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Couples who are excited about speaking traditional wedding vows sometimes want a chance to practice!  It’s a precious moment and they want to deliver the vow in a steady, confident manner.  Looking over sample wedding vows helps prepare, and gets one familiar with the cadence and flow of the wording.  The person in charge marrying a couple will always be able to provide the couple with the exact wording of the ceremony in advance.  However, to satisfy more immediate needs, below are some sample wedding vows for a traditional ceremony: 

Short and Sweet:
I, (Bride/Groom), take you (Groom/Bride), to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.

I, (name), take you, (name), to be my lawfully wedded (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 honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

I (name), take you (name) to be my (husband/wife), my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.

Religious, Literary Language
In the presence of God and these our friends I take thee to be my husband/wife, promising with Divine assistance to be unto thee a loving and faithful husband/wife so long as we both shall live.

I, (name), take you, (name), to be my friend, my lover, the (mother/father) of my children and my (husband/wife). I will be yours in times of plenty and in times of want, in times of sickness and in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow, in times of failure and in times of triumph. I promise to cherish and respect you, to care and protect you, to comfort and encourage you, and stay with you, for all eternity.

Youthful, adventurous:
I, (name), take you, (name), to be my partner, loving what I know of you, and trusting what I do not yet know. I eagerly anticipate the chance to grow together, getting to know the (man/woman) you will become, and falling in love a little more every day. I promise to love and cherish you through whatever life may bring us.

   Often, too keep in line with tradition, a couple may decide to add a religious or cultural ritual to make their wedding vows more personalized to who they are as a new family unit.  Reading passages from religious literature, lighting candles or incense, walking in circles, carrying trees/flowers, tieing hands, and many other wedding traditions have been added to wedding vows to honor tradition.  

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Engagement rings and wedding bands have traditionally been made of gold for many years. Recently, however, yellow gold bands and rings have gone out of fashion and have been replaced by white gold or platinum rings. Both white gold and platinum appear the same, with a silver metallic look that shines much better than yellow gold. However there are some major differences between the two.


White Gold


White gold rings, much like their yellow gold counterparts, are actually alloys with varying degrees of purity. Yellow gold rings were usually forged with metals like copper to give them their yellowish shine, while white gold is made by mixing gold with silver or palladium. Both are rated in karats depending on the amount of gold to other metal ratio. For example, an 18kt gold ring is 75 percent gold and 25 percent other metal. When white gold rings are made, they are usually coated with another metal, rhodium, to give it its silvery shine. Without rhodium, white gold rings have an off-white color that is slightly yellow in color without the shine of a yellow gold. Since the rhodium coating can wear off, white gold rings need to be serviced with new coatings periodically.


Platinum and other alloys


Although more expensive, platinum makes an ideal substitution to white gold. Unlike white gold rings, which are made of only 75 percent or less precious metal, platinum rings are usually 95 percent pure. Platinum is also stronger than gold and because it naturally gives off a silvery shine, it is unnecessary to plate it with rhodium and will keep its brilliance forever.

Besides white gold and platinum, there are other alloy metals being used for engagement rings and wedding bands. Titanium, with its ultra-light feel and metallic look, is being used more and more frequently. Also, alloys mixed with other metals to give off a range of colors can be used for a quirkier style.






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An Interview With Kenneth David on Engagement Ring Selection

Couples, men most especially, can be tormented as to which engagement ring to give their fiancée. There are simply a lot of factors to consider and the four C’s of diamond quality is just the start of it. And now, world-renowned diamond master Kenneth David shares his views about the 5th C that has to be considered when checking the quality of diamonds.


Getting Personal with Kenneth David
For more than 20 years, Kenneth David had designed, created, and manufactured diamond jewelry. The collections bearing his signature are known for their innovative designs and traditional flair. His work is primarily focused on engagement rings and bridal jewelry. But he also takes time to design wedding bands, earrings, anniversary rings, necklaces, bracelets, and three stone rings. He creates highly accessible jewelry offered at reasonable prices. You can find his works sold at top jewelry stores such as Friedman’s Jewelry, Fred Meyer, and Barclay’s Jewelers, among others.
The Interview
A lot of grooms and diamond jewelry designers take into consideration the 4 C’s of a diamond’s quality. These are the cut, color, carat, and clarity. However, Kenneth David thinks that there’s yet another C that requires the attention of diamond buyers – connection.


What is your personal concept of connection as the 5th C of diamonds?
Choosing the right engagement ring is a real challenge for men. Actually, when a man goes into a jewelry store looking for that perfect diamond for his fiancée, the 4 C’s that were supposed to be clarity, carat, color, and cut become challenge, chaos, confusion, and cost. Now, I have developed yet another C to add into the equation – connection. Connection is the most essential, though often ignored attribute of a diamond. Connection is what links the couples to the engagement ring. It represents the emotional link that the diamond brings into the relationship.


How can a man create that connection prior to buying the engagement ring?
Before a man decides to get married, it is important that he knows his wife well. The same concept holds true when selecting an engagement ring for her. How will the design of the ring connect to your fiancée? Does she have an outgoing, bold spirit? If so, choose a big diamond design with lots of smaller gems around the central stone. If your bride is fairly demure and conservative, you might want to get a diamond solitaire ring on a bezel setting that sits close to her finger. Buying an engagement ring is like getting into a marriage. You have to check twice before you leap. Keep in mind that the engagement ring is the symbol of both your love forever.
Should men surprise their fiancées with wedding rings should the two of them shop together?
Despite the changes in today’s world, women still think that surprising her with an engagement ring is the best way to propose a marriage. The engagement ring is the physical representation of the couple’s commitment to each other. It is their connection. That is exactly how the ring should work between the couple. It should truly symbolize their bond to share forever. However, if the man is honestly isn’t sure about which ring to get, it is best that the matter is discussed with his fiancée. Her inputs about the perfect ring should be very helpful.


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