February 19, 2012

San Diego Marriage Civil Vows






















I couldn't find these vows anywhere else online, and I liked them, so we got a copy from the San Diego County Clerk office, where I got married.

Dear Friends: 
We meet here for the joyful purpose of joining in marriage: 
[Groom's Full Name] & [Bride's Full Name] 
As you begin your journey through life together may I offer, for your consideration, some very important virtues? Among these are: Love, Loyalty, Respect, Trust, and Understanding. These are solid foundations for a happy and enduring home. 
The marriage contract is most solemn and it is not to be approached lightly, but rather thoughtfully, seriously, and with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities. 
[First Name of Groom], do you take this woman, [First Name of Bride], to be your lawfully wedded wife? [I Do] Do you promise to love and protect her, to honor and respect her, to keep her in sickness and in health, through the good times, and also through the bad times, forsaking all others, be faithful to her? [I Do] 
[First Name of Bride], do you take this man, [First Name of Groom], to be your lawfully wedded husband? [I Do] Do you promise to love and protect him, to honor and respect him, to keep him in sickness and in health, through the good times, and also through the bad times, forsaking all others, be faithful to him? [I Do] 
You are now about to give each other certain solemn promises. Please turn, face one another, hold both hands, and repeat after me. 
"I [First Name of Groom], take you [First Name of Bride], to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish." 
"I [First Name of Bride], take you [First Name of Groom] to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish." 
The ring is a symbol of your marriage, a circle without beginning or end, and a symbol of wholeness, perfection, peach, and unity. 
Would the groom take the bride's ring, place it on her finger, hold it there, and repeat after me... "[First Name of Bride], I give you this ring, as a pledge of my faith and love, and a symbol of our unity." 
Would the bride take the groom's ring, place it on his finger, hold it there, and repeat after me... "[First Name of Groom], I give you this ring, as a pledge of my faith and love, and a symbol of our unity." 
Now that you have joined yourselves in solemn matrimony and have become one, may you sincerely strive, all your lives, to meet this commitment with the same love and devotion that brought you here today. 
By virtue of the authority vested in me as Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages, in and for the County of San Diego, I take pleasure in announcing that from this very moment, you are husband and wife. 
You may now kiss the bride...

I'm not sure if these civil vows apply to all of California, but there you have it. No religious crap.

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