Declaration of Intent vs. Vows

posted 1 month ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Where are you based? Different places have different legal requirements reverandbill :  

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I have no idea about the legal requirements. Our officiant had both included in our first draft of the ceremony, but we removed the expression of intent, as it was somewhat redundant and the same things were established in the vows (i.e. intending to marry each other).

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

reverandbill :  We’re Catholic and had the intent/consent and also the vows. For us, the intent/consent was like this:

“(Name) and (name), have you come here to enter into Marriage without coercion, freely and wholeheartedly?”

“Are you prepared, as you follow the path of Marriage, to love and honor each other for as long as you both shall live?”

And the vows were like this:

Priest: (Name), do you take (name) for your lawful wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part?

Groom: I do.

Priest: (Name), do you take (name) for your lawful husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part?

Bride: I do.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Definitely look up the legal requirements in your state, different states require different things to be said for the ceremony to be legal. 

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