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Personal Wedding Vows
Tim Manger
Civil Marriage Celebrant

Personal vows are taken (by a couple) in addition to the legal vow. Writing personal wedding vows is a creative, fun and meaningful way to make your wedding ceremony special. Even though personal vows are optional, there are several popular approaches:

  • Write the same vow
  • Write vows separately, and surprise each other on your wedding day
  • Speak freely on the day

Whatever your approach, your aim should be to 'speak from the heart', sharing only those pledges you are prepared to vow. Once you have written your vows, you send them to me, and (during your ceremony), I hand you your personal vows which are scrolled and bowed.

Scrolled Vows
[A typical signing table, with marriage certificates, pen, and scrolled vows]

The following is an example of personal vows, that some of my couples exchanged recently.

Personal Vow 1

[Name], in you I have found the love of my life and my best friend, No matter where
No matter where I am, if I'm with you I feel like I am home.
I love you, I love the way you always keep me strong even in days I honestly feel like
I can't go on,
I promise you from the bottom of my heart to love you till death to us part,to
encourage you and inspire you through all the adventures of life.
To grow old with you and fall in love with you a little more everyday.
I take you as my husband to give you my hand, my love and my whole heart for my
whole life, I promise.

Personal Vow 2

Seven years ago we met as teenagers. I did not know it then, but you are my soul mate, lover and
best friend. Six years later and here we stand today ready to make our final commitment to each
other. And although you are not one for sappy love stories, I promise you these things. I will care
for you, support you and comfort you during times of sorrow and sadness. I will love you for who
you are, no matter how frustrating you may get at times. I promise to always love you. Know that
you are my one true love, and that I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.

Personal Vow 3

From the moment we met, you’ve captivated me, challenged me, frustrated me and improved me
in ways no person has done before
And I have fallen in love with you again and again
I promise to be true to you, to support and encourage you and to challenge and frustrate you in
return
Our future together excites me as I feel incredibility lucky to have found someone who understands
me the way you do.

Personal Vow 4

I, [Name], choose you, [Name], to by my husband. In front of our family and friends, I promise to
love and cherish you through every obstacle that may come into our path. You make loving easy
you are my best friend. I know you are able to deal with my temper tantrums, and I have
discovered you make very few decisions. You pick up my half empty coffee cups, and, mostly let
me get my way.
When we met, all I knew was that you made me laugh and you had a dorky look, which I thought
was hot. Only time would allow me to see your true colours. You’re generous, loving, sensitive,
kind and a pain when it comes to football and cricket. I promise to love you unconditionally, to
support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and sometimes at you, for
as long as we both shall live.

Personal Vow 5

I [Name], take you as my wife.
To say I love you is not enough,
To try to condense the depth of my feelings into a few words is impossible.
It doesn't tell of the respect I have for you as an individual,
Nor how I appreciate how tender and caring you are,
Nor the joy I find in your laughter,
Nor the tears I hold back for your pain,
Nor the strength you give when I need it,
Nor the pleasure I feel in your touch.
But if to say I love you means all these things
Then let me say I love you more each day

Personal Vow 6

I, [Name] take you [Name] to be my best friend, my husband and my everything. To have and to
hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, through school holidays
and report writing time, through [Sports Team] wins and [Sports Team], through my shoe addiction
and your football addiction, through laughter and tears, in sickness and in health, to love you
forever and to cherish you above all others; from this day forward until death do us part and then
we will relive it all over again.

Personal Vow 7

When I was told I had to think up some vows I had no idea what I was going to say. Then I got to
thinking about all the things I love about you; like all the crazy things that come out of your mouth
without thinking (like thinking a cherry picker was someone who picks cherries), the way you bust
out into song for no apparent reason and your idea of 50/50 sharing (that is 50% you, 30% me and
20% the cat).

From the time we have spent together, I have fallen madly in-love with you and all of your
wonderful quirks. You fill every day with adventure and wonder and I know that as long as I’m with
you, my life will never be boring.

You have done so much for me over the years, like cooking me delicious meals, organizing
amazing holidays and putting up with all may bad habits like leaving my stubby tops on the bench.
For all of this, and so much more that you have done for me, I promise to love, cherish and adore
you; to laugh with you and not at you, to give you lots of back massages, to not drag you past
every shoe shop you pass and I promise to let you, let me go out riding whenever you want me to
so you can watch your TV shows. But most of all, I promise to be there for you every day for the
rest of my life; because without you I would not be the man I am today.
I am so happy I will have you by my side as my loving wife and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my
life with you.

Personal Vow 8

[Name], we have shared some amazing adventures together and I cant wait to start this next
adventure with you.
I will always love, trust and support you without hesitation, today, tomorrow and forever.
I promise to comfort you when you are sad, share in your joys and success including when you roll
yahtzee and double yahtzee, and to grow with and nurture you on our journey through life.
[Name], you are my soulmate, my best friend and i will love you unconditionally forever.

Personal Vow 9

We took so long to find one another and then you have changed my world. I love you so much and
I am so happy that we are here today to show our love to one another and share it with our loved
loves and friends. I always dreamed of the perfect partner, but you have gone beyond all my
dreams. I promise to be there when you need me, to fill your days with love, to comfort you and
encourage you, to help you reach your goals and to love you with all of my heart, for all of my life.
Thank you for coming into my life and for being such a wonderful partner and best friend. [Name],
I choose you to be my husband for life.

Personal Vow 10

Today I am marrying my best friend.
You are the love of my life and my soul mate.
Thank you for loving me completely, and for giving your heart to me.
Thank you for always being kind, loving and supportive of me.
Thank you for always telling me I’m beautiful and being so proud to call me yours.
Thank you for making me laugh and always seeing the positive in everything.
Thank you for always making me feel significant and for loving me unconditionally.
Today I promise these things to you:
To love you and be one forever as husband and wife
To laugh with you, cry with you, talk with you and forever be in love with you.
To share my secrets and be honest with you
To always trust you and respect you
To love and care for you in good times, and the not so good times
To be happy when you are happy and always support you in everything you do
To always be faithful to you
To grow old with you and be with you until the end of time
To love our children and raise them surrounded by love
To always be by your side in whatever life brings our way.

See also Marriage Vows

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Do you have sample Vows that I can download?

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Do we memorise our Legal Vow?

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No, you repeat your Legal Vow after me.

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Do you have any vow examples we can look at?

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Yes, I have thousands of personal vow samples in my archive which I would be more than happy to share with you.

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Is the wording in a gay same sex committment ceremony different to a legal wedidng ceremony?

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Yes, it is illegal for me to use words from the Montum and Legal Vow section of the Australian Marriage Act when marrying gay same sex couples.

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Does each partner write their own Vows separately?

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Some couples write their vows together, in order that they speak the same words during the vow exchange. Other couples write their vows separately, and surprise each other on the wedding day.

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Can we include religious content in our Vows?

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How long should our Marriage Vows be?

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Although there is no actual rule of thumb, vows should be kept relatively short. I suggest no longer than a few paragraphs (at the most).

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Do we repeat our personal vows after you?

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No, you speak your personal vows directly to your partner.

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When are the Vows taken during the Ceremony?

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In my ceremonies, the Vows are exchanged after 'The Asking'.

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Can you do a Renewal of Vows Ceremony?

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Can we write our own Personal Vows?

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Yes, many couples write their own vows. You can write them individually (and suprise each other on the day), or you can write and exchange the same vows.

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Do I have to say my full legal name during the vows?

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Yes, however if you have a name that you are uncomfortable with, then it is possible to mention your name at some other stage during the ceremony (prior to the exchange of vows). Your full legal name must be mentioned at least once during the ceremony.

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Can we include Personalised Vows?

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Yes, many couples prefer to write their own personalised vows to each other. These are generally added after the Legal Vows.

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Can we change our Legal Vows?

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No, legal vows cannot be changed (but personalised vows can).

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Where can we say our wedding vows in Fitzroy North?

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