Promises, Promises

Promises, Promises

This anonymous reading doesn’t compare with the great poets for heart-stopping impact, but it does sum up sentiments that may just perfectly reflect what you are pledging to commit. You could have the celebrant read it on your behalf before you exchange the legal...
Change of Status

Change of Status

The exchange of marriage vows instantly changes your status from separate to conjoined – a fact that is realised in your hearts long before this moment. The pledges made publicly are just the formal marking of inner peace and fulfilment. The pledges that you make to...
Commitments

Commitments

  These three “wedding” vows are words of commitment befitting the pledge between any definition of the couple. The first is an anonymous reading often used as the personal vows before the legal commitment is made: You are my best friend, my partner and my true love,...
An Early Variation on Vows

An Early Variation on Vows

This is one of the first variations on marriage vows that I came across – a couple I was marrying in the 90s came up with these promises: Today as I take you for my wife / husband, I cannot promise you That I will not change or That my faults will never show, I cannot...
Your Own Vows

Your Own Vows

The vows you make on the wedding day are the essence of your marriage and the foundation of your relationship. Before you are married you should spend some time figuring out what it is you are promising to your partner. This is worth more marriage education than any...
Variations on Marriage Vows

Variations on Marriage Vows

As you know if you have read my blogs the legal, binding vows of marriage are quite specific and cannot be altered. You must use each other’s full names and say “ I call upon the persons here present to witness that I take you as my lawful wife/ husband/spouse.” You...