WESTCHESTER COUNTY & HUDSON VALLEY WEDDING GUIDE

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Free Wedding Vows

The following is a collection of free wedding vows. You are free to use the vows as they appear, or modify them to make them an even more personal part of your ceremony. You may find free wedding vows that capture exactly the feelings of your heart and soul, or you might just use them as a jumping off point as you think about the vows you'll exchange that mark the beginning of your new life together.

If you are writing your own vows, it can be helpful to look at samples of free wedding vows like these to inspire ideas and get you started.

The wedding vows are promises the bride and groom make to each other and usually convey attributes of giving of oneself, faithfulness, unconditionality and permanence.

In some wedding vows, the officiant speaks most of the words and the bride and groom affirm their intentions with a simple "I do" or "I shall." On the other hand, some couples choose to state their own vows before the officiant.

The free wedding vows

For our examples here, we've named our bride and groom Mary and John.

Free Traditional Wedding Vows with the Question of Intention:

Officiant: John, do you take Mary to be your wedded wife to live together in marriage? Do you promise to love, comfort, honor and keep her for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful only to her so long as you both shall live?"

John: I do.

Officiant: Mary, do you take John to be your wedded husband to live together in marriage? Do you promise to love, comfort, honor and keep him for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful only to her so long as you both shall live?

Mary: I do.

Officiant - Identifies the power investing in him/her then: “I now pronounce you husband and wife.”

Free Traditional Wedding Vows Without the Question of Intention

Some couples choose to state their own vows, and this is often the case in civil ceremonies. Then the traditional wedding vows are as follows:

John: Mary, I take you to be my lawfully wedded wife. Before these witnesses 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.

Mary: John, I take you to be my lawfully wedded husband. Before these witnesses 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.

Other Free Wedding Vows

Sample One

John: There was darkness for a long time and then there was light, and that light was you. Your love has given me wings, and our journey begins today. I pledge before this assembled company to be your husband from this day forward. Let us make of our two lives one life. I want you for today, tomorrow, and forever.

Mary: I have dreamed my whole life of having someone as wonderful as you love me the way you do. I give myself to you as your wife, and I promise here to treasure for all of my days the love we celebrate today. Let us bring together our lives and find ourselves anew each day.

Sample Two

I John, take you Mary to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live. (Then converse stated by Mary)

Sample Three

I, John, take you Mary, to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part. (Then converse stated by Mary)

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