Some wedding vows from different traditions


Now I will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now I will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each of us will be companion to the other.
Now we are two persons, but there is only one life before us.
May beauty surround us both in the journey ahead and through all the years,
May happiness be our companion and our days together be good and long upon the earth.


In the future, happy occasions will come as surely as the morning.
Difficult times will come as surely as the night.
When things go joyously, meditate according to the Buddhist tradition.
When things go badly, meditate.
Meditation in the manner of the Compassionate Buddha will guide our life.
To say the words ‘love and compassion’ is easy.
But to accept that love and compassion are built upon patience
and perseverance is not easy.

Traditional European

I take you ______ to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; and I promise to be faithful to you until death parts us, secure in the knowledge that you will be my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love.

On this special/holy day, I affirm/reaffirm/give to you in the presence of God and all those in attendance/these witnesses my pledge/sacred promise to stay by your side as your (faithful) wife/husband in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, as well as through the good times and the bad. I promise/further promise to love you without reservation, comfort you in times of distress, encourage you to achieve higher/all of your goals, laugh with you and cry with you, grow with you in mind and spirit, always be open and honest with you, and cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

HINDU wedding vows

“I am the sky,” says the Hindu bridegroom to the bride.
“You are the earth united, you are my husband,”  She replies.
“You are my wife. 
My feet shall run because of you.
My feet shall dance because of you.
My heart shall beat because of you.
My eyes shall see because of you.
My mind thinks because of you and I shall love because of you”