Wedding vows are the most auspicious thoughts you would share with your better half. Wedding vows are truly the most romantic gesture which captivates the beauty of matrimonial bond. Standard wedding vows may be romantic, hilarious and even snippets about the love the couple shares. But traditional vows for marriage are bonded strongly to religious faiths and beliefs. With wedding vows traditional and religious sentiments get blended which make it all the more sacred.
Some traditional wedding vows for him:
Wedding vows are not just ceremonial but a lot more than this. Whatever you mean to express in addition to the promises and vows you take; it makes the day truly special and memorable. Two people who are entering into matrimony until eternity, give unique wedding vows to express their unconditional love and felling for one another. Look at some traditional and romantic wedding vows examples:
1- Baptist wedding vows:
There are two kinds of baptist traditional wedding vows. There is a call and response wedding vow from your officiant and then there is a shorter version where both bride and groom say a line. Both of these traditional wedding vows are:
A- Officiant: “Will you, have to be your (wife/husband)? Will you love her/him, comfort and keep her/him, and forsaking all others remain true to her/him, as long as you both shall live?”
Bride/Groom: “I will.”
B- I, _____, take thee, to be my (wife/husband), and before God and these witnesses I promise to be a faithful and true (husband/wife)
2- Catholic wedding vows:
Catholic brides and grooms have to answer 3 questions from the priest before giving their traditional wedding vows. These questions include:
A- “(Name) and (name), have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?”
B- “Will you honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?”
C- “Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?”
Then comes the wedding vows, “I, (name), take you, (name), to be my (husband/wife). I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
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3- Blessings of Apache wedding vows:
In Apache religion wedding vows may not be pronounced but a wedding blessing is read out loud to the bride and groom.
This is, “Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years,
May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth”
4- Protestant wedding vows:
Protestant traditional wedding vows are very common and they are most popular ones. This includes;
A- “In the name of God, I, (groom/bride’s name), take you, (groom/bride’s name), to be my (husband/wife), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.”
B- “In the presence of God and before our family and friends,
I, Sam, take you, Alex, to be my [wife/husband].
All that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you.
Whatever the future holds, I will love you and stand by you, as long as we both shall live.
This is my solemn vow.
5- Methodist wedding vows:
Methodist wedding vows are also call and response, where the bride and groom just have to say, “I do” Both wedding vows for him and wedding vows for her are blended into this call and response by the Officiant.
Officiant: “Will you have this (woman/man) to be your (wife/husband), to live together in holy marriage? Will you love (her/him), comfort (her/him), honor, and keep (her/him) in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to (her/him) as long as you both shall live?”
6- Episcopal wedding vows:
Episcopal marriage vows are simply the best wedding vows in a way, as their promises are truly mesmerizing. Some of these episcopal traditional wedding vows include:
A- In the Name of God, I, Sam, take you, (name), to be my [wife/husband],to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse,for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love
and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.
B- I, ________, take thee ________, to be my wedded husband/wife,
to have an to hold from this day forward, for better for worse,
for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish,
’til death do us part, according to God’s
ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my troth
C- Episcopal wedding vows for her: In the name of God, I, ________, take you, ________, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.
D- Episcopal wedding vow for him: In the name of God, I, ________, take you, ________, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow
7- Jewish wedding vow:
Bride and Groom say these words in hebrew and exchange rings, “Harei at m’kudeshet li b’taba’at zo kedat Moshe v’Yisrael. V’erastikh li l’olam, v’erastikh li b’tzedek uvmishpat uv’chesed uv’rachamim V’erastikh li b’emunah v’yada’at et Adonai”
A- Traditional Jewish wedding vows for her:
Do you ________, take ________ to be your husband? (“I do”).
Do you promise to love, cherish and protect him, whether
in good fortune or in adversity, and to seek with him a life
hallowed by the faith of Israel? (“I do”)
B- Traditional Jewish wedding vows for him:
Do you ________, take ________ to be your wife? (“I do”).
Do you promise to love, cherish and protect her, whether in
good fortune or in adversity, and to seek with her a life
hallowed by the faith of Israel? (“I do”)
8- Traditional Hindu Wedding Vows:
The Bride and Groom walk around flame and the priest says these 7 wedding vows:
A- With the first step, we will provide for and support each other.
B- With the second step, we will develop mental, physical, and spiritual strength.
c- With the third step, we will share the worldly possessions.
D- With the fourth step, we will acquire knowledge, happiness, and peace.
E- With the fifth step, we will raise strong and virtuous children.
F- With the sixth step, we will enjoy the fruits of all seasons.
G- With the seventh step, we will always remain friends and cherish each other
9- Buddhist traditional wedding vows:
“In the future, happy occasions will come as surely as the morning.
Difficult times will come as surely as the night.
When things go joyously, meditate according to the Buddhist tradition.
When things go badly, meditate.
Meditation in the manner of the Compassionate Buddha will guide your life.
To say the words ‘love and compassion’ is easy.
But to accept that love and compassion are built upon patience and perseverance is not easy”
10- Quaker simple wedding vows:
“In the presence of God and these our Friends,
I take thee to be my [wife/husband], promising with
Divine assistance to be unto thee a loving and faithful [husband/wife] so long as we both shall live.”
Personal wedding vows ideas:
Some of the personal wedding woes which are truly mesmerizing and are also in a way traditional wedding vows, include:
- I pledge to you an unceasing faithfulness that nothing can shake.
- My love will never ebb – it is a vessel that can never be empty – a heart that can never be overthrown.
- By God I swear to be pure in fidelity, honesty, and true friendship.
- Just as the holy trinity of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit represents three becoming one, so do I join my life, with your life, with the life we hold together.
- “Make of our hands, one hand, make of our hearts one heart, make of our vow, one last vow, only death will part us now…” From West Side Story.
Writing wedding vows:
When it comes to writing your own wedding vows, it is truly mesmerizing and enticing. Writing wedding vows can be difficult if you don’t have any inspiration, so for ideas let us look at some tips on handwritten wedding vows samples:
- Read a lot of wedding vows samples online
- Take inspiration from the weddings you have attended or seen on TV
- Write down the snippets you loved in the above.
- Just sit down and note all the special moments about your relationship
- At least include a few promises, which you truly mean from heart
- Keep writing whatever idea you get, and whenever you get it
- Look out for poetry and quotes too, or the songs you both just love
- Keep the vows limited to 1.5-2 minutes
- Make the vows rhythmic and if you like add some hilarity too
- Practice out loudly as that’s when you hear if the wedding vows are perfect or out of rhythm.
Traditional wedding vows are truly enchanting and they spread immense love, warmth and compassion. Specially if you have a religious wedding, go for the above wedding vows which are never fail and they keep up the sanctity of the wedding ceremony too
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