Write your own Wedding Vows
Writing your own wedding vows is a beautiful way to add a personal touch to your small wedding ceremony. It allows you to express your feelings and promises to each other in a unique and meaningful way. Here are some guidelines to follow when writing your own wedding vows:
Remember that vows are promises and commitments: Your vows should go beyond compliments and personal statements. They should reflect your promises, your bond, and your agreements with each other.
Begin your sentences with promises: Start your vows with phrases like “I will,” “I promise,” or “I give.” This sets the tone for making heartfelt commitments.
State what you promise to do: Follow the opening phrases with specific promises such as loving each other, honoring one another, forgiving, protecting, and being faithful to each other.
Use your own words: While it’s helpful to have a guide, make sure to use your own words and express your promises in a way that feels authentic to you and your relationship.
Make your promises a forever agreement: Your vows should reflect your commitment to a lifelong partnership. Choose words that convey your dedication and intention to stand by each other through all the ups and downs of life.
Include important aspects: Don’t forget to include promises to be faithful, forgive, and protect each other. These are essential elements in a strong and lasting marriage.
While the sample vows provided by Rev. Ed and Rev. Lorelei are lovely, feel free to adapt and customize them to suit your own preferences and relationship.
For the ring exchange vows, you can keep them simple and symbolic. Express your commitment to your spouse as you exchange rings, stating that you take them to be your lawfully wedded spouse and that the rings represent your bond and commitment to each other.
Remember, the most important thing is to speak from your heart and make promises that are meaningful to both of you. Your wedding vows should reflect your love and commitment to each other as you embark on this journey together.
Now here are a sample of what Rev. Ed and Rev Lorelei use:
I Lorelei … take you, Edward To be my beloved husband.
I will love you with all my heart,
I will share my whole life with you.
I will place you above all others,
And I will honor you in my words and deeds.
I will forgive you and ask your forgiveness.
I will stand by your side during good times and bad,in sickness and in health, through joy and sorrow.
And I promise to protect you, be faithful to you and stand by your side
And these are my gifts to you!
The Ring Exchange Vows:
With this ring, I take you to be my lawfully wedded spouse. To have and to hold from this day forward. Let these rings be a symbol of my bond and commitment to you!