You can choose from the following options to be included in your ceremony. Alternatively, you can write your own personal promises or vows.
This selection of vows can precede the legal declarations and give the opportunity to respond 'I do' or 'I will' as part of your declarations.
1.1 Registrar asks each partner in turn:
[Name] will you take [name] to be your husband / wife / partner?
Will you love him / her, comfort him/her, honour and protect him/her
and forsaking all others be faithful to him/her as long as you both shall live?
(Response: I will)
1.2 Registrar asks each partner in turn:
[Name] do you promise to love and respect [name] from this day forward?
(Response: I do)
1.3 Registrar asks each partner in turn:
Do you [name] take [name] to be your wife / husband / partner?
Do you promise to be loving, tolerant and loyal, always supporting [name] throughout life.
Do you promise to strive to do the best for your relationship, for the children (optional) and for your lives together as a family?(optional)
(Response: I do)
The law requires that within the marriage ceremony certain words must be repeated by both partners.
The declaration will normally take the following form:
I [name] solemnly and sincerely declare that I know of no legal impediment to accepting you [name] as my lawful wedded [husband/wife] / lawful civil partner.
You then have the option of adding additional vows.
Some examples are shown below, or you can write your own promises to each other.
To have and to hold
For better or worse, in sickness and in health.
I promise to love, comfort and honour you from this day forward.
I promise to love and care for you and to be faithful to you always.
May we look to our future together with hope, happiness and joy
and to remember this day and the feeling we share for each other.
I promise to care for you always,
and to keep our love and friendship as it is today.
Please share my hopes and dreams always.
I promise loyalty and friendship and to treasure and take care of the love we have together.
Today, surrounded by people who love us, I choose you [name] to be my partner. I am proud to be your husband/wife and to join my life with yours. I promise to support you, inspire you, and above all love you, for as long as we both shall live.
[name], you are my best friend. I promise to laugh with you, cry with you, and grow with you. I promise to support your dreams and to respect our differences, and to love you always.
I will laugh with you in times of joy, and comfort you in times of sorrow. I will share in your dreams and support you as you strive to achieve your goals. Let us build a home filled with learning, laughter and love. Let us be partners, friends and lovers, today and always.
I will respect you as an individual, a partner, and an equal.
I will always adore, honour and encourage you.
You are my best friend, and I will love you always.
Below are several promises suitable for the exchange of rings.
Alternatively, you can write your own exchange of rings promises to each other.
I give you this ring as a token of my love and as a symbol of our marriage.
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love. Let it be a reminder that I am always by your side as I join my life to yours as your husband/wife.
I give you this ring as a token of my love and affection and recognition of our shared life togther.
Wear it with a feeling of love and joy always.
This ring is a token of my love for you
and is a symbol that all I have I share with you.
Please wear it as a reminder of our marriage and the promises we have made today.
With this ring I offer my hand, my heart and my love always.
In front of our family and friends here present, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment to you.
I give you this ring as a symbol of our marriage.
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