Traditionally, brides and groom have been asked in their wedding ceremony by the wedding officiant to publicly declare statements of intent for marriage, and although no longer a legal requirement, it is still often spoken by the bride and groom as they near their vows.
Some may have their statements of intent asked before sharing their wedding vows, some after or some not at all! It’s really up to you as you customize your own wedding, having your ceremony reflect your wishes.
Statements of Intent for Marriage are generally asked by your wedding officiant and end with your response: “I will” or “I do”.
Samples of Statements of Intent for Marriage:
_______, do you take _______, to be your wife/husband? Do you promise to love, adore, and encourage her/him? Share the good times and achievements as well as the hard times and disappointments? Keep her/him in sickness and in sorrow and to be loyal to her/him forevermore?
_______ and _______, are you ready to enter into this marriage believing the love you share and your faith in each other will endure all things?