(Serving the Amicalola Falls area in the North Georgia Mountains)
Here are some popular choices for the wedding vow wording and some readings that you might want to include in your wedding ceremony. You may also go to the ready-made wedding ceremonies to find other inspiration.
The blank spaces are to be filled in with the names of the bride and groom. I always give a personalized copy of the wedding ceremony to the couple as a memento after the wedding.
These parts may be mixed and matched around in any order that you like. You do not have to use the whole part of any of these readings.
Wedding Vow Wording (with response) # 1
This union in which you are about to enter will influence your whole future. That future, with both its joys and disappointments, successes and failures, pleasures and pains, is hidden from your eyes at this moment. Not knowing what is before you, you come now to take each other for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death parts you.
Bride/groom, having heard how God has created, ordered, and blessed the covenant of marriage, do you affirm your desire and intention to enter this covenant?
Answer: I do
Wedding Vow Wording # 2
___________ and ___________, true marriage is more than the joining of two persons in the bonds of matrimony. In its right relationship, it is the uniting of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists between a man and a woman, it is proper that an outer acknowledgement be made. This acknowledgement is the prime objective of this gathering and this ceremony. We are here to bear witness to the entry of these two loving friends, who are already one in spirit, into the closer relationship of husband and wife.
It is, therefore, not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but rather, discreetly and in the love of God. Into this holy estate of matrimony you come now to be joined.
Wedding Vow Wording # 3
Your wedding vows are your solemn promise one to another. You promise to always be your betrothed’s best friend, to be there when you are needed, to join in their laughter or to dry their tears. You promise to be of full support and help with all the strength that you possess. In troubled times you will remember this and know that you are stronger as husband and wife than any one person alone could be.
The beauty of the world around you will strengthen your bodies and your minds in love. You are by these vows promising also to always put each other first above family and friends.
Wedding Vow Wording # 4
___________ and _________, on this day of your marriage, you stand apart from all other human beings. You stand within the circle of your love, and this is as it should be. But love is not meant to be the possession of two people alone. Rather it is to serve as a source of common energy, as a form in which you find the strength to live your lives with courage. From this day onward, your opportunity is to come closer together than ever before, to love one another in sickness and in health, for better or for worse.
But at the same time your love is to give you the strength to stand apart, to seek out your unique destinies, to make your special contribution to the world. Again, while marriage is the intimate sharing of your lives, it can yet enhance your differences and individuality. Give yourselves in love but do not give yourselves away. A good and balanced relationship is one in which neither person is overpowered or absorbed by the other. To love well is not to dominate but to share.
We are here today, then to celebrate the love which __________ and ________ have for each other and to give recognition to their decision to accept each other totally. Into this state of marriage these two persons come now to be joined.
Wedding Vow Wording # 5
As you know, no minister, no priest, no rabbi, and no public official can marry you. Only you can marry yourselves by a mutual commitment to love each other, by working toward creating an atmosphere of caring and consideration and by being willing to face together the tensions and anxieties that underlie life.
Wedding Vow Wording # 6
Marriage is a sharing of experience and an adventure into the most intimate of human relationships. It is the happy union of a man and a woman whose companionship and understanding have developed into romance.
Today ________ and ________ proclaim their love for each other to all who have gathered here. We are happy with them and for them in the new life they are now beginning together. This wedding is a celebration of the spirit of love, joy, and the beauty of life.
Wedding Vow Wording # 7
_________ and _________ hold common interests in their daily lives, and they now want to be spiritually joined together so they may live together in love and understanding. Living together in this way, they will deepen their love for each other, and will extend the reach of their love to the whole community of mankind.
They agree that marriage should be a cooperative venture in every sense. It is a relationship based on mutual love, respect and a determination on the part of both to adjust to each other’s temperaments and moods – in health or sickness, joy or sadness, ease or hardship.
The marriage of ______ and ________ means the creation of a new home and a new family. They realize the importance of a devoted and affectionate family life. They are aware that love is the strongest bond upon which to establish a home that will be harmonious, orderly and right.
Wedding Vow Wording # 8
__________ and _________, you are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of one in the world, whom you love most dear, and the dynamic flow of love is the heart of marriage. This love emerges from, responds to, and is fellowship with God and each other. It is the challenge to create an atmosphere of freedom in which you both can develop your potentials.
It is working together in an attitude of service for common goals. It is sharing from the depths of your being in the understanding presence of each other. It is a union of persons which respects individuality. It is the covenant of love which accepts weakness as well as strength.
You are adding to your life not only the affection and the response that your hearts desire, not only the happy companionship of hours together, but a deeper trust as well. It is the implied trust of loving. You are finding in each other that which complements your life. You are agreeing to be a tower of strength to one another. You are agreeing to carry a part of each other’s responsibilities. You are entering on an adventure of pure faith in which you give of yourselves to the utmost.
Wedding Vow Wording # 9
As you prepare to make your vows, let us reflect on these words, borrowed from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin:
Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, and it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion.
That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and, when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two. No other human ties are more tender and no other vows are more important than those you are about to pledge.