The Elizabethan wedding customs vary from today’s modern marriage. In this era, marriages were arranged and followed suit to a particular tradition. Historically, women were considered to be second class citizens and expected to marry. Here is a look at some Elizabethan wedding vows.
Your love, my darling (spouse’s name), has been to me my soul’s comfort. It is warm, it is strong, it is refreshing, and it is true. I am grateful for your smile, your tender touch, your very essence, you. And I look forward to every day that I shall spend with you.
I promise you that my love will always remain fresh as a morning in springtime yet never waning. I promise you that I shall hold you, respect you, support you and honor you for as long as I live.
I love you so much, and it is you whom I want to spend the rest of my life with. With every beat of my heart and with every breath of my being, I promise to love you for the rest of my life, to care for you and provide you with support for when you need it. I vow to share your laughter and your tears, your hopes and your fears, to hold you and to comfort you, and most of all to stand by you through all the challenges that life will bring us.
(Spouse’s name), I love you. I have loved you for a long time now, and with each day that I have spent with you before this moment, I find that my love for you is becoming deeper and stronger. It is with conviction that I say that my love for you shall only continue to grow as the two of us grow old together. Grow old with me, (spouse’s name), and I promise you that my love shall never change, that it will always be as fresh as the spring and as beautiful as your smile.
My beloved (spouse’s name), when I first told you that I love you, you said you did not believe me. I must admit that winning you over and making you believe is the most delightful and fulfilling challenge I have faced in my life.
(Spouse’s name), as Shakespeare said:
“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.”
My love for you will always be true; I promise you that. I am yours forever.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Love is not love Which alters
when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose Worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom:
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Here is a great example to some sentimental and meaningful wedding vows that will surely make you cry.
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