15 New-Age Wedding Vows Partners Should Commit To Before Saying I Do

by Paul Hudson

Wedding vows should be meaningful, not generic. They should be honest and understanding.

At such a momentous point in your life -- your wedding day -- you want to be sure to speak the words that mean something to the two of you, words that come from your heart and your mind.

Sure, words are only words and they fall short of action, but instead of making vows ripped off from some child's fairy tale, why not say what you mean? You’re not going to run off into the sunset and roll the credits.

Your life together is just getting started -- now is the opportune moment to both lay the ground rules and make a few promises you can keep.

It's a time to let your about-to-be husband or wife know how insanely you love him or her.

I vow to complain only when not complaining would drive me crazy.

On all other occasions, I promise to do my best not to make a fuss. I understand most things couples argue over are trivial and only end up causing problems that could've easily been avoided.

If something really does bother me, I’m going to tell you.

I vow never to make you guess how I’m feeling or what I’m thinking.

I vow to use my words and speak my mind and to do so without insulting you or making you feel uncomfortable.

I know you’re not a mind reader, and I won’t make you try and be one.

I vow to never, ever break your trust, but also to lie to you if it means making you smile.

I will never hurt you. People say they make mistakes, but is it really a mistake if you knew it was a mistake before you made it?

I’m going to be honest with you and true to you, and tell you you’re beautiful no matter how out of it you look.

I vow always to do my share of the chores.

I’m not going to get lazy and give you no choice but to pick up my slack. Our home is our home, and we should both do our best to maintain it and make sure it continues feeling like home.

I vow always to treat you like you're the most amazing person in the world.

Because, to me, you are. You mean the world to me. If you ever forget exactly how incredible of an individual you are, I vow to be there to remind you. Actions speak louder than words, but I’ll use both -- just to be safe.

I vow to make you fall in love with me all over again, every chance I get.

I’m going to keep the romance alive because you deserve romance; we both do. I always want you to love me the way you love me right now, and every day is a chance to remind you I’m your soul mate.

I vow to surrender myself to you and always keep you guessing.

I’m yours -- all of me. I want you to know me inside out, and I vow always to let you in. I will never distance myself from you because there's no distancing myself from you; we’re one in the same.

I don’t need more space because I already have the space I need. Thanks to you, I can breathe.

I vow to be an incredible parent and role model for our children.

I’ll wake up in the middle of the night to change diapers, rock cradles and read stories so you can get an extra hour of sleep.

I'll teach our children by example and make sure they grow to be strong, confident, capable, compassionate and intelligent individuals -- just like you.

I vow to make compromises.

There's little more I need in life outside of you. If I need to make a few compromises, I will.

To be honest, I’m not worried about having to give up something for you because I know you wouldn’t make me give up something I love. And if I give up the things I don’t love, you’re doing me a favor.

I vow to fight your battles with you as a team.

If you grow weak, I’ll be there to fight your battles for you. I’ll help you with your responsibilities and make your problems my own in order to spread the weight a bit more evenly.

If you have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, I’ll be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you.

I vow always to listen to you and hear what you say.

I won't ever just give you my opinion or give you advice you’re not asking for. I understand most of the time you just want me to listen when you need to vent, and I’m going to listen because I genuinely care about you and what you have to say.

I vow never to abandon you.

I will never, ever leave you. I will never give up on us and fight tooth and nail just to hold on to you. I never thought I could love someone the way I love you. If I were to lose you, I'd lose myself.

I vow never to stop pursuing my passions and never to allow you to stop pursuing yours.

We’re partners; we're a team. At the same time, we're still individuals. Our journeys run parallel, but they don't always have to be in sync. I vow never to stop following my dreams and never to stop supporting you and yours.

I vow always to work on making myself better.

When we stop trying to better ourselves, we stop living life to the fullest. I'll never stop pushing myself because I want both of our lives to be exciting and fascinating.

I don’t want a mediocre life for you… I want the greatest life for you, and I know it starts with always working toward self-betterment.

I vow to dedicate my life to you and to be there for you until your last breath -- or my own.

I will be there for you through the best times and the toughest times. Most importantly, I want us to be there for each other when the curtains close.

I understand we won’t leave the stage at the same time, but I want us to reminisce about the amazing life we created together, one act at a time, until one of us takes our last breath.

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