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The following pages include examples of traditional wedding vows, non traditional marriage vows, ideas for renewing wedding vows, wedding readings, marriage poems, love poetry, famous quotes, bible verses about love and marriage, marriage prayers, thank you verses, verses for birth certificates, christening ceremonies, and anniversary gift ideas. There are also many examples of wedding vows and wedding ceremony readings that incorporate different cultural traditions such as Indian wedding customs, Celtic blessings and Christian bible verses.

Choose a favorite wedding vow or poem for your Personalized Document or Certificate, or use them as a resource if you opt to write your own marriage vows. The free wedding vows and love poetry collection is one of the largest resources online for wedding vows and wedding ceremony readings.

Vows and Verses

Top 10 Wedding Vows and Love Poems View All

1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

And now faith, hope, and love abide, but the greatest of these is love.

I Love You...

I love you.
You are my best friend.
Today I give myself to you in marriage.
I promise to encourage and inspire you,
to laugh with you, and to comfort you
in times of sorrow and struggle.
I promise to love you in good times and in bad,
when life seems easy and when it seems hard,
when our love is simple, and when it is an effort.
I promise to cherish you,
and to always hold you in highest regard.
These things I give to you today,
and all the days of our life.

Our Pledge

We pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage.
To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate one another;
to respect and cherish each other's uniqueness; and to
support, comfort and strengthen each other through life's joys and sorrows.
We promise to share hopes, thoughts and dreams as we build our lives together.
May our lives be ever intertwined, our love keeping us together.
We will build a home that is compassionate to all,
full of respect and honor for others and each other.
May our home be forever filled with peace, happiness and love.

Non-Traditional Wedding Vows and Love Poems View All

Non-Traditional Wedding Vows 01

I love you. You are my best friend.
Today I give myself to you in marriage.
I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you,
and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle.
I promise to love you in good times and in bad,
when life seems easy and when it seems hard,
when our love is simple, and when it is an effort.
I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in highest regard
These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.

Non-Traditional Wedding Vows 02

We pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage.
To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate one another; to respect
and cherish each other's uniqueness; and to support, comfort
and strengthen each other through life's joys and sorrows.
We promise to share hopes, thoughts and dreams
as we build our lives together.
May our lives be ever intertwined, our love keeping us together.
We will build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect
and honor for others and each other.
May our home be forever filled with peace, happiness and love.

Non-Traditional Wedding Vows 03

Today I will marry my friend,
the one I will live with, dream with and love.
I take you to be my husband/wife.
From this day forward I will cherish you,
I will look with joy down the path of our tomorrow's
knowing we will walk it together side by side,
hand in hand and heart to heart.

Marriage Poems View All

Hindu Marriage Poem

You have become mine forever.
Yes, we have become partners.
I have become yours.
Hereafter, I cannot live without you.
Do not live without me.
Let us share the joys.
We are word and meaning, unite.
You are thought and I am sound.
May the nights be honey-sweet for us.
May the mornings be honey-sweet for us.
May the plants be honey-sweet for us.
May the earth be honey-sweet for us.

Blessing for a Marriage

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite
excitement marriage should bring,
and may life grant you also patience,
tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another -
not so much to fill your emptiness
as to help you to know your fullness.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete;
the valley does not make
the mountain less, but more;
and the valley is more a valley because
it has a mountain towering over it.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another,
and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, "I love you!"
and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart,
may both of you hope to have
good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery which is
the awareness of one another's
presence - no more physical than spiritual,
warm and near when you are
side by side, and warm and near when
you are in separate rooms
or even distant cities.
May you have happiness,
and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.

Marriage Blessing 01

The die is cast, come weal, come woe
Two lives are joined together,
For better or for worse, the link
Which naught but death can sever.
The die is cast, come grief, come joy.
Come richer, or come poorer,
If love but binds the mystic tie,
Blest is the bridal hour.

Bible Verses on Marriage View All

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:

If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Anniversary Prose View All

Today, we reaffirm our commitment...

Today, we reaffirm our commitment to each other as beloveds
and partners in marriage.
We continue to strive to be sensitive to each other's needs,
to be open and understanding with each other, and to share our thoughts,
our feelings, and our experiences with each other.
We renew our promise to try always to bring out the qualities of
forgiveness, compassion, and integrity in our selves and in each other.
We continue to cherish each other's uniqueness.
We continue to share in life's joys and remain steadfast
and comfort each other through life's sorrows.

May we forever continue through life's journey...

May we forever continue through life's journey beside each other,
our hearts still filled with love, respect, and admiration, as it was so many years ago.
May our caring for each other grow deeper; may our love for each other grow stronger.
May our home be filled with hope, peace, and love as it has been for
all these years we have shared together.
May we share just as many more.

Thank you for your love throughout the years

Thank you for your love throughout the years.
How else could I become what I've become?
All your plans and hopes and even fears
Now come together in what I have done.
Know that I am grateful for your love.
Your hard work is mirrored now in mine.
On you all my accomplishments must shine.
Underneath my pride, your spirits move.

Famous Quotes View All

Quote 01

Let there be spaces in your togetherness.

Quote 02

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

Quote 03

I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.

Traditional Wedding Vows View All

Quaker Vows I

In the presence of God and these our Friends,
I take thee to be my <wife/husband>,
promising with Divine assistance to be unto thee
a loving and faithful <wife/husband>
as long as we both shall live.

Quaker Vows II

On this the <day>, <month>, in the year of our Lord, <year>
<bride> and <groom>, appeared together,
and <groom> taking <bride>
by the hand, did, on this solemn and joyous occasion,
declare that he took
<bride> to be his wife, promising with Divine assistance
to be unto her a loving and faithful husband; and then,
in the same assembly, <bride>, did in like manner declare that
she took <groom> to be her husband,
promising with Divine assistance, to be unto him
a loving and faithful wife.
And moreover they, <groom> and <bride>,
did, as further confirmation thereof, then and there,
to this certificate set their hands.

Quaker Vows III

Whereas <groom> of <groom's city> and <groom's state>,
son of <groom's father> and <groom's mother>,
and <bride> of <bride's city> and <bride's state>,
daughter of <bride's father> and <bride's mother>,
having declared their intentions of marriage with each other
to the <meeting house name>
monthly meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
held at <meeting house city>, <meeting house state>,
their proposed marriage was allowed by that Meeting.

Now this is to certify to whom it may concern,
that for the accomplishment of their intentions,
this <day> day of <month>, in the year of our Lord <year>, they,
<groom> and <wife>,
appeared in a meeting for worship of the Religious Society of Friends,
held at <meeting house city>, <meeting house state>,
and <groom>, taking <bride> by the hand,
did on this solemn occasion, declare
that he took her, <bride>, to be his wife,
promising with Divine assistance to be unto her
a loving and faithful husband so long as they both shall live,
and then, in the same assemble
<bride> did in like manner declare that she took him,
<groom>, to be her husband,
promising with Divine assistance to be unto him
a loving and faithful wife so long as they both
shall live. And moreover, they, <groom> and <bride>,
did as further confirmation thereof,
then and there, to this certificate set their hands.

Cultural Wedding Traditions and Marriage Vows View All

Marriage Prayers and Wedding Ceremony Readings View All

Grateful

Let us be grateful
for the capacity to see, feel, hear, and understand.
Let us be grateful for this incredible gift of life.
Let us be especially grateful
for the ties of love which bind us together,
giving dignity, meaning, worth and joy to all our days.
This is indeed a day which the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice in it and be glad,
and let us count our many blessings.

Wedding Prayer

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the health, the work, the food,
and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.
Amen.

The Prayer

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, Grant that we may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

Love Poetry and Wedding Ceremony Readings View All

These I Can Promise

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.

But I can promise all my heart's devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that's ever true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.

Yes, I'll Marry You

I Promise

I promise to give you the best of myself
and to ask of you no more than you can give.

I promise to respect you as your own person
and to realize that your interests, desires and needs
are no less important than my own.

I promise to share with you my time and my attention
and to bring joy, strength, and imagination to our relationship.

I promise to keep myself open to you,
to let you see through the window of my world into my innermost
fears and feelings, secrets and dreams.

I promise to grow along with you,
to be willing to face changes in order to keep our relationship
alive and exciting.

I promise to love you in good times and bad,
with all I have to give and all I feel inside in the only way I know how.
Completely and forever.

Why Marriage?

Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person,
With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body...

Because I need a forever friend to trust with the intimacies of me,
Who won't hold them against me,
Who loves me when I'm unlikable,
Who sees the small child in me, and
Who looks for the divine potential of me...

Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night
With someone who thanks God for me,
With someone I feel blessed to hold...

Because marriage means opportunity
To grow in love in friendship...

Because marriage is a discipline
To be added to a list of achievements...

Because marriages do not fail, people fail
When they enter into marriage
Expecting another to make them whole...

Because, knowing this,
I promise myself to take full responsibility
For my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness
I create me, I take half of the responsibility for my marriage
Together we create our marriage...

Because of this understanding
The possibilities are limitless.

Birth and Christening Prose View All

Birth and Christening Prose 01

Every child born into the world is a new thought of God
An ever fresh and radiant possibility.

Birth and Christening Prose 02

I love these little people;
and it is not a slight thing,
when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.

Birth and Christening Prose 03

In praising or loving a child,
we love and praise not that which is,
but that which we hope for.

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