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Wedding Vows

Nothing quite shows what lies deep in your heart as carefully chosen words spoken from the heart.
Many couples choose to continue with tradition and repeat wedding vows just as others in love have done for hundreds of years.
However, often couples choose to write their own wedding vows. At the heart of the wedding ceremony, the exchange of vows provides the perfect opportunity to express your true love and share what you find unique about your mate.

The Process

To begin to formulate ideas about what you will eventually write into your wedding vows, you might begin the process by:

  • Starting weeks early - far before the traditional hectic final phases of wedding preparation consume you and you no longer have time to write something meaningful.
  • Simply replacing certain words, phrases, or sentences to fit your thoughts within traditional wedding vows.
  • Checking the library for books on how to write personalized wedding vows. Reading can definitely inspire you.
  • Gathering phrases that you like - write them down as they come to mind or you hear them used.
  • Attending other weddings and taking notes about words and phrases you like in other wedding vows.
  • Writing your wedding vows with your partner - at least gives you some quiet time together.

    Wedding Vow Suggestions

    To help you get started, feel free to select ideas, words and phrases from the wedding vows below and put them into your own words for your love:

    I offer myself to you as a partner in life.
    I will cherish our friendship, our love, our lives.
    I will trust you and honor you for who you are this day and every day.
    I will love you faithfully through the best and the worst, through the difficult and the easy, through the pain and the joy that is life.
    Whatever may come, I will always be there for you.
    As I have given you my hand to hold, so I give you my life to keep in your heart for all the days of my life.
    This and more - forever thankful that we found each other.
    Forever together in love.

    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.
    I love you, and you are my closest friend.
    Will you let me share my life and all that I am with you?

    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.
    I don't know what challenges lie ahead but I know that we will face them together.

    Traditional Wedding Vows

    Blessing of the Apaches

    Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
    Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
    Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.
    Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
    May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.
    May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.

    Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.
    Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.
    When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship - as they threaten all relationships at one time or another - remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong.
    In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives - remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.

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