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Have Faith in the Meaning of Your Wedding Vows
Professing your undying love to one another is one thing but pledging yourself to your partner mind, body and soul requires a more spiritual commitment. You will be witness to each other's life and your wedding vows should echo this.
Although there are many denominations, each faction with their own individual take on how the couple should share their wedding vows, the desired result is still the same; to commit to love and caring for one another no matter the circumstance that may arise in the future.
There are however a few variations in the ceremony and how and when the vows are taken. Often the couples' religious leader will be involved in the writing of the wedding vows and so reference to their beliefs will be included.
In a Jewish wedding, the vows are given when the couple exchange rings. Generally the vows will take on a meaning of commitment to the laws and faith of Israel.
Muslim wedding vows are taken with the couple sitting apart from one another, committing to each other in the affirmative three times and then signing a marriage contract.
In a Buddhist wedding ceremony, a couple may pledge as part of their vows to cultivating compassion, generosity, patience, enthusiasm and wisdom while committing to grow in dharma. They may also pledge to seek to understand all living beings and regard all the mysteries of life with openness and joy.
Omitting the mention of God or a spiritual higher power, non-denominational wedding vows will generally hit many of the more traditional themes of commitment. If a couple have different religious backgrounds, they may choose write these types of vows to avoid conflict.
Planning your wedding, finding the perfect dress and wedding cake and worrying about who should sit next to who, pales in comparison to sharing your commitment to each other through your vows. Focus on this and your wedding will be everything you could dream of.
Writing your wedding vows can be a truly spiritually uplifting process. Whether you choose traditional vows of your faith as a basis for writing yours or write them from scratch using your own true feelings as inspiration, always bare in mind that you are promising to love, honor, and appreciate each other for the rest of your lives.
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