Vows

The vows you exchange on your wedding day reflect the hope and happiness you two are experiencing together. We are so proud of the vows we have compiled for our beach wedding ceremonies. The words have been carefully chosen to be traditional, sweet, positive and capture the entire essence of love.
If you would like us to perform your own special vows or want to customize your ceremony in any way, we welcome that! Please call us for details.

  • Traditional Vows
  • Civil Vows
  • Sand Ceremony
  • Rose Ceremony
  • Vows with Children
  • Vow Renewals

Tybee Island WeddingTraditional VowsVows 101

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to take part in the most time-honored celebration of the human family, and to join Groom and Bride in holy matrimony, which is an honorable and beautiful estate, instituted by God and therefore is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but instead with love, respect, friendship, honor and in the love of God. Into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined.

Groom and Bride have come to witness before us, telling of their love for each other. We remind them that they are performing an act of complete faith each in the other; that the heart of their marriage will be the relationship they create.

Groom, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? To be your friend and companion? Will you love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, remain faithful in your love for her, so long as you both shall live?

Bride, will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? To be your friend and companion? Will you love him, comfort him, honor, and keep him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, remain faithful in your love for him, so long as you both shall live?

I Groom, take you, Bride, to be my wedded wife, to be no other than yourself, in all the ways life may find us, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, tending you in sickness and rejoicing with you in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

I Bride, take you, Groom, to be my wedded husband, to be no other than yourself, in all the ways life may find us, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, tending you in sickness and rejoicing with you in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

Rings

( Minister may say ) Bless, O Lord these rings, that those who give them and those who wear them may abide in thy peace, and continue in thy favor, until their life’s end, Amen.

Minister: These rings of precious metal are justly regarded as an emblem of the pure and everlasting state of marriage as it is fashioned to have neither a beginning nor an end; while gold is so incorruptible that it cannot be tarnished by use or time, so may this union be in its purity and more lasting than time itself.

( repeat ) This ring I give you, as a sign of my constant faith, and abiding love. With this ring, I thee wed

Minister: We speak to Groom and Bride of love, in which the trust and freedom of the other person becomes as significant as the trust and freedom of one’s self. We speak of our hopes for their continued growth through patience, one for the other. We speak of our confidence that new levels of understanding, shall bring ever new surprises of strength and fortitude they do not now know.

In the years which shall bring Groom and Bride into greater age and wisdom, we pray that their love shall be ever young. In this hope may they keep the vows made on this day, teaching each other who they are, what they yet shall be, and that they share the fruits of their new life together.

( Let us pray ) Our Father, creator and preserver of all mankind, giver of all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life, send thy blessing upon this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy name, that they, living faithfully together, may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant between them made, and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, Amen.

Those that God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

Forasmuch as Groom and Bride have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a ring, and by joining hands I now pronounce that they are husband and wife.

You may now kiss your bride!


Tybee Island WeddingCivil Vows

Vows 102Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the presence of nature, and before these friends and family, to take part in the most time-honored celebration of the human family, and to join Groom and Bride in matrimony, which is an honorable and beautiful estate, and therefore is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but instead with love, respect, friendship, honor. Into this estate these two persons present come now to be joined.

Groom and Bride have come to witness before us, telling of their love for each other. We remind them that they are performing an act of complete faith each in the other; that the heart of their marriage will be the relationship they create.

Groom, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together in the estate of matrimony? To be your friend and companion?Will you love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, remain faithful in your love for her, so long as you both shall live?

Bride, will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live together in the estate of matrimony? To be your friend and companion? Will you love him, comfort him, honor, and keep him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, remain faithful in your love for him, so long as you both shall live?

I Groom, take thee, Bride, to be my wedded wife, to be no other than yourself, in all the ways life may find us, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, tending you in sickness and rejoicing with you in health, till death do us part.

I Bride, take thee, Groom, to be my wedded husband, to be no other than yourself, in all the ways life may find us, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, tending you in sickness and rejoicing with you in health, till death do us part.

Rings

( Minister) Bless, these rings, that those who give them and those who wear them may abide in peace and love.

Minister: These rings of precious metal are justly regarded as an emblem of the pure and everlasting state of marriage as it is fashioned to have neither a beginning nor an end; while gold is so incorruptible that it cannot be tarnished by use or time, so may this union be in its purity and more lasting than time itself.

( repeat ) This ring I give you, as a sign of my constant faith, and abiding love. With this ring, I thee wed

Minister: We speak to Groom and Bride of love, in which the trust and freedom of the other person becomes as significant as the trust and freedom of one’s self. We speak of our hopes for their continued growth through patience, one for the other. We speak of our confidence that new levels of understanding, shall bring ever new surprises of strength and fortitude they do not now know.

In the years which shall bring Groom and Bride into greater age and wisdom, we pray that their love shall be ever young. In this hope may they keep the vows made on this day, teaching each other who they are, what they yet shall be, and that they share the fruits of their new life together.

Those that we have now joined together, let no man put asunder.

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be a sanctuary to the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no isolation for you, no more loneliness. Now you are two, but there is only one life in front of you. Go now and enter into the days of your togetherness.

Forasmuch as Groom and Bride have consented together in wedlock, and have witnessed the same before nature and these friends and family, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a ring, and by joining hands I now pronounce that they are husband and wife.

( You may now kiss your bride )


Tybee Island Wedding – Sand Ceremony

Vows SandThis ceremony can be included in any type ceremony. It is usually placed after “You may kiss the bride” and before the couple are introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Two different colored sands are mixed in a heart shaped keepsake.

Groom and Bride, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and the exchange of a kiss, and this covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand. One, representing you Groom, and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. The other representing you, Bride, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be.
As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will be your marriage.


Tybee Island Wedding - Rose CeremonyRose101

In the Rose Ceremony, the Bride and Groom give each other a Rose. The Rose Ceremony is placed at the end of the ceremony just after being pronounced husband and wife.

Groom and Bride, your gift to each other for your wedding today has been your wedding rings – which shall always be an outward demonstration of your vows of love and respect; and a public showing of your commitment to each other.

You now have what remains the most honorable title which may exist between a man and a woman – the title of “husband” and “wife.” For your first gift as husband and wife, that gift will be a single rose.

In the past, the rose was considered a symbol of love and a single rose always meant only one thing – it meant the words “I love you.” So it is appropriate that for your first gift – as husband and wife – that gift would be a single rose.

Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife. ( exchange)
In some ways it seems like you have not done anything at all. Just a moment ago you were holding one small rose – and now you are holding one small rose. In some ways, a marriage ceremony is like this. In some ways, tomorrow is going to seem no different than yesterday. But in fact today, just now, you both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life – one I hope you always remember – the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage.

Groom and Bride, I would ask that where ever you make your home in the future – whether it be a large and elegant home – or a small and graceful one – that you both pick one very special location for roses; so that on each anniversary of this truly wonderful occasion you both may take a rose to that spot both as a recommitment to your marriage – and a recommitment that THIS will be a marriage based upon love.

Groom and Bride, if there is anything you remember of this marriage ceremony, it is that it was love that brought you here today, it is only love which can make yours a glorious union, and it is by love which your marriage shall endure.


Tybee Island Wedding - Vows Including Children

Often marriage is viewed as the union of two persons. In reality, marriage is much broader. It is always a joining of families.

As part of the family nature of this marriage we recognize Children and their importance to this family.

Children you will have a share in this marriage, for your lives will be touched by the promises made by your mother and father today. Your participation will be needed to develop the bonds of this new family. We now ask you to promise that you will all join together to create a family of mutual help, respect and support.

We ask that you help to create a home and a way of life in which all of you may grow into the best people you can be. In this spirit, will you pledge to continue to grow together and honor this new family for all the days that follow?

The children respond: “We will.”

Groom and Bride, as you give yourselves to one another in love and loyalty, will you also promise always to keep room in your new life together for Children? Will you commit yourselves to respect and honor them as individuals and members of this family? Will you pledge to cherish, encourage and tenderly care for them as long as they need you?

Couple responds: “We will.”

As a symbol of the two families joined as one today, a special gift will now be presented to each of you. As you receive your token of family unity, always remember the love that has brought all of you together and that will guide you and nurture you in the years ahead.

(Give medallions to children)

It is my pleasure to present to you Groom and Bride in their new relationship as husband and wife and their children Children.


Tybee Island Wedding - Vow Renewal Ceremony

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to celebrate the rebirth of the commitment of marriage.

Husband and Bride, when you first joined hands and hearts years ago, you did not know where life would take you, you promised to love, honor and cherish one another through all things. Life has surely brought you both wonderful blessings and difficult tribulations. Therefore, you have fulfilled your promise.

You come here today to reaffirm your wedding vows and reflect back over all the years as husband and wife

Husband, will you have this woman before you, to be your friend and companion? Will you pledge to her your love, faith and tenderness, cherishing her with a husband’s loyalty and devotion?

Wife
, will you have this man before you, to be your friend and companion? Will you pledge to him your love, faith and tenderness, cherishing him with a wife’s loyalty and devotion?

I, Husband, take you, Wife to be no other than yourself. Because of you I laugh, I smile, I dream. I look forward with great joy, to spending the rest of my life with you. Caring for you, nurturing you, being there for you, in all life has for us. I vow to be true and faithful, for as long as we both shall live.

I, Wife, take you, Husband to be no other than yourself. Because of you I laugh, I smile, I dream. I look forward with great joy, to spending the rest of my life with you. Caring for you, nurturing you, being there for you, in all life has for us. I vow to be true and faithful, for as long as we both shall live.

Rings

(repeat) Wear this ring forever, as a symbol of my love, and of all that is unending.

We speak to Husband and Wife of love, in which the trust and freedom of the other person becomes as significant as the trust and freedom of one’s self. We speak of our hopes for their continued growth. We speak of our confidence that new levels of understanding shall bring new surprises of strength and fortitude they do not now know.

In the years which shall bring Husband and Wife into greater age and wisdom, we pray that their love shall be ever young, teaching each other who they are, what they yet shall be, and that they share the fruits of their new life together.

Those whom we have joined together let no one put asunder.

Husband and Wife, by your promises made in the face of this company, you may return now to your home renewed in your faith and in your love, bound together again as husband and wife.

You may now kiss!

Vows 103

“Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever.”
~Unknown~

Advice on Writing Your Own Vows

Honestly, this is not difficult if taken in steps and you don’t judge what comes out of you. Start with brainstorming ideas about what you are committing to in this marriage inside of yourself. True commitment is within you; that promise you make with yourself (”I commit myself to honoring and cherishing him no matter what”. Emphasis is on ‘myself’)). So, what is your intention in getting married with him/her? What are you committing to? Start writing ideas and phrases down. After a bit begin to form more complete statements. Then practice saying them and see how they feel. Empowering? Eyes getting a little watery? Gradually you will fine tune each statement and you will come to know they are the right ones for you. If you don’t need them to be a surprise to your partner, you may practice saying them eye-to-eye. Above all else, experiment and see where you are taken.

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