1. I ___________ take you _________to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.
2. In the name of God, I, __________, take you, ________ to be my husband/wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall live.
3. I, _____, take you, ______, to be my husband/wife, and I promise to love and sustain you in the bonds of marriage from this day forward, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, as long as we both shall live.
4. I, ____________, take you, ________, as my husband / wife and companion in Christ and I promise before God and these witnesses, to love you as Christ loves us; to honor you and to be faithful to you; to give and to receive; to speak and to listen; to share always in times of joy and sorrow, in sickness and in health, in want or in plenty, as long as we both shall live.
5. I, ____, take you, ______, to be my wedded wife / husband, and I do promise and covenant, before God and these witnesses to be your loving and faithful husband / wife, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live.
6. I, ____, promise to you, _____, to share with you all of my love and my life, in good times and in bad, to respect and cherish you as my wife / husband. From this day forward, until death do us part.
7. I, ____, take you, ______, as my wife and companion in Christ, and I vow before God and these witnesses to love you as Christ loves us and to seek to glorify him in all I do. I will honor you and be faithful to you, encourage you and care for you, giving all I have and all I am, as long as we both shall live.
If you choose to write your own vows let me give you a couple of suggestions.
1. Look online. Doing an internet search for personalized vows can give you some great ideas for what you would like to say. You don’t have to create your vows from scratch. Some people avoid writing vows because they think they have to come up with one of a kind creative vows. Don’t get hung up on where you get your ideas, just make sure you pick vows that match how you truly feel
2. Put each other on a word count. If she writes three pages and he writes a half a paragraph it can be awkward. You don’t have to share with each other what you write, but sharing how many words you wrote can keep you both on the same page
3. When you’ve come up with your vows put them on a card so that when it’s time you can just read what you wrote. Having to memorize your vows can put extra stress on you that you don’t need on your big day.
4. If writing your own vows makes you nervous about your wedding day, DON’T DO IT! On your wedding day you want to be relaxed and in the moment. Don’t plan to do anything that day that you know will stress you out. If you are nervous or hate public speaking stick with reciting vows. I will give them to you four to five words at a time and all you have to do is repeat after me.