Tag Archive for vows

Traditional wedding ceremony order

Unless you’ve been to a ton of weddings you probably have no idea of the ceremony order.  The vows are the center of most wedding ceremonies. Religious and cultural rituals differ, of course, but if you were to outline a standard service, the ceremony order would look something like this. Processional – The couple and…

11 Traditional Religious Vows

Here are a collection of 11 Traditional Religious Vows 1. Basic Protestant Vows I_____ take thee, _______ , to be my wedded 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, till death do us part,…

Rose Ceremony (Non-Denominational)

Rose Ceremony

Non-Denominational Rose Ceremony This modern ritual incorporates one of the most beloved symbols of romantic love – the rose. A white one is used in honor of the wedding day. GROOM (handing bride the rose): ______________, take his rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny bud and blossomed, just as…

Kola nuts (Nigerian Tradition)

Another gift giving tradition, this one originates in Nigeria In Africa, kola nuts represent healing; giving them to each other (often after the vows) is a symbol of the couple’s commitment to work out their differences and support each other through hard times.

Jumping the Broom (African-American Tradition)

An African tribal ritual had couples placing sticks on the ground to symbolize their home together. This may be the origin of the broom jumping tradition, which was popular among among African-American slaves (who could not have official wedding ceremonies); it may also symbolize the sweeping away of evil spirits. The couple holds the broom…

Various Interfaith and Nondenominational Vows

Here are a number of variations on non-denominational, interfaith, and civil vows.  These are a good start to build your ceremony around. 1. I promise, ________, before family and friends, to commit my love to you; to respect your individuality; to be with you through life’s changes; and to nurture and strengthen the love between…

Ethical Humanist Vows

_________, will you receive _____ as your lawfully wedded wife/husband? Will you share your life with her/him, hold your love firm, and dutifully care for her/him in all the varying circumstances of your life?   ________, will you have _______ as your wife/husband, to live together in marriage? Will you love her/him, comfort her/him, and…

Civil Ceremony with a reading

  Greeting: We are gathered together here to celebrate the love which Groom and Bride have for each other, to give social recognition to their decision to commit their lives and accept each other completely, to learn how to help and understand each other, to build a family, and together, to travel through life. Further,…

A Basic Civil Ceremony W/ Ring Exchange

Civil Ceremony Vows   This is our most common ceremony for a simple wedding: Who gives this woman? Marriage is perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure of human relationships. No ceremony can create your marriage; only you can do that – through love and patience’ through dedication and perseverance; Through tenderness and laughter; through…