(Closed) Vows for wedding that doesn't involve actual marriage

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would start looking at things like unity ceremonies- there’s a ton to choose from like sand ceremony, candle ceremony, ring warming, wine/box/letter ceremony, planting a tree etc.  I’d also look at readings that mean something to you and your Fiance.

Post # 4
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Why not have the ‘actual’ ceremony at your dad’s?  You won’t really be saying all that same stuff again in front of the Registrar will you?  I’m American, so I’m not sure how that works in Britain…. Here though the Civil Ceremony is VERY simply, no real actual vows, unless you want them.


However, if you don’t want to do that….. what about if your friend reads a poem?  I like the EE Cummings “I Carry Your Heart with Me”.  It’s used a bit and was in a movie here, but it’s still nice.


We didn’t do traditional vows and neither of us are religious….. but what we did do was think about what we were “promising” to be and do for the other as a spouse.  Then we had the officiant read that and we just answered “I will”.  So we included things like “I will work on my self so that I can be the best partner to you” and “I will support the relationship you want to have with your family”.  Things like that.

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