In order for a marriage to be fully legal, certain aspects must be met within the service. You can’t just say exactly what you want. So here are the things you should probably know if you’re planning on writing your own vows.
The words you have to say
In order for a civil marriage to be legal, there some vows that are essential. These words must be said by both of you in your ceremony, but you will also usually be allowed to add your own choice of vows before or after the statutory ones.
In England and Wales the statutory declaration is:
“I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I, __may not be joined in matrimony to __.”
It is followed by these contracting words:
“I call upon these persons here present to witness that I, __do take thee, __, to be my lawful wedded husband/wife.”
There are also two legal alternative declarations:
“I know of no legal reason why I, __, may not be joined in marriage to __.”
Or by replying “I am” to the question: “Are you, __ free lawfully to marry__?”
These are followed by the contract:
“I, __, take you,__ to be my wedded wife/husband.”
“I, __ take thee, __ to be my wedded wife/husband.”
Below is a great video that gives you tips and ideas on how to write your wedding vows.
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