Writing your own wedding vows is really a nice thing to do. It adds a personal touch to your ceremony.
There are some guidelines you should follow:
1. Remember that “vows” are promises and commitments, they are your word, your bond, and your agreements! Don’t just tell your spouse that you love their big blue eyes, or the funny way they laugh, while that is romantic and all, it isn’t a vow. That is a personal statement!
2. You can write a personal statement to be read before or after your wedding vows, but not as a replacement for vows.
3. Follow these guidelines when writing your own wedding vows.
a. Begin your sentences with: I will… I promise… I give …..
b. Followed by what you promise to do, love you, honor you, forgive you etc.
c. Use your own words but make the words a forever agreement!
d. Don’t forget to promise to be faithful and protect each other.
Here are the ones Rev. Lorelei uses. You can take you lead from these.
I Lorelei … take you Edward
To be my beloved husband
I will love you with all my heart
I will honor you above all others
I will Respect you in words and deeds
I will forgive you and ask your forgiveness.
I will stand by your side
during good times and bad
in sickness and in health
through joy and sorrow
I promise to be honest with you
be faithful and to protect you
and call you my husband
in this life and the next
And these are my sacred vows!