Many of us are familiar with traditional wedding vows.  While some of the verbiage might alter depending upon the context, certain elements are normally included.

If you don’t plan to write your own vows, here are some sample Christian wedding vows to repeat.  Depending upon who the officiant of your wedding is, you might provide your own vows or use the one he provides.  If you select which one to use, you might even combine sections of different ones and put them together.

Vows

Protestant

I, ___, take thee, ___, to be my wedded 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, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith [or] pledge myself to you.

Baptist

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?

I, ______, take thee, ______, to be my wife/husband, and before God and these witnesses I promise to be a faithful and true husband/wife.

United Methodist Church

In the Name of God,
I, ________, take you, ________, to be my 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.

From The Book of Common Prayer

I ________ take thee ________ to be my wedded 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, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
With this Ring I thee wed: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Roman Catholic

I, ________, take you, ________, to be my [wife/husband],
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.

________, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Episcopal

In the Name of God, I, ________, take you, ________, 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.

Church of England

I ________, take you ________, to be my 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,
till death us do part,
according to God’s holy law;
in the presence of God I make this vow.

Lutheran

I take you, ______, to be my wife/husband from this day forward, to join with you and share all that is to come, and I promise to be faithful to you until death parts us.

I, ______, take you, ______, to be my wife/husband, and these things I promise you: I will be faithful to you and honest with you; I will respect, trust, help, and care for you; I will share my life with you; I will forgive you as we have been forgiven; and I will try with you better to understand ourselves, the world and God; through the best and worst of what is to come, and as long as we live.

Nondenominational Wedding Vows

I, ______, take you, ______, to be no other than yourself. Loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not yet know, I will respect your integrity and have faith in your abiding love for me, through all our years, and in all that life may bring us.

______, I take you as my wife/husband, with your faults and your strengths, as I offer myself to you with my faults and my strengths. I will help you when you need help, and turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.

Quaker

In the presence of God and these our friends I take thee, ______, to be my husband/wife, promising with Divine assistance to be unto thee a loving and faithful husband/wife so long as we both shall live.

Ring Vows

In addition to wedding vows, here are some sample ring vows:

  • With this ring, I pledge my faithfulness to you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • I, __________, give to you __________, this ring, as a symbol of my commitment to love, honor, and respect you._________, I offer this ring to you as a symbol of my love and of the vows I have just spoken.
  • __________: I choose you, _____________ above all others, to be my wife/husband. I offer this ring as a token of our love, And with it I join my life to yours.
  • As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.
  • I _________, do promise this day to love, honor and cherish you as my wife/husband, companion, and partner.  I place this ring upon your hand as a sign of my love and fidelity.
Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.