symbolizes the life they shall create together.
It is strong enough to hold this new life forever, yet it is fragile and can be broken if neglected.
Pam do you wish to enter into a union with Frank and thereby create a new life together?
........PAM: "I do" and she places her rose into the vase
Frank do you wish to enter into a union with Pam and thereby create a new life together?
........Frank: "I do" and he places his rose into the vase
(Minister) Hold the vase up for all to see
Frank and Pam, you have committed yourselves to enter into this new life together
as demonstrated by the vase and roses. Do you commit yourselves to maintain
the strength of this union, and not allow it to break?
.....Frank and Pam: "We do"
Frank and Pam take the vase from Minster and hold it up together for all to see,
then place it back on the table off to the side.
As you see you can modify your vows and combine the promises with in them as well
making your ceremony special and unique to you and your family.
Continue to the RINGS