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Catholic Wedding Vows


The exchange of Catholic wedding vows is the focal and central part of a solemn time-honored traditional ceremony.

Couple Getting Married In ChurchIn a Catholic Church, you will be given a choice of traditional wedding vows to say from your priest during the pastoral instructions before your wedding ceremony. Select the one which best suits the both of you.

At the appropriate time during the ceremony the priest will invite the bride and groom to declare their consent, and ask them to join their right hands and then declare their wedding vows.

In the most traditional form of Catholic wedding vows, the priest will ask questions of the bride and groom individually and they answer “I do”. He could say something like this:


First he asks the bridegroom:

Then he asks the bride:


First he asks the bridegroom

Then he asks the bride

The priest could also say the vows and have the bride and groom repeat them, or if the couple prefer they may wish to memorize or read the vows from a book. Below are some examples

The bridegroom says:

The bride says:


The bridegroom says:

The bride says:

After receiving their consent, the priest will say something similar to the following:

The declaring of the Catholic wedding vows is followed by the blessing and exchanging of rings.



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