Then – repeat after (or read) vows you say as you exchange rings:
Any of the above could be used by changing pronouns – such as …
Sue, I take you as my wife. I pledge to share my life openly with you, & to speak the truth to you in love. I promise to honor and tenderly care for you, to cherish you, and to empower you & encourage your own fulfillment as an individual. I am honored to be your husband and share my life with you.
Beloved, I give you this ring as a symbol of my steadfastness and joy in loving you with my heart, with my body and with all the syllables of my soul. I pledge to honor you with all that I am, and all I shall become for the whole of my life.
I choose now to take this journey with you.
John, you may place your ring on Sue’s finger to the first knuckle and read your chosen vows to her now: Sue, I take you to be my wife. I joyfully promise to share my life and my laughter with you; to speak the truth to you in love – and to listen to yours from my heart; to deepen my capacity to be present, and to encourage the fulfillment of your soul; to hold you with the support of an open hand, remembering always to accept you as you are, to meet you with patience, and to persevere with you when times are hard; to let go of the attachment to being right or wrong and look only to what can be learned from any given moment. I promise to open my heart to all that life with you can be.
Sue: In acceptance, slip it on the rest of the way. “You are my beloved and my friend..”
Beloved Sally, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vows. With all that I am and all that I have, I honor you in the name of God.
Jeff, place your ring on Carol’s finger to the first knuckle, and repeat your chosen vows after me:
From this day on I choose you, my beloved Carol, to be my wife, to live with you and laugh with you;
to stand by your side and sleep in your arms;
to be joy to your heart and food to your soul;
to bring out the best in you always;
and, for you, to be the most that I can.
To rejoice with you in the good times;
to work with you in the bad;
to solace you when you are downhearted;
to wipe your tears with my hands;
to comfort you with my body;
to mirror you with my soul;
to play with you as we grow old;
and deliciously love you until the sweet end.
Carol, in acceptance, you may slip the ring on the rest of the way and repeat after me:
Thank you, my love. I will wear forever this ring as the sign of my joy and the depth of your love.
Or, if you did not exchange rings:
May your life together come ever closer to a growing unity of love, spirit, and purpose. I invite you to allow this ring serve as a reminder of the natural cycles and seasons of your relationship. . . of your spiritual unity.
Do you John, promise your Beloved Susan to love her with all your heart, with your body and your soul? Do you pledge to honor her with all that you are and all that you shall become for the whole of your life? “I do.”