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Civil Wedding Ceremony Vows

If you choose to marry in a civil service -- at city hall, in a Las Vegas chapel, or simply with a judge or other public official as your officiant -- you will probably use a very simple, basic vow. If you plan somewhat in advance, however, your officiant will probably allow you to write your own vows or recite words of your own choosing. The following are basic civil vows to start with:

"______, do you take ______ as your lawfully wedded wife/husband?"

"______, do you take ______ to be your legal wedded wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward?"

"______, I take you to be my lawfully wedded wife/husband. Before these witnesses I vow to love you and care for you for as long as we both shall live."


Want to write your own wedding vows? Make sure your officiant will accept personalized vows, and get started by asking yourselves these 20 questions.

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