The typical language in English, according to the Rite of Marriage (#25), is: I, ______, accept you, ______, to be my (husband/wife). I pledge to remain faithful to you in good and bad times, in illness and in health. I shall love and respect you for the rest of my life. I ask that you do the same for me.
In addition to this statement, the couple is asked to write their own vows which are to be read by a pastor or priest during the ceremony.
Here are some examples of traditional marriage vows:
I marry you as your friend should marry you. A friend tells you how she feels about you before they marry. A good friend will not change his mind about you even if you are very different from each other. So I promise not to change my mind about you. I will always think well of you and keep my promises to you. I will never put you down or call you names. I will always be your biggest fan. I will always protect you from anything bad that might happen to you. I will never let anyone else hurt you. I will always stay true to you in good times and bad. So go ahead and trust me with your heart. I am here for you until the end of time.
These are just some of the many ways people show their love for one another.
We are connected from this day forward, till death do us part. In marriage, both parties have an obligation to work at keeping the connection strong. Good marriages are based on communication and understanding, not just on love at first sight or when you sign the marriage license.
When you marry someone, you're saying that they are important enough for you to give your entire life to. You should prepare yourself for the fact that you will never be alone again. No matter what happens, you should keep the feelings you have for each other alive because it is easy to get distracted by life's challenges.
Marriage is a partnership. It requires compromise on both parts. If you want your marriage to succeed, you must make an effort to understand where your spouse is coming from instead of just thinking about what you want in a partner.
In short, you say "I do" because it is the right thing to do. And don't forget to have some romance around midnight on your wedding night.
I, _____, take thee, _____, to be my married wife/husband, to have and to keep from this day forward, for better or for worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish, till death do us part, according to God's holy law; and thereto I swear my trust.
I, [name], take thee, [name], to be my married [husband/wife], to have and to keep from this day forward, for better or for worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish, 'til death do us part, according to God's commandment; and thereto I promise my troth.
Do you vow to love, comfort, honor, and keep her for better or worse, richer or worse, in sickness and health, renouncing all others, and being true solely to her for the rest of your lives? "Yes, I do." Do you accept [Groom's name] as your wedded husband to live together in marriage, [Bride's name]? "I do." By declaring these vows you are swearing an oath to [Name of Church]. You are promising to be faithful to [Name of Bride] from this day forward in life. You are also agreeing to live together in marriage forever.
In some states, it is required by law that you swear or affirm your agreement to marry without any religious references. If this is the case with your wedding, please say after the minister: "I do solemnly declare that I will marry [Groom's name] and [Bride's name] according to the laws of [State where wedding took place]."
Now, repeat after me: "I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride."
Congratulations! You have just married yourself a good woman in good standing with her church.
The bible says "marriage is ordained of God" (Husbands) - Titus 2:5. It also says "the wife has a role to play in keeping her husband happy. She needs to meet his needs physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Wedding Vows to the Groom: Please repeat after me: I (Groom), take you (Bride) to be my wife, to have and to keep from this day forward, for better or for worse, richer or worse, in sickness and in health, I pledge to love and adore you.
Wedding Vows to the Bride: Please repeat after me: I (Groom), take you (Bride) to be my wife, to have and to keep from this day forward, for better or for worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, I pledge to love and adore you.
Repeat these vows with each other as soon as possible after your wedding ceremony. If you would like, include some of your own words about how you feel now that you are married.
The idea is for the groom to repeat the vows to the bride, which shows that he is also committing to her even though they have not been given a chance yet to show their commitment to each other.
This is very common in marriages where one or both parties were not sure if they wanted to get married at all, but once they did it became their duty to follow through with it. For example, if the bride's father was sick with cancer and she didn't want to get married without him being there, she could tell the groom this and he would understand what she was trying to say without breaking up with him.