Vow's Made Easy
Vows are intimate promises couples declare publicly to one another.
This is the moment that the couple personally addresses each other.
Remember this is an alternative ceremony, so this can be done in a combination of ways.
For couples who want to write their own to read to each other,
but want a little guidance, browse a list of traditional,
contemporary and funny ideas.
Contemporary Style Vows
“Bride/Groom, I love you. You are my best friend. Today I give myself to you in marriage. I promise to encourage and inspire you, laugh with you, and comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, when life seems easy and when it seems hard, when our love is simple, and when it is an effort. And I promise to cherish you and to always hold you in the highest regard. These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.”
“I, Bride/Groom, affirm my love to you, Bride/Groom, as I invite you to share my life. You are the most beautiful, smart, and generous person I have ever known, and I promise always to respect you. With kindness, unselfishness, and trust, I will work by your side to create a wonderful life together.”
“I, Bride/Groom, take you, Bride/Groom, 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 I pledge my faith and love to you. Just as this ring I give you today is a circle 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.”
“Bride/Groom, I promise to love you, to be your best friend, to respect and support you, to be patient with you, to work together with you to achieve our goals, to accept you unconditionally, and to share life with you throughout the years.”
“I, Bride/Groom, pledge my undying love to you, Bride/Groom, as I invite you to share my life. I promise to be kind, unselfish, respectful, and trustworthy so that together, our dreams of a beautiful future can come true. To this end, I call upon all present to witness that I take you [name] to be my [husband/wife], to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health for as long as we both shall live.”
‘I knew from the very moment I laid eyes on you that you were mine forever. Someway, somehow, I was determined to make you mine. And from this day forward my heart is entirely yours.’
‘As we continue to grow in our lives together, I promise to give you all of my words when needed and to share in the silence when they are not, to pick you up if you are down, to love you unconditionally, to lay my bare skin on you when needed most, to care for you and our families for as long as we live, to adventure with you always, to say I love you before falling asleep each night, to be the best mom I can be as we grow a family together, and to always know in the deepest part of my soul, that when challenges arise we will always find our way back to one another.’
“I promise to encourage your compassion,
Because that is what makes you unique and wonderful.
I promise to nurture your dreams,
Because through them your soul shines.
I promise to help shoulder our challenges,
For there is nothing we cannot face if we stand together.
I promise to be your partner in all things,
Not possessing you, but working with you as a part of the whole.
Lastly, I promise you perfect love and perfect trust,
For one time with you could never be enough.
This is my sacred vow to you, my equal in all things.”
“I promise to love and care for you, and I will try in every way to be worthy of your love.
I will always be honest with you, kind, patient, and forgiving.
And I promise to try to be on time.
But most of all, I promise to be a true and loyal friend to you.
I love you.”
“You know me better than anyone else in this world and somehow still you manage to love me. You are my best friend and one true love. There is still a part of me today that cannot believe that I’m the one who gets to marry you.”
“I see these vows not as promises but as privileges: I get to laugh with you and cry with you; care for you and share with you. I get to run with you and walk with you; build with you and live with you.”
“I promise to be your lover, companion, and friend,
Your partner in parenthood,
Your ally in the conflict,
And your greatest fan and your toughest adversary.
Your comrade in adventure,
Your student and your teacher,
And your consolation in disappointment,
Your accomplice in mischief.
This is my sacred vow to you, my equal in all things. All things.”
“You have been my best friend, mentor, playmate, confidant, and my greatest challenge. But most importantly, you are the love of my life and you make me happier than I could ever imagine and more loved than I ever thought possible… You have made me a better person, as our love for one another is reflected in the way I live my life. So I am truly blessed to be a part of your life, which as of today becomes our life together.”
“On this day,
I give you my heart,
That I will walk with you,
Hand in hand,
Wherever our journey leads us,
Living, learning, loving,
“I believe in you, the person you will grow to be and the couple we will be together.
With my whole heart, I take you as my wife/husband, acknowledging and accepting your faults and strengths, as you do mine.
I promise to be faithful and supportive and to always make our family’s love and happiness my priority.
I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph.
And I will dream with you, celebrate with you, and walk beside you through whatever our lives may bring. You are my person—my love and my life, today and always.”
“On this day,
I give you my heart,
That I will walk with you,
Hand in hand,
Wherever our journey leads us,
Living, learning, loving,
“I take you to be my partner for life,
I promise above all else to live in truth with you
And to communicate fully and fearlessly,
I give you my hand and my heart
As a sanctuary of warmth and peace
And pledge my love, devotion, faith, and honour
As I join my life to yours.”
Humour in Vows
I promise to overdraft the checking account I promise to complain about the kitty litter And I vow to encourage us to try new and strange things I vow to fill your ‘I love you’ bank every day I vow to never use a recipe when fixing dinner And I vow to be the best parts of me that fit perfectly with the best parts of you Although I will be imperfect, I pledge to be sensitive and respectful of your unique talents, abilities, and quirks I pledge to lend you strength for all of your dreams Through our union, we can accomplish more than I could alone I believe in you.”
“I want your worst—give me your bad hair days, your long commutes, your burnt coffee, lost keys, splashed shoes, annoying co-workers lost receipts, broken copiers. Give me your every day and I will give you my love to make it alright.”
“I Bride/Groom, take you, Bride/Groom to be my lawfully wedded wife and chief tennis doubles partner, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, for when we win and the very, very rare occasion when we lose. I promise to love, honour, and cherish you, to return your service,e and do my best not to foot fault. This I vow to you.”
Bride/Groom: “I promise to forget to stack the dishes on the right and leave stagnant water in the sink I promise to always drive the speed limit, even on the freeway I promise to cuss loudly at video games And I vow to snuggle you as often as possible I vow to make you laugh out loud I vow to always try one bite of any meal you create And I vow to be the best parts of me that fit perfectly with the best parts of you Although I will be imperfect, I pledge to be sensitive and respectful of your unique talents, abilities, and quirks I pledge to lend you strength for all of your dreams Through our union, we can accomplish more than I could alone I believe in you.”
“I promise to love and cherish you as much as I do our dog, Spot. From this day forward, I will lint roll the chairs whenever your parents visit. I will love you in sickness and in health, as long as you take care of the vet visits. I promise to cuddle with you as much as I do Spot and pick up treats for you whenever he gets some, too.”
A few more romantic lines….
"We do today - with love and devotion. That each kiss we share from now will be a remembrance of our wedding vows, our joy, and everything we share. No words can express the vow that I give to you now - it is an ineffable part of myself that I place in your care as we join together."
"I promise that my love for you will be an ever-flowing spring, never diminished and always sweet and life-giving. I promise to love you, to be your hearth, to keep a flame alive for you in my heart. It is said that we are more than the sum of the parts we are made of - if this is true of anything it is true of our love."
"When you walked into my life, love walked in. It was a magical moment that I will treasure forever with you. I will walk together with you and with love. They say that love is a many splendoured things, constantly changing and evolving. My love for you will be ever-changing like a chimera and ever-growing like a verdant valley. Our love will bind us together through all time and this I promise, to always be true."
"I knew I loved you from the moment we met, and I have been helplessly lost in your eyes ever since. "I'll be your bridge o'er troubled water, when you're down, I will carry you, like a bridge o'er troubled water I will lay me down" - Simon and Garfunkel
"Together you and I will make one, one world, one universe of love, ever-growing, ever-expanding - perpetually and inexorably. I vow to love you as you love me, through all hardship, darkness, and pain to reach for our joys, our hopes, and always with honesty and faith."
" All I have in this world I give to you, I promise to hold and keep you, comfort, protect, and shelter you, for all the days of my life. From this day forward, let us build a home together filled with love, laughter, joy, and light, when two become one we create a family, built on love. I promise to grow with you and build with you a better life each day as we learn from each other to be patient, kind, and giving, and to always cherish each day together."
" Our love is unique and to be cherished. To you, I promise only my constant devotion and love, forever and ever. I love the spark that is inside you, your eternal glowing lovely spirit, and I am so glad to be able to see that every day, warming my soul, forever. "
"The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind I was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along." – Rumi
"Marriage bridges two shores, binding us together as one unbroken path, on which I vow never to deviate, never to falter, and to always be by your side. I promise you my unconditional love, tenderness, and undying devotion, to not ask you to be more than you are, and to love you for being you. I enter into this life with you without reservation, without fear or confusion, but with a clear and trusting heart. Everything will work out my love because we will be together, I stand by you, a rock to lean on, a shoulder to cry on, a pillow to rest your head. I promise to spend each day working to become the truest version of myself, for you, for us. I promise to be here to wipe away tears of sadness, elicit tears of joy, and cry out to everyone who will listen to how much I love you."
"As your husband, I am yours, and I tenderly deliver you my heart. You are my light, my inspiration, and I am blessed to be able to call you my ever-loving wife. I vow to love you and keep you every day of my life as my wife - to look into your eyes adoringly as I do now - and to kiss you tenderly on your lips as a remembrance of our wedding day. My wife is gentle, my wife is kind, and my wife is devoted, loving, true, honest, and sincere. My wife is all those things, but most amazingly - my wife is you. I will shield you from the wind, cover you from the rain, and make a home for us inside my heart. Sometimes I watch just the smallest things you do and think I am the luckiest man alive."
"As Beatrice inspired the great poet Dante to write sonnet after sonnet, you inspire me to see poetry everywhere. I vow to love you, as your husband, forever and ever and ever, and to know that as we write our story together it will be the greatest ever told. You are my wife, my life, my everything and I vow to love you truly and deeply. Hold my hand and I'll take you as my wife down the road of matrimony, arm in arm with hearts aflame, I'll teach you what I know and learn from you how to love forever and ever. I vow to be patient, to be honest, to be everything that loves demands of me as a husband. To share our lives until the end of time with humility, grace, and love. I promise you only all of myself - to be present - to be supportive, enthusiastic, and loving. I will be there for you as your husband."
"I love you without fear, without hesitation, and promise to support you, encourage you, and cherish you as your wife. As your wife, I am yours, I pledge my heart and soul to you and you alone. I promise to be a nurturing wife, and a compassionate companion, and to always be on your side, always. Live with me, laugh with me, love with me, and I will be your devoted wife forevermore."
"I saw that you were perfect and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more."- Angelita Lim
"The ring is a symbol of our unity - an eternal unbroken circle and it embodies my promise that wherever I may go, I will always return to you, my husband. I take you as my husband and promise to be true to you. I take you as my husband for now and forevermore, without any reservation, I give myself freely and with conviction that we will live out our days in wedded bliss . May the ring I give you today remind you of all our days of this wonderful moment - and the love we feel for each other that will last all time."
"I vow to need you - to say goodnight, to kiss me on the eyelids, to have and adore even when you feel down. At any time, in any place, I want only to be by your side. Marriage is a symphony of grace orchestrated by the almighty God, reflecting His love for mankind. You are my love, and my guide, a true partner, a man that I will love, hold close, honour, kiss, and cry with for all the days of my life. I take you as my husband and pledge a vow of honesty and fidelity. It is one I give willingly, easily, gracefully, at this moment, and for our whole lives."
"Wherever our journey leads us, I promise to walk with you arm in arm, hand in hand, to hold you as your wife, and to learn from you, love you, and surprise you, forever. You are the love of my life and make me the happiest woman on earth. Happier than I could ever have imagined. And I feel blessed to start our lives together."
Celebrant reading the vows?
Celebrant: __, today you have come to promise to share your life with__. Do you promise to love and protect her, to be faithful to her, and to be always supporting and understanding? Do you promise to share your life with each other, to trust and be honest and faithful to each other? Will you live in a spirit of tolerance, mutual support, and concern for each other’s well-being, sharing your responsibilities and joys?
Groom: I do
Celebrant: We have come together today to witness the vows that __ and __ are about to make. ___, do you now agree to take __ as your wife, understanding and expecting that she will be your partner for life? Will you love her, support her and help her to achieve her potential? Will you share your love through whatever is to come, until the end of your life?
Groom: I will.” (Same reading for the bride.)