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Traditional Wedding Vows

Examples of Classic Wedding Vows

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Bride and Groom holding hands at the altar as the minister oversees the reading of the vows.
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Traditional wedding vows remain the most popular choice for couples. For many people, they've been ingrained as "the wedding words" through years of attending weddings, watching movies and tv, and culture in general. So if you're a more classic couple, consider using these traditional wedding vows:

Traditional Wedding Vows 1
I, (name), take you (name), to be my (wife/husband), 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.

Traditional Wedding Vows 2
I, (name), take you, (name), to be my [opt: lawfully wedded] (husband/wife), my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

Traditional Wedding Vows 3 (For a Civil Ceremony)
(Name), I take you to be my lawfully wedded (husband/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 your faults and your strengths as I offer myself to you with my faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and I will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.

Traditional Wedding Vows 4
I, (name), take you, (name), to be my beloved (wife/husband), to have and to hold you, to honor you, to treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and in joy, in the good times, and in the bad, and to love and cherish you always. I promise you this from my heart, for all the days of my life.


If you're worried about your guests thinking that traditional wedding vows are boring, don't be. These words are classics and there are many other opportunities to personalize your ceremony other than writing your own wedding vows. If they're the right words for you and your relationship, then they're absolutely the words you should use. When vows are true, there's nothing boring about them.
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