We offer below some examples, used in previous ceremonies, of the wording used in exchanging marriage vows. Please use these as inspiration, and possibly a guide to help you devise your own ceremony with our celebrant.
Will you David take Victoria to be your wife?
Will you treasure your relationship and love her always?
Will you trust and support her in all that you do?
Will you give her room to grow and keep your heart and mind open to her?
For better or worse will you stand by her faithfully and share your laughter and your tears?
As you have given her your hand to hold will you give her your life to share?
David: I will
(Repeat for Victoria)
Two entwined in love, bound by commitment and fear, sadness and joy, by hardship and victory, anger and reconciliation, all of which brings strength to this union. Hold tight to one another through both good and bad times and watch your strength grow as your bond together becomes forever stronger.
Bea and Iain, will you honour and respect one another and seek never to break that honour?
Will you share each other’s pain and seek to ease it?
Will you share the burdens of each other so that your spirits grow in this union?
Will you share each other’s laughter, and look for the brightness in life and the positive in each other?
Iain do you take Bea to be your wife?
Iain: I do
Bea do you take Iain to be your husband?
Bea: I do
Repeat after me:
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 remain faithful to you for better or worse, in times of sickness and health.
You are my best friend and soulmate and I will love and respect you always.
Judi: Do you take Stephen to be your husband?
Sarah: I do
(Repeat for Stephen)
David, please say these words as you place this ring on your bride’s finger:
‘Samantha, I accept you just as you are today. I give to you my promise that from this day forward, you will not walk alone. We will be forever side by side, rich in laughter, close in friendship. Feel deeply loved, for you are. With this ring, I give you my heart. I have no greater gift to give. I promise to dream with you, and to work to make our dreams come true. I promise to be faithful to you, and never to allow anything to build a wall between us. I am honoured to call you mine. With this ring, a symbol of my love for you, I ask you, will you be my wife?’
Samantha: I will.
(Repeat for Samantha)
We just wanted to say a huge thank you for making our wedding so special – as Gordon said so well on the day, you helped us to make our dreams come true.