Ask a Priest – Marriage Vows


My fiancé and I will be getting married next fall.  We would like
to write our own wedding vows.  We will be getting married 
in a Catholic Church and someone told me that there are certain 
words that need to be said if you are writing your own vows.

 Can you tell me what certain things have to be said in our vows?


Yes, it is fine to compose your own wedding vows.  The  formula 
should include all the required elements in the procedure:

1) that the other person is being accepted as husband or wife.

2) that each will be faithful to the other.

3) that the marriage is lifelong.

Peter Monty, SJ is Chaplain for the Deaf in Ottawa.

  • Peter Bisson SJ
    Posted at 01:14h, 29 January Reply

    Thank you Peter!

  • Karen Arthurs
    Posted at 10:43h, 29 January Reply

    Thank you for this. I believe it is time to dispel old ways/beliefs and educate citizens on the present day teachings and ways of the Catholic church.

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