Reverend Robert Kroll

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~ Sample Vows ~

 

 

 

 

There are many parts to a wedding (see my  Sample Wedding Ceremony Program).  Two of the most important elements in a wedding ceremony are the wedding vows and the ring exchange vows.  Below is a list of sample traditional and modern wedding vows for you to consider.  Both can easily be personalized and any part of the ceremony can be customized to fit your style and personality. 

Additional wedding elements like unity candles, the rose or sand ceremony, can also be included as well.  The length of the ceremony from the time the bride walks in, until the time both the bride and groom walk out together ca be as short or as long as you like.  Normally wedding ceremonies are between 15 – 30 minutes depending what you would like to include in the ceremony (special readings, special music, etc.).  Your wedding ceremony can be as simple or as creative as you like.

Once you confirm the date of your wedding with me, I will assist you each step of the way.  In addition, I will send you absolutely free my, “10 steps to writing your own personal wedding vows”.  Personal wedding vows are perfect for the bride and groom who desires to honor one other by putting into words the unique feelings they have toward each other.

Sample Marriage Vows

1.  Wedding Vows A:    ("Repeat-after-me" Vows)
Please join hands and face to each other to express your vows of love and devotion.
Groom repeat this vow to Bride after me:

I Groom, take you Bride, to be my 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, until death do us part; as God is my witness, I give you my promise.

Likewise, Bride repeat this vow to Groom after me:

I Bride , take you Groom, to be my 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, until death do us part; as God is my witness, I give you my promise.
 

2.  Wedding Vows B.  (The “I Do” Vows)
These vows required less talk from the bride and groom except for two important words, "I do".

  • (To the Groom) “Do you   Groom    in the presence of God and these assembled witnesses, promise to love and to cherish, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, this woman whose right hand you now hold? Do you promise to be to her in all things a true and faithful husband, to be devoted unto her, and to her only, as long as life shall last? And do you take her to be your lawful, wedded wife, as long as you both shall live?  If so, please say “I do.”

  • (To the Bride) “Do you      Bride      in the presence of God and these assembled witnesses, promise to love and to cherish, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, this young man whose right hand you now hold? Do you promise to be to him in all things a true and faithful wife, to be devoted unto him, and to him only, as long as life shall last? Do you take him to be your lawfully, wedded husband, as long as you both shall live?  If so, please say “I do.”

3.  Wedding Vows C.  (More Contemporary "I Do" vows)

  • (To the Groom)  John, do you come before this gathering of friends and family to proclaim your love and devotion for Monica?  Do you promise to affirm her, respect her, and care for her during times of joy and hardship?  Do you commit yourself to share your feelings of happiness and sadness?  Do you pledge to remain faithful to her and her only as long as life shall last?  And do you take her to be your lawful, wedded wife, as long as you both shall live?  If so, please say “I do.”

  • (To the Bride) Monica, do you come before this gathering of friends and family to proclaim your love and devotion for John? Do you promise to affirm him, respect him, and care for him during times of both joy and hardship? Do you commit yourself to share your feelings of happiness and sadness? Do you pledge to remain faithful to him and him only as long as life shall last? And do you take him to be your lawful wedded husband, as long as you both shall live?  If so, please say “I do.”

4.  Wedding Vows D.  (Traditional "I Do" Wedding Vows with Updated Language)

  • (To the Groom) Do you Chris, in the presence of God and these assembled witnesses, promise to love and to cherish, in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, this woman whose right hand you now hold? Do you promise to be to her in all things a true and faithful husband, to be devoted unto her, and only her? And do you take her to be your lawful, wedded wife, as long as you both shall live?  If so, please say “I do.”

  • (To the Bride) Do you Julie, in the presence of God and these assembled witnesses, promise to love and to cherish, in sickness and in health, in good times and bad, this man whose right hand you now hold? Do you promise to be to him a true and faithful wife, to be devoted unto him, and only him? And do you take him to be your lawfully, wedded husband, as long as you both shall live?  If so, please say “I do.”

Sample Ring Exchange Vows


A.  Ring Vow 1.  (“Repeat-after-me” Vows)

Both the bride and groom each repeat this vow to each other as they place their rings onto each others left hand ring finder. 

Groom, will you take your ring and place it upon Bride's left hand, and repeat after me this promise:

I give you this ring, as a sign of my faith, and commitment to our love.  Share this joy, with me today. Let it remind you always, as it circles your finger, of my eternal love, surrounding you, day and night.  With this ring, I seal the commitment, I have made to you today; may you wear it proudly, as my husband/wife.


B.  Ring Vow 2.

I give you this ring, as a token and pledge, of our constant faith, and abiding love.  Just as this ring, encircles your finger, so does my love encircle your heart. May this ring, forever be a symbol, of my growing love for you.  May you wear it proudly, as my wife.”


B.  Ring Vow 3. 

Minister says, G_______, will you now take this ring and repeat after me as you place it on your bride’s finger: “With this ring I thee wed, and upon the union, of our hands and hearts, I pray the blessing of Almighty God.”

C.  Ring Vow 4. 

Minister says, Groom: G________, will you take your ring and place it upon B______’s left hand, and repeat after me this promise: I give you this ring, as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

D.  Ring Vow 5.

Placing the ring upon her finger, the groom repeats as he is led by the Minister the following words of dedication.

Groom: “B_______, with this ring, I thee wed, and with all my heart’s affections, I thee endow, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Bride responds: “G_______, I accept this ring as a token of the vow which you have made.”

Placing the ring upon his finger and holding it there, the bride repeats her words of dedication after the minister.

Bride: “G_______, with this ring I thee wed, and with all my heart’s affection I thee endow, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
Groom: “B_______, I accept this ring as a token of the vow which you have made.”

E.  Ring Vow 6. 

Minister says, G_______ will you take your ring and place it upon the third finger of B_______’s left hand, and repeat after me this promise, saying:

"B_______, I give you this ring, wear it with love and joy. I choose you to be my wife. I pledge my love and commitment, to be your faithful and loving husband, as God is my witness."

Minister says, B_______ will you take your ring and place it upon the third finger of G_______’s left hand and repeat after me this promise saying:

G_______, I give you this ring, wear it with love and joy. I choose you to be my husband. I pledge my love and commitment, to be your faithful and loving wife, as God is my witness."


F.  Ring Vow 7.   Marriage Vows and Ring Vows together.

Both the bride and groom each repeat this vow to each other as they place their rings on. 

Groom, will you take your ring and place it upon Bride's left hand, and repeat after me this promise:

I, ___________ take you, ___________ to be my wedded husband/wife. With this ring, I commit my life to our partnership in marriage. I promise to comfort you and to encourage you in all walks of life. I promise to express my thoughts and emotions to you and to listen to you in times of joy and in times of sorrow. I love you and you are my closest friend.


G.  Ring Vows 8.  (“Repeat-after-me” Vows)  Marriage Vows and Ring Vows together.

Both the bride and groom each repeat this vow to each other as they place their rings on. 

Groom, will you take your ring and place it upon Bride's left hand, and repeat after me this promise:

  • “I Groom, take you bride, to my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward/ for richer for poorer/ for better for worse/ to be devoted unto thee/ and to thee only/ as long as we both shall live./ With this ring/ I thee wed/ with loyal love/ I thee endow/ all my worldly goods/ with thee I share/ in the name of the Father/ and of the Son/ and of the Holy Spirit/ Amen.”

H.  Ring Vows 9.   Marriage Vow and Ring Vows together.

  • I ____,/ take you ____,/ to be my wedded husband/wife to have and to hold/ from this day forward/ for richer for poorer/ for better for worse/ to be devoted unto you/ and only you/ as long as we both shall live./ With this ring/ I thee wed/ in the name of the Father/ and of the Son/ and of the Holy Spirit/ Amen.

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