Vow Samples

photo by Jennifer Kiewit

Here are a number of Actual Wedding Vows from Actual Weddings.  Some of them went with the giving of rings, some of them came before the rings. Let them move, amuse, delight, and inspire you.

And please don’t feel intimidated.  If you don’t want to write your own vows, you are under no obligation, and won’t be any less married after the ceremony.

Enjoy.

Anna, with this ring, I give you my promise that from this day forward you shall never walk alone. I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you and to comfort you. We will walk together through life as partners and best friends. I promise that I shall always do my best to love and accept you exactly the way you are. With this ring, I give you your freedom and my trust in you. I give you my heart until the end of time.

Today I promise to dedicate myself completely to you with body, speech, and mind. In this life, in every situation, in wealth or poverty, in health or sickness, in happiness or difficulty, I will work to help you perfectly. The purpose of our relationship will be to attain enlightenment by perfecting our kindness and compassion toward all sentient beings.

Rhoda, I promise that I will honor our union with words of adoration and acts of consideration.  In the name of love that resides within my heart, I take you and you alone to be my soul mate, my wife.

Amber, I give this ring as my gift to you. Wear it and think of me and know that I love you.

Here in the presence of our family and friends, I Jacob, take you, Carol, to be my wife.  I promise to be faithful and loyal, in sickness and in health, good times or bad, in sadness and in joy.  I promise to love you unconditionally, to respect and honor you, and to help you make your dreams come true. I will cherish you, my love, for as long as we both shall live.

Dara, I am madly in love with you.  Your smile makes the clouds part and the sun shine.  Every day I am amazed by your beauty and generosity and wit.  Such grace is a fragile and precious gift and I vow to honor you and protect you for as long as I live.  I vow to respect you and encourage you and to always be kind.  Also…I promise to always switch entrees with you when you like my meal better.  And I promise to let you be right *all* of the time.  Nothing could give me more joy than spending the rest of my life with you.  I stand here before you ready to be your husband.  You have my heart, you are my love.  I love you.

Paul, I promise that I will honor our union with words of adoration and acts of consideration.  I will make time for you, enjoy you, and work to know you better every day. I promise to help raise our kids to be wonderful people, leap with both feet into the adventure of our lives, and let my love for you grow wild like a weed. With unfettered joy and utter glee, I take you and you alone to be my soul mate, my husband.

Steve, I feel butterflies when you hold my hand.  You are my best friend. You help me feel safe, you help me laugh, you comfort me, you reassure me.  When you hold me I feel that everything is possible.  You are sweet, smart and are getting funnier every day.  You are extremely gentle and strong at the same time.  And I love that you appreciate the little beauties of life.  I vow to always try to make you laugh and to be by your side.  I vow to always love you for who you are.  I promise to make your plans and dreams as important to me as mine own.  Also… I promise to not buy more than one black tank top per month.  And I promise to let you be right some of the time.

Dave, you are my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love.  With the beauty of this ring, and all the joy in my heart, I thee wed.

Sarah, I love you. 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.  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 always respect you. These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.

With this ring, I give you my promise that from this day forward you shall never walk alone.  My heart will be your shelter, my arms will be your home.  We will walk together through life as partners and best friends.  I promise that I shall always do my best to love and accept you exactly the way you are.  With this ring, I give you your freedom and my trust in you.  I give you my heart until the end of time; I have no greater gift to give.

I, Andrew, take you, Elizabeth, to be my wife, secure in the knowledge that you will be my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love.

James, you are my great love, and today I join my life to yours, not merely as your partner, but 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 the beauty of this ring, and all the joy in my heart, I commit myself to you completely and take you as my beloved husband.

I promise to love you without reservation, honor and respect you, provide for your needs as best I can, protect you from harm, comfort you in times of distress, 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.

On this day, I give to you in the presence our families and all the people present here my promise to stay by your side as your husband in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, as well as through the good times and the bad.

I Kenneth, take you Jerroll, to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face.  Together we will conquer all of life’s experiences and share one another’s dreams and goals.  I will listen to you with compassion and understanding, and speak to you with encouragement.  I promise I will be your equal partner in a loving, honest relationship.  I eagerly anticipate the chance to grow together, getting to know the man you will become, and falling in love a little more every day. I promise to love and cherish you through whatever life may bring us.  I give to you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.

Joseph, you are my friend, my confidant, my teacher, my home, and my greatest challenge.  You have a confidence about yourself that is so inspiring.  You bring out the best in me, and I vow to be your partner and the nurturer of your dreams, both small and great, even those dreams where you’re a Jedi Knight. I promise never to underestimate the power of your dreams. To your stoic nature I will add flames, and if we stumble from time to time, I promise to help us forge ahead with humor and acceptance.  With all the love in my heart, I take you now as my husband.