Monday, September 28, 2009

The real vows

Just like the time I took finding the perfect song for our wedding, The Guy and I also searched high and low for the perfect vows.  Actually, we googled them and let the Internet find the perfect vows.  When we found them, they expressed exactly what we wanted for our marriage.  We used them in our first marriage -- a tiny affair with no audience but the ministers and their wives in the back of the church.  They were beautiful.

When the time came for the real wedding, I told the minister we wanted the same vows.  We figured that since we had dome them once, there was no point in going over them again.  Then came our wedding day.  We stood in front of the audience of our dearest friends and family.  And then the minister started the vows.

If you noticed the WTF? moment The Guy had on his face, you would think that he didn't want to marry me.  However, if you were either The Guy or me, you would know that the minister read the wrong vows.  However, you can't very well stop in midst of your wedding ceremony and go "Dude, where are our vows?" so we just powered through.  Words such as "plenty" and "want" were being tossed around like confetti.  It was very old timey and not at all what we had planned.  But, whatever.

The minister does so many weddings, the odds are he just copied and pasted the wrong thing into his little program he had with him.  At least, that is what I am going with.  He's the sweetest man, so I don't think it was anything other than that.  Although, he did throw the phrase CHRISTIAN marriage around a lot too.*

So, what I wanted to do was put my real vows out there for you all to see.  I'm very glad we got to use them at the first wedding because they were very special to me.  And, who knows, the way things with The Guy have been, we'll likely do a third wedding before too long.  It seems like one every 2 months gets us a lot of gifts!

And with no further adieu, the real vows:
I, (name), take you; (name), to be my (husband/wife), my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honour and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

*Don't get me wrong.  I'm all about Christian marriage.  However, every time he said it like that (and believe me he used his capital letters voice) it sounded more like a threat.  I almost got the giggles, but held it together until the ring part where I then cried like a little girl.


  1. Your vows were beautiful. What a great wedding!

    (Also, you realize you just earned yourself the sneaky (and fun!)privilege of being able to throw into conversations 'My FIRST husband wouldn't have done that..... etc')

    I hope y'all are happy for a long, long time.

  2. That's weird that he had different vows from the first time.

    But I suspect that you're right on the reason why it happened: he really must have copied and pasted the wrong vows, because remember how he actually went through with our threat to use the phrase "plight my throth" in our vows?

  3. I tell people it was the second marriage for both of you.

  4. Lovely. You should have said something. I mean, at my wedding, when the minister said "we will now sing Hymn numberXXX", I said "WHAT? No we will not!".

    Not that it got me anywhere. He just looked confused and said "well, we are now". So I got a completely non-marriage type hymn, that I didn't know and didn't like. Apparently it was on the board for the next day's service. And as he hadn't written done the one we wanted, he just grabbed that one. So maybe not changing things was a good idea. Yeah, go with the third wedding thing.

  5. So does this mean The Guy has to remember two anniversaries, 'cause trust me, they have a tough enough time remembering one!!


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