Christian wedding vows are not only promises made
between couples, but a covenant made with God as well. All wedding
vows are the central point of any ceremony, but Christian wedding
vows take on extra import since the words constitute a sacred union
of husband and wife within the particular religious framework.
If you are a Christian, then your Christian wedding vows are a
testimony before your friends and family and before God that you
love your partner and you have chosen him or her for eternity despite
all the obstacles the marriage and life will present.
And, although there is a structure to the Christian wedding ceremony,
that does not mean there is no leeway and that you have no freedom
to make your own Christian wedding vows personal and unique.
Even the Bible itself does not give any particular order of service
or guidelines, so truly you may have a lot of freedom to be creative
depending upon the church the ceremony is held in. It is good to
keep in mind that the Christian wedding ceremony should be first
and foremost the expression of worship and your testimony before
God, in an occasion of joy, celebration of love and respect.
Many Christian wedding ceremonies follows a structure, depending
upon the church and particular sect of faith. Many churches will
give general guidelines that allow marrying couples to change the
structure somewhat if they feel that is right for them.
In very general terms, the Christian wedding ceremony begins with
The Call of Worship and then the Opening Prayer follows it. The
father of the bride then gives away the bride. Another hymn follows.
Next on the order of service, are the charge of the bride and groom,
the pledge and the recitation of the Christian wedding vows. Bride
and groom exchange the rings, light the Unity candle and the pastor
or minister pronounces you man and wife. There can also be a communion
and a closing prayer.
What are included in Christian wedding vows? With Christian wedding
vows you are making a promise to your partner that despite all the
obstacles you might encounter in this lifetime together you will
be there for him or her to support, love and help them become all
that God created them to be.
And, while these words might have been said between the two of
you before this is an open declaration of your love to God, to the
world and to everyone present. They are sacred vows.
There are number of ways in which this can be said and made into
a unique expression of love. Your minister or pastor can help you
during the preparation process to find the wording that feels the
most natural, loving and personal to you. Also, there is many times
much leeway in regard to a bride and groom saying different Christian
wedding vows to each other.
Again, as wedding vows are the focal point of any ceremony, choose
what feels the most loving, personal and right to you. Christian
wedding vows are all about the bond and promise between you, your
partner and God. You will remember the words you have used for the
rest of your life and so will your partner. Stay true to your heart.