Reverend Scott Parsons will work with you to create bespoke vows. Below are just 2 examples of vows written and given by Rev Parsons. which you may find helpful.
Reverend Scott A. Parsons Wedding ceremony for ______________ & _____________ Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S. Mexico
Minister to guests: Ladies & gentleman, please stand.
Bride and father walk down the aisle to ceremonial area.
Bride hugs her father and gives him a kiss. Groom shakes her father’s hand (optional). Father returns to his seat standing.
Minister: Who gives this bride to be married to this man, and by doing so blesses this marriage.
Father of bride: acknowledges by saying… i do or her mother and i do, whatever they decide on.
Minister: Thank you sir.
Minister to guests: Ladies and gentleman please be seated
I would like to welcome the friends and family of _____________ and ____________, who have gathered here today, to celebrate the coming together of two lives. The bond of holy matrimony is the deepest of all human relationships and no moment is more filled with meaning, no vow more sacred, no human tie more tender, no act more decisive, and no time more memorable than the decision to live together as husband and wife.
The decision to be married should not be made lightly, but entered into with great insight, reflection and understanding. This ceremony today, is, but an outward symbol of the sacred and inward union, that has already taken place in your hearts and the vow to live together as husband and wife, for the rest of your lives.
The foundation of marriage, is built on three great principles: loyalty, self sacrifice and love.
The first is loyalty, which calls for trust, honesty, openness and faith in each other. It recognizes and honors each other’s individuality and requires that you protect each other’s need to be
Different. It calls for unconditional fidelity and devotion to each other.
Your knowledge and caring for each other, will continue to grow, as you learn to better understand, each others feelings and needs, sharing not only joys and successes, but also sorrows and failures. Always share your feelings openly and discuss your differences, avoiding the pain, that comes from problems suffered in silence.
The second is self sacrifice. From this day, you must surrender your individual interests and desires, to those you build and enjoy together. This sacrifice, will lead you to a richer and deeper life. From this day forward, you belong to one another. You will become one in mind and in heart. You will find as your love grows more perfect, the great joy, that comes with self-sacrifice, for one another.
Always be ready to listen and share your thoughts, when the other seeks your counsel and give comfort, when the other needs reassurance. Look upon each other’s positive traits, with joy and the imperfections, with understanding. Forgive each other the mistakes, which are inevitable in life. Support and encourage each other and take pride in each other’s achievements.
The third and most important principle is love. It is the supreme gift of god, and is the promise you share today. Love is accepting the feelings, thoughts, and intentions of the other and supporting them fully.
Remember, a good marriage does not just happen, it must be created. In marriage, little things are the big things. Each day you might say to yourselves:
We will never be too old, to hold hands or say “I love you”
We will never go to sleep angry with each other.
We will create a circle of love, that includes both our whole families.
We will show our appreciation and gratitude and always forgive and forget
We will give each other an atmosphere, in which to grow and search, for the good and the beautiful
We will stand together as a team, united against the world
Remember, it is not only marrying the right person, but being the right partner.
Love and honor, one another’s families as your own. Your love will give you the strength, to stand apart and seek your own destinies. From this moment on, you must be the others best and truest friend. To that end, this ceremony, symbolizes the union, that has already taken place in you hearts.
___________ And ___________, are you prepared to acknowledge your vows to this wedding ceremony. (We are)
Minister: Bridal bouquet to maid of honor please.
Minister: Now, i want you both to hold hands and look deep into each other’s eyes and hearts as you acknowledge your vows to each other.
______________, Do you take _____________ to be your wife? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, so long as you both shall live? (I will)
______________, Do you take _____________ to be your husband? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, so long as you both shall live? (I will)
Minister: Best man do you have the rings? Please place them in the palm of my hand.
These rings are a symbol of your continuing and true love for each other. Just as the sun continually sets and rises, each day is born with new and different challenges, which will test your love for one another. May these rings, be a reminder of the commitments you have pledged to each other this day.
Minister: Please take your appropriate ring for giving
_____________ – Placing the ring on ______________’s finger please repeat after me,
With this ring, i do thee wed, with all my hearts affection. I do thee endow and by this act, declare in the presence of these witnesses, that i take you to be my beloved wife. I promise to love you today and tomorrow and forever.
_____________ – Placing the ring on ______________’s finger, please repeat after me,
With this ring, i do thee wed, with all my hearts affection. I do thee endow and by this act, declare in the presence of these witnesses, that i take you to be my beloved husband. I promise to love you today and tomorrow and forever.
Minister: Bridal bouquet back to bride.
Let us pray:
Dear god: look with favor upon ____________ and __________, give them wisdom and strength, in their life together, so that each may be to the other, a strength in need, a counselor in uncertainty, a comfort in sorrow, and a companion in joy.
Unite their wills, so that they may grow together, in love and peace.
Fill them with such love and joy, that they may have a home, of peace and welcome. Amen
This gathering combines memories of joy, love, and hope for the future. May the power of what has been and of what now is, be with you throughout your lives together.
Now in the eyes of god, family, and friends, we recognize the tender relationship, which has long lived within your hearts. It gives me great pleasure to declare you husband and wife.
You may kiss the bride!
Presenting for the first time to family and friends, Mr. and Mrs. ______________________.
Minister: Ladies & Gentlemen, please rise.
Minister: I would like to welcome the friends and family of (Bride) and (Groom), who have gathered here today to celebrate the coming together of two lives. The bond of Holy Matrimony is the deepest of all human relationships and no moment is more filled with meaning, no vow more sacred, no human tie more tender, no act more decisive, and no time more memorable than the decision to live together as husband and wife.
Minister: Who gives this Bride to be married to this man, and by doing so, blesses this marriage?
Father of the Bride: I do (or Her Mother and I do). Father of the Bride returns to his chair or seat.
Minister: Ladies and Gentlemen, please be seated.
Minister: (Bride) and (Groom), you have chosen this very unique and beautiful setting to celebrate the coming together of your lives. Today, you will proclaim the love and sharing that you feel for one another. The commitment of marriage is one of the most important decisions two people can make in their lives… the nuptial vows are a promise of infinite love that unites you in blessed matrimony… and a mutual promise to accept one another as lover, companion and friend.
The stability of marriage depends on many factors… in addition to the love and respect you feel for one another, you are united by a feeling of commitment, fidelity, true friendship and the sincere desire for open communication… the foundation of a health union is mutual trust… and a desire to accept and understand both the virtues and weaknesses of one another.
God created man and woman and gave us the bond of marriage so that the husband and wife may help and comfort each other. Living faithfully together in plenty and in want… in joy and sorrow… and in sickness and health.
Marriage is given to us for the fullest expression of the love between a man and a woman. In the state they belong to each other and with affection and tenderness give freely of themselves to each other.
Marriage was given to us for the well being of society. For the establishment of family… and for the birth and nurturing of children.
Marriage is a holy mystery given to us by God, a mystery wherein a man and a woman are joined together to be one.
(Bride) and (Groom) are here today to affirm their vows of love for each other and to pledge a common purpose. We are gathered here to witness their promises to each other, to surround them with our love, and to ask God’s blessing upon them so that they may be strengthened in their life together.
For these reasons, let this marriage be held in honor by all.
Dear God, look mercifully upon (Bride) and (Groom) who have come here today seeking your blessing, so that with steadfast love they will honor the promises they make this day.
Minister: (Bride) and (Groom), you have heard how God has blessed the covenant of marriage. Now in the Presence of God and your friends do you wish to affirm the vows of marriage?
Bride and Groom: We do.
Minister: (Groom) repeat after me:
I (Groom) take you (Bride)
To be my wife, friend and lover. I promise to show you every day that I love you. I will put you first before all others. I will do my best to be patient, flexible, understanding and kind. Together we will dream, play and experience. When you stumble, I will catch you. Throughout my life, I promise to cherish and respect you. To comfort and encourage you. And to stay with you as long as we both shall live.
Minister: (Bride) repeat after me:
I (Bride) take you (Groom)
To be my husband, friend and lover. I promise to show you every day that I love you. I will put you first before all others. I will do my best to be patient, flexible, understanding and kind. Together we will dream, play and experience. When you stumble, I will catch you. Throughout my life, I promise to cherish and respect you. To comfort and encourage you. And to stay with you as long as we both shall live.
Minister: (Groom), do you take this woman (Bride) to be your wife, promising always to cherish and protect her for as long as you both shall live?
Groom: I will
Minister: (Bride), do you take this man (Groom) to be your husband, promising always to cherish and protect him for as long as you both shall live?
Bride: I will
Minister: (Speaking to the Best Man): Do you have the rings?
Minister: These rings are symbol of your everlasting love for each other.
(Groom) placing the ring on (Bride’s) finger, repeat after me. (Bride), with this ring I pledge to you my unconditional love for all time.
(Bride) placing the ring on (Groom’s) finger, repeat after me. (Groom), with this ring I pledge to you my unconditional love for all time.
Minister: Let us pray:
Dear God, look with favor upon (Groom) and (Bride), give them wisdom and devotion in their life together so that each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in uncertainty, a comfort in sorrow, and a companion in joy. Unite their wills so that they may grow together in love and peace. Give them the grace when they hurt each other to recognize and confess their faults and to seek each other’s forgiveness.
Fill them with such love and joy that they may have a home of peace and welcome. Amen.
Minister: With friends and family, along with the sun, the moon and the sea, I have the great pleasure of announcing you as husband and wife. May infinite happiness accompany you during the new life you are beginning together.
You may kiss the bride.
Minister: Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. _________________!