Civil Wedding Ceremony Vows
If you plan somewhat in advance your Civil Marriage Celebrant is certain to allow you to write your own vows or recite words of your own choosing. However the following line what is legally required to be said by both the bride and groom:
“I call upon the persons here present to witness that I,______, take thee, ______, to be my lawful/wedded wife/husband?” *
* There is a small amount of flexibility in how this legally required line is said, as the Marriage Act states that this vow ‘or words to that effect’. A more modern example suggested by Civil Marriage Celebrant, Clive Rumney, is “I,______, ask everyone here to witness that I take you,______, to be my lawful/wedded wife/husband”. Your celebant will be able to assist in ensuring the vows you say are legally binding.
You may also want to include these traditional lines associated with marriage:
“______, do you take ______ to be your legal wedded wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward?”
“______, I take you to be my lawfully wedded wife/husband. Before these witnesses I vow to love you and care for you for as long as we both shall live.”