Below are the most popular contemporary wedding vows chosen by my couples over the past few years. Since not everyone prefers vows in “repeat after me” format or to memorize them / read from a piece of paper, these vows can also be rephrased into a simple “I do” question or a series of questions posed to the couple together or separately.
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 in times of sorrow and struggle. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, when life seems easy and when it seems hard, and when our love is simple, and when it is an effort. I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in highest regard. These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.
I vow to love you and care for you as long as we both shall live. I take you, with all of your faults and strengths, as I offer myself to you with my faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.
No matter what life brings, I take you as my friend and love, beside me and apart from me, in laughter and tears, and in conflict and peace. I ask that you be no other than yourself, as I love what I know of you and trust what I do not.. I cherish you, for being all that you are, all that you are not, and all that you can be. Know that I am here for you,and that you pain will be mine, and your joy mine as well.
I take you to be my husband/wife. I will cherish our friendship, and I will love you today, tomorrow, and forever. I will trust you and honor you. I will laugh with you and cry with you. I will love you faithfully through the best and the worst, and through the difficult and the easy. No matter what may come, I will always be there to comfort you. As I have given you my hand to hold, so I give you my life to cherish.
From this day forward, I make a promise: whatever happens, you shall not walk alone. I’ll stand by your side, and sleep in your arms, I’ll be the joy in your heart, and your closest confidant. May you feel deeply loved, for indeed you are. Through our brightest days and our darkest nights, I take you into my heart.
I commit my life to our friendship and love in marriage. I promise to comfort you, to encourage you, and to support you. 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. I vow to share life and all that I am with you always.
Today, I join my life to yours. From this day on, I will be your companion. You are my dearest love and my best friend. I look forward to our separate and shared successes. I welcome the challenge of any obstacles we encounter, for I know that whatever we face, we face it together. Because your happiness is vital to me, I will help you to grow as an individual. Because you deserve no less than my best, I will also strive to be more fully myself. I pledge that I will listen to you when you speak, encourage you in times of doubt, comfort you in times of sorrow, and be your refuge of strength in times of uncertainty. I will be faithful to you all days of my life, caring sincerely and thoughtfully for you always, and will cherish and adore you every moment of my life. This is my solemn vow.
As we go through life together, I will be your lover, companion, and friend, your ally in conflict and mischief, your greatest fan and your toughest adversary, your comrade in adventure, your student and your teacher, your consolation in disappointment, your accomplice in mischief, your strength in your need and vulnerable to you in my own, and most of all, your associate in the search for enlightenment. When I go to the place in me that is Love. And you go into that place in you that is Love. There we are One.
I promise to love and care for you through times of joy and times of sorrow, to rejoice when you are happy, and grieve when you suffer. I will try to share your interests and hopes for the future. Everyday, I pledge to try to understand you, even when I do not agree with you. I shall do all in my power to help you be your true self, the person God calls you to be. In all this, I ask God’s help, now and in the days to come.