Vows | Traditional

Below are just a few examples of Traditional Vows. Please remember these are just a starting point and you can mix and match them with other vows or add your own words.

 

 

 

Traditional 1.

I call upon the persons here present
To witness that I (name)_______
Take you (name)_____________
To be my lawful wedded husband/wife
To have and to hold
From this day forward
For better, for worse
For richer, for poorer
In sickness and in health
As long as we both shall live (or forever and always; for all the days of our lives etc)

Repeat


Traditional 2.

I, ________, take thee ________, to be my husband/wife, and before God and these witnesses I promise to be a faithful and true husband/wife.


Traditional 3.

"Will you, ________, have ________ to be your husband/wife? Will you love him/her, comfort and keep him/her, and forsaking all other remain true to him/her as long as you both shall live?" ("I will")

(Repeat) "I, ________, take thee ________, to be my husband/wife, and before God and these witnesses I promise to be a faithful and true husband/wife."

(Rings) "With this ring I thee wed, and all my worldly goods I thee endow. In sickness and in health, in poverty or in wealth, 'til death do us part."


 

 

Traditional 4.

________, I take you to be my lawfully wedded husband/wife.
Before these witnesses I vow to love you and care for you
as long as we both shall live.
I take you, with all your faults and strengths,
as I offer myself to you
with all my faults and strengths.
I will help you when you need help, and
turn to you when I need help.
I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.


Traditional 5.

Groom

I, ________, take you, ________, to be my wedded wife. With deepest joy I receive you into my life that together we may be one. As is Christ to His body, the church, so I will be to you a loving and faithful husband. Always will I perform my headship over you even as Christ does over me, knowing that His Lordship is one of the holiest desires for my life. I promise you my deepest love, my fullest devotion, my tenderest care. I promise I will live first unto God rather than others or even you. I promise that I will lead our lives into a life of faith and hope in Christ Jesus. Ever honoring God's guidance by His spirit through the Word, And so throughout life, no matter what may lie ahead of us, I pledge to you my life as a loving and faithful husband.

Bride

I, ________, take you, ________, to be my wedded husband. With deepest joy I come into my new life with you. As you have pledged to me your life and love, so I too happily give you my life, and in confidence submit myself to your headship as to the Lord. As is the church in her relationship to Christ, so I will be to you. ________, I will live first unto our God and then unto you, loving you, obeying you, caring for you and ever seeking to please you. God has prepared me for you and so I will ever strengthen, help, comfort, and encourage you. Therefore, throughout life, no matter what may be ahead of us, I pledge to you my life as an obedient and faithful wife.


Traditional 6.

I, ________, take you ________ to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever. I will trust you and honor you I will laugh with you and cry with you. I will love you faithfully Through the best and the worst, Through the difficult and the easy. What may come I will always be there. As I have given you my hand to hold So I give you my life to keep So help me God.

I, ________, take you ________, to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever I will trust you and honor you I will laugh with you and cry with you. I will love you faithfully Through the best and the worst, Through the difficult and the easy. What may come I will always be there. As I have given you my hand to hold So I give you my life to keep So help me God.

In unison: Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you, For where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. And where you die, I will die and there I will be buried. May the Lord do with me and more if anything but death parts you from me.


Traditional 7.

I ________, take thee ________, to be my husband/wife.
To have and to hold,
in sickness and in health,
for richer or for poorer,
and I promise my love to you forevermore


Traditional 8.

I ________, take you ________, to be my husband/wife.
To share the good times and hard times side by side.
I humbly give you my hand and my heart
as a sanctuary of warmth and peace,
and pledge my faith and love to you.
Just as this circle is without end, my love for you is eternal.
Just as it is made of incorruptible substance,
my commitment to you will never fail. With this ring, I thee wed.


Traditional 9.

Before our friends and those so special to us here,
on this wonderful day of gladness and good fortune, I ________ take
you ________ as my husband/wife, in friendship and in love,
in strength and weakness,
to share the good times and misfortune, in
achievement and failure, to celebrate life with you forevermore


Traditional 10.

Will you please, as an expression that your hearts are joined together in love, now please join your hands.

________, do you take ________ to be your wedded wife, to live together in marriage. Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health And forsaking all others, be faithful only to her. So long as you both shall live?

(Groom): “I do”

________, do you take ________ to be your wedded husband to live together in marriage Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health And forsaking all others, be faithful only to him So long as you both shall live?

(Bride): “ I do”


Traditional 11.

I take you, ________, to be my husband/wife and I promise before God and all who are present here to be your loving and faithful husband/wife, as long as our lives shall last. I will serve you with tenderness and respect, and encourage you to develop God’s gifts in you.


Traditional 12.

I take you for the love you hold in your heart, and vow to spend my life cultivating my love and care for you, for our family, and for all living things. Our relationship is my most important consideration; it gives me strength, and I vow to put every effort into strengthening it in turn through honesty, faithfulness, and patience. For all the days that we live with one another, I promise to spend each day working to become a more true version of myself, and I will do my upmost to help you do the same. In this effort, I take the Threefold Refuge vows, the Three Boundless precepts, the Ten Grave Precepts, as well as your wisdom and your council as my guides. (Buddhist)


Traditional 13.

Do you, ________, take this man/woman, ________, to be your husband/wife, according to God’s holy decree; do you promise to be to him/her a loving and loyal husband/wife, to cherish and keep him/her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, to be faithful only to him/her as long as you both shall live?

Answer: "I do."


Traditional 14.

Before God and these witnesses, I, ________, take you, ________, to be my husband/wife, and I promise to love you, and to be faithful to you as long as we both shall live.


Traditional 15.

 

I, Liam take you Sally to be my wife, and I promise before God and these witnesses, to be your loving and faithful wife/husband. I will be by your side to share with you your happiness and success, and to comfort you in times of sorrow and disappointment. As your companion, I will seek to be open and honest with you, to forgive you as Christ has forgiven me, and to always remind you of the Lord’s plans and promises. Forever I devote my love and my life to you from this day forward.


 

 

 

Play on the Traditional Words
And if you want Traditional Vows but with a little humour, you could have something such as...

… I Adam take you Zoe, to have and to hold from this day forth, for better or worse, for richer or poorer... even when you've bought another pair of shoes (or handbag etc) and we're definitely poorer) in sickness and in health …..

… I Zoe take you Adam, to have and to hold from this day forth, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, even when your sickness is the result of getting hammered with your mates …. to love and to cherish ….