How to Elope Wedding Ideas: Vows


Exchange of Vows

The vows you exchange can be traditional, religious, non-religious, spiritual, or romantic; some ancient, some modern – all simple. There are 8 sets of vows listed here. Use as written, copy and paste, mix and match, or write your own!

Example Vows #1

The Wrangler Guide will lead you, one phrase at a time:

I, _________, take you, ________,
As my friend and love
Beside me and apart from me
In laughter and tears
In conflict and tranquility
Loving you for who you are, as you grow and change over the years
Trusting what I don’t yet know
In all the ways that life might find us.

Example Vows #2

The Wrangler Guide will lead you, one phrase at a time:

I, __________, take you, _________, to be my lawful [wife/husband],
to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health, till death do us part.
I, __________, take you now,
in the presence of God and these witnesses,
to be my [wife/husband].
I vow that I shall love you, honor you,
respect you, cherish you
and uphold this promise in good times and in bad
as long as we both shall live.

Example Vows #3

The Wrangler Guide will lead you, one phrase at a time:

_______________ and __________, I remind you that marriage is a precious gift, a lifelong commitment, and a challenge to love one another more completely each and every day.

Please join hands and look into each others eyes.

__Groom______, with this understanding, do you take __[Bride]_______ to be your wedded wife to live together in marriage? Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others and to be faithful only to her, so long as you both shall live?

Groom: “I do.”

____[Bride]____, with this understanding, do you take ____[Groom's]_____ to be your wedded husband, to live together in marriage? Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others and to be faithful only to him, so long as you both shall live?

Bride: “I do.”

Episcopal Example Vow #4

“______, wilt thou have this woman/man to be thy wedded wife/husband to live together after God’s ordinance in the Holy Estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her/him? Comfort her/him, honor and keep her/him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all other keep thee only unto her/him as long as you both shall live?”

“In the name of God, I, ______, take you, ______, to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and health,
to love and to cherish,
until we are parted by death.
This is my solemn vow.”

Lutheran Example Vow #5

The Wrangler Guide will lead you, one phrase at a time:

“I take you, ______, to be my wife/husband from this day forward,
to join with you
and share all that is to come,
and I promise to be faithful
to you until death parts us.”

“I, ______, take you, ______, to be my wife/husband,
and these things I promise you:
I will be faithful to you and honest with you;
I will respect, trust, help,
and care for you;
I will share my life with you;
I will forgive you as we have been forgiven;
and I will try with you better to understand ourselves,
the world, and God;
through the best and worst of what is to come,
and as long as we live.”

Presbyterian Example Vow #6

The Wrangler Guide will lead you, one phrase at a time:

“______, wilt thou have this woman/man to be thy wife/husband, and wilt thou pledge thy faith to him/her, in all love and honor, in all duty and service, in all faith and tenderness, to live with her/him, and cherish her/him, according to the ordinance of God, in the holy bond of marriage?”

“I, ______, take you, ______,
to be my wedded wife/husband,
and I do promise and covenant,
before God and these witnesses,
to be your loving and faithful husband/wife,
in plenty and want,
in joy and in sorrow,
in sickness and in health,
as long as we both shall live.”

Roman Catholic Example Vow #7

The Wrangler Guide will lead you, one phrase at a time:

“I, ______, take you, ______,
to be my wife/husband.
I promise to be true to you
in good times and in bad,
in sickness and in health.
I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.”

OR

“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.”

Quaker Example Vow #8

Everyone worships silently until the couple feels it’s time to say their vows. They rise, hold hands, and each declare:

The Wrangler Guide will lead you, one phrase at a time:

“In the presence of God and before these our families and friends,
I take thee (bride’s/groom’s name) to be my wife/husband,
promising with Divine assistance to be unto thee
a loving and faithful husband/wife
so long as we both shall live.”

Then they sign the marriage certificate and sit down.

Everyone returns to more silent worship, during which congregants and guests may stand to say a few words or voice support for the couple (think: heartfelt toasts).

The meeting usually ends with a handshake from a committee member.

All those present will also sign the certificate as witnesses.