- A solemn promise, pledge or personal commitment
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The set of promises made by the bride and groom to each other during a wedding ceremony
Though there are many variations depending upon specific religions and cultures, the most familiar and traditional begin with:
“I, _______, take you, ________, for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part”
Many couples opt to recite traditional vows. At each wedding ceremony they attend in the future, it is a reminder of their own vows- and for other guests who have recited those same vows.
Other couples write their own vows and recite them to each other. Some memorize them, while the majority of brides and grooms will write them down (which I highly suggest- as you will be full of emotions,and may have trouble recalling them! Still, others choose to speak from the heart, to one another, without a script.
Whatever you and your fiancée choose as far as vows go- the key is to know them and own them (these are some of the most important words you will ever say, as you commit yourselves to one another, believe in them!)