(Serving the Amicalola Falls area in the North Georgia Mountains)
Most people don’t realize it, but there are personal wedding vows, where you commit to each other and make your promises, and then there are the ring vows, where you exchange rings. Therefore there are two types of vow exchanges in a ceremony.
The exchange of vows is also known as the “pledge”, which is the old-fashioned word for “promise”. Some ceremonies still do use the word within the vows.
The blanks in the wording are where the names of the bride and groom would be inserted. I always make a personalized copy of the wedding ceremony and give it to the couple afterwards as a keepsake.
Here are some sample personal wedding vows. Some require the couple to repeat after the minister, and others require an “I do” or “I will” as a response.
Vow Exchange # 1
I, _______, take you, ______, to be my wife/husband, to laugh with you in joy, to grieve with you in sorrow; to grow with you in love. I vow to love you, respect you, support you, encourage you, trust you, be faithful to you, and be open and honest with you with all my heart and soul for all the days of my life.
Vow Exchange # 2
_______, do you pledge to have ________ as your wife/husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony from this day forward? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, forsaking all others so long as you both shall live?
Vow Exchange # 3
“I, __________, choose you, _________, to be my wife/husband as my friend, and my love. On this day I affirm the love that we share, looking to the future to deepen and strengthen it. I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph. Together we will dream and break bread. We will stumble but restore each other. We will share all things, serving each other and our fellow man. I will cherish and respect you, comfort and encourage you, be open with you, and stay with you as long as we shall live, bound by our love.”
Vow Exchange # 4
_______ and ______, do you this day take each other to live as husband and wife, to love, honor, comfort and keep each other in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep yourselves only unto each other so long as you both shall live?
Vow Exchange # 5
__________, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to share your life with her and will you do your best to love, honor and tenderly care for her in all the varying circumstances of your lives?
Vow Exchange # 6
GROOM/BRIDE: _______, I acknowledge my love and respect for you and invite you to share my life as I hope to share yours. I promise to always recognize you as an equal individual, and to always be conscious of your development as well as my own. I will seek through kindness and understanding, to achieve with you the life we have envisioned.
Vow Exchange # 7
______ and _______, do you this day take each other to live as husband and wife, to love, honor, comfort and keep each other in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep yourselves only unto each other so long as you both shall live? Answer: I do.
Vow Exchange # 8
Do you ________, take _________ to be your husband/wife, to love and to cherish, to honor and trust, to comfort and uphold in sorrow and in joy, in hardship or in ease, to have and to hold, from this day forward and do you promise to respect ______ as an individual? Answer: I do, I promise you in love.
As you can see, there is quite a lot of variety in these personal wedding vows, from the traditional to the more original. Therefore there are many options to choose from.