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									Handbook of Common
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                                Basis for Marriage Covenant (Salt
              The Salt Covenant (Covenant Relationship with each other and God)

                "…all offerings must be seasoned with salt…"- Numbers 18:19
Today when we think of salt it is different from how people thought of salt in the Old Testament
and even the New Testament. Today we go to the grocery store to purchase salt and it is fairly
inexpensive, but in the OT Salt was worth more than money. Salt was highly prized for several
reasons including bringing flavor to food and it was used as a preservative, but also purifies and
even with some salt used in healing. It is important that although good covenants can lift one
another bad one can do some damage if God is not doing the sealing of the Covenant. We all
have the power to loose or bind His Spirit, covenant therefore with the wrong people can be
harmful, so a great amount of caution and wisdom is required when entering into salt covenant
one with the other. Most covenants are from God and His people, but the salt Covenant in the
Old Testament was with two or more men. What changes things in the New Testament is that if
we carry His Spirit and enter covenant with those not of His Spirit then the covenant is not
godly, cause harm and bind God and His will.
Salt is and was an important ingredient of life in the Old Testament according to Leviticus 2:13;
Numbers 18:19, where it becomes part of Yahweh's or God's Covenant with His people and was
directed to be part of all the grain offerings in the Temple, which symbolizes the dwelling place
of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and the body in the New Testament. Salt because of its
nature has the ability to drive off demons if we understand the Salt Covenant that we have with
each other and God. Salt is not used by witches and is not served in the witches sabot, which is
the root word for sabotage today. It is not the salt that is powerful but the Salt Covenant that God
has with man if man walks in His precepts and ways.
To enter into Salt Covenant with another as salt had a great deal of value both Spiritually and
monetarily, men carried salt with them in a pouch and used it as money often. To enter into Salt
Covenant with another was to pour the salt on a table or surface and the other in the covenant
would do the same on top of the others salt and would mix the two's salt together. The point of
the covenant was that you could not separate one persons salt from the other. They then often
broke bread and dipped the bread in the salt and shared the bread symbolizing the bond that had
been created between the two. It is important to note that the bread was unleavened, because if
there is, but a little leaving it spoils the whole loaf and the covenant. In looking first to the Old
Testament we can see in the Tabernacle that there were twelve loaves of bread, one loaf
representing each one of the twelve tribes and the bread was broken and the priests ate of the
bread. In the New Testament we see that in the Lord's table, "My body is broken for you." We
are the body the priests if we have been broken so we can love one another in covenant
relationship with God and man. The covenant was a life time commitment of equality,
transparency, holding nothing back from the other and that one would be there for the other at
moments notice. It meant that they would be brothers to walk together in life being as one blood
in agreement, in the good or the bad as their salt could not be separated. It also meant that they
were equal one with the other.
At the end they divided the salt and both took equal amounts of the salt and put it in their pouch.
Mind you the covenant could only be made by two of God's people and it was not a thing of the
flesh but a spiritual covenant not only with each other but with God, much like a marriage
covenant between married people as they become one with each other in spirit. In either the
marriage covenant or the salt covenant it is important those in the covenant are equally yoked or
neither is likely to be in agreement. The only way people can really be in agreement on anything
is because of the Spirit of God. God is the one who makes the bonds of God with man and each
other. Covenants are about relationships with God and each other and representing His will one
to the other.
Today in the church we tend to go more for preaching and teaching and building buildings
instead of walking in covenant relationship with Him or each other. II Samuel 7:5-7 "Go and tell
My servant David, ‘Thus saith the LORD: Shalt thou build Me a house for Me to dwell in? For I
have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt
even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. In all the places wherein I have
walked with all the children of Israel, spoke I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I
commanded to feed My people Israel, saying, "Why build ye not Me a house of cedar?"’ What is
being said here is that God is saying to David that He does not dwell in building but He dwells in
the hearts of men if we desire to walk with Him and His ways or covenants. Man's ways are to
build buildings, God's way is to build people. We find in Ephesians that the five fold gift
ministry was created and designed by God to edify or build the body and each member. Jesus
said that His house was a house of prayer. In prayer we are not really to seek stuff but to seek
Him and desire to walk with Him. He knows that we have needs. Simply put the more time we
spend seeking Him and walking with Him the less preaching and teaching there will be or will be
needed and the more we will become like Him, but also understand the more we become like
Him the more we will love others including our neighbor. It is the only way to love Him and
each other, by walking with Him so He will dwell with us and we with Him.
If we are to be Godly and do what God desired and to have His heart, we also need to understand
that God's greatest desire is to walk with each one of us in life. God is not about teaching and
preaching but about love and unity and caring for Him and each other. God created man in His
own image and with His own will so man could or would choose to walk with God. We should
want to walk with God out of love, but being that God is everything it is also for provision and
safety. When relationships or covenants are formed in marriage or salt around God these
covenants are all as eternal as God is. The only way anyone of us is able to walk with each other
or Him in agreement is because of Him if we are focused on Him.
When the marriage covenant is reduced to just the flesh and is not a spiritual union then anyone
can bring the two together and the marriage either will not last or they will never be in agreement
or love. With God's way one ordained of God can represent God and seal the union in the Spirit
between the two and they become one flesh. The Salt Covenant is much the same in that the two
become one in Him and because they are in Him they can walk with each other in life. The Salt
Covenant should be how the body is with each member of the body, not just with Him and us as
individuals but with Him and each of us so we all can walk together and be in agreement in love
and unity, which is not about teaching and preaching or building buildings but about walking
with each other, caring for each other and each others needs. Can one deny himself or herself
food or love? No, of course not and if we are one with the other neither should we.
In scripture we are to be the salt of the earth (Mat.5:13) bringing two things, flavor (Job 6:6), but
also the Divine as salt was a symbol of purity in God's power and Holiness (Ezk.16:4) and
(Mark 9:50), not willing to accept false anything, but only stand love and unity in Truth. Salt
represents Truth and while we as flesh cannot live without salt, neither can the Spirit in us live
without Truth. Deprivation of either salt or Truth and people go insane. Salt is essential for the
brain to function properly. To break Salt Covenant with each other as they were both God's
people was to no longer desire truth or unity with the other or God. We look at the marriage
covenant and although in the New Testament there are possible reasons for divorce, but it is not
God's will. God's will is to forgive and for both to be closer to Him.
Salt can be dissolved in water, but the salt still remains, much like a true believer can be in the
world yet not of the world in how the world operates (Jam.6:13). In addition salt when exposed
to extreme heat does not stop being salt as the real believer will not loose its flavor if subject to
the fires of life (Mat.5:13; Mar.9:49-50; Luk.14:34). It should also be noted that salt was created
by extreme pressure in the earth and so are true believers as they are put into the fires of life
often so they can grow and become stronger and we will survive if we stand in Truth, love and
unity. What we do to each other in the covenant we do to Him, good or bad and all people that
are in Salt Covenant are VERY dependent on each other and God to even get through the fires of
life.

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                              Certificate of Marriage
                        Marriage Covenant
           Believing and Trusting in God, in His Wisdom,
                      Authority & Providence
   has established marriage as a covenant relationship, a sacred lifelong
promise reflecting their unconditional love for one another and accepting
 and knowing full well that this covenant be permanent and binding by
His authority as it is sealed by His blood by both agreeing parties in His
                       presence through His servant!
We the undersigned in front of Him and His Minister pledge to fulfill our
marriage vows to Him and each other. Furthermore we pledge to exalt the
 sacred nature of permanence of the marriage covenant, with Him in His
                          presence and each other.
                Unless the Lord build the house, thy labor in vain who build it!


                    In the presence of God and these witness, and by Holy covenant, I,
                         _____________________________________________________ (Groom)
joyfully receive you as God’s perfect gift for me, to love, serve as Christ serves the church, to hold from this day
  forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, honor, cherish and protect
                              you forsaking all others as long as we both shall live.

                              In the presence of God and these witness, and by Holy covenant, I,

                           ____________________________________________________(Bride)
 joyfully receive you as God’s perfect gift for me, to love, obey and honor, to hold from this day forward, for
better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, honor, cherish and protect you forsaking
                                       all others as long as we both shall live.


For as much as these two have joined together in the presence of God and have accepted His Holy Covenant of Marriage in His presence and in accordance to
   His Word as I have been called and ordained a priest by Him with His authority, I now in His presence declare you husband and wife. What God has put
                                                     together for His purpose let no man put asunder.
                              This Covenant has been entered into on this ____ day of ________, in the year ______.

                     At _________________________________________________________________

Signature of Priest ________________________________________



Contemporary Religious Wedding Vows

Before God our Father, Who has given us the gift of love, I (Name), join with you, (Name), in
the covenant of marriage. I promise to give my faithful, life-giving love to you, and to share my
life with you, as long as we shall live. May this community of faith witness our love for each
other for the rest of our lives.

In the sight of God's love, and in the presence of our families and friends, I (Name), take you,
(Name), to be my (husband/wife). I offer my friendship and trust in you, promising to be faithful
and understanding, as long as we both shall live.

In the presence of the Lord and of this assembly, I take thee, (Name), to be my (husband/wife),
promising with Divine Assistance to be unto thee a loving and faithful (husband/wife), until
death shall separate us.

I love you, (Name). Today is a very special day. Long ago you were just a dream and a prayer.
Thank you for being what you are to me. With our future as bright as the promises of God, I will
care for you, honor and protect you. I lay down my life for you, my friend and my love.

I love you, (Name), and I know that this love is from God. Through all of the uncertainties and
trials of the present and future, I promise to be faithful to you and love you. I promise to guide
and protect you, as Christ does his Church, as long as we both shall live.

I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my 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, to love and to
cherish, till death do us part, or the Lord comes for His own, and hereto I pledge you my
faithfulness.

(Name), I will be a strong spiritual leader for us in our life, for better, for worse, in sickness and
in health, in joys and in sorrows, until death do we part. I give you all that I have, myself, and my
love. All these things I pledge to thee in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. With this ring, I seal
my vow of love to you, and pray I may fulfill God's place in our home, in the Name of the
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

I love you, (Name), and I thank the Lord for the love that has bound our hearts and lives together
in spiritual fellowship of marriage. I will love, honor, and cherish you always. As we enter upon
the privileges and joys of life's most holy relationship, and begin together the great adventure of
life, I will love you in sickness as in health, in poverty as in wealth, in sorrow as in joy, and will
be true to you, so long as we both shall live.

(Name), I take you to be my (husband/wife). I pledge you the rest of my life, as your partner and
your friend. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

I promise to love you, (Name), with an unselfish devotion. I will care for you with tenderness,
and I will always seek to strengthen you, comfort you, encourage you, and hold you up daily in
prayer before our Heavenly Father. I pledge you my faithfulness and eternal love, from this day
forward.

(Name), in the sight of God's love, and the presence of our families and friends, I give to you
friendship and trust, guidance and support, love and compassion, promising to be faithful and
understanding, for as long as we both shall live.

I, (Name), take thee, (Name), 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.

I, (Name), take you, (Name), 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.

Before our friends and those so special to us here, on this wonderful day of gladness and good
fortune, I, (Name), take you, (Name), 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

Formal Religious Wedding Vows

Sample One
(Groom) I, (Name), take you, (Name), 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, (Name), take you, (Name), 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. (Name), 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.

Sample Two
(Groom) I love you, (Name), and I know that God has ordained this love. Because of this I desire
to be your husband. Together we will be vessels for His service in accordance with His plan, so
that in all areas of our life Christ will have the pre-eminence. Through the pressures of the
present and the uncertainties of the future, I promise to be faithful to you. I promise to love,
guide, and protect you as Christ does His Church, and as long as we both are alive. According to
Ephesians 5 and with His enabling power, I promise to endeavor to show to you the same kind of
love as Christ showed the Church when He died for her, and to love you as a part of myself
because in His sight we shall be one.

(Bride) I love you, (Name,) and I know that you love me. Because of this I desire to be your
wife. For X# of years, I have prayed that God would lead me to His choice, and I am confident
that His will is being fulfilled tonight. Through the pressures of the present and the uncertainties
of the future I promise to be faithful to you. I will love, serve, and obey you as long as we both
are alive. Christ told us that the wife must submit herself unto her own husband as unto the Lord.
For as Christ is Head of His Church so is the husband head of his wife. (Name), I submit myself
to you.

Sample Three
(Groom) I (Name), take you (Name), to be my wedded wife. To have and to hold, from this day
forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to
cherish 'till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.

(Bride) I, (Name), take you (Name), to be my wedded 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. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.

Sample Four
(Groom) (Name), we read in Genesis, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother and
cleave unto his wife," and in Proverbs "Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing." He has
ordained that the husband be the head of the wife. He instructs me, as the one who will be your
husband, to love you as Christ loves the Church. It is my desire and delight to follow this
scriptural teaching. With all my heart, I make this pledge to you.
(Bride) (Name), the Lord instructs me as the one who will be your wife to submit to you as unto
Him. Our Father created woman to be man's helper. It is my desire and delight to follow this
scriptural teaching. With all my heart I make this pledge to you.

Sample Five
(Groom) (Name), I love you. Today is a very special day. Long ago you were just a dream and a
prayer. This day like a dream come true the Lord Himself has answered that prayer. For today,
(Name), you as my joy become my crown. I thank Jesus for the honor of going through time with
you. Thank you for being what you are to me. With our future as bright as the promises of God, I
will care for you, honor and protect you. I lay down my life for you, (Name), my friend and my
love. Today I give to you me.

(Bride) (Name), I love you and I know you love me. I am confident that God has chosen you to
be my husband. It is my prayer and desire that you will find in me the helpmeet God designed
especially for you, and in confidence I will submit myself unto your headship as unto our Lord.
Therefore, (Name), I pledge to you my life as an obedient, faithful and loving wife. Whither thou
goest I will go, whither thou lodgest I will lodge, Thy people shall be my people, And thy God
my God.

Sample Six
(Groom) (Name), I love you and I know that this love is from God. Because of this, I want to be
your husband so that we might serve Christ together. Through all of the uncertainties and trials
of the present and future, I promise to be faithful to you and love you. I promise to guide and
protect you as Christ does his church, as long as we both shall live. God's Word gives us the
perfect example of this love in Christ's death for the Church. I shall try always, with God's help,
to show you this same kind of love, for I know that in His sight we will both be one.

(Bride) (Name), I love you. I prayed that God would lead me to his choice. I praise Him that
tonight His will is being fulfilled. Through the pressures of the present, and uncertainties of the
future, I promise you my faithfulness; to follow you through all of life's experiences as you
follow God, that together we may grow in the likeness of Christ, and our home be a praise to
Him.

Sample Seven
(Groom) (Name), as we stand before both God and man, making public our commitment to one
another, I wish to make it known that I recognize first of all God's authority over my life which
is exercised from His loving heart. He has chosen me to be one of his own, and He is now my
life. I recognize also that He has blessed me and entrusted to me your life as a free gift that I
have not earned. In recognition of these things, (Name) I purpose to love you with His love, to
provide for your needs through His enablement, and to lead you as He leads me, as long as He
give us life together, regardless of the circumstances. As Psalm 34:4 expressed my heart when I
asked you to marry me, so it expresses my heart now: "O magnify the Lord with me and let us
exalt His Name together."

(Bride) On this special day, (Name), I am reminded of the verse James l:17 which says, "Every
good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of
Lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow." With a gift such as you, I know that
many new responsibilities face me. In I Corinthians, it explains, "It is required of a steward to be
found trustworthy." I cannot do this on my own strength, (Name), but by God's grace and power
working within me I desire to be trustworthy as your wife by following your leading
submissively, even as unto Christ, loving and serving you in all circumstances as long as He give
me life on this earth.

Sample Eight
(Groom) (Name), I give you this ring; wear it with love and joy. I choose you to be my wife, to
have and to hold from this day forward for better or for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness
and in health, to love and to cherish as long as we both shall live.

(Bride) (Name), I give you this ring; wear it with love and joy. I choose you 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 have and to cherish, as long as we both shall live. And hereto, I pledge
you my faithfulness to show to you the same kind of love as Christ showed the Church when He
died for her, and to love you as a part of myself because in His sight we shall be one.

Sample Nine
(Groom) I, (Name), take you (Name) to be my wife, before God who brought us together; to love
and cherish you even as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it, to lead you and share
all of life's experiences with you by following God through them. That through His grace,
(Name), we might grow together into the likeness of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

(Bride) And with this ring, I, (Name), take you, (Name). to be my husband, before God who
brought us together; to love you, cherish you, to submit myself unto you in all things, and to
follow you through all of life's experiences as you follow God. That through His grace we might
grow together into the likeness of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sample Ten
(Groom) I, (Name), take you (Name), to be my wedded 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, till death do us part, or the Lord comes for His own, and hereto I pledge you my
faithfulness.

(Bride) I, (Name), take you (Name), to be my wedded 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 land to
cherish, till death do us part, or the Lord comes for His own, and hereto I pledge you my
faithfulness.

Sample Eleven
(Groom) I (Name), in faith, honesty and love, take you, (Name), to be my wedded wife, to share
with you God's plan for our lives together united in Christ. And with God's help, to strengthen
and guide me I will be a strong spiritual leader for us in our life, for better, for worse, in sickness
and in health, in joys and in sorrows, until death do we part. I give you all that I have, myself and
my love. (All these things I pledge to thee) In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. With this ring I
seal my vow of love to you, (Name), and pray I may fulfill God's place in our home, in the Name
of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Sample Twelve
(Groom) I love you, (Name), and I thank the Lord for the love that has bound our hearts and
lives together in spiritual fellowship of marriage. I will love, honor and cherish you always. As
we enter upon the privileges and joys of life's most holy relationship, and begin together the
great adventure of building a Christian home, I will look to Christ as Head of our home as I have
looked to Him as Head of the Church. I will love you in sickness as in health, in poverty as in
wealth, in sorrow as in joy, and will be true to you by God's grace, trusting in Him, so long as we
both shall live.

(Bride) I love you, (Name), and I thank the Lord for the love that has bound our hearts and lives
together in spiritual fellowship of marriage. I will love, honor, cherish and obey you always. As
we enter upon the privileges and joys of life's most holy relationship and begin together the great
adventure of building a Christian home, I will look to you as head of our home as I have looked
to Christ as Head of the Church. I will love you in sickness as in health, in poverty as in wealth,
in sorrow as in joy, and will be true to you by God's grace, trusting in Him, so long as we both
shall live.

Sample Thirteen (sample of personally written vows)
(Groom) (Name), as we stand before both God and man making public our commitment to one
another, I wish to make it known that I recognize God's authority over my life, which is
exercised from His loving heart. He has chosen me to be one of His own, and has since been my
life. I recognize also that He has blessed me, and entrusted to me your life as an unearned gift. In
recognition of these things, I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my wife. I purpose to love you
with His love, to provide for your needs through His enablement, and to lead you as He leads
me, as long as He gives me life, regardless of circumstances. (Name), I look forward to
establishing a home where Christ is glorified. Toward that end I promise to allow God to use you
in my life as He sees best in building me into His person. I thank Him for your love and
friendship.

(Bride) I (Name), take you, (Name), to be my husband. With the greatest joy I come into my new
life with you. Today I am reminded of James l:17 which says, "Every good thing bestowed and
every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no
variation or shifting shadow." Besides the gift of salvation, you are the most precious gift God
has given me. I know that along with the new joys God has given me, I face new responsibilities
that I cannot fulfill in my own strength. But by God's grace and power working within me, I
desire to be trustworthy as your wife, to serve and love you in all circumstances, to obey you, to
allow God to use you to build His qualities in me, as long as God give us life on this earth. I
praise God continually for you, (Name), and for your love and friendship.

The Book of Common Prayer
I, (Name) take thee, (Name) to be my wedded (husband/wife), to have and to hold from this day
forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to
cherish, 'til death do us part, according to God's holy ordinance; thereto I plight thee my troth.
(Thereto I pledge my love).
Denominational Wedding Vows

Baptist Vows
I, (Name), take thee, (Name), to be my (husband/wife), and before God and these witnesses I
promise to be a faithful and true (husband/wife).

Episcopal Vows 1
I, (Name), take thee, (Name), to be my wedded (husband/wife), to have an to hold from this day
forward, for better for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to
cherish, 'til death do us part, according to God's ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my troth.

Episcopal Vows 2
(Name), I vow to be your faithful (husband/wife), understanding that marriage is a lifelong
union, and not to be entered into lightly, for the purpose of mutual fellowship, encouragement
and understanding; for the procreation of children and their physical and spiritual nurture. I
hereby give myself to you in this cause, with my sacred vow before God.

Episcopal Vows 3
In the Name of God, I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my (husband/wife), to have and to hold
from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love
and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

Episcopal Exchange of Rings
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.

Our miracle lies in the path we have chosen together. I enter into this marriage with you knowing
that the true magic of love is not to avoid changes, but to navigate them successfully. Let us
commit to the miracle of making each day work together.

I offer you my love and my support throughout all of our lives. I commit myself to years of
growth and sharing as I encourage you to move in new direction. I will strive to achieve my
potential as God's creature and will celebrate your progress toward the same goal. I give myself
as I am and as I will be, and I do it for all of life.

Respecting each other, we commit to live our lives together for all the days to come. I ask you to
share this world with me, for good and ill. Be my partner, and I will be yours.

May our days be long, and may they be seasoned with love, understanding, and respect.
Now we stand together; may it always be so. I offer myself to you today. I will always love you,
respect you and be faithful to you.

Come health, happiness, and prosperity, I will stand with you; come illness, trouble, or poverty, I
will stand with you. Take this ring, as a sign of my love and commitment.

Today I join my life to yours as your friend, your lover, and your confidant. Let me be the
shoulder you lean on, the rock on which you rest, the companion of your life. With you I will
walk my path from this day forward.
I came here today to join my life to yours before this company. In their presence I pledge to be
true to you, to respect you, and to grow with you through the years. Time may pass, fortune may
smile, trials may come; no matter what we may encounter together, I vow here that this love will
be my only love. I will make my home in your heart from this day forward.

Lutheran Vows 1
I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my (husband/wife), and pledge thee my troth, so long as ye
both shall live.

Lutheran Vows 2
I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my (husband/wife), and these things I promise you: I will be
faithful to you and honest with you; I will respect, trust, help and care for you; I will share my
life with you;
I will forgive you as we have been forgiven; and I will try with you better to understand
ourselves, the world, and God; through the best and the worst of what is to come as long as we
live.

Lutheran Vows 3
(Name), our miracle lies in the path we have chosen together. I enter into this marriage with you
knowing that the true magic of love is not to avoid changes, but to navigate them successfully.
Let us commit until death parts us.

Methodist Vows 1
I, (Name), take thee, (Name), 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, till death do us part, and thereto I pledge thee my faith.

Methodist Vows 2
I, (Name), take thee, (Name), to be my 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, to love and to
cherish, till death do us part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my
faith.

Methodist Vows 3
I, (Name), ask you, (Name), to be my (husband/wife), as my friend and my love. On this day I
affirm the relationship we have enjoyed, looking to the future to deepen and strengthen it. I will
be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph. Together we
will dream, will stumble but restore each other, we will share all things, serving each other and
our fellow humanity. I will cherish and respect you, comfort and encourage you, be open with
you, and stay with you as long as we both shall live, both freed and bound by our love.

United Methodist Declaration of Consent
I take you, (Name), to be my (husband/wife) from this day forward, to join with you and share
all that is to come, and I promise to be faithful to you.

(Name), you stand before God and this congregation to declare your intent. Will you have this
(man/woman) to be your (husband/wife), to live together in a holy marriage? Will you love
(him/her), comfort (him/her), honor (him/her), and keep (him/her) in sickness and in health, and
forsaking all others, be faithful to (him/her) as long as you both shall live? (Response: "I will.")

Presbyterian Vows
I, (Name), take thee, (Name), to be my wedded (husband/wife), and I do promise and covenant,
before God and these witnesses, to be thy 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.

Presbyterian Exchange of Rings
(Name), this ring I give you, in token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love.

Quaker Vows 1
In the presence of God and these our Friends, I, (Name), take thee to be my (husband/wife),
promising with Divine assistance to be unto thee a loving and faithful (husband/wife) as long as
we both shall live.

Quaker Vows 2
On this the Day, Month, in the year of our Lord, Year XXXX A.D., (Name) and (Name),
appeared together, and (Husband Name) taking (Wife Name) by the hand, did, on this solemn
and joyous occasion, declare that he took (Wife Name) to be his wife, promising with Divine
assistance to be unto her a loving and faithful husband; and then, in the same assembly, (Wife
Name), did in like manner declare that she took (Husband Name) to be her husband, promising
with Divine assistance, to be unto him a loving and faithful wife. And moreover they, (Husband
Name) and (Wife Name), did, as further confirmation thereof, then and there, to this certificate
set their hands.
(Husband Name; Wife Name)
And we, having been present at the marriage, have as witnesses hereunto set our hands

Quaker Vows 3
Whereas (Husband Name) of (Home City and State), son of (Father Name) and (Mother Name),
and (Wife Name) of (Home City and State), daughter of (Father Name) and (Mother Name),
having declared their intentions of marriage with each other to the (Meeting House Name)
monthly meeting of the Religious Society of Friends held at (Town and State of Meetinghouse),
their proposed marriage was allowed by that Meeting.

Now this is to certify to whom it may concern, that for the accomplishment of their intentions,
this (Day of the Month), in the year of our Lord (Year), they, (Husband Name) and (Wife
Name), appeared in a meeting for worship of the Religious Society of Friends, held at (City,
State), and (Husband Name), taking (Wife Name) by the hand, did on this solemn occasion,
declare that he took her, (Wife Name), to be his wife, promising with Divine assistance to be
unto her a loving and faithful husband so long as they both shall live, and then, in the same
assemble (Wife Name) did in like manner declare that she took him, (Husband Name), to be her
husband, promising with Divine assistance to be unto him a loving and faithful wife so long as
they both shall live. And moreover, they, (Husband and Wife Names), did as further
confirmation thereof, then and there, to this certificate set their hands.
(Husband Name; Wife Name)
And we having been witnesses present at the marriage have hereunto set our hands.
Roman Catholic Wedding Vows 1
I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my (husband/wife). I promise to be true to you in good times
and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life. Bride:
I pledge, in honesty and sincerity, to be for you an obedient and faithful wife. Groom: I pledge,
in honesty and sincerity, to be for you an obedient and faithful husband.

Roman Catholic Wedding Vows 2
I, (Name), take you, (Name), for 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, until death do us part.

Roman Catholic/Non Catholic Vows
I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my (husband/wife), I promise to be true to you in good times
and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.

Zion Vows
I, (Name), take thee, (Name), to be my 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, to love and to
cherish, till death do us part. According to God's holy ordinance, and thereto I pledge thee my
faith.

I promise you, (Name), that I will be your loving and loyal (husband/wife) from now on. I will
share with you all of life's joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, until death parts us.



Non-Christian Wedding Vows

Jewish Vows
Do you, (Name), take (Name), to be your (husband/wife)? ("I do."). Do you promise to love,
cherish and protect (him/her), whether in good fortune or in adversity, and to seek with (him/her)
a life hallowed by the faith of Israel? ("I do.")

(Name), as you place this ring upon the finger of (Name), speak to (him/her) these vows: "With
this ring be thou consecrated unto me as my (husband/wife), according to the law of God, and
the faith of Israel."

Buddhist Vows
(Name), in the future, happy occasions will come as surely as the morning. Difficult times will
come as surely as the night. When things go joyously, meditate according to the Buddhist
tradition. When things go badly, meditate. Meditation in the manner of the Compassionate
Buddha will guide your life. To say the words "love and compassion" is easy. But to accept that
love and compassion are built upon patience and perseverance is not easy.

Muslim Vows
I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my (husband/wife). I promise to be true to you in good times
and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life. Bride:
I pledge, in honesty and sincerity, to be for you an obedient and faithful wife. Groom: I pledge,
in honesty and sincerity, to be for you an obedient and faithful husband.
Interfaith Wedding Vows

(Name), I have enjoyed the time we've spent talking about what our different faiths mean to us.
We have discovered much that we share in common. It is my prayer that the candles we have lit
together today in unity will enlighten our path to the future. I promise to honor your traditions as
I honor you.

I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my wedded (husband/wife); and I 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.



Intercultural Wedding Vows

(Name), Our love has opened windows to the worlds we lived in as children. I have found
profound respect for your heritage; but I am not part of it. We have vowed to live our adult lives
together. Our marriage will be a new creation. Now I promise to build bridges of understanding,
and share the best of myself with your family, your friends, and you.

(Name), with these rings we unite our hearts in tenderness and devotion. We will honor each
other's cultures as we join customs to form a trusting relationship. We will protect, support, and
encourage each other through life's joys and sorrows as we create a loving future. We promise to
establish a home for ourselves and our children shaped by our respective heritages; a loving
environment dedicated to peace, hope, and respect for all people. From this day forward our lives
will be intertwined forever, blessed in faith, filled with compassion, understanding and love.



Contemporary Romantic Wedding Vows

(Name), 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.

I love you, (Name). You are my best friend. Today I give myself to you in marriage. I promise to
encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you, and to 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. I promise to cherish you, and to always
hold you in highest regard. These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.

(Name), we pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage. To talk and to
listen, to trust and appreciate one another; to respect and cherish each other's uniqueness; and to
support, comfort, and strengthen each other through life's joys and sorrows. We promise to share
hopes, thoughts, and dreams as we build our lives together. May our lives be ever intertwined,
our love keeping us together. We will build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect
and honor for others and each other. May our home be forever filled with peace, happiness, and
love.

(Name), today I will marry you, my friend, the one I will live with, dream with, and love forever.
I take you to be my (husband/wife). From this day forward I will cherish you. I will look with
joy down the path of our tomorrows, knowing we will walk it together side by side, hand in
hand, and heart to heart.

(Name), I promise to love you above all others, and to value your friendship as a precious gift. I
look forward to raising our family, and building our relationship, under the care and guidance of
God. I promise to stand beside you in sickness or health, in times of prosperity and decline, in
peace and in turmoil, as long as we both shall live.

(Name), let us be grateful for the capacity to see, feel, hear, and understand. Let us be grateful
for this incredible gift of life. Let us be especially grateful for the ties of love which bind us
together, giving dignity, meaning, worth, and joy to all our days. This is indeed a day which the
Lord has made. Let us rejoice in it and be glad, and let us count our many blessings.

(Name), I take you to be my partner; to have and to hold, from this day forward. I give to you my
unending love and devotion. I promise to be true to you, to cherish you, and to share my
thoughts, hopes, and dreams with you. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you,
my best friend. I will love you forever.

I take you, (Name), to be my partner. To have and to hold from this day forward. I give to you
my unending love and devotion. I promise to be true to you, to cherish you, and to share my
thoughts, hopes, and dreams with you. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you my
best friend. I will love you forever.

I take you, (Name), to be my (husband/wife). I promise to be true to you, in good times and in
bad, in sickness and in health, and I will love and honor you all the days of my life

(Name), I promise to be there when you need me, to fill your days with sunshine, to comfort you
and encourage you, to help you reach your goals, to be your best friend ever, and to love you all
my life, with all my heart.

I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my wedded (husband/wife). With deepest joy I receive you
into my life that together we may be one. I promise you my love, my fullest devotion, and my
tenderest care. I pledge to you my life as a loving and faithful (husband/wife).

I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my wedded (husband/wife). To have and to hold, from this
day forward, for better, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to
love and to cherish 'till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.

(Name), I give you this ring; wear it with love and joy. I choose you to be my partner, to have
and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and
in health, to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall live.
(Name), I take you to be my lifetime partner, secure in the knowledge that you will be my
constant friend, and my one true love.

On this special day, (Name), I give to you, in the presence of [God and] all these witnesses, my
promise to stay by your side, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, as well as through
the good times and the bad. I promise to love you without reservation, comfort you in times of
distress, encourage you to achieve all of your goals, laugh with you and cry with you, grow with
you in mind and spirit, always be open and honest with you, and cherish you, for as long as we
both shall live.

I, (Name), take (you/thee), (Name), to be my (husband/wife), knowing in my heart that you will
be my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love.

I, (Name), ask you, (Name), to be my (husband/wife), as my friend and my love. On this day I
affirm the relationship we have enjoyed, looking to the future to deepen and strengthen it. I will
be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph. Together we
will dream, will stumble but restore each other. We will share all things, serving each other and
our fellow humanity. I will cherish and respect you, comfort and encourage you, be open with
you, and stay with you as long as we shall live, freed and bound by our Love.

(Name), I offer you my Love. I offer you my strength. I offer you my weaknesses. I offer you my
support. I offer you my loyalty. I offer you my faith, for as long as we both shall live.

(Name), I take you to be my (husband/wife), from this time (onward/forward); to join with you
and to share all that is to come; to be your faithful (husband/wife); to give and to receive; to
speak and to listen; to inspire and to respond; a commitment made in love, kept in faith, and
eternally made new.

(Name), you are my best friend for life. I pledge to honor, encourage, and support you through
our walk together. When our way becomes difficult, I promise to stand by you and uplift you, so
that through our union we can accomplish more than we could alone. I promise to work at our
love, and always make you a priority in my life. With every beat of my heart, I will love you.
This is my solemn vow.

(Name), all that I am, and all that I have, I offer to you, in love and in joy. From this day forward
I will love and comfort you, hold you close, prize you above all others, and remain faithful to
you all the days of our lives.

I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my partner in marriage and in life. I will love and honor you
and take your side; walk with you through life, wherever it may lead. Whatever may come, I
promise to be faithful and true, from this day forward.

(Name), I promise to always be patient, honest, and compassionate with you. I will be your best
friend, your sweetheart, your helpmate throughout life, always putting you first above my own
needs. I promise to live a life that will honor the vows we have spoken, and make you glad to
have married me this day.
(Name), you are my once-in-a-lifetime miracle. May our lives intermingle, and our love, grow as
we become one. You are all I could ever need in my life; my friend, my lover, my everything. I
promise to be faithful to you, to love you, honor you, live with you, and cherish you, according
to the commandments of God, in the holy bond of marriage.

(Name), you are a [God's] precious gift to me; my springtime, my hope and my joy. You are
everything that's good and pure and true, and I worship you with my mind, body and soul. How
blessed I am to be able to say that you are mine, to be able to love and cherish you, for the rest of
my days. I vow to always put you first in my life, always be there to comfort you in your sorrow,
and rejoice with you in your victories. May our hearts and very breath become one as we unite
this day as husband and wife. I promise to be your true love, from this day forward, and
forevermore.

(Name), I bring myself to you this day to share my life with you. You can trust my love, for it's
real. I promise to be a faithful mate, and to unfailingly share and support your hopes, dreams,
and goals. I vow to be there for you always. When you fall, I will catch you; when you cry, I will
comfort you; when you laugh, I will share your joy. Everything I am, and everything I have is
yours, from this moment forth, and for eternity.

(Name), the sun smiles on us today, our wedding day, and how can it not, for our love is stronger
than forever, and our hearts beat together as one. I promise to be a true and faithful partner, from
this day forward, in all life's circumstances, as we face them together. In the joys and sorrows,
the good times and bad, in sickness or in health, I will always be there for you, to comfort you,
love you, honor and cherish you, now and forevermore.

I acknowledge my love for you, (Name), and invite you to share my life as I hope to share yours.
I promise to walk by your side, to love, help, and encourage you. I vow to take time to share with
you, to listen, and to care. I will share your laughter and your tears as your partner, lover, and
friend. I promise always to respect you and honor you as an individual, and to be conscious of
your needs. I shall seek, through kindness and compassion, to achieve with you the life we have
planned together.

(Name), I commit my love to you this day, for as long as we both shall live. This love is the very
flame of [life/God], and may no man dare to quench it. I promise to be faithful to you, to nurture
you, to cherish you, and encourage you, with the same care and concern that I give myself. I
promise to help you become the person [our Lord] has intended you to be, and throughout our
lifetime together, you will always be my beloved and my best friend.

(Name), It is the greatest desire of my heart to be faithful to you, and to love you always, seeking
to meet your every need, desiring to help in every way, listening to you, encouraging you,
comforting you, and standing by your side, in whatever circumstances may face us in the years
ahead. I will respect you, honor you, and strive for harmony in our marriage, with a quiet and
gentle spirit.

(Name), I hereby pledge myself to be faithful. I give myself wholly to you this hour, and I
promise to guard, cherish, and protect you, all the days of my life.
From this day forward, (Name), 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 listen to you with compassion and understanding, and speak to you
with encouragement. I will help you when you need it, and step aside when you don't. I will
remain faithful to you for better or worse, in times of sickness and health. You are my best
friend, and I will love and respect you always.

I, (Name), take you (Name), to be my (husband/wife), knowing in my heart that you will be my
constant friend, my faithful partner, and my one true love.

(Name), I have finally discovered the meaning of real love. For as long as I live I will love,
respect, and honor you. I will be committed to self-growth, and to the growth of our relationship.
I promise to be honest and to communicate my needs and feelings, just as I promise to listen to
yours. I will be faithful to you in mind, body, and spirit. I will be your fiend and life partner, no
matter what life brings to us. Today I pledge my commitment to you.

I stand before you, (Name), because you have won my heart through your graciousness. You are
my life partner, the one I pledge my life and love to. From this day forward, I promise to love,
respect, and honor you. I will listen to you, and be open and honest with you. I will be your
trusted partner, and stand by you through good times and bad. I promise this now, and for all the
days of my life.

(Name), I promise to give you the best of myself, and to ask of you no more than you can give. I
promise to accept you the way you are. I fell in love with you for the qualities, abilities, and
outlook on life that you have, and won't try to reshape you in a different image. I promise to
respect you as a person with your own interests, desires, and needs, and to realize that those are
sometimes different, but no less important than my own. I promise to keep myself open to you,
to let you see through the window of my personal world into my innermost fears and feelings,
secrets, and dreams. I promise to grow along with you, to be willing to face change as we both
change in order to keep our relationship alive and exciting. And finally, I promise to love you in
good times and in bad, with all I have to give, and all I feel inside, in the only way I know how,
completely and forever.

(Name), I take you to be my lifetime partner, secure in the knowledge that you will be my
constant friend, and my one true love.

On this special day, (Name), I give to you [in the presence of God] and all these witnesses, my
promise to stay by your side, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, as well as through
the good times and the bad. I promise to love you without reservation, comfort you in times of
distress, encourage you to achieve all of your goals, laugh with you and cry with you, grow with
you in mind and spirit, always be open and honest with you, and cherish you, for as long as we
both shall live.

From this day, on I (Name), choose you, my beloved (Name), to be my (husband/wife). To live
with you, and laugh with you. To stand by your side, and sleep in your arms. To be joy to your
heart, and food to your soul. To bring out the best in you always. And, for you, to be the most
that I can.
I (Name), choose you, (Name), to be my (husband/wife), as my friend, my love, (and
[mother/father] of our children). On this day I affirm the relationship we have enjoyed, looking
to the future to deepen and strengthen it. I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in
health, in failure and in triumph. I will cherish and respect you, comfort and encourage you, be
open with you and stay with you as long as we shall live freed and bound by our love.

In the Name of God, I (Name), choose you (Name) to be my (husband/wife); to have and to hold
you, to honor you, to treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and in joy, to suffer with you and
to be transformed, and to love and cherish you always.

In the presence of God and before these witnesses, I (Name), take you (Name), to be my partner
in life. I will cherish our friendship, and love you today, tomorrow, and forever. I will trust you
and honor you. I will love you faithfully through the best and the worst, through the difficult and
the easy. Whatever 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.

(Name), the hand that I offer to you is an extension of myself; just as is the warmth and love that
we express to each other. Cherish my touch, for you are touching another life. Be sensitive to its
pulse, and try to understand and respect its flow and rhythm, just as you do your own.

(Name), I promise to love you with all my heart and mind and strength. I vow to be your best
friend and do everything in my power to make you as happy as I am today. I will trust you with
my dreams and support you in fulfilling your dreams. I don't know what challenges lie ahead but
I know that we will face them together.

(Name), I take you to be my (husband/wife); to have and to hold from this day forward, for better
or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, to love and to
cherish, and to be faithful to you alone, as long as we both shall live.

(Name), I take you to be my (husband/wife). I promise to be true to you in good times and in
bad, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow. I will love you and honor you all the days of
my life; this is my promise to you.

I take you (Name), to be my (husband/wife), to laugh with you in joy, to grieve with you in
sorrow, to grow with you in love and from this day onward I will share my life with you.

In the presence of God and before our family and friends I, (Name), choose you, (Name), to be
my (husband/wife), to have and to hold from this day forward, secure in the knowledge that you
will be my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love. I promise to share
with you in times of joy as in times of trouble; to talk and to listen; to honor and appreciate you;
to provide for and support you in trust and in love. I further promise to love you without
reservation, comfort you in times of distress, laugh with you and cry with you, grow with you in
mind and spirit, and cherish you always.

I, (Name), take you (Name), from this day forward, and into the long forever. To be my beloved,
my sweetheart, my darling, my (husband/wife). I promise always to love you, to honor you, to
adore you, to give thanks for the gift of your presence. You are the one I admire; you are the one
I adore. You are the one I choose to go on with forever, from now until the end of my life.
I (Name). take you (Name), to be my beloved (husband/wife). To live with you and laugh with
you. To serve you with my wit my strength my heart. To stand by you always. I promise always
to love you, to cherish you, to hold you always in the highest regard, and to die with this love
that I have for you untarnished in my heart.

(Name), I commit my life to our partnership in marriage. I promise to comfort you, to encourage
you in our journey through 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. (Name), I love you, and you are my closest
friend. Will you let me share my life and all that I am with you? (Response: "I will.")

I (Name), take you (Name), to be my (husband/wife). To laugh with you in joy, to grieve with
you in sorrow, to grow with you in love, and to be faithful to you alone, as long as we both shall
live.

(Name), I promise to love you with all my heart and mind and strength. I vow to be your best
friend and do everything in my power to make you as happy as I am today. I will trust you with
my dreams and support you in fulfilling yours. In sickness and in health, in failure and in
triumph, I will cherish and respect you, comfort and encourage you, as long as we shall live.
Before us lies an open road, filled with adventure and love and I choose to spend today, and all
of my tomorrow's, with you as my friend, my love (and the [mother/father] of our children).

I, (Name), take you (Name), to be my (husband/wife), and companion of my days. We shall bear
together whatever of sorrow and adversity life may place upon us, and share together whatever
of joy and fulfillment life may hold in store. I commit my life to you; a commitment made in
love, kept in faith, lived in hope and eternally made anew. I pledge to you a life of giving and of
hoping, of growing and of loving. I shall be with you in your tears and in your laughter, just as I
shall bring to you my own joys and my own sorrows. You will be my (husband/wife), as long as
love remains. My commitment is made in love, kept in faith, lived in hope and eternally made
anew.

I, (Name), take you (Name), to be no other than yourself. Loving what I know of you, trusting
what our future will bring to us. What so ever life may bring to you, I will be at your side, for all
the risings and settings of the sun, for all the days of fullness and in barren times. In the
foreknowledge of joy and pain, strength and weariness, I pledge myself to deepening in love and
understanding as long as love remains. My commitment is made in love, kept in faith, lived in
hope and eternally made anew.

(Name), I take you to be my lawfully wedding (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 your
strengths, as I offer myself to you with my faults and my strengths. I will help you when you
need help, and will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will
spend my life.

I, (Name), choose you (Name), as my (husband/wife), in friendship and in love, in strength and
weakness, to share the good times and misfortune, in achievement and failure. I will cherish and
respect you through all the changes of our lives, forever giving thanks that we found each other.
I, (Name), pledge to you (Name), as my friend, my love, and my companion, to love, honor and
cherish you, as long as we both shall live

I (Name), in the Name of the spirit of God, that resides within us all, and the love that resides
within my heart, take you (Name) to my hand, my heart, and my spirit, to be my chosen one. I
promise to love you wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty
and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember and love again. I shall not
seek to change you in any way. I shall respect you, your beliefs, your people, and your ways as I
respect myself. This is my solemn vow.

(Name), in the presence of our dear family and friends, I pledge to be your (husband/wife) from
this day forward. Where there has been cold, you have brought warmth; where there was
darkness, you have brought light. Our miracle lies in the path we have chosen together. I enter
this marriage with you, knowing that the true magic of love is not to avoid changes, but to follow
the path together, hand in hand. Let us commit to the miracle of making each day work, together.
Whatever lies ahead, good or bad, we will face together. Distance may test us for a time, and
time may try us. But if we look to each other first, we will always see a friend. For better or
worse, richer of poorer, in sickness and health, in joy and in sorrow, to love and to cherish, to be
faithful to you alone Today, I take my place as your (husband/wife). May our days be long, and
may they be seasoned with faith, love, understanding, and respect, forever and ever. Today is the
beginning of the rest of our lives. I choose to spend today, and all of my tomorrow's, with you.

In the presence of our family and friends, I (Name), choose you (Name) to be my
(husband/wife). To laugh with you in joy, to grieve with you in sorrow, to grow with you in love,
to be faithful to you alone, as long as we both shall live.

I, (Name), take you (Name), 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; in joy and in
sorrow; to love and to cherish; and to be faithful to you alone, as long as we both shall live.

(Name), in the presence of God and before these witnesses, I take you to be (husband/wife). I
give you my hand, I give you my love, and I give you myself. I pledge to stand by you as long as
we live. Come, travel with me, and share the road both when it is hard and when it easy.

In the presence of our family and friends I, (Name), take you (Name), to be my (husband/wife).
To laugh with you in joy; to grieve with you in sorrow; to grow with you in love; and to be
faithful to you alone, as long as we both shall live.

I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my (wife/husband), knowing in my heart that you will always
be my friend, my partner in life and my one true love. I give to you my promise to stay by your
side as your (husband/ wife), and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

(Name), I love you, and on this day I wed you. I love you for making me good, happy and whole.
Because, (Name), that is what you do. Just by being yourself. Such a simple thing, but no one
else in the world can do it. Only you, (Name), forever.
(Name), this day, before our family and friends, with joy in my heart, I pledge myself to you as
your (husband/wife), promising to love you, to cherish our moments together, for now and
forever.

I (Name), take you (Name), to be my wedded (husband/wife). I will love, honor, and cherish
you. In all that lies before us, I pledge my faith to you, as long as we both shall live.

I (Name), take you (Name), to be my wedded (husband/wife); I shall seek to love you, even more
than to be loved. In all of life's joys and challenges, I shall be your devoted (husband/wife). This
promise is sure, as long as we both shall live. [Adapted from the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi]

(Name), I love you. You are the one I want to spend the rest of my life with. By all that we hold
sacred, I promise my faith and devotion to you. I take you to be my (husband/wife).

(Name), I am yours, and you are mine. I pledge my faith and devotion to you. Where you go, I
will go, until one of us lay the other in the arms of the Lord. [Adapted from the Book of Ruth]

My beloved (Name), emptying my heart of all others, I fill it now with you, to love you until the
end of my days as my most treasured spouse. I promise that I will love you, hold you, and enjoy
you, console you, delight you, astound you when I can, and cherish you dearly.

I (Name), take you (Name), to by my (husband/wife), secure in the knowledge that you will be
my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love. On this special day, I give
you in the presence of God and all those in attendance, my sacred promise to stay by your side as
your faithful (husband/wife), in sickness and in heath, in joy and in sorrow, as well as through
the good times and the bad. I promise to love you without reservation, comfort you in times of
distress, encourage you to achieve all of your goals, laugh with you and cry with you, grow with
you in mind and spirit, always be open and honest with you, and cherish you for as long as we
both shall live.

Eskimo Love Song (author unknown) "You are my (husband/wife). My feet shall run because of
you; my feet dance because of you; my heart shall beat because of you; my eyes see because of
you; my mind thinks because of you. And I shall love because of you."



Wedding Vows for Second Marriages

(Name), we take our vows together today. We will be changed forever, and I take them gladly,
and without reservation. I promise to honor you, believe in you, protect you, and do everything
in my power to make your life happy and fulfilled. This is my promise. Take my hand as we go
with joy into our new life together.

I am proud to marry you this day, (Name). I promise to wipe away your tears with my laughter,
and your pain with my caring and my compassion. We will wipe out the old canvases of our
lives, and let [God, with His amazing artistic talent], fill them with new color, harmony and
beauty. I give myself to you completely, and I promise to love you always, from this day forth.
(Name), [Life/God] has given us a second chance at happiness. I come today to give you my
love, to give you my heart and my hope for our future together. I promise to bring you joy, to be
at home with your spirit, and to learn to love you more each day, through all the days of our
lives. My love for you is endless and eternal.

Because of you, (Name), I laugh, I smile, I dare to dream again. I look forward with great joy to
spending the rest of my life with you, caring for you, nurturing you, being there for you in all life
has for us, and I vow to be true and faithful for as long as we both shall live.

As we stand beside the ocean tide, (Name), may our love always be as constant and unchanging
as these never-ending waves that pour beneath our feet, flowing endlessly from the depths of the
sea. Your love came softly upon my heart, just as the foam comes softly upon the sand, and just
as there will never be a morning without the ocean's flow, so there will never be a day without
my love for you. I pledge myself to you this day. Our love will be as unchanging and dependable
as the tide. As these waters nourish the earth and sustain life, may my constant devotion nourish
and sustain you until the end of time.

Today, as I give myself to you, (Name), my mind is clear, and my commitment is strong and
without reservation. I take you to be my life's partner. I will never leave you nor forsake you; I
will spend all my days at your side. We will share a lifetime of eternal, immeasurable love.

(Name), today I commit myself to years of growth and sharing, as I encourage you to move in a
new direction. I will strive to achieve my potential [as God's creature], and will celebrate your
progress toward the same goal. I give myself to you as I am, and as I will be, and I will do it for
all of my life.

Respecting each other, (Name), we now commit to live our lives together, for all the days to
come. I ask you to share this world with me, for good and ill. Be my partner, and I will be yours.

(Name), may our days be long, and may they be seasoned with love, understanding, and respect.

Now we stand together; (Name). May it always be so. I offer myself to you today. I will always
love you, respect you, and be faithful to you.

(Name), come health, happiness, and prosperity, I will stand with you; come illness, trouble, or
poverty, I will stand with you. Take this ring as a sign of my love and commitment.

(Name), today I join my life to yours as your friend, your lover, and your confidant. Let me be
the shoulder you lean on, the rock on which you rest, the companion of your life. With you I will
walk my path from this day forward.

(Name), I came here today to join my life to yours before this company. In their presence I
pledge to be true to you, to respect you, and to grow with you through the years. Time may pass,
fortune may smile, trials may come; no matter what we may encounter together, I vow here that
this love will be my only love. I will make my home in your heart from this day forward.

Since I have found you, (Name), I have found a new life. The decision to commit to share that
life with you is one I make happily and with full confidence in our love, secure in the knowledge
that you will be my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love. On this
special day, I give to you, in the presence of [God] and all these witnesses, my pledge to stay by
your side, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, as well as through the good times and
the bad. I promise to love you without reservation, comfort you in times of distress, encourage
you to achieve all of your goals, laugh with you and cry with you, grow with you in mind and
spirit, always be open and honest with you, and cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

Because I love and cherish you, (Name), and want to fill your heart with grace, these things I
promise I will do: to tell you what is true, that you might touch whom you embrace; to put aside
my view, and paint my portrait from your place; to give you ample space; to make our battles
few, and love the child behind the face: And that we might make one of two, too deep to know,
too vast to trace, Because I love and cherish you, these things I promise I will do.

(Name), these things I promise I will do That life may grant you ample grace Because I love and
cherish you: I vow to treasure what is true That I might touch whom I embrace: These things I
promise I will do. I'll build a garden in your view that with sweet fruit will stone replace because
I love and cherish you. I vow to love each day anew, for love must dance through time and
space: These things I promise I will do. I vow to make your terrors few and then with you those
demons face because I love and cherish you. And now, as we make one of two, a passage we
cannot retrace, these things I promise I will do because I love and cherish you.



Wedding Vows for Marriage Later in Life

(Name), I offer you not the "summer of my life" but the autumn, brisk and vibrant. I promise to
be a companion worthy of your precious friendship. I pledge you compassion in good times and
bad; encouragement in sickness and health. It is my intent that our lives together include our
large circle of friends and loving families. We'll cherish the memories of our individual pasts;
and create our new life as we go now together.



Celebrity Wedding Vows

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller
White Plains, New York; June 29, 1956

We are here today to participate in a most joyous occasion, to celebrate one of life's greatest
moments, by acknowledging the wedding of Arthur and Marilyn.

Arthur, do you take Marilyn to be your lawful wedded wife? Do you promise to love, honor, and
protect her? Share the good times and achievements as well as the hard times and
disappointments? Keep her in sickness and in sorrow and to be faithful to her forevermore?

Marilyn, do you take Arthur to be your lawful wedded husband? Do you promise to love, honor,
and protect him? Share the good times and achievements as well as the hard times and
disappointments? Keep him in sickness and in sorrow and to be faithful to him forevermore?
I give you this ring in token and pledge as a symbol of all that we share with my constant faith
and abiding love.

Now that you have joined yourselves in matrimony, may you strive always to meet this
commitment with the same spirit you now exhibit. We all bear witness to this ceremony you
have just performed and you may now call yourselves by those old and respected names,
husband and wife. May God bless this union. You may kiss the bride.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Las Vegas, Nevada; January 29, 1958

We have come here today in the presence of God to join in holy matrimony Paul and Joanne.

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In
the Art of Marriage: The little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It
is remembering to say 'I love you' at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no
time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should
continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is
standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It
is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not
expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel. It is not looking for
perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of
humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in
which each can grow. It is finding room for the things of the spirit. It is a common search for the
good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it
is being the right partner.

Paul, will you have Joanne to be your lawful wedded wife? Will you love her, comfort her, keep
her in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, be faithful to her so long as you both shall
live?

Joanne, will you have Paul to be your lawful wedded husband? Will you love him, comfort him,
keep him in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, be faithful to him so long as you both
shall live?

This ring I give in token and pledge as a sign of my love and devotion, with this ring I thee wed.

Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu
Las Vegas, Nevada; May 1, 1967

Marriage is an honorable estate. It is not to be entered into lightly or unadvisedly, but discreetly
and soberly. Into this relationship these two persons come now to be joined. I ask you both that if
you know any reason why you should not be joined in marriage, you make it known at this time.

Elvis, do you take Priscilla to be your wedded wife, to live together in bonds of marriage? Will
you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, so long as you both shall live?
Priscilla, do you take Elvis to be your wedded husband, to live together in bonds of marriage?
Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, so long as you both shall live?

I, Elvis, take thee, Priscilla, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for
better or worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish.

I, Priscilla, take thee, Elvis, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day
forward, for better or worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to
cherish.

Inasmuch as you have consented together in marriage, by virtue of the authority vested in me by
the laws of the state, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore
Las Vegas, Nevada; November 21, 1987

I, Bruce, take thee, Demi, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for
better or worse, for richer or poorer, through sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till
death do us part. With this ring I thee wed, in here with, I pledge to you my love and devotion, so
long as we both shall live.

I, Demi, take thee, Bruce, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better or worse, for richer or poorer, through sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till
death do us part. With this ring I thee wed, in here with, I pledge to you my love and devotion, so
long as we both shall live.

Inasmuch as Bruce and Demi have consented in holy wedlock and have witness the same before
God, according to the powers vested in me by this state and being an ordained minister of the
Gospel, I pronounce that you are husband and wife. In the name of the Father, the Son and the
Holy Spirit, those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder.

Michael Jordan and Juanita R. Vanoy
Las Vegas, Nevada; September 2, 1989

Marriage is not only a commitment between lovers; it is also an agreement between two friends.
Allow each other time to be an individual, respect each other's wishes as well as their dreams.

Selfishness has no place in a lasting relationship. Happiness is what each of you should seek for
the other. Ask less for yourself than you are willing to give. Love can be shown by a word or
touch or two thoughts entwined as one. In every relationship, trust is very important; never break
that trust.

With this ring I thee wed, pledging to you all my love and faithfulness forevermore.

Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere
Las Vegas, Nevada; December 12, 1991
We are gathered here in the sight of God to join together this man and this woman in holy
matrimony. The love of God is an example for your devotion, and you are not left without
guidance concerning the meaning of that love because God is love and love is all. A wedding
ceremony is the perfect place to read from Corinthians. This is what God said love is: Love is
patient and kind, knows no jealousy, gives itself no false airs or false pride. Never irritated, never
resentful, love is neither glad when others go wrong or become hurt. Love is guided by
goodness, always eager to believe the best, always hopeful.

Remember, anything beautiful that you have, came from God. In the beginning, God gave us our
free will and our identity to walk this earth. Don't ever try to change each other, because if you
do, you will lose exactly what you fell in love with. So, each day try to find one more thing that
is beautiful in your mate, and each day know that the next day will be more beautiful than the
one before. As long as you are doing this, you are seeking beauty, joy, and love in each other.

Richard, do you take Cindy to be your wedded wife? To have and to hold, to love and to cherish,
in sickness and in health, in times of good and bad?

Cindy, do you take Richard to be your wedded husband? To have and to hold, to love and to
cherish, in sickness and in health, in times of good and bad?

I, Richard, pledge to you, Cindy, as my friend, my love, and my companion to love, honor, and
cherish as long as we both shall live.

I, Cindy, pledge to you, Richard, as my friend, my love, and my companion to love, honor, and
cherish as long as we both shall live.

I give this ring in token and in pledge of my constant faith and abiding love with all that I am,
and all that I will become.

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love
Waikiki, Hawaii; February 24, 1992

True marriage is more than joining the bonds of marriage of two persons. In its right relation, it's
the uniting of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists
between man and woman, it is fitting that an outer acknowledgment be made. This
acknowledgment is the prime object of this gathering and this ceremony. We are here to bear
witness to the entry into the closer relationship of husband and wife of these beloved friends who
are already one in spirit.

You are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of the one person in all the world
whom you love best. You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the
companionship and blessing of a deep trust as well. You are agreeing to share strength,
responsibilities, and to share love.

At the end of this ceremony, legally you will be husband and wife, but you still must decide each
and every day that stretches before you, that you want to be married. Make such a decision and
keep on making it, for the most important thing in life is to love and be loved.
May you always need one another, not so much to fill the emptiness as to help each other know
your fullness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you embrace one another, but
not encircle one another. May you succeed in all important ways with each other, and not fail in
the little graces. Look for things to praise, often say 'I love you' and take no notice of small
faults. May you have happiness, and may you find it in making one another happy. May you
have love, and may you find it in loving one another.

This ring by its shape is a symbol of the undying love that exists between you. The substance of
which it is composed is a symbol of purity, which shall ever characterize your mind and hearts in
all your relationships together.

EIA IHO NO, KA MALUHIA, O NA LANI, ME OUKOU A PAU (The peace and serenity of
the heavens be with you all). And so it is ... Amen ... and ALOHA!

Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett
Marion, Indiana; June 27, 1993

The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy,
for the help and comfort given one another during prosperity and adversity, and when it is God's
will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord.
Therefore, marriage is not to be entered unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and
in accordance with the purpose for which it was instituted by God.

I, Lyle, in the presence of God and these witnesses, take you, Julia, 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 parts us, and I pledge you my faithfulness.

I, Julia, in the presence of God and these witnesses, take you, Lyle, 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 parts us, and I pledge you my faithfulness.

Receive this ring as a pledge and token of wedded love and faithfulness.

Harry Connick, Jr. and Jill Goodacre
New Orleans, Louisiana; April 16, 1994

I, Harry, take you, Jill, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in
sickness and in health. I will love and honor you all the days of my life.

I, Jill, take you, Harry, to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in
sickness and in health. I will love and honor you all the days of my life.

Jill, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Spirit.

Harry, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Other Sample Vow (Formats)

Sample Wedding Vows - Starters


      I, ______, choose you, ______, as my best friend for life.

      I, ______, choose you, ______, to embark upon this great journey of marriage with me.

      I, ______, take you, ______ ,as my soulmate and companion.

      I, ______, take you, ______, to be my wife, my partner, my friend, my confidant, my
       soulmate.

Sample Wedding Vows - Middle of your vows


      Together, we can accomplish anything.

      Together, we will be better than we could be alone.

      Together, we will share our love with the world.

      Together, our love will grow into a bond too strong to break.

      Our love may be like the ebb and tide of the ocean, but it will always flow.

      Through the good and bad, I want you to always know that I will be by your side.

      I will be there for you in the ups and downs of life.

      I pledge my all to you.

Sample Wedding Vows - Pledges


      In sickness, I will nurse you back to health. In health, I will encourage you on your path.
       In sadness, I will help you to remember. In happiness, I will be there make to memories
       with you. In poverty, I will do all that I can to make our love rich. And in wealth, I will
       never let our love grow poor.


      When you need someone to encourage you, I want it to be me. When you need a helping
       hand, I want it to be mine. When you long for someone to smile at, turn to me. When you
       have something to share, share it with me.
      Though life may not always be as perfect as it is at this moment, I vow to always keep
       my love as pure as it is today. I promise to be there for you in your laughter and your
       tears, in your sickness and your health, in your comfort and your fears, in your poverty
       and your wealth. I know that our love is heaven sent, and I promise to be there for you for
       all your life, come what may.


      We have already been through a lot together, and I believe that God has been preparing
       us for this moment and for our future together. I promise to keep the good memories
       alive, and to let the bad ones die. I vow not to let the sun go down on our anger, and to
       treat each morning as a new day to love you, the gift I have been given. I will not forsake
       you or these vows that we have made, but rather strive to show you my love for the rest
       of our lives. This is my promise to you.

Sample Wedding Vows - Theme Vows


"Amazed"
I, ______, take you, ______, as my best friend for life. I am so in love with you that I want to
promise to stand beside you through thick and thin, through good and bad, through joy and
sorrow. I want to spend the rest of my life hearing your thoughts and seeing your dreams. I
promise to do my best to make our lives better and better from this day on because I am so
amazed by you. This is my solemn vow.

"From This Moment"
From this moment, I, Name, take you, Name, as my best friend for life. I pledge to honor,
encourage, and support you through our walk together. When our way becomes difficult, I
promise to stand by you and uplift you, so that through our union we can accomplish more than
we could alone. I promise to work at our love and always make you a priority in my life. With
every beat of my heart, I will love you. This is my solemn vow.

"1 Corinthians 13"
I, ______, take you, ______, as the love of my life. I vow to be patient with you and the
circumstances in our lives. I vow to be kind to all people we come across. I vow not to be
boastful of our love or about our accomplishments. I promise to be proud of you, but not proud
in love for though I will strive for perfection, I know I can never reach it. I promise not to be
quick to anger, but to think before I speak and act. I vow not to keep a record of wrongs, but to
always keep the happy memories alive. Through God, our love will never fail.

"Could Not Ask for More"
I, ______, choose you, ______, as my everything. I vow to love you through sickness and health,
through the good and the bad, through richer and poorer. You are everything I need, and at this
moment I know that all my prayers have been answered and that all of my dreams have come
true. This is the moment I have waited my whole life for. I promise to give you my all and I
know that I could not ask for more from you. I love you and always will. This is my solemn vow.

								
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