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How many words to repeat at a time?

Here are the vows I'm playing with. I combined a few different versions of the traditional vows. They are a bit long but I'm not sure of anything I want to take out.

My question is how many words/phrases to repeat at a time? I don't want a sing-songy thing where only a couple words are said, but I want them to be easy to get through, as well. Each new line represents a stopping point where the officiant would say the next line for us to repeat.


Version 1:

I, Groom, take you, Bride,

to be my wife,

my constant friend,

my faithful partner,

and my greatest love

from this day forward.

I offer you my solemn vow

to stay by your side

for better or for worse,

for richer or for poorer,

in sickness and in health,

in joy as well as in sorrow.

I promise to love you unconditionally,

to support you in your goals,

to honor and respect you,

and to cherish you

for as long as we both shall live.


Version 2:

I, Groom, take you, Bride,

to be my wife,

my constant friend, my faithful partner,

and my greatest love from this day forward.

I offer you my solemn vow

to stay by your side

for better or for worse,

for richer or for poorer,

in sickness and in health,

in joy as well as in sorrow.

I promise to love you unconditionally,

to support you in your goals,

to honor and respect you,

and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.


Or some combination of the two. Thoughts please.

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Re: How many words to repeat at a time?

  • Sounds beautiful just the way you wrote it.
  • I think it comes down to your and your partner. I've seen some couples successfully repeat fairly long lines (ours were pretty long, but we did a brief traditional vow and also read our 14-line vow/sonnets we wrote to each other). And I've seen others stumble over remembering how the wording goes in the line that was just fed to them. If you expect to be emotional, I would go with shorter lines.
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  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's member
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    It really depends on each person.  My H had a very hard time repeating the vows because he was so nervous so in the end he ended up just reading them from the book our officiant used.  And that was after being told the same line in shorter and shorter increments 3 times LOL!

    So I would keep things on the shorter side just to be safe.

  • spockforprezspockforprez Virginia member
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    Thanks, peeps. I think I'll be pretty emotional. For now I'll stick with first version. I'll also ask our officiant's advice once we start writing the ceremony.
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