Marriage Vows and Marriage Certificate

The marriage certificate:

This form is the traditional wording of the marriage certificate. The couple reviews the wording of the certificate with the overseers of the marriage, including any desired word changes.

Whereas [name] of [address], son of , and [name] of, daughter of [names of parents: use mother’s maiden name], having declared their intentions of marriage with each other to _______________monthly meeting of the Religious Society of Friends held at _________________, their proposed marriage was allowed by that Meeting.

Now this is to certify to whom it mayconcern, that for the accomplishment of their intention, this________day of the ___________month, in the year of our Lord__________, they, [name] and [name], appeared in a meeting forworship of the Religious Society of Friends, held at _____________,and [name], taking [name ] by the hand, did, on this solemn occasion,declare that he took her, [name], to be his wife, promising withDivine assistance to be unto her a loving and faithful husband solong as they both shall live; and then, in the same assembly [name]did in like manner declare that she took him, [name], to be herhusband, promising with Divine assistance to be unto him a loving andfaithful wife so long as they both shall live. And moreover, they, did as further confirmation thereof, then and there, to this certificate set their hands.

name                                                                                             name

And we having been present at the marriage have as witnesses hereunto set our hands.

Marriage Vows

The following is an example of vows to be exchanged between the couple. The couple may write their own vows.

“In the presence of God and these our friends I take thee, ______, to be my husband/wife/partner, promising with Divine assistance to be unto thee a loving and faithful wife/husband/partner so long as we both shall live.”


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