Traditional Wedding Vows

Dear friends, we are gathered here in the sight of God and in the face of this goodly company to join together this man and this woman in marriage. It is an ancient and honorable relationship, ordained of God and urged by the very nature of our being. The marital estate is designed to establish human welfare and happiness, and therefore it is not by anyone to be entered into lightly — but reverently, discreetly and soberly. Into this holy relationship these two persons come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter forever hold his peace.

Will you join with me in prayer: Almighty and Infinite God, Whose presence is the happiness of every condition and sanctifies every relationship, bless us today in the uniting of these two souls. Give them a larger understanding as befits their new estate; grant unto them Thy grace, so that they may enjoy the comforts and pleasures, undergo courageously the cares, endure the trials and faithfully perform the duties of the new life they are undertaking together. Lift up their hearts and minds now, that they may fully appreciate the solemnity of this occasion and the primary spiritual basis of their union. Amen.

Groom, will you take Bride to be your wife, to live together in God’s Will in the holy bond of marriage, and will you promise in the presence of God and before these witnesses to love and comfort her, honor and cherish her, in sickness and health, in prosperity and in adversity, forsaking all others, throughout your life together? I will.

Bride, will you take Groom to be your husband, to live together in God’s Will in the holy bond of marriage, and will you promise in the presence of God and before these witnesses to love and comfort him, honor and cherish him, in sickness and health, in prosperity and in adversity, forsaking all others, throughout your life together? I will.

(To Groom) What token do you offer in pledge of your vows? A ring.

Please place the ring on the third finger of Bride’s left hand and repeat after me: This ring I give to you, my wife, in token and pledge of my constant faith and abiding love.

(To Bride) What token do you offer in pledge of your vows? A ring.

Please place the ring on the third finger of Groom’s left hand and repeat after me: This ring I give to you, my husband, in token and pledge of my constant faith and abiding love.

Let us pray: We praise Thee, our Father, for the sweetness of mortal love that reminds us of the love of God and Christ. We thank Thee for the deep love that draws man and woman together in this sacred bond of matrimony, causing them to cleave to one another and to establish a home where virtue, happiness and truth may abide. Help them ever to discern the true values of life, to keep fresh and unsullied the idealism, sobriety and spirituality of this hour. Sanctify both of them to Thy uses and bless them in their love forevermore. Amen.

Forasmuch as Groom and Bride have solemnly pledged themselves to live together in the holy bonds of marriage, and have so declared before God and this company by giving and receiving a ring and joining hands, as an ordained minister and by the authority of the state of __________, I now pronounce them husband and wife. Whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.

God be with you and bless your marriage, sanctifying your home and making fruitful all your righteous endeavors. May you so live together that your bliss and happiness will give you a foretaste of the peace of God that reigns in the mansions of eternal felicity. May the oneness that you now share ever remind you of your mystical union in the Eternal Spirit. Amen.

Groom, you may kiss your bride!