40+ Wedding Vow Promises to Help You Find the Right Words

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Updated Jul 12, 2024

The order of a wedding ceremony is intentional and steeped in love, whether you're nodding to your cultural background or making every ritual before the "I do" personal to you. Speaking for myself (and I'm sure for many other romantics), wedding vows—specifically, wedding vow promises—are often the most moving and personal aspect of the nuptials. They're a look into the couple's love story, what they hold dear now and what they'll value in their marriage going forward. (Sometimes, you'll pick up on a few cute inside jokes thrown in there too).

If you're having trouble thinking of promises as you write your own wedding vows, you can always look to your relationship or tap your wedding officiant for advice to ensure you're still covering all the bases as you veer away from tradition. What's more, we've selected some of our favorite "I vow to"s below for you to get inspired by once you've nailed down your general wedding vow ideas. Each of these promises to make in your vows was either said by a real couple at their wedding or composed by a seasoned wedding editor who constantly has a rom-com humming in the background as she settles in for the evening. (Tonight, it's Father of the Bride—again.)

Romantic "Love" Vows

You could be the kind of couple that's big on weekly date nights out. Or maybe your personal flavor of romance is doing the dishes for your partner before bed every night. Either way, incorporating a few swoon-worthy "I promise"s into your vows will make your partner's heart flutter.

Romantic love vow example
Design: Natalie Romine
  • I promise to keep finding new ways to love you as we continue this journey together.
  • I vow to love you every minute of every day that we share on this earth.
  • I promise my love for you will remain fierce, blazing and passionate—though love is a word that is much too soft and used much too often to describe how deeply I feel for you.
  • I promise to always pursue you, to fight for you and to love you unconditionally and wholeheartedly for the rest of my life.
  • I could stand here and tell you how much I love you, but those words mean nothing unless they are shown through repeated little acts of devotion, so I promise to show you I love you every day.
  • I promise to love, respect, protect and trust you, and give you the best of myself.
  • I vow to keep our relationship a safe haven of love, support and peace—even and especially during hard times.
  • I promise to always tell you how much I love you and appreciate all that you do.
  • I vow to give you all of my love every day without hesitation.
  • I promise to love you through the good times and bad. To choose our love every single day.

Deep, Meaningful Wedding Vows

Beautiful wedding vows really only have one requirement: they come from the heart. These types of promises are the perfect commitment ceremony vows, since they're personal and free flowing.

Meaningful wedding vow promise example
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  • I vow to always keep fighting for us, because I know we can overcome any uphill battles we might face.
  • I vow that I will choose you every day, a million times over, not because I have to, but because I want to.
  • I promise to stand by your side while you face the world, to listen to you when you speak.
  • I promise to join your laughter with my own and when you can't look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark.
  • I promise to continue to build upon the trust that we have and to be by your side fully and faithfully.
  • I vow to honor, respect and cherish you in sickness and health, through sorrows and success, for all the days of my life.
  • I promise to walk with you, hand in hand through life, as your biggest fan, your shoulder to lean on and your best friend.
  • I vow that your arms are the ones I want wrapped around me at the beginning and end of each day.
  • I promise to continue to learn from you and to follow the examples of patience and respect that you continuously set.
  • I promise to remember we are not perfect—only perfect for each other.

"Soulmate" Wedding Vows

It's a word that's not tossed around lightly, so why not incorporate it into your heartfelt wedding vows? Your person is your soulmate—and we bet they know that, but a reminder on the day in your handwritten wedding vows will go a long way.

Soulmate wedding vow promise example
Design: Natalie Romine
  • I promise that our love is that of soulmates—the blurring of self and the deep entanglement with another.
  • I vow to stay your soulmate—to see and hear you every day.
  • You are my soulmate as we journey through life together. I promise to love you, respect you and cherish you forever.
  • I promise to continually recognize our soulmate connection, that what we have doesn't come along all the time.
  • I vow to remember that you are my soulmate—that we were brought together by fate, but we stay together with unwavering love and commitment.
  • You and I are true soulmates and I vow to walk through all this life has to offer us—hand in hand—with you.
  • My soulmate, I vow to embrace life's every challenge and adventure with you.
  • I promise to remember that soulmates always endure, even during times of struggle.
  • I vow to give you my heart always and to foster our soulmate connection as it burns stronger and brighter as time goes on.
  • I promise to honor you as my soulmate and give your heart a soft place to land at the end of every day.

Cute Wedding Vows

Adorable wedding vows can come in many forms, but the ones that stand out are the sentiments that are extra personal. Don't be afraid to be sweet in your promises, bring up inside jokes, reference endearing habits or mention little idiosyncrasies you love about your partner.

Cute wedding vow example
Design: Natalie Romine
  • I promise to always make sure I bring a snack for you on long car trips.
  • I vow to never stop kissing you every time we stop at a red light.
  • I promise to remember we are not perfect—only perfect for each other.
  • I vow to learn how to use the espresso machine so I can make you your morning coffee just how you like it.
  • I promise to laugh with you every day, to dance with you in the kitchen and to not rub it in when I beat you in horse.
  • I promise to never stop holding your hand.
  • I vow to split my cuddle time equally between you and our dog.
  • I promise to listen to your dreams (and be there to hold you after any nightmares).
  • I promise to look at the moon every time you say: "Look at the moon."
  • I vow to remember 1 + 1 = 3, and though I'm terrible at math, what I mean is that I will remember our relationship is a separate entity beyond ourselves that should be nurtured.

Beautiful Vow Endings

The most emotional part of the wedding vows for many are those last few sentences, where every declaration the couple shared is tied together and brought full circle. Use these examples (all of which come from real wedding vows) to guide you as you figure out how to conclude your promises.

Vow ending example
Design: Natalie Romine
  • Falling for you wasn't falling at all—it was walking into a house and knowing you're home. I love you.
  • You are my better half and very best friend. I will love you, honor you, respect and cherish you in sickness and health, through sorrows and success, for all the days of my life. I am forever yours.
  • Loving you gives my life purpose. You granted my wish when you said "yes."
  • I want nothing more than to spend the rest of my life showing you just how grateful I am for you and your immense, selfless and compassionate love. I love you so much. Now let's celebrate.
  • I see these vows not as promises, but as privileges: I get to laugh with you and cry with you; care for you and share with you. I get to run with you and walk with you; build with you and live with you. With my whole heart, I take you as my partner forever.
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