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The next set of vows in this series is from a wedding in August 2015. If you want to know more about this series, check out previous entries here!

A reminder: these vows are published to inspire you and provide you with some ideas for writing your vows; they’re not here so you can copy them word for word! Please also remember these don’t include the legally required vows – those words generally go at the start of these ones.

 

Groom

I once made a promise to myself that if I ever met that special person who I could come home to and talk to about my day, share my guilty pleasures with and be loved unconditionally by, that I would spend the rest of my life making them my first priority; I would give them the world, making them the happiest they could possibly be.

 

As I think back on our years together, I realise that those three wishes I always had about meeting that right person, well, you checked them all off while we were still friends, and that was enough for me to understand that you are that special person I have been looking for all my life.

 

You are the most caring, loving and funniest person I have ever met. You complement my twisted personality. You have built confidence within myself to achieve what I never thought possible, and have taught me serenity within my body, mind and soul. Our journey has been a long and difficult road together, and I cannot wait to see what shenanigans we get up to next.

 

The one true merit a man has in his life is his word. I have always believed and lived by this, and here today I make you a promise: I give you my word that as my wife, but more importantly my best friend, in this life and in the next, every day I will pine for you, love you unconditionally, comfort you when needed, and most importantly explore the vast reaches of this world and beyond (if of course space travel is possible when we are seniors).

 

I love you so very much. With all my heart and all of my soul I thank you for marrying me.

Bride

From the moment I met you, each day has been better than the last. You’ve made me feel more than I ever thought possible. The few lows we’ve had made me feel lower than I’ve ever felt, but the highs have been higher, longer, better and brighter than I ever would have thought possible.

 

As my best friend, my closest confidant, my partner in crime and the light of my life, I promise the following:

 

I promise to listen to you, and hear both what you tell me, and what you don’t; to share what I’m thinking when possible; and always ask your advice before making decisions that impact our lives…

 

I promise to help you be the best version of yourself, to support you when you need it, and pull you back when you go too far; to find ways to make you laugh each and every day, and ensure you never feel lonely, even in the times you may be alone…

 

I promise to nurse you through flu seasons, both real and imagined, and sympathise with every paper cut, banged knee and bruise; to keep you safe and comfortable, while harassing every doctor, nurse, pharmacist and orderly until you are better…

 

I promise to stand with you against the world, and wait till we’re in private to argue; that on the days I’m blazingly mad, to go find a snack first just in case it’s the hunger talking, and on the days you in turn get antsy, guilt you into going to the gym to work it off…

 

I promise to fight fair when we argue over the small stuff, such as whose turn it is to clean up after the dogs we don’t have yet, and when we’re lost in some random city where no-one speaks English, I will maintain my “we’re not lost, we’re exploring!” attitude while calmly looking for a taxi to get us the heck out of there…

 

Above all, I will love you in all the years to come – on good days and bad, through epic travels, and the grey days at work we’ll need to pay for them; through every challenge we’ll face and goal that we’ll reach both together and apart…

 

With these words, I choose you to grow with, and to love forever.