Semi Religious Vows Example

This is ONLY an example, some wording has been removed from the original vows. 

On this occasion, (Bride) and (Groom) come before family and friends to affirm the choice that they have made of each other as life’s mate and the fulfillment of life together.

As the years go by, you will realize that this marriage you have chosen for yourselves was not given to you by anyone else. It has been and must continue to be, a process that builds throughout your lives.  You must work at it day-by-day, meeting the disappointments as well as the joys, that your lives together will bring.  We have gathered with you to help you give added life to this marriage that you have chosen for yourselves. But, in doing this, we realize that this outward act is but a symbol of that which is inward and real, a union of two people, which neither church nor state can create or annul.  It is such a union, by your own free choice — and with full knowledge of what that choice means — that you two have come to live.

(To the Congregation)

(Bride) and (Groom) welcome you, their families and friends.  Each of you has given something of yourselves into their lives.  They want you to know that your love, guidance and encouragement will forever be appreciated. It is fitting, then, that you should share this celebration of their commitment to God and to each other to live their lives as one, and they are happy that you are with them.

(To _________________ and ________________)

Marriage requires much generosity, unselfishness, flexibility, and forbearance from both husband and wife.  The reality and happiness of your marriage depends upon the inner experience of your heart and the integrity of your commitment.

Marriage has great possibilities of success and failure as well as joy and pain.  The person who has not made the wager of devotion cannot be hurt by another as can the person who puts his faith in another, nor can he know joy as the one who shares all with a trusted, loving companion.

When two people marry, they bring with them all their experiences of their pasts.  Each has strengths and knowledge to share with the other.  Each is unique and thus their particular marriage will be unique.   Each partner must respect the other’s individualism. More than likely, this individualism is what attracted each to the other.”

To the Groom:

(Groom), will you take (Bride) as your wife; will you be faithful to her in tender love and honor, offering her strength, encouragement and companionship; and will you live with her, and cherish her, as love and respect would lead you, in the bonds of marriage?

Groom:

I will

To the Bride:

(Bride), will you take (Groom) as your husband; will you be faithful to him in tender love and honor, offering him strength, encouragement and companionship; and will you live with him, and cherish him, as love and respect would lead you, in the bonds of marriage?

Bride:

I will

Officiant:

(Bride) and (Groom), will you join your right hands, face each other and repeat individually after me.

From the earliest time, the golden circle has been a symbol of wedded love.  (Minister receives rings.) The ring, an endless circle, is a symbol of unbroken marriage union.

To the Groom:

Take this ring which you have selected, place it upon the finger of (Bride) and repeat after me:

“This ring I give you in token and in pledge of my constant faith and abiding love.”

To the Bride:

Take this ring which you have selected, place it upon the finger of (Groom) and repeat after me:

“This ring I give you in token and in pledge of my constant faith and abiding love.”

Marriage requires much generosity, unselfishness, flexibility, patience and love from both husband and wife.

Two people are not just married in the ceremony; you only begin to be married.  What is begun here today, by the two of you together before God, family and friends, must continue with increasing meaning.

As to you both, I would say, let not your voices lose the tender tone of affection, nor your eyes forget the tender ray with which they shine on this day.

And now having heard you make these pledges of your affection, and take these vows of fidelity, I do by virtue of the authority vested in me, pronounce you husband and wife.

You may now kiss.