Traditional wedding vows hold meaning in their heritage. These are probably the wedding vows that your parents said, your grandparents said, and their grandparents said. While writing your own vows can bring personal meaning, traditional wedding vows hold weight and clout from being a time-honoured tradition. So, we’ve gathered here a series of our favourite traditional wedding vows for your reference.


I, ____, take you, ____, to be my lawfully wedded (husband/wife),

to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse,

for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.

Probably the standard wedding vows, these are the first vows you think of when planning your wedding. Clear, concise and elegant, you can’t go wrong with them. The safest bet if you’re uncertain about which vows to recite, they fit right in any classical wedding.


Today, I promise you this: 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.

I will listen to you with compassion and understanding,

and speak to you with encouragement.

Together, let us build a home filled with learning, laughter and light,

shared freely with all who may live there.

Let us be partners, friends and lovers, today and all of the days that follow.

Not completely traditional, these wedding vows are something a little more modern, promising dedication and loyalty. It’s a good one for the light-hearted couple, and will suit a more secular wedding.


To the Couple:  We are gathered together here to unite this man, ____________ and this woman, ____________ in the bonds of matrimony.

To the Groom: Do you take _________ to be your lawfully wedded wife?
If so answer “I do.”

To the Bride: Do you take ___________ to be your lawfully wedded husband?
If so answer “I do.”

The minister states: By the authority vested in me by the State of ______________ I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Secular traditional wedding vows, involving an ordained minister. A government official or functionary can also take the place of the minister. Very formal, these traditional wedding vows leave most of the work in the hands of the third party.


The minister states: Dearly Beloveds and Honored Guests: We are gathered here this day in the sight of God and the company assembled to witness the giving and receiving of the marriage vows.

Marriage is an institution ordained of God and is not to be entered into lightly or in jest and only after much consideration.

To the Groom: Do you __________take this woman _________to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in heath, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself solely unto her for as long as you both shall live?
If so, answer ” I DO.”

To the Bride: Do you ________take this man _________to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and health, to love, honor and obey, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself solely unto him for as long as you both shall live?
If so, answer ” I DO. “

The minister states: If there be anyone present who may show just and lawful cause why this couple may not be legally wed, let him speak now or forever hold his peace.

(Giving or exchanging of the rings)

By the authority vested in me by the State of ___________ I now pronounce you man and wife and what God hath joined together, let no man nor woman put asunder.

Most notably used in movies, where the length of the vows are used for dramatic effect, these are the most traditional of wedding vows. These traditional wedding vows are for the couple looking for something grand, with tradition behind it.


I, ______, take you, ______, to be no other than yourself. Loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not yet know, I will respect your integrity and have faith in your abiding love for me, through all our years, and in all that life may bring us.

______, I take you as my wife/husband, with your faults and your strengths, as I offer myself to you with my faults and my strengths. I will help you when you need help, and turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.

Traditional wedding vows, for non-denominational couples. With pledges to love, integrity and devotion, these simple, romantic, vows will be a good fit for any wedding.

We hope you’ve found something useful from our list, whether you’ve found a vow you really like, or if you’ve found inspiration for vows of your own. If you’ve found this article helpful, let us help you again! If you’re looking for a wedding videographer to capture that special moment you say your vows, check us out here!