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Common Wedding Vows

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Wedding vows - whether recited at a wedding or vow renewal - are an opportunity for couples to express their love and state their promises to one another out loud. There are as many kinds of vows as there are couples. But there are some traditional or common wedding vows recited at various religious ceremonies. Each is unique to its culture and ritual. Below you'll find a variety of options when it comes to wedding vows. You can even find a secular, humorous option to consider. Any of these promises can inspire your own wedding vow writing.

Buddhist Wedding Vows (from Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition)

I ________ and ________, are happy today not only because they can share the joy of their love for each other with friends and family, but also because they have the opportunity to express their aspirations for the future.

________ and ________, do you pledge to help each other to develop your hearts and minds, cultivating compassion, generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiasm, concentration and wisdom as you age and undergo the various ups and downs of life and to transform them into the path of love, compassion, joy and equanimity?

"We do"

Recognizing that the external conditions in life will not always be smooth and that internally your own minds and emotions will sometimes get stuck in negativity. Do you pledge to see all these circumstances as a challenge to help you grow, to open your hearts, to accept yourselves, and each other; and to generate compassion for others who are suffering? Do you pledge to avoid becoming narrow, closed or opinionated, and to help each other to see various sides of situations?

"We do"

Understanding that just as we are a mystery to ourselves, each other person is also a mystery to us. Do you pledge to seek to understand yourselves, each other, and all living beings, to examine your own minds continually and to regard all the mysteries of life with curiosity and joy?

"We do"

Do you pledge to preserve and enrich your affection for each other, and to share it with all beings? To take the loving feelings you have for one another and your vision of each other's potential and inner beauty as an example and rather than spiraling inwards and becoming self absorbed, to radiate this love outwards to all beings?

"We do"

When it comes time to part, do you pledge to look back at your time together with joy-- joy that you met and shared what you have--and acceptance that we cannot hold on to anything forever?

"We do"

Do you pledge to remember the disadvantages of ignorance, anger and clinging attachment, to apply antidotes when these arise in your minds, and to remember the kindness of all other beings and your connection to them? Do you pledge to work for the welfare of others, with all of your compassion, wisdom and skill?

"We do"

Do you pledge to work to develop the wisdom understanding the relative functioning nature of things and the wisdom knowing their deeper way of existence that they are empty of inherent existence? And to remember the laws of cause and effect?

'We do"

Do you pledge day to day, to be patient with yourselves and others, knowing that change comes slowly and gradually, and to seek inspiration from your teachers not to become discouraged?

"We do"

Do you pledge to continuously strive to remember your own Buddha nature, as well as the Buddha nature of all living beings? To maintain the awareness that all things are temporary, and to remain optimistic that you can achieve your greatest potential and lasting happiness.

"We do"

Catholic Wedding Vows (from Catholic Wedding Help)

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.

Hindu Wedding Vows (from iloveindia.com)

Most Hindu weddings include seven steps, promises the couple makes, as opposed to vows. There's much ritual involved, and the seven steps usually have the couple walking seven times around the fire of the havankund. Here are the steps to which they agree:

Step One - The couple vow to maintain a healthy lifestyle for them and their family and avoid those who would interfere with that.

Step Two - Here, the couple promises to develop their physical, mental, and spiritual powers

Step Three - The pair agrees to earn a living and develop their wealth by righteous and proper means, so that they will indeed have success.

Step Four - The couple agrees to acquire knowledge, happiness, and harmony through mutual respect, love, understanding, and faith.

Step Five - Here, the couple agrees to have children, and they pray to be blessed with brave, healthy, and honest children.

Step Six - This is when the couple prays for a long marriage and self-control of their mind, body, and soul.

Step Seven - The final step has the couple agreeing to be faithful and remain best friends for the rest of their lives.

Jewish Wedding Vows (from bestweddingvows.com)

"Do you, (name of groom/bride), take (name of bride/groom) to be your wife/husband, promising to cherish and protest her/him, whether in good fortune or in adversity, and to seek together with her/him a life hallowed by the faith of Israel?" Groom and bride answer in affirmative.

Conservative Jewish Wedding Vows (from bestweddingvows.com)

"Do you (name of groom/bride) take (name of bride/groom) to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband, to love, to honor, and to cherish?" Bride and groom answer in affirmative.

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