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Wedding Ceremony Vows

Wedding Ceremony Vows

Once you have applied for and received your Arizona marriage license, these next steps are crucial to include in your ceremony for legalities.

1). NAMES: Have your officiant insert/use your proper names. The bride and groom need to be identified, so we know we have the right people. “We are gathered here today for the wedding of “name” and “name.”

2). DECLARATION OF INTENT: “Are you, here of your own free will, and do you intend to marry ?” This is the “I do” that you answer individually, in front of witnesses.

3). VOW EXCHANGE: “I <bride/groom>, take thee <bride/groom>, to be my <husband/wife/loving companion>.
To have and to hold from this day forward,
For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish, until death do us part.”
REMEMBER: You are marrying your intended spouse, not the officiant. Turn to face each other, hold hands, and gaze into each other’s eyes. This is your promise to become each other’s legal partner. You may customize your vows. VARIETY of VOWS: You may have your officiant recite the vows and you respond, “I Do,” or “I Will.” You may read or recite the vows yourself, or you may have the officiant recite each line of the vows and you repeat each line after them.

4). SIGNING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE WITH WITNESSES: The officiant, the bride, the groom, and two witnesses sign and date the marriage license. The officiant mails in the legal portion of the form to the State of Arizona as soon as possible. Expiration of an Arizona marriage license is one year from the date of issuance.

5). PRONOUNCEMENT: “In front of witnesses, this couple has declared their intention to join their lives in marriage…and we now accept them as husband and wife, please welcome the new and .”

5 STEP PURPOSE: Your words may vary, yet the purpose of each step is the same:
1). Establish who you are;
2). Agree you are here of your own free will, and your intention is to be married;
3). Promise to the other person to be their spouse;
4). Sign the legal license with officiant and witnesses; and
5). Pronouncement by the officiant that we have witnessed this legal contract.

Make sure your ceremony has these basic, minimal parts, and that your officiant files the license on time with the State of Arizona.

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As you write your vows, the majority of you “do not know where to start.” Word choice is crucial. If you want your husband to “obey,” you must also be willing to “obey.” Longer vows is not necessarily better. With better word choice, you are effectively able to communicate with less.

Remember, you are speaking and marrying your spouse, not the officiant. You have turned to face each other and are gazing into each other’s eyes, and this is the promise to become each other’s legal partner. Many couples choose to write their own vows. Are you good at writing, yet not at public speaking, or the opposite?

Ceremony Vows may be declared in three ways. Depending on your choice, remember the man traditionally recites/responds first, with the woman reciting/responding second.
1). The officiant may recite the vows, and you respond with, “I Do,” or “I Will,” the man goes first, the woman second.
2). The officiant may recite each line of your vows and you repeat each line after the officiant (this works well if it isn’t too long).
3). You read or recite the vows yourself.
Here are alphabetized words to inspire and assist you in your vow writing brainstorm!

A
Abiding
Absolute
Abundantly
Accepted
Achievement
Admirable
Admire
Adore
Affection
Allegiance
Alliance
Always
Anticipate
Attraction
Authentic

B
Beauty
Believe
Beloved
Bind
Blessing
Bliss
Bold
Bond
Brilliant

C
Canvas
Caring
Celebration
Charm
Cherish
Comfort
Commemorate
Commitment
Community
Companionship
Compassion
Complete
Connection
Considerate
Constant
Content
Covenant
Cultivate

D
Darling
Declare
Dedication
Delight
Desire
Destiny
Devoted
Devotion
Dignity
Distinct
Divine
Dream

E
Elation
Elegance
Embrace
Emotion
Empathy
Encourage
Endless
Enduring
Energetic
Energy
Engaging
Enthusiasm
Entirety
Essence
Esteem
Eternal
Ethical
Everlasting
Exquisite

F
Faith
Favorite
Fellow
Fidelity
Fondly
Forever
Form
Forthright
Foster
Friendship
Fun

G
Generous
Gentle
Genuine
Gift
Glad
Glance
Glorious
Godly
Grace
Grandeur
Grateful
Gratitude
Gravity
Growth

H
Happiness
Harmony
Health
Heart
Heartfelt
Heights
Heavenly
Highlight
Holy
Honest
Honor
Hope
Humor

I
Ideal
Immense
Immortal
Independent
Indestructible
Infinite
Influence
Insightful
Inspirational
Inspire
Integral
Integrity
Intense
Intensions
Interwining
Intimate
Invaluable
Inward

J
Join
Journey
Joy
Jubliant
Judgement

K
Karma
Key
Kiss
Knowledge

L
Lasting
Laughter
Life
Lifetime
Light
Limitless
Love
Loyal

M
Marry
Masterpiece
Matrimony
Mature
Meaningful
Melted
Memorable
Merge
Miracle
Moral
Motivate
Motive
Mutual

N
Natural
Never-ending
Noble
Nuptial

O
Oneness
Open
Optimism
Overcome

P
Partner
Passion
Peaceful
Perfection
Permanent
Pillars
Playful
Pleasure
Pledge
Poise
Powerful
Precious
Predetermined
Present
Preserve
Priceless
Principle
Priority
Promise
Prosperity
Protect
Provide
Pure
Purpose
Pursue

Q
Quality
Quest

R
Radiant
Rare
Real
Refresh
Regard
Rejoice
Relationship
Renew
Resolve
Respect
Responsible
Richness
Righteous

S
Sacred
Sacrifice
Safe
Satisfaction
Sealing
Season
Security
Selfless
Senses
Serene
Shining
Sincerity
Smiles
Solemn
Solidify
Soulmate
Source
Spirit
Splendid
Steadfast
Stimulate
Strengthens
Succeed
Suited
Support
Supreme
Symbol
Symbolize

T
Tears
Tender
Thankful
Thread
Token
Total
Tradition
Transparent
Treasure
True
Trust

U
Ultimate
Understanding
Unify
Union
United
Universe
Universal
Uplifting

V
Value
Vibrant
Virtuous
Vision
Vivacious
Vow

W
Warmth
Whole
Wisdom
Wish
Witness
Worldly
Worthy
Woven

Z
Zealous
Zest

Copyright 2015, Kim Horn, MWP™
HIRE expert, Kim Horn, MWP™ to help design, negotiate, mediate, plan, and implement your wedding details.

Kim M. Horn, MWP™
Master Wedding Planner | 1 of 75 in the World
Scottsdale Wedding Planner | Paradise Valley Wedding Planner | Chandler Wedding Planner | Phoenix Wedding Planner | Sedona Wedding Planner | Destination Weddings | Weddings Worldwide
Publisher | President | ArizonaBridalSource.com
AZ State Coordinator Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 – May 2012
2010 Annual Conference Chair (worked with David Tutera) – Assoc. of Bridal Consultants

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